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Event (Calgary): Costume Sale – Theatre Calgary / Alberta Theatre Projects

Costume-saleCostume sale!!
When: Saturday, Sept 27/14
Time: 9am-5pm
Where: EPCOR Centre +15 Hallway

We are clearing out up to 50% of Theatre Calgary and Alberta Theatre Projects wardrobe stock for some amazing prices!!!

There will be TONS of great items for whatever your costume needs are!

Come on down and fill up a bag for $5 or for those bigger buyers, fill up a rack for $100!!

Hope to see you all there on Sept 27!
Please pass along the word to any anyone else who would be interested!!!

What’s On (Calgary): Move Over, Mrs. Markham – Morpheus Theatre

Move-OverMove Over, Mrs. Markham October 3 – 11, 2014

By John Chapman & Ray Cooney
Directed by Jay Newman
Performances: 7:30 Wed – Sat, 2:00 Oct 5 & 11
Adults: $20 Students/Seniors: $15 – call 403-246-2999

When Philip Markham, loving husband and children’s book publisher, agrees to allow his business partner to borrow his flat to romance his latest girlfriend – well, that’s when everything goes topsy turvy as only a classic bedroom farce can and Morpheus Theatre’s 20th season has officially begun. All Philip really wants to do is take his wife out for the evening and the conundrums ensue as a parade of lovers begins to arrive to what they believe is an empty apartment, perfectly suited for their planned revelries. Cancelled plans, couples not expecting anyone else to be home and the unexpected arrival of a popular children’s book author promise to delight, and don’t worry, once you have your ticket booked that seat is yours, no one else will ask to borrow it.

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Cultural Diversity in the Arts Project Grant – Edmonton Arts Council

Cultural Diversity in the Arts Project Grant
Application Deadline: October 15, 2014 

The City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council established the Cultural Diversity in the Arts program to recognize that artists from all parts of the world enrich Edmonton’s cultural scene. Artists from these communities can apply to any Edmonton Arts Council program, but many also face cultural, linguistic or historical barriers to accessing support. The intent of this program is to provide an entry point, to help these artists begin to overcome those barriers, to pursue their professional artistic work and develop connections to the greater Edmonton arts community.

Grants will support the activities of individual, Edmonton artists for a specific time towards a specific project. Projects can be individual or collective and could include creation of work in any art form. Professional development and mentorship projects are encouraged.

The grants will be given up to a maximum of $15,000 and in the case when an artist wishes to apply but faces language barriers that make a written application impossible, the artist may, at the discretion of the EAC submit a 5-minute video narrative instead of written material.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Information Sessions – 2014 Cultural Diversity in the Arts project grant

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2:00-4:00pm
Lois Hole Library Branch, Program Room
17650-69 Avenue NW

Auditions (Calgary): Awesome Allie First Kid Astronaut – StoryBook Theatre

StoryBook Theatre is still seeking men for one of its upcoming TYA productions:
Awesome Allie First Kid Astronaut

This is one of the shows in the SBT Season that will be offering honorarium to the cast.

Casting information and commitment can be found here.

If you are interested in being seen please email jp@storybooktheatre.org.

Auditions will be held TOMORROW – Saturday, Sept. 20th at 9:30am.


Workshops (Calgary / Edmonton): WordShed – Alberta Playwrights’ Network

APN-logo-color-left-textAPN WORDSHED


October 16 &17, 2014
February 19 & 20, 2015

October 18 & 19, 2014
February 21 & 22, 2014

What is WordShed? Four slots for workshopping (2 on each day). Members apply on a first come/first served basis for a 3.5 hour session. Members are asked to submit their plays which are read by an APN dramaturg who then meets with you to discuss and strategize how best to use the time. APN hires 3 to 4 actors to participate in WORDSHED. These actors will read all of the parts of all of the participating plays.

Is there a character journey that you want to focus on? Particular scenes? Do you want to look at plot? Theme? Subplots? Structure? Do you just want to hear the play out loud? It’s up to you. Read more about Wordshed on our blog.

APN members pay $95 dollars, non-members pay $95 plus the cost of membership ($55).

To sign up, please contact Trevor Rueger at trevor@albertplaywrights.com

News (National): Playwrights Guild of Canada and partners launch Equity in Theatre (EIT) initiative

equity-in-theatrePlaywrights Guild of Canada, in partnership with some of the arts industry’s most vital organizations, is proud to announce the launch of Equity in Theatre (EIT). Thanks to funding from Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Ontario Arts Council, EIT will roll-out a campaign to help redress gender inequities in the theatre sector. 

Led by Rebecca Burton, PGC’s Membership and Contracts Manager, and Laine Zisman Newman, Dramaturgical Associate with Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, EIT involves different components: a preparatory research study, a Symposium held in Toronto in April 2015, a website dedicated to Canadian women in theatre, live curated performance events, including play readings, and more. 

EIT’s Steering Committee and stellar cast of partners includes Artists Driving Holistic Organizational Change, Associated Designers of Canada, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (Canada), Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. Also joining the team is Jennie Egerdie, who successfully garnered a Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship to work alongside Rebecca Burton on the EIT project.

With this initiative, the EIT team hopes to foster dialogue on an (inter)national scale, develop social actions that will help effect change, and generate greater awareness of and exposure to Canadian women in theatre, all the while drawing attention to the systemic discrimination that permeates the industry still. 

Although women form the vast majority of theatre school graduates, support workers, and audience members, when it comes to key creative roles in the sector, their numbers diminish substantially, dropping below 35 per cent. For example, women form 50 per cent of PGC’s membership, but they do not account for even one quarter of the nation’s produced playwrights (the numbers for women of colour are lower yet), and rates of representation are regressing rather than improving over time. These imbalances have a negative trickledown effect on the industry, making an impact on the variety of work, employment opportunities (for women actors, designers, and directors), and audience experience.

To learn more about EIT, email us (equityintheatre@gmail.com), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@EquityInTheatre), or give us a call at PGC (#416-703-0201). Please join in our online action today!

You can also attend the Toronto Launch of EIT on Saturday, September 27, 2014 during Culture Days. Stay tuned for more info about launch events in Vancouver (hosted by Playwrights Theatre Centre on October 6th, 2014) and Halifax (hosted by Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre in November 2014). 

Website coming soon to www.eit.playwrightsguild.ca

News (Calgary): Karen Johnson Diamond announced as 2014-2015 RBC Emerging Director at Lunchbox Theatre

Karen Johnson Diamond

Karen Johnson Diamond

Lunchbox Theatre’s RBC Emerging Director Program is an extraordinary program, supported by the RBC Foundation, which affords a special opportunity to Calgary theatre artists. It invites theatre practitioners who are either in the initial stages of their professional careers, or looking to shift the focus of their professional career, to advance their directorial talents and artistic skills through a combination of mentorship and hands-on experience.

The Emerging Director will act as the Assistant Director for four of Lunchbox Theatre’s 2014/2015 productions, allowing them to work with professional theatre directors, and will then direct a full showcase production at the conclusion of the season. The script for this production will be chosen by both the Emerging Director and Lunchbox Theatre’s Artistic Producer. There will be five public performances in June, as well as an invite-only ‘industry-night,’ designed to showcase the Emerging Director’s work to other industry professionals.

This year’s Emerging Director is Karen Johnson Diamond.

” When trying new things, it is sometimes wise to do it in the safety of your own home. Barbecue salmon, knit, ride a unicycle; all new things I have tried in my home. So when it comes to exploring directing, I am happy to do it in a theatre that feels like home. I have been lucky enough to perform in over a dozen shows at Lunchbox Theatre, and have work-shopped many scripts for the Suncor Energy Stage One Festival as well. My own Improvisation Company, Dirty Laundry, has called Lunchbox home for 5 years now, and the first play I saw in Calgary years ago was at Lunchbox Theatre. (It starred my future husband, I just didn’t know him then!) All that, and the audiences and volunteers at Lunchbox Theatre are some of the warmest and wisest there are! After 40 years, these audiences have seen more theatre in this city than anyone!

As the RBC Emerging Director for 2014, I not only get to direct a showcase piece at the end of the season, but I’ll be learning from the current, and three previous Artistic Directors who have made Lunchbox one of the most successful and longest running noon hour theatre companies in the world; Mark Bellamy, Glenda Stirling, Pamela Halstead, and the original founders, Bartley and Margaret Bard!

Having worked with all of these fine people as an actor, I am beyond excited to learn what makes them tick so brilliantly, from the ‘other side of the table’.

Lunchbox is 40 years old. I first worked with them 16 years ago. I have performed in 13 shows here, I am 48 years old, and the average brain weighs three pounds. You do the math.

ps: I bank at RBC”

~Karen Johnson Diamond, Emerging Director 2014-2015 season

Karen is also the Administrative Director of Theatre Alberta’s Artstrek – Congratulations Karen!

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Stephen Hair Award – Emerging Calgary Area Actors – Theatre Calgary

Stephen Hair in A Christmas Carol

Stephen Hair in A Christmas Carol


This annual award of $2,500 is designed to assist new actors from the Calgary region in the dawn of their acting careers. Created in 2007, the award honours the distinguished 40+ year career of Calgary actor Stephen Hair, including over 60 appearances on Theatre Calgary’s stage and 20 consecutive years as Ebenezer Scrooge in our annual production of A Christmas Carol.

Candidates for this award must be based in the Calgary area and be a recent graduate from post-secondary studies in performance (typically within 12 to 24 months). The recipient will also have a demonstrated commitment to the pursuit of a professional career as an actor.

Actors may apply for this award to support a broad range of career development opportunities such as, but not limited to:

- Personal development courses
– A specific project involving the artist

- Funding for auditions
Help in taking an out-of-town role

– Opportunity to understudy

– Invitation to be mentored by a senior artist

– Any form of professional development other than postgraduate degrees

- Awards will not be considered for production costs, company operating costs or non-actor related activities. – The award is intended to advance the career of actors who have experienced some success and are seeking developmental opportunities to further their careers.

How to Apply:

The deadline for applications for the 2014-15 season is Tuesday, September 30th.

All applications must include the following:

- An up-to-date theatre resume
– A cover letter (no more than one page) giving a complete description of how you intend to utilize the award
– A 1-2 page description of yourself, with answers to the following questions: What would you describe as your greatest strength as an actor? What is your greatest challenge? What has been your most fulfilling performing experience thus far and why? What are your artistic goals, dreams and aspirations?
If funds are intended for use towards a collaborative or contractual engagement, appropriate documentation should accompany the application.
– Applications may be submitted via email or in hard copy.
– All applications will be retained by the committee and be held at Theatre Calgary including all supporting copies of documentation.

Short-listed candidates may be contacted for an interview.

Please send completed applications by Tuesday, September 30th to:

Attention: Stephen Hair Award
c/o Susan McNair Reid
Company Manager, Theatre Calgary
220 – 9th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 5C4
Fax: 403-294-7493

Visit http://theatrecalgary.com/about/stephen_hair_award/ for more information or click here to download the PDF.

Audition (Calgary): A Christmas Carol 2014 Young Company – Theatre Calgary

53Theatre Calgary’s A Christmas Carol 2014 Young Company Auditions

Young Company Auditions for the 2014 Theatre Calgary production of A Christmas Carol will take place Saturday, September 20, 2014 in the Jack Singer Rehearsal Hall (220 9th Ave SE, Calgary). Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 19, 2014.

We are seeking 8 young people to play:
Martha Cratchit –oldest Cratchit child, looks early teens
Peter Cratchit –oldest Cratchit boy, looks tween to early teens
Belinda Cratchit – youngest Cratchit girl, looks 8 – 11
Tiny Tim – the sickly youngest Cratchit, very small boy or girl, looks under 8
Boy Scrooge – looks under 11
Young Scrooge – looks between 11 and 13
Fan – Scrooge’s sister, looks between 12 and 14
Hope – girl who travels with Christmas Present, looks under 12
*All Children except Tiny Tim play more than one role in the show

Click here for further details (PDF).

News (National): University of Alberta Lee Playwright in Residence 2014 Siminovitch Finalist

Congratulations to the 2014 University of Alberta Lee Playwright in Residence, Colleen Murphy, named one of four finalists for the 2014 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre! Watch for her play Armstrong’s War playing in Edmonton at Theatre Network in April 2015.


Four remarkable playwrights have been selected as finalists for this year’s Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

These four playwrights demonstrate the astonishing and wonderful diversity in writing for theatre in Canada,” said Jury Chair John Van Burek.  “Our finalists are passionate, accomplished artists who galvanize audiences and tell the most meaningful stories in a myriad of ways.”

Michel Marc Bouchard Bouchard’s writing marries a mature and poetic voice with an adventurous theatricality. He creates compelling and irreverent characters; often outsiders trying to negotiate their way through a difficult world in plays such as Lilies and Christina, The Girl King. His work has been widely seen across Canada in both French and English, including productions at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals.

Olivier Choinière – Choinière is known as a provocative risk-taker, and as someone who is always questioning and reinventing his theatre. He is well known for his early play Autodafé, and more recently for Félicité. This play was subsequently produced as Bliss at London’s Royal Court, and Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times in a translation by Caryl Churchill. 

Hannah Moscovitch – Moscovitch’s plays take on big issues as seen through the emotional and moral struggles of her complex characters. Coming out of indie theatre, she brings sensitivity and wisdom to plays such as East of Berlin, which explores the lingering effects of the Holocaust many years later, and This Is War, where a group of Canadian soldiers are forced to confront a disturbing incident in Afghanistan. 

