ARTISTA builds and empowers a community of Montreal young women and supports them through the early stages of their careers, whatever those may be. Artistic independence and confidence, as well as increased knowledge in artistic craftsmanship are acquired through mentorship, creative collaboration and performance training.
The participants and the project leaders meet once a week from January to May for dinner and theatre training and creation. Students, teachers, mentors, and alumni of the program, are invited to join this weekly meal where dialogue and reflections about learning can happen.
Mentorship time provides each participant with the opportunity to learn an artistic skill through one-on-one teaching.
The leaders take participants to see professional productions in Montreal.
Artista culminates in a performance of the collectively created work, presented to friends, family and the professional theatre community.
Acting training gives students essential skills for success in any field of study or occupation. Imago’s safe learning environment allows students to develop skills in creative problem solving, connected inter-personal communication, team-building, leadership, self-confidence, self-motivation, listening, physical confidence, vocal confidence and empathy. Utmost care will be placed on creating a supportive environment for students to explore these life-lessons.
2017 ARTISTA Session | January 17 – May 4, 2017
Our ARTISTA OUTCOME took place at the Georges-Vanier Cultural Centre on May 4, 2017
For more information contact ARTISTA’s Program Director, Joy Ross-Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Artista Session | January – May 2018
Applications available | November 2017
2018 Session | (In)Visibility
JOY ROSS-JONES is an actor, puppeteer, improviser and theatre educator from Venezuela. She has been living in Montreal for 11 years. Her university studies include McGill University and Concordia University were she studied as Theatre and Theatre for Social Change, and an active Masters in Art Education at Concordia, which she aims to tie up in June of 2018. Joy loves being a part of the Imago Theatre team where she worked as Artistic and Administrative Associate (2013 – 2016), and is Program Director of ARTISTA, Imago’s free theatre mentorship program for young women, which has been growing and expanding since 2014. As a performer, Joy enjoys creating her own work and is currently focussing on Elsewhere, an original one-person show that uses mask and storytelling to share the stories 6 lives affected by the current crisis in Venezuela (Segal Centre Award Winner, Fringe 2017). Elsewhere will be touring during the 2018-2019 cultural season. Joy performs regularly at Montreal Improv and relishes the opportunity to dip into Bouffon with the Montreal troupe, Bouffon de la Belleville. She is proud to have recently joined the team at Glenn Talent where she is represented by Marc Elias.
DAYANE NTIBARIKURE is a multifaceted bilingual artist who tells stories with her voice, body, heart and soul! She created her own triple threat program by first completing a degree in classical voice at Vanier college, another one in dance at Cegep St-Laurent , while taking acting classes at Straeon Acting Studio ( formerly known as Carter Thor Acting Studios ). She has been perfoming in plays and musicals since high school and most recently in short films and television.
FELICIA SHULMAN is a Black Belt certified Nia instructor and a versatile, passionate actress with over thirty years of international experience in theatre, film, television, voice and movement (jazz, modern, ballet, tap, Spanish, character). She has danced nationally in musicals and musical revues. Felicia has also been involved in and taught fitness since 1985. CALA certified, she loves dancing and teaching Yoga in the water! She is continually training in movement and fitness at various workshops and conferences worldwide: The Y.M.C.A.’s continuing education program, Fitforces, Canfit Pro, CALA, YogaFit, Miss Sugarpuss’s Burlesque Etiquette, 5 Rhythms, 5 Stages of Healing, and Misty Tripoli’s THEGROOVE. Felicia is an enthusiastic fun dynamic teacher who puts people at ease immediately, and cultivates the best in each individual.
ALEX HABER is an award winning playwright and actor. Her plays have been produced across Canada and include: Mouth to Mouth ( co- written with Ned Cox) produced at the Montreal Fringe Fest 2017 and The White Bear Theatre London, England. Alice and The World We Live In, second place winner Infinite Theatre’s Write-on- Q 2016 playwriting Competition. On This Day, written while in Tarragon Theatre’s Playwrights Unit in 2014 and produced at Centaur Theatre in February 2015. Life Here After, (Imago, Centaur Theatre’s Wildside 2012, 2010 winner of Infinite Theatre’s Write-on- Q! playwriting Competition) Closed for Urgent and Extraordinary Work, commissioned by Imago, produced by Theatre Yes in Edmonton, the National Elevator Play project. I Don’t like Mondays, A Christmas Carol (adapted Charles Dickens) and Game Changers, Geordie Theatre, Housekeeping & Homewrecking (Theatre Ste. Catherine, winner of the Best Ensemble MECCA in 2009) Ordinary Times, (Centaur wildside and Sarasvati’s Fem Fest) She has also written radio dramas produced by CBC.
JANE WHEELER is a Montreal actor whose work spans theatre, film, television and voice projects. She has performed at Centaur, the Segal Centre, Theatre Lac Brome, Theatre New Brunswick and the Shaw Festival amongst others. Most recently, Jane had the pleasure of acting in ‘Mouth to Mouth’, a new play by Alexandria Haber and Ned Cox, which began at the Montreal Fringe Festival and journeyed all the way to London, UK. Favourite roles include Olivia in ‘Twelfth Night’, Chris in ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, Ben Gunn in ‘Treasure Island ‘ and Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret’. Film work includes Xavier Dolan’s soon-to-be-released ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’, ‘Brad’s Status’, ‘A Motion Away’, ‘Brooklyn’, ‘Everything Will Be Fine’ and ‘I’m Not There’. Recent television credits include ‘Red Creek’, ‘This Life’ and ‘Exploding Sun’. Jane voices many commercials, documentaries, animation series and video games. She lives in Montreal with her husband and three children.
Originally from Sweden, ANANA RYDVALD first came to Montreal to study at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens at the age of 12. Since then she trained as an actress and mask artist in both Europe and Canada and eventually became a teacher at John Abbott College in Mime and Improvisation. Before settling down in Montreal she worked as an actress for several years with the renowned Scandinavian Theatre group Cantabile 2 that creates site-specific performances around the world. She was last seen on stage as a mask performer in V-Cards at The Wildside Festvial, as Lady M. in Repercussion Theatre’s Macbeth, a pupeteer in Scapegoat Carnivale’s The Heretics of Bohemia and as Amanda in LoveULovecraft with The Other Theatre. She was awarded the Mecca revelation award for her self written mask show Section O in 2006 and is currently creatiing another solo show with masks that will mount in 2015.
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This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Foundation du Grant Montréal, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.