Hack Lab — Call to Artists

Theatre Direct’s popular inquiry-based program for artist exploration: Hack Lab, opens a cohort specifically for artist caregivers! A unique opportunity for those engaged in care work to reconnect with their practice and other artists within a time-flexible container.

Hack Lab is an entirely process-driven creative space that disrupts what we know about performance by investigating non-traditional forms, sparking discussions and engaging with works of art. Artists can interact with the lab in the way that best suits them, and many past participants have expressed that Hack Lab has pushed the limits of their own artistic processes. Hack Lab is a multigenerational group that is open to all artists, at any stage of their practice.

Bi-weekly, facilitator Shira Leuchter sends the artists a curated selection of artistic references based around themes like Home and Borders, Land and Site, Autobiography, Provocation/Joy as Forms of Resistance, along with art making prompts that challenge ideas of performance. Hack Lab artists meet to discuss the materials, and reflect on their own processes, stumbling blocks and victories in art making.

Hack Lab is a free program. Deadline for applications has now closed. Stay tuned for the fall.


Meeting Dates

May 28th, June 11th, June 25th, July 9th, July 23rd and August 6th
10am EST or 2pm EST (2 cohorts)

If you require any assistance with accessibility including access to the internet or a device, or if you have any questions, please contact us at balancingact@theatredirect.ca.


Andrea and Byron with Mayari, Tkaronto/Toronto

There’s not a lot of opportunities for us to engage with art as artists when we’re also looking after our little one. Having a child demands flexibility and Hack Lab provides an open and welcoming environment that enables us to have conversations about art with other artists while still being able to parent simultaneously. It’s really helped us to keep our creative flames going during the pandemic.

Andrea Mapili & Byron Abalos