Artist Facilitator Training (AMY Project/Training for Change)
The AMY Project is thrilled to bring to Tkaronto a special training initiative for theatre directors/artists-facilitators working in community-engaged arts. This is a unique opportunity in Canada, and a chance to be at the forefront of new training models for the arts that increase artists’ capacity to lead group-based community arts work in ways that are emergent, supportive of diversity and healthy conflict, and conducive to safe risk-taking.
Presented in partnership with Training for Change, Why Not Theatre, and Canadian Roots Exchange
===== Artist-Facilitator Training =====
An adapted version of Training for Change's flagship workshop, "Training for Social Action Trainers", designed for the context of community arts facilitators working in Tkaronto.
Facilitated by Matthew Armstead, Erika Thorne, and Nikki Shaffeeullah
Friday Nov 15 evening + Saturday Nov 16 daytime and evening + Sunday Nov 17 daytime
Taking place in Tkaronto at Canadian Roots Exchange (College and Spadina)
As a participant, you will ...
- Gain greater awareness about yourself and your strengths as a facilitator;
- Get a chance to take risks, experiment and refine skills in a safe and supportive environment;
- Get the stimulation of fresh approaches and increased options;
- Receive personal guidance from experienced trainers in a small group setting ;
- Learn new tools that are easily adapted, principles of workshop design, skills for working with diversity and a better understanding of how to use experiential education methods effectively
- To enhance arts workshop facilitation and design skills
- To increase the training tools you can use effectively
- To gain greater awareness of yourself as artist-facilitator
- To meet and receive support from other directors/artist facilitators
Who should apply?
- Facilitators of community-engaged theatre/performance
- Theatre directors working with in collaborative, devised, and/or cross-cultural contexts
- Artist-activists engaged in creative organizing and movement-building
*Artists from equity-seeking groups are particularly encouraged to apply, including those who are BIPOC, LGBTQ2, disabled, working class/poor, women, etc.
There are limited spots available.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
For more about The AMY Project, please visit
or on social media @theamyproject
About Training for Change:
"Training for Change is a training and capacity building organization for activists and organizers. We believe strong training and group facilitation is vital to movement building for social justice and radical change.
Since 1992, we’ve supported groups taking direct action, building strong teams and organizations, and working at the grassroots. We train thousands of people each year in North America, and also internationally, across issues and sectors – from campaign strategy retreats for anti-gentrification community groups, facilitation training for union leaders, to de-escalation skills for immigrant rights groups resisting deportation.
We’re dedicated to transformation – beyond training new skills and tools, we support folks to wage conflict, challenge self-limiting beliefs, practice emotional intelligence, and expand what’s possible for them and their groups. We believe training is most effective when it builds on the wisdom of people’s lived experience. Our participant-centered practice follows emerging group dynamics in a workshop, adapts to local cultures and theories of change, and is oriented toward action – we call it Direct Education.
We’re adept at cross-cultural work and bring an awareness of power, identity, and conflict to every workshop we do. As an organization, we’re committed to supporting historically marginalized communities in the U.S. and across the world, including Indigenous, Black, and other people of color, working class and poor communities, and women, femme, trans, and gender-nonconforming folks."
For more, please visit
Organization (if applicable)
The training runs in Tkaronto over three days: Friday November 15 (evening), Saturday November 16 (all day and evening), Sunday November 17 (daytime). Are you available for these times?
Please briefly describe your community arts facilitation practice (e.g. what artistic forms you work with, what are major themes/goals of your work, what do the groups you work with tend to look like, favourite past projects, etc)
Outside of community arts facilitation, what do you get up to in your work/arts/volunteer life?
What do you consider some of your strengths as a facilitator of community-engaged arts?
What are some of your facilitation challenges?
We encourage applications from folks from equity-seeking groups who are facilitating work in their own communities. Please feel free to share with us if this is true for you, and/or what equity-seeking groups you identify with (i.e. Black/Indigenous/Person of Colour, 2LGBTQ, disability, Deaf, poor/working class, rural, women, etc).
Your answers to the following questions will not have bearing on how your application will be assessed, and will only be considered should you be offered a spot in the program.
Do you have any dietary restrictions? If so, please list.
The program fee is decided based on a sliding scale. The AMY Project is pleased to offer subsidized rates (the sliding scale is usually $250-$650 USD). The fee includes tuition and meals. Please select the amount you would be paying, based on the indicated sliding scale.
$200 CAD (income under $15,000 CAD)
$300 CAD (income from $15,000-$25,000 CAD)
$350 CAD (income from $25,000-$35,000 CAD)
$400 CAD (income from $35,000-$45,000 CAD)
$450 CAD (income from $45,000-$55,000 CAD)
$500+ CAD (income above $55,000 OR being sent by an organization with an annual budget of $200k+ OR ample access to private wealth beyond employment income)
We will be working in a physically accessible space (including washrooms). Please let us know any other accessibility needs you have.
Do you have any questions, or is there any other information you would like to share?
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