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Submission Deadline: July 23, 2021

Posted by The Musical Stage Company

The Musical Stage Company is currently accepting submissions for our 2021-22 RBC Apprenticeship 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 and six emerging artists in different areas of production, including the two awardees of the Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund.

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. 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). Apprentices will receive an honorarium of $2500.

The Apprenticeship Phases:

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.

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 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.

For submission instructions and full program details please visit: https://musicalstagecompany.com/in-community/rbc-apprentice-program/

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