Call for Submissions: Segal Centre Jewish Arts Mentorship program

Application deadline: Sunday, September 15th, 2019

What is the Segal Centre J.A.M.?

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is Montreal’s premiere English-language theatre. Over the past ten years, the Segal Centre has grown in its reach, garnering international attention for its new creations and its seasons’ overall excellence. It is also an important cultural resource for the Montreal Jewish community that offers programming celebrating and exploring the Jewish experience. Now the Segal Centre wants to help you as an emerging Jewish artist reach the next steps in your artistic career.

The Segal Centre’s Jewish Arts Mentorship (J.A.M.) is a new initiative created to help you develop as an artist by fostering your skills, knowledge, and by providing valuable professional networking opportunities.

J.A.M. seeks to support young emerging theatre-makers (writers, directors, stage managers, performers, etc.) between the ages of 21 and 40 who are working on projects with Jewish themes or who are engaged in issues of Jewish identity. Four (4) candidates will be chosen, to make up the second J.A.M. cohort.

The program runs for eight months (late October 2019-June 2020) and will include one-on-one artistic mentorship, group workshops on Jewish identity and the arts, and final presentations by each artist to complete the year in June.

What happens over the mentorship’s year?
The Segal’s J.A.M. consists of a series of one-on-one mentoring and group meetings to help emerging artists explore their Jewish identity and achieve their artistic goals.

  • Monthly individual meetings with the Segal Centre’s Artistic Associate, Caitlin Murphy, to create a personalized ‘strategic plan’ to identify your project’s goals and the steps needed to achieve them, and to support you in developing your creative work;
  • Monthly group discussions on Jewish identity and the arts facilitated by the Segal Centre’s Jewish Programs Manager Sivan Slapak, with invited guests from the Jewish and arts spheres; past guests have included former RMTC Artistic Director Steven Schipper, Director Marcia Kash, and Rabbi Lisa Grushcow. Fellows will also be responsible for leading one group meeting on a related topic of their choice;
  • Opportunity to meet with Segal Centre staff with expertise in different relevant fields to assist you in professional development;
  • Networking opportunities into the larger professional Montreal arts world;
  • Access to Segal rehearsal space, subject to schedule and availability;
  • Becoming part of the Segal Centre community, invited to each opening night of the 2019-20 season! (Among other perks!);
  • One position as an Assistant to the Director of the play Oslo (running in April-May) may be available during this J.A.M. cycle. This could be a unique mentorship opportunity for the right person. This role calls for someone who is organized, research-oriented, and able to anticipate the needs of the Director and team. If you are interested in applying for this role as part of your mentorship year, please include your interest in question #2 on the application. Suitable candidates will be contacted*.

Who can apply?
The Segal Centre J.A.M. is an inclusive program that aims to unite a group of strong, diverse voices fitting the following criteria:

  • Emerging artist in the performing arts (writers, directors, stage managers, performers, etc.)
  • Between the ages of 21 and 40.
  • Living in Montreal or surrounding area.
  • You do not have to be Jewish to apply. However, your project must engage with Jewish themes, and do recognize that the mentorship year focuses on Jewish identity and the arts.

Chosen candidates will receive a $1,000 stipend for the year.

*Everyone is welcome to apply for this Assistant to the Director position and all candidates will be considered. In order to bring equitable voices into the room, priority will be given to women, gender fluid, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people.

Submissions for the 2019-20 year are now open. Deadline to submit is Sunday, Sept. 15th at 11:59 pm. To apply, click HERE.


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