Emerging Arts Critics Programme Adds Soulpepper; Includes Dance, Theatre, Opera And Music

Cara Gee and Eion Bailey in Soulpepper’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Photo by Dahlia Katz)

Soulpepper Theatre Company has been added to the Toronto-based Emerging Arts Critics programme. The following announcement describes this unique programme.

(Toronto) – Emerging Arts Critics (EAC) programme is a forum to foster the next generation of arts critics and writers and to assist them in developing the tools required to authoritatively write about and review ballet, classical music, opera and new for the 2019/20 season, theatre. Originally launched by the National Ballet in 2014 as Emerging Dance Critics, in partnership with Canada’s dance magazine The Dance Current, the programme has since expanded to Emerging Arts Critics to include music, opera and theatre.

A collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), the Canadian Opera Company (COC) and Soulpepper Theatre Company, the programme will feature eight participants who will each attend and review one performance by each organization in the 2019/20 season and have their reviews published on The Dance Current, The WholeNote, Opera Canada and Intermission Magazine’s websites.

Cara Gee and Eion Bailey in Soulpepper’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Photo by Dahlia Katz)

This season, selected participants will have the invaluable opportunity to receive one-on-one editorial mentorship from retired arts critic John Coulbourn, music journalist and broadcaster Robert Harris, performing arts writer Catherine Kustanczy and theatre critic Robert Cushman. The Dance Current Executive Editor Emma Doran, The WholeNote Publisher and Editor in Chief David Perlman with Digital Media Editor Sara Constant, Opera Canada Editorial Director Gianmarco Segato and Intermission Magazine Publisher and Co-Founder Philip Riccio will coach this season’s selected writers in a one-on-one editorial process through to online publication.

In addition, participants will also be invited to attend critical writing and journalistic research skills workshops hosted by the National Ballet, TSO, COC and Soulpepper as part of the programme.

Applications from Toronto-based aspiring arts reviewers between the ages of 19 to 29 are now being accepted. Applicants should send an email to media@national.ballet.ca explaining why they would like to take part in the programme, along with a non-academic writing sample.

Applications will be accepted until September 6, 2019.

The EAC programme is committed to inclusiveness and encourages applicants from all backgrounds and abilities to submit.

Alex McCooeye and Eion Bailey in Soulpepper’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Photo by Dahlia Katz)

2019/20 Season Programme Dates:

Soulpepper Theatre Company, The Young Centre for Performing Arts

A Streetcar Named Desire, September 28, 2019
Almighty Voice and His Wife, October 17, 2019
The National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Giselle, November 6, 2019
Orpheus Alive & Chaconne, November 15, 2019
Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

The Barber of Seville, January 19, 2020
Soulpepper Theatre Company, The Young Centre for Performing Arts

To be announced, January 30, 2020
Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Hansel & Gretel, February 6, 2020
The National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

New Crystal Pite & Chroma & Marguerite and Armand, February 29, 2020
Romeo and Juliet, March 11, 2020
Soulpepper Theatre Company, The Young Centre for Performing Arts

To be announced, April 2, 2020
Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Aida, April 18, 2020
The Flying Dutchman, May 1, 2020
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Roy Thomson Hall

Angela Hewitt Returns, May 13, 2020
Beethoven 5, May 22, 2020
Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, June 4, 2020
Davis Conducts & Plays Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, June 17, 2020

For more information: Emerging Arts Critics

Press Release Via: Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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