Congratulations to Esther Jun and Peter Pasyk, who were chosen as the two Intern Directors for the 2015 season at the Shaw Festival.
This announcement also marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Neil Munro Intern Director’s Project at the Shaw Festival, wherein The Shaw will now be solely responsible for its administration. Theatre Ontario was one of the founders of the program in 1988 and has been enormously proud to work together throughout the past twenty-seven years with Neil Munro, Christopher Newton, Jackie Maxwell, and the creative teams at The Shaw. The program has had over 55 participants, a venerable who’s who of Canadian Theatre, including Eda Holmes-who runs the program today. Read the full list of past intern directors.
The Directors Project has been both a unique and profound experience for Intern Directors, as is made evident by the many testimonials received throughout the years. No other director training program in Canada offers the same level of immersion for participants in a company of the scope and scale of the Shaw Festival. The Directors Project has sought to provide the space, time and resources for emerging directors to delve into their craft, discover the type of artist they wish to become and how they see themselves shaping the Canadian theatre industry. Interns have left the program with a changed perspective on the actor-director dialogue and a deep understanding of how to fashion compelling stories.
The collective work of past Intern Directors has also played a significant role in fostering appreciation and accessibility of the arts across the country. The impact of their contribution to Canadian culture is evident in the communities that have come alive through their projects and the organizations which have benefitted from their influence. Intern Directors have gone on to work in regional communities providing training and work opportunities in the arts that had not previously existed. Other Intern Directors have taken on roles that encourage other artists to grow in their practice and present their work across the country.
The impact has been far-reaching, with Theatre Ontario being extremely pleased to have borne witness to Canada’s premiere mentoring program and quite thrilled that the program will continue to develop Canadian directorial talent in the many years ahead. For further information on the next round of applications, please see www.shawfest.com.