Are you an emerging theatre practitioner (writer, director, stage manager, performer, etc.) with an interest in Jewish art, themes, and identity? The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is now accepting submissions to its Jewish Artist Mentorship (J.A.M.) program for the 2020-2021 season.
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 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. In these unprecedented times, it is especially important to support emerging artists as the performing arts world goes through this critical period.
J.A.M. seeks to support emerging theatre makers (writers, directors, stage managers, performers, etc.) of any age who are working on projects with Jewish themes or who are engaged in issues of Jewish identity. Three to four (3-4) candidates will be chosen, to make up the third J.A.M. cohort.
This year the program will run for seven months (December 2020-June 2021) 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. focuses on a series of one-on-one mentoring and group meetings to help emerging artists explore their Jewish identity and achieve their artistic goals.
- Each J.A.M. fellow is offered monthly individual meetings with Artistic Mentor Caitlin Murphy to create a personalized ‘strategic plan’ to identify your project’s goals, steps needed to achieve them, and support you in developing your creative work to the stage you intend to complete by program’s end.
- Monthly group discussions on Jewish identity and the arts. These meetings are facilitated by the Segal Centre’s Jewish Programs Manager Sivan Slapak, with invited guests from the Jewish and Arts spheres. They are an opportunity to receive peer feedback on your creative work, engage in topics of shared interest, and build an artistic community.
- Opportunity to connect with Segal staff with expertise in different relevant fields to assist you in professional development;
- Networking opportunities into the larger professional arts world;
- Access to Segal rehearsal space, when and if health protocols make this possible.
- Becoming part of the Segal Centre community, invited to some virtual events as well as in-person productions when relevant.
How will this J.A.M. year be different?
Due to the pandemic, this year the program will be held primarily, if not completely, in a virtual space. The hopes to have some in-person meetings outside in warmer seasons, and possibly inside when that conforms to health and safety guidelines and comfort levels. For now, the plan is for meetings and the final showcase to be online.
Among other aspects, the current situation has affected access to theatre and rehearsal spaces, and a shutdown of live performance, making shifts in artistic work necessary. In this changing landscape, artists and industry workers have shown incredible creativity, resilience, and solidarity with one another.
Given this, the emphasis of this year’s mentorship will be on the importance of building artistic community. We will have an opportunity to have an ongoing conversation about the development of our creative work and themes of shared importance, offer peer feedback, and engage deeply with the concept of what it means to work in the performing arts at this time.
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 of any age in the performing arts (writers, directors, stage managers, performers, etc.)
- Living in Montreal or surrounding area, or with a strong connection to the city.
- You do not have to be Jewish to apply and all candidates are welcome to apply. However, your project must engage with Jewish themes, and do recognize that the mentorship year focuses on Jewish identity and the arts.
J.A.M. welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and intersectional identities. This could include but is not limited to people from racialized communities, interfaith families, LGBTQ2+, gender non-conforming and people with disabilities. The program are looking for artists who are passionate about their work and enthusiastic about being part of this mentorship opportunity.
Chosen candidates will receive a $750 stipend for the year.
Submissions for the 2020-21 year are now open. The deadline to submit is November 15th at 11:59 p.m. Click here to apply.