Summer Theatre Intensive Youth Scholarship 2018

Live Your Passion

Theatre Ontario invites youth across the province to apply for a scholarship to the 2018 Summer Theatre Intensive in Stratford, Ontario aimed at sending one youth artist to train at one of our Summer Courses FREE OF CHARGE. We will be providing the course, meals, accommodations, Stratford Festival ticket, 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 45 years. This year’s courses are:

WEEK ONE (August 5-10th)
Learning to Love Your Monologue with Peggy Coffey
Directing - From First Reading to Opening Night with Diana Leblanc
Stage Combat with Daniel Levinson
Teaching Drama to Children & Youth - Building Your Toolkit with Andrew Lamb

WEEK TWO (August 12-17th)
Hot Scenes - Building your Acting Technique with Brenda Kamino
The Right Direction with John P. Kelly
Voice Bootcamp with Elley-Ray Hennessy
Creation Lab 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.


Last Year’s Recipient – Cathy Huang

"Everyone was so incredibly accommodating and wonderful. A special shout-out to Rachel, Bruce, Christine and Emily for making my time there as amazing as it was. Another highlight of the week was the Arts and Activism panel at the Avon Theatre, moderated by Donna-Michelle and featuring Amanda Parris, Cole Alvis and Sarah Garton Stanley.

If you are a young theatre artist who is thinking about applying for this scholarship next year, I would highly recommend it. This is such a fantastic opportunity for theatre artists to expand their training, so bring your friends! The more like-minded people around you, the more you’ll get out of it. I can only hope that the Summer Theatre Intensive continues to become increasingly diverse and youth-oriented, because I can see this being a very valuable resource to emerging professional theatre artists."

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: while we are working with our partners at Factory163 to increase the accessibility of the available spaces, not all classrooms may be fully accessible. Please contact Rachel Kennedy at with any mobility or health concerns.


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 Friday, June 8th, 2018, at which time they will complete the Summer Intensive registration forms.

Applications will open on Tuesday May 1st, 2018.

Deadline for applications will be 5:00pm, Friday June 1st, 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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