Metcalf’s newest Performing Arts Interns
Metcalf’s Internship program seeks to strengthen the performing arts by investing in the sector’s most valuable resource — its people.
The program provides paid work opportunities for artists, administrators, and production staff in the early to mid stages of their careers. Interns work closely with mentors and host organizations to design immersive, hands-on learning opportunities that hone their skills, expand their professional networks, and enable them to make meaningful contributions to their field.
We are pleased to introduce the six most recent participants of our internship program.
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adelheid dance projects
Independent dance artist Jane Alison McKinney will work closely with choreographer and adelheid founder Heidi Strauss on artistic directorship and choreographic development in a diverse range of contexts.
During her internship, McKinney will also build upon her own practice and working experience as a choreographer, performer, artistic director, teacher, and administrator.
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Victoria Mohr-Blakeney will work with Public Energy’s artistic producer Bill Kimball to learn the practical skills necessary to curate in the performing arts: building a balanced season, writing artist contracts, creating educational programming, and writing critically about a wide variety of performance practices. She will co-curate and co-produce a full season of performance works ranging from experimental theatre and performance art to contemporary dance.
Under the guidance of her secondary mentor Miriam Adams, director of Dance Collection Danse, Mohr-Blakeney will also research and write a text on the roots of contemporary dance in Peterborough and its emergence from artist-run centres.
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Obsidian Theatre Company
Luke Reece is a graduate of Obsidian’s own internship program MAP. As a theatre producer, storyteller, and community builder who founded his own collective for emerging Black artists, Luke wants to become familiar with the operations and procedures of a theatre company that provides a full season of programming.
Luke will be participating in the budgeting, contracting, and scheduling of two shows during his internship. He will also be immersed in the administration of the company’s year-long playwriting program, its grant applications, and the MAP program.
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Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (CLC)
An accomplished stage manager in dance, Marianna Rosato’s internship at CLC will enable her to acquire new administrative and production management skills. Rosato will be mentored by CLC co-artistic director Laurence Lemieux in the areas of budgeting, board relations, building management, artist and company contracting negotiation, and working with presenters.
Rosato will also spend time with the National Ballet of Canada looking at best practices in costume and set archiving and storage.
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Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC)
Bronwyn Steinberg is an Ottawa-based freelance director committed to developing her own artistic practice and to supporting other local artists in the production of innovative works.
Training with GCTC artistic director Eric Coates, Steinberg will build on her knowledge and experience as she assists in the artistic direction of a full season. Steinberg will have the opportunity to work on new works, Canadian plays, and scripts in development — her particular areas of interest.
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Acting Up Stage Company
With artistic and managing director Mitchell Marcus as his mentor, composer and lyricist Kevin Wong will focus on new work development and production at the contemporary musical theatre company.
Wong will also be mentored by Robert McQueen, Acting Up’s director of new musical development, who will engage Wong in dramaturgy and artist relations.
Wong is writing a series of blog posts on the Acting Up website that chronicle his experiences as a Metcalf intern.