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It’s Heritage Day! Go Read a Play!



In celebration of Heritage Day long weekend we pulled together a list of playwrights from diverse cultures and backgrounds, from all over the world. This list is merely a taste of the many, wonderful plays and playwrights out there. Who would you add? What plays or playwrights do you feel represent you?

Our community is the best resource when it comes to growing our collection – we want to hear from you! Click here to Suggest a Script. Tell us which plays or playwrights you think should be celebrated this month.

Click the links below and discover a new favourite!

Written by Becca Barrington.

Auditions (Calgary): Volunteers Actors needed – Calgary Crime Stoppers

Crime StoppersThe next Crime Stoppers Re-enactment will take place on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 10:00am.

We require the assistance of three people for this violent home invasion and assault:

  • #1: Suspect, male, between 25 – 35 years, shorter stocky build.
  • #2: Victim, male, approximately 70 years, somewhat frail.
  • #3: Victim, female, approximately 60 years, somewhat frail.

If you are able to help out, please contact:

Terry Hathaway
Executive Director
Calgary Crime Stoppers Association

Thank you for supporting Crime Stoppers!

News (Edmonton): TOWTTB Closes Doors – Two ONE-WAY Tickets to Broadway

Edmonton’s leading semi-professional musical theatre company from 2006 to 2016

“The Board of Directors of Two ONE-WAY Tickets to Broadway Productions Society (TOWTTB), announce that this, our 10th season of producing Broadway’s best musicals, was unfortunately our last. It is somewhat fitting that our final production was one of the first and most successful shows we produced under the TOWTTB name, and our VIP Member voted winning show – RENT!

This has not been an easy decision, but was the only one that felt right based on our current situation. Over the past several years having to balance increased operating, venue rental and royalty costs while maintaining production value and affordable ticket prices, has been a struggle. As well, while the city is full of amazing talent, it is also a relatively small pool of people based on the number of organizations vying for said talent, and we have had major challenges securing key personnel to ensure the caliber of our productions is maintained. The final factor was the resignation of the driving force of this company, Artistic Director, Martin Galba. That further justified the Board’s decision to close doors, as we felt that the company could not continue without its anchor…without its heart and soul. Martin has dedicated his talent, time, passion and vision to this organization in so many ways. He was completely invested…and now after an amazing 10 seasons, has decided that it has been…just enough.

During our 10 seasons we have had the absolute honour and privilege to work with the most amazing, dedicated, talented, supportive group of actors, singers, dancers, musicians, directors, musical directors, designers, stage managers, assistant stage managers, builders, painters and everyone else behind-the-scenes…many of whom came back time and time again to grace our stages, wings, shops and booths. Thank you. Thank you for trusting us to give you a space to play, grow and make magic. If we could take the time to recognize you all individually, it would take us another 10 seasons…

To read more, please click here.

Call for Applicants (Edmonton): Diversity Scholarship Program – Rapid Fire Theatre

Rapid Fire TheatreRapid Fire Theatre Introduces RFT Diversity Scholarship Program for 2016/17 Season!

Rapid Fire Theatre is thrilled to introduce the new RFT Diversity Scholarship Program for the 2016/17 season. We believe in strength through diversity. We believe that the diverse collective perspective of our performers and students results in better programming. We recognize that our company has work to do to better represent Edmonton’s diverse population in our classrooms and on our stages.

Rapid Fire Theatre is a leader in improv performance and education. Our workshops are a fun, supportive, and welcoming environment where positivity, risk-taking, and happy failure are encouraged.

The objective of this program is to increase the representation of diverse voices (ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability) in our vibrant and open community, and to provide access to our public improv workshops to eager and excited students for whom money is a barrier.

Read more here.

Students of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.

We encourage people of all abilities to apply. If applicants require the assistance of an aide to participate in our programs, we will gladly welcome your aide to our classroom as well. However, at this time we cannot offer additional financial support to pay for an aide’s services.

The deadline for applications is Monday, August 22, 11:59 pm Mountain Time.

If you have any questions, please contact Artistic Director Matt Schuurman at ad@rapidfiretheatre.com.

To apply, please click here.

Announcement (Edmonton): Support Female Identified Artists (Edmonton Fringe) – #FringeFemmeYEG



Support the work of female identified artists, directors, playwrights, & choreographers!

“Last year out of Toronto, a campaign was launched during the Fringe to promote and support the work driven by female identified artists. Their campaign was #fringefemmeTO. It was and still is a brilliant initiative that celebrates works driven by female directors, playwrights and choreographers. 

With their blessing to proceed (thanks Sophia!), today we carry the torch westward and launch: #FringeFemmeYEG ! ! !

To quote FringeFemmeTO, “We beat the drum for badass artists and welcome you to do the same!” 

See some shows! Talk about them! Be seen, be heard, celebrate, support and champion our work! 

Use the hashtag #FringeFemmeYEG (and don’t forget to tag the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival of course! 

Follow us also on twitter @FringeFemmeYEG.

All are welcome! Let’s keep the conversation going! 

Share the Image! Share the Hashtag!”

