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"Every [one] on earth born after June 23, 1988 belongs to what I call Generation Hot. This generation includes some two billion young people, all of whom have grown up under global warming and are fated to spend the rest of their lives confronting its mounting impacts."  Mark Hertsgaard

Climate change requires that our societies evolve, quickly and creatively. The Only Animal believes the arts have an important role to play. GENERATION HOT invites younger artists to take part in theatrical action in this climate moment. Artists around the world are responding to the most urgent issues of our times, using creativity to go beyond the shock headlines and the paralysis of anxiety to look for the possibilities inside crisis.

How have we arrived at this point?  
What stories have meaning now?
What are the experiences we need to share?
What kind of visions give us hope?

The Only Animal believes this is one of those pivotal moments in history when art can be a hand to help shape our reality.  There are many opportunities to contribute.  And here is one.

GENERATION HOT is a six-month mentorship program for youth/emerging artists 17-24 to create new short works for a performance series at Vancouver Fringe 2016.  Our team of mentors will help you develop your idea from a gleam in your eye through opening night.

10 lead artists will take part.  Artists in the program will attend 12 three-hour workshops between March 23 - June 15. The sessions will combine story sourcing and theatre devising with one-on-one mentoring and project development time.  

Our goal is providing you the tools and support to create your short (20 minute) show responding to climate change — especially with ‘solutionary’ thinking and a sense of possibility.  We will share research, learn from scientists and activists, watch the work of other artists, source & tell stories,get on our feet, and help you shape your personal response into something that can be shared with an audience.  We encourage the GENERATION HOT artists to collaborate and cooperate with each other as much as possible.

GENERATION HOT is led by Eric Rhys Miller, Artistic Producer of The Only Animal and project leader for last year’s DAREU! mentoring program, winner of the Fringe Artistic Risk Award in 2015. The team includes Kendra Fanconi, Artistic Director of The Only Animal and award-winning playwright and director; Tara Travis, actor-writer-puppeteer and Artistic Producer of Monster Theatre; Chris Ross, actor-improvisor and co-founder of The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, and other guest artists TBD.  Full bios available here.

Key information:

Workshops run March 23 - June 15 on Wednesday evenings from 5-8 PM

The program is free to participants: artists must commit to attending the entire series of workshops

Artists agree to write, cast, direct, rehearse and produce their shows for the Fringe run

Artists are responsible for their own rehearsal space and schedule

Setup and take down between shows will be 5 minutes.  Productions must be light on set/props

We will provide a dedicated Green Room performance venue with audience seating, lighting, and sound system

The program will have a low-carbon footprint and encourages the use of up-cycled materials and a dedication to lowering impact throughout the process.

Artists are guaranteed at least 6 performances in the run of the Fringe

The Fringe provides front of house, box office, and inclusion in the Fringe program and website  

The Only Animal will help market the series through GENERATION HOT postcards, posters, and social media.  

Artists will receive box office sales and are responsible for the costs of their productions.


The Only Animal creates cultivates and inspires theatre work that arises from a deep engagement with place.