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What’s On (Edmonton):The Visit – Advanced Acting Show 2015 – Ross Sheppard High School

12250139_1026536224065496_42711295970652525_nThis week only, join the students of Ross Sheppard High School’s Advanced Acting class as they perform The Visit, a 1956 German Tragicomedy written by Friedrich Dürrenmattis.

In The Visit, an enormously wealthy older woman who returns to her poverty stricken former hometown with a dreadful bargain: she wants the townspeople to kill her ex-lover who abandoned her in exchange for enough money to revitalize the town.

Performances will take place in the Ross Sheppard Black Box Theatre 
Evening: Tuesday November 24 – Saturday Nov 28 at 7:30 pm 
Matinee: Saturday November 28 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are available for advanced purchase at the Ross Sheppard Finance Office (call school for hours), or at the door. Cost is $12 for students and seniors $15 for adults.

Job (Calgary): Casting Director – Six Degrees Music and Productions

Job Title: Casting Director
Employer: Six Degrees Music & Productions
Relevant Work Experience: 1 to 2 years in a related field
Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree / College Diploma
Deadline to apply: January 1, 2016


Six Degrees Music and Productions is a Calgary based audio house dedicated to producing high quality music and sound for commercials, television and film. We are looking to fill a position for a full-time Casting Director, for both on-camera and voice-over work.


The ideal candidate must have exceptionally strong organizational skills, and a true passion for voice-over, theatre, advertising, music, radio, and film/television. The candidate must be a career minded individual with the ambition to market and grow the casting department. The role requires a team player with excellent communication skills, and the ability to work on a team, as well as autonomously. The candidate must possess the skills needed to multi-task a variety of projects and prioritize workflow. We are looking for someone to foster strong relationships with talent, agents, agencies and production companies. The candidate must be interested in using out-of-the-box methods to find new talent, as well as new casting opportunities. The candidate will direct auditions and organize open-casting calls. They must be comfortable communicating with talent in studio. This role is unique, as it requires someone with organizational abilities, as well as the ability to direct talent. Candidate must be willing to work occasional evenings / weekends. This role will often surpass the commitment of a 9-5 job.

Some of the responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

– Casting (casting breakdowns, audition assembly and auditioning talent)
– ACTRA management (includes all quoting, contracts, paperwork and payments)
– Session Scheduling (includes booking studio time as well as talent)
– Talent Coordination (coordinating talent, studio and session details)
– Talent Direction (Coordinate auditions, direct some auditions)
– Rate negotiation (includes ACTRA and non-ACTRA member)
– Talent Workshops – skill development sessions for local talent.
– Social Media – must maintain a social media presence through Twitter and a Casting blog


– Technically proficient
– ability to transfer files, maintain online databases, etc.
– Experienced in Excel (re: creating budget spreadsheets, ACTRA talent payment services)
– Project Management skills
– Ability to pay strong attention to detail
– Ability to deal with clients in a professional and flexible manner
– Strong organizational skills with ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
– Familiarity with advertising and the TV/film Industry
– Ability to collaborate with others and strong communication skills

Interested applicants, please contact Andrea Wettstein at andrea@sixdegrees.ca


Education (Banff): Theatre Production, Design, and Stage Management Practicum Programs – The Banff Centre

TH100211_DSC6073Program Dates: April 4 – September 3, 2016
Application Deadline: December 16, 2015
Learn more + apply: https://goo.gl/fvDFxE


Originally founded by eminent Hungarian designer Lazslo Funtek, for more than 60 years our Theatre practicum programs have trained and mentored thousands of production practitioners who now work at nearly every Canadian opera, dance, and theatre company, including Cirque Du Soleil, the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, the National Theatre School, the National Arts Centre, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Canadian Opera Company. Our alumni can also be found teaching and training at universities and colleges both nationally and internationally.

