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Soulpepper Academy Support

The Soulpepper Academy is supported by the RBC Emerging Artist Project, with aditional generous support from Sylvia Soyka and the Kingfisher Foundation.

2021 Academy Ensemble, photo by Dahlia Katz

At RBC, we care about investing in the places where we live and work. Our support of the arts has been a long-standing priority as we recognize that the arts plays an important role in building vibrant communities and strong economies.  Through RBC Emerging Artists, we are thrilled to continue our support of the Soulpepper Academy and its commitment to provide artists the opportunity to advance their career trajectory in a meaningful way

- Ramin Fazel, RBC Regional Vice President, Downtown Toronto

With the Academy I was given time, space, and security, to experiment and take risks which allowed me to really grow as an artist. I’m so delighted we can offer them that same time and space to reach for the impossible, speak their truths, and help us find bold new ways to tell our stories. 

- Weyni Mengesha, Artistic Director


The Soulpepper Academy aims to develop highly skilled theatre artists who are equipped to make significant contributions in rehearsal halls and to the cultural landscape of Canada. We develop artistic leaders and believe that a supportive and immersive experience allows artists to move confidently into new territories. It is a key tenet of the Academy that members are not training in order to imitate what has already been done or achieved. Rather the training aims to equip artists to innovate, and make theatre of the future. The Academy is not only a place of study, but also a site of research where they can pose the artistic questions relevant to their lives and realities.

Successful candidates will be selected both for the promise shown around their individual artistic voice and practice, as well as for how that practice might contribute to collaborative creation. All Academy Members will attend training sessions together and proceed through the program as an ensemble.

Five (5) participants will be selected, with four (4) of them being the performers for this Academy ensemble, and the fifth being the director. The entire ensemble will be working and learning alongside some of Canada’s leading artists, with an opportunity to be brought into the process for the production of King Lear. More details on the structure listed further below.

The Academy will begin full-time in June 2022 and conclude in December 2022. Academy participants each receive a stipend of $850/week for the 24 weeks of the program. The Academy training will take place at Soulpepper Theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario.

The main thing I’m taking away from this Academy experience is a deeper sense of confidence and understanding of myself as an artist. One of the aims set out in the Academy application was to help artists discover their unique artistic voice. And while I think this is an ongoing and perhaps ever-changing search, I do feel like I now have a deeper appreciation for the kinds of aesthetics, styles, and content I want to explore.

- Liz Der, Soulpepper Academy Graduate


Who is this for?

We are looking for theatre artists who have interest and experience in creating work through a collaborative ensemble process with a willingness to learn, risk, experiment and grow. The Academy is intended for artists who self-identify as emerging or are in the early stages of their career. This may include those who have recently completed a theatre degree/diploma program from a conservatory or university or have the equivalent professional experience.

What’s the training?


TERM ONE — June 13 to October 1, 2022

Split time between King Lear rehearsals/performances and studio classes including a focus on growing the personal artistic voice.

TERM TWO — October 11 to October 30, 2022

Includes a focus on new play creation through the development and performance of short (5-10 minute) solo works.

TERM three — November 7 to December 11, 2022

Includes the rehearsing and staging of a final public showcase created by the ensemble.


All applications will be reviewed by the Academy Selection Committee. In the initial submission applicants will be asked to submit an introductory video responding to the prompts outlined in the form below. For the second round a shortlist of applicants will be asked to submit an audition video (for performers only) or a director’s statement video (for directors only). Specifications will be sent to those moving on.

As a final step, selected applicants will participate in online group exercises and one-on-one interviews with faculty.

We thank everyone for their interest, and we’ll be in touch with you regardless to let you know the status of your application. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide feedback on applications at this time.


Applications are now closed. 

If you require accommodations regarding the application process, or have any questions, please email:

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is a prerequisite for participation in any in-person programming at Soulpepper.

We encourage applications from artists belonging to underrepresented and historically marginalized communities.

The Soulpepper Academy is supported by RBC Emerging Artists Project, and the generosity of Sylvia Soyka and the Kingfisher Foundation. Thank you!

Lead Support for the Soulpepper Academy

Additional Support for the Soulpepper Academy