Emerging Artists Professional Program


New Music Theatre Intensives Emerging Artist Professional Program is designed to give artists and music theatre makers, ages 18+, the opportunity to DEVELOP and SHOWCASE their work. Through MENTORSHIP by industry professionals, workshops and master classes, this program allows artists to LEARN, EXPLORE, DEVELOP SKILLS, CREATE and SHARE.

Going UnderDrama 101


Small select group of emerging artists (approx 10-14)
Led by a team of Toronto’s top industry professionals
Perform in an inventive contemporary music theatre production
Develop and challenge music theatre skills in singing, acting and dance
Masterclasses and specialized workshops with guests artists

Past Guest Teaching Artists Include:

Robert McQueen (Stage Director, Dramaturge & Teacher – Broadway, Stratford Festival of Canada, Canadian Opera Company, Acting Up Stage)
Mitchell Marcus (Artistic & Managing Director of Acting Up Stage)
Michael Rubinoff (Sheridan College Associate Dean, Visual and Performing Arts)
Brian Hill (Writer of Theory of Relativity and Story of My Life, Director for Stratford Shakespeare Festival)
Tom Diamond (Theatre & Opera Director – Canadian Opera Company)

This Years Guest Artists TBA



 Going Under

Spring 2017 Emerging Artist Intensive

RARE opportunity to be part of the DEVELOPMENT of a new Canadian musical!  Work alongside Book Writer Matt Murray and Composer Colleen Dauncey to PERFORM in the workshop production of Going Under!

Going Under (The Subway Songs) is a Canadian musical set entirely on a subway car over the course of one busy day. Through a variety of contemporary musical styles we get a glimpse into the beautiful, tragic and hilarious stories of commuters from all different walks (and rides) of life.

Songs Include: Can You Hear Me, Stepping Stone, It’s Been Awhile

May 29 – June 10, 2017

Stage Director: Matt Murray (Book Writer)
Music Director: Colleen Dauncey (Composer)

Times: Mon-Fri. 9:00am-4:00pm
Shows: June 9 & 10 (Exact times TBA)

*Please visit Student’s Corner for all schedule updates*

Fee: $750
All performances will be held in Bravo Academy’s Zlotnik Studio Theatre






About the Composers

Colleen Dauncey (Music) and Akiva Romer-Segal (Lyrics) are a contemporary musical theatre songwriting team based in Toronto, Canada. They have written the scores to The Subway SongsScenes From The Bathhouse (Talk Is Free Theatre), the Toronto Fringe hit Bremen Rock City (with librettist Sara Farb), and contributed material to Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)Connected Age (Forte Musical Theatre Guild, three Calgary Critics Awards including “Best Production of a Musical”). They also wrote the score to Prom Queen: The Musical, which premiered at the Segal Centre in Montreal and received the 2016 Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award by the Playwrights Guild Of Canada. Their show Rumspringa Break! (with librettist Matt Murray) was recently workshopped at Sheridan College’s Canadian Musical Theatre Project. Colleen & Akiva are currently Writers-in-Residence at Talk Is Free Theatre where they are developing Offline, a collective creation musical debuting in Spring 2017.


About the Stage Director 

Matt Murray (Book Writer/ Director) co-wrote the hit play Remember, Maggy? which was picked as “Best of Toronto Fringe” and has since gone on to four subsequent productions. His most recent play, Myth Of The Ostrich, was a hit at both the Toronto Fringe and the Next Stage Theatre Festival and went on to be presented as part of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s 2016 season. Myth Of The Ostrich was most recently seen at The Guild Theatre in Whitehorse. For young audiences, Matt wrote the book for the musical pantomimes Peter and Tinker Bell’s Summer Adventure and Aladdin and Jasmine’s Summer Adventure; both for Theatre By The Bay, in Barrie. In 2016, Matt was part of the Canadian Musical Theatre Project at Sheridan as book writer for the new musical Rumspringa Break! An Am-ish Musical



Spring 2017 Emerging Artist Intensive
Take part in Master Classes with acclaimed industry artists and work alongside a highly-skilled and professional team to improve music theatre performance skills while performing in a premiere of a new Canadian musical Drama 101.
Writers will be meeting with the selected artists to create roles tailored to each of the performers.

Drama 101. You gotta start somewhere. “A funny and thought provoking new musical about the challenges and joys of becoming an adult.” When the former students of Roselawn High School gather to reminisce about their favourite drama teacher, secrets are revealed, old rivalries re surface and love blossoms. 

June 12 – 24, 2017

Times: Mon-Fri. 9:00-4:00pm
Shows: June 23 & 24

*Please visit Student’s Corner for all schedule updates*

Fee: $750
All performances will be held in the Zlotnik Studio Theatre. 




