Judy Silver Scholarship Fund

Through the leadership of theatres and individual donors to the Judy Silver Scholarship Fund, students receive financial support to attend Theatre Ontario's Teen Acting Course.  Scholarship funds make it possible for students to meet inspired youth and active theatre players.  Students can apply for a Judy Silver Scholarship when registering for the Teen Acting Course, held in March in 2011.

About Judy Silver and the Scholarship Fund

Judy Silver wore many hats -- actor, writer, director, comedienne, teacher, mentor and friend.  An exceptional person with extraordinary talent, Judy's work always demonstrated her deep respect and passion for the theatre.  Her greatest pleasure and reward however, came out of working with young people.  Possessing the rare gift to motivate and inspire young actors, Judy communicated and shared her love of the stage to her students as she transformed them into young professional theatre artists.

Created in 1998, the Judy Silver Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Judy Silver by her friends and colleagues in order to support young people who wish to attend the Theatre Ontario's Youth Courses.  In every class that Judy taught, there was always at least one deserving scholar who, not being able to afford the tuition, was invited to "come anyway."  Following her example, this scholarship hopes to help as many young people as possible who want to attend the Theatre Ontario Camp but are unable to do so because of financial restrictions.

Theatre Ontario is a registered charity. You can make a donation to the Judy Silver Scholarship Fund.

Thanks to our 2010 supporters of the July Silver Scholarship Fund: Ginger Howard Friedman, Paulette Joseph, the Jourard Family, Andrew Jourard, and Sylvia Newman, and the ongoing support of scholarship founders and jurors Tom Diamond, David Gale, Kevin McCormick and Ralph H. Small.


In order to be eligible for the Judy Silver Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria. The student:

  • Is in need of financial assistance to attend the Youth Scene Study Program;
  • Demonstrates a desire to learn;
  • Shows a clear commitment and a passion for theatre;
  • Communicates why this course is important;
  • Is between the ages of 14-18 years;
  • Is a resident of Ontario.

Amounts of scholarships are set by the Judy Silver Scholarship Fund jury, depending on the funds available.

Application Instructions

The deadline for scholarship applications is February 23, 2011.

For more information about the Judy Silver Scholarship Fund, please contact us at  416.408.4556 x.10.

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