Artista empowers women aged 16-21 old to tell their own stories, and supports them to bring these stories to the stage. This 15-week, annual program is composed of 15 young participants, three professional artist mentors, and two program directors. Artista participants, mentors, and program directors meet weekly between January and May to share food, engage in discussion, explore storytelling techniques, and collaborate to create theatre, culminating in a public presentation of learning and original work. All activities build independence and confidence in artistic craftsmanship, and offer insight into the diverse facets of Montreal’s theatre industry. Artista’s emerging artists become part of a growing, intergenerational network of artists who support each other throughout their careers, whatever those may be.