Emerging Arts Critics

Emerging Arts Critics

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
•          A Streetcar Named Desire, September 28, 2019
•          Almighty Voice and His Wife, October 17, 2019 
 
The National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
•          Giselle, November 6, 2019
•          Orpheus Alive & Chaconne, November 15, 2019
 
Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
•          The Barber of Seville, January 19, 2020
 
Soulpepper Theatre Company, The Young Centre for Performing Arts
•          To be announced, January 30, 2020
 
Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
•          Hansel & Gretel, February 6, 2020
 
The National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
•          New Crystal Pite & Chroma & Marguerite and Armand, February 29, 2020
•          Romeo and Juliet, March 11, 2020
 
Soulpepper Theatre Company, The Young Centre for Performing Arts
•          To be announced, April 2, 2020
 
Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
•          Aida, April 18, 2020
•          The Flying Dutchman, May 1, 2020
 
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Roy Thomson Hall
•          Angela Hewitt Returns, May 13, 2020
•          Beethoven 5, May 22, 2020
•          Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, June 4, 2020
•          Davis Conducts & Plays Saint-SaĆ«ns Organ Symphony, June 17, 2020 
 

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The Dance Current is Canada’s dance magazine – in print and online – covering the performances, people and perspectives. Published by Dance Media Group, The Dance Current is inclusive of genre and aims to cultivate dance literacy, foster discourse and provide the broadest possible public with access points into dance art and culture.

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Founded in 1995, The WholeNote is a print and online magazine dedicated to classical, new, early and world music, jazz, opera and musical theatre, in Ontario and beyond, containing extensive concert listings, feature stories, regular columns, CD reviews, and blogs.

 

 

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Opera Canada magazine has been connecting the vibrant world of opera in Canada since 1960 with high quality professional arts journalism, in-depth interviews with its creators, artists and decision-makers as well as beautifully-illustrated features and reviews about productions from across the nation and internationally.

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Intermission Magazine is an online theatre magazine based in Toronto, created by The Company Theatre. Intermission helps break down the fourth wall that exists between artists and audiences by providing a platform for artists to talk about the ideas they’re grappling with both onstage and off through personal essays from artists about their work, in-depth articles about all aspects of the industry, revealing interviews with top names in Canadian theatre and creative editorial pieces.

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