Immigrant Lessons Company in Residence
Donor Funded


The Company-in-Residence program is designed to offer professional development, encouragement, and resources for a Vancouver-based company in its early years of creating and producing theatre-based performance.

The program is an opportunity for a young company to gain insight into the operations of a large not-for-profit organization, and to explore their own work within a supportive environment. It is designed as a “one-size-fits-one” model and can respond to the needs and aspirations of the chosen Company in Residence. A variety of goals can be proposed for the residency. For instance: development of company infrastructure; gaining perspectives about production, script development, or touring; the creation of a new work; or learning how to more efficiently market the art.

2021–2022 Company in Residence: Immigrant Lessons

Established in 2016, Immigrant Lessons is a vibrant, young collective that promotes cultural pluralism through dance/movement, theatre, film, photography, digital media and technology, spoken word, creative writing, music, fashion, and visual design. Using an exciting mashup of styles including street dance, hip hop, Dancehall, Afrobeat, and more, they tell stories of first- and second-generation immigrants navigating Canadian culture and facing questions of identity and belonging. Audiences are taken on an emotional journey through curiosity, struggle, and love.