Call for Submissions: Deadline extended to apply to Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program

7-month training program for early career theatre artists now accepting applications until June 1st, 2021

Black Theatre Workshop‘s Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) is a 7-month training program offered to emerging artists at the beginning of their careers, and its mission is to provide Black and other emerging artists a unique opportunity to strengthen their skills preparing them for professional careers in the arts, while also enhancing their ability to articulate their artistic practice. Training is offered in disciplines such as acting, directing, playwriting, design, stage management and theatre administration. Artists receive expert mentor guidance throughout the season, participate in weekly sessions including workshops, audition preparation, mock pitch sessions, discussions with guest artists and script readings, and are offered apprenticeship and/or assistant opportunities with BTW and partnering companies. At the end of the training period, artists participate in an Industry Showcase, where potential engagers are invited to witness the ensemble’s work.


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?
  • 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):


  • A description of the piece you wish to develop including synopsis and/or character outlines and the major themes wished to be explored
  • An excerpt of your previous work. (Max. 15 pages)


  • Are 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.


  • Are asked to provide a portfolio showcasing their past experience and/or conceptual practice.


  • Are asked to choose a play (of their dreams) and outline the artistic merit, practice, and execution of the production.

Stage Managers:

  • Will be engaged in an interview with BTW Artistic and Administrative Staff

***Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

The application deadline for Artist Mentorship Program has been extended to June 1st, 2021

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