Colleen Murphy – Murphy’s tough, hard-hitting plays pull back the curtain on disturbing subjects that we often don’t want to look at.  But her stories are told in an intimate setting through deeply human characters. The December Man (L’homme de décembre) is driven by the Montreal Massacre, and her recent play Pig Girl was inspired by the murders of the missing women in Vancouver.

The 2014 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre will be awarded on Monday, October 20 2014, at 8:00 p.m. at Hart House Theatre at the University of Toronto. 

The evening is hosted by the Gemini Award-winning performers and writers Susan Coyne (Slings and Arrows) and Mark McKinney (Kids in the Hall, Slings and Arrows)

The largest theatre prize in Canada, this $100,000 award allows the recipient to take his or her craft to the next level of accomplishment. At the same time, it encourages the next generation of artists by allocating $25,000 of the prize money to a protégé of the recipient’s choice. Over a three-year cycle, the prize celebrates a director, playwright or designer whose work is transformative and influential.

The 2014 jury included Chair John Van Burek (Toronto), Rachel Ditor (Vancouver), Brian Dooley (Edmonton), Brendan Healy (Toronto), and Jean-Denis Leduc (Montreal).

 “The quality of our finalists this year demonstrates the strength of playwriting in this country,” said Dr. Lou Siminovitch.  “We are delighted to support Canadian theatre artists with the help of our Presenting Sponsor RBC Wealth Management, and partners University of Toronto, Hart House Theatre and the Friends of the Siminovitch Prize.

 “At RBC, we have a long-standing commitment to supporting the next generation of Canadian artists,” said Rebecca Mooney, Vice President, Brand and Marketing, RBC Wealth Management. “We are thrilled to partner with the Siminovitch Prize to recognize and celebrate Canadian talent in theatre.”

Click here to read the full press release (PDF).

News (Edmonton): Catalyst Theatre announces return of Joey Tremblay for Elephant Wake production

The iconic story about home returns to the place it was first created

Elephant_WakeElephant Wake

Written and Performed by Joey Tremblay
Direction and Production Design by Bretta Gerecke
90 minutes with no intermission 

One of Catalyst Theatre’s seminal productions returns, a homecoming for the formidable Joey Tremblay, past co-Artistic Director of Catalyst with Jonathan Christenson. This iconic story about family and the power of memory returns to the Catalyst stage where it was first developed in 1996. In 2008, Joey was commissioned by The Globe Theatre in Regina to create a full-lenght two hour version of the production. Currently, he is revisiting the script once more bringing a 90 minute rendition of the new production to Edmonton. 

Set in the fictional Saskatchewan community of Ste. Vierge, this riveting and touching story illuminates the thoughts, fears and memories of Jean Claude, its last inhabitant. As he reminisces about growing up in the small rural Francophone town, he escapes into a world of dream like images, masterfully weaving in and out of the characters that coloured his past, and haunt his present. This piece of exquisite story telling examines the conflict of nostalgia and progress, as Jean Claude struggles to keep his culture and his family alive.   

The original version of Elephant Wake was premiered and produced by Catalyst Theatre in 1996, co-authored by Joey Tremblay and Jonathan Christenson. A full-length production of Elephant Wake by Joey Tremblay was commissioned by the Globe Theatre and premiered in February 2008.  

News (Alberta): Alberta Foundations for the Arts launches What is Your Art? Campaign


We all have our own definition of art. Our own tastes. Our own preferences. What’s yours?

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) wants you to share the art in your life at www.whatisyourart.ca. You can create a list of the art in your life and share with your friends, and if you’re looking for inspiration, see what some of Alberta’s best-known & loved public figures had to share.

Art is everywhere and in our busy lives we rarely take the time to recognize it. Take a moment and tell us, what is your art?

Auditions (Calgary): I Hate Hamlet – Morpheus Theatre

January 23 to February 7, 2015
By Paul Rudnick
Directed by Michelle Brandenburg

Andrew Rally, a television actor of some renown, is facing the role of a lifetime: William Shakespeare’s, Hamlet. He is also learning the ropes of an abstinent relationship with his girlfriend and all while he has a house-guest. The ghost of John Barrymore, who used to live in Andrew’s apartment, has moved back in, garbed as the broody prince of Denmark himself and he is not leaving until he has convinced Andrew to strut the stage and play the part. Seances and swordfights, love for his girlfriend and love for his fans; Andrew juggles it all while attempting to make this life changing decision. Something is wildly entertaining in the Pumphouse Theatre in January of 2015 and we hope you’ll join us!

