Tremors: Why Mentorship?

Mentorship is an integral part of Tremors. Each of the emerging artists involved will have the opportunity to learn from a professional mentor who works in his/her respective artistic discipline. Our mentors (who we will announce shortly!) are all established artists who make their living in theatre. Here, Rumble Artistic Director Stephen Drover explains why mentorship is so important to Tremors and the development of young artists.

When I was in theatre school, I had generous support from my peers and teachers. Now that I’m a professional, I have another fantastic network of colleagues and companies. But there was a time between these two periods when I felt pretty lost: not really getting any work and not having any formal guidance to help me figure out how to start a career, help me figure out my shit. I was always guessing and throwing dice, seeing if I could get the attention of someone who might hire me or at least help me not fuck it up. I think this probably happens to a lot of emerging artists.

I believe that mentorship is the answer. Back in the day, if you wanted to be a carpenter, you first became an apprentice — you hung out with a master carpenter for a while (okay, it was more like a few years), watched him work, asked questions, met people, and figured out your shit so you could eventually get work yourself. Back in the same proverbial day, actors did the same thing.

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22 years old. Scared shirtless and requiring some serious mentorship.

Ideally, mentorship is a sort of crossroads: a place where the protégé can find an introduction to the community that they are trying to join, gain skills, create exciting work and get to know the craft more intimately. For them, it’s a potential bridge to a professional career. But it’s also a place where the mentor can revisit basic theatre ideas, share skills, find new inspiration and support the artists they will soon work with as peers. For them, it can be an inspiring reminder that youthful passion is the key to our art. The best mentorship situation serves both the mentor and the protégé.

Rumble believes in getting emerging and established artists in the same room together: it promotes a vibrant and healthy theatre community, it’s an investment in the future of the art form, and it increases the traffic of young talents and new ideas through our company (thus, inspiring us to make better theatre).

We’re all doing this together. So let’s get together.

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