Practicum programs offer aspiring professionals, with prior training and experience, unique opportunities to enhance their production skills through hands-on learning and one-on-one training with professional production staff from the participant’s chosen field.

What does the program offer?

We offer a range of practicum opportunities in specialisms ranging from stage production to wigs and make up. See our full list of Practicum positions here: https://goo.gl/8kmocF

You will gain practical experience whilst being guided by multiple creative and design teams working simultaneously in opera, dance, theatre, and interdisciplinary performance. This is complemented by a competency-based training approach that identifies and tracks key skills which the industry has identified as necessary to enter the profession.

Your responsibilities are based on your personal needs, goals, and experiences, as well as your interests and abilities. You will have the opportunity to meet with professional directors, designers, and performers throughout the production process.

Who should apply

Participants normally will have completed at least two years of relevant academic training, with related professional experience, or will have experience in a related area of professional performing arts.


Auditions (Edmonton): 2016 Festival General Auditions – Freewill Shakespeare Festival

Freewill Logo copyFreewill Shakespeare Festival 2016: General Auditions

The Freewill Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1989 to satisfy the community need and theatre artist desire for a professional outdoor Shakespeare theatre experience in Edmonton, and has produced 27 seasons of Shakespeare at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park. The Freewill Shakespeare Festival is a registered charitable not-for-profit organization. 

The Freewill Shakespeare Festival hires local Edmonton artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. The Freewill Shakespeare Festival will produce Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labour’s Lost for their 28th Season.

General auditions will be held on Saturday December 19th, 2015 at Grant MacEwan University, Jasper Place Campus, from 10:00 AM to 3:00PM in the LAB (Room 189). 

Actors who have worked for the FSF in the past eight years under the direction of Marianne Copithorne need not request an audition, but can send a note of interest instead.  There is also specific interest in seeing actors for the roles of Romeo and Juliet. 

If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Artistic Director Marianne Copithorne at ad@freewillshakespeare.com.


Job (Fort McMurray): Production Manager/Technical Director – Keyano Theatre

Multiple-houseKeyano Theatre in Fort McMurray, Alberta is looking for an awesome person to become our next Production Manager. We are BOTH a road house with a concert series and rental events, as well as a producing house with four to six plays produced locally by our crew.

This position plans, coordinates, monitors and executes the community drama series productions in the Theatre & Arts Centre overseeing a staff of four full time technicians, 3-5 casual employees/contractors, students, and volunteers. This position also acts as Technical Director for the drama series. As such a strong competency in many technical areas is required with emphasis on carpentry and construction planning. This position works as a team player with the Facility Production Manager and the Director of the Theatre & Arts Centre to review policies and procedures and resolve concerns. The Production Manager is the budget manager for all Keyano Theatre Company budgets. This position works as a point of contact for many functions. The Production Manager works closely with the artistic staff to organize all production elements. The Production Manager is key to ensuring the artistic quality and integrity are maintained as required for each production. This position occasionally works an irregular work week including weekend and evening shifts.

Required Qualifications

•Technical Theatre diploma from an accredited institution.
•Minimum 2 year Technical Theatre Diploma.
•Minimum five years’ experience in theatre production management and technical direction.
•A good understanding and knowledge of theatre operations, community/educational theatre, and the safety procedures essential to a well-managed theatre are a must.
•Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
•Occasional physical work is required, including but not limited to: lifting heavy weights (working the fly/loading rail), awkward positions, climbing ladders, Aerial lifts and working at heights.
•Good communication skills, the desire to work in a strong team setting.
•Valid Class 5 Driver’s License is required for the position.

Candidates with a combination of education, experience, and training acceptable to the college will also be considered.

Advertised Salary: $84,365.44/annum. This is inclusive of the Regional Living Allowance of $1040.00 per month (subject to review) and includes a comprehensive health and benefit package.

