Mobilizing Social Innovation to Train the Next Generation of Theatre Entrepreneurs


We’re leveraging Sheridan’s expertise in social innovation and community-engaged research to expand Toronto Fringe’s Theatre Entrepreneurs’ Networking and Training program (TENT) and recommend models for fiscal sustainability.

Toronto Fringe & TENT

A vital incubator of theatre talent

Every July over 150 independent theatre companies and thousands of patrons take over downtown Toronto for the 12-day Fringe Festival. It provides a space for emerging artists to launch their careers and for established practitioners to refine new works. Indeed, Toronto Fringe has a history of developing world class talent such as Irene Sankoff and David Hein (My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish WiccanWedding, Come From Away), Ins Choi (Kim’s Convenience), and Trey Anthony (‘Da Kink in My Hair).

During the festival, TENT provides professional development programming for 20 emerging theatre entrepreneurs. They learn how to thrive in the theatre biz through workshops, networking sessions, and mentorships. TENT is free for participants and lacks the capacity to meet overwhelming demand.

Research Questions


How might we increase IMPACT?


How might we enhance ACCESSIBILITY?


How might we achieve SUSTAINABILITY?