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Results Announcement

Deadline Date: January 12, 2024



This is a third-party recommender program. Recommenders are organizations in the arts community authorized by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) to receive and assess grant applications. Recommenders are each allocated a budget and decide which applications are awarded grants. They also determine the amount of each grant. OAC reviews grant recommendations to confirm applicant and project eligibility and issues grant payments to recipients. Recommender decisions are authorized by OAC’s CEO.

To safeguard the integrity of the assessment process, artists who have a conflict of interest with a particular recommender are not eligible to apply to that recommender. An artist is in a conflict of interest if they are:

  • an employee or board member of the recommender organization
  • a person who reviews applications for the recommender
  • an immediate family member of those described above
In addition, recommenders must not approve grants that will be paid back to them in any way.


4th Line Theatre, Millbrook
Number of Applications: 39
Total Requested: $94,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 7
Total Recommended: $8,000
 
Recipients
Allen, Brendon, Toronto, $1,000 
Alton, Kate, Peterborough, $1,000 
Ferreri, Alessandra, Toronto, $1,000 
Murphy, Megan, Peterborough, $2,000 
Nacamoto, Pati, London, $1,000 
Smith, Autumn, Gravenhurst, $1,000 
Tuffin, Lois, Otonabee, $1,000 

Aluna Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 15
Total Requested: $37,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Recommended: $9,000
 
Recipients
Isaza Clunie, Mercedes, Toronto, $2,000 
Mayers, Janis, Toronto, $2,500 
Mesquita, Yago, Toronto, $1,500 
Moreno-Valverde, Nawi, Toronto, $1,500 
Zepeda, Jessica, Toronto, $1,500 

b current Performing Arts Co., Toronto
Number of Applications: 46
Total Requested: $124,250
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $8,000
 
Recipients
Blackman, Jewelle, Ajax, $1,000 
Boyd, Christopher-Elizabeth, Toronto, $1,000 
Café-Fébrissy, Katia, Toronto, $1,000 
Carter, Andrea, Orangeville, $1,000 
Charley, Ajahnis, Toronto, $1,000 
Idreis, Ameer, Toronto, $1,000 
King, Kemi, Oakville, $1,000 
Mercury, Sam, Kitchener, $1,000 

Blyth Festival, Blyth
Number of Applications: 40
Total Requested: $103,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 4
Total Recommended: $8,000
 
Recipients
Murphy, Colleen, Toronto, $2,000 
Reece, Luke, Toronto, $2,000 
Ryan, Kydra, Simcoe, $2,000 
Solem, Birgitte, Toronto, $2,000 

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 60
Total Requested: $160,150
Number of Grants Awarded: 11
Total Recommended: $15,000
 
Recipients
Ayache, Makram, Toronto, $1,000 
Chung, Taija Shonée, Toronto, $1,000 
Fiati, Sedina, Toronto, $2,000 
Mantia, Alexander, Whitby, $1,000 
Miller, Justin, Toronto, $1,000 
Pidhgah Gilani, Sina, Toronto, $1,500 
Silvera, Abby, Toronto, $2,000 
Vermue, Reg, Toronto, $1,500 
Walker, Johnnie, Toronto, $1,500 
Webber, Evan, Toronto, $1,000 
Zepeda, Jessica, Toronto, $1,500 

Cahoots Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 18
Total Requested: $46,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 11
Total Recommended: $16,000
 
Recipients
1S1 Theatre, Toronto, $2,000 
Cameron, Alex, Toronto, $1,250 
Charley, Ajahnis, Toronto, $1,100 
Das, Sivert, Toronto, $1,500 
Fernandes, Peter, East York, $2,500 
Harlan, Trisha, Ajax, $1,500 
Jones, Erin, Toronto, $1,100 
Prus, Kass, Etobicoke, $1,450 
Rai, Jind Sohila, Toronto, $1,000 
Simpson, Sashoya, Toronto, $1,100 
Voo, Keara, Toronto, $1,500 

Canadian Stage, Toronto
Number of Applications: 72
Total Requested: $205,125
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Alvis, Cole, Toronto, $1,000 
Ayache, Makram, Toronto, $1,000 
Fournier, Susanna, Toronto, $2,500 
Miller, Justin, Toronto, $1,000 
Miller, Rick, Toronto, $1,500 
Rutherford, Amy, Toronto, $1,000 
Small, Rosamund, Toronto, $1,000 
Smith, James Dallas, Toronto, $1,000 

Carousel Players, St. Catharines
Number of Applications: 17
Total Requested: $50,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 4
Total Recommended: $6,000
 
