Our Bodies, Our Stories is Project 10’s creation and performance training and mentorship program for QTBIPOC (Queer & Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) youth aged 18-25 and living in and around Montreal. The training is FREE and is aimed at youth with an interest in developing their skills in writing, performance, self- and community-development and leadership.

The program will run from mid-September 2018 to end of June 2019. 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 exploration of self and community, to cultivate their creative writing and creative processes, to earn training in performance, to build inter-generational community connections, and to develop their leadership.

Who is the program for?

Youth aged 18-25 who self-identify as QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black Indigenous, People of Colour), who have an interest in writing (poetry, theatre, fiction, non-fiction etc.), performance (story-telling, theatre, acting, dance, spoken word, slam, drag), and who are interested in developing their creative and leadership skills.

What will participants learn in this program?

– Participants will be offered training in creative writing, script development, acting, story-telling, performance, body-based work and avoice.
– Participants will develop creative material that seeks to engage their lived experiences, their identities, their relationship to the body, space, time, memory, ancestry and community.
– 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 May 2019.
– Participants will create and share their ideas in a fun and supportive community setting where they will 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 weekly workshops will take place either on Tuesday or on Wednesday evenings (6-9PM), with some scheduled full-day workshops on Sundays once a month, and regular scheduled site visits to galleries, art studios and shows.

How much does it cost?

The program is FREE! We provide warm 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: