Parsai Immigration Scholarship 2018

Sponsored by

Parsai Immigration Services

Theatre Ontario invites newcomers from across the province to apply for an exciting new scholarship to our 2018 Summer Theatre Intensive in Stratford. Two scholarships are available this year, and have been made possible by our newly formed partnership with Parsai Immigration Services and their commitment to open doors for new immigrants into the Arts & Culture industry across Ontario.

The Parsai Immigration Scholarships are aimed at sending two newcomer artists to train at one of our offered Summer Courses. Each scholarship includes the selected course, meals, accommodations, Stratford Festival ticket, and a travel stipend for the selected participants.

Learn more about this year’s Summer Theatre Intensive program 

The successful applicants will have an opportunity to hone their craft, make meaningful connections with participants from both Theatre Ontario and Off The Wall’s training programs, and receive top-of-the-line training in whichever course they choose. The scholarships will also assist and support the integration, and inclusion of newcomers to Ontario through the arts.


Parsai Immigration Scholarship Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a minimum of 16 years of age (a successful applicant under the age of 19 will require a waiver signed by a parent/guardian)
  • Demonstrates past and/or future commitment to the pursuit of expanding their theatrical craft
  • Recent residency into Canada as a newcomer (no more than 2 years)

For the purpose of this application, we define a newcomer as: an immigrant or refugee who has lived in Canada for less than 2 years; a refugee is a person who was forced to leave their home country and is now located in Canada.)

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Application Procedure

To apply for our Parsai Immigration Scholarship, please fill out our online survey below. You will be asked to provide information regarding:

  • Your previous theatre experience (up to 3 credits or experiences)
  • Which course you are interested in taking
  • The name and contact information for someone who can speak as a reference for your work or interest in theatre (where possible)
  • A link to a short YouTube video (max 2 minutes) which addresses how the Summer Theatre Intensive will contribute to your development as an artist. Tip – be sure to enable public settings on the video so that we can watch it!
  • (View a sample video application from our 2017 Youth Scholarship recipient)

Applications will be reviewed and successful Scholarship applicants will be selected by a committee designated by Theatre Ontario. All decisions made by the committee are final. The successful Scholarship applicants will be notified by email no later than Friday, June 22nd, 2018, at which time they will complete the Summer Intensive registration forms.

Applications will open on Tuesday May 15th, 2018.

Deadline for applications will be 5:00pm, Friday June 15th, 2018 - late applications will not be accepted, all applications are considered confidential.

Please submit your application through our online link

For More Information

Questions or concerns are welcomed by Rachel Kennedy, our Professional Theatre and Education Manager, at 416-406-4556 x 12


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