Persephone Theatre is dedicated to the artistic community of Saskatchewan, and to inspiring and mentoring the next generation of arts leaders.

In our 2019/20 season, we have been pleased to provide opportunities for emerging artists, and artists broadening their discipline, in the areas of set design, costume design, projections design, performance, musical direction, composition, directing, playwriting and stage management.

For three of these artists, a more comprehensive mentorship program has been supported by the RBC Emerging Artist Fund

RBC Emerging Artists Program

The RBC Emerging Artists Program supports a longer-term mentorship that involves both skills building and artistic exploration for artists who are either new to the profession, or new to a particular discipline.

Our 2019/20 RBC Emerging Artists are:

Clinton Ackerman, Angela Kemp, and Jensine Emeline.

Clinton has a diverse artistic practice, working as a composer, sound designer, and music educator. He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on music and social work from the University of Regina. At Persephone Theatre this year, Clinton had the opportunity to develophis skills as a Musical Director through apprenticing with Deborah Buck on Elf:  The Musical.  With mentorship from Deborah, he continued to refine his score for the new musical The Hazardous Journey of Ernest Shackleton and the Crew of the Endurance (written in collaboration with Nathan Howe and Andrew Taylor).  Persephone supported a workshop and showcase of this exciting new creation in our BackStage Stage in February 2020, and has supported the project’s development for several years

Angela is an accomplished performer who appeared most recently at Persephone Theatre in the premiere of WROL:  Without Rule of Law.  She recently turned her attention to an exploration of directing, with her first project being a co-operative production of Nick Payne’s Constellations in fall of 2018.  Persephone supported a revival of that production in our BackStage Stage this year as part of our Deep End series, with design and technical support from our staff and under the directing mentorship of Johnna Wright.  This provided a unique opportunity for a new director to revisit her work, backed by technical and artistic resources as well as with the benefit of her own experience.  Later in the season, Angela will also serve as Assistant Director to Johnna Wright (Persephone’s Associate Producer and Literary Manager) on Where You Are at Station Arts Centre.

Jensine is primarily a stage manager based out of Saskatoon with a passion for theatre design. In her words, ‘The emerging artist project has been an incredible opportunity for me to continue to hone my skills. There are only so many opportunities available to students during their time studying, so having a safe space available to help me get ready to work in the industry has been invaluable. I have never had the opportunity to explore set design so this emerging artist program has been an excellent opportunity to build upon my training and get myself ready to do other set design work in the future. Plus, being mentored by others in the community is an excellent way to create a more open theatre community for young artists and help people like me make connections.’ This year, Jensine had the opportunity to assist set designer Carla Orosz on our premiere of Reasonable Doubt, and to design set and properties for The Invisible Girl and Shape of a Girl, the Persephone Youth Tour productions, under the mentorship of our production staff. 

Emerging Artist Opportunities and Debuts in 2019/20:

  • Actors Connor Brousseau and Amanda Trapp
  • Set designer Taegan O’Bertos
  • Actor Ben Thomas; apprentice musical director Clinton Ackerman (RBC Emerging Artist)
  • Apprentice assistant stage manager Mackenzie Dawson
  • Costume and projections designer Taegan O’Bertos
  • Assistant set designer Jensine Emeline (RBC Emerging Artist)
  • Assistant director Katey Wattam (supported by the Canada Council)

  • Assistant director Bradley Charles (supported by Theatre North West)
  • Apprentice assistant stage manager Jalisa Gonie
  • Actors Jalisa Gonie and Garrett Gizen
  • Set and properties designer Jensine Emeline
  • Costume designer Nicole Zalesak
  • Our workshop and showcase of this new musical was a part of our mentorship support for composer Clinton Ackerman.
    We have also been supporting Clinton’s collaborators, Nathan Howe and Andrew Taylor, on the development of the book and lyrics.

We are now in the planning stages for our 2020/21 mentorships.

We invite early career or emerging individuals as well as established artists who are in the early stages of transitioning between disciplines. Opportunities are developed on a case-by-case basis according to our organizational capacity and the suitability of the proposal. If you would like to be considered please send a letter of intent addressing:

  • Your interest in Persephone Theatre;
  • A description of your ideal learning experience;
  • The skills you hope to develop or gain during your time at Persephone;
  • Questions you’re currently exploring in your artistic practice; and,
  • Any preferences for productions you’d like to work on in the 2019-2020 season
  • A current resume/CV
  • Designers should include a portfolio, link to online portfolio, or samples of your work

Our 2020/21 RBC Emerging Artists, and their programs, will be announced later this spring.


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