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:
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.
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
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
The Banks Family