Graham Scott Fleming, Alessia Lupiano in UnCovered: Billy Joel & Elton John (2014). Photography: Joanna Akyol.

RBC Apprentice Program

The RBC Apprentice Program offers six post-secondary artists one year of mentorship with The Musical Stage Company, learning from our local and visiting artists and receiving substantial showcase opportunities to help build the foundation for their careers. Our RBC Apprentice Program is made up of the winners of The Banks Prize (a cash award given to two emerging artists each year) and four emerging artists in different areas of production.

RBC Apprenticeship

About RBC 

In 2013, the RBC Foundation committed $6.7 million to arts and cultural organizations, supporting local, national and international initiatives. The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory. RBC support arts organizations and artists in a range of genres including visual art, music, theatre, performance, literature and film.

Current Apprentices

Current Apprentices 

2017-18 RBC Apprentices

Fatuma Adar (Songwriting)
Alessandro Costantini (Direction)
George Krissa (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Jeff Lupker (Music Direction & Arrangement)
Lucy McPhee (Stage Management)
Celine Tsai (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)

Information about becoming a 2018-19 RBC apprentice will be made available in the Fall of 2018.

Past Apprentices

Past Apprentices 

2016-17 RBC Apprentices

Jahlen Barnes (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Deanna Choi (Composition)
Arinea Hermans (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Rob Kempson (Direction)
Michaela Steven (Stage Management)
Aijia Waithe (Performance)


Program Sponsor

RBC