Telling It Bent

Telling It Bent is coming back this April!

Telling It Bent is the frank‘s creative writing program for queer, transgender, two-spirited, and questioning youth between the ages of 14 and 25. With a focus on creating and maintaining a safer, encouraging space, it’s a place to meet other queer and trans artists, to express and imagine together, and to learn and nurture writing, editing, performance, and publications skills.

This is the third iteration of Telling It Bent, and we’re shaking things up a bit! This time, we’re scrapping the drop-in format in order to facilitate the development and presentation of an original work. Each successful applicant will help collectively create, edit, rehearse and publicly perform this piece over the course of the five-month program.

Eligibility
Participants must be:
– between the ages of 14 and 25
– identify as queer, trans, two-spirit, and/or questioning
– located in the Greater Vancouver area OR located outside of Greater Vancouver (within BC) with access to a computer, webcam, microphone and high-speed internet

PLEASE NOTE: We are opening the program up to youth from outside of the Lower Mainland for the first time. Out-of-town youth will use online meeting software to participate in the weekly workshops in real time, and will be brought to Vancouver for at least part of the rehearsal period and for the performance. Please be advised that since this is a pilot program, there will likely to be technical issues to work out as we go. We thank you in advance for your patience!

We encourage and welcome applicants from all cultural, ability and socio-economic backgrounds.

Selected participants will receive an honorarium upon completion of the project.

PLEASE NOTE: We are opening the program up to youth from outside of the Lower Mainland for the first time. Out-of-town youth will use online meeting software to participate in the weekly workshops in real time. Please be advised that since this is a pilot program, there will likely to be technical issues to work out as we go. We thank you in advance for your patience!

The program will run April 20, 2017 to mid-July, 2017 (end date TBD soon) and will be facilitated by genderqueer theatre & performance artist – and frank Artist-in-Residence – Katie Sly, themself an alumni of Buddies in Bad Times’ queer youth program in Toronto.

If you have already submitted your application in response to the two previous calls that took place end of 2016, thank you! We will be in touch with all applicants first week of April.

To apply – please complete the application form.

For more information, email Chris at chris@thefranktheatre.com.

Many thanks to the Telus Foundation, the Edith Lando Foundation, the BC Arts Council and TD Bank for their support of this program.