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RBC Artist Residency Program

With the generous support of the RBC Foundation, Canadian Stage offers development support, mentorship, networking opportunities, and professional resources to our city's emerging arts creators. Canadian Stage supports artists, collectives and companies who are creating contemporary performance works in theatre, dance, and hybrid forms.

The focus for the 2019.20 season's program is on intercultural creative processes. Canadian Stage defines intercultural processes as creation processes that combine, match, and intersect diverse cultural approaches, traditions and ideas. This year’s program will allow participants to explore the dynamics, issues, and opportunities that emerge within creative processes that involve intercultural collaboration and exchange.

This free multifaceted residency includes:
  • Two weeks of creation time in one of our spaces
  • Formal training meetings with Canadian Stage administrative and artistic staff
  • Attending masterclasses led by guest performing artists in the 2019.20 season
  • Active participation in a conference on intercultural artistic processes that will be hosted by Canadian Stage, February 28 - March 1, 2020
  • Invitations to opening night events in the 2019.20 season
  • An opportunity to moderate a talkback in the 2019.20 season
  • When possible, access to rehearsals of Canadian Stage productions
  • Artist profile on the Canadian Stage website and social media platforms
  • An honorarium
The RBC Artist Residence Program has an annual intake of 3 arts creators, companies and or collectives, selected through a submission call at the end of each summer.

Canadian Stage encourages submissions from all individuals. We are committed to the practice of inclusion and diversification. We will make every effort to identify and remove any barriers to inclusion within all aspects of the selection process by making decisions and communicating without regard to ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, colour, disability, national origin, family or marital status, language, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, or any other characteristics that make our communities and individuals unique.

Past RBC Program Artists & Companies
Alyssa Martin, Tawiah Ben M'carthy, Nikki Shaffeeullah, Ali Joy Richardson, nisha ahuja, d’bi.young anitafrika, Gideon Arthurs, Liza Balkan, Laura Bolton, David Brock, Lauren Brotman, Claire Calnan, Anna Chatterton, Lisa Codrington, Ashlie Corcoran, David S. Craig, Ryan Cunningham, Melissa D’Agostino, Mikaela Davies, Spy Dénommé-Welch, Alan Dilworth, Chris Dupuis, André du Toit, Waawaate Fobister, Gil Garratt, Karen Gilodo, Jack Grinhaus, Brendan Healy, Elif Işıközlü, Joel Ivany, Reza Jacobs, Ravi Jain, Marcia Johnson, Njo Kong Kie, Moynan King, Scott Lale, Adam Lazarus, Mitchell Marcus, Philip McKee, Alistair Newton, Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, Adam Paolozza, John Jack Paterson, Anusree Roy, Katherine Sanders, Rosanna Saracino, Adam Seelig, Jonathan Seinen, Erin Shields, Rebecca Singh, Kwame Stephens, Kelly Straughan, Jordan Tannahill, Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, Lindsay C. Walker, Gein Wong, Norman Lup-Man Yeung, Jacob Zimmer, Nowadays Theatre Company, Bad New Days, Pandemic Theatre, The Templeton Philharmonic, Single Thread Theatre Company, Theatre Caravel, Nobody's Business Theatre, lemonTree theatre creations, I'd Rather Dance, Suburban Beast, Theatre Kairos, The Howland Company, The Original Norwegian

The Relay Newsletter

Emerging Artist, Creators, Collectives and or Companies interested in Canadian Stage’s programming and other opportunities are encouraged to subscribe to our monthly Relay Newsletter.

Meet the 2019.20 RBC Artist Residency Participants

Augusto Bitter  is a Venezuelan-born, Dora Award-winning performer, writer, and educator based in Toronto. He has trained with Teatro delle Radici (Lugano, Switzerland), Manifesto Poetico (Paris), Canada's National Voice Intensive, Aluna Theatre's Interpretation Lab, and the University of Toronto. Augusto has also been a resident artist at Theatre Passe Muraille and hub14. An educator with Soulpepper, Augusto also facilitates creative writing workshops with youth in under-resourced schools and communities in the GTA with Story Planet. His first creation, CHICHO (Pencil Kit Productions/TPM/Aluna) is gearing up for a national and international tour. He is very grateful to develop his second work, Reina, with musician Y Josephine, with the support of Canadian Stage and Aluna Theatre. Upcoming: Anywhere But Here (Electric Company Theatre). More at augustobitter.com.


PJ Prudat is a Toronto-based, Saskatchewan-hailing, proud Métis actor and writer of plays, poetry and creative fiction. As an artist, PJ is galvanized by the Indigenous perspective, experience and lived stories of this land. The current Creator-In-Residence at Nightswimming Theatre, she was a company actor at both the National Arts Centre English Theatre and the Shaw Festival. A former Playwright-in-Rez for Native Earth Performing Arts and a writer in the Natural Resources Creation Group at Factory Theatre, PJ is a Laureate of the Reveal Indigenous Art Award, a recipient of a Christopher Newton Award and a finalist for the both the K.M. Hunter Artist Award and a Cayle Chernin Award. Her play Réunir (Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company), inspired by the Métis Résistance, was nominated for a SATAward (Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting). Select credits: The Unnatural and Accidental Women (NAC-Indigenous Theatre), Iphigenia and the Furies (SAGA Collectif), Honour Beat (Theatre Calgary), Everything I Couldn't Tell You (Spiderbones), Saint Joan and Wilde Tales (Shaw), Moonlodge (Urban Ink), Beaver (Storefront), Reckoning (Article 11), Twelfth Night, The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, Copper Thunderbird (NAC), Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare in the Ruins), two National tours of Almighty Voice and His Wife (NEPA), Café Daughter (Gwaandak), free as injuns (NEPA). PJ is honoured to be here, now. Kitatamihinâwâw.


Syreeta Hector is an artist and educator based in Toronto. A highly accomplished performer, Syreeta has worked for internationally recognized companies such as Citadel + Compagnie, Toronto Dance Theatre and Danny Grossman Dance Company and has collaborated with Political Movement, Shannon Litzenberger Dance Projects and Fauxhemian Films. A graduate of the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she received her Master of Arts in Dance Studies from York University. A recipient of both Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council grants, Syreeta has studied dance extensively in New York City, as well as undergone research creation projects. Currently working on a new creation called, Black Ballerina, which focuses on the dualities within ones identity, along with her blackness and indigeneity in relationship to classical ballet. This solo work recently won the Stratford Festival Research and Development Award at the SummerWorks Festival.