The Local Arts Residency provides space and support to Kingston’s performing artists to explore ideas, create and nurture new directions in their work. The Residency was established in 2021 in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts, and to expand City investment in local artist development. It is now an annual program that supports local performing artists and enhances the Kingston Grand Theatre as an artistic community hub.  


Michael Duguay, 2021 artist-in-residence with Jason Mercer
Michael Duguay, 2021 artist-in-residence with Jason Mercer. Photo by Josh Lyon

Update (November 8, 2023):  

The 2023 Kingston Grand Theatre Local Arts Residency videos created by Jay Middaugh (Happy Kid Productions) will launch on Thursday, November 9, 2023! Videos will be released weekly on:

Thursday, November 9: Megan Hamilton

Thursday, November 16: Benedictus Mattson, Devanshi Mishra & Movement Market Collective

Thursday, November 23: Jane Kirby & David Parker

Thursday, November 30Nice On 

To enjoy the exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the 2023 Residency Artists, visit the Kington Grand Theatre YouTube channel.

2023 Artists-in-Residence 

Four artists-in-residence were selected for the 2023 Local Arts Residency. Applications were submitted through an open call, and the four artists-in-residence were selected by a jury comprised of one Local Arts Residency alumnus artist and two artists presented through the City’s Grand OnStage program and included Gary Rasberry, Denise Fujiwara, and Aislinn Rose.   

The artists-in-residence are:  

  • Megan Hamilton, July 4-7 (Regina Rosen Auditorium) 

  • Benedictus Mattson, Devanshi Mishra and Movement Market Collective, July 4-7 (Baby Grand) 

  • David Parker and Jane Kirby, July 25-28 (Regina Rosen Auditorium) 

  • Nice On, July 25-28 (Baby Grand) 

Artists-in-residence will receive in-kind use of a professional workspace at the Kingston Grand Theatre including the Regina Rosen Auditorium and the Baby Grand featuring state-of-the-art equipment, professional support in technical production, and an honourarium of $1,000. 

2022 Artists-in-Residence 

Four artists-in-residence were selected for the 2022 Local Arts Residency including Jan Le Clair, Zahra (Harriet) Badua-Baffoe & Melissa Noventa, Lydia Wilton, and Sophia Fabiilli & Zoë Sweet. 

2021 Artists-in-Residence

Nine artists-in-residence were selected for the 2021 Local Arts Residency including Michael Duguay, Spencer Evans, Francisco Corbett, Erin Ball with Bon Evans, Miss Emily, Camille Spencer, Kay Kenney, The Gertrudes and Gary Rasberry. Through collaborations, over 60 local artists participated in the Residency program. 

Videos of all artists-in-residence were recorded at the Kingston Grand Theatre to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the artists and work created and explored. The videos were created by Josh Lyon, Allen Bergeron, and Jay Middaugh. All videos can be viewed on the Kingston Grand Theatre YouTube channel


Jenny Pedler 
Program Coordinator 
Arts & Culture Services, City of Kingston