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Space Needed (Edmonton): Accomodations/Billet – Edmonton Fringe Touring Production

A picture from our piece Hospital, making it's Canadian premiere at Edmonton Fringe

A picture from our piece Hospital, making it’s Canadian premiere at Edmonton Fringe

Hi! My theatrical partner and myself are looking for places to stay over the fringe festival. We are artists in the festival but so far the festival has been unable to find us a billet and we need a place to stay! I am a 27 year old female named Sarah and my partner is a 29 year old male named Robin. We very much would like a place to stay in your city! Please contact me at silliatovitchgoldman@gmail.com - thank you!


Workshop (Banff): Paddy Crean Stage Combat Workshop: Heroes and Monsters – The Banff Centre

Image courtesy of The Banff Centre

Image courtesy of The Banff Centre

Paddy Crean Stage Combat Workshop: Heroes and Monsters

Dates: December 29, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Register by: November 19, 2014

Instructors: Daniel Ford Beavis, Scott Witt

About the Paddy Crean Stage Combat Workshop

This workshop is an opportunity for master teachers, researchers, and movement artists to get together and share in the wealth of knowledge that is found in historical and theatrical fighting techniques, from all around the world. We welcome everyone from beginners to experts, enthusiasts of stage combat, historical martial arts, stunt work and the theatrical movement industry to join us and participate in the classes and lectures offered by our instructors.

As time goes by it is easy to forget where a lot of our shared heritage comes from. In the areas of historical martial arts, movement studies, stage combat, fight direction and stunts, we are all going through a huge boom in research and development and in turn our various areas of study are finding a wonderful renaissance. This year we celebrate our 8th trip to The Banff Centre with a theme called: Heroes and Monsters!  

This year we are focusing our energy for this workshop on the synergy between historical work and the way in which they interface with and have a working relationship with the stunt and theatrical community. As more and more film and stage work pushes human boundaries into the supernatural, it seems appropriate to explore the physical and creative limits of heroes and monsters and blend them with historically accurate fighting techniques.

For an example of the format of this year’s Workshop, see the 2012/2013 Paddy Crean Stage Combat Workshop schedule.

Participants should plan to arrive in Banff on Sunday, December 28, 2014, and depart on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Call for Submissions (National): Canadian Playwrights – 2015 Banff Playwrights Colony

Participants in the 2014 Banff Playwrights Colony. Image courtesy of The Banff Centre

Participants in the 2014 Banff Playwrights Colony. Image courtesy of The Banff Centre

Banff Playwrights Colony

Dates: April 2 – 21, 2015
Apply by: September 17, 2014

“The Banff Playwrights Colony is an incredible gift for a writer…the gift of time, care, support, camaraderie, and above all a space of your own to confront and explore your work with an intensity we cannot manage at home. To dive deep and know you will emerge for air among friends.”
Mieko Ouchi

About The Banff Playwrights Colony

The Playwrights Colony has since 1974 offered Canadian playwrights a powerful and inspiring environment to work on their plays amidst the natural environment of The Banff Centre while surrounded by performing artists from across Canada and around the world.

Each year The Colony addresses a broad theme and invites playwrights to consider it when making their application. In 2015 The Colony will explore playwright-driven interdisciplinary works.

The Colony is committed to hosting a dynamic conversation about storytelling and contemporary theatre during each creative residency and invites all accepted participants to push Canadian theatre into the future. The Colony seeks artists who are asking questions about our society, who are challenging form, who are taking risks, and seeking a safe place where they can take their play to unsafe places they could otherwise not reach.

For more information and to apply please visit: http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1518

Auditions (Calgary): HALO – Fire Exit Theatre


Written by Josh MacDonald and directed by Mark Lewandowski

Audition Dates: Tuesday July 29th 5:00-9:00 pm

Audition Location: Alberta Bible College – 635 Northmount Dr. NW

PLEASE PREPARE: One (1) 60-second contemporary, comedic monologue. For the role of Donald, please have a dramatic monologue. You may be asked to cold read.

