RBC Emerging Artists Program
Studio 180 Theatre’s RBC Emerging Artists Program provides two novice directors 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, all three emerging artist positions are paid and feature both mentorship and public showcase opportunities.
Photo Above: Students experience an IN CLASS Reading of The Election by RBC Emerging Playwrights Yolanda Bonnel & Natasha Greenblatt. Photo by Dahlia Katz.
During our 2019/20 season, our RBC Emerging Directors will be engaged for 9 weeks including spending 7 weeks as the Assistant Director of our productions of Sweat and Indecent under the mentorship of directors David Storch and Joel Greenberg. Other engagements include: participating in our Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT workshops and 1 week each 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.
2019/20 RBC Emerging Director – Sabryn Rock, Sweat
For Studio 180: debut. Sabryn is an actor, singer, arts educator and budding director originally from Regina, Saskatchewan. She directed the site specific production of Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman at The Summerworks Festival that took place on a city bus, has directed youth in Musical Stage Company’s One Song Glory as well as abridged versions of The Tempest & As you Like It for Shakespeare in Action. She also has assisted on several productions including Intimate Apparel (Obsidian), The Wizard of Oz (YPT) and most recently Next to Normal (MSC/Mirvish). Earlier this year she staged and directed the Banks Prize Cabaret for the Musical Stage Company. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, The Birmingham Conservatory at Stratford and the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors’ Conservatory.
2019/20 RBC Emerging Director – Rebecca Gibian, Indecent
For Studio 180: debut. Rebecca Gibian is a theatre artist working a variety of theatrical roles both on and off the stage. A graduate of the acting program at the National Theatre School in 2015, she is so grateful to Studio 180 for the opportunity to continue to hone her skills as a director. A bilingual Montrealer, and now a newer Torontonian, she has had the pleasure of working in Quebec and Ontario, in both official languages. She recently assistant directed Measure for Measure with Repercussion Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park in Montreal and The Wolves with Howland and Crow’s Theatre in Toronto. She has also adapted and directed workshops and readings through her company Black Ink Collective, a collective she co-founded dedicated to showcasing a wider variety of stories. Recent acting credits include Paradise Lost at the Centaur Theatre, Clean Slate at Talisman Theatre (META award for outstanding ensemble,) and two seasons at the Shaw Festival. Rebecca directed a staged reading of her first play BIRDS, and is currently developing her second play.
2019/20 RBC Emerging Playwright – Sam Kalilieh
Sam is a Toronto based actor and writer who previously participated in Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT as a performer in Paul Dunn’s This Great City. Previous credits include: For Studio 180: King Charles III, Stuff Happens. Elsewhere: Lo (or Dear Mr Wells) (Nightwood Theatre), ART (The Grand Theatre), The Enchanted Loom (Cahoots/Factory), Age of Arousal (Factory Theatre), Passion Play (Crows Theatre/Various), Facts (GCTC).
STUDIO 180 THEATRE’S RBC EMERGING ARTIST ALUMNI
2018/19 RBC Emerging Playwrights – Yolanda Bonnel Natasha Greenblatt
“Having the support of Studio 180 and the RBC award was invaluable to the development of our show. Opportunities like these are vital to the development of new voices, nurturing the artistic leaders of the future. Thank you so much for believing that I am one of those voices.”
2018/19 RBC Emerging Director – Kerry Ann Doherty
“The RBC Emerging Director position gave me the start I needed and the confidence to pursue the next step in my directing career. I have felt like a valued member of the team and have established myself as a professional in this field.”
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.”
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.”