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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

Audition (Canmore): Female Performer/Singer – Cornerstone Theatre

OCE-Logo-Full-ColourAudition Notice: Cornerstone Theatre, Canmore Alberta
Seeking: 1 female singer
Production Name: Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show
Date production rehearsals/job starts: asap
Date production ends: September 29, 2014

Auditions to be held in Canmore (dates to be confirmed)

Deadline to submit: Friday 25th July 2014
Email applications to: pam@atthecorner.ca
Contact: Pamela Warburton, General Manager
Contact email: pam@atthecorner.ca
Engager website: www.ohcanadaehcanmore.com
Contact phone: 403 609-0004
This is a non-equity production.

Audition requirements:
-1 up-tempo song
-1 ballad song
The songs should showcase a legit and also a pop/belt voice
-Must be able to read music or have an exceptional ear and also capable of singing harmonies
-1 comic monologue 2 min. max
-Need not be dancers, but must have the ability to move well on stage, as there is some choreography
Please bring hardcopies of your resume and headshot to the audition.
Character – Rose-Marie: Based on the Jeanette MacDonald character from the movie Rose-Marie

Additional Information:
This is a contract in the beautiful mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, located just one hour west of Calgary. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show is in its 13th year of production. The show is an all Canadian musical revue celebration of Canada, featuring the music of artists such as Shania Twain, Michael Buble, Paul Anka and Leonard Cohen, to name a few and the characters are based on recognizable Canadian icons. Performers are required to serve food and drink in our purpose built rustic style cabin theatre and must be prepared to obtain ProServe certification in alliance with AGLC (Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission). The show offers an exceptional opportunity for performers who love people, to hone their musical theatre and performing skills, while entertaining our international guests.
Accommodation will be provided.

Audition (Calgary): Season 22 General Auditions for Youth Ages 10 to 17 – Calgary Young People’s Theatre

Audition Sign Up is now OPEN for youth ages 10 to 17! Visit us at www.cypt.ca!

Audition Sign Up is now OPEN for youth ages 10 to 17! Visit us at www.cypt.ca!

It’s that time of year again…

Calgary Young People’s Theatre: Season 22 General Auditions!

Call all young performers ages 10 to 17!
Come on out and audition this September with Calgary Young People’s Theatre!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014

Please call 403-242-7118 x 1 or email cypt@cypt.ca to book your 15 minute audition time!

West Village Theatre: 2007 10 Ave SW- alley entrance

Please prepare a monologue, no longer than 2 minutes in length. Be sure to prepare a monologue that you like, that you can relate to, and that can show off your abilities. You will also be asked to read some sides from the shows. Your audition may include some improvisation and movement. Come prepared to play!
Please bring a resume and picture.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out form and read sides.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 403-242-7118 x 1.

Please note that when cast in a production with CYPT, program fees will be applied. The cost is $460, including a membership fee as CYPT is a not-for-profit organization.

CYPT also has a strong Bursary Program that can assist with this cost. Please speak with CYPT Management for more information or if you have any questions or concerns.


November 2-16, 2014
Various Calgary Public Libraries
Directed by Shandra Gallant
A performance of ballads and odes,
Sonnets, verses and prose.
Scale the heights of haikus
Rhyming couplets we’ll cruise
Where we’ll end up nobody knows!

This is a creation based process where actors cast will have an active hand in creating the script for the play. This show tours to various libraries all over the city and rehearses out of the Shaganappi Public Library on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons starting early September 2014.

Inspired by The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Directed by Kristin Eveleigh
November 20-29, 2014
West Village Theatre

Whatever happened to Ichabod Crane?
You know the legend, now discover the truth.
Ten years after his mysterious disappearance, seemingly at the hands of the feared Headless Horseman, a young and idealistic New York City detective descends on the town of Sleepy Hollow to find the truth. What he finds is a community in shambles, where rumours and insidious theories run wild, and a formidable yet unseen force committed to keeping the secret of Ichabod Crane buried forever. Join us on the adventure this November, but be warned, the journey to Sleepy Hollow is a dangerous one. Where the sun dies…hell is waiting.

Rehearsals begin early September 2014 and are Wednesday evenings and Saturday days at the Unitarian Church of Calgary.
This production will be scored live by the Zombie Sailor Moon Band.

Written and Directed by Jamie Dunsdon
March 5-14, 2015
West Village Theatre

In a cottage in the English countryside lives a boy. Hidden away by his own family, the world has long since forgotten he exists until one day he meets a young girl, who learns the truth: he is a Prince of England… and that’s not his biggest secret.
Based on a true story.

Rehearsals for the Lost Prince will be on Tuesday evenings and Saturday days starting in December 2014 at the Unitarian Church of Calgary.