Stage Director: Steven Gallagher is a Toronto based director, playwright and actor. Steven Gallagher’s play Memorial, was the winner of the 2011 Jury Award for Trafalgar 24, Driftwood Theatre’s twenty four hour Play Creation Festival. It was produced at the Factory Studio as part of the Next Stage Festival in 2013, and received readings at Half Moon Theatre in Poughkeepsie, NY, and Screaming Weenies Theatre in Vancouver. Craplicker was produced at the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival, where it was chosen as Best of Fringe, and remounted at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Now Magazine recognized it for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Ensemble. His plays, Rules by Agnes and Memorial were initially written as part of Trafalgar 24. His play Stealing Sam will receive its premiere at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2013. He is also an actor, recently seen at Neptune Theatre in Halifax as Albin in La Cage aux Folles, where he was nominated for a Merritt Award as Best  Actor in a leading role.  In 2013, he won a Harold Award.

Music Director: Kevin Wong, composer/lyricist/violinist based out of Toronto. Kevin Wong’s song cycle, Recurring John, debuted in a first concert reading as part of the 2014 SummerWorks festival in the Musical Works in Concert lineup then went on to premiere as part of the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. Other projects:  Highrising (book & lyrics: Matthew Milo Sergi), Misprint (Book by Lauren Toffan, Additional lyrical & musical contributions by Yan Li), STAR!(ving) – A Collection of Songs (Originated in part at the Canadian Musical Theatre Project), Evie (co-lyrics & book: Matt Murray), and niángKevin is a previous participant of the Canadian Musical Theatre Project, a member of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers’ Collective, a member of Theatre20’s Composium, and an alumnus of Acting Up Stage Company’s NoteWorthy program.


How to book an Audition?

Please email admin@bravoacademy.ca with subject heading: Emerging Artist Program Audition. Please submit your resume and headshot with your audition request.

I live out of town and cannot make a live audition?

Video submissions for all out of town applicants and/or those who cannot make a live audition.

Live Audition Requirements:

  1.  Prepare 16-32 bars of two contrasting pieces from contemporary musicals
  2.  One contemporary monologue that is 1 minute or less (film, theatre or poems are acceptable)

Video Audition Requirements:

  1. Introduce yourself (name and what you will be performing)
  2. Two contrasting pieces 16-32 bars from contemporary musicals
  3.  One contemporary monologue that is 1 minute or less (film, theatre or poems are acceptable)
  4. Share why you are interested in taking part of this program.

We are currently accepting Emerging Artist Project submissions for 2017!

Writers & Composers – Please submit your resume & a short description of your project to info@bravoacademy.ca.

Directors, Music Directors & Choreographers – Please submit your resume & cover letter to info@bravoacademy.ca.

Stage Managers – Please submit your resume & cover letter to info@bravoacademy.ca.

Set, Costume, Lighting & Projection Designers – Please submit your resume, cover letter, and portfolio to info@bravoacademy.ca.

When applying please use the subject heading: Emerging Artist Program Submission.

As this is a competitive program, we will only contact those we are interested in for creative interviews.


Spring 2017 Intensive – GOING UNDER

*Please visit Student’s Corner for all schedule updates*

Ages: 18-30yrs

Fee: $750 + HST required in full by March 8th, 2017.

Discount Fee: $725 +HST per session when enrolled in both intensives. 50% is required by March 8th, 2017, the other 50% is required by April 1st, 2017. Post dated cheques must be received by March 8th, 2017.

Acceptance via Audition only.

Spring 2017 Intensive – Drama 101

*Please visit Student’s Corner for all schedule updates*

Monday June 12, 9:00-4:00pm

Ages: 18-30yrs

Fee: $750 + HST required in full by March 8th, 2017.

Discount Fee: $725 +HST per session when enrolled in both intensives. 50% is required by March 8th, 2017, the other 50% is required by April 1st, 2017. Post dated cheques must be received by March 8th, 2017.

Acceptance via Audition only.

Want to participate in both Intensives? 

Receive $50 off when participating in both Emerging Artist Intensives!

Refund and Cancellation Policy for the Emerging Artist Professional Program:

All payments for the program are required in full by March 8th, 2017, in order to hold a space. Note: A fee of $20 will be charged for all NSF cheques.

Written notice is required for all withdrawals. If an emerging artist withdraws prior to April 1st, 2017, they will receive a refund minus a $200 non-refundable administration fee. No refunds will be issued to any artist after April 1st, 2017.

Past Shows:

Bremen Rock City (Dauncey & Romer-Segal) 2016
Godspell 2012 Revival (Schwartz & Tebelak) 2016
Theory of Relativity (Bartram & Hill) 2016
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (W. Finn) 2015
Sondheim on Sondheim (S. Sondheim) 2015
Edges (Pasek & Paul) 2014
Make Me a Song (W. Finn) 2013

  • Toronto Youth Theatre, Toronto Music Theatre Training, Teen Theatre Toronto
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