Victor Hugo claimed that “life is a theatre set in which there are but few practicable entrances” – and in the theatre world, we know this to be all too true.
There are few opportunities for new theatre program graduates and emerging professionals to launch their regional theatre careers in Atlantic Canada, and even fewer environments where they can gain practical experience outside of school. We think it’s crucial for creatives to be given the chance to express themselves to the public and learn what it’s like to collaborate with the best and brightest in their fields.
That’s where the Atlantic Repertory Company (ARC) comes in. ARC is being developed to help young professionals with strong ties to Atlantic Canada bridge the gap between advanced training and a steady career path in theatre. ARC projects will be chosen with the goal of exposing these emerging artists to new ideas and insightful guidance from leading directors, writers and mentors that travel here from across the country. By providing paid opportunities to emerging professionals and graduates, ARC has positioned itself as a key contributor to the burgeoning theatre scene in New Brunswick and the Atlantic provinces.
The ARC Pilot Project is supported by the Province of New Brunswick, the Canada Council for the Arts and the RBC Emerging Artists Project. With the support of these organizations, ARC is able to give artists work experience, networking opportunities, and chances to hone old specialties and dive headlong into new ones. Participants will explore what it’s like to live the life of a creative professional – and the multitude of ways they can impact the communities in which they live.
All the world’s a stage, and the Atlantic Repertory Company is committed to developing the players of tomorrow.