Graham Scott Fleming, Alessia Lupiano in UnCovered: Billy Joel & Elton John (2014). Photography: Joanna Akyol.

RBC Apprentice Program

The RBC Apprentice Program offers eight post-secondary artists one year of mentorship with The Musical Stage Company, learning from our local and visiting artists and receiving substantial showcase opportunities to help build the foundation for their careers. Our RBC Apprentice Program is made up of the winners of The Banks Prize (a cash award given to two emerging artists each year) and six emerging artists in different areas of production.

RBC Apprenticeship

About RBC 

In 2013, the RBC Foundation committed $6.7 million to arts and cultural organizations, supporting local, national and international initiatives. The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory. RBC support arts organizations and artists in a range of genres including visual art, music, theatre, performance, literature and film.

The Kathleen Freeman Fund

The Kathleen Freeman Fund

The Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund is a signature component of The RBC Apprentice Program. Each year, the fund supports the investment in and training of two Canadian female artists under the age of 35 in leadership areas that currently lack female representation. Disciplines focused on include direction, music direction, production management, sound design, and writing.

The Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund is made possible through the generous support of Leading Lights Kathleen & Dennis Freeman.

Current Apprentices

Current Apprentices 

2019-20 RBC Apprentices

Deanna Choi – RBC Apprentice Sound Designer 
Karli Feldman – RBC Apprentice Stage Manager 
Eva Foote – RBC Apprentice Performer & Banks Prize Recipient
Juliette Jones – The RBC Music Apprentice, as a part of The Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund 
Tsholo Khalema – RBC Apprentice Director 
Esie Mensah – RBC Apprentice Choreographer
Kale Penny – RBC Apprentice Performer & Banks Prize Recipient
Ali Joy Richardson – The RBC Apprentice Director, as a part of The Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund 

Past Apprentices

Past Apprentices 

2018-19 RBC Apprentices

Brandon Antonio (Performance/Banks Prize Winner
Michelle Bouey (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Jen Cooper (Production & Stage Management)
Jonathan Corkal (Music Supervision & Arranging)
Alessandro Costantini (Dramaturgy
Sabryn Rock (Direction)

2017-18 RBC Apprentices

Fatuma Adar (Songwriting)
Alessandro Costantini (Direction)
George Krissa (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Jeff Lupker (Music Direction & Arrangement)
Lucy McPhee (Stage Management)
Celine Tsai (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)

2016-17 RBC Apprentices

Jahlen Barnes (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Deanna Choi (Composition)
Arinea Hermans (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Rob Kempson (Direction)
Michaela Steven (Stage Management)
Aijia Waithe (Performance)

2015-16 RBC Apprentices

Colin Simmons (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Brittany Banks (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)

2014-15 RBC Apprentices

Alessia Lupiano (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Graham Scott Flemming (Performance/Banks Prize Winner)
Eden Richmond (Performance)
Sarite Harris (Performance)


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