The Emerging Artist Program

SUMMER 2017 INTENSIVE (ages 19-35)

This 4-day Master Class looks at the art of audition technique and finding the material that will improve your chances of  landing the job and make you feel invincible in front of the panel.   With an in-depth look at material gathering and finessing through to the practicalities of audition performance as well as call-back simulators: this intensive is for the experienced music theatre artist wanting to redesign their audition strategy.

  • strengthen and hone your craft
  • connect with industry professionals
  • refine vocal technique
  • discover or re-imagine your party pieces
  • selection of  bar cuts
  • maximize strengths and what unique qualities you have that set you apart
  • manage nerves, anxiety, and things that can stand in the way
  • seminars on the biz
  • Do’s and Don’ts of presenting yourself at an audition,artistic  job interview, in performance
  • getting the right agent
  • self -representation and creating your own brand
  • mock audition feedback


Thursday June 22 – 6-9
6:00-7:00 Introductions, vocal/physical warm-up, light dramatic icebreakers, goals and initial focusing exercise {what would a “successful” me look like?} – Denise and Patrick
7:00 -9:00  Getting to Know You Auditions and Feedback – Denise, Patrick, Jill and Donavon
Participants perform 2 contrasting songs and a monologue. panel to make song/monologue suggestions
Friday June 23 – 9:30-4:30
9:30 – 11:00 Mind and Body Work for your Instrument -Vanessa
11:00 -1:00 Mastering the art of Cold Reads – Patrick
1:00-1:45 LUNCH
2:00 – 3:00   Hit and Miss – A professional and relevant discussion on casting and bringing the best material to suit YOU and your cast-ability.  Strengths/Weaknesses.  Marketability. – Patrick and Denise
3:00 – 4:30  Becoming your Own Boss: Steering the artist within youDenise
Saturday June 24 – 9:30-4:30 
9:30 – 11:30 How to ace the dreaded dance call: a non-dancers approach to dance calls – Jill Filion
11:30 – 1:00 Mock Song-dance audition Learning the chorus of an easy up tempo they must also dance it…AND SELL IT! – Jill, Donavon 1:00 – 1:45 LUNCH
1:45 – 3:00 -Pop/Rock, 32-16-8 bar cuts, mic-technique…and everything in between – Donavon.
3:00 – 4:30 ‘New or Old Material’ Master Class –  Participants have 10-15 minute slots to workshop masterclass-style their old or newly suggested material.- Patrick and Donavon
Sunday June 25 – 1-5
Seminar with an agent, mock audition and feedback –  Daniel Birnbaum (Talent House Agency)


We are thrilled to announce on our mock audition panel, agent, Daniel Birnbaum of Canada’s leading talent agency, The Talent House The Talent House On Sunday June 25th Daniel will host a seminar on auditioning from the eyes of an agent, and through our mock auditions, give individual feedback on your audition materials and overall effect. You can register for the day or register for the full 4 day intensive to include workshops on cold reads, dance calls (for even the most inexperienced, double-left-footed), managing legit-belt and pop styles, choosing the best golden age to contemporary material for your voice, microphone singing technique. Participation is very limited so register sooner rather than later!

Patrick Maubert, Director – Select international directing credits include: Another Day, Site-specific for AFOAF Productions and Southwark/London Arts Council; The Installation, Site-specific at the Hide Gallery for AFOAF Theatre; You Say Tomato!, London Southbank Centre for the LGMC; Heaven Help Me!, ArtsEd for Perfect Pitch; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Secombe theatre; Heart&Music, Charlotte Street Arts Centre; Oliver!, UK Regional Tour for Polkadot Pantomimes; Hairspray, for Voyager Academy. Assistant/Movement directing credits include: The Domino Heart, Finborough Theatre; Blood Wedding, Courtyard Theatre for Aria Entertainment; The Road to Qatar, Ctoo Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe; Passport to Pimlico, Site-Specific for SouthWest Fest; Legally Blonde, Andrew Lloyd Webber Theatre for ArtsEd; The Wonderful World of Dissoica, for ArtsEd; Feel Good, Theatre New Brunswick. Patrick is Associate Artistic Director and Resident Director of London’s A Friend of Friend Productions and is part of the Young Vic Director’s genesis program.

Donavon LeNabat, Music Director – Donavon LeNabat is a Toronto-based Musical Director, accompanist and piano entertainer,He has played in the pit orchestras for Drayton Entertainment and the Dancap Production of Jersey Boys.  Credits include. Music Director of “The Last Five Years”, Big Benn Productions Spring 2014, Music Director of “Recurring John” (Song cycle by Kevin Wong), Summerworks 2014, Music Director of “Liza and Barbra… Together at Last!”, Angelwalk Productions, Fall 2013, Music Director/Music coach at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Fall 2013-present.  In addition to these credits,  He also runs his own band and perform several nights a week for public and private events.

Jill Diane Filion, Voice Coach, Seminar– Jill Diane Filion grew up in Vancouver and appeared in her first musical, Oklahoma, at age 13,as a featured dancer. Favourite roles include Eliza in My Fair Lady, Marion in The Music Man,Signora Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza and Elsa in The Sound of Music. Jill toured throughout BC for three seasons with the Vancouver Opera Ensemble, and was guest soloist with the Vancouver Chamber Ensemble, CBC Radio and the Kelowna Symphony. She was a member of both the touring and Toronto companies of The Phantom of the Opera and the original cast of Ragtime. She has since enjoyed three seasons with the Charlottetown Festival, seven with Drayton Entertainment and two with Theatre by the Bay. Jill is currently on the Voice Faculty at Sheridan College and still attends dance class.

Denise Williams, Artistic Director, Coordinator, Voice Coach – Denise Williams (singer, voice teacher, artistic director, producer) is a veteran performer equally at home on the concert, opera, and theatre stages.  Recent appearances in Toronto have been Monisha  in the Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s concert performance of Treemonisha at Koerner Hall, and a cast member of the Mirvish production of The Sound of Music at the Princes of Wales Theatre.  Other notable career highlights include: the title role of the Canadian stage play debut, Portia White- First You Dream, soloist with the Toronto Symphony in a concert of spirituals with The Nathaniel Dett Chorale and Kathleen Battle at Roy Thomson Hall, returning again with the TSO performing excerpts from Porgy and Bess.   She is an international vocal adjudicator of festivals and exams.  Most notably, Denise has created a number of internationally successful concert programs, Walk Together Children (Black and Jewish cultural music from the roots) ,Sophisticated Soul (Afrocentric classics and spirituals), Classical Steel (classics with steel pan accompaniment), Music in Times of Conflict (Richard Strauss and Kurt Weill), Passiontide and  CD recordings include, WALK TOGETHER CHILDREN (Black and Jewish music), SOPHISTICATED SOUL (steel pan accompaniment, NIGHTLIGHTS (international lullabies) BE STILL AND KNOW (sacred selections)

Vanessa Bell, Movement Therapist & Coach and Co-Founder of Cheng & Bell Strength & Health
Specializing in the development and optimization of learning potential and the un-learning of ‘no longer useful’ patterns of moving and holding that get in the way of fulfilling the truest expression of our Instrument.   This “instrument” being the entire Human – mind, body and heart and the spirit that lives and tells the story.

My desire is to help you to develop yourself as a Mover, a Player and a Storyteller so that you can move, play and story-tell with Ease, Skill and Power in the direction of those moves, plays and stories you need and want to perform.


Instrumental Development Lesson – a.k.a. “Mind & Body Work For Your Instrument”

This 90-minute lesson will be focused on learning how to use Awareness and Movement to better understand and develop your Instrument.


FEE $300 (PLUS $30 REGISTRATION FEE) before May 31   $375  after May 31    

Daily $150 Full, $90 half




Liam The Musical by Tyler Check and Tristan Hernandez

August 7-28

Auditions  -June 2017 – details pending






AUGUST 8-29, 2016

Emerging Artist Program

gcst_poster-12x18EAP NEWS – Composer Submission Selections for The Great Canadian Showtune

Tyler Check and Tristan Hernandez

Colleen Dauncey and Akiva Romer-Segal

Noah MacDougal

Lezlie Wade and Daniel Green

Garry Williams

Kevin Wong


Submission finalists will have their work featured alongside the works of: Don Harron & Norman Campbell, Leslie ArdenLisa Lambert & Greg Morrison and David Warrack


Tommy Amoroso
Antoinette Ankrah
Matthew Benenson
Seline Berish
Danielle D’Souza
Anique Mercier
Becca Moss
Kelechi Ofoha
Mary Park
Alysia Therrien
Emi Yasuo




2 contrasting music theatre selections (can be acapella and 32 bar cuts)

1 monologue

along with your bio and photo


You may then be invited to the



A Training-to-Showcase program for emerging artists keen to strengthen skills and reinvent themselves whilst cultivating and expanding their network of creative comrades and professional contacts.  The No Strings Theatre Emerging Artist Program provides an opportunity for participants with prior experience and a strong interest in musical theatre performance and/or production/creation to explore and develop skills under the mentorship of experienced industry professionals.

Audition Preparation

Audition Preparation with Mark Selby


A Friend of a Friend’s ‘From Scratch Musical Theatre Edition’ directed by Associate Artistic Director Patrick Maubert

Open to artists aged 21 and beyond who are eager to further develop their music theatre creative practice through mentorship from an array of internationally renowned theatre practitioners.

This unique theatre making program emphasizes the collaborative nature of today’s theatre industry by encouraging participants to cohesively work as a repertory ensemble to create theatre that is both current and innovative all the while being personally mentored and guided throughout the process with detailed notes and master class work.


A Friend of a Friend’s ‘From Scratch Musical Theatre Edition’




No Strings Theatre offers a Training-to-Showcase program for emerging artists keen to strengthen skills and reinvent themselves whilst cultivating and expanding their network of creative comrades and professional contacts.  The No Strings Theatre Emerging Artist Program provides an opportunity for participants with prior experience and a strong interest in musical theatre performance and/or production/creation to explore and develop skills under the mentorship of experienced industry professionals as well as be part of a full-staged, professionally produced revue-showcase at Toronto’s most hip & happening Artscape Wychwood Barns, Theatre Direct.



The program will take place from August 8th to August 29th 2016 in a 4-weekprofessional production intensive with rehearsals in and around the St. Clair West, Artscape hub at the Wychwood Barns.  This is followed by a limited run of our fully-produced, season-end production: The Great Canadian Show Tune: A Celebration of Canada’s Great Music Theatre-Makers Past, Present and Future directed by Patrick Maubert at Theatre Direct, Toronto’s most hip & happening multi-arts venue, The Artscape Wychwood Barns August 25th-29th.


Our creative and instructional team is helmed by seasoned arts professionals who are nationally and internationally acclaimed.  This season, we welcome international theatre director and performer Patrick Maubert (International 12 Tenors, Tokyo Disney and is  former Associate Artistic Director of London’s A Friend of a Friend Productions), as new Associate Artistic and Stage Director; Emilio Colalilo (Canadian Opera Company, Corpus Dance Projects); Jon Corkal (Theatre Sheridan, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee); and Denise Williams (Mirvish’s Sound of Music, Canadian Opera Company, Royal Conservatory of Music and is Artistic Director of Voices of Colour Music) as Artistic Director and Creative Producer.

Guest Mentors include: Susan Cuthbert (Anne of Green Gables, Phantom of the Opera), Bruce Dow (Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar, Music Man, Jane Eyre), Alison Jantzie(Broadway: Gigi, Rochettes. Stratford: Music Man)



Our Emerging Professional Artist production was performed to sold out crowds in its inaugural year.  Now in its second season, we present  The Great Canadian Show Tune!, a musical revue showcasing the work of Canadas top music theatre-makers. From legendary Norman Campbell to the Drowsy Chaperone duo of Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison and from some our most celebrated creators: Leslie Arden, David Warrack, and Garry Williams; The Great Canadian Show Tune! will truly be a celebration of our Canadian music theatre industry’s past, present and future. This showcase platform will herald our Canadian Heritage 2016-2017 season of events.  We welcome submissions of Canadian works.  Final auditions for the Emerging Artist Program will take place on July 17th, 2016.  This unique Training-to-Showcase program is open to emerging artists (aged 21 to 30 approximately!).  Check out our website for more details,

REGISTRATION (once accepted into the program):

Registration fee is $500 (plus $75 administration fee).  Please register by July 22nd.


Possible Emerging Artist creative pathways to be nurtured by relevant industry professionals:
Music Theatre Performance
Music Theatre Direction
Music Theatre Musical
Music Theatre Movement Direction & Choreography
Musical Composition
Stage Management
Design & Marketing


No Strings Theatre’s Spelling Bee 2015



    August 8- 28


    A Friend of a Friend’s ‘From Scratch Musical Theatre Edition’


    A Friend of a Friend’s ‘From Scratch Musical Theatre Edition’


    A Friend of a Friend’s ‘From Scratch Musical Theatre Edition’

    A Friend of a Friend’s ‘From Scratch Musical Theatre  Edition’ is directed by Associate Artistic Director, Patrick Maubert


    THE GREAT CANADIAN SHOW TUNE, a musical homage to the Canadian composers who make our industry fantastic. This musical revue will feature showcase material for participants. This unique opportunity will be an introductory possibility for students to work alongside some of Canada’s top theatre-makers in creating a showcase platform that will become the industry event of the season.

    Performances: August 27-29, 2016
     Final Auditions  – July 17th, 2016.  SIGN UP NOW!
    Fees: $500 for the 3 week program and performance

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Our Interns and Associates

Patrick Maubert,  Associate Artistic Director

Jon Corkal. Music Director

Upcoming Auditions

Auditions will be scheduled for July 2016 -more details pending

Information and Submissions


Past Associates

Mary Askwith, Associate Stage Director – Spelling Bee

Meredith Jonatan, Set and Costume Design- Spelling Bee

Jaclyn Rachel Enchin, Associate Choregrapher – Spelling Bee

Bronwyn Page, Stage Manager