Frog in Hand's Summer Company
The Summer Company is a training and performance initiative for artists under the age of 30. Funded by the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, this project brings together a group of talented artists for 9 weeks of full-time seasonal employment. This project is driven by our desire to give back to the arts community by supporting new and emerging artistic voices in the GTA; it is our response to the challenge of youth unemployment and an investment in the future of the arts in our community.
During the summer months, this selected group of artists create new work, gain professional performance experience, lead educational outreach and participate in paid professional development with classes led by Frog in Hand's professional performers. In 2018 and 2019, Summer Company members received classes in Flying Low/floor work (Micha Baltman), Gaga Technique (Alvin Collantes), stage combat (Daniel Levinson, Andy Ingram, Alice Cavanagh), acting, grant writing (Colleen Snell), choreography, physical theatre, clown/commedia del'arte (Andrew Gaboury) and long-term strength/stamina/flexibility coaching with a certified personal trainer.
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Questions about how Covid 19 might affect the 2020 Summer Company?
FAQ below. Got a different question? You can always contact us through this website!
Q: Will the company be happening this year?
A: The short answer is yes, we think so. The Summer Company is contingent on grant funding from Canada Summer Jobs (a federal program). We expect to receive funding as we have a good track record, but results are not expected for a few weeks. If funded, this project will run in June and July - in spite of the Covid Crisis. We are in touch with our government representatives. The funding situation sounds positive.
Q: If the company happens, how will it work with social distancing measures?
A: If we are funded, the Summer Company can and will go fully online with digital training and creative projects, adapting flexibly to social distancing requirements. We know we can make this work and have exciting creative ideas. We are hard at work brainstorming.
Q: What does this mean for auditions?
A: Auditions are now closed.
Q: Can I still get involved with Frog in Hand?
A: Absolutely. You can train with Frog in Hand company members (including Summer Company Co-Directors Alice and Colleen) online through Kitchen Dances! Get the zoom links to train and learn more here - the Kitchen Dances Facebook page. Or, if you are interested in learning about future opportunities, we encourage you to join our MAILING LIST with the form below! We use Mail Chimp, and we promise not to send more than 4-5 emails blasts per year. We only share the important stuff: news, performances, workshops, auditions and special announcements! We'd love to keep you in the loop.
Summer Company dancers 2019, Image by Tavia Christina Summer Company dancers 2018, Image by Rosemary Snell
Summer Company: History
Rehearsal Director: Rohan Dhupar
Communications Intern & Performer: Clarke Blair
Company: Hannah Shikatani, Claire Whitaker, Morgyn Aronyk-Schell, Sarah Flack, Gwendolyn Mitchell, Justin Fraser.
In this first year of the company, we began by performing a new work collaboratively created at the Mississauga Waterfront Festival ("Colours"). Company dancers joined a terrific team of established professional dancers in "The Fall" at the Toronto Fringe. The 2018 Summer Company led a full day of workshops for students at Riverside School in Port Credit, and performed "Checkmate" at Mississauga's Living Arts Centre for Canada Day. Our special projects involved dancing outdoors (site-specific work) by the lake (where the company was invited to dance on a boat!), creating a dance film in the historic Small Arms Inspection Building, and performing original choreography by Rohan Dhupar (Speakeasy Suite).
Rehearsal Director Micha Baltman
Production Assistant and Stage Manager Jessica Cen
Company: Krista Newey, Cody Berry, Kirsten Sullivan, Tavia Christina, Anastasia Botos, Dana MacDonald.
In this second year of the company, we hit the ground running - company members began by performing a highly theatrical work they devised in collaboration with Andrew Gaboury and Colleen Snell at the Mississauga Waterfront Festival ("Boomba"). Then they joined spoken word poet Callahan Connor in re-creating "Heart of Matter" at the Toronto Fringe Festival, performing 8 times in Trinity Saint Pauls' United Church. They led "Dragon"workshops for QE Public School and Port Credit S.S., and performed at Mississauga's Living Arts Centre for Canada Day. Special projects involved research and development for Stories in the Woods, Sugar Plum (led by Sadie Epstein Fine), company workshops/classes led by company members, and a master class led by Matti Tauru, a dancer at Tanzmainz at Staatstheater Mainz in Germany. The company trained for seven weeks with personal trainer, actor/physical theatre artist Alice Cavanagh.
Thank you to Summer Company community partners the Port Credit Community Foundation, the City of Mississauga and to Canada Summer Jobs. Thanks also to the professional artist mentors who supported Summer Company 2018 & 2019. Special thanks to Andrew Gaboury, Daniel Levinson and Rapier Wit, Kelly Shaw, Micha Baltman, Alvin Collantes, Philippe Poirier, JT Papandreos, Andy Ingram, Alice Cavanagh, Callahan Connor, Sadie Epstein Fine, Blueheel Dance.
Left to right: Summer Company 2018 members Morgyn Aronyk-Schell and Justin Fraser in The Fall. Image: Francesca Chudnoff
Left to right Summer Company 2019 dancers Dana MacDonald, Kirsten Sullivan. Image by Tavia Christina.