Auditions (Edmonton): “3C” – St. Albert Theatre Troupe

St. Albert Theatre TroupeSix cast members needed for “3C ” by David Adjmi

Show synopsis: The war in Vietnam is over and Brad, an ex-serviceman, lands in L.A. to start a new life. When he winds up trashed in Connie and Linda’s kitchen after a wild night of partying, the three strike up a deal for an arrangement that has hilarious and devastating consequences for everyone. 3C is a terrifying yet amusing look at a culture that like to amuse itself, even as it teeters on the brink of ruin.


  • BRAD – Male, late 20s/early 30s,
  • LINDA – Female, late 20s/early 30s,
  • CONNIE – Female, late 20s/early 30s,
  • MR. WICKER – Male, late 50s/early 60s,
  • MRS. WICKER – Female, late 50s/early 60s,
  • TERRY – Male, late 20s/late 30.

Show Run: November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 (for 3 weeks, Thursdays thru Saturday).

Rehearsals: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm.

Audition Dates: August 14 & 15, 7-9 p.m. both days.

Audition/Rehearsal Address: 20 Green Grove Drive, St. Albert.

Auditions will be in 10 minute time slots. When you are emailed your time slot, you will also be emailed a scene selection from the play. Please be familiar (not memorize) with the scene, but also be prepared to cold read other selections. Resumes and head shots are welcome, but not necessary – feel free to email them or bring them with you to your audition.

To book your audition time slot or ask any questions, please contact Rita Jensen via email dance-up-a-storm@hotmail.com. Thank you & we look forward to seeing you!

Call for Scripts (Edmonton): U of A Students/Alumni, Deadline July 31 – New Works Festival

New Works FestivalEmerging Playwrights: Final Call for 2017 New Works Festival!

The New Works Festival is currently seeking script submissions from emerging playwrights and we are less than a week away from our deadline for the 2017 Festival.

New Works is open to current and former University of Alberta students (alumni from within the last 5 years). Undergrads, graduate and Phd students are welcome. From the submissions, up to 4 scripts will be selected through a blind jury and produced at the 2017 New Works Festival.

Development time is provided, along with one on one mentorship with this year’s professional playwright mentor, Governor General’s award nominee and winner of this year’s Gwen Pharis Ringwood Prize for Drama, Beth Graham.

Deadline to submit is JULY 31, 2016.

For more information about the Festival, the Team, and submission guidelines, go to: www.newworksfest.com.

Call for Submissions (Banff/Calgary): Big Bang Residency – Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity & Beakerhead

Big Bang ResidencyThe Big Bang Residency Program supports the creation of a major new artwork each year that premieres internationally in Calgary during Beakerhead in September.

Program Overview: Artists, designers, architects, scientists and engineers are invited to submit proposals to create an interactive public art work that references science, technology and collective experience. The successful project will be built over the course of a year, beginning with a planning and incubation residency hosted at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The work will premiere in September 2017 at Beakerhead in Calgary, Canada.

Who should apply? This program is open to international artists, engineers, architects, designers, scientists and others. In addition to the team requirements below, the team must have a connection to Calgary so that the building of the work takes place in Calgary, the work is developed in Banff, the work premieres in Calgary and calls Calgary its home base. The proposal does not need to be submitted by a complete team: individuals may apply. The team can be assembled with support from Banff Centre and Beakerhead to ensure that the collaboration of artists and engineers will result in a project that is created in Calgary/Banff over the course of the year.

Each team must include:

  • At least one individual who has received specialized art training (degree from a recognizing art institution) and has developed and exhibited a body of work;
  • At least one individual who has received specialized engineering training (degree from an accredited engineering school) and previous experience in any artistic medium;
  • Other members of the team should bring additional art and design skills, technical skills and project management skills. They may include emerging and professional roles.

Application deadline: October 5, 2016.

Residency: December 1216, 2016.

Apply here.

Announcement (Calgary): Shari Wattling – Interim Artistic Director – Theatre Calgary

Shari Wattling, Theatre CalgaryTheatre Calgary‘s board of directors is pleased to announce that Associate Artistic Director Shari Wattling has been named Interim Artistic Director, effective September 12, 2016. She will replace Dennis Garnhum, who announced in June that he will become Artistic Director of The Grand Theatre in London, ON, later this year.

Wattling has had a leading role in Theatre Calgary’s programing and five-year artistic vision, as well as the expansion of education and outreach (interACTive) programs. As curator of FUSE: The Enbridge New Play Development Program, she has overseen the creative development of seven new play premieres at Theatre Calgary: W.O. Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid, Skydive, Beyond Eden, Lost – A Memoir, A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice, and Liberation Days. Over more than 25 years as a professional director, producer, dramaturg and actor, Shari has worked with a wide variety of companies including Bard on the Beach, Vertigo Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, Stage West, Lunchbox Theatre, Forte Musical Theatre, Blacklist Theatre Project, Quest Theatre, Swallow-A-Bicycle, Shadow Productions and Dirty Laundry – Calgary’s improvised soap-opera.

Garnhum, Theatre Calgary’s longest-serving artistic director, will leave the company on September 9, 2016. Theatre Calgary’s board of directors have created a formal search committee, and will begin an extensive search to choose a permanent successor for Garnhum. More news will be released in the coming months.