Visit us at www.cypt.ca for more information about Calgary Young People’s Theatre and our upcoming 2014/15 camps, classes and productions!

Job (Calgary): Website Intern – Urban Curvz

UCT-Logo-BWWebsite Intern Posting

Urban Curvz is seeking a Website Intern to transition its website from a WordPress platform to another more manageable and aesthetically pleasing platform. The Website Intern will be in charge of presenting the options for platforms to Urban Curvz with their recommendation and, once a platform is selected, the Intern will build the site and transfer all of the content. Following that, the Intern will train the other Urban Curvz members on how to use this new platform.
We are aiming to launch the new website in time for Urban Curvz’s AGM in mid to late August. Training for the platform can occur afterwards.
This internship is made available through Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP), for which the Government of Alberta offers $1000.00 bursaries. All applicants must be eligible for SCiP to receive the bursary upon completion of the internship. For more information on SCiP, please visit joinscip.ca.

To apply for this internship, please visit: http://joinscip.ca/edit-internship/?id=1662
Application Deadline: Saturday, July 12 at 11:59 PM MST
Interviews: Tuesday, July 15 or Thursday, July 17 in the evening

If you have any questions, please contact:
Lara Schmitz
Artistic Associate, Urban Curvz

Click to view this job ad as a PDF.

Audition (Leduc): Gossamer Feast and Pest Control by Gerald Osborn – Leduc Drama Society


Leduc Drama Society’s fall dinner theatre production is in need of some awesome actors and actresses. Come on down and show us what you’ve got!
Two one acts: Gossamer Feast and Pest Control by Edmonton playwright Gerald Osborn.
Sunday July 13 and Tuesday July 15 @ 7 PM
4701A 44 Street Leduc, Alberta.
We need men and women of all ages.
We look forward to seeing you!

News (Edmonton): Vern Thiessen announced as new Artistic Director of Workshop West

VernDW12The Board of Directors of Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre is pleased to announce the appointment of Vern Thiessen as Artistic Director

Vern Thiessen’s plays have been seen across Canada, the US, Asia, and Europe, including Einstein’s Gift, Blowfish, Lenin’s Embalmers, Bird Brain, The Resurrection Of John Frum, and Vimy. Three of his plays have premiered off-Broadway, and both Shakespeare’s Will and Apple have each had over 60 productions worldwide.

Vern has served as Playwright in Residence and Dramaturge at various organizations including Workshop West Theatre, the Citadel Theatre, the Banff Centre, and the Blue Heron Arts Centre. He is a Past President of both the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Writer’s Guild of Alberta. For the past seven years, Vern has been based in New York City where he is a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre and an Artistic Associate and Teaching Artist with Epic Theatre Ensemble. Last month he completed a two-year position as Project Associate for the New Play Frontiers Program at People’s Light & Theatre in Malvern, Pennsylvania. For several years he was the co-director of both the La Bella Vita Playwriting Retreat and the Catskill Mountains Writers Retreat.

Vern is the recipient of the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding New Play, The City of Edmonton Arts Achievement Award, the University of Alberta Alumni Award for Excellence, The Carol Bolt Award, The Alberta Playwriting Competition, the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, the Governor General’s Literary Award, and just last week he won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for his adaptation of Of Human Bondage produced by Soulpepper Theatre, Toronto.

News (Calgary): 2014 Betty Mitchell Award Nominees Announced

Congratulations to all the nominees from the 2013-2014 Calgary theatre season!

17th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards | MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2014
Doors 6pm | Buffet 6-7:30pm | Awards 7:30pm
Price: $60 for the first 150 tickets sold and $65 thereafter. Includes admission to the gala and the official after party! For tickets, contact the Stage West Box Office at (403) 243-6642
2014 Betty Mitchell Award Nominees

Carmen Aguirre – The Motherfucker With The Hat – Alberta Theatre Projects
Renee Amber – Legend Has It – Alberta Theatre Projects
Kandis Chappell – Major Barbara – Theatre Calgary
Susan Gilmour – Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins – Theatre Calgary
Kate Newby – You Will Remember Me – Alberta Theatre Projects

Harry Frehner – The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye) – Alberta Theatre Projects
Kevin Lamotte – Around the World in 80 Days – Alberta Theatre Projects
Scott Reid – In the Heat of the Night – Vertigo Theatre
Cory Sincennes – Huron Bride – Vertigo Theatre
Michael Walton – Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins – Theatre Calgary

