RBC HORIZON EMERGING ARTISTS PROGRAM
This professional development program has been created as part of the Citadel’s commitment to Edmonton’s 35//50 Initiative and based on the findings from our recently completed Inclusivity and Diversity audit of the composition of the Citadel’s artists, staff and board over the past 10 seasons (our report was released on September 21, 2020).
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Citadel Theatre is excited to announce a call for submissions of our mentorship program for Edmonton-based BIPOC, Deaf, D/disabled and Mad theatre artists, thanks to the incredible support of RBC. This professional development program was created in 2020 as part of the Citadel’s commitment to Edmonton’s 35//50 Initiative and based on the findings from our 2020 Inclusivity and Diversity Report, which included an audit of the composition of the Citadel’s artists, staff and board over the past 10 seasons. This season we are expanding our submission call to also include artists who identify as Deaf and D/disabled as we continue our commitment to providing professional development to individuals who have historically been underrepresented in the professional theatre.
As one of the largest cultural organizations in Alberta, Citadel Theatre commits to dismantling the systemic racism and ableism in Canadian theatre practice. This includes making space for those that have not been given the opportunity to create and thrive in rehearsal halls, design studios, and theatres across the country. Our organization has made substantial movement in the presence of Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC), Deaf, D/disabled, and Mad (folks who have been labelled as mentally ill or who live with mental illness) artists on our stages in recent seasons, but we still have so much work to do to increase representation in the artistic talent pools of playwrights, designers, stage managers, choreographers, and directors. There is a true lack of opportunity for emerging and early career artists to make the leap from smaller independent projects to the large productions found on regional stages. We aim to remove that barrier, and to make the space available; for BIPOC, Deaf, D/disabled and Mad artists to learn, grow and be supported.
With the support of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, and in recognition of our unique COVID-19 circumstances, Citadel Theatre offers a training program to support emerging and early career BIPOC, Deaf, D/disabled, and Mad artists that have not been able to see themselves in these artistic creation roles at one of Canada’s largest theatre companies. We want to eliminate barriers by giving four Edmonton-based artists in these underrepresented communities direct access to our creation spaces and team of professionals, and to help them make contacts within our industry in their chosen practice.
This is a unique program that will be built in collaboration with the selected artists involved, as we recognize the need for these individuals to self-identify their goals and needs. We will work with 4 artists to provide the opportunities in the next 10 months that will include a $2000 honorarium and can include the following:
- 1-on-1 and small group mentorship with national leaders in their chosen artistic role;
- specialized classes on theatre practice led by guest artists and creators;
- networking and relationship building opportunities;
- access to space and materials that best suits their chosen artistic field (supplies, tools, etc.);
- training with in-house technical/production staff on new skills or techniques;
- training with in-house producing and marketing staff on self-promotion and self-producing;
- Invitations to opening night events;
- hands-on creative apprenticeships on a 2022-223 Mainstage production;
- Access to rehearsals and professional development sessions;
- Artist profile on the Citadel Theatre website with amplification on our social media feeds;
- Whatever access needs required by the artist for their participation (ie. ASL interpretation, providing Personal Support Workers, etc.)
We invite applications from BIPOC, Deaf, D/disabled and Mad artists who would like to explore creative team roles in theatre production: playwright/lyricist, designer (scenery, sound, lighting, and costume), composer, choreographer, fight director, music director, director, stage manager and artistic leader who are based in Edmonton.
Proposals should be a maximum of four pages, and should include:
- A biography or resumé;
- A letter outlining the applicant’s mentorship goals. For example:
- Mentors the applicant would like to train with/learn from
- Resources the applicant would like access to at the Citadel
- Skills the applicant hopes to augment during the training
- Projects the applicant hopes to work on during the Mentorship (both the applicant’s own projects, and Citadel projects of interest)
- A rough schedule/sense of the applicant’s availability
- Any access needs required for participation
EQUITY DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
We wish to acknowledge that the land on which we live and work is Treaty No. 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground and home of the First Nations, including both the treaty signatories – Cree, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stony and Cree-Iroquois – as well as other Indigenous peoples, such as the Blackfoot and Métis, who occupied this land. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live, create and perform on this territory.
The Citadel Theatre is in the heart of amiskwaciwâskahikan ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Edmonton, AB), and we are proud to call Treaty 6 Territory home. As a regional theatre, it is integral that we ensure that the stories we tell, as well as the composition of our artists, board, staff, students and audience are reflective of the diverse lived experiences in this dynamic city. We strongly encourage submissions from artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities. If there are barriers (language, disability, or any other consideration) about the process preventing you from submitting, please let us know and we will work with you to overcome them. For more on Citadel Theatre’s Equity, Inclusivity, and Diversity commitments, please visit: https://bit.ly/CitadelEDIArtisticPostings
SAFE WORKPLACE CULTURE
Citadel Theatre commits to providing a welcoming and safe experience for all artists, including clear workplace harassment policies. In situations where cultural safety and knowledge is needed as part of facilitating conversation, Citadel commits to working with third-party affinity counsel.
