RBC Apprentice Program

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RBC Apprentice Program

The RBC Apprentice Program offers eight 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 six emerging artists in different areas of production, including the two awardees of the Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund.

Submissions for our 2021-22 RBC Apprenticeships are now closed and the winners have been notified.

THE APPRENTICESHIP:

1. Career Planning – a rigorous goal setting and artistic strategic planning process designed to help RBC Apprentices gain clarity, direction, and focus for their apprenticeship and future in the performing arts.
2. Masterclass Series – an opportunity to work one-on-one with up to three mentor/teachers on practical and/or theoretical subject matter.
3. Observational – Building upon the knowledge gained during the Masterclasses, the RBC Apprentices will observe The Musical Stage Company creative processes through a combination of our works in development and works in rehearsal/production.
4. Leadership – RBC Apprentices will have the opportunity to put their learning into practice by conceiving and creating their own creative project (The Banks Prize & RBC Apprenticeship Creators Projects) for an audience of industry leaders, donors, and musical theatre enthusiasts.
5. Reflection – Upon completion of the first four phases, the RBC Apprentices will revisit their Artistic Plan, make
adjustments (if needed) and reflect on their experiences and the impact the program has had on them artistically and professionally.

Sponsors

RBC Apprentice Program Sponsor
Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund Leading Lights
Kathleen & Dennis Freeman

RBC Apprentice Program

The RBC Apprentice Program offers eight 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 six emerging artists in different areas of production, including the two awardees of the Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund.

Submissions for our 2021-22 RBC Apprenticeships are now closed and the winners have been notified.

THE APPRENTICESHIP:

1. Career Planning – a rigorous goal setting and artistic strategic planning process designed to help RBC Apprentices gain clarity, direction, and focus for their apprenticeship and future in the performing arts.
2. Masterclass Series – an opportunity to work one-on-one with up to three mentor/teachers on practical and/or theoretical subject matter.
3. Observational – Building upon the knowledge gained during the Masterclasses, the RBC Apprentices will observe The Musical Stage Company creative processes through a combination of our works in development and works in rehearsal/production.
4. Leadership – RBC Apprentices will have the opportunity to put their learning into practice by conceiving and creating their own creative project (The Banks Prize & RBC Apprenticeship Creators Projects) for an audience of industry leaders, donors, and musical theatre enthusiasts.
5. Reflection – Upon completion of the first four phases, the RBC Apprentices will revisit their Artistic Plan, make
adjustments (if needed) and reflect on their experiences and the impact the program has had on them artistically and professionally.

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.

RBC Apprenticeship opportunities are open to both Equity members and non-members who are emerging musical theatre practitioners, and who are under-exposed in Toronto and its surrounding areas.

The Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund

The Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund is a signature component of The RBC Apprentice Program. Each year, the fund supports the investment in and training of two Canadian female artists in leadership areas that currently lack female representation. Disciplines focused on include direction, music direction, production management, sound design, and writing.

The Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund is made possible through the generous support of Leading Lights Kathleen & Dennis Freeman.

Current Apprentices

2020-21 RBC Apprentices

Alicia Barban (RBC Apprentice Producer)
Dillan Chiblow (RBC Apprentice Performer & Banks Prize Recipient)
Landon Doak (RBC Apprentice Writer/Performer)
Germaine Konji (RBC Apprentice Performer & Banks Prize Recipient)
Joey Lau (RBC Apprentice Stage Manager)
Fiona Sauder (RBC Apprentice Director, as a part of the Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund)
Vanessa Sears (RBC Apprentice Director, as a part of the Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund)
Olivia Shortt (RBC Apprentice Sound Designer)

Past Apprentices

2019-20 RBC Apprentices

Deanna Choi (RBC Apprentice Sound Designer)
Karli Feldman (RBC Apprentice Stage Manager)
Eva Foote (RBC Apprentice Performer & Banks Prize Recipient)
Juliette Jones (The RBC Music Apprentice, as a part of The Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund)
Tsholo Khalema (RBC Apprentice Director)
Esie Mensah (RBC Apprentice Choreographer)
Kale Penny (RBC Apprentice Performer & Banks Prize Recipient)
Ali Joy Richardson (The RBC Apprentice Director, as a part of The Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund)

2018-19 RBC Apprentices

Brandon Antonio (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Michelle Bouey (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Jen Cooper (Production & Stage Management)
Jonathan Corkal (Music Supervision & Arranging)
Alessandro Costantini (Dramaturgy)
Sabryn Rock (Direction)

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)

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)

2015-16 RBC Apprentices

Colin Simmons (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Brittany Banks (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)

2014-15 RBC Apprentices

Alessia Lupiano (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Graham Scott Flemming (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Eden Richmond (Performance)
Sarite Harris (Performance)