Summer Company Initiative
Summer Company dancers 2019, Image by Tavia Christina Summer Company dancers 2018, Image by Rosemary Snell
Summer Company is a Frog in Hand training and performance initiative for young artists. Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada under the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, the Summer Company initiative is driven by our need to support new and emerging artists in the Greater Toronto Area, and our response to the challenge of youth unemployment,
In 2018 Summer Company operated as apprentice program mentored by Frog in Hand and visiting guest artists. We supported eight young artists through full time paid professional employment. During the summer months these artists created new work, gained professional performance experience, and led education outreach programs in schools and at summer festivals. Each week apprentices participated in workshops, and classes led by professional dancers, stage combatants, actors, choreographers and visual, music and performance artists.
For Frog in Hand, Summer Company 2018 was an investment in the future of the arts. It connected us to young people and we hope empowered eight incredible artists to further define their voice themselves and move forward in their careers with confidence.
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, Caroline of 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.