The position will remain open until filled, however applicants will be reviewed beginning November 30, 2015. Apply on our website at http://careers.keyano.ca/postings/646

Auditions (Calgary): General Auditions January 11 & 12, 2016 – Alberta Theatre Projects

ATP_logo_ADJ_CMYK_BlkTXTAlberta Theatre Projects is holding General Auditions Monday January 11 & Tuesday January 12, 2016

General Auditions are an opportunity for actors with previous theatre experience to introduce themselves and their work to the artistic team at Alberta Theatre Projects, and a chance for the artistic team at ATP to meet actors who are new to them. We encourage actors from all cultures, races, ethnicities, and gender identities, mental and physical abilities to apply for a General Audition.

Actors must be available to audition in Calgary. No video submissions will be accepted.

We invite actors to prepare a Musical or Non-Musical General Audition:

Musical General Audition: (no more than 5 minutes total in length)

– Prepare one contemporary monologue written by a Canadian playwright.
– Prepare one song that you feel best demonstrates your vocal range (an accompanist is available, or if you play an instrument you can choose to accompany yourself).

Non-Musical General Audition: (no more than 5 minutes total in length)

– Prepare two contrasting monologues from the contemporary repertoire. At least one should be written by a Canadian playwright.

To apply for a General Audition please submit the following materials on or before December 16, 2015:

– your brief cover letter that expresses your interest in our work at ATP
– your current headshot photograph
– your c.v. that details your theatre experience

Please indicate whether you are submitting for a MUSICAL or NON-MUSICAL audition, and if you require an accompanist or will play an instrument.

Please send all materials via email to Laurel Green, Artistic Associate at lgreen@ATPlive.com using the subject header “General Auditions Musical or Non-Musical (please choose one) 2016.

Only those actors selected for a General Audition will be contacted to schedule an audition time to be seen by ATP’s Producer Dianne Goodman and Artistic Associate Laurel Green.

Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls.

CAEA members: please bring your membership card to the audition.

About Alberta Theatre Projects

Our aim is a world where hearts and minds are opened by the life-changing experience of theatre. We create community by producing relevant, high-quality contemporary theatre; by playing a leadership role in the development and creation of new Canadian plays; and by bringing audience and artists together in an exchange around our work.



What’s On (Edmonton): Play Reading at the Script Salon – PGC, APN, Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Script-SalonChristmas is a time for family and family disfunction in December’s comedic SCRIPT SALON

On Sunday, December 6, SCRIPT SALON presents a heart warming and hilarious Christmas visit with an eccentric blended family in Reed McColm’s TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THE STORY: For Christmas this year, Max and Audrey Frobisher are welcoming home all their near-adult children — her two sons, and his three daughters. It will be the first time the entire clan will be together since the couple’s wedding seven years ago. Along with a now-ex girlfriend, and an unexpected fiancé, everyone brings surprise agendas and scores to settle. There’s no place like home for the holidays.

The play is read by Garett Ross, Davina Stewart, Luc Tellier, Ellie Heath, Kristi Hansen, Mat Busby, Jenna Dykes-Busby, Daniel Greenaways and Bridget Lyne.

WHEN: Sunday December 6 at 7:30

WHERE: The Upper Arts Space at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Avenue).

Admission is free however donations are accepted. Refreshments will be provided. Parking is free.

After the reading the audience is encouraged to ask questions and provide commentary directly to the playwright.

SCRIPT SALON is sponsored and supported by the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Alberta Playwrights Network and Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

More information available here.

Call for Nominations (Edmonton): St. Albert Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards – City of St. Albert

MayorsCelebrationOfTheArts-BannerNominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards

The Mayor’s Arts Awards serve to emphasize the importance of the arts to the community of St. Albert and to honour and acknowledge those individuals, groups and businesses that have raised St. Albert’s profile on the artistic map of Canada.

