Our Bodies, Our Stories is Project 10’s new arts and performance training and mentorship program for QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) youth aged 16-24 and living in and around Montreal. The training is FREE and is aimed at youth with an interest in developing their skills in performance, arts and leadership.

The program will run for 10 weeks from July to mid-September, with a performance showcase on August 26 and 27. We seek to bring together a cohort of QTBIPOC youth who will benefit from group and individual training and mentorship. The program will empower the participants to develop their artistic material, gain performance skills, build inter-generational community connections and develop their leadership.

Who is the program for?

Youth aged 16-24 who self-identify as QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black Indigenous, People of Colour), who have an interest in performance (story-telling, theatre, acting, dance, spoken word, slam, drag) who are interested in developing their stage skills.

What will participants learn in this program?

– Participants will be offered training in creative writing, script development, acting, story-telling, body-based work, theatre techniques and voice.
– Participants will develop material that seeks to engage their lived experiences, their identities, their relationship to the body, space, time, memory and ancestry.
– Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own original work and will be offered mentorship to develop a performance piece that will be presented to the public on August 26-27.
– Participants will get to create and share their ideas in a fun and supportive community setting where they will get to learn about the work of other QTBIPOC artists in the city, and make new friends! There will be some site visits to shows and venues, and the program will connect the participants to a larger network of Montreal queer performance scenes.

How is the program structured?

There will be weekly group workshops as well as individual sessions offered to the participants. The workshops will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with some weekend rehearsal and weekend site visits towards the end of the program. Part of the program also includes attending Project 10’s summer camp weekend on July 21-23.

How much does it cost?

The program is free! We will be providing food/snacks at every workshop and STM tickets for participants to attend the training.

In which language will the program be?

Our Bodies, Our Stories will be held predominantly in English. Participants are invited to develop material in other languages, but the bulk of the training itself would be in English.

You want to apply but you are not sure you have the necessary skills and experience?

Our Bodies, Our Stories is specifically designed for QTBIPOC youth who have little opportunity for professional arts and performance training. You’ve done some high school theatre and you always wanted to write your own story and perform it? You have read your poetry at an open mic but you are not sure you are a performer? You recently started performing and you are passionate about it? THEN APPLY!

The form is also available below!

You have other questions or queries?

Please let us know by writing to the project coordinator: