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 on one of our ‘dark nights,’ 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.

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The Banks Family

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: Jahlen Barnes & Arinea Hermans

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions

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 & GTA
  • They are Equity or non-equity members 

We are actively seeking submissions from actors of all backgrounds, abilities, and ethnicities and we are committed to diversity and inclusion within this submission process. 

Applications & Auditions

Our applications are now closed for the 2017-18 Banks Prize and we are in the process of auditioning and selecting our 2017-18 Banks Prize recipients. 

Information for our 2018-19 Banks Prize will be posted in August 2018.

If you have any questions about this process please send an email to our Production Coordinator, Robyn, at