Year Four
“ARTISTA is community and support.” -Gaëlle Elma

ARTISTA empowers Montreal’s female youth in need 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 in a professional environment.


Felicia Shulman
Jane Wheeler
Alexandria Haber


Lucy Nappatuk
Camille Deslauriers Ménard
Aya Elba
Mariia Bashmakova
Amelle Margarin
Abigail Drach
Laura Hernandez-Restrepo
Luyao Bella
Jennifer Nguyen
Maria Jimenez
Yuan Kelly
Gaelle Elma
Christina-Andrea Cretu
Hanin Fakih
Nicola Hanchet
Joanne Margetis

Guest Teachers

Anana Rydvald, Mask


The participants and the project leaders meet once a week from January 11th to May 1st, 2016 for dinner and theatre training and creation. Students, teachers, mentors, and alumni of the program, are invited to join this weekly meal to encourage a sense of community and provide a time for dialogue and reflection about learning;

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.

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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.

Artista is supported by

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and by our partner