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.
The 2017/2018 Banks Prize winners:
Two emerging artists are awarded the prize through an audition process in the 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 via automatic enrollment in our RBC Apprentice Program
2016/2017: Jahlen Barnes & Arinea Hermans
2015/2016: Brittany Banks and Colin Simmons
2014/2015: Alessia Lupiano and Graham Scott Fleming
2013/2014: Dana Jean Phoenix and Jordan Till
2012/2013: Alexis Gordon and Andres Sierra
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
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.
Both Equity and non-equity individuals are eligible to submit.
Our application submissions to audition are closed for the 2017-18 Banks Prize.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Banks Family