Compass Points

2017 Compass Points Registration will be open in the new year, please check back in 2017.

Compass Points is an intensive program designed to inspire and nurture the careers of emerging artists from across the country. It provides a firsthand introduction to the professional theatre industry and fosters lifelong collaborative relationships among a peer community of Canada’s next generation of theatre creators. The program will focus on providing participants with new tools, inspiration, and ideas to fuel their creative practices while engaging in a critical discourse on artistic creation and criticism.

The Compass Points program provides participants with a three-fold approach:

Panels & Workshops

Compass Points participants at our 2014 festivalEngage with Canada’s top professional artists and theatre practitioners from across the country. Topics and events vary from year to year to complement festival programming and address current concerns and questions. Past workshops include: Kaleidography, and Chorus, Le Jeu, and auditioning technique and previous panels have addressed touring, theatre creation and criticism, grant writing, new play development, and self-producing.  Past panelists and workshop leaders include: Peter Hinton, Richard Rose, Sarah Garton Stanley, Jillian Keiley, Daniel Brooks, Denise Clark, Marcus Youssef, Daniel MacIvor, Ravi Jain, Ann-Marie Kerr, Mary Vingoe and more.



Compass PointsEach participant will be paired with one other member of the Compass Points Program. Together they will be partnered with an established artist and their company involved in the 2016 Magnetic North Theatre Festival. The participants will have unique access to the show, and the artists and practitioners involved in creating the work.




All participants in Compass Points see all featured shows at each festivalThe group will attend all the performances that comprise the Canada’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Whitehorse, YT. Participants will be exposed to some of the best and most daring work currently being produced across the country. For our full list of 2016 performances, featuring artists from across Canada, please click here.




What Past Participants Are Saying

“I have had a pretty successful couple years, but it was Compass Points that gave me the knowledge to get those gigs, the perspective on how the arts economy actually works in Canada, and the advice on how I could fit into it…Compass Points fills in a lot of gaps an artist fresh out of school encounters when trying to create work in a professional setting, and for that I am very grateful.” – Tyler Klein Longmire, Alberta

“I am now connected to a network of artists across Canada, many of whom I’m sure I’ll soon be collaborating with, and I now have a much greater vision as to how to move forward in my artistic practice as a young artist.” – Milton Lim, British Columbia

“Since attending [in 2010], I have written over five plays that have been produced.  Many of the skills learned within [Compass Points] have assisted me in my work at the Living Arts Centre, Theatre Ancaster, STEPS Performing Arts Studio, Theatre Aquarius and within my own production company.” – Laura Ellis, Ontario