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Deadline: 11:59PM on October 11th, 2020

Soulpepper is now accepting submissions for the 6th Soulpepper Academy beginning in January 2021.

Following a year-long program review, as well as responding to current health guidelines, we are pleased to share that this edition of the Soulpepper Academy will be a five-month professional training program with a focus on future readiness and ensemble theatre-making with an inclusive lens. The Academy aims to nurture and support those theatrical voices that promise to shape the future of theatrical performance in Canada. Five (5) dynamic young artists will be selected and provided with a wholistic approach to cross-disciplinary theatrical training. They will be working and learning alongside some of Canada’s leading artists.

Soulpepper is an organization committed to pursuing radical inclusion. Artists of all experience levels are welcome to apply. We encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour, Trans, and Disabled artists.


The Academy aims to develop highly skilled theatre artists who are equipped to make significant contributions in rehearsal halls and to the cultural landscape. We develop artistic leaders and believe that a supportive and immersive experience allows artists to move confidently into new territories. It is a key tenet of the Academy that Members are not training in order to imitate what has already been done or achieved. Rather the training aims to equip young artists to innovate, and make the theatre of the future. The Academy is not only a place of study, but also a site of research where they can pose the artistic questions relevant to their lives and realities.

The Academy will include classes, studios and workshops from some of Canada’s leading theatre makers, including: d’bi.young anitafrika, Camellia Koo, Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha, Slaight Family Director of Music Mike Ross, Lorenzo Savoini and Djanet Sears.


  • To accelerate the development of your original artistic voice.
  • To make a meaningful and necessary contribution to the national theatre ecology.
  • To make a meaningful contribution to the ongoing vitality of Soulpepper.
  • To develop an open, collaborative, and enriched approach to the process of making theatre.

What’s the training?

  • Asks participants to rigorously examine and renew their approach to making theatre.
  • Proceeds on a dual track: enriching the thinking and practice of the individual artist, and develops strong, responsive, and skilled collaborators within an ensemble setting.
  • Is embedded within Soulpepper Theatre Company. Academy members will engage with Soulpepper productions, artists, and producers through mentorships and apprenticeships.
  • Will balance classroom training, research, and studio creation projects, adhering to all public health guidelines.

Who is this for?

  • Artists who are in the early stages of their career and between the ages of 21-35 at the start of the program.
  • Primarily, but not exclusively, for those who have recently completed a related degree/diploma program from a conservatory or university or have the equivalent professional experience.
  • Self identify as an emerging artist, while having a sense of their own voice, enjoy artistic collaboration, and willingness to learn, risk, experiment and grow.
  • Theatre artists who have interest and experience in creating work through a collaborative devised process. Unlike past programs, training will not be divided by specific streams, (ie. Acting, Directing), but rather focused on the ensemble creation process.

For more information and to apply

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