RBC Apprentice Program

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RBC Apprentice Program

Submissions are now closed for our 2022-23 RBC Apprenticeship Program

The RBC Apprentice Program offers six 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. 

 

Sponsors

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

RBC Apprentice Program

Submissions are now closed for our 2022-23 RBC Apprenticeship Program

The RBC Apprentice Program offers six 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. 

 

RBC Apprentice Program

Submissions are now closed for our 2022-23 RBC Apprenticeship Program

The RBC Apprentice Program offers six 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. Mentorship – an opportunity to connect one-on-one with up to three mentors/teachers on practical and/or theoretical subject matter.
  3. Observational – RBC Apprentices will have access to observe Musical Stage Company’s creative processes through a combination of our works in development and works in production 
  4. Leadership – RBC Apprentices will have the opportunity to put their learning into practice through paid placements in Musical Stage Company’s works in development and/or production, working alongside industry professionals and artists in their area of discipline.
  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.

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

The Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund supports the investment in and training of two Canadian female artists in leadership areas that currently lack female representation (including direction, music direction, production management, sound design, and writing).

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, and artisans)

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

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.

We are actively seeking submissions from artists of all backgrounds, abilities, and ethnicities as we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within this selection process.  We especially encourage folx 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**

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

2021-22 RBC Apprentices

Avery Jean Brennan (they/them)
(RBC Apprentice Artistic Director)

Alexandra Kane (she/her)
(RBC Apprentice Music Director)

Haneul Yi (he/him)
(RBC Apprentice Music Director)

Kareem Vaude (they/them)
(RBC Apprentice Performer/Writer)

Kaylee Harwood (she/her)
(RBC Apprentice Director, as a part of the Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund)

Maddie Bautista (she/her)
(RBC Apprentice Director, as a part of the Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund)

Matthew Joseph (he/they)
(RBC Apprentice Performer & Banks Prize Recipient)

Rosie Callaghan (she/her)
(RBC Apprentice Performer & Banks Prize Recipient)

Past 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)

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)

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.