All characters need to be able to sing at least a melody line.

BOOK YOUR AUDITION with val@fireexit.ca

Play Summary: When an image of Jesus appears on the side of a Tim Hortons restaurant in Nately, Nova Scotia, life is forever changed. The town’s inhabitants are challenged to ask difficult questions about faith, life and love with sometimes moving, sometimes hilarious results. Complicating the matter, of course, are the more mundane questions of whether this appearance is a miracle, an accident, or quite possibly even a hoax.

At the centre of this wickedly entertaining play resides the more existential and personal question of what has happened to our notion of meaning and ethics in the strip-mall culture of concrete and crass competition which has replaced a more pastoral and rural life of care for the earth, the cycle of the seasons and its festivals, and the blessings of renewal in the family. Has religion lost the ability to mediate these two conditions, or did it ever really have that power?

Character Breakdown:

CASEY: Female in her late teens
Stuck in a dead end job in Nately, NS and wants to get out.
Cynical with a tough exterior
Opinionated, passionate, and outspoken
Smart and very witty
Think Ellen Page in Juno
No belief in religion, a very questioning faith in God
Will need to kiss Jansen

JJ: Priest in his 30′s
Liberal and progressive stuck in a very conservative congregation
Very pop-culture savvy
Witty and intelligent
Has long hair

JANSEN: Male in his late teens
Boyfriend of Casey
A hockey player, always working out
Earnest but a big dumb
Quite religious but has a very naïve faith
Loves Casey
Will need to kiss Casey
Is not a stereotype

DONALD: Tree farmer in his 50s
Daughter in coma
Has let himself go taking care of his daughter for over a year
Has a great but simple faith

LIZZY: Female in her 20s
A local girl who has moved to the big city and is now “citified “
A writer who is now in advertising and hates her job
Feels guilty for the accident that put her sister into a coma
Feels she is losing her faith
Script says she has braces (actor may be asked to have temporary braces put on)

MALE SWING: Plays various characters including
Fat Bob (owner of doughnut shop who believes God rewards him monetarily)
Nat (member of Christian folk duo)
Versatile comedic actor who can still be real
Needs to sing well

FEMALE SWING: Plays various characters including
Mimi Myers (self-important CBC reporter)
Fanny (member of Christian folk duo)
Versatile comedic actor who can still be real
Needs to sing well

Show Dates: October 8th-12th, 2014 (6 performances) at the Engineered Air Theatre, Epcor Centre for Performing Arts
Tech Rehearsals: October 4th-7th
Rehearsals: TBA

Fire Exit Theatre is a not-for-profit semi-professional theatre company. We operate primarily with a volunteer base. As such, your time and talent will be considered volunteer.


Job (Calgary): Drama Teacher – Elementary/Middle Schools – Young Actors Project

Young Actors Project graduation sticker!

Young Actors Project graduation sticker!

The Young Actors Project is expanding its successful youth drama program into Alberta, and is seeking a qualified drama teacher to run acting workshops in Elementary and Middle Schools throughout the Calgary region. This is part-time contract work with the potential of it developing into full time. Workshops run during school hours 9am-3pm – right in kids’ classrooms at school. Pay is $165/day – which involves running 3 90-minute workshops for kids in grades K-8.
The qualified individual should have a strong drama background and love working with kids – as well as be confident enough to keep up to 30 kids focused, engaged, in-line, and having fun. The right candidate will also have a clean criminal record check. A reliable car is also beneficial.
The workshop consists of a set program of 3 different workshops. Lesson plans and materials will be provided.
Please email Robert Randall -
– with letter and resume. Please check our website to see what we’re all about.
YAP has been running for 8 years in BC (Vancouver/Kelowna/Victoria), and has grown every year. Last year YAP gave over 23,000 kids in BC a positive introduction to the art of acting right in their classrooms at school. This is a fun and rewarding job. Please contact me if you are interested in helping bring this program into Calgary.