Award Categories:

  • Arts Leadership
  • Community Arts Group
  • Corporate Patron of the Arts
  • Emerging Artist
  • Established Artist
  • Excellence in Arts Teaching
  • Youth Artist
  • Lifetime Achievement in the Arts

Nominations close: Friday, November 27, 2015

Online nomination forms are availale at Mayor’s Arts Awards.

News (Calgary): Martin Bragg Joins ACG – Arts Consulting Group, Inc

martinbraggArts & Culture Industry Expert Martin Bragg Joins Arts Consulting Group

Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG), the leading provider of hands-on management consulting services to the arts and culture industry, today announced that industry veteran Martin Bragg will join the firm effective December 1, 2015 as senior vice president at Arts Consulting Group Canada, Ltd. Based in ACG’s Calgary office, Mr. Bragg will lead the firm’s Canadian subsidiary in partnership with ACG President Bruce D. Thibodeau and the ACG senior vice presidents throughout North America.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Bragg has wide-ranging experience in presenting, producing, and managing large cultural organizations. His executive leadership expertise includes positions as executive director at Alberta Ballet and the School of Alberta Ballet; executive and artistic director positions at the Canadian Stage Company; executive director at Vancouver Playhouse; and vice president, vice commissioner, and producer for the Canadian Pavilion and the Expo ’92 nightly closing production.

In making the announcement, ACG President Bruce D. Thibodeau said, “It is an honour to welcome Martin Bragg to ACG. As he joins the ACG team, we position the firm’s full suite of services to strengthen cultural organizations, universities, government agencies, and other creative industries throughout Canada. Mr. Bragg is tremendously respected in North America and is an industry veteran who will offer the field a wealth of knowledge and insight to successfully navigate the process of increasing community impacts for many years to come.”

Read more at ACG.

What’s On (Edmonton): She Loves Me – Foote In The Door Productions

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Presented by Foote In The Door Productions


She Loves Me is a charming, family friendly musical based on an adaptation of the play “Parfumerie”. The plot revolves around Budapest parfume shop employees Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other’s secret pen pal met through lonely-hearts ads.

  • When: November 20 – 28, 2015
  • Where: Campus St. Jean Auditorium (8406 – 91 St.)
  • Price: $27 adults, $22 students/seniors.
  • Tickets: Call 780-420-1757 or go online to; tixonthesquare.ca

What’s On (Edmonton): The Late Night Cabaret – Snowed In – Fringe Theatre Adventures, Rapid Fire Theatre, Catch the Keys Productions

The Late Night Cabaret – Snowed In

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Doors: 7 PM
North Pole Beer Tent: 7 PM – 12 AM (Lobby)
Show: 9 PM (Westbury Theatre)

For one night only, the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival comes indoors! Fringe Theatre Adventures, Rapid Fire Theatre and Catch the Keys Productions present the Late Night Cabaret – Snowed In!

Join us for the musically charged variety show, a Fringe Festival tradition, featuring local Edmonton artists, and special guests and warm up in the North Pole Beer Tent in the Lobby of the ATB Financial Arts Barns!

Get out of the cold and experience a taste of the Fringe!

Tickets: $20 (includes GST & Service Charge) Click here to purchase!


Announcement (Calgary): 2016 High Performance Rodeo Line Up – One Yellow Rabbit

HbC-Promo Image #1 Credit John LauenerThe 30th Annual High Performance Rodeo Program Guide Available Now!

One of the listings in High Performance Rodeo’s Program Guide is HAIRCUTS BY CHILDREN, co-presented with Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre and created by Mammalian Diving Reflex out of Toronto, Canada (January 30 & 31). 

To get a sneak peak at their style of presentation, register for our Rocky Mountain Series master class Compelling Telling: Imaginative Interventions in Public Spaces. The workshop was requested by Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre and is hosted by Mammalian Diving Reflex at the Banff Centre. This is a great opportunity to understand this socially-minded, playful, and engaging style of theatre. Registration closes today!

The High Performance Rodeo is Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts. Encompassing theatre, music, dance, comedy and interdisciplinary art, the High Performance Rodeo is the largest event of its kind in western Canada.

