Applications are now closed for the 2020/21 Residency:

The Award:

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 Residency:

Each year, residents participate in a 20 week residency which takes place over 10 months. The applicant must be/become a resident in the Greater Toronto Area for the duration of the proposed program (travel stipend is available).


The grant allows an emerging professional theatre artist who resides in Canada, and works 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 artists who are transitioning their focus and artists working in non-traditional or non-Eurocentric models and forms of theatre are encouraged to apply.

The applicant must have created or participated in at least two artistic works within their current focus, which have been presented, produced, or published.

Tarragon Theatre values diversity and invites applications from all qualified candidates.


If the nature of this application process is a barrier to applying, please contact assistantad@tarragontheatre.com to discuss the possibility of alternative forms of application.

The Application:

For the initial application, artists are invited to submit the following documents in PDF format attached to a single e-mail, to assistantad@tarragontheatre.com:

  1. A one-page cover letter articulating their interest in the residency, how it would benefit both the artist and the host theatre and why the Tarragon Theatre is an ideal environment for this phase of the artist’s development.
  2. A CV or resume detailing their training and artistic work.
  3. A one- to two-page residency proposal. This could take the form of a timeline detailing how the 20 weeks might be spent; proposals regarding the artist’s interests and development goals, and how they might be achieved; writing or design samples/proposals, etc.
  4. Two letters of reference from Canadian theatre professionals.

Deadline: Check back for an updated application deadline at a later date

Short-listed applicants may be asked to submit further materials and participate in a phone interview. Finalists may be asked to attend in-person interviews.

2019/20 Residency:

The Urjo Kareda Resident for 2019/20 is Eva Barrie.

Tarragon Theatre and the Youssef-Warren Foundation are excited to announce the Urjo Kareda Resident for 2020/21 is Makambe K. Simamba