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 from mid-November to end-April, with a multi-media art showcase at the end of April. 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.

NOTE: The Fall/Winter orientation dinner will be on November 15, 6pm!

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 visual and digital arts, performance (story-telling, theatre, acting, dance, spoken word, slam, drag), and who are interested in developing their creative 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 or multi-media piece that will be presented to the public in April 2018.
– 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 art and 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 weekday evenings (6-9PM), with some scheduled weekend site visits to galleries, art studios and shows.

How much does it cost?

The program is FREE! We will be providing meals and snacks at every workshop and will offer 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, media 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 making art 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: