RBC Emerging Artists Program
Studio 180 Theatre’s RBC Emerging Artists Program provides one novice director and one early-career playwright with the opportunity to advance their skills, gain exposure and advance their career trajectory by spending one year working with and being mentored by Studio 180 Theatre’s artistic team. This barrier-free initiative is designed to help artists bridge the gap from emerging to established by providing them with the experience and resources they need to succeed.
Thanks to the RBC Foundation, both emerging artist positions are paid and feature both mentorship and public showcase opportunities.
During our 2018/19 season, our RBC Emerging Director will be engaged for 9 weeks including spending 7 weeks as the Assistant Director of our production of Oslo under the mentorship of director Joel Greenberg. Other engagements include: 1 week participating in our Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT workshops and 1 week working on an emerging director’s showcase (a public 180 READS reading).
Our RBC Emerging Playwright will occupy one of the featured spots in our Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT new play initiative. The playwright will receive two full-day workshops with up to five actors and support from a dramaturge (including three one-on-one dramaturgical sessions throughout the year) and at least one public reading of their play. Other engagements will include: an invitation to participate in all other IN DEVELOPMENT workshops and invitations to artistic events throughout the year.
2018/19 RBC Emerging Director – Kerry Ann Doherty
Kerry Ann is thrilled to be joining Studio 180 as the RBC Emerging Director this season. A Toronto-based theatre artist, Kerry Ann has spent the last two years creating and studying in London, England. Her dedication to Canadian theatre inspired her to launch the Little Lion Theatre Company, where she directed a production of Tuesdays and Sundays and a staged reading of The Drowning Girls. Other directing credits include the UK premiere of Asking For It (Corbett Theatre); Little One (East 15); the world premiere of the musical One More Time (Tristan Bates); and The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (Carousel Players). Assistant Directing credits include Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Tenderloin (East 15); and Like A Memory Lost (East 15). Kerry Ann holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary and recently completed her Masters in Fine Arts with the University of Essex.
2018/19 RBC Emerging Playwright – To be announced
STUDIO 180 THEATRE’S RBC EMERGING ARTIST ALUMNI
2017/18 RBC Emerging Playwright – Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks
“The incredible opportunity I had to develop Apple with Studio 180 gave me a new way to express my voice. Before this workshop with Studio 180 I hesitated to call myself a playwright; now I hold the title with confidence.”
Pictured above: Cynthia speaks to high school students following the student workshop reading of her play, Apple, in fall 2017.
2017/18 RBC Emerging Director – Sarah Orenstein
“Being linked and presented by Studio 180 as director to the theatre community has changed my profile. I’ve noticed the interest. And I feel that gives me the opening to approach other companies in that role as I look for the next step.”