Education Residency


RISE was founded by Joseph Sevillo to create opportunity and access to underserved communities in Winnipeg by offering a free two-week musical theatre intensive. In its first year, Joseph compiled an incredible faculty of IBPOC professionals who conducted workshops in their chosen fields of expertise for a group of very enthusiastic participants. Classes included Vocal Technique & Performance, Dance, Audition Techniques, Acting Fundamentals & Technique and Script Analysis.

RISE encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, as well as performers with disabilities ages 16 and up to submit, with priority given to IBPOC musical theatre actors.


Date: TBA - Mid to late August, 2023
Location: TBA

Acceptance to this FREE workshop is by online audition submissions.

Submission Deadline: TBA

Submission Requirements:
1) A short video of you singing any song from the musical theatre canon (additional videos of you dancing or performing a monologue in addition to your vocal submission will be
accepted), 30 second to 1 minute monologue, 1 minute of dance choreography or display of technical exercises. YouTube links or Google Drive links preferred.

2) A short written paragraph (140 characters ) of WHY you would like to be a part of this
musical theatre intensive in the body of your email.

Please submit videos and paragraph to :

* Please contact RISEMUSICALTHEATRE@GMAIL.COM if you would like to discuss an alternative way of auditioning.

We encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and performers with disabilities to submit. With priority given to aspiring IBPOC actors.


Joseph Sevillo

Joseph Sevillo is a Filipino Canadian actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, musical theatre teacher and musical creator born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba. He has been a professional musical theatre artist for 23 years and has performed locally at Rainbow Stage, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Theatre For Young People,Winnipeg Studio Theatre, Koba Entertainment, the WSO; and nationally with the Mirvish Company, Drayton Festival, Citadel, Theatre Calgary and The Vancouver Opera.

Joseph has a vision to empower the IBPOC artistic and performing community in Winnipeg to create an avenue for them to tell their stories, hone their skills, and showcase their talents through the art form of Musical Theatre.

He is the co-founder of Broadway Dance Convention, which is a one-day musical theatre intensive focused on singing, dancing, and acting and is the co-creator of Ma-buhay: A New Musical! which is Manitoba’s First All Filipino Musical set to premiere at Rainbow Stage in 2024.

Joseph hopes to lead his community by showing them that bravery and courage is the first step in creating opportunities that will amplify and spotlight our communities.

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