Our internship program provides an opportunity for emerging artists to expand their skills and experience through observing and participating in the creation of an original professional theatre production.
Each year Theatre Gargantua recruits TWO interns who are serious and committed to pursuing a career in the performing arts. Participants attend all rehearsal and creative meetings for our new work while simultaneously assisting in areas of production (e.g. set, lighting, costumes, stage management, and director assistance). Through this program, artists will develop new skills that will be useful in future artistic endeavours.
The program generally runs in phases from May through November.
2016 Artistic Interns
Teiya Kasahara is a multi-disciplinary artist, primarily interpreting opera across Canada and Europe. She has been praised as a “magnetic performer” singing with “a dynamic mix of sweetness undercut by strength” (Opera Canada), especially for her role as Queen of the Night/Magic Flute for being “impeccable” and “effortless” (reviewVancouver). For the 2015/16 season she portrayed Fata Morgana in the premiere of The Love of Three Oranges at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, Germany. She was producer/director of the web series Lesbo Miserables, actor in the acclaimed YouTube series Opera Cheats, and producer/director of When the Sun Comes Out, Canada’s first lesbian opera, which premiered at Toronto’s World Pride in 2014. She is also a writer, photographer and teacher, and is currently developing new music and devised theatre works with hopes to revolutionize the operatic genre. She has performed with Canadian Opera Company (COC) in many productions, the National Ballet of Canada, Tapestry Opera (Hope/Shelter), Soulpepper, Against the Grain Theatre (Bino/Figaro’s Wedding), Confidential Opera Project, and Opera 5 (Offenbach-Hahn). She is a graduate of the COC Ensemble Studio and the University of British Columbia. Follow her @teiyakasahara and read more at www.teiyakasahara.com.
Sam Culotta is a recent Theatre Production graduate from Humber College. While at Humber she worked as a Sound Designer for Poetry Project and a Video Designer for Delete After Death. These positions introduced her to new people, big ideas and helped to shape the person she is today. Sam is looking forward to growing with Theatre Gargantua as an Artistic Intern this season.
* Theatre Gargantua’s mentorship program is generously sponsored by TD Bank Financial Group
pictured clockwise: Simon Mizera, Madeleine Brown, Daniel Bennett, Isabelle Siciliano.