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Canadian Stage Scholarship Fund for Designers, Technicians, and Stage Managers


Canadian Stage, in partnership with Theatre Gargantua and Native Earth Performing Arts, is offering scholarships of up to $2000 for Designers, Stage Managers, and Stage Technicians to train, in new skills or skills upgrading. This grant is designed to support professional live performance technicians, stage managers and designers in skills development, adapting and expanding their creative practice to meet new opportunities in live performance practices.

As part of our efforts to invest resources in the live performance community, Canadian Stage will be offering scholarship funding for Designers, Technicians and Stage Managers to train in new skills or skills upgrading. This grant is designed to support professional live performance technicians and designers in skills development, adapting and expanding their creative practice to meet new opportunities in live performance practices. The goal of this program is to support the artists in enriching the skill sets within our community in order to face the new challenges of live performance in a socially distant context.

The applicants may select any course of study, including workshops, classes, online tutorials, university courses, or any other program where there is a cost attached that the Fund can cover or supplement. It is the applicant’s responsibility to locate the courses or opportunities.

These opportunities could be, but are not limited to: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppressive training, Streaming platforms, new media and more.

Eligible Expenses

The grants provide funding to help with:
  • Required fees
  • Required textbooks and supplies
  • Transportation costs
  • Unsubsidized child care costs
  • Tuition or course fees


  • Artist is based in Canada
  • Artist self-defines as a Professional Artist* From the Ontario Arts Council: The OAC defines a professional artist/arts professional as someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for their work and actively practices their art. Short breaks in artistic work history are acceptable.
  • Artist has a demonstrated professional practice as a Designer, Technician or Stage Manager.

Application Requirements

Deadline: November 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm

  • A Letter of Interest (Max 2 pages). Describe the program, course or training that you wish to undertake. How will this aid you in your work moving forward and support your work in live performance. Include the cost or fees for tuition/materials that you will need.
  • A resume or CV.
  • A link to the proposed course, and invoice of cost, or a receipt of tuition payment.

Please contact Mel Hague (Associate AD, Canadian Stage) if you have any questions about the program or require support on your application. This can include artistic questions or access needs.

Only electronic applications will be accepted.

Selection Process

All applications will be read by the selection committee, which includes Brendan Healy (Artistic Director, Canadian Stage), Mel Hague (Associate Artistic Director, Canadian Stage), Tawiah MCarthy (Artist Outreach and Development Coordinator, Canadian Stage), Lynanne Sparrow (Producer, Canadian Stage) Augusto Bitter (Artistic Producer Intern, Canadian Stage) Kalale Dalton–Lutale (Artistic Producing Intern, Canadian Stage), Jacquie PA Thomas (Artistic Director, Theatre Gargantua) Keith Barker (Artistic Director, Native Earth Performing Arts) Isaac Thomas (Managing Director, Native Earth).



Canadian Stage encourages submissions from all individuals. We are committed to the practice of inclusion and diversification. We will make every effort to identify and remove any barriers to inclusion within all aspects of the selection process by making decisions and communicating without regard to ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, colour, disability, national origin, family or marital status, language, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, or any other characteristics that make our communities and individuals unique.

If you need any access support in filling out the form below, or have questions regarding this form, please contact Associate Artistic Director Mel Hague mhague@canadianstage.com.


About Canadian Stage


Canadian Stage's mission is to be the leading contemporary performing arts organization in the country. A collision of disciplines and cultures, Canadian Stage reflects the dynamism and complexity of Canada and is a vital artistic force locally, nationally, and internationally.


Creativity: We inspire, cultivate, and advocate for the creativity that is inherent in all people.
Empathy: We are a space for people to develop their understanding of themselves and the other.
Excellence: We deliver exceptional experiences to our artists, audiences, donors, staff members, and volunteers.
Collaboration: We encourage partnerships and exchange between artists, communities, art disciplines, sectors, and organizations.
Inclusivity: We are inclusive in all aspects of our organization.
Community: We take responsibility for how we contribute socially, economically, and educationally to our communities and we hold ourselves accountable to them.