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Crow’s is launching the fourth year of paid Artist Cross-Training Programs (AXTP) designed to provide cross-discipline paid training and flexible employment for under-employed arts-workers in our theatre and broader arts community.   

Each year, the program rolls out cross-training cohorts catering to specific training requirements:  including performer/creators in production, writers in direction, technicians in design, actors in playwriting, and various combinations. Providing training and jobs for under-employed arts-workers is a top priority for all cohorts.

In this, the fourth year of the program, the cohort will focus on developing skills and experience in theatrical direction, production management, and producing for any artist, technician, production or other arts-worker who is interested.

The program will include hands on training to give participating arts-workers the skills and knowledge required in the creation of mounting a theatrical production. 

The program is intended to offer additional skills training to under employed professional arts workers within the GTA: therefore technicians, operators, labourers, specialists, heads of departments, actors, writers, etc., are encouraged to apply.

Paid Training Program 

Participants in the program will commit to fulfilling a minimum 80 hours, paid on an hourly basis, in a theatrical department under a mentoring artist between July 2019 – June 2020. 

The discipline and/or departmental opportunities are as follows:

  • Producing
  • Direction
  • Production Management
  • Stage Management
  • Technical Direction
  • Sound Design
  • Events Management
  • Marketing

Instruction will be led by the participant's mentor, though there will be additional opportunities for coaching and consultation from additional resources.


To apply, please complete the Application Form at the link below. A completed form must be submitted no later than Monday June 24, 2019. All applications will be reviewed, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please note, that, in your application form, you will be asked to specify which area you are most interested in. 

Application Form:



Download PDF Call for Applications here



Founded in 1983, Crow’s Theatre has been a leading force in the Canadian theatre landscape, recognized for provocative and award-winning new theatre work that has toured nationally and internationally. 

In January 2017, Crow’s opened the doors to its first permanent home:  Streetcar Crowsnest. The new state-of-the-art performing arts facility offers a dynamic spectrum of affordable contemporary theatre, all-ages arts events, wide-ranging community programming and partnerships.

Streetcar Crowsnest houses three venues for cultural and neighbourhood programming and events: a multi-configurational Guloien Theatre (200 seats); the Scotiabank Community Studio (90) for smaller performances, rehearsals and community activities; and a beautiful Lobby Bar adjacent to a full-service 60-seat restaurant, Gare de L’Est.   



Since 2012, Crow’s has engaged in multiple phases of community consultation related to its facility planning. Consultations within the cultural communities yielded a wide range of input and interests, including appeals for paid professional development and flexible employment for local arts-workers, on and off the stage.

This input spurred our reflection and consideration. The creation of theatre is increasingly collaborative and cross-disciplinary. The lines between director, actor, designer, production and technical roles are increasingly blurred and dynamic. Boundary-bending roles can be attributed to numerous motivations, including the broadening of artistic practice, insufficient employment opportunities within traditional institutions, an environment where some of the best new work is developed on smaller stages with fewer resources, and the pursuit of flexibility and sustainability of/for our artists.   

In response, Crow’s launched this artist exchange training programs designed to provide paid cross-discipline training and flexible employment for under-employed art workers in our theatre and broader arts community. Each year, the program will roll out cross-training cohorts catering to specific training requirements.