Summer Camp (Strathcona County): Camp Spotlight – OverActing Imaginations

Screen-Shot-2014-03-04-at-2.00.55-PMCamp spotlight is a weekend long, overnight drama camp for ages 13 and up (going into grades 7-12 (and summer after graduation). This year Camp Spotlight will be held inside the main building at the Strathcona Wilderness center August 22-24, 2014.

Workshops will include ‘Blood and Gore and Scabs make-up’ (Theatre Garage), Improv, Stage Combat (Alex Mackie), Character Creation and Dialect. We will also continue our tradition of attending the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, see an indoor show, taking in some street performers, festival food and a quick welcome and ‘What is Fringe’ from the festivals Program Director Murray Utas.

Yes that’s right, you don’t need to mail us anything. You can register at www.overacting.ca (use the camp tab) We suggest registering quickly and letting your friends know that they should come too!

Registration closes August 12, but space is limited.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Jennifer Peebles

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Job (Red Deer): Production/Volunteer Manager – Central Alberta Theatre (CAT)


Central Alberta Theatre (CAT), an active, volunteer-based community theatre group requires an energetic, people-oriented and organized person to oversee productions and engage with our volunteers.

The successful candidate will have strong organizational, communication, computer and marketing skills, will be a good problem solver and leader, and will show fiscal aptitude.

• Produce CAT productions (5 shows plus a festival, annually)
• Liasse with Associate Producer and volunteers for each show
• Order scripts and secure royalties
• Prepare budgets accordingly
• Prepare and conduct marketing
• Manage volunteer database (MS Access)
• Organize new member orientation and volunteer recruitment

This is a contract position, approximately 15-20 hours per week, active from mid-August through to June 2015. Negotiation to extend contract will be considered.

Salary commensurate with experience and education.

DEADLINE for submission: August 30, 2014

Job (Edmonton Area) Seamstress & Costume Designer, Part-time – Odd-Lot Puppetry Co.

odd-lot-logoJob Information
Organization Name: The Odd-Lot Puppetry Co
Location: St. Albert AB
Job Description: Seamstress/Costume Designer, Part-time
Contract Period: August 4th- August 15th (with potential for on-going)


The Odd-Lot puppetry Co. is seeking a part-time seamstress and costume designer to assist with the construction of their fall production, Albert’s Afraid, Presented by Brendan Boyd with support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

We are looking for a quick thinking, creative individual with an open mind and a good sense of humour.

Responsibilities will include patterning and construction of light weight costuming for puppet characters of various sizes, as well as assisting with the creation of unique disguise/masking and covers for controls, mechanisms and puppeteers.


Must be skilled in sewing, patterning and working with unusual materials.
Background in theatre, doll making or puppet construction an asset.

How to Apply:
Please send resume and portfolio to info@oddlotpuppetry.com . Feel free to include a small blurb telling us a bit about yourself and your work experience

Remuneration: Non-union paid contract, based on experience and availability.

Contact Information:
Name: Admin team, The Odd-Lot Puppetry Co.

Email Address: info@oddlotpuppetry.com

Phone Number: 587-778-5633

Suite A, #70 161 Liberton Drive
St Albert AB
T8N 6A7

Class (Edmonton) : Intro Film Acting – Freedom Tech Production



“HURRY UP AND WAIT” will be one of the things you will learn from this class, at the end of the session you will walk away knowing how to:

- Effectively camera slate.
– Effectively audition for a commercial.
– Explore iconic characters via the monologue.
– Explore crew positions.
– Explore production values. Smoke, foley, special FX’s and sets, “Oh my!”

We will also look at:
– Developing a character
– Two shots
– Group shots

Call for Submissions (National): Uprising Playwriting Competition – Downstage

Downstage-Plain-SmallDownstage and the Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary are proud to announce the sixth annual Uprising National Playwriting Competition: Peace, Politics and Society. This competition celebrates playwrights whose work dynamically engages with social and political issues and/or promotes peace, social justice and human rights.

