Applications now closed.

Boca del Lupo’s SLaM (Succesor, Leadership, and Mentorship) Program

Boca del Lupo has a long history of supporting the professional development of artists and the creative development of projects. It started in our earliest days at Source Studio which offered affordable space to creators of devised theatre and dance; it continued with the creation of development centre PL1422 and more formal programs like the 3.7%, MediaLab and the Space Program; and it lives on now with the SLaM Program which brings together the best of our experience in mentorship, peer learning and project development support.

Check out the participants of our SLaM Program from 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.

Applications are currently closed for SLaM.

SLaM provides support for early stages of creative development, helping emerging ideas and artistic exploration progress to a solid foundation ready for project funding applications and final development. Support is available in the form of a financial stipend, mentorship with an arts professional, professional development opportunities and/or in the form of a residency or use of space.

This year we continue to prioritize applications that align with our long-held values of innovation, diversity and rigour. We are interested in but not limited to supporting projects that:

  1. Are led by artists that identify as Indigenous, Black, and/or People of Colour
  2. Explore the intersections of technology and live performance
  3. Feature national or international collaborations

There are two main streams in the SLaM Program, the Mentorship stream and the Project Development stream.

The Program Development stream is open to both emerging and established artists working on emergent ideas and/or new areas of practice.

The Mentorship stream supports artists in developing their artistic practice by connecting with a seasoned artist, practitioner or expert in a specific field. Having an existing relationship with your mentor/expert makes for a stronger application but is not necessary, we can help match you with an appropriate mentor.

The program is also open to emerging and established designers and technicians.  Please contact Matthew Rhodes at for more information.

How to Apply:

Applications for SLaM 2024 are due by 11:59pm on February 21, 2024.

Please submit through the linked Google Form

Alternatively you can download, edit, and submit this Google Doc and email it to

Applicants are encouraged to be honest and succinct about your curiosity and goals. Point form answers are fine or if you’d rather, you could send short videos that speak to the questions in the form.

Questions? Send us a note and one of the team will get back to you asap:

Applicants being considered for the next stage will be contacted directly by the Boca del Lupo team with further questions and/or requests for more support material.

*Note that all activity for projects must be completed by September 30, 2024.

The SLaM Program is supported by: The RBC Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver Office of Cultural Affairs, BC Gaming and  Granville Island CMHC.

The SLaM Program would not be possible without the support of our generous individual donors. 100% of the funds raised go to support independent artists in our community to create new work. We give a heartfelt thank you to the following donors who made this year’s campaign a success: 

David McCann, Craig and Zoë Laven, Richard Choi, Libby Brown, Brian Edwards, Lori Gray, Stephanie Wong, Heather Dodge, Judith Coffin, Jamala MacRae, Julia Dodge, Miriam Aiken, Scott Elliott, George Heyman, Yvette Nolan, Kathryn Shaw, David Volpov, Jane Heyman, Kaitlin Williams, Matthew Rhodes, Anonymous

And a special thank you to David McCann for generously matching $10,000 in donations to SLaM, as well as to our Board Chair, Carmen Stossel, who double matched every donation made by the Boca Del Lupo board.  

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