Summer Theatre Intensive Youth Scholarship 2017

Live Your Passion

Theatre Ontario invites youth across the province to apply for a scholarship to the 2017 Summer Theatre Intensive in Stratford, Ontario! Our Board of Directors has announced a matching campaign aimed at sending one youth artist in Ontario to train at one of our Summer Courses FREE OF CHARGE. We will be providing the course, meals, accommodations and a travel stipend for one lucky participant between the ages of 16-26.

The Summer Theatre Intensive concept was first tried in 1973 with one directing course offered at Trent University in Peterborough. From those initial 21 participants, the intensive has continued to grow and has helped train thousands of participants in the past 44 years. This year’s courses are:

WEEK ONE (Sunday August 6th to Friday August 11th)
Sharpening your Actor’s Tool Kit with Tom Diamond
Directing for Beginners (or how do I make this play happen?) with Thom Currie
Freeing the Body & Imagination - An Introduction to Mask in Performance with Peggy Coffey

WEEK TWO (Sunday August 13th to Friday August 18th)
Who the Heck Are YOU?! Creating “Character” with Liza Balkan
Building your own Directing Process with Philip Akin
Playwriting - How to Tell An “Important” Story with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

This scholarship presents a unique and challenging learning adventure for a member of Ontario’s thriving community of youth artists. The successful applicant 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 scholarship is made possible by donations gathered through Theatre Ontario’s Board of Directors' Double Your Donation campaign which is currently accepting contributions.

Donate now to help support this scholarship

Summer Theatre Intensive Youth Scholarship Eligibility

  • Between the ages of 16-26 (a successful applicant under the age of 19 will require a waiver signed by a guardian)
  • Demonstrates past and future commitment to the pursuit of expanding their theatrical craft

Theatre Ontario prioritizes applications from the priority groups named by the Ontario Arts Council; Artists of Colour, Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities, Francophone Artists, Indigenous Artists, New Generation Artists (18-30 year olds), and Artists living in Regions outside Toronto.

Please Note only the following courses are fully accessible: How to Tell an “Important” Story with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and How Do I Make This Play Happen? Beginner Directing with Thom Currie

Application Procedure

To apply for our Summer Theatre Intensive Youth 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
  • 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!

Applications will be reviewed and successful Scholarship applicant will be selected by a committee designated by Theatre Ontario. All decisions made by the committee are final. The successful Scholarship applicant will be notified by email no later than Monday, July 5th, 2017, at which time they will complete the Summer Intensive registration forms.

Applications will open on Thursday June 8th, 2017.

Deadline for applications will be Friday June 23rd, 2017 – 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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