Actor Fee Consideration
For the past few seasons StoryBook has been working hard to provide a safe environment for emerging artists to learn and grow.
Emerging Artists, in particular have had a chance to network and elevate themselves to their own next level of success. We have made it our mandate to offer a quality production experience by engaging working theatre professionals to provide "on the job training" thus bridging the gap between the emerging and professional community. Already we are seeing the rewards of our programming come to fruition as many of our artists move forward on their journey on stages like Theatre Calgary, Forte, Vertigo, ATP, Verb and Rosebud.
In the 2016 to 2020 Canadian Theatre Seasons we saw more than 60 StoryBook Alumni take their next steps into the professional realm.
As we look toward the future of our organization we have found that the engagement fee we had previously offered had been misaligned with 1) a measurement and valuation of the artists engaged with us and 2) an expectation of working with StoryBook. Therefore in an evaluation of what we see as the future of StoryBook we will not be offering engagement fees any further.
Moving forward StoryBook should be considered an opportunity to learn and grow. Therefore, we are putting more focus on our ability to provide opportunity to our artists in a variety of ways, such as:
The Production Team (ie. director, choreographer & musical director) will award scholarships to cast members they think are most deserving based on their dedication to the production as well as the artists own potential for growth in the industry.
Free Professional Workshops
Opportunities for growth and learning beyond production are few and far between. Therefore, anyone cast in a SBT production will be invited to take part in what could be weekly FREE professional development workshops, like "accounting for artists", "improv", "how to ace a dance call", "audition Workshops". If all goes as planned, the value of these workshops alone would come in at close to $3000, all free to you as a StoryBook artist.
Once cast in a show, a draw back may be your need to take time off from your regular job in order to do our shows. This could be evening or matinee productions. If this is the case, you will be invited to submit a “Work Bursary Request" to support your wage loss. Each production will be limited to a select number of bursaries and submission for this bursary should not be contingent on your participation in a show.
We know that we have many alumni and returning StoryBook Artists who are on the edge of making the leap and in order to dedicate themselves to their craft require something in the way of financial support to offset the time they are dedicating to refining themselves. Therefore we would invite artists who meet the following criteria to submit for this bursary:
1) have been in at least two StoryBook productions
2) are actively pursuing theatre full time, and
3) have some form of post secondary education
In turn these artists would be expected to represent SBT as mentors and ambassadors to our programming.
As you can see, we will still have a focus on supporting the emerging artists financially but we are fine tuning how best to offer our support and continue pushing our artists to their own growing edge.
Ultimately if you are auditioning with an idea or expectation of compensation beyond your personal growth, please understand that SBT is a learning environment and will no longer be making any financial guarantees to actors simply because they have been cast in productions.