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

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! 

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