As members of the media, RTA is in a unique position to make a difference. As a student who joins RTA Public Service, you have the opportunity to volunteer your time and skills to help an individual or group that wouldn’t otherwise be able to access high-end production facilities. You and your fellow students volunteer your time and, in turn, RTA will volunteer any and all gear/facilities needed for the project. It’s an opportunity to give back – it’s good for you, it’s good for the school, but most of all, it’s good for those who are in need.
In our inaugural year, amongst other projects, we worked with the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada – Toronto Chapter to create a music video, and also created an entire PSA campaign for the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians that now runs on multiple TV stations across the country.
In the future, RTA plans to partner with an internationally recognized initiative created right here in Toronto, The Remix Project. Remix was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under-served communities who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education.
RTA Public Service is also working alongside the Theatre Museum Canada to preserve the rich history of the dramatic arts by shooting interviews with some of Canada’s most influential theatrical personalities, such as Gordon Pinsent.
How It Works
The aim of the group is to offer students from all years and streams of RTA an avenue to produce high-quality work alongside local community initiatives and charities. To that end, any student wishing to participate merely needs to complete the online application form. With the information gathered in the form, volunteers will be selected to work on projects based on their skills and interests.
We recognize that with a giving attitude, every situation is an opportunity for success, so RTA Public Service also accepts written pitches to produce work for other deserving organizations.
RTA Public Service’s work recording videos for the Canadian Theatre Museum is a great opportunity for volunteers interested in theatre arts, professional quality on-set audio and video production, as well as lighting for interview scenarios.
The Remix Project starts a new class of students, each with their own creative arts and entrepreneurial interests every 6 months. This allows the potential for a frequent and constant stream of opportunities for our volunteers to work on in conjunction with Remix participants. With past projects including musical recordings, graphic design, illustration, fashion design, videography, photography, writing, publicity, and party promotion (just to name a few), there is no shortage of opportunities for volunteers to offer up their skills and expand them.
For more information contact Yoav Kogan.