New Young Reviewers Program
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 will focus on introducing participants to the basics of theatre reviewing and help them develop responses to Toronto Fringe performances. It will also encourage participants to explore new, creative approaches to criticism that are emerging in the field, and to begin to define themselves as critics and reviewers.
We have space for up to 10 participants in the New Young Reviewers program. Cost to attend is FREE to participate and we are offering a bursary of $150 to each of the selected 10 participants.
This year, the New Young Reviewers program will include:
- 3 workshops on theatre and performance criticism prior to the start of the Digital Fringe Festival (Scheduled dates: 1:00-4:00 PM EST on July 14, 16, and 18**)
- 4 check-in sessions throughout the Digital Toronto Fringe Festival (scheduled dates: 1:00-4:00 PM EST on July 21, 24, 27, and 30**)
- Support for participants to publish up to 3 performance critiques covering the 2021 Digital Fringe Festival which will be published on the Toronto Fringe’s platforms.
- The opportunity to be a juror for the New Young Reviewers Award alongside the program cohort which will be presented at the Digital Toronto Fringe Awards Night on July 31.
**Please note that final program dates will be confirmed at a later time. If you have any scheduling conflicts but still wish to attend, please apply anyway.
To apply, fill out the application form here.
Deadline to apply: Thursday, July 1st 2021
If you have any questions or require any accommodations to the application process, please contact Isabela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
About the Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund:
For over three decades, beloved theatre reviewer Jon Kaplan wrote about and celebrated Toronto theatre. He was a strong supporter of young artists and diverse voices. Following his death in 2017, the Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund was created to provide recognition and financial support for theatre makers at all stages of their careers.