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Emerging Arts Critics

Emerging Arts Critics (EAC) program provides a forum for aspiring arts writers and assists them in developing the tools required to authoritatively write about and review ballet, classical music, opera and now, theatre. Originally launched by the National Ballet in 2014 as Emerging Dance Critics, the program has since expanded to Emerging Arts Critics to include music, opera, and, for the first time in 2019, theatre with Soulpepper.

A collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), the Canadian Opera Company (COC), and Soulpepper Theatre Company, the program features eight participants selected through an open call. Writers will each attend and review performances by each organization and have their reviews published on The Dance Current, The WholeNote, Opera Canada, and Intermission Magazine's websites.

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

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Participants in the Emerging Arts Critics program will have the opportunity to review four Mainstage productions at Soulpepper.

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams – September 29, 2019
Almighty Voice and His Wife by Daniel David Moses – October 17, 2019 (opening)
Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis – January 30, 2020 (opening)
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, a new version by Simon Stephens – April 2, 2020 (opening)