Anton de Groot – Travels With My Aunt – Vertigo Theatre
Narda McCarroll – Around the World in 80 Days – Alberta Theatre Projects
Daniel Ostling – Major Barbara – Theatre Calgary
Cory Sincennes – Huron Bride – Vertigo Theatre
Cory Sincennes – Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins – Theatre Calgary

Mathieu Bourassa – Michel & Ti-Jean – Sage Theatre
Haysam Kadri – A Christmas Carol – Theatre Calgary
Graham Percy – Twelfth Night – The Shakespeare Company
Francisco Trujillo – The Motherfucker With The Hat – Alberta Theatre Projects
Paul Welch – The Hound of the Baskervilles – Vertigo Theatre

Kaley Decker – n00b – Y Stage
Corwin Ferguson – You Will Remember Me – Alberta Theatre Projects
T. Erin Gruber – A Bomb in the Heart – Downstage
Jamie Nesbitt – The Hound of the Baskervilles – Vertigo Theatre
Sean Nieuwenhuis – The Mountaintop – Theatre Calgary

Judith Bowden – The Great Gatsby – Theatre Calgary
Ronda Borneman – Twelfth Night – The Shakespeare Company
Gillian Gallow – Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins – Theatre Calgary
Gillian Gallow – The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye) – Alberta Theatre Projects
Alex Jaeger – Major Barbara – Theatre Calgary

Jeremy Parker with Foley Props by Kevin Corey – Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play – Vertigo Theatre
Jonathan Lewis – Twelfth Night – The Shakespeare Company
Richard McDowell – How iRan: Three Plays for iPod – Productive Obsession
Matthew Waddell – The Huron Bride – Vertigo Theatre
Dewi Wood – In the Heat of the Night – Vertigo Theatre

Kevin Corey – In the Heat of the Night – Vertigo Theatre
Anita Miotti – The Great Gatsby – Theatre Calgary
Trevor Schmidt – 6.0 How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won – Lunchbox Theatre
Karl Sine – The Motherfucker With The Hat – Alberta Theatre Projects
Lisa Stevens – Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins – Theatre Calgary
Laryssa Yanchak – Legend Has It – Alberta Theatre Projects

Joel Crichton – Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Sage Theatre
Tom Doyle – Bingo Ladies – Lunchbox Theatre
Veda Hille – Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata – Alberta Theatre Projects
Don Horsburgh – Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins – Theatre Calgary
Joe Slabe – Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)Connected Age – Forte Musical Theatre Guild

Natascha Girgis – Around the World in 80 Days – Alberta Theatre Projects
Natascha Girgis – Unnecessary Farce – Stage West
Anita Majumdar – Same Same, But Different – Alberta Theatre Projects
Esther Purves Smith – Bingo Ladies – Lunchbox Theatre
Blythe Wilson – Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins – Theatre Calgary

Christian Goutsis – Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)Connected Age – Forte Musical Theatre Guild
Stephen Hair – Travels With My Aunt – Vertigo Theatre
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee – Kim’s Convenience – Theatre Calgary
Andrew MacDonald Smith – Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins – Theatre Calgary
Michael Tan – Travels With My Aunt – Vertigo Theatre

My Family and Other Endangered Species – Ellen Close & Braden Griffiths
You Will Remember Me – François Archambault Translated by Bobby Theodore
Legend Has It – Rebecca Northan with Renee Amber, Bruce Horak, Mark Meer, Jamie Northan and Sean Bowie
Same, Same But Different – Anita Majumdar
Camp Victoria – Rosemary Rowe

Mark Bellamy – Around the World in 80 Days – Alberta Theatre Projects
Simon Mallett – Travels With My Aunt – Vertigo Theatre
Kate Newby – Twelfth Night – The Shakespeare Company
Kate Newby – In the Heat of the Night – Vertigo Theatre
Jan Alexandra Smith – The Mountaintop – Theatre Calgary

Beryl Bain – The Mountaintop – Theatre Calgary
Gretchen Hall – Major Barbara – Theatre Calgary
Katey Hoffman – You Will Remember Me – Alberta Theatre Projects
Jamie Konchak – The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye) – Alberta Theatre Projects
Allison Lynch – Closer – Ground Zero & Hit and Myth

Dean Paul Gibson – Major Barbara – Theatre Calgary
Braden Griffiths – My Family and Other Endangered Species – Downstage
Kevin Hanchard – The Mountaintop – Theatre Calgary
Haysam Kadri – The Motherfucker With The Hat – Alberta Theatre Projects
Duval Lang – You Will Remember Me – Alberta Theatre Projects

Bingo Ladies – Lunchbox Theatre
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins – Theatre Calgary
Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata – Alberta Theatre Projects
Madame Butterfly – Calgary Opera
Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)Connected Age – Forte Musical Theatre Guild

