The Urjo Kareda Residency Grant supports the training and artistic residency of an exceptional emerging theatre artist each season at Tarragon Theatre. This $15,000 grant is made possible by an annual donation from The Youssef-Warren Foundation and allows the successful applicant to spend up to 20 weeks at the Tarragon Theatre, working in collaboration with an artist or artists in the applicant’s chosen field of interest. The 20 weeks residency period must occur between August 2019 and June 2020 but those 20 weeks can be broken up within that period.

The grant is geared toward an emerging professional theatre artist who resides in Canada, whether it is in the field of Design, Production, Dramaturgy, Playwriting, Directing or Artistic Direction. In the context of this theatre award “emerging artist” is defined as an artist of any age who has spent no fewer than two years and no more than seven in their chosen field (after training, if applicable), and who has demonstrated a strong aptitude for working in theatre. Mid-career artist who are transitioning their focus are also encouraged to apply. The applicant must have created or participated in at least two artistic works within their focus, that have been presented, produced, or published.

The applicant must be/become a resident in the Greater Toronto Area for the duration of the proposed program (travel stipend is available). Applications are encouraged from artists of diverse cultures & abilities and artists working in non-traditional forms of theatre.

Applicants are invited to explain how a residency would benefit not only the artist but also the host theatre. The applicant should therefore be well informed of the kind of work Tarragon does and be able to show why Tarragon Theatre is the best place for their project.

Some testimonials from previous Urjo Kareda Grant recipients:

“As an Urjo Kareda resident, I was afforded time and space to think critically about my craft as a playwright, and the role of the playwright in a theatre devoted to new work. It was a vital period of artistic reflection and personal growth.”

– Jordan Tannahill

“My time at Tarragon was a true gift. It was a privilege to assist Richard Rose and then Ashlie Corcoran on three very different productions. I was also appreciative of the creative latitude to spend time exploring my own creative projects: from sitting in court at the trial of James Forcillo to interviewing Uber and Taxi drivers. Richard’s genuine willingness to dialogue about absolutely anything in the theatre left me with many ripe ideas — and this spirit was echoed by the entire Tarragon team — everyone was incredibly warm and open. Finally, it was personally meaningful for me to spend time getting to know a little bit about Urjo Kareda through interviewing family, friends, and colleagues. There are so few paid opportunities in life to truly reflect, explore and learn — and this residency was one of them. I am grateful.”

– Joel Bernbaum

“The Urjo Kareda Residency was a perfect way to be introduced to the Toronto scene – to have a residency embedded in an established company like Tarragon while being exposed to the many artists and aesthetics that come and go through the season is an unparalleled opportunity, and one I am very grateful for.”

– Christine Quintana


Assessment of Applications:

The assessment will be based on both the contribution the proposed residency will make to the professional development of the artist and the clarity of the applicant’s plans to integrate the residency into Tarragon’s overall operations. Objectives, activities and nature of the residency, plus quality of support material are also assessed.

Application Material:

The following documents must be included for a complete application:

  • A cover letter from the applicant outlining the proposed program.
  • Proposed schedule of training program with a detailed outline of training goals.
  • Applicant’s professional résumé.
  • Two letters of reference (may be sent separately).

The covering letter should address the following points:

  • How do you define yourself as an artist?  What is your vision and how is it unique?
  • What would you like to do during the residency?
  • What makes this residency appropriate at this time?
  • How will this residency advance your career goals?
  • How has your background prepared you for this apprenticeship?
  • Why a residency program, at Tarragon Theatre in particular, is suited to the applicant?

Application is now open.

Applications and support material can be sent via email or by post, which must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2018.

Notification of Results:

Tarragon will e-mail an acknowledgement once an application has been received.

Applicants will be notified if they are invited for an interview by December 21, 2018.

Please send your application or any questions about the award procedures to (please state clearly in the subject line URJO KAREDA):


Audrey Dwyer, Assistant Artistic Director
Tarragon Theatre
30 Bridgman Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 1X3