Banks Prize winners Jahlen Barnes & Arinea Hermans in their cabaret What Now?.

The Syd & Shirley Banks Prize

This annual opportunity is open to musical theatre artists under 30 years of age who are under-exposed in Toronto and its surrounding areas.

Through an open audition process, two artists are selected and receive a cash prize, mentorship throughout the season, a showcase performance/cabaret,  as well as a role in our annual concert.

The Syd & Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists generously provides two musical theatre artists the opportunity to advance their careers through financial assistance, mentorship and increased exposure.

The 2016/2017 Banks Prize winners:

Jahlen Barnes

Arinea Hermans


The Musical Stage Company is thrilled to present this year’s winners of the Syd & Shirley Banks Prize, Arinea Hermans and Jahlen Barnes, in a special cabaret concert at the Jazz Bistro.

Mixing song selections ranging from classic musical theatre to ironic alterna-rock, …What Now? is a musical rollercoaster through the lives of these two extraordinary young talents as they explore what it means to be a young artist suddenly catapaulted into the world.

…What Now?
February 26 & 27, 7pm
(Doors open at 6:00 PM for food and drink service)
The Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St

Buy online or call: 1-800-838-3006.
All tickets are $10 + service fees

The Prize

The Prize

Two emerging artists are awarded the prize each summer, each receiving:

1. A $1,000 cash prize

2. A cabaret created by and starring both winners

3. A featured role in our Uncovered concert

4. Mentorship with industry experts throughout the season



2012/2013: Alexis Gordon and Andres Sierra

2013/2014: Dana Jean Phoenix and Jordan Till

2014/2015: Alessia Lupiano and Graham Scott Fleming

2015/2016: Brittany Banks and Colin Simmons

2016/2017: Arinea Hermans and Jahlen Barnes

Who is Eligible?

Who is Eligible?

All musical theatre artists are eligible if they meet the following criteria:

  • They are under 30 years of age
  • They reside in Ontario
  • They are under-exposed in theatre in Toronto and its surrounding area


Leading Lights

The Banks Family