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


Event: Jewish Arts Mentorship end-of-year showcase! 

Time and place: Tuesday, June 25th  from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in the Segal Centre’s Lab

The Segal Centre's Jewish Arts Mentorship (JAM) has just completed its inaugural year! Come meet our 2018-19 cohort of talented theatre-makers: Maggie Winston, Michelle Soicher and Amanda Goldberg. This informal yet meaningful happening will be a chance to hear about the projects they’ve worked on over the course of the program and see snippets of new work.

JAM is a new 8-month program conceived to offer Segal resources to emerging Jewishly-identified/connected theatre artists under 40. Over the year artists develop and deepen their work with the guidance of Artistic Associate Caitlin Murphy and other Segal staff. JAM offers them an opportunity to expand their network and to engage with peers and special guests from theatre/Jewish spheres. What results is an ongoing discussion that explores the intersections of different identities, and how these may shape their work as theatre artists.

In the Segal Centre Lab
This is a free event.

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.

J.A.M. seeks to support young emerging artists in the theatre world (writers, directors, stage managers, performers, etc.) between the ages of 21 and 40 who are working on projects with Jewish themes or who are engaged in issues of Jewish identity.

The program runs for eight months (November 2018-June 2019) 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.

What happens over the mentorship’s year?
The Segal Centre has organized a series of one-on-one mentoring and group meetings to help emerging artists explore Jewish identity and achieve their artistic goals. As this is the first year of the program, candidates will be instrumental in helping us shape the program into a meaningful growth opportunity. As such, the information below may evolve as we work together:

  • Individual meetings with the Segal Centre’s Artistic Associate, Caitlin Murphy, to create a personalized ‘strategic plan’ to identify your project’s goals and key results;
  • Group discussions on Jewish identity and the arts, facilitated by the Segal Centre’s Jewish Programs Manager Sivan Slapak, in collaboration with some of Segal’s exciting cultural partners;
  • Ongoing artistic mentorship meetings throughout the year;
  • Networking opportunities into the larger Montreal arts world;
  • Becoming part of the Segal Centre community, invited to each opening night of the 2018-19 season! (among other things!)

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 in the performing arts (writers, directors, stage managers, performers, etc.)
  • Between the ages of 21 and 40.
  • Living in Montreal or surrounding area.

We are looking for artists who are passionate about their work and enthusiastic about being part of the Segal J.A.M.’s inaugural 2018-19 cohort!
Chosen candidates will receive a $750 stipend for the year.

Submissions for 2018-2019 are now closed. 


Inaugural JAM cohort of 2018-19

Amanda Goldberg is a graduate from Dawson College’s Professional Theatre program and Concordia University's Theatre and Development program. She is the co-founder and artistic director of We Are One, a Montreal based feminist theatre company that aims to celebrate and empower womxn. In 2016, she was nominated for Outstanding Emerging Artist at the Montreal English Theatre Awards. Goldberg’s most recent directing credits include Yerma (Concordia University), City Boy (Mainline Theatre), and Smackhead (We Are One). Her latest work was assistant directing: Theatre Surreal SoReal’s production of Madame Catherine prépare sa classe de troisième à l’irrémédiable and Imago Theatre’s production of Other People’s Children. Goldberg is delighted to participate in the Segal Centre’s Jewish Arts Mentorship program, in addition to working as assistant director on Indecent this spring. She is passionate about exploring both queer and Jewish stories and can’t wait to do so alongside this inspiring and talented team. She would like to thank her parents and friends for their continuous love and support!

Michelle Soicher, originally from Toronto, moved to Montreal to explore all aspects of theatre making at Concordia University and since graduating she has been fortunate to collaborate with both established and emerging artists. Being queer and Jewish, Michelle has a unique perspective of being an invisible minority and aims to create space for stories that have been pushed to the margins. She is a recent alumni of the Black Theatre Workshop Artist Mentorship Program. Selected credits include, Director: Birthmark (Teesri Duniya, Co Dir. Liz Valdez), Quiet (Black Theatre Workshop Discovery Series), Loops (McGill Drama Festival), Stage Manager: A Perfect Picture (Centaur Theatre Wildside Festival), Richard O'Brain's The Rocky Horror Show (MainLine Theatre), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Concordia University).

Maggie Winston is a puppeteer, clown, educator and community engaged artist. She is artistic director of Lost & Found Puppet Co., originally created in Vancouver, BC, (2007) based in Montréal, QC since 2016. Her original productions explore human relationships to objects and nature, through themes of family and cultural history. She is currently working on a new production entitled "Oyfkum" inspired by Ashkenazi Jewish folklore.

Originally from Baltimore, MD, USA, she received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College (NY, USA) and received acting training from the British American Drama Academy (London, UK). Maggie is currently ushering at the Segal Centre and teaching theatre for children at Geordie Productions and Montreal Children’s Theatre.





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