Co-op FAQs

Co-op FAQs


How do I apply to become a member of the PHT Creative Hub Co-op?

  • Complete & submit the membership application form.
  • PHT team reviews application.
  • PHT arranges phone, video, or in-person interview with applicant, Artistic Director, and Production Manager to discuss and review your proposal.
  • Once a “win/win fit” with the project & Co-op is determined, PHT arranges interview with Managing Director and applicant to tailor and complete the Letter of Agreement.
Why a Creative Hub Co-op? 

As COVID-19 restrictions impeded and impacted the arts, we saw an opportunity. To create a mutually supportive community of artists who feel a sense of connection and ownership with PHT, contributing to it artistically and financially, creating their own work and supporting one another. By exchanging labour with each other, we can all explore and build work in our spaces. As we each struggle to find new ways to earn revenue with limited audiences, this “micro economy” allows us to continue to create and work together.
Is the Co-op just for theatre projects?

As a performing arts co-operative, we welcome dance, music and theatre projects.
What’s the criteria for becoming a member of the Co-op?          

We have two types of memberships: Active and Contributing.

If you’re working on a creative live performing arts project and would benefit from space to work in, support, and the collective energy of other artists, we encourage you to apply to become an Active Member of the Co-op. A key requirement of Active Membership is “on time delivery”, where a live event or activity happens at a certain place and time. Active Members are expected to create opportunities for the public to view or participate in their work — through open rehearsals, previews or full performances.

Artists without current projects are welcome to join as Contributing Members. You can volunteer and bank your hours to donate to another member or project, or towards a future project of your own when you have one.

How does the selection process for Co-op members work?

Once you apply as an Active Member, your proposal will be reviewed by the PHT team. Together with you, we’ll determine if your project is ready to fully benefit and thrive in the Co-op at that time. Things to consider include the project’s readiness for some form of “on time delivery” to the public, your capacity to volunteer within the Co-op, timing, and the suitability of our available spaces.

Those applying as Contributing Members will be interviewed to discuss the skills they’d like to volunteer, their interest in the Co-op and any future projects in the works. Contributing Memberships are subject to a three-month probation period.

Does everyone who applies to be an Active Member get into the Co-op?

It’s a question of readiness. Not every project or proposal is ready to fully benefit from what this Co-op offers. Sometimes the idea is still a kernel that needs more development before being ready for “on time delivery”. Or the artist has too much on their plate to volunteer. These and other factors will be considered and discussed with the artist during the application process. If this isn’t the time to join, we’re happy to provide feedback and suggestions on how to move the project forward outside of the Co-op. Then re-apply as your project at a later stage in development.
What do I get as an Co-op member?

Space, support, and artistic camaraderie. Active Members have access to bookable studio and production space to create, experiment, and develop live performing artistic works, including potential exhibition/viewings of work by the public (online or in-person). There’s admin space to book for meetings, musing and “office” work. We offer marketing and promotion support, and the opportunity to be curated into the PHT season.  And there’s onsite storage available. Together with Contributing Members, you can access the “Artist Lounge” whenever the building is open and enjoy “cross-pollinating” with other artists in the Co-op.
Are artist spaces allocated on a first-come, first-served basis?

Spaces are allocated on a case by case basis according to each project’s artistic needs.  Considerations include other activities in the building, your technical requirements, and how close you are to presenting to the public. To meet the needs of the Co-op as a whole, assigned spaces may change during the life of a project, but artists will always be in spaces that meet their needs at any given stage of their project’s development.
Can I use the office equipment? (Printer, scanner, etc.)

Active members have limited free use of our office equipment. Printing a few new pages of a script? No problem. Need to scan and email a grant support document to yourself? Go ahead. Need to use an easel for a brainstorming session? Sure thing.  If you have ongoing demands for equipment or supplies, you may be charged a replacement and/or usage fee.
As a member, what do I give to the Co-op?

In exchange for time in PHT spaces, artists are be expected to support the facilities and other artists’ activities as volunteers. This includes light janitorial/sanitizing, door person/ambassador, crew calls, FOH work for public events, etc. We’ll make every effort to match your skill sets and interests to the volunteer work. When generated, revenue sharing is also required to help cover building maintenance and sanitizing costs. Contributing Members who aren’t using spaces can volunteer and bank hours to donate to another member or project, or towards a future project of their own.
How are my volunteer hours calculated?

Volunteer hours are calculated as a ratio of time used in the space. Here’s a basic calculation:

  • Studio time – artists only in the space: 1:1
  • Studio time – artists and one technician in the space: 1:2
  • Studio time – artists, one technician and front of house in the space: 1:3
  • Admin space time: 1: 0.5
  • Storage space is allocated monthly in exchange for volunteer hours ranging from 2 to 6 hours per month, depending on the size of space used.

These are person-hours that need to be worked on behalf of the artist and their project, but don’t have to be done by the artist personally.

If my project involves a group of people, do they each owe the accumulated number of volunteer hours? Or can the hours be split among the company?

Your project’s accumulated volunteer hours can be shared among the members of your company. For instance, a total of 12 hours split between 6 people would be a mere 2 hours per person!
I have some good ideas for a volunteer role. Can I make up my own job?

We love initiative and suggestions. But only volunteer duties that are approved and scheduled by PHT will count towards your volunteer hours. We welcome suggestions for volunteer jobs outside of the pre-determined roles, but PHT is under no obligation to accept those offers.
Is the Co-op membership annual or ongoing?

Participation in the Co-op is project-based, not ongoing. Timelines will be set together with artists on a case by case basis for both Active and Contributing members.
Can we join the Co-op as an organization?

Yes. This would be to your benefit as you’ll be able to spread the volunteer hours amongst the people in your company which lightens the load for everyone.
Can I join the Co-op as an individual artist?

Of course! And you may be able to access some of the Contributing Members’ donated volunteer time to help offset your hours.
How do I apply to become a Co-op member?

Simply complete and submit this short membership application form to get the ball rolling.