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2021.22 RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Award Recipient Announced

Sep 14, 2021

RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Award Recipient Announced

RBC Foundation and Crow’s Theatre Congratulate Ryan Cunningham 7th RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Recipient

Crow’s Theatre and RBC are proud to announce Ryan Cunningham as the recipient of the RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize. Designed to encourage and celebrate Canada’s most outstanding emerging stage directors, the prize provides a $5,000 award to emerging Canadian directors as well as a coveted residency spot at Crow’s Theatre. 

Following a call for submissions in May 2021, the jury selected Ryan from an exceptional group of innovative theatre artists in the early stages of their directing practice. The jury considered the merits of the applicants’ current body of work, their creative potential, the impact an artistic residency would have on the up-and-coming director’s professional development, and the impact on Canadian theatre. 


The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps emerging artists become established and supports organizations that provide the best platform to advance their career trajectory. The RBC Foundation supports arts organizations and artists in a range of genres, including visual art, music, theatre, performance, literature and film. Past recipients of the Crow’s Theatre RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize are Alexandre Fecteau, a director and writer known best for his creations Changing Room  and Le No Show, Jiv Parasram and Tom Arthur Davis from Pandemic Theatre, Sarah Kitz (director of Shakespeare in the Ruff’s most recent production The Winter’s Tale in association with Crow’s Theatre), Zachary Russell (co-writer the of upcoming production STARS: Together at Crow’s Theatre this fall) and Rebecca Northan (who helmed the Spontaneous Theatre program at Crow’s Theatre and is the creator of the smash-hit Blind Date).

Read the full press release here.