Category: Banks Prize

The Syd & Shirley Banks Prize generously provides two emerging musical theatre artists the opportunity to advance their careers through a $1,000 cash award as well as professional mentorship and exposure throughout our season. Join winners past and present as they build a career in Canadian musical theatre!


Banks Prize winners prepare for Spread A Little Joy

We should all be so lucky as to have Alessia Lupiano and Graham Scott Fleming in Toronto, if not for their astounding musical theatre talent but for their optimism and bright demeanor. Spread A Little Joy is the name of their upcoming cabaret, with director Ari Weinberg and musical director Adam White, this Sunday, March 1 at 8 p.m. Produced by Acting Up Stage Company to showcase this year’s Banks Prize winners, Lupiano and Fleming will do just that with their curated evening of songs and stories. More


Alessia Lupiano: My Banks Prize experience so far…

Now that rehearsals have begun for The Wild Party, we’re checking in with this year’s Banks Prize recipients to see how their development into musical theatre superstars is going… More


Dana Jean Phoenix’s Triple Threat

Dana Jean Phoenix

This past week, we opened the final show of our tenth anniversary season: our reimagined revival of our hit 2007 production of Elegies: A Song CycleBut as the Elegies cast continues to astound every night, our Banks Prize winners are putting the finishing touches on their cabaret, Cabaret Sauvignon. Before they perform on March 30 and 31, we asked them what makes their inner theatre geek sing: here’s what Dana Jean Phoenix had to say. 

What musical’s score will you always remember?

Hedwig and the Angry Inch for its raw energy and authentic rock score written by Stephen Trask. I think ‘Midnight Radio,’ ‘Origin of Love’ and ‘Wicked Little Town’ are up there with the best glam-rock ballads of all time.  Anything Kurt Weill, or Cole Porter is also a sure-fire way to make my heart flutter. .

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Jordan Till’s Triple Threat

Jordan Tilll

Tonight we start previews for the final show of our tenth anniversary season: our reimagined revival of our hit 2007 production of Elegies: A Song CycleBut as the Elegies cast puts the finishing touches on their awesome show, our Banks Prize winners are working hard getting their cabaret, Cabaret Sauvignoninto prime form. Before they perform on March 30 and 31, we asked them what makes their inner theatre geek sing: here’s what Jordan Till had to say. 

What musical’s score will you always remember?

My parents brought me to see Les Miserables in Toronto when I was 4 and I still credit that show for being one of the main galvanizing influences that led me to pursue this as a career. Others of the time like Phantom of the Operawere also major influences but Les Mis really stuck with me, as I know it has with many others. While there are many shows with scores that I absolutely love, I think Les Miserables has had the most lasting impression.

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Banks Vlog #2 – Sting on our minds

Here’s Dana Jean and Jordan’s personal experience at UnCovered: Sting & The Police which happened November 18!