COVID-19 RETURNING SAFELY POLICY
Citadel Theatre’s COVID-19 protocols (such as masking, screening, testing, vaccinations) are a part of our “Returning Safely Policy,” and our vaccination protocol is in place for all workers and artists: everyone working in the building is expected to be fully vaccinated (if they are medically able). Please be aware of this requirement before you submit for the program.
Citadel Theatre is accepting proposals for the RBC Horizon Emerging Artist Mentorship Program until
September 15, 2022. Please submit a proposal of up to four pages (PDF format) to: firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: 2022/23 RBC Horizon Mentorship.
The Citadel Theatre strongly encourage submissions from performers who self-identify as members from under-represented communities. If there are barriers (language, disability, or any other consideration) about the process preventing you from submitting, please let us know and we will work with you to overcome them.
Artists will be selected by a panel of Citadel Theatre staff, including:
Kristi Hansen, Associate Artist Daryl Cloran, Artistic Director
Cheryl Hoover, Director of Production Jessie van Rijn, Producer
Mieko Ouchi, Associate Artistic Director
All applicants will be informed of results via email by October 12, 2022.
Rebecca is an emerging mixed race Filipinx theatre artist. Currently her work is focused on costume, set, and lighting design. Recently, she has begun to explore puppetry and scenic paint as part of her practice. Credits include; design assistant for Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing (Freewill Shakespeare Festival) and a puppet performer in Puppet Pub Crawl (Found Festival). Coming up she will be designing costumes for Agamemnon and puppets for She Kills Monsters at the University of Alberta.
Lebo Disele is a PhD candidate in the drama department at the University of Alberta. She is an interdisciplinary performer with a focus in movement, acting, directing, and dramaturgy. Most recently she created and performed The Space Between for NextFest Digital (2021). Other performance credits include Brandon Wint’s The Antidote to Violence as Care (forthcoming); Baki and Mands in Azimuth Theatre’s workshopped production, All That Binds Us (2020); Amina in Belleville (2020), directed by Amanda Goldberg at the Bleviss Laboratory Theatre; Words Unzipped at the 2019 SkirtsAfire Festival curated by Karimah Marshall; What (Black) Life Requires at the 2018 Expanse Festival and Unwoven at the 2018 SkirtsAfire Festival, curated by Nasra Adem. Lebo locates her work within the genre of physical theatre which draws on avant-garde dance and theatre. She is focused on interdisciplinary art and collective creation, placing the body at the centre to explore gender, race, ethnicity, and issues related to equity.
“Thank you Citadel and RBC for this opportunity. I am excited for the work ahead, to think and work through how we make the theatre more inclusive in terms of the stories we tell, how we tell those stories and who tells those stories.”
HAL WESLEY ROGERS
PLAYWRITING & COMPOSING
Hal is an Alberta-born multi-talented performer/creator who began his career singing in church in Edmonton at the age of four and performing hip-hop dances choreographed with his cousin in the living room at family gatherings in Leduc. Picking up some skills playing musical instruments along the way, his musicality evolved into a love of theatre in high school when he enrolled in a musical theatre camp at the Citadel’s Foote Theatre School in preparation for his first high school musical. He went on to spend two years at the U of A before moving to Vancouver to earn his BFA in Theatre Performance from Simon Fraser. He has performed in musicals across Canada (including Hadestown at the Citadel), worked as a singer around BC and has auditioned for productions around the world. When not performing, Hal also writes and composes. Last year he composed a song over zoom with several youth from across Canada as part of Musical Stage Company’s One Song Glory program and is returning this year. He was also a composer/lyricist with MSC’s 2021 NoteWorthy Cohort.
“I’m thrilled to be returning to the Citadel as I explore new territory in my artistic pursuits. I’ve worked as a performer across Canada for years and making my Citadel debut in Hadestown was so special to me that I didn’t know what else could rival that feeling. Getting to come home and build my skills as a playwright and composer with the Citadel is a great follow up!”
ARTISTIC PLANNING & LEADERSHIP
Steven is a proud mixed-Filipino artist based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan, on Treaty 6 Territory. Since graduating from Grant MacEwan he has developed a deep passion for safer spaces and anti-racist theatre-making. He is excited and deeply grateful for the opportunity to grow as an artist at the Citadel through the program. He hopes to learn more about being a leader, challenge himself as an emerging BIPOC artist, and develop a better understanding of producing. He has worked as a stage manager all over Treaty 6. Some of his favorite credits include Matara (WWPT), Rigoletto, La Traviata (Edmonton Opera), Happy Birthday Baby J (Shadow Theatre), Dodona (Small Matters Productions), Hiraeth (Bright Young Things).
“What I’ve come to realize is that I have power, not just as a stage manager but as a queer BIPOC artist, and in order to help cultivate this power I need to learn from other artists of color in positions of power.”