2017-18 Banks Prize winners George Krissa & Celine Tsai. Photo by Joanna Akyol.

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 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 Cabaret

Like to Be You – A Banks Prize Cabaret

March 3-4, 2019 7:00pm
Jazz Bistro251 Victoria Street
$10 + fees* – Click here to buy tickets

The Musical Stage Company is thrilled to present the 2018-19 Syd & Shirley Banks Prize winners, Brandon Antonio & Michelle Bouey, in a special cabaret concert at the Jazz Bistro. 

 “Like to Be You” explores the role that music has played at the various stages of both Michelle and Brandon’s lives thus far. Watch as these two emerging artists share their own stories about how life really is better with music.

Starring: Brandon Antonio & Michelle Bouey
Musical Direction by: Adam White
Staging by: Sabryn Rock
Artist & Production Management by: Andrea Pestana

Donors who have made a gift of $750+ (Lead Players, Virtuosos, Crescendo Club, Leading Lights) receive complimentary tickets. Please contact 
alethea@musicalstagecompany.com to book

The Prize

The Prize

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.

Past Recipients

Past Recipients

2017-18: George Krissa & Celine Tsai

2016-17: Jahlen Barnes & Arinea Hermans

2015-16: Brittany Banks & Colin Simmons

2014-15: Alessia Lupiano & Graham Scott Fleming

2013-14: Dana Jean Phoenix & Jordan Till

2012-13: Alexis Gordon & Andres Sierra

Leading Lights

The Banks Family