Project Humanity

PH 1:1

Project Humanity (PH) is a socially-engaged theatre company founded in 2008. Based in Toronto but active nationally, PH believes the performing arts can bring disparate groups together and help them listen more compassionately. We’ve become one of the country’s leading developers of Verbatim Theatre, a journalistic form of theatre that involves transforming original interview transcripts into ‘live documentaries’ for the stage. The PH: YOUTH arm of the company, operating in both high schools and the youth shelter system, has impacted the lives of over 19,000 students since incorporation.

Since May 2020, PH 1:1 (formerly the COVID-19 Artist Partnership Program) has been working with seven shelters and youth-serving organizations across the GTA to pair youth with professional artists for 1:1 online mentorship in a discipline of their choosing – from music and visual arts to flamenco dance, up-cycled crafting and game design. As a permanent offering to youth-on-the-margins, PH 1:1 aims to support the creativity and well-being of 60 youth and artist mentors annually.

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To date, we have paired numerous youth with professional artists for mentorship, which demonstrably increases youths' confidence, reduces isolation, and helps them find and build new communities rooted in artistic practice. The generous support received from AMDF over the past year was instrumental in our ability to develop this program, initially designed to support youth on the margins and artists in response to conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to AMDF's partnership with us, we've had the resources in place to design the PH 1:1 programming model in a way that upholds its unique value – even past the context of a pandemic.

Daniel Chapman-Smith

Exectuive Director