Scholarships & Special Projects

Neptune has offered theatre education for over 30 years.  The Neptune Theatre School provides programming for participants of all ages, as well as a robust slate of master classes for pre-professionals and professional artists. 

The Annual School Tour travels to 40 – 50 schools across the province providing upwards of 20,000 students with the experience of live theatre.  

Neptune’s Student Matinee program welcomes another 10,000 students to the theatre’s downtown location to see age-appropriate productions on its two stages.

The theatre school offers March Break and Summer Camps, as well as intensive year-round training through its Youth Performance Company (YPCo.).  

Neptune’s PREP program provides specialized training to youth intent on applying for post-secondary training in theatre. 

Julie Martell Fund The fund gives emerging Cape Breton performers, aged 15-22 years old, the opportunity to apply for financial assistance to participate in arts activities either on or off the island. Apply Here

Matt Amyotte Fund - A talented actor and musician, Matthew Amyotte was a beloved part of Neptune's family, most notably as Musical Director for the Youth Performance Company (YPCo), and as a performer in both Fountain Hall and Scotiabank Stage productions. In honour of his memory, each year, a student will receive a scholarship to the YPCo program.

The Blackmore Bursary - This bursary is awarded annually to a talented student enrolled in the technical theatre program at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University.

Terry Irwin Fund - This fund has helped provide Neptune with a technically-advanced music room for our musicians to perform in. This room has helped improve working conditions for performers and has allowed Neptune to better the sound quality our audiences enjoy on the Fountain Hall Mainstage.

Chrysalis Project -   Initiated in 2018 this hands-on learning program provides emerging directors, designers and choreographers with experience and exposure to professional productions. Chrysalis participants are mentored by seasoned local and visiting professionals.  

INKubator  - This program supports new play development by providing emerging playwrights, particularly from underserved communities, with the supports and expertise necessary to create works for Neptune’s stages .

Wes Daniels Fund - This award honours the artistic spirit of late props builder Wes Daniels, a long-time employee of Neptune Theatre and a gifted artist. The annual award provides a matching gift to a theatre company to subsidize, for a given production, the hiring of a young professional who’s demonstrated a strong artistic sensibility in the field of theatre design.

Artistic Directors Wall of Honour

Celebrate Neptune’s rich history by honouring the contributions of its Artistic Directors.  Located in the main foyer of the theatre, this feature wall pays tribute to the vision and ground-breaking work of Neptune’s Artistic Directors.  


For additional information on donating to Neptune Theatre, please contact Leslie MacDonald, Director of Development and Partnerships at

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