New Young Reviewers Program

The 2021 cohort awarded the New Young Reviewers Award to At the End of the Day by End of Day Productions.

Read some of their Digital Fringe reviews on our Future Voices page here.


The New Young Reviewers Program (previously, Teenjur Young Critics), supported by the Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund, is a workshop series and writing group for emerging theatre and performance reviewers Canada-wide, ages 15 and up. 

Led by Signy Lynch (Contemporary Theatre Review, Canadian Theatre Review, Intermission Magazine) and Stephanie Fung (Kingston Theatre Alliance, Canadian Theatre Review, Single Thread Theatre), this program focuses on introducing participants to the basics of theatre reviewing and helped them develop responses to Toronto Fringe performances. It also encourages participants to explore new, creative approaches to criticism that are emerging in the field, and to begin to define themselves as critics and reviewers. 

This year, the New Young Reviewers program will include: 

New Young Reviewers has space for up 5 participants and is free. We are also offering an honorarium for all participants accepted into the program. Black and Indigenous applicants will be prioritized.

**All final dates will be confirmed at a later time. If you have any scheduling conflicts but still wish to attend, PLEASE APPLY ANYWAY and specify your availability in the Scheduling section of the application.    

Deadline to apply: Applications are now closed

Jon Kaplan was a tireless supporter of the Toronto Fringe

Full press release here. Also please enjoy this vintage Polaroid photo of Jon Kaplan from one of the first ever Fringe Festivals. (Eddie Roy, Jon and Ellen-Ray Hennessy c. 1989) Photo courtesy of Gregory Nixon.