TC Mentors

Designer Cameron Porteous and mentee Skylar Desjardins

TC Mentors

TC Mentors gives artists on-the-job training and acts as a link between independent theatre practices and the established theatre world. Mentees may be emerging artists or more experienced artists who desire the knowledge of working in an ‘A’ house.  

"TC Mentors placements will exist throughout our organization with opportunities available in production as well as administration. Since mentorship was an integral ingredient in the development of my career, I am thrilled to offer this program. TC Mentors aims to contribute to Calgary’s theatrical ecosystem as a whole."
                                                                               – Stafford Arima

The 2018-19 Theatre Calgary season will provide mentorship opportunities for the following 10 mentees:

Imajyn Cardinal in Set & Projection Design under Andy Morro on Honour Beat

Andrew Cooper  in Directing under Stafford Arima on Mary and Max 

Alixandra Cowman in Sound Design under Allison Lynch on The Scarlet Letter

Alexa Elser in Voice & Dialect Coaching under Jane MacFarlane

Armin Karame in Development under Sarah Hughes

Jay Northcott in Directing under Micheline Chevrier on The Scarlet Letter 

Kyle Schulte in Company Management under Susan McNair Reid

David Sklar in Marketing & Communications  under Lisa Mackay

Julie Tomaino in Directing under Stafford Arima on Billy Elliot 

Sarah Wheeldon in Music Direction under Anna Ebbesen and Don Horsburgh on Mary and Max

Thank you so much to our mentors for donating their time!

The emphasis for TC Mentors is to give artists on the job training and to act as a link between independent theatre practices and the established theatre world. We are looking for aspiring theatre professionals who have completed their studies and who are over 18 by the start of the mentorship, and who have some theatre experience already. Mentees may be emerging artists or more experienced artists who desire the knowledge of working in an ‘A’ house. TC Mentors aims to contribute to Calgary’s theatrical ecosystem as a whole. 

Each mentee will be paired with an established professional in their chosen field, paid an honorarium, and included as a part of the TC experience. Mentorships will vary in duration based on the area of learning, for example: a Directing mentee may be involved for a full 5 weeks of rehearsal, but a Development mentee may have their time spread out, coming into the office once a week for two months. This is a pilot project for Theatre Calgary, so we encourage malleability!

Please note: this is not a job, but a learning opportunity. The amount of the involvement of the mentorship will be determined by the mentor.

For more information on TC Mentors, please email Jenna Turk