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May 13, 2022

Call for Submissions: Crow’s Theatre 8th Annual RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize

Crow’s Theatre is proud to invite submissions for the eighth annual RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize. The prize encourages and celebrates outstanding early career directors and provides them with the opportunity to develop work and skills at Crow’s Theatre, as well as receive ongoing mentorship. 

Made possible by the RBC Emerging Artists Program, the prize supports an artist’s transition from ‘emerging’ to ‘established’ and is rooted in the belief that each new generation of artists requires support and encouragement. The RBC Emerging Artist Program reflects RBC’s long-standing investment into the arts and recognition of the role they play in creating vibrant communities and strong economies.

Launched in 2015, The RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize provides a $5,000 award to a Canadian emerging director, and the option to participate in a paid professional development residency at Crow’s Theatre, or access project development resources and mentorship. Three finalists will also be awarded a small cash prize in recognition of their outstanding submissions.

The award recipient and finalists will be selected by a jury of professional artists; Lucy Eveleigh, Jackie Maxwell, and Rouvan Silogix, who will consider the merits of the emerging director’s current body of work as well as how meaningful the prize and residency would prove to the director’s professional development. Past recipients of this prize are Zack Russell, Rebecca Northan, Sarah Kitz, Tom Arthur Davis and Jivesh Parasram, Alexandre Fecteau, Cherissa Richards, and Ryan Cunningham.

This prize and the Crow’s residency will recognize the creative potential of an up-and-coming theatre maker and provide the means to advance their practice.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and practicing theatre directors for at least three years and no more than fifteen years. Directors of text-based or non-text-based work are invited to apply as well. Applicants must have at least two professional directing credits; productions at major curated theatre festivals (such as SummerWorks or The Next Stage Theatre Festival) will be accepted. The prize jury will consider the proposed residency’s level of ambition and its transformative potential for the applicant. Equally important is the vision of the proposal and the applicant’s potential to realize the residency’s central project.

The deadline for all submissions is 11.59pm, May 13, 2022