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Mentoring by the Masters

Mentoring by the Masters [colourful text]The Mentoring by the Masters project was developed in 2012 in recognition of Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. The programme allows participants to be taught and trained by senior, accomplished artists and cultural workers over a three-month period. Every year experts in various areas of cultural practice are chosen to mentor participants.  The programme encompasses developmental workshops and mentorship sessions.

For more information on the program for 2019 and to access the application form please click on the link below:

Mentoring by the Masters 2019 Application Guidelines and Form

The significance of knowledge transfer continues to resonate throughout this program, as it allows for meaningful interactions among our accomplished artists and cultural workers as well as our budding professionals in the Cultural Industries. This fosters innovation, creativity and builds upon the cultural attributes, indigenous skills and talents of our citizens all while facilitating the preservation of the intangible legacy of our national icons.‘ Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly.

Featured Mentors of 2019:

Helen Camps – Thearte Arts

Maria Lee – Chinese Folk Art

Shastri Maharaj – Visual Arts

Deborah Moore-Miggins – Tobago Folk Art – Speech Band


Past mentors include:

Zeno Constance
Rodney Ramjit
Krishna Persad
Dr. Kim Johnson
Errol Ince
Earl Lovelace
Lindy Ann Bodden-Rich
Mr. Stephen Derek
Ms . Rudylynn de Four Roberts
Ravindra Nath Maharaj
Lionel Jagessar Snr.
Janice Patricia McLeod
Rosalind Gabriel
Sharon Pitt
Simeon Sandiford
Marina Salandy-Brown
Renee Cummings
Joseph Valley
Narcenio ‘Señor’ Gomez
Winsford Devine
trinidad + tobago film festival
Paul Keens-Douglas
Albert Laveau
Mr. Kenwyn Crichlow
Mr. Glendon Morris
Wendell Manwarren
Felix Edinborough
Eintou Pearl Springer
Dr. Suzanne Burke

Gillian Bishop
Barbara Jenkins
Nancy Herrera
Raymond Choo Kong
Dr. Satnarine Balkaransingh


Areas of Focus to date include:

Theatre Arts
Costume Design and Making for Ramleela
Classical Indian Dance
Writing for Film
Music/ Music Accompaniment
Professional Development in Broadcasting
Children’s Mas
The Enterprise of the Arts
The Pierrot Grenade In and Out of Carnival
Festival Development
Heritage Preservation through Film
Literary Arts
Heritage Architecture Preservation
Professional Development for Visual Arts
Copper Arts
Ifa/ Orisa
Fancy Indian Mas
Aspects of Music Production & the Business of Music
Discovering the Fashion Industry
The Art & Practice of the Story
Contemporary Jewellery Design
Life Writing: Your Story; Your Voice
The Art and Practice of Caribbean Classical Ballet
Self Development through the Theatre Arts
Indian Dance in the Contemporary Caribbean