T he RISER Project is a new collaborative producing model for theatre artists and companies to create and present new work. It was developed by Ravi Jain and Owais Lightwala of Why Not Theatre in order to address some of the challenges of producing independent theatre in Toronto, including the high cost of production, difficulty of building audiences and inefficient use of resources and infrastructure. Thanks to the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door Program and the Government of Canada, we have been able to do 2 rounds of RISER thus far (2015 and 2016), and are currently planning for 2017.
F or the 2017 round of RISER, we will be supporting 5 productions at The Theatre Centre, and once again bring together a micro community of Senior Partners, operating companies that have larger capacity and often been around for 20+ years. The Senior Partners contribute in kind resources, cash and mentorship support to the model, and over the course of the year we will facilitate long-term relationships between them and the RISER artists.
Find out more about how RISER works in this feature Canadian Theatre Review Article. RISER is also included in a new research study on shared platforms commissioned by The Metcalf Foundation and Toronto Arts Foundation, follow the development of that study at Means of Production.
The RISER project is going to help shape the future of theatre in Toronto. Instead of waiting around for existing systems to evolve, Why Not Theatre has taken it upon themselves to bust shit apart and look at it from a different angle, to actively try to actually change things. It’s brave and it’s damn exciting.
- Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava -
It allows us to take an idea and fast track it into a production. we can just focus on making the show and the creative side rather than the administrative side.
- Adam Paolozza -