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Royal MTC is pleased to offer its National Mentorship Program. Too often, we see our local talent base seek opportunities for both training and employment in other parts of the country, often resulting in a permanent move out of Manitoba. For IBPOC artists, this exodus is even more prevalent.

In the performing arts, as in many industries, networking has a profound impact in propelling an artist’s career. As part of Royal MTC’s commitment to nurture and support our local talent pool, we're thrilled to offer a virtual mentorship program that connects the brightest emerging talent with the most innovative and exciting senior theatre practitioners across the country.

The National Mentorship Program aims to help Manitoban theatre practitioners overcome the barriers of geographical isolation and build a web of connections and opportunities, simply by sitting down to have a conversation on a bimonthly basis.

While all are welcome to apply, priority will be given to emerging artists (under 35) from underserved communities in an effort to address and overcome ongoing systemic barriers in the Canadian theatre ecology.

Please note the deadline to apply for the 22/23 cohort is Monday, September 19, 2022 at 12 noon CT. Click here to fill out an application.

For more information, please contact Audrey Dwyer, Associate Artistic Director, at

  • Program dates: January to May annually
  • Participants will receive a stipend of $500 to engage in 10 hour-long digital meetings with a mentor of their choice anywhere in Canada.
  • The program will culminate in a short interview filmed between the mentor and mentee that will be promoted through social media to patrons and colleagues across the industry.

Thank you to the incredible mentees and mentors from our 2021/22 National Mentorship Program! Watch their wrap-up conversations below.

Mentee bios | Mentor bios

  • Uma Bains – Krystal Kiran
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  • Wren Brian – Catherine Banks

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  • Ivy Charles – Marci T. House

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  • Daphne Finlayson – Mitchell Cushman

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  • Carla Hernandez – Véronique Dussault

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  • Rochelle Kives – Ma-Anne Dionisio

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  • Frances Koncan – Kim Senklip Harvey

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  • Kathleen MacLean – Jessica Carmichael


  • Emily Meadows – Michaela Washburn

  • Carly Rackal – Marjorie Chan

  • Joseph Sevillo – Romeo Candido


  • Emma Welham – Sarah Garton Stanley


  • Chase Winnicky – Thom Allison



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