Call for Submissions: Black Theatre Workshop Artist Mentorship Program

Application Deadline: May 1st, 2020

Applications to the Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) – 2020-2021 Ensemble of Performers, Directors, Designers and Stage Managers – are now open!

The BTW Artist Mentorship Program is designed to give practical opportunities to emerging professional artists within their discipline and in conjunction with Black Theatre Workshop’s season programming and partnering companies.

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 Artistic Mentorship Program Coordinator 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.


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.


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.

The 2019-2020 BTW AMP Ensemble

Application Process

Please note that due to the number of applications received, there are two parts to the acceptance process:


All applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A letter of intent outlining:
    • Your discipline
    • Education, training and/or pertinent experience related to your discipline
    • How the Artist Mentorship Program can serve you at this stage in your career
    • Why do you want to work with Black Theatre Workshop?
    • Are you currently engaged in any projects? If so, when and where?
  • Also include:
    • An updated CV and headshot
    • A letter of reference from an artistic professional within your discipline;
    • Additional Information: Press clippings, promotional material, etc. (optional)

If you are pursuing a discipline not listed (eg. Sound Designer, Technical Director, Cultural Worker (Admin), Performance Artists etc.) Please, feel free to apply.


Upon moving forward to Part Two, applicants will be contacted to schedule a meeting/interview and provide the following (Please note that those applying for more than one discipline are asked to provide material associated with each field):

  • Playwrights, please visit the Writers’ Circle page under “Artists” for specific guidelines.
  • Actors will be asked to prepare two contrasting pieces in the style of their choice, at least one of them must be a monologue from a piece of theatre. (Examples of a non-monologue: song, spoken word, dance, clown etc.)
  • Designers will be asked to provide a portfolio showcasing their past experience and/or conceptual practice.
  • Directors are asked to choose a play (of their dreams) and outline the artistic merit, practice, and execution of the production.
  • Stage Managers will engage in an interview with BTW Artistic and Administrative Staff


Candidates must submit their applications before Friday May 1, 2020 

Please mail or drop off your applications to:
Black Theatre Workshop
Attn: Artist Mentorship Program
3680 Jeanne-Mance, Suite 432
Montreal, QC, H2X 2K5

***Please do not email application; ONLY HARD COPIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

For further questions please contact:
Warona Setshwaelo
Artist Mentorship Program Coordinator
(514) 932-1104 ext. 224

For more information about BTW’S AMP, visit:

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