Artists-in-Residence Program for Established & Emerging Artists

Every year, Infinithéâtre will invite one established artist and one or more emerging artists to join up with the company for the full season as they develop one or multiple projects in tandem with the company. The Emerging Artist-in-Residence program will include mentorship and support from the company as well as occasional mentorship from the established artist. For all Artists-in-Residence, the primary focus of their residency will be the progression, development and potential creation of an artistic project. This may be a finished script, or smaller performance piece. All residencies will have access to development workshops during their residency. Among the considerations in selecting the candidates, Infinithéâtre is keen to offer this rare opportunity to unique and compelling artists with fire, drive, and urgency to tell stories and create theatrical magic. Special consideration will be given to artists of under-represented social and cultural groups.

      "My time at Infinitheatre was a great gift during a transitional time of my
     theatre career. As a young artist fresh out of school, I was craving the space
     and opportunity for a consistent creative practice, but no longer had access
        to University resources. With Infini, I had a place to rely on for dedicated
        writing time, rehearsal space, a self-tape location, or movement studio.

        - Testimonial by Masha Bashmakova, Emerging Artist-in-Residence 2021

Sylvia Cloutier

Established Artist-in-Residence 2022

Sylvia Cloutier is an actor, musician, playwright, television and theatre producer, director, motivational speaker and mother from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), currently residing in Montreal. During her more than twenty-five year career in the performing arts, she has shared the stage with musicians and ensembles such as Tafelmusik, the National Art Center Symphony Orchestra; co-founded Aqsarniit, the Inuit performing arts company promoting Inuit culture; and was Artistic Director of Qaggiq theatre company (2004-2009), among other accolades. A highly sought after director and producer for both stage and screen, Cloutier has produced six Inuktitut television shows, and numerous high-level events and concerts; in 2009 she was named “Woman of the Year” by Pauktutiit, the national Inuit women’s organization, and in 2013 she received an award for “Outstanding young woman of the year” from Qullit Nunavut women’s morganization.

This initiative has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Cole Foundation.

Poonam Dhir

Emerging Artist-in-Residence 2022

Poonam Dhir (they/she) is a queer playwright, poet, Punjabi descendent, and settler currently based in Tiohtiá:ke (Montréal), on the traditional, unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka people. Poonam’s work explores identity, trauma, memory and the relationship between belief and belonging. They contemplate themes of migration, displacement and loss. They are the recipient of a 2022 Lambda Literary Fellowship in Playwriting and a finalist for the 2021 PEN Canada New Voices Award, Poetry. Poonam was selected to participate in Nightwood Theatre’s 2022-23 Write From the Hip Program led by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. They are on the editorial teams of The Puritan & carte blanche literary magazines. You can read her latest pieces in Vallum, Contemporary Verse 2, PRISM International and forthcoming in The Capilano Review.
Find Poonam on twitter @pnmdhir