Conceived by Jack Paterson with Anika Vervecken, Paul D. Power (disability, Deaf and MAD Arts) and Hannah Siden

Creative Hub

The intention of the Creative Hub is to reduce barriers for performing arts creators to engage in artistic exploration and creation that is ultimately geared towards a public relationship with audience and community. The Creative Hub is a home for the arts, a mutually-supportive community of artists who feel a sense of connection to Presentation House Theatre and one another.

The Creative Hub has transformed how Presentation House Theatre collaborates and shares performing arts with our communities. Creative Hub artist members from across performance disciplines fill our spaces, work on their own creative projects, and share their skills and expertise with each other. This flourishing Creative Hub model is now well established at PHT. It continues to fill our spaces with creative energy and adapts as the program evolves.

Presentation House Theatre’s Creative Hub is made up of two programs: Creative Residency and Energy Exchange.

Artists must apply to the Creative Hub for each individual project being proposed. Current or past Creative Hub artists must also reapply for which they will receive a streamlined interview process.

Applications for the Creative Hub are currently closed.

Energy Exchange applications will open again in the Summer of 2024.

How it works

By participating in the Creative Hub, artists exchange their time, art, and ideas to become a core part of Presentation House Theatre’s programming. Presentation House Theatre is committed to enabling artists to create new works of art that advance an artist’s craft and speak deeply to the community. We are interested in all disciplines of performance work.
At no cost to the artist, all Creative Hub members have access to:
  • Studio, theatre, and admin spaces;
  • Storage for props, set, and costume pieces*
  • Basic promotion as members of the PHT Creative Hub
  • Guidance and mentorship from PHT staff
  • Access to the Artists’ Lounge to work, relax, and share ideas with other Creative Hub members
  • Invitations and inclusion in Creative Hub member events and gatherings
*subject to availability

Creative Residency

The Creative Residency initiative encourages artists to create a new work, re-imagine an old idea, or engage in the development of a creative practice that will form the basis of a potentially important work of art. The Creative Residency provides artists with access to rehearsal studios, a fully equipped theatre space, and artistic support. Projects will be supported for a minimum of 2 years, as we provide the opportunity for artists to see their work through to the next stage of development. Presentation House Theatre will commit to a formal presentation of the project, when it’s ready, of at least $5,000. Presentation may occur in a variety of forms, based on the needs of the work and capacity of PHT which will occur through mutual and ongoing discussion. We will also work with artists to support them finding partners and funding to develop and produce the project. Based on the scope of projects applying we are able to offer 2 to 3 residency slots in 2024.

Creative Residency is ideal for artists and groups looking to invest a dedicated amount of time over several years to create a new work and advance their artistic practice through long-term engagement. Applications to this program will open every 1-2 years based on needs of projects.

Applications for this program are currently closed. 

Energy Exchange

The Energy Exchange program is a low barrier, no-cost entry, to rent Presentation House Theatre’s spaces for free. In exchange for your volunteer time at PHT Programs, artists and groups are offered the opportunity to rent any of our spaces throughout the year. Members are encouraged to contribute their volunteer time in the participation in other Creative Hub projects. Offer your acting, dance, producing, dramaturgy, design, or other skills, in-kind to another Creative Hub project and receive studio time for your own project at PHT. Other volunteer opportunities for Energy Exchange artists include but are not limited to: Ushering, Concession, Crew Calls, and Hub Coordination. By exchanging skills and expertise with each other, we can all explore and build work in our spaces. As we each find new ways to earn revenue with limited audiences, this ‘micro economy’ allows us to continue to create and work together.

Energy Exchange is a perfect opportunity for short development workshops, professional development, one-time performances, and ongoing part-time rehearsals. Intake to this program will occur twice yearly.

Applications for this program are currently closed. Energy Exchange applications will open again in the Summer of 2024.

Who Can Apply?

The Creative Hub is open to artists from all disciplines including but not limited to theatre, dance, music, opera, mixed media, live art, and interdisciplinary projects. Emerging, early career, mid and late career artists are all welcome to apply to either programs of the Creative Hub. Presentation House Theatre is committed to an ongoing process of decolonization, anti-racism, and equitable access. We encourage applications from queer, transgender and two-spirited people, First Nations, Inuit & Métis, racialized individuals, and people with disabilities. We are committed to providing accommodations in all parts of the application and creative process; please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

At this time, we are not seeking applications that focus on the delivery of regular classes or workshops.

Interested in becoming a Creative Hub member?

Applications for the Creative Hub are currently closed.

Energy Exchange applications will open again in the Summer of 2024.


For more information on the PHT Creative Hub, please contact Brian Postalian, PHT Artistic Associate, at
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