Emerging Arts Critics

August 9, 2019

Emerging Arts Critics (EAC) programme is as a forum to foster the next generation of arts critics and writers and to assist them in developing the tools required to authoritatively write about and review ballet, classical music, opera and new for the 2019/20 season, theatre. Originally launched by the National Ballet in 2014 as Emerging Dance Critics, in partnership with Canada's dance magazine The Dance Current, the programme has since expanded to Emerging Arts Critics to include music, opera and theatre.

A collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), the Canadian Opera Company (COC) and Soulpepper Theatre Company, the programme will feature eight participants who will each attend and review one performance by each organization in the 2019/20 season and have their reviews published on The Dance Current, The WholeNote, Opera Canada and Intermission Magazine's websites.

This season, selected participants will have the invaluable opportunity to receive one-on-one editorial mentorship from retired arts critic John Coulbourn, music journalist and broadcaster Robert Harris, performing arts writer Catherine Kustanczy and theatre critic Robert Cushman. The Dance Current Executive Editor Emma Doran, The WholeNote Publisher and Editor in Chief David Perlman with Digital Media Editor Sara Constant, Opera Canada Editorial Director Gianmarco Segato and Intermission Magazine Publisher and Co-Founder Philip Riccio will coach this season’s selected writers in a one-on-one editorial process through to online publication.

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

Applications from Toronto-based aspiring arts reviewers between the ages of 19 to 29 are now being accepted. Applicants should send an email to media@national.ballet.ca explaining why they would like to take part in the programme, along with a non-academic writing sample.
 
Applications will be accepted until September 6, 2019.

The EAC programme is committed to inclusiveness and encourages applicants from all backgrounds and abilities to submit.
 
2019/20 Season Programme Dates:

Soulpepper Theatre Company, The Young Centre for Performing Arts

The National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Soulpepper Theatre Company, The Young Centre for Performing Arts

Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

The National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Soulpepper Theatre Company, The Young Centre for Performing Arts

Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Roy Thomson Hall

More about the Emerging Arts Critic programme

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