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


Volcano Theatre - Producer’s Learning Network
Summerworks - SLIP (Toronto)
TAPA Trade Series (Toronto)
GhostLight Professional Training Series
Canadian Stage CS Classroom
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

Producer's Learning Network

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 (Toronto)
Generator - Artist Producer Training (Toronto)
Artrepreneur (York Region Arts Council) (Toronto/GTA)
Dance Educators International (Toronto)
The Toronto Fringe TENT (Theatre Entrepreneurs’ Network & Training) Program (Toronto)
SKETCH Arts Leadership and Entrepreneurship Programs (Toronto)

Aspiring Emerging Associates Touring & Training Initiative (BC)
Block P (7 sessions on Producing in Theatre) with Playwrights Theatre Centre (Vancouver)

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
Dancer Transition Resource Centre
Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, Ontario Chapter
CADA West Training Subsidy Program
CADA East Training Subsidy Program
Toronto Arts Council

Low Cost Online Learning

Mind Tools offers a wide range of high-quality, practical, on-demand resources can help you to become an effective and inspirational manager and leader

Free Online Learning

GYST (Get Your Sh*t Together) has pages and pages of FREE Professional Practices material for every artist on a variety of topics. These are the tools to help you become a thriving artist.

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.

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