Recipients
Jaramillo, Juan, Milton, $1,000 
Kras, Michael, Hamilton, $2,000 
Moore, Rachel, Toronto, $1,000 
Velis, Juan Carlos, St Catharines, $2,000 

Factory Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 148
Total Requested: $397,750
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $15,000
 
Recipients
Badian, Marie Beath, Toronto, $2,000 
Bennett, Gillian, Toronto, $2,000 
Campbell, Curtis, Toronto, $1,000 
Phan, Julie, Mississauga, $2,000 
Staples, Elizabeth, Toronto, $2,000 
Valderrama, Margarita, Toronto, $2,000 
Walker, Johnnie, Toronto, $2,000 
Yeung, Norman, Toronto, $2,000 

fu-GEN Theatre Company, Toronto
Number of Applications: 29
Total Requested: $78,900
Number of Grants Awarded: 6
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Badian, Marie Beath, Toronto, $2,000 
Brandenburg, Erin, Toronto, $1,500 
Fernandes, Peter, East York, $2,000 
Lashbrook, Mayumi, Toronto, $1,500 
Phan, Julie, Mississauga, $1,000 
Yeung, Norman, Toronto, $2,000 

Grand Theatre, London
Number of Applications: 25
Total Requested: $66,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 4
Total Recommended: $7,000
 
Recipients
Graham, Taylor, Cambridge, $1,500 
Hagarty, Sarah, Stratford, $2,000 
Intson, Camille, Dundas, $2,000 
Summers, Montana, Southwold, $1,500 

Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa
Number of Applications: 13
Total Requested: $34,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 6
Total Recommended: $9,000
 
Recipients
Badian, Marie Beath, Toronto, $2,000 
Blumel, Sarah, Ottawa, $1,000 
Moore, Drew, Toronto, $1,000 
Pereira, Shanice, Ottawa, $2,000 
Spry, Lib, Kingston, $1,000 
SweetnFab Collective, Kingston, $2,000 

Green Light Arts, Kitchener
Number of Applications: 37
Total Requested: $96,850
Number of Grants Awarded: 7
Total Recommended: $7,000
 
Recipients
Gorodetsky, Benjamin, Kitchener, $1,000 
Graham, Taylor, Cambridge, $1,000 
Keller, Mark, Toronto, $1,000 
Miller, Justin, Toronto, $1,000 
Reddick-stevens, Riel, Toronto, $1,000 
Rhema Collective, Kitchener, $1,000 
St. Bernard, Donna-Michelle, Stoney Creek, $1,000 

Jumblies Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 25
Total Requested: $68,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 4
Total Recommended: $6,000
 
Recipients
Deer, Shelba, Sheguiandah First Nation, $1,000 
Lin, Amanda, Toronto, $2,500 
Martin, Eliza, Toronto, $1,000 
Osahor, Carmen, Toronto, $1,500 

Magnus Theatre Company, Thunder Bay
Number of Applications: 18
Total Requested: $43,300
Number of Grants Awarded: 4
Total Recommended: $7,000
 
Recipients
Bonnell, Yolanda, Toronto, $3,000 
Paulsen, Andrew, Thunder Bay, $1,500 
Proulx, Adam, Sault Ste. Marie, $1,000 
Sher, Emil, Toronto, $1,500 

Modern Times Stage Company, Toronto
Number of Applications: 85
Total Requested: $235,700
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $9,000
 
Recipients
Ayache, Makram, Toronto, $1,500 
bhojani, sehar, Hamilton, $1,000 
Blight, Michelle, Newmarket, $1,000 
Cunningham, Ryan, Toronto, $1,500 
Kadozuke Kollektif, Toronto, $1,000 
Masood, Marium, Toronto, $1,000 
Pidhgah Gilani, Sina, Toronto, $1,000 
Woolley, Chelsea, Toronto, $1,000 

MT Space, Waterloo
Number of Applications: 51
Total Requested: $140,120
Number of Grants Awarded: 10
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Burns, Jordan M., Kitchener, $1,000 
Comeau, Richard, Toronto, $1,000 
Garrick, Nickeshia, York, $1,000 
Krauss, Jewels, Toronto, $1,000 
Lovell, Raechele, Kitchener, $1,000 
Nautanki Bazaar, Toronto, $1,000 
Provenance-Ase, Kitchener, $1,000 
Reis, Ludmylla, Ottawa, $1,000 
Summers, Montana, Southwold, $1,000 
Vejdani, Tahirih, Toronto, $1,000 

Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto
Number of Applications: 23
Total Requested: $57,450
Number of Grants Awarded: 9
Total Recommended: $13,000
 
