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.

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.

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 Apprenticeship Project 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…

Submissions are now open for our 2020-21 RBC Apprenticeships. For more info view our ‘Call for Submissions’ here.

Supporters

RBC Apprentice Program Sponsor
Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund Leading Light
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.

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.

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 Apprenticeship Project 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…

Submissions are now open for our 2020-21 RBC Apprenticeships. For more info view our ‘Call for Submissions’ here.

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 under 30 years of age (under 35 years for the Freeman Award), 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 under the age of 35 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.

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)

APPLICATION PROCESS

The RBC Apprenticeship Program is made up of two winners of The Banks Prize, two awardees of The
Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund, and four RBC Apprentice Artists.

*Please note submissions for the Banks Prize are now closed.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: JULY 23, 2020
INTERVIEW DATES: AUGUST 10 – 12, 2020 I START DATE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES

1. The Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund supports the investment in and training of two Canadian female artists under the age of 35 in leadership areas that currently lack female representation (including direction, music direction, production management, sound design, and writing).
2. RBC Apprentice Artists are selected from across all areas of production (including but not limited to directors, music directors, choreographers, orchestrators, arrangers, copyists, stage managers, writers, all design disciplines, craftspeople, & artisans).

RBC Apprenticeship opportunities are open to both Equity members and non-members who are emerging musical theatre practitioners under 30 years of age (under 35 years for the Freeman Award), and who are under-exposed in Toronto and its surrounding areas.

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. Please indicate if you self-identify as belonging to any of these priority groups.

your career aspirations, what makes you unique as an aspiring music theatre practitioner, and why you are best
suited for apprenticeship at this time. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for The Kathleen C Freeman
Leadership Fund as well as The RBC Apprenticeship.
Please ensure that your submission package is received no later than July 23rd, 2020 at
submissions@musicalstagecompany.com with the subject line “RBC APPRENTICESHIP SUBMISSION.”

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit one PDF file which contains your updated biography (250 words max), resume, one-two page
(max) cover letter which outlines your chosen discipline, views on the role of musical theatre in the HOW
performance arts landscape, how you would use this apprenticeship to close gaps in knowledge and support your career aspirations, what makes you unique as an aspiring music theatre practitioner, and why you are best
suited for the apprenticeship at this time. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for The Kathleen C Freeman
Leadership Fund as well as The RBC Apprenticeship.

Please ensure that your submission package is received no later than July 23rd, 2020 at
submissions@musicalstagecompany.com with the subject line “RBC APPRENTICESHIP SUBMISSION.”

For more info view our ‘Call for Submissions’ here.