Tag: Syd and Shirley Banks Prize


Catching up with the 2015/2016 Banks Prize Winners

The Banks Prize is an annual prize awarded to two up-and-coming Canadian musical theatre performers, one man and one woman, who receive $1,000 and a year of mentorship and performance opportunities in the Acting Up Stage Company season. We caught up with the 2015/2016 winners, Colin Simmons & Brittany Banks and chatted about their experience. More


Why I’m excited for the 2015 Banks Prize

I spent the weekend at Penn State University, attending the “Bel Canto/Can Belto” voice pedagogy workshop hosted by their vocal faculty, attended mostly by voice teachers interested in singing for the contemporary musical theatre, and committed to continued development as teachers. My six-hour drive home through the hills of Pennsylvania, proved a great opportunity to reflect on the various ways we were engaged: in lectures, performing in master classes, observing other singers’ lessons, one-on-one voice lessons for each of us, and connecting with new colleagues. Through a sharing of information, observation of experts at work, and an opportunity to practice and explore, I came away with new ideas and great excitement for returning to the studio this fall. More