Call for Submissions: HATCH (Harbourfront Centre)

HATCH: 2012-13 – Where new performance begins.
Call for Submissions Deadline: June 20, 2012

Harbourfront Centre is currently seeking proposals from Toronto-area artists and companies working in the field of performance for the 2012-13 HATCH series, guest curated by scenographer Trevor Schwellnus.

Now heading into its ninth year, HATCH is designed to incubate and foster invention and innovation in the local performance scene. The programme has quickly become an important element in the ecology of local performance development, with such past projects as Jess Dobkin’s Everything I’ve Got, Hannah Moskovitch’s The Russian Playand Kids on TV’s Pantheon. Harbourfront Centre invites projects from emerging creators as well as established artists engaging in new collaborations or entering into new artistic territory. We encourage performance proposals from artists working across all disciplines, including, but not limited to, dance, theatre, performance art, music, etc.

Of particular interest are proposals that can demonstrate how HATCH will benefit the project or the artist during this stage of development. HATCH is not about an opportunity for staging a fully finished piece but about using the week to develop a new or existing piece of work. The week itself is about exploring the process of development, with the showing of work being only part of this process.


We are seeking proposals from:

  • Professional performance creators from across the GTA at any stage in their career who are able to demonstrate prior artistic endeavours and a clear mandate;
  • Performance creators engaging in a new project or entering the next distinct phase of ongoing development project;
  • Performing groups/artists from diverse communities whose work is contemporary in nature;
  • Artists committed to the development of contemporary, inventive and creative performance-based work.

The full application package is available online at

For more information, or to receive an application package via email or post, call 416-973-4237 or email

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative non profit cultural organization which creates events and activities of excellence that enliven, educate and entertain a diverse public. Since its inception thirty-five years ago, Harbourfront Centre has been introducing Toronto audiences to artists and art forms, exploring new and bold frontiers in the arts and creative expression.