Professional Development

Professional Development

As with any career, professional development is important for building your skill-sets, growing your expertise, and improving the quality of your productions. You may choose to enrol in a structured training program, secure a mentorship with a senior producer, or simply create a casual curriculum for yourself. We've pulled together some professional development opportunities for producers below, and you can find more through networks like The Producer's Learning Network on Facebook.


Arts and Business Exchange


Theatre Ontario
Volcano Theatre - Producer’s Learning Network
Summerworks - SLIP (Toronto)
TAPA Trade Series (Toronto)
Generator (Toronto)
Koffler Centre for the Arts
Toronto Dance Community Love-In
ArtsBuild Ontario
Axis Syllabus International Research Network
Movement Research Intensive
Canada's National Voice Intensive

Law for Non-Profits (Vancouver, Online Seminars)
BC Alliance for Arts and Culture (Vancouver)


These programs are administered by companies or organizations to provide training and development opportunities to producers.

Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity - Leadership
Toronto Arts Council - Leaders Lab
Generator - Artist Producer Training (Toronto)
Artrepreneur (York Region Arts Council)
Dance Educators International
Artscape Daniels Launchpad

Degree and Diploma Programs

The Canadian Association of Arts Administration Educators has member institutions across Canada that provide degree and diploma programs in arts management.
Humber College has a Administration and Cultural Management graduate certificate program. Last year's students created An Intro Guide to Arts Administration as part of their final project that you can read online.
Coursera offers online certificates in various different disciplines, including arts and culture, finance, business, and more.

Funding to support Professional Development

Metcalf Internships
Ontario Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts
Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP)
Dancer Transition Resource Centre
Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, Ontario Chaptera
Toronto Arts Councila


Mind Tools

Applying for Jobs and Internships

Centre Theatre Group put together an excellent video series on How to Apply for Jobs and Internships in the Arts. Watch the whole series by heading to our youtube channel.