Testimonial: If I had to describe my experience as a Shadowpath Apprentice in one word, I would have to say it would be “community”. One of the most important things that I have learned from being a part of this inaugural group of supported female creative leaders, is that we are all better when we work together. So often I have felt very alone when approaching my artistic pursuits, with nobody to discuss my ideas and aspirations with. Being allowed to connect with this vibrant group has provided me with confidence, friendship, and a network of people that I will call upon in the years to come. During my apprenticeship, I had a new sense of confidence to apply for a position that I may have assumed was out of reach for me, but due to the nurturing fearless atmosphere and encouragement for us to pursue our goals, I was inspired to apply, and ultimately be successful in being hired as the artistic director of a long-standing theatre company in Canada. I would recommend this apprenticeship to any woman who has a goal of being an administrative or artistic leader in the Canadian theatre community. There is much to be learned by working as a group, and I thank Alex and Shadowpath for the opportunity to rethink my place in this community. - Heather Braaten
Testimonial: I'm grateful this Apprenticeship has provided learning and growing opportunities for me in developing creative projects, project planning, building partnerships and requesting funding (grants and donations). At the first meeting we were evaluating the Trillium Foundation grant that was accepted to provide funding for our Apprenticeships. I became aware that I, as an individual artist qualify, for requesting certain arts funding...and started that process right away! Within 2 months I had written my first grant and it was accepted for my Clearly Musical Home Concert Series (Town of Richmond Hill Cultural Grant). In November, I received the "Emerging Creative Talent" award from the Town of Richmond Hill for "leadership in originality and innovation in the Creative Industries", and now serve on the Cultural Leadership Council! With my Apprenticeship I have appreciated the opportunity to select areas of focus and to be assigned projects that stretched me to take initiative in ways I wouldn't have otherwise. Brainstorming in team meetings with our Artistic Director, Alex, has been extremely beneficial in really getting ideas flowing into new possibilities and realities with creative connections. I highly recommend this Apprenticeship for independent, innovative thinkers who like to be part of a Team to take risks, try new things and make creative projects happen successfully. I had an amazing experience! WOW and Thank you! -Joanna Grace
Testimonial: My time with Shadowpath has been such a rewarding and indescribable experience.Being right out of university, with the desire to delve into the arts admin and producing realm, Shadowpath was the perfect place for me to be to get to discover a lot about myself and how I work. When I started with Shadowpath, I had no idea what I was getting into. I pushed myself to say yes to every opportunity that Alex and Shadowpath offered, which was the smartest thing I could have done. I definitely hit barriers, learned about aspects of the job that I find frustrating and discovered all the things that I am not yet good at. But, I also made new connections, learned a lot more about the arts scene in York Region, learned how to write grants and how to always push for the best! Alex has been such an encouraging mentor. She somehow always knew how to solve a problem or advise me on a barrier I was facing. Alex has inspired me to want to pursue my personal aspirations more and more and I often see myself in her as well. Shadowpath’s apprentice program has definitely given me a platform in which I feel confident to take what I’ve learned and put it towards whatever direction my career may take me. Finally - the experience would not be complete without sharing it with a group of talented women beside me. I have made lasting connections and friendships though this apprenticeship that I will forever be grateful for. Thanks Alex for an amazing 10 months!!-Deanna Galati
Testimonial - The Shadowpath apprenticeship has given me a practical hands-on experience learning about grant writing, arts administration, sponsorship, budgeting, as well as production. This job has given me the tools and the confidence to continue my pursuit in my own aspirations in theatre production. I was grateful for the opportunity to have such a flexible and accommodating work schedule. Having the ability to cater the job tasks to my own personal needs and areas of interest really has allowed me to get a personalized work experience. The greatest challenge I overcame was my personal fear of grant writing. As a creative artist, my ability to write grants is an invaluable skill, but it is a practice that I, like many creative team artists, avoid out of fear and/or frustration. This job gave me practical knowledge on grants and gave me confidence in my writing skills. This job is ideal for theatre practitioners who are interested in pursuing self-produced work or want to expose themselves to new job opportunities in production.- Peyton LeBarr
Testimonial - Being an apprentice for Shadowpath is an opportunity I feel so fortunate to have gained this past year! Not only did I meet a team of artists from different walks of life, with a variety of skillsets, but it was invaluable for me to watch the way Alex treats her artistic endeavours like a business- a challenge for my creative self, as well as one for many other artists. Throughout the year, I learnt about marketing, grant writing, networking, donation & sponsorship requests, and how to have a good time through it all! Shadowpath’s mantra is “If you say you want to do something, just do it, it’s already done”- I shall take this with me wherever I go! I recommend this apprenticeship to any artist who maintains a flexible work schedule, and who wants to learn the business side of art. In a word- FANFREAKINTASTIC!-Karina Milech
Thanks to a Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Shadowpath is expanding our creative team with fifteen female apprentices from 2016 - 2019. These apprentices will develop skills in creation, producing, arts admin and artistic direction and help to increase Shadowpath's community programming. Applications are received in the summer and apprentices begin in September.