Segal Centre Jewish Arts Mentorship (J.A.M.)


What is the Segal Centre J.A.M.?
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is Montreal’s premiere English-language theatre. Over the past ten years, the Segal Centre has grown in its reach, garnering international attention for its new creations and its seasons’ overall excellence. It is also an important cultural resource for the Montreal Jewish community that offers programming celebrating and exploring the Jewish experience. Now the Segal Centre wants to help you as an emerging artist reach the next steps in your artistic career.

The Segal Centre’s Jewish Arts Mentorship (J.A.M.) is a new initiative created to help you develop as an artist by fostering your skills, knowledge, and by providing valuable professional networking opportunities. In these unprecedented times, it is especially important to support emerging artists as the performing arts world goes through this critical period.  

J.A.M. seeks to support emerging theatre makers (writers, directors, stage managers, performers, etc.)  of any age who are working on projects with Jewish themes or who are engaged in issues of Jewish identity. Three to four (3-4) candidates will be chosen, to make up the third J.A.M. cohort.

This year the program will run for seven months (December 2020-June 2021) and will include one-on-one artistic mentorship, group workshops on Jewish identity and the arts, and final presentations by each artist to complete the year in June.

What happens over the mentorship’s year?

The Segal’s J.A.M. focuses on a series of one-on-one mentoring and group meetings to help emerging artists explore their Jewish identity and achieve their artistic goals.

  • Each J.A.M. fellow is offered monthly individual meetings with Artistic Mentor Caitlin Murphy to create a personalized ‘strategic plan’ to identify your project’s goals, steps needed to achieve them, and support you in developing your creative work to the stage you intend to complete by program’s end.
  • Monthly group discussions on Jewish identity and the arts. These meetings are facilitated by the Segal Centre’s Jewish Programs Manager Sivan Slapak, with invited guests from the Jewish and Arts spheres. They are an opportunity to receive peer feedback on your creative work, engage in topics of shared interest, and build an artistic community.
  • Opportunity to connect with Segal staff with expertise in different relevant fields to assist you in professional development;
  • Networking opportunities into the larger professional arts world;
  • Access to Segal rehearsal space, following health protocols.
  • Becoming part of the Segal Centre community, invited to some virtual events as well as in-person productions when relevant.

How will this J.A.M. year be different?

Due to the pandemic, this year the program will be held primarily, if not completely, in a virtual space. We hope to have some in-person meetings outside in warmer seasons, and possibly inside when that conforms to health and safety guidelines and comfort levels. For now, the plan is for meetings and the final showcase to be online.

Among other aspects, the current situation has affected access to theatre and rehearsal spaces, and a shutdown of live performance, making shifts in artistic work necessary. In this changing landscape, artists and industry workers have shown incredible creativity, resilience, and solidarity with one another.

Given this, the emphasis of this year’s mentorship will be on the importance of building artistic community. We will have an opportunity to have an ongoing conversation about the development of our creative work and themes of shared importance, offer peer feedback, and engage deeply with the concept of what it means to work in the performing arts at this time.

Who can apply?

The Segal Centre J.A.M. is an inclusive program that aims to unite a group of strong, diverse voices fitting the following criteria:

  • Emerging artist of any age in the performing arts (writers, directors, stage managers, performers, etc.)
  • Living in Montreal or surrounding area, or with a strong connection to the city.
  • You do not have to be Jewish to apply and we welcome all candidates. However, your project must engage with Jewish themes, and do recognize that the mentorship year focuses on Jewish identity and the arts.

We welcome candidates of diverse backgrounds and intersectional identities. This could include but is not limited to people from racialized communities, interfaith families, LGBTQ2+, gender non-conforming and people with disabilities. We are looking for artists who are passionate about their work and enthusiastic about being part of this mentorship opportunity!

Chosen candidates will receive a $750 stipend for the year.

Submissions for the 2020-21 year are now open. The deadline to submit is November 15th  at 11:59 p.m. 

Ready to apply? Click here! 

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Thanks to the 2019-20 cohort: Erin Brahm, Yael Silver, Roger White



See previous cohorts here.

If you are interested in receiving updates about JAM contact Sivan Slapak for more info.

With the generous support of

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JAM cohort of 2019-2020

ERIN BRAHM

Erin Brahm is a performer, devisor and clown. She has performed and devised various forms of theatre in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. She is currently developing her production, Poetic Nonsense, which began within Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s - Young Creators Unit. Poetic Nonsense is a clown and bouffon inspired theatre piece, infused with Jewish and feminist themes and characters, which playfully explores and exposes human attributes and truths in all their absurdities, with glimpses into private lives and public personas.

Erin completed her Masters degree in Ensemble Theatre: Performance and Devising, specializing in clowning, at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, London UK and her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre at Concordia University. Performance and devising highlights include productions with: Bread and Puppet Theater, Citizens of Nowhere: London’s International Clown Company,  Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Festival TransAmériques (OFFTA), clowning on The Last Leg (Channel 4, London UK) and most recently a collaboration between Jump Current Performance (Canada), Working Group Theater (USA) and Barracuda Carmela (Colombia). Erin received the audience choice award for best performer in a short film at the 2019 Zensa Media International Film Festival.

Erin Brahm.

YAEL SILVER
Yael Silver is an actress, singer, and producer who while living in New York City enjoyed a very successful commercial producing career. Her credits in theatre production include: Once On This Island (Tony Award), Jagged Little Pill (Broadway), A Christmas Carol (Broadway), Rock of Ages (UK Tour) as well as producing concerts for Broadway stars such as Chita Rivera, Hailey Kilgore, and Kate Rockwell.
Originally from Israel, she is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with a major in classical voice.
Moving to Montreal in May of 2019 in order to be closer to her family, Yael decided it was time to refocus her artistic path and is thrilled to be part of the Jewish Arts Mentorship program at the Segal Center where she will be working as assistant Director on Oslo in the spring of 2020.
(Photo credit: Caleb McCotter) 

Yael Silver. Photo credit: Caleb McCotter

ROGER WHITE
Roger White is a musician, composer, and record producer from Montreal. He is a member of the Power Pop outfit Dead Messenger, whose music has been featured in several television and web-streaming services, as well as in the critically acclaimed French language film Chien de garde. Roger worked as co-producer and session player with Kingston Allstars, a project featuring an all-star cast of Jamaican musicians who were at the vanguard of early Rocksteady and Reggae music. The project produced two albums and a web documentary. He also composes music for dance, collaborating regularly with choreographer Helen Simard (NO FUN, IDIOT, REQUIEM POP), as well as artists such as Alias Dance Project, Marie-Pier Laforge-Bourret, and Solid State Breakdance. In a departure from his previous work, through the Jewish Arts Mentorship Roger is creating an interdisciplinary sound project based on his family’s German and Polish-Jewish roots, exploring their history in pre and post-war Europe. With this project, and through the guidance of JAM team at the Segal Center; Roger will for the first time be stepping out from behind the instruments and into the role of primary writer/director in the development of this project. He is forever grateful for the cultural and artistic guidance provided by this mentorship and for the opportunity to explore new themes and expand his artistic practice.

(Photo credit: Mathieu Desjardins) 

Roger White. Photo credit: Mathieu Desjardins