The Rainbow Stage

Actor’s Intensive


The Actor’s Intensive features paid, professional training for selected established and emerging local theatre artists. Applicants may also apply to audit the classes and participate free of charge. This year, (4) artists will be paid for the training and (8) artists will be invited to participate free of charge.

Please note: Paid training spots are typically allocated to more established professionals, with special consideration given to performers who will be appearing in upcoming Rainbow productions.

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This year’s Intensive will explore the theme: Finding Your Voice. Participants will experience sessions in yoga, meditation, acting, acting through song, career management and more, led by this year’s instructors: Sam Manchulenko, Jayne Paterson, Sharon Bajer and Carson Nattrass.

Instructors and participants will explore what it means to find your voice both on and off the stage and will attempt to identify barriers that could be standing in the way of freeing that voice.

Paid Participant positions are given to established artists, who have extensive professional experience in theatre. Applicants should have excellent availability. An artistic resume and completed application form are required.

Auditor Participants should have a fair amount of training and experience in theatre and a demonstrable commitment to the profession. Absences are excused within reason and should be listed on the application form. An artistic resume is also required.

Past Actor’s Intensive participants of any sort may reapply!


Location: Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw (Upper Hall)
Date and Time: Monday Oct. 22 – Friday Oct. 26, 9:00-5:00pm


Please send application form and artistic resume to:
Jeffrey Kohut – Education Developer
Subject line: YOUR NAME-2018 Intensive Application

Application Deadline: Fri Oct. 5
Notifications by: Wed Oct. 10
Posted: Tue Sept 25

Paid Participant Positions (4): $750 (yes, we will pay you to train)
Auditor Participant Positions (8): $0 (yes, you participate in the classes)


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TESTIMONIALS – 2017 Participants

(This Intensive) has changed my life. This past week, I spent 40 hours developing so many facets of my craft as a performer. To work like this, with a group of artists and superior instructors has pushed me to new places I’ve never experienced before as an actor, singer and dancer. I am so immensely grateful to you for providing with me this experience. I feel very rich as a human.

I found strength I didn’t know I had. I really pushed myself and I can handle more then I expected. It has encouraged me to continue my training and given me hope for my future.

An amazing cross-pollination of different performance techniques. Combined with a stellar and diversely talented ensemble it really helped me explore new limits in technique and also share with other artists about “the craft”

As dramatic as this sounds, these last couple of days truly have changed my life. I thought that it would be more of a refresher, but I learned more tools to carry with me than I have in years of being in the business. The lessons taught by our instructors were so simple and so effective. I’ve really found a new and fresh appreciation for this art form, that I truly needed, and I just cannot thank you enough for allowing this to take place in our community.

This intensive was life changing. The amount of work and love we were able to put into it has made me realize that theatre is my passion and would not be happy doing anything else. The community is so strong, and being able to make these connections at a place like this is so beneficial to everyone involved.

I feel very fortunate to have participated in this Intensive, and I feel very grateful to you for making this possible. The instructors were all very talented and passionate about teaching. I feel confident in thinking this experience will have a lasting positive influence on me. I found that this program was the perfect amount of challenge, while surrounded by supportive and caring people.

It has truly been a life changing week for me. It has given me a renewed outlook and love for my career and art. I feel so honoured to spend this time in such a supportive and community oriented community atmosphere where I have grown so much, not just as a performer artist but as a human.

I feel so grateful to have been a part of this amazing Actors Intensive. I value every piece of training I have received this week but more importantly, I feel blessed to have had this amazingly creative experience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


As a non-profit organization, Rainbow Stage relies on fundraising and charitable gifts to grow and develop our educational programming. Please consider making a one time or monthly donation to keep this and other Education and Outreach programs alive and help them thrive. Donating is simple and you can do it here. You’ll also receive a charitable tax receipt! If you are a musical theatre performer and interested in this type of professional training, please apply for future Actor’s Intensives or express your interest to: