Black Theatre Workshop accepting applications for Artist Mentorship Program

Submission deadline: May 20th, 2016

Montreal theatre company Black Theatre Workshop is currently accepting applications from Performers, Directors, Designers and Stage Managers for its Artist Mentorship Program 

Read the original article on Black Theatre Workshop’s website here: http://www.blacktheatreworkshop.ca/artists/artist-mentorship-program/


Overview

Assessing the needs and goals of each individual artist and serving as a liaison between them and an associated mentor linked to their discipline, accepted artists will work alongside the Associate Artistic Director throughout the season in scheduled meetings, and will be engaged in intensive workshops led by some of theatreʼs most exceptional professional artists in the community, as well as members of Black Theatre Workshop.  Such relationships may garner apprenticeship opportunities for the candidates throughout the course of the mentorship session with Black Theatre Workshop and/or partnering companies. At the end of the session, candidates will participate in an Industry Showcase.

Industry Showcase

Culminating the skills and work from the session, each artist will be invited to be a part of an Industry Showcase where casting agents, directors, engagers and artistic directors will witness their work upfront.  Invited guests will be given a package of all artists involved included headshots, CVs and biographical information.

This experience is imperative to the artistʼs process as it gives them an opportunity to share and promote their talent and skill in front of those who will hire them in the future.

Benefits

All artists will receive individual and collective attention in pursuit of deepening their understanding of their discipline with a focus on entering into the professional landscape.  In doing this, artists will receive expert training from long-working professionals in specific techniques and areas of interest pertaining to an artist’s professional career. In addition to bi-weekly topic-related meetings, they will be given access to Black Theatre Workshop resources including the script library, private coaching sessions with professional artists from BTW including Artistic Director Quincy Armorer, and invitations to Montreal theatre productions.

Thanks to the generous support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, mentorship artists will be given an honorarium for their participation.

General

Please note that each artist will also come in with a goal of their own in which they wish to achieve. All activities will certainly be adjusted for the candidate in order to ensure the best and most beneficial experience for them in keeping with Black Theatre Workshop professional standards.

Candidate Criteria

Candidates must be actively seeking a professional career in theatre and have education or equivalent experience on a community or professional level. Must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.  Artists who are black or identify as being black are strongly encouraged to submit and will be given priority, however candidates from all cultural backgrounds will be respectively considered.


Black Theatre Workshop

About Black Theatre Workshop
Black Theatre Workshop is Canada’s oldest Black theatre company. Our mission is to encourage and promote the development of a Black and Canadian Theatre, rooted in a literature that reflects the creative will of Black Canadian writers and artists, and the creative collaborations between Black and other artists. Black Theatre Workshop aims to promote and produce Black theatre that educates, entertains and delights its audiences. The company strives to create a greater cross-cultural understanding by its presence and the intrinsic value of its work.