Founded in 2006, the Canadian Peace Play Competition awarded prizes to three playwrights from across the country, before partnering with Downstage in 2009 to become the Uprising National Playwriting Competition. In addition to the competition, Downstage reviews all submitted work in order to gain exposure to new politically and socially-engaged material for consideration for their future seasons.

Submissions must be received by September 29, 2014 in order to be considered for this year’s competition.

The Uprising National Playwriting Competition invites stimulating new works which explore socially and politically charged themes and/or promote peace, justice and human rights.

1st Place Award: $1000, and a public staged reading Friday, December 12, 2014. Included will be a two-day workshop prior to the reading as well as reimbursement of the playwright for travel costs to and from Calgary.

2nd Place Award: $250

*Please see the attached .pdf for full contest rules & entry form.

News (Edmonton): Workshop West announces 2014-2015 season


The Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre Board of Directors and Artistic Committee are very pleased to announce our 2014 – 2015 Season

The Maggie-Now Cycle of Plays – Parts One, Two and Three | Fringe Theatre Adventures presents the Prosperous Paddies in association with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and Theatre Prospero | November 14 – 22, 2014 | written by Jennifer Spencer, adapted from the novel by Betty Smith | ATB Financial Arts Barns – Westbury Theatre -10330 84 Avenue

The Canoe Theatre Festival 2015 | January 28 – February 1, 2015 | ATB Financial Arts Barns – Westbury Theatre & PCL Theatre -10330 84 Avenue

The Laws of Thermodynamics by Cat Walsh | Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre presents Theatre Yes | February 5 – 15, 2015 | ATB Financial Arts Barns – Westbury Theatre -10330 84 Avenue

Artstrek Memory: “2011″ – Catriona

Catriona: This year will be my fourth year attending Artstrek (YES!!) I have gone to You Can’t Take it With You, Romeo and Juliet, and finally Fiddler on the Roof and soon Unity (1918). I want people to know that I was one so shy that I would never let a stranger even shake my hand let alone hug me, now I will basically hug anyone. I literally get bribed with hugs now.

I remember my first year of Artstrek and at the time I was shy and terrified. The first person I met is now my best friend. I have never been so close to someone at my school. Artstrek gives you this bond with everyone and you all have a sense of understanding and even though we can barely know everyone you all are friends and will be there when you need a friend. It’s given me the confidence to let people in more. I have the confidence to go to go into school and be me. 

I love how I have met so many amazing people. I still talk to people I haven’t seen since the first year! Its amazing how close of friends we make all in one week.

Cooling off during the dance

Cooling off during the dance

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Artist In Residence – Catalyst Theatre

CatalystAiRCall For Submissions 2014/15: Artist In Residence

Creation Residency Opportunity
For Edmonton based theatre creators

Submission deadline: August 1st, 2014
Catalyst Theatre invites submissions for an Artist in Residence project during the 2014-2015 season.

What Catalyst is looking for:
Our purpose is to support an artist or independent company in the research and development of a new work while providing observational access to our own process to whatever extent is of value to the artist. We welcome proposals of work at any stage of development, from work in the earliest phases of research and development to work that has already been produced and requires a second development phase.

The project may be submitted by a lead creator or by an ensemble.

What Catalyst will provide
• Up to six weeks in total of venue access, to be scheduled in discussion with the artist, without technical support (except as covered by the budget provided below).
• $3,000 for any combination of crew or production research costs that serves the needs of the project.
• The artist in residence and any of their project colleagues will have open access to Catalyst rehearsals (for Vigilante) and production meetings.

The selected artist(s) should expect:
• To engage with Catalyst Theatre’s core creative and management team in a mutually curious, supportive, and reflective relationship
• To participate in regularly scheduled monthly meetings with Catalyst’s Artistic Director and/or Managing Producer
• To bring their own production resources to the residency as required, in addition to what Catalyst provides
• To make a commitment to completing the project as agreed
• To provide a work in process showing, demonstration or presentation of residency research, for an invited audience.

