Backstage Center Technical Apprenticeship: 2022 Rainbow Grants Recipient

Over the coming weeks we’re sharing the 39 stories of our 2022 Rainbow Grants recipients! All of these deserving projects are receiving critical grant funding as a result of your generous donations to Community One Foundation. Read more and support these projects where you can! If you’d like to see more work like this supported in our community, please consider donating to Community One!

FOUNDATION GRANT (available for up to $7,500 and are open to registered charities or groups trusteed by a registered charity)

Shakespeare in Action’s Backstage Center Technical Apprenticeship provides unique performing arts technical skills training to underrepresented youth ages 15-30 with career aspirations in the production industry. Apprentices receive high-quality, paid job-training and are paired with professional mentors in the production industry for 5-6 weeks on professional theatre shows produced by SIA.

Shakespeare in Action’s (SIA) vision is to grow, support and sustain an accessible, collaborative and relevant performing arts ecosystem anchored in community. Their mission as a professional theatre and arts education company is to nurture and develop the next generation of performing artists, arts workers, educators, and audiences through the exploration and performance of classical and contemporary stories that are relevant to our community.

SIA accomplishes this by:

– providing opportunities for artistic creators, artsworkers, educators, and community members to develop and strengthen their skills

– creating space for artists to showcase their work, and for community members to gather, learn, and participate

– growing accessible arts education to encourage experiential learning that makes a positive impact on the creativity and self-confidence of all who participate