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 cabaret and an opportunity to perform in The Musical Stage Company’s season.
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 2018-19 Banks Prize winners:
The Banks Prize Cabaret
This seasons Banks Prize winners will be showcased in an original cabaret on March 3 & 4, 2019 at the Jazz Bistro.
Ticketing info coming soon!
Two emerging artists are awarded the prize through an annual open audition process, each winner receiving:
1. A $1,000 cash prize;
2. A cabaret created by and starring both winners;
3. An opportunity to perform alongside leading professional artists as a part of The Musical Stage Company’s 2018-19 season; and
4. Mentorship with industry experts throughout the 2018-19 season.
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.
Submissions for the 2019-20 Syd & Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists are will be open in Spring 2019.
2017/2018: George Krissa & Celine Tsai
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
The Banks Family