Segal Centre Jewish Arts Mentorship (J.A.M.)

What is the Segal Centre J.A.M.?

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is Montreal’s premiere English-language theatre. Over the past ten years, the Segal Centre has grown in its reach, garnering international attention for its new creations and its seasons’ overall excellence. It is also an important cultural resource for the Montreal Jewish community that offers programming celebrating and exploring the Jewish experience. Now the Segal Centre wants to help you as an emerging artist reach the next steps in your artistic career.

The Segal Centre’s Jewish Arts Mentorship (J.A.M.) is a new initiative created to help you develop as an artist by fostering your skills, knowledge, and by providing valuable professional networking opportunities.

J.A.M. seeks to support young emerging theatre-makers (writers, directors, stage managers, performers, etc.) between the ages of 21 and 40 who are working on projects with Jewish themes or who are engaged in issues of Jewish identity. Four (4) candidates will be chosen, to make up the second J.A.M. cohort.

The program runs for eight months (late October 2019-June 2020) and will include one-on-one artistic mentorship, group workshops on Jewish identity and the arts, and final presentations by each artist to complete the year in June.

What happens over the mentorship’s year?
The Segal’s J.A.M. consists of a series of one-on-one mentoring and group meetings to help emerging artists explore their Jewish identity and achieve their artistic goals.

  • Monthly individual meetings with the Segal Centre’s Artistic Associate, Caitlin Murphy, to create a personalized ‘strategic plan’ to identify your project’s goals and the steps needed to achieve them, and to support you in developing your creative work;
  • Monthly group discussions on Jewish identity and the arts facilitated by the Segal Centre’s Jewish Programs Manager Sivan Slapak, with invited guests from the Jewish and arts spheres; past guests have included former RMTC Artistic Director Steven Schipper, Director Marcia Kash, and Rabbi Lisa Grushcow. Fellows will also be responsible for leading one group meeting on a related topic of their choice;
  • Opportunity to meet with Segal Centre staff with expertise in different relevant fields to assist you in professional development;
  • Networking opportunities into the larger professional Montreal arts world;
  • Access to Segal rehearsal space, subject to schedule and availability;
  • Becoming part of the Segal Centre community, invited to each opening night of the 2019-20 season! (Among other perks!);
  • One position as an Assistant to the Director of the play Oslo (running in April-May) may be available during this J.A.M. cycle. This could be a unique mentorship opportunity for the right person. This role calls for someone who is organized, research-oriented, and able to anticipate the needs of the Director and team. If you are interested in applying for this role as part of your mentorship year, please include your interest in question #2 on the application. Suitable candidates will be contacted*.

Who can apply?
The Segal Centre J.A.M. is an inclusive program that aims to unite a group of strong, diverse voices fitting the following criteria:

  • Emerging artist in the performing arts (writers, directors, stage managers, performers, etc.)
  • Between the ages of 21 and 40.
  • Living in Montreal or surrounding area.
  • You do not have to be Jewish to apply. However, your project must engage with Jewish themes, and do recognize that the mentorship year focuses on Jewish identity and the arts.

We are looking for artists who are passionate about their work and enthusiastic about being part of this new mentorship opportunity!

Chosen candidates will receive a $1,000 stipend for the year.

*Everyone is welcome to apply for this Assistant to the Director position and all candidates will be considered. In seeking to bring varied voices equitably into the room, we strongly encourage women, gender fluid, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people to apply for this role.

Submissions for the 2019-20 year are now closed. Thank you!



Inaugural JAM cohort of 2018-19

Amanda Goldberg is a graduate from Dawson College’s Professional Theatre program and Concordia University's Theatre and Development program. She is the co-founder and artistic director of We Are One, a Montreal based feminist theatre company that aims to celebrate and empower womxn. In 2016, she was nominated for Outstanding Emerging Artist at the Montreal English Theatre Awards. Goldberg’s most recent directing credits include Yerma (Concordia University), City Boy (Mainline Theatre), and Smackhead (We Are One). Her latest work was assistant directing: Theatre Surreal SoReal’s production of Madame Catherine prépare sa classe de troisième à l’irrémédiable and Imago Theatre’s production of Other People’s Children. Goldberg is delighted to participate in the Segal Centre’s Jewish Arts Mentorship program, in addition to working as assistant director on Indecent this spring. She is passionate about exploring both queer and Jewish stories and can’t wait to do so alongside this inspiring and talented team. She would like to thank her parents and friends for their continuous love and support!

Michelle Soicher, originally from Toronto, moved to Montreal to explore all aspects of theatre making at Concordia University and since graduating she has been fortunate to collaborate with both established and emerging artists. Being queer and Jewish, Michelle has a unique perspective of being an invisible minority and aims to create space for stories that have been pushed to the margins. She is a recent alumni of the Black Theatre Workshop Artist Mentorship Program. Selected credits include, Director: Birthmark (Teesri Duniya, Co Dir. Liz Valdez), Quiet (Black Theatre Workshop Discovery Series), Loops (McGill Drama Festival), Stage Manager: A Perfect Picture (Centaur Theatre Wildside Festival), Richard O'Brain's The Rocky Horror Show (MainLine Theatre), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Concordia University).

Maggie Winston is a puppeteer, clown, educator and community engaged artist. She is artistic director of Lost & Found Puppet Co., originally created in Vancouver, BC, (2007) based in Montréal, QC since 2016. Her original productions explore human relationships to objects and nature, through themes of family and cultural history. She is currently working on a new production entitled "Oyfkum" inspired by Ashkenazi Jewish folklore.

Originally from Baltimore, MD, USA, she received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College (NY, USA) and received acting training from the British American Drama Academy (London, UK). Maggie is currently ushering at the Segal Centre and teaching theatre for children at Geordie Productions and Montreal Children’s Theatre.