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Shannon Reynolds Memorial Endowment Fund Internship at GCTC

The Shannon Reynolds Memorial Endowment Fund, in partnership with Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), supports Canadian female artists through the provision of paid, mentored theatrical internships. Each year, the endowment provides support for an internship in the departments of production, design or directing. The Fund welcomes submissions from artists at the beginning of their careers as well as those branching into a new stream of theatre later in life, and is dedicated to the creative development, peer recognition and professional support of Ottawa's emerging female artists.

Note: over a three-year cycle, the internship supports a director, designer, or producer/technician. Applicants must be residents of the National Capital Region.

For the 2017-2018 season, we are welcoming submissions from Directors.

The selected intern will:

  • Work as the Assistant Director on a production in the 2017-2018 season. The intern must be available for the rehearsal period (about four weeks from first rehearsal until opening), as well as meetings with the director and creative team.
  • Participate in monthly meetings of GCTC’s Playwrights’ Network.
  • Gain practical hands-on experience through a workshop or special project, to be determined.

To be considered for the 2017-2018 internship, please submit an application package including the following information/material:

  • Cover letter (including name, address, email address & phone number)
  • Curriculum Vitae (including contact information for two references)
  • Answers to application questions below
  • Creative work sample (see note below)

We appreciate your efforts to package all of this information in a single document. Please save the document with the title “Shannon Reynolds Internship, your name

Please submit the document electronically to:

All applications will be reviewed by a committee of theatre professionals, resident to Ottawa.

Application deadline: February 3, 2017

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by February 22, 2017.

Application questions

If you are creating your own document, please copy and paste the original questions into your document. We will accept electronic copies of your application in the following formats:

  • MS Word
  • pdf
  • rtf

Please limit your responses to approximately one-half page, per answer. Please use minimum 12 point font.

1. How does this opportunity differ from other avenues of artistic development? What makes an internship at GCTC appropriate at this time in your career?

2. How has your background prepared you for this training, and how do you imagine this internship supports your long-term artistic and professional goals?

3. As an audience member, please explain how you have been influenced by another artist’s work. Tell us about a specific work of performance, visual art, music, or literature and its impact on your development as an artist.

Creative work sample

Please provide a sample that you feel represents you as an artist. This can be a short piece of writing, a portfolio or collection of images, music, video, press clippings, or another form of material that works for you. We encourage you to have fun with this!

Total viewing/reading/listening time should not exceed 5 minutes.

Applications and any support material become the property of GCTC.

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