Latest newsEventual_Ashes_Latest_News.html
gein wongGein_Wong_Bio.html

   Arise: multidisciplinary emerging artists

Arise is our intensive program for emerging artists creating work that incorporates two or more artistic disciplines, including theatre, dance, music and video.  The program is run by Gein Wong and Catherine Hernandez. 

Call for Artists: Due Feb 6, 2015




Eventual Ashes is proud to announce the return of ARISE, a FREE multi-disciplinary performance program for LGBTTQQ2SIA people of colour or Indigenous heritage, graciously funded by the Ontario Arts Council. Now in its 3rd year, under the helm of Artistic Director Gein Wong and fellow theatre practitioner, Catherine Hernandez, 2-4 selected individuals will be given development, dramaturgical and directorial support in the creation of a performance piece with a showcase during Buddies in Bad Times Theatre's Queer Pride during Pride Toronto.

Are you interested in….

Creating and developing a performance piece?

Combining various forms of performance like dance, theatre and music?

The opportunity to creatively express something about yourself, your communities, the media or current event?

We are looking for:

*Emerging artists interested in creating performance pieces that incorporate more than one art form. This could include dance, theatre, music or video.

*Fierce individuals who want to learn new techniques in performance as well as hone and respect their own ways of storytelling.

*Open hearted creatures who have something to say and want to learn the various -- often difficult, emotional and vulnerable -- ways in which one can express it through performance.

*People who have a performance project in mind that has yet to come to fruition.

* Sustainable projects with potential for growth beyond our program.

* LGBTTQQ2SIA people of colour or Indigenous heritage folks that reside within Ontario. We will consider applications outside of Toronto for distance learning through online tools such as Skype.

What the program looks like:

*Operating under an anti-oppressive framework, we will actively learn various skills in performance as well develop our own ways of storytelling based on a deep-rooted respect in what our cultures and pasts have given us.

*Over the course of 4 months (March, April, May, June), you will get to explore various art forms, hone your ability to perform and work with professional artists

*We will be meeting in depth twice every month to develop your project. This will happen on the weekends. Priority placement will be given to participants who can attend.

*Some of these meetings will occur as overnight intensive retreats in the Rouge Conservation area.

*During this process you will receive directorial and dramaturgical (writing) support from both Gein Wong and Catherine Hernandez.

*A performance night in during Pride Toronto at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre's Queer Cab will showcase all performance pieces.

*Participants will be granted an honorarium budget to cover rehearsal time and expenses. While group projects are welcome, an honorarium will be given per piece, not per performer.

About the mentors:

Gein Wong is an interdisciplinary director, playwright, spoken word poet, composer and video artist. Her works focus on obvious things like gender, class and well as things a little less obvious, like gender, class and race. She is a 2012-13 Canadian Stage RBC BASH Director in Residence, a 2013 Harbourfront Centre HATCH Resident Artist, a two-time Philadelphia Asian Arts Initiative Resident Artist and is collaborating on a New York HERE Arts Centre Residency. She was shortlisted for the Ontario KM Hunter Theatre Awards in Theatre (2010) and Literature (2013). Her art have been shown and performed across Canada, in the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, East Asia and the United States. She is published in the Playwrights Canada Press Anthology Refractions Solo and is a featured artist in Diaspora Dialogues’ 5th Anniversary Commemorative Book. Gein is a New York Kundiman Poetry fellow and is featured on the Dig Your Roots Canadian Spoken Word CD. She has released two CDs Thousand Mile Voice and Burning Money for You which are a warm and distinctive blend of East Asian acoustic instruments and electronic brushed beats. She is classically trained in piano and french horn and has trained with the erhu (Chinese violin) virtuoso Shao Lin. Gein is the Artistic Director of Eventual Ashes, the Asian Arts Freedom School and a co-owner of the Gladday Bookshop.

Catherine Hernandez's one-woman show, The Femme Playlist, premiered at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Oct 2014 as part of the afterRock Play Series co-produced by b current, Eventual Ashes and Sulong Theatre. She is a proud queer woman of colour and single mom. In 2007, her first play, Singkil, was directed by Nina Lee Aquino, produced by fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company in associa¬tion with Factory Theatre and garnered seven Dora Mavor Moore nominations including Outstanding New Play, Independent Division. She wrote and performed the critically acclaimed one-woman puppet show, Eating with Lola (Sulong Theatre and Next Stage Festival) directed by Puppetmongers’ Ann Powell. The show was a major hit, having been first developed by fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre and then toured North Carolina’s Duke University and Bogota, Colombia for the Festival de Mujeres en Enscena in Spanish (translation by Mexican puppeteer, Amaranta Leyva). She was Theatre Passe Muraille’s 08/09 playwright in residence and was the theatre’s Associate Producer in 2009/2010. She launched Sulong Theatre, a company dedicated to producing theatre by and about women of colour. The Collective’s inaugural creation, Future Folk, was produced by Theatre Passe Muraille as part of its 09/10 season. Catherine as an individual was named Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s Ontario Playwright in Residence in 10/11 to develop Eating with Lola. Kilt Pins, produced by Sulong Theatre in November of 2011 in partnership with Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture has been published by Playwrights Canada Press. On September 21 2012, Catherine immersed herself in a lifeboat filled with filthy water for 24 hours without access to food. The event, named Operation Lifeboat, raised money and awareness for the UN-Natural recurring disasters in the Philippines. It involved more than 45 artists worldwide who performed each hour of the event and resulted in over 30 hours of watched video footage and more than 1100 viewers worldwide. She is the facilitator of Cahoots Theatre's Crossing Gibraltor program for refugees and newcomers to Canada, and is co-facilitator for the ARISE theatre program for LGBTQ creators and director for the U.S. tour of Honoring Our Heartbeats: A Tour to End Forced Marriage in the U.S.






Phone #

Email Address

How do you identify?

Tell us about your performance piece.

Tell us where you're at with it, if it has a development history.

What goals would you like to set for yourself if you were chosen to be part of this program?

Describe your artistic process. How do you make a project come to life?

What is your availability like on the weekends?

Anything else you want to tell us?