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


What is the Segal Centre J.A.M.?
The Segal Centre is a leading English language theatre in Montreal, and an important cultural resource for the Jewish community. Throughout its history, the Segal Centre has supported emerging artists, providing them with opportunities to develop their work and reach the next steps in their careers.

The Segal Centre’s Jewish Arts Mentorship (J.A.M.) is an initiative created to help theatre makers foster skills, gain knowledge, build artistic community, and receive valuable professional networking opportunities. 

The program seeks to support emerging theatre makers of any age who are working on projects with Jewish themes or who are engaged in issues of Jewish identity. Three to four candidates are chosen per cohort.

The program includes one-on-one artistic mentorship, group discussions about Jewish identity and the arts, and final presentations by each artist. This season, J.A.M. will run for six months (January 2023-June 2023).

What happens over the mentorship’s year?

  • Each J.A.M. participant is offered monthly individual meetings with Artistic Mentor Adina Katz to create a personalized ‘strategic plan’ to identify your project’s goals, steps needed to achieve them, and support you in developing your creative work to the stage you intend to complete by program’s end.
  • 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. These are an opportunity to receive peer feedback on your creative work, engage in topics of shared interest, and build an artistic community.
  • Opportunity to connect with various Segal staff members with expertise in relevant fields to assist you in professional development.
  • Becoming part of the Segal Centre community and invited to virtual events as well as in-person productions when possible.
  • Access to Segal rehearsal space, following health protocols.
  • Networking opportunities in the larger professional arts world.

How will this J.A.M. year be different?

The program will follow a hybrid model, with meetings taking place in person as well as virtually.

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 of any age over 21 in the performing arts
  • Living in Montreal or surrounding area
  • You do not have to be Jewish to apply and we welcome all candidates. However, your project must engage with Jewish themes, and do recognize that the mentorship year focuses on Jewish identity and the arts.

We welcome and encourage submissions from individuals of all gender identities, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities. If you choose, you may provide us with the pronouns you would like us to use in your submission, or any other self-identification you wish to provide. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

Chosen candidates will receive a $1000 stipend for the year.

We are no longer accepting submissions for 2022-23.

For questions about JAM, contact Sivan Slapak at sslapak@segalcentre.org

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JAM cohort of 2021-22

ALEX BRAULT

Alex is a comedy writer and performer in Montreal. He holds a DEC in Liberal Arts from Champlain College as well as a degree in Creative Writing from Concordia University, making him a strong addition to any trivia team's roster.  

Currently he is a contributor to The Beaverton, Canada’s most widely read satire site. His comedic writings can also be found at CBC Comedy, Mcsweeney’s, The Hard Times, and in just about every online outlet that takes submissions. 

Alex is an active and generally well-regarded performer at Montreal Improv. He is currently a regular fixture on one of the theatre’s house teams.  

In addition to the theatre, Alex occasionally writes for videogames. This is what he’s been doing with that Creative Writing Degree.

Alex Brault

ALEXANDRA GORLIN-CRENSHAW (she/her/elle)

Alexandra Gorlin-Crenshaw is a musician and multidisciplinary artist. She pursued degrees in piano performance, while also honing (and continuing to hone!) skills in singing, arranging, composing, visual and puppetry arts, and teaching. Her multidisciplinary performance pieces may include classical piano works and folk songs, self-accompanied lieder and opera arias, original compositions, recorded sounds and texts, projections, shadows, and hand-made visuals. 

Alexandra's project Song/Book delves into the richness and complexity of family through Jewish and Anglo music of her roots. Using family interviews as primary sources for her own compositions, Alexandra weaves together original music with folk song arrangements and a series of theatre books and crankies.

Alexandra lives in Montreal. When she is not practicing, creating, or teaching, you may find her taking long walks in the city, reading graphic novels, or coaxing her quarantine windowsill of plants to stay alive, just a little bit longer.

https://alexandragorlincrenshaw.com

Alexandra Crenshaw-Gorlin

JESSICA LANMAN
Jessica Lanman is a writer born and raised in White Plains, New York. While getting her Bachelor’s in Dramatic Writing and History at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jessica’s short films and monologues were featured in several student festivals. After a year in New York,  where she wrote several TV and play scripts and her play Sally In Paris was a finalist for the Goldberg Play Prize, Jessica moved to Providence, Rhode Island to be the Marketing Intern and a Front of House Manager at Trinity Repertory Company. Apparently not quite busy enough between that and working on her first novel, Jessica began a freelance career in tech writing that has carried her through her move to Montreal. She is thrilled to be focusing back on theater through J.A.M., and couldn’t be more excited to write a new play via the mentorship.

Jessica Lanman

ARIELLE SHIRI
Arielle is an actress from Montreal. She has had a passion for performance and acting from a young age and was always involved in theatre growing up. She graduated from McGill University in English, Drama and Theatre in 2020 where she performed in many different productions including The History of Breathing and The BirdsShe currently works in film production in Montreal while pursuing her acting career. Arielle is excited to get started on her project, focusing on her family history, with J.A.M. 

Arielle Shiri

See previous cohorts here.



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