Performing Arts Mentorship Program
The Performing Arts Mentorship Program (PAMP) was created to fast-track eager arts industry workers into a career in backstage technical, administrative, and creative work. Sponsored by Skills PEI and CreativePEI, this program provides paid mentorship training down a variety of pathways in the Performing Arts.
Each contract is unique to the skills and interests of the mentee to ensure they get the most out of their experience and will be eligible to continue working in such environments post mentorship. This year Creative PEI has allocated almost 200 weeks of training across the island at Watermark Theatre, The Victoria Playhouse, Harbourfront Theatre, The River Clyde Pageant, King’s Playhouse, The Guild, and more. We were able to allocate 17 contracts, with many of the mentees continuing their work and taking on new contracts with their designated venues.
What’s really exciting for us is to see new performing arts industry workers find a passion in this type of career, and it’s clear that with the help of Skills PEI and this program, that passion will continue to expand throughout our communities and across the island. We’re looking forward to the continued unfolding of this program, and the new opportunities it will bring to PEI.
“I have always been curious about theatre and what it takes behind the scenes to make a production come alive. This contract has allowed me to travel across the island and tour our local theatres which has been a unique opportunity. I have had the pleasure of working with the King’s playhouse where I learned to set up for a live show, and how to operate their sound and light boards during a performance; But my favourite experience so far has been sitting in and watching the actors, playwrights and dramaturges work closely together to bring their scripts to life. The magic of theatre is something special, and I am endlessly grateful that I now get to experience it both on and off stage.”
– Performing Arts Mentorship Program participant Jessie Duarte
Film Skills Development Program
Our new 2022 Film Skills Development Program (FSDP) was put in place to assist production companies hire trainees for Film and/or TV productions. This program helps give residents of Prince Edward Island the opportunity to work in the Film Industry on PEI and receive training on set while being paid. Thanks to a partnership with SkillsPEI and CreativePEI this program was launched this past summer.
We were able to help provide funding on the production of CBC Diggstown Season 4 through Frog Lake Productions III Inc., and this fall for the production of Who’s Yer Father through Real Good Bet Productions Inc., these were the productions to start us off on an exciting path. As a result of the program 48 crew positions were filled.
Stay tuned for when the next round of funding will be available for productions through our Film Skills Development Program.