In the Heat of the Night – Vertigo Theatre
Major Barbara – Theatre Calgary
The Mountaintop – Theatre Calgary
Twelfth Night – The Shakespeare Company
You Will Remember Me – Alberta Theatre Projects

Thank you for attending Theatre Alberta’s 2013/2014 Annual General Meeting

Theatre Alberta's 2013-2014 Board

Theatre Alberta’s 2013-2014 Board of Directors and Executive Director

Theatre Alberta was pleased to host its 2013/2014 Annual General Meeting on July 5, 2014 at The Club Lobby at The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, part of Dramaworks 2014. During the meeting, Theatre Alberta members received the annual President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, and Report from the Executive Director, as well as Financial Statements from the 2013/2014 fiscal year.

We said goodbye to outgoing board members Michele Fleiger (Past President, Edmonton) and Cyril Cook (Member at Large, Grande Prairie), and welcomed our newest board members Sean Anderson (Calgary) and Ryan Godfrey (Edmonton) – see below for their bios. Click here for a list of current Theatre Alberta Board members.

Sean Anderson is an active member of the community theatre scene in Calgary. He co-founded Morpheus Theatre, a community theatre company, 21 years ago, and is still proud to call himself Morpheus’ Artistic Director and Executive Producer. Sean was also the co-founder of the Calgary Alliance of Community Theatres, which began operations 13 years ago, with a mandate to connect and support community theatres in Calgary and the surrounding area. 11 years ago Sean had the privilege of facilitating the first annual Calgary Amateur Theatre (CAT) Awards, in recognition of the outstanding volunteer effort and artistic talents of the community. In addition to his many administrative and operational skills, Sean is an accomplished director and actor. In his life outside of theatre, Sean works for Nexen Inc. He is also happily married and the proud father of two teenage boys.

Ryan Godfrey is a graduate of Brigham Young University – Idaho with a degree in communications. He began his career in Chicago as a media planner/buyer working on the accounts of three fortune 500 companies. Eight years ago he returned home to Edmonton. Currently he is the Business Development Director at EventIQ. His main role is working with schools to automate existing processes such as theatre ticketing and graduation events. He currently serves as the Publicity Director of his community league and as a Scout Master for a local troop.  Throughout his childhood, Ryan was involved in many different theatre productions. His first was at the age of eight with the musical Safety Kids. The acting bug stuck with Ryan throughout his childhood as he participated in various other plays. He continues to support the arts through his patronship and through various other volunteer activities. Ryan is married to Rosalind and together they have two children, Weston and Hanalei.

Theatre Alberta members also approved a Special Resolution to amend the Society’s by-laws: click here for details.

If you have any questions regarding Theatre Alberta Society and/or the 2013/2014 Annual General Meeting, please contact Theatre Alberta at 780-422-8162 (in Edmonton) or 1-888-422-8160 (toll-free in Alberta) or email theatreab@theatrealberta.com.

Call for Submissions (Alberta): Fringe Festival shows to promote on TheatreAlberta.com


Edmonton Fringe
Calgary Fringe

Promote your Fringe show on Alberta’s premiere online theatre listings sharing service!

If you are a Theatre Alberta member and are producing a show at either (or both!) the 2014 Calgary Fringe Festival or the 2014 Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, Theatre Alberta wants to help promote your show!

Every show posted to our RSS feed on our website is shared on Theatre Alberta’s Facebook page and Twitter feed (@TheatreAlberta). You can even submit an image to used as Theatre Alberta’s Facebook page cover photo during the festivals! (*Subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis.)

Click here to enter your show information. And break a leg this summer!

News (Edmonton): Colleen Murphy named University of Alberta Lee Playwright in Residence

Colleen Murphy

Award-winning playwright, filmmaker and librettist Colleen Murphy is set to hit the Edmonton arts ground writing in her signature bold strokes when she arrives at the University of Alberta in September 2014 as the Department of Drama’s next Lee Playwright in Residence.

Murphy will be in residence at the U of A for two eight-month terms over three years, from September 2014 to April 2015 and September 2016 to April 2017. As part of her playwriting residency, she has accepted a new play commission, with the work projected to premiere in the winter of 2017.

The Lee Playwright in Residence, established in 2005, was the first of its kind among Canadian universities. It was made possible by a generous legacy endowment created by the Clifford E. Lee Foundation. The residency offers an opportunity for Canadian playwrights to devote time to their writing and to make a significant contribution to new play development within the university and professional theatre community in Edmonton.

- See more at: http://uofa.ualberta.ca/news-and-events/newsarticles/2014/june/award-winning-playwright-set-to-take-up-residence-at-ualberta#sthash.izlxEtjh.dpuf