Toronto Talent Intensive Celebrates Its Launch

Toronto Talent Intensive Celebrates Its Launch

Prominent Musical Theatre Artists to Travel the Country Educating Youth

Toronto, ON: Alison Smyth and Brent Thiessen, a pair of musical theatre artists, have started a new arts education
company: Toronto Talent Intensive. Along with a faculty that boasts a collection of credits, ranging from current
hits Once and Kinky Boots to major motion pictures, Alison and Brent hope to educate the next generation of
Canadian theatre stars on what it takes to “make it”. They are reaching out to all Canadians by traveling the
country, offering audition-themed workshops.

“Auditioning is a necessity of show business,“ says company co-founder Alison Smyth. “Canada is full of talent,
but success in the entertainment industry takes endless determination and hard work.” Alison knows first hand,
having been in the Canadian companies of big hits like Jersey Boys, Evil Dead: The Musical, and Hairspray.
“We are trying to cultivate and motivate young artists in an effort to enrich Canada’s cultural fingerprint.
Mastering the audition gives the performing artist a stronger chance at furthering their training or career. Our
goal is to visit cities across the country and inspire these budding artists to be confident in their skills. We are
helping to ensure the continued success of the industry and culture in Canada.”

“The ability to be creative in a high-pressure situation, react quickly on your feet, and present confidence is a skill
that extends beyond the audition room right up to the boardrooms of the worlds biggest companies,” says
co-founder Brent Thiessen. “And who better to teach those skills than the people using them everyday. We’ve
built a pretty impressive faculty of artists and educators that go through this on a daily basis. They know what it
takes to succeed because they’re doing it. Whether a participant is just starting out, or has been training for
many years, Toronto Talent Intensive offers professional advice to achieve success.”

For information on the faculty and programs offered visit

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