Open auditions for all roles will take place:

• Saturday September 27th (12:00 to 4:00pm)
• Tuesday September 30th (7:00 to 9:30pm)
• Thursday October 2nd (7:00 to 9:30pm)
• Callbacks will take place on Saturday October 4th starting at Noon.

at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre (lower level of the Parkdale Community Centre) 3512 – 5 Avenue NW

Rehearsals will take place from November 5th through January 17th, with a break from December 20th to January 5th. Rehearsals will be Mondays and Wednesdays evenings and Saturdays afternoons. Morpheus Theatre requires that auditioners come prepared to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule.

Audition Requirements:

• A prepared contemporary monologue to highlight your abilities (approximately 2 minutes long)
• For actors interested in John Barrymore, you are also requested to prepare a 2 minute Shakespeare monologue
• A cold read may be requested
• Please bring your resume and headshot to the audition
To book an audition, please visit www.morpheustheatre.ca or call 403-246-2999


FELICIA DANTINE (female) 30-50
A tall imposing woman, a real estate agent with a passion for the paranormal.
ANDREW RALLY (male) late 20′s early 30′s
A handsome and charming actor, who has the polished ease of a television star. Could easily glide through life wafting on a cloud of good looks and affability.
DEIRDRE MCDAVEY (female) 29 but appears younger
Andrew’s girlfriend, she has the breathless soul of a romantic, always on the verge of a swoon.
An actress who admires talent, but is unaware of the lack of her own.
LILLIAN TROY (female) 60-70
Andrew’s agent, striking silver haired lady in her 70′s. Has a no nonsense manner and a delight for hi-jinx. Her German accent is accompanied by a hacking smokers cough.
JOHN BARRYMORE (male) 40-60
” The great profile” after John Gielgud the most acclaimed hamlet of the 20th century.
An American actor and raconteur known for his hard drinking and love of woman.
Andrew’s best friend from L.A. He is all L.A. Baby, not so much about the art but about the fame and money.

News (Calgary): Dirty Laundry introduces Young Company

In celebration of our 15th season of Improvised Soap Opera hilarity, Dirty Laundry is thrilled to announce our brand new young company,

Dirty Laundry – The Next Generation!

dirtylaundryyoungcompanyProfessional performers from the Dirty Laundry company will be mentoring some of Calgary’s emerging young improvisers, giving them an opportunity to hone their skills in a professional environment. Dirty Laundry —The Next Generation will perform monthly on Sunday nights starting October 5th.

The setting for DLTNG Season 1:

In the distant future aboard a massive space station in the middle of nowhere, lives a motley mix of crew and civilians, parents and children, humans and aliens, friends and enemies. Far from earth, the inhabitants of this outpost at the edge of the Galaxy must find a way to coexist. But with the rivalries, the crushes, the backstabbing, and the occasional zero-gravity emergency, how will they do it?

Introducing the cast of DLTNG!

Madi Blondal
Griffin Cork
Malik Elassal
Ellis Lalonde
Daegan Manns
Keelan McAuley
Kristi McQuade
Anni Ramsay
Simon Rock
Curtis Wilson
Jane Wishart
Kiana Wu

Josh Bertwistle
Chris Enright
Karen Johnson-Diamond
Julie Orton
Stafford Perry
Trevor Rueger

All DLTNG performances will take place at Lunchbox Theatre at the base of the Calgary tower. Tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for students and are available here:

More information can be found at www.dirtylaundrycalgary.com
or by calling 403 701 1284

Performance Dates

Oct. 5 – Episode 1
Nov. 9 – Episode 2
Dec. 7 – Episode 3
Feb. 8 – Episode 4
Mar. 15 – Episode 5
April 12 – Episode 6
May 3 – Episode 7

News (Calgary): Downstage announces 2014-2015 Season


What’s Coming Up In 2014-15

We’re taking the Downstage Creation Ensemble’s Good Fences back on the road in March, 2015 to spark vibrant conversation about the relationship between oil & gas and agriculture.

We’re producing the Western Canadian Premiere of Jordan Tannahill’s rihannaboi95 in late April/early May, 2015, a riveting solo show that you can watch live from your computer.

The Uprising Playwriting Competition is back for its sixth year, and we’re presenting a reading of the winning play. (If you’re a playwright, there’s still time to apply and win $1,000!)

The much loved 10-Minute Play Festival returns to the High Performance Rodeo in January with six local indie theatre companies creating new plays in just 24 hours.

We also have a whole bunch of new works in the hopper, including a new ensemble creation about urban development, a sexy 1950s comic book musical, and an exciting script by the award-winning playwright of Sia.