The 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 8 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, 2019 and 2020, Summer Company members received classes in Flying Low/floor work, Gaga Technique, stage combat, acting, jazz dance, improvisation, grant writing, choreography, physical theatre, music, clown/commedia del'arte, voice training, script development, and long-term strength/stamina/flexibility coaching with a certified personal trainer. Past guest artists and collaborators include Noelle Hamlyn, Callahan Connor, Sadie Epstein Fine, Clay & Paper Theatre, Alvin Collantes, Andrew Gaboury, JT Papandreos, Daniel Levinson, Andy Ingram, Alice Cavanagh & more.
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Summer Company 2020 and guest artists, Image by Kendra Epik
Frog in Hand auditions are now closed!
Thank you for your interest in the 2021 Summer Company. If you missed this round of auditions, sign up for our mailing list and follow us on our social media to be in the know of future opportunities.
2021 Summer Company Information Session
Want to learn about the 2021 Summer Company? Thank you to everyone who joined us on Zoom for the information session on Monday, April 30th, led by Rehearsal Director Alice Cavanagh, Artistic Director Colleen Snell, and past Summer Company participant / Frog in Hand Business Manager Jessica Cen.
To recap or to those who missed the session, the recording of the information session is now available!
We are looking for artists to join the 2021 Summer Company
The Summer Company is a diverse ensemble of artists who join together to create new work, train, remount Frog in Hand repertoire and perform across Mississauga. Artists must be available from June 14 - August 13, 2021 (tbc) for 9 intensive weeks of full-time employment and performances.
Artists must be willing and able to travel to work in Mississauga and be available for weekend performance opportunities. *Funding has been confirmed.
We are seeking:
- Physically and emotionally imaginative folks between the age of 19-30
- Skilled dancers with a professional practice
- Folks with a strong foundation in movement, versed in movement techniques
- Artists skilled at character development and storytelling
To be eligible, participants MUST:
Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment (as of June 2021)
Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment, and
Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
All Summer Company members will be paid Ontario’s minimum wage of $14.25/hour, for 30 hours of work per week for a total of 9 weeks. MERCs (Mandatory Employment Related Costs) will be provided. MERCs include expenses such as employment insurance, Canada Pension Plan, vacation pay, workers' compensation, etc.
Please send the following to email@example.com:
- Your resume (2 pages maximum) and headshot
- Movement reel or footage of you dancing. YouTube or Vimeo links only. 3-minute maximum please.
- A video of you performing the attached monologue “Last Day”
- Please use the subject: [YOUR NAME] Auditions 2021
[CLOSED] Audition applications close May 3rd at 5pm (EST).
Selected candidates will be invited to a call back on Friday, May 14th. Location and time to be confirmed.
*Subject to change pending COVID requirements.
Our team will assess applicants based on expressiveness (voice and movement), dynamic range, technical capacity, clarity and confidence, use of vocal tools (pitch, volume, pace, and emphasis).
Frog in Hand is committed to intentionally reflecting and celebrating the rich diversity of Ontario. We actively encourage submissions from artists of all ethnicities, gender identities, religions, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds. Where possible, Frog in Hand prioritizes Mississauga-based artists. If there is any way we can make this application process more accessible to you, please let us know.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you!
The Summer Company: A History
Left image: Rohan Dhupar, Erin Eldershaw, Drew Berry, Maks Martinez, Lizzie Moffat
Summer Company dancers 2019, Image by Tavia Christina Summer Company dancers 2018, Image by Rosemary Snell
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 & 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.
Co-Artistic Director: Alice Cavanagh
Production Assistant & Business Manager: Jessica Cen
Company: Zachary Bastille, Drew Berry, Clarke Blair, Michael Derworiz, Rohan Dhupar, Erin Eldershaw, Makenna (Maks) Martinez, Lizzie Moffatt, Jeremy Pearson, Kaitlyn Seibold.
In the third year of the company, we went digital under the artistic direction of Frog in Hand co-founder and director Colleen Snell and actor Alice Cavanagh, working with guest artists Noelle Hamlyn, Sadie Epstein-Fine, Teiya Kasahara, Cole Vincent, Andrew Gaboury, and Callahan Connor. The Summer Company was mentored in voice work and fitness training with Alice Cavanagh, sound and audio exploration, movement sessions with the artistic directors, and research and developing "Sugar Plum" script by Sadie Epstein-Fine. Under social distancing measures, the performers rehearsed three pieces filmed for the Bollywood Monster Mashup that was live on the Bollywood Monster Mashup Facebook. They filmed a short dance film in collaboration with artist Noelle Hamlyn based on her award-winning art work "Lifers", submitted to the digital Toronto Fringe Collective and premiered from July 4 - 6. We developed Clay and Paper Theatre's mobile performance tour "Cyclops" with lead artists Andrew Gaboury and Alice Cavanagh and performed around neighbourhoods in Toronto and Mississauga. The Summer Company sought out experts in pedagogy, dance-theatre, improvisation, and site-specific performance to develop, write, and film videos for an online masterclass on YouTube as an educational resource. We performed a score-based improvisational piece called "Distance Dances" with spoken word poet Callahan Connor on the grounds near the Small Arms Inspection Building. We developed an audio / radio play based on War of the Worlds with the Frog in Hand artistic team that is slated to premiere at the 2021 Toronto Fringe Festival.
Thank you to Summer Company community partners the Port Credit Community Foundation, the City of Mississauga, the Hazel McCallion Foundation, and to Canada Summer Jobs. Thanks also to the professional artist mentors who supported Summer Company 2018, 2019, 2020. Special thanks to Andrew Gaboury, Daniel Levinson and Rapier Wit, Caroline Augustin and Blueheel Dance Studio, Kelly Shaw, Micha Baltman, Alvin Collantes, Philippe Poirier, JT Papandreos, Andy Ingram, Alice Cavanagh, Callahan Connor, Sadie Epstein-Fine, Teiya Kasahara, Cole Vincent, New Blue Dance, Clay and Paper Theatre, Julie Tepperman, Kev McCurdy, Affair of Honor, Kim Fischer, Kristen Carcone, Samuel Davilmar, Casey Hudecki, Jill Hollingsworth.
Summer Company 2020 member Kaitlyn Seibold in Lifers. Image by Noelle Hamlyn.
Left to right Summer Company 2019 dancers Dana MacDonald, Kirsten Sullivan. Image by Tavia Christina.
Left to right: Summer Company 2018 members Morgyn Aronyk-Schell and Justin Fraser in The Fall. Image: Francesca Chudnoff