Recipients
Comeau, Richard, Toronto, $1,000 
Cutknife, Theresa, Toronto, $2,000 
Keyes, Ethan, Toronto, $1,000 
Marin, Zoe, Oakville, $1,000 
Murrin, Jennifer, Toronto, $1,500 
Recinos, Joseph, Toronto, $1,500 
Smith, James Dallas, Toronto, $1,000 
Summers, Montana, Southwold, $2,500 
Zepeda, Jessica, Toronto, $1,500 

Nightswimming, Mississauga
Number of Applications: 35
Total Requested: $97,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 4
Total Recommended: $11,000
 
Recipients
Bonnell, Yolanda, Toronto, $3,000 
Jord and Liz, Toronto, $2,000 
Sadiq, Zorana, Toronto, $3,000 
Walker, David Gagnon, Toronto, $3,000 

Nightwood Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 57
Total Requested: $152,900
Number of Grants Awarded: 13
Total Recommended: $13,000
 
Recipients
Bonnell, Yolanda, Toronto, $1,000 
Fiallos, Katarina, Toronto, $1,000 
Gonzalez Kane, Thalia, Toronto, $1,000 
Kreatrix, Kaylie, Ottawa, $1,000 
Lalama, Breton, Fenwick, $1,000 
Lau, Tabia, Toronto, $1,000 
Leuchter, Shira, Toronto, $1,000 
Masood, Marium, Toronto, $1,000 
Mayers, Janis, Toronto, $1,000 
Nunez, Marilo, Hamilton, $1,000 
Staples, Elizabeth, Toronto, $1,000 
Uafás-Álainn, Hanlon, Toronto, $1,000 
Woolley, Chelsea, Toronto, $1,000 

Obsidian Theatre Company Inc., Toronto
Number of Applications: 35
Total Requested: $95,800
Number of Grants Awarded: 9
Total Recommended: $17,000
 
Recipients
Ayres, Michael, Toronto, $1,000 
Carter, Andrea, Orangeville, $1,000 
Crossfield, Troy, Pickering, $1,000 
Fiati, Sedina, Toronto, $2,000 
Garrick, Nickeshia, York, $3,000 
Payne, Alicia, Toronto, $2,500 
Randall, Lennette, Toronto, $2,500 
Richardson, Tonjha, Toronto, $1,000 
Simamba, Makambe, Brampton, $3,000 

Odyssey Theatre, Ottawa
Number of Applications: 40
Total Requested: $111,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Recommended: $5,000
 
Recipients
Gilmour, Dean, Toronto, $1,000 
Lashbrook, Mayumi, Toronto, $1,000 
Reiter, Shawna, Toronto, $1,000 
Spry, Lib, Kingston, $1,000 
Van Wieren, Eish, Toronto, $1,000 

Ottawa Fringe Festival, Ottawa
Number of Applications: 13
Total Requested: $34,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 4
Total Recommended: $8,000
 
Recipients
Fejzic, Sanita, Vanier, $2,000 
Pereira, Shanice, Ottawa, $2,000 
Rideout, Kelsey, Ottawa, $2,000 
Smyck, Caitlin, Ottawa, $2,000 

Outside the March, Toronto
Number of Applications: 57
Total Requested: $158,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Recommended: $6,000
 
Recipients
Lin, Amanda, Toronto, $1,000 
Lynch, Keavy, Toronto, $1,000 
McGrail, Cullen Elijah, Dover Centre, $1,500 
Phan, Julie, Mississauga, $1,000 
Scott, Sydney, Toronto, $1,500 

Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, Waterloo
Number of Applications: 45
Total Requested: $117,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 10
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Burns, Jordan M., Kitchener, $1,000 
Charkow, Brenley, Stratford, $1,000 
Gorodetsky, Benjamin, Kitchener, $1,000 
McCormack, Ian, North Bay, $1,000 
Quigley, Laura-Dorothy, Belle River, $1,000 
Roveda, Mandy, Hamilton, $1,000 
Smith, Autumn, Gravenhurst, $1,000 
Spence, Vanessa, Brampton, $1,000 
Tétreault, Alex, Sudbury, $1,000 
Zeit, Stephanie, Toronto, $1,000 

Port Stanley Festival Theatre, Port Stanley
Number of Applications: 13
Total Requested: $28,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 4
Total Recommended: $5,000
 
Recipients
Furrow, Murray, Toronto, $1,500 
Hoyt, Tracey, Toronto, $1,000 
Kopp, Ben, Toronto, $1,500 
Reece, Luke, Toronto, $1,000 

Puppetmongers Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 10
Total Requested: $23,950
Number of Grants Awarded: 2
Total Recommended: $5,000
 
