Arts Court Seeks Three New Resident Companies
|Written by Administrator|
|Monday, 14 June 2010 12:43|
A new sizzling summer season, the launch of an annual children’s holiday event, these are just some of the programming initiatives the team at Arts Court has put in place this past year. Now, the Ottawa Arts Court Foundation, the local charitable organization in charge of managing and operating the Arts Court Theatre and related performing arts spaces in the building, is providing another opportunity for professional arts producers in the city by opening up three new spaces for resident companies.
“It is part of our mandate to provide leading facilities, programs and services to Ottawa’s arts producers and presenters,” says Linda Balduzzi, Executive Director of the Ottawa Arts Court Foundation. “Providing a home and helping to nurture resident companies is another way to ensure a healthy and vibrant arts community in this city.”
Arts Court is Ottawa's downtown centre for the performing, visual, literary and media arts and home to a critical mass of Ottawa's local professional arts organizations. Twenty-five independent arts organizations call Arts Court home and thousands of artists host productions in its facilities each year.
In its earlier years, Arts Court Theatre was home to four resident performing arts groups including two francophone theatre companies, a dance company and the Ottawa Fringe Festival which continues to be a resident company of the Arts Court Theatre.
"Being a resident company of Arts Court has given the Ottawa Fringe Festival a home. A place where we are stable, supported and cared for. A place that allows us to provide top-notch production values to our performers. A place that gives us amazing visibility in the Ottawa community. Being a resident company of Arts Court has helped us grow into the internationally-known, and locally-loved, festival we are today," says Natalie Joy Quesnel, Executive Producer, Ottawa Fringe Festival.
Based on a series of community consultations in 2008-2009 and an examination of best practices, the Ottawa Arts Court Foundation has heard the call of artists in the city; spaces are scarce and opportunities to create are often limited. Now it is putting out a call of its own, one that is open non-profit or charitable arts organizations producing in the disciplines of theatre, dance, music, new media and literary arts working in English or French or both languages for the presenting season beginning fall 2011. The deadline for applications for the three resident spaces is August 31, 2010.
Submissions will be reviewed by the Arts Court Theatre Advisory Committee and a selection of external artistic advisors. Recommendations will be made to the Board of Directors by the Chair of the Theatre Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors will have final approval.
Companies/organizations will be selected based on artistic merit, organizational capacity, discipline featured, and fit within the overall goals of the OACF.
“The benefits of this type of relationship are plentiful. The three resident companies chosen have an ideal opportunity to showcase their work in Ottawa's downtown arts hub, be mentored by technical theatre, administrative and marketing and communications professionals, as well as access to our rehearsal spaces and box office services,” says Balduzzi. “Meanwhile, Arts Court continues to grow its audiences for all who utilize our facilities. It’s win, win.”’
For more information on how to apply to become a resident company of Arts Court visit www.artscourt.ca or contact: