RBC Chrysalis Project


This program offers practical, hands-on experience, where emerging artists can work and create within the Neptune family, but also alongside the broader theatre community.

In the theatre profession, mentorship and opportunity are vitally important.  At Neptune Theatre, we believe it's an important part of our role to pave the way for the creators of tomorrow.  The RBC Chrysalis Project, now in its second year, engages up to 10 emerging artists and introduces them into a fast-paced professional environment with ample opportunity for creative input, hands-on involvement, and networking opportunities, offering invaluable practical experience in their chosen field.

The RBC Chrysalis Project is additionally supported by Arts Nova Scotia.  

2019/2020  Participants

Learn more about our 2019/2020 season participants by clicking here. 

Currently, The RBC Chrysalis Project has four units:

  1. The Director Unit
  2. The Designer Unit (Costume Lighting, Set, Sound)
  3. Choreography Unit
  4. The Musical Director Unit

How it Works

Over the course of a single theatre season (September - May), our emerging artists are assigned two Neptune productions each. Here, they work with and are mentored by a seasoned professional in their field, assisting with tasks, building skills, and learning about vision, process, and structure within a regional theatre environment.

We match the artist to mentor/project with an eye to variety, experience, and preference.

Chrysalis artists receive an honorarium of up to $1,500 per Neptune production they are assigned to, scaled to a schedule of work developed with their mentor. Directors have an additional option of external company placement for a third project, on a volunteer basis.

Additionally, Chrysalis artists will this year be given the opportunity to showcase their skills by working on the Neptune Theatre School's spring productions, where they can exercise creative agency under the guidance of Neptune staff.

The RBC Chrysalis Project is overseen by Neptune's Artistic Associate, Annie Valentina, who will be scheduling ongoing check-ins and keeping a record in order to ensure the program follows its mandate. Participants will be asked to sign an agreement stipulating dates and activities, financial details, rules, and policies.

Applicant Submissions

To submit for The RBC Chrysalis Project, head on over to our online submission portal and upload digital copies of the following:

  1. Cover letter, detailing why you'd like to join us as part of The RBC Chrysalis Project and why you think the project is right for you
  2. Resume
  3. If applicable/possible, samples of work
  4. Support material (maximum of five items) - letters of endorsement, past reviews, etc.

Ethnocultural mandate

Neptune Theatre is committed to fostering an environment of equity and diversity, and factor this into every decision we make. We encourage submissions from artists of all genders, ethnicities, abilities, and identities. 

Neptune is also committed to maintaining a positive, harassment-free work culture. Applying artists should be aware that we do not tolerate any form of harassment of our employees, clients, volunteers, or any persons visiting or spending time on its premises.

2018/2019 Participants   

2019/2020 Participants