Recipients
Reiter, Shawna, Toronto, $2,600 
Wheeler, Olivia, Toronto, $2,400 

Roseneath Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 31
Total Requested: $84,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 9
Total Recommended: $9,000
 
Recipients
Addison, Kay, Ottawa, $1,000 
Bawtinheimer, Evan, Toronto, $1,000 
Black Robinson, Graeme, Etobicoke, $1,000 
Brown, Samson, Toronto, $1,000 
Jaramillo, Juan, Milton, $1,000 
Johnson, Marcia, Toronto, $1,000 
Moore, Rachel, Toronto, $1,000 
Spicy Day, Toronto, $1,000 
Velis, Juan Carlos, St Catharines, $1,000 

Soulpepper, Toronto
Number of Applications: 62
Total Requested: $171,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Badian, Marie Beath, Toronto, $2,000 
Barrie, Eva, Toronto, $2,000 
Bonnell, Yolanda, Toronto, $2,000 
Roberts, Rick, Hamilton, $2,000 
Shields, Erin, Toronto, $2,000 

Studio 180 Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 52
Total Requested: $138,400
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $8,000
 
Recipients
Atherly, Astrid, Markham, $1,000 
Blue Bird Theatre Collective, Toronto, $1,000 
Chatterton, Anna, Hamilton, $1,000 
Gonzalez Kane, Thalia, Toronto, $1,000 
Hennig, Kate, Stratford, $1,000 
Jha, Shreya, Toronto, $1,000 
Shields, Erin, Toronto, $1,000 
Woolley, Chelsea, Toronto, $1,000 

Suitcase in Point, St. Catharines
Number of Applications: 23
Total Requested: $63,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Recommended: $8,000
 
Recipients
Arnold, Megan, Guelph, $1,500 
Cadieux, Jason, Fonthill, $1,500 
Lashbrook, Mayumi, Toronto, $1,500 
Newton, Annie Lockerbie, Toronto, $1,500 
rogers, skye, Hamilton, $2,000 

Talk Is Free Theatre, Barrie
Number of Applications: 13
Total Requested: $34,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 6
Total Recommended: $6,000
 
Recipients
De Zotti, Julian, Toronto, $1,000 
Denny, Ellen, Toronto, $1,000 
Garwood, Taylor, Toronto, $1,000 
Hewitt, Griffin, Toronto, $1,000 
Intson, Camille, Dundas, $1,000 
Subica, Kayla, Mississauga, $1,000 

Tangled Art + Disability, Toronto
Number of Applications: 26
Total Requested: $73,950
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $14,000
 
Recipients
Jaramillo, Juan, Milton, $2,050 
Koumarianos, Myrto, Toronto, $1,000 
MacLean, Mandy, Toronto, $1,000 
Martin, Willow, Burlington, $1,000 
Munro, Laurel, Toronto, $1,000 
Rhema Collective, Kitchener, $3,000 
The Fire and Rescue Team, Toronto, $2,950 
Uafás-Álainn, Hanlon, Toronto, $2,000 

Tarragon Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 105
Total Requested: $285,900
Number of Grants Awarded: 11
Total Recommended: $14,000
 
Recipients
Ayache, Makram, Toronto, $1,000 
Blue Bird Theatre Collective, Toronto, $2,500 
Chatterton, Anna, Hamilton, $1,000 
Jord and Liz, Toronto, $1,000 
Jung, Emily, Richmond Hill, $1,000 
Kamo McHugh, Kate, Waterloo, $1,000 
Mohr, Ginette, Mississauga, $1,000 
Ramondino, Natasha, Toronto, $1,500 
Small, Rosamund, Toronto, $1,500 
Smith, James Dallas, Toronto, $1,000 
Yeung, Norman, Toronto, $1,500 

The Musical Stage Company, Toronto
Number of Applications: 28
Total Requested: $77,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 6
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Denny, Ellen, Toronto, $1,000 
Gillis, Hailey, Toronto, $3,000 
Hennig, Kate, Stratford, $1,500 
Intson, Camille, Dundas, $2,500 
Page, Ben, Toronto, $1,000 
RSJ Productions, Toronto, $1,000 

Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton
Number of Applications: 24
Total Requested: $68,395
Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Recommended: $7,000
 
Recipients
Billings, Carly, Hamilton, $1,000 
Chatterton, Anna, Hamilton, $1,000 
Millan, Jim, Toronto, $2,000 
Roberts, Rick, Hamilton, $1,000 
St. Bernard, Donna-Michelle, Stoney Creek, $2,000 

