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Full Time Arts Jobs For Actors, Producers, Directors, Stage Managers & Designers.

About The Program

Summer Ensemble is a one of a kind work experience for artists pursuing a career in the Canadian theatre industry. Summer Ensemble hires artists between the ages of 18 to 30 to work full time over the course of several weeks. Along the way, learn valuable skills and gain experience in this fast-paced, intense program. 

Summer Ensemble Locations

Where Are Summer Ensemble Participants From?

Since it’s inception in 2019, participants of Summer Ensemble have come from all across Canada to participate in the program. We had participants from 5 provinces including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. 

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Current Available Positons

SUMMER ENSEMBLE 2024

Summer Ensemble Schedule 2024

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What Participants Gain In This Arts Job

Artistic Skills

Explore classical and contemporary text, improvisation, theatre around the world and their relevance and impact on arts jobs and society today.

Orientation In Arts Jobs

Honest insight into professional organizations, structures and systems in place and how to navigate them successfully

Financial Skills

Budgeting and financial literacy delivered in a comprehensible and easy to understand way, tailored for theatre artists’ needs.

Leadership Skills

Debate complex questions and develop ideas and strategies how to build not only your career but theatre ecosystem in Canada and Internationally.

Touring In Arts

Discover how artists around the world use international touring as a source of income, and learn how to create shows that can allow you to participate in that market.

Digital Skills

Discover how blog/content writing can earn you additional income, promote your work, while mastering WordPress, one of the most desired skills in todays job market.

Jobs For Directors
Embark on an exciting journey with Summer Ensemble, where you'll have the chance to develop your directing skills and work with the next generation of theatre artists.
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Jobs For Stage Managers
Gain invaluable experience in managing all aspects of production, from rehearsals to performance, and work with some of the most talented emerging actors, directors, and designers in the industry.
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Jobs For Producers
Discover your potential as an artistic producer and shape the future of theatre with our paid work experience program, designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to excel in the industry.
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Jobs For Actors
Elevate your craft and transform your passion for acting into a career with our comprehensive on-the-job training program designed for emerging theatre actors.
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Meet Summer Ensemble 2023

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Sage Ziaee

Sage Ziaee, an Iranian-Canadian Documentary and Theatre producer with a Broadcast Television/Videography degree from Humber College.

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Phoenix

Phoenix is a passionate film student who enjoys working in theatre. Phoenix has two cats and enjoys an occasional company of plants and books.

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Robin Kadirgamar

Robin Kadirgamar is a costume designer, drag performer, and skilled craftsperson. They hold a B.F.A. in Performance Production from TMU.

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Abbie Siu

Abbie, an illustrator, brings whimsical stories to life with playful colours and lively designs, capturing life’s fantastical moments.

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SL Campbell

SL (Shannon Louise) Campbell is a performance artist from Burlington Ontario, currently pursuing a degree in Drama and Cinema from (UTM).

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Leah Edmonds

Leah Edmonds, Holds a MA in Philosophy from Concordia University. She now directs with Crane Creations Theatre Co.

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FAQ

Most frequently asked questions and answers

Our team really values creating jobs for artists. Although it takes time and resources to make this project happen we are not burdening artists with any fees at the moment. If you would like to show appreciation for our time and this project please consider donating to our organization and keeping this program alive for other artists.

Yes, a year is a long time to gain new skills!
We are very happy to see the progress returning candidates make.

No, you can audition as many times as you want, we love creating arts jobs and want you to work in culture!

Generally do choose a monologue from a play, not from a film or a television series. Do memorize word for word, and stray away form paraphrasing. Take punctuation into account, as well as who your character is and what relationships they have with the people and the topics in your monologue.

We believe that classical monologues, which frequently contain verse, metre, alliteration, assonance, ambiguity and other tactics show off your technical capabilities as an actor.

We are thrilled to welcome everyone, but we should mention that our studio is unfortunately located on the second floor, and is currently only accessible by a staircase. We are hoping to persuade our landlord to improve the access in the future, but for now this is the only way to the studio.

All our locations are well connected by public transit. If you are travelling from outside Mississauga, plan your trip using MiWay and Go Transit. 

We want to see you succeed. Don’t fret too much about what monologue to choose. Focus on how you perform it, rather than what is the monologue choice.

If you want to practice reading, join our Play Date, a monthly play reading club taking place online, on the third Thursday of each month.

Of course! Please feel free to share, and tell anyone looking for a paid arts job about this opportunity. We are also happy to provide you with flyers and posters to post in your school, community, library or local theatre. E-mail us or call us to discuss what format of materials would you like. 

Please feel free to come back with the same monologues or, if you would like to show us a new one, we are happy for you to do so. The choice of a monologue is not a decisive factor, the interpretation is. 

Most of the participants attend the program only once. On rare occasions, we do have returning participants, usually candidates who show exceptional potential for a different field and would benefit from additional training.

Many of our participants stay in touch and continue working with us. Three of the past participants are now our full time employees, and several others work in culture in various capacities.

The purpose of this program is to offer an intensive and immersive experience into all different areas of being an artist, not to produce a show. There might be a public performance involved. If you are simply looking for a gig to put on your resume this program is not a good fit.

 Several companies in Canada offer opportunities to create new work. This opportunity is tailored to artists who would like to spend time learning about various aspects of building a career in the arts rather than create new work. Although some of our past participants have gone on to create new work, we will not be asking you to create during this program. 

Unfortunately this program is for in-person participants. 

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