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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. 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.

Submissions for the 2020-21 Syd & Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists are now closed! For all Banks Prize related questions please contact Artistic Associate Ray Hogg at ray@musicalstagecompany.com.

 

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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. 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.

Submissions for the 2020-21 Syd & Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists are now closed! For all Banks Prize related questions please contact Artistic Associate Ray Hogg at ray@musicalstagecompany.com.

 

The Prize

Two emerging artists are awarded the prize through an annual open audition process, each winner receives:

1. A $1,200 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 season.

4. Mentorship with industry experts throughout the 2020-21 season.

For all Banks Prize related questions please contact Artistic Associate Ray Hogg at ray@musicalstagecompany.com.

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

This opportunity is open to both Equity members and non-members who are emerging musical theatre artists under 30 years of age, and who are under-exposed in Toronto and its surrounding areas.  The two artists selected for this prize will be contracted under the Independent Theatre Agreement.

We are actively seeking submissions from actors of all backgrounds, abilities, and ethnicities as we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within this selection process.  We especially encourage folks who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ2S+, d/Deaf, Mad, Disabled/People with Disabilities, and/or Neurodiverse to submit.

For all Banks Prize related questions please contact Artistic Associate Ray Hogg at ray@musicalstagecompany.com.

Submissions

Submissions for the 2020-21 Syd & Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists are now closed!

Submission information for the 2021-22 Syd & Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists will be made available here in early 2021.

For all Banks Prize related questions please contact Artistic Associate Ray Hogg at ray@musicalstagecompany.com.

Past Recipients

2019-20: Eva Foote & Kale Penny

2018-19: Brandon Antonio & Michelle Bouey

2017-18: George Krissa & Celine Tsai

2016-17: Jahlen Barnes & Arinea Hermans

2015-16: Brittany Banks and Colin Simmons

2014-15: Alessia Lupiano and Graham Scott Fleming

2013-14: Dana Jean Phoenix and Jordan Till

2012-13: Alexis Gordon and Andres Sierra