Who is eligible to apply?
• Individual artists and existing ensembles.
• Preference will be given to Edmonton based lead artists

Submission deadline:
• 5 p.m. Friday, August 1, 2014
The Artist in Residence selection will be confirmed no later than September 1st.

Available Dates:
• Please submit a proposal including requested dates. The maximum six-week total may be distributed in any way that works for your project. The following dates are available:
• September 1 to 10 and September 20 to 27, 2014;
• January 2 to 17, 2015;
• March 3 to April 22, 2015.

Submission requirements:
• Name, email, telephone number and CV of creative director/principle applicant
• An overview of the project and a statement of what you wish to research and/or develop during your residency and how you anticipate this will have an impact on the work.
• Bios for any other key creative partners and a brief description of the role you envision for each of them in the process
• A requested schedule of space use (taking availability into account)
• An outline of how you would use the $3000 budget (Please note that time anticipated use venue lighting and sound equipment requires a technician at $22/hour. Alternative sound equipment may be used without technical support).

Electronic submissions only, sent to Eva Cairns, eva@catalysttheatre.ca

Questions about what we are looking for or the suitability of a project you might submit? Up until July 19th you can email or call for more information: Eva Cairns, Managing Producer, Catalyst Theatre, eva@catalysttheatre.ca or at (780) 431-1750.

Audition (Edmonton): The Mothers by Nicole Moeller – SkirtsAfire 2015

Skirts AfireAudition day 1: 07/21/2014
City: Edmonton
Artistic Director or casting person in attendance: Glenda Stirling
Deadline to submit: 07/11/2014
Email applications to: glenda@glendastirling.com
Contact name: Glenda Stirling
Contact email: glenda@glendastirling.com
Contact phone: 403-829-7428
Engager website: www.skirtsafire.wordpress.com
Link to detailed casting information: n/a
Agreement: ITA

Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement: SkirtsAfire
encourages submissions from people of all ethnicities and cultural

Additional information:

“The Mothers” is a one woman play written by Nicole Moeller, getting its
world premiere at SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival 2015. It takes place in
the bedroom of a mother’s teenage son who is in jail for bringing a gun
to school and killing one of his peers 3 weeks before graduation. His
room is packed up in boxes, which the Mother unpacks as she grapples
with her own guilt, her need to hold onto who she thought her son was,
discover meaning in her own life and to find answers to why he committed
the sensational crime that has turned her life upside down.

SkirtsAfire is a multi-disciplinary Arts Festival that features the work
of women. 2015 is the third year of the Festival and the first to
premiere a new play. Each year SkirtsAfire develops new plays written by
women in partnership with the Alberta Playwright’s Network. 4 plays are
chosen through a submission process for dramaturgy and development with
a sneak peak reading in “The Peep Show” during the Festival. Plays
further in their development get a staged reading and each year
SkirtsAfire will now premiere a play ready for full production. For
2015, this will be “The Mothers”

ACTOR – Role Description: A 41 year old Mother. Age range could be
between 40 and 50 years old

This production will be a full CAEA contract with 5 weeks for rehearsal
and performance. The actor must be available full time for rehearsals
from February 2 to February 25, and performances February 26 to March 8,
2015. Ideally, this actor is also available for the workshop in
mid-October 2014. Dates TBA

letter of interest, headshot and CV by Monday July 7, 2014. Only those
granted an audition time will be contacted.

Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Equity
members cast in this production will be engaged under an Equity form of
contract. CAEA members: please bring your membership card to the

Deal (Calgary): Avenue Q Industry Night Rates – Stage West Theatre Restaurant




RATED R for strong adult language, mature themes and full puppet nudity. Recommended for adults only.

Named the Best Show on Broadway of 2003 by over 13 publications!

AVENUE Q is a gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

If you would like to organize a few tickets, a table or two, or a group event for “Avenue Q”, please give me a call or send me a note.

Jason MacAskill
Sales and Event Coordinator
(W) 403-616-8916 / (O) 403-243-7077