For four weeks in January, local, national and international performers converge on Calgary to share many of their award winning performances.

The line up for the 2016 High Performance Rodeo has been announced! Visit the HPR website for complete listings, here

Call for Proposals (Edmonton): The Life and Work of Michael Green – Metro Cinema & Theatre Alberta

michaelgreenA Celebration of the Life and Work of Michael Green, co-founder and co-artistic director of Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre.

Michael Green was a force in Canadian theatre; co-founder and co-artistic director of Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre, co-founder and curator of the High Performance Rodeo, and producer of both the Calgary 2012 Cultural Capital of Canada initiative and of Making Treaty 7, a legacy of that initiative. On February 10, 2015, Green and three other acclaimed artists – Kainai elder and filmmaker Narcisse Blood, Michele Sereda of Regina’s Curtain Razors Theatre, and Regina multidisciplinary artist Lucy Morin-Desjarlais – were on their way to work with students at a Saskatchewan reserve. All four were killed in a car accident.

To honour Michael’s impact on the Edmonton arts community, Metro Cinema and Theatre Alberta are preparing an evening of tributes and performances on Monday, February 8th, at the Garneau Theatre in Edmonton. We welcome submissions and suggestions from all artists, in all disciplines, who would like to participate.

To submit a proposal for a performance, visual art component or written work inspired by or celebrating Michael Green, please include a one-paragraph biography of yourself or your organization, and a one-paragraph description of what you would like to contribute. If you wish to be involved, and would volunteer to be a part of a work initiated by another individual, simply send a brief biography.

All proceeds from the Celebration will go to support the work of Making Treaty 7 and One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre.

Submissions may be sent to:

Pamela Anthony via email at pamela.i.anthony@gmail.com or by phone 780.425.9212.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2015.

What’s On (Edmonton & Calgary): The Nutcracker (in a Nutshell) – Soulocentric

Natalka Lewis in The Nutcracker (in a Nutshell). Photo by Ben LairdThe Nutcracker (in a Nutshell) for Kids 0-6 plays in Edmonton and Calgary

Nutcracker (in a Nutshell) takes children through the classic ballet The Nutcracker in just 30 minutes. Set to Tchaikovsky’s music, The Nutcracker Prince, Rat King, Snow Queen, Sugar Plum and all her friends make an appearance. Make Christmas crafts before the show. Waltz of the flowers interactive character dance and creativity workshop follow the performance.

Nutcracker (in a Nutshell) is part of Soulocentric’s Bach Tots program which choreographs performances specifically for children ages 0-6 and introduces them to classical and contemporary dance, visual storytelling, music and the performing arts through short live performances.

  • Best suited for ages 0-6 but all ages welcome!
  • Event duration approx. 45 minutes.
  • Dec 2, 3, 4, 19 & 20 – Calgary – Various locations and times.
  • Dec 9 & 10 – Cochrane – Cochrane Ranchhouse Theatre.
  • Dec 13 – Edmonton – PCL Studio in the Arts Barn

Please check our website for full details!

Workshop (Calgary): Summer Lab Intensive – One Yellow Rabbit


This unconventional three-week masterclass welcomes actors, writers, directors, dancers, and other artists with advanced study, who are interested in performance based creation practice.

The Summer Lab Intensive is led by OYR Artistic Associate, Denise Clarke C.M., who guides artists through a series of investigations, exercises and techniques utilized by the award-winning OYR Ensemble. Playwright and director Blake Brooker C.M., and visual artist Chris Cran join Denise to lead sessions focused on text and visual aesthetic, and invited guest artists perform small excerpts and lead discussions on creative practice and technique. The process aims to fascinate, motivate and initiate the artist’s creative abilities – the experience is about transformation.

When: 20th – July 10th, 2016.

Where: Big Secret Theatre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2016.

For more information: oyr.org