Theatre Direct, Toronto
Number of Applications: 48
Total Requested: $135,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 10
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Blank Page Productions, Toronto, $1,000 
Boyd, Christopher-Elizabeth, Toronto, $1,000 
Cesari, Isabella, North York, $1,000 
Graham, Caitlin, Toronto, $1,000 
Jaramillo, Juan, Milton, $1,000 
Jennings, Jan, East York, $1,000 
Jones, Jahnelle, Toronto, $1,000 
Newton, Annie Lockerbie, Toronto, $1,000 
Phan, Julie, Mississauga, $1,000 
Simpson, Sashoya, Toronto, $1,000 

Theatre Gargantua, Toronto
Number of Applications: 88
Total Requested: $234,800
Number of Grants Awarded: 7
Total Recommended: $7,000
 
Recipients
Alvis, Cole, Toronto, $1,000 
Baby Monster Productions, Toronto, $1,000 
Green, Celia, Toronto, $1,000 
MacLean, Mandy, Toronto, $1,000 
Traboulsi, Nabil, Toronto, $1,000 
Wells, Jane, Toronto, $1,000 
Zepeda, Jessica, Toronto, $1,000 

Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto
Number of Applications: 29
Total Requested: $78,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 9
Total Recommended: $15,000
 
Recipients
Charley, Ajahnis, Toronto, $2,750 
Chinniah, Dhanish, York, $2,750 
Idreis, Ameer, Toronto, $1,000 
Kamo McHugh, Kate, Waterloo, $1,000 
Krentz, Jesse, Toronto, $1,500 
Lombard, Jonnie, Toronto, $1,000 
Prus, Kass, Etobicoke, $2,000 
Rasul, Alia, Toronto, $1,000 
Sadiq, Zorana, Toronto, $2,000 

Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Toronto
Number of Applications: 12
Total Requested: $33,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 6
Total Recommended: $6,000
 
Recipients
Buhagiar, Valerie, Toronto, $1,000 
huljak, irena, Toronto, $1,000 
King, Kemi, Oakville, $1,000 
LaFrenie, Stephen, Toronto, $1,000 
Simpson, Alexandra, Toronto, $1,000 
The Walking Man Collective, Sault Ste. Marie, $1,000 

Toronto Fringe, Toronto
Number of Applications: 122
Total Requested: $332,700
Number of Grants Awarded: 10
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Bárdos, Bó, Hamilton, $1,000 
Blank Page Productions, Toronto, $1,000 
Colonescu, Maria, Kitchener, $1,000 
Fraser, Jessie, Toronto, $1,000 
Lin, Amanda, Toronto, $1,000 
Morrison, Robert, Toronto, $1,000 
Raj, Sara, Markham, $1,000 
Singh, Dalbir, Guelph, $1,000 
Spence, Vanessa, Brampton, $1,000 
Vejdani, Tahirih, Toronto, $1,000 

Tottering Biped Theatre, Hamilton
Number of Applications: 25
Total Requested: $71,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Recommended: $5,000
 
Recipients
Billings, Carly, Hamilton, $1,000 
Near, Stephen, Hamilton, $1,000 
Rhamey, Carlyn, Hamilton, $1,000 
rogers, skye, Hamilton, $1,000 
Roveda, Mandy, Hamilton, $1,000 

Why Not Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 16
Total Requested: $46,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 7
Total Recommended: $11,000
 
Recipients
Dehbonehie, Anahita, Toronto, $1,000 
HilYun, Toronto, $1,500 
Lashbrook, Mayumi, Toronto, $2,500 
MacLean, Mandy, Toronto, $2,000 
Raj, Sara, Markham, $1,000 
Uculmana-Falcon, Magda, Toronto, $1,000 
Whitney, Abigail, Toronto, $2,000 

YES THEATRE, Sudbury
Number of Applications: 30
Total Requested: $81,400
Number of Grants Awarded: 6
Total Recommended: $7,000
 
Recipients
Campbell, Charles, Thunder Bay, $1,000 
Comeau, Richard, Toronto, $1,500 
McCormack, Ian, North Bay, $1,000 
Paulsen, Andrew, Thunder Bay, $1,000 
Tétreault, Alex, Sudbury, $1,000 
The Walking Man Collective, Sault Ste. Marie, $1,500 

Young People's Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 23
Total Requested: $65,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 7
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Blaine, Amelia, Toronto, $1,250 
Brown, Samson, Toronto, $1,750 
Graham, Caitlin, Toronto, $1,250 
HilYun, Toronto, $1,500 
Johnson, Marcia, Toronto, $1,750 
Kelada-Sedra, Roselyn, St. Catharines, $1,250 
Randall, Lennette, Toronto, $1,250