To read the complete Media Release, please click here.

Photo: Shari Wattling by Trudie Lee.

Call for Submissions (Calgary): PTS FanArt Exhibit – Pumphouse Theatre

Pumphouse Theatre, FanArt Exhibit

Call for Visual Arts Exhibit to complement the Charles Ross One-Man Trilogies.

The Pumphouse Theatre is a vibrant facility with historical significance supporting and presenting all art forms; and creating opportunities for engagement, enrichment, cultural experience, learning and inspiration serving all Calgarians.

The PTS Art Gallery provides accessible wall display space for Calgary and Alberta visual artists to display and sell their work. Submissions are now open for the FanArt Exhibit open September 15 to December 10, 2016.

This exhibit will overlap and complement our presentation of the One-Man Star Wars Trilogy and One-Man Lord of the Rings by Charles Ross, October 18-29, 2016.

Website | 2016 Submission Package 

Deadline to submit: August 18, 2016.

Pumphouse Theatre Society

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Emerging Artist Showcase – Vertigo Theatre

Vertigo Theatre

Showcase your work in Vertigo Theatre’s two-story lobby in Palliser Square!

The Opportunity:

Vertigo Theatre’s Emerging Artist Showcase is seeking artists to highlight during our 2016-17 theatre season. The winner of this search will have the opportunity to showcase their artwork in Vertigo Theatre’s beautiful two-story lobby. Our 40,000 square foot facility is located in Palliser Square in the heart of downtown Calgary. Annually 55,000 patrons are welcomed into our venue. Vertigo Theatre is a family friendly atmosphere and submissions will need to be suitable for patrons of all ages.

The Vertigo Gallery Space will require:

  • 10-15 small-medium sized works of art or 8-10 larger scale works to fill the space.
  • Show duration will be approximately 4-6 months.
  • Opening reception date will be determined with the Art Gallery Coordinator and artist.

To apply, please email:

  • A brief artist bio.
  • Website link or images with combined file size 2 MB or less.

Artist will be responsible for:

  • Hanging and striking artwork.

Vertigo Theatre does not take a commission from artists showing their work and all sales of artwork will be the responsibility of the artist. The artist will be responsible for transportation of artwork and delivery if sold during the time it is on display in Vertigo Theatre.

Closing for submissions: Aug 19, 2016.

For more information, please contact: Odessa Mendonca, Development and Donor Relations Assistant and Art Gallery Coordinator at development@vertigotheatre.com with the subject line ARTWORK.

Volunteer Opportunity (Calgary): Warehouse Purge! – Front Row Centre

Front Row CentreSorting, Moving, Lifting, and Photographing, Documenting! Lunch Provided!

Front Row Centre will be doing a warehouse purge of set pieces, furniture and props on Saturday, August 20, 2016. We are looking for volunteers to assist with sorting, moving and lifting pieces. We will also need some folks to assist with photographing and documenting anything we are keeping.

You don’t need to know the ins and outs of sets or props… just some enthusiasm to help out!

Date: August 20, 2016.

Time: 9:00am until 6:00pm. Lunch will be provided.

To lend a hand (no need to commit to the entire day), please contact Kristin at kristineastop@frontrowcentre.ca.


Volunteer Opportunity (Edmonton): 11th Annual Festival – The Kaleido Family Arts Festival

Kaleido FestivalFill your heart at Kaleido!

The Kaleido Family Arts Festival is currently seeking volunteers for the run of their 11th Annual festival September 9-11, 2016. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in a variety of positions in an exciting, creative environment, receive fun festival swag and other perks!

Two volunteer information parties will be held throughout the summer. Join Arts on the Ave for a BBQ at the Parkdale Cromdale Community League, 11335 85 Street, on Sunday, July 25 at 6:30pm and Tuesday, August 9 at 6:30pm for a picnic behind the Alberta Avenue Community League, 9210 118 Avenue. Volunteer orientation will be held on Tuesday, September 6 from 6-10pm, also at the Alberta Ave Community League.

Produced by Arts on the Ave, Kaleido Family Arts Festival is a joyous, exuberant, radically open arts festival held on historic Alberta Avenue (118 Ave between 90-94 Street). For two and a half days every September, Alberta Avenue comes alive as an environment of creative exploration and performances on rooftops, sides of buildings, back alleys, parks, old spaces and new spaces. You have to see it to believe it!

For more information or to fill out a volunteer application, please visit kaleidofest.ca. Volunteer application forms are also available at The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse at 9351 118 St.

Volunteers (Edmonton): New Dates for Casino Fundraisier – Theatre of the New Heart

Theatre of the New Heart

Small Organization Needs Volunteers to Fill Casino Positions!

Theatre of the New Heart has a casino fundraiser coming up on September 5 & 6 at the Baccarat Casino downtown.

We are a small organization and have just been allocated a substitute date. We are scrambling for Volunteers. If you are in a position to help us out, we would be so appreciative!

For more information, or to request an application, please email info@newhearttheatre.ca or phone Dana at 780-471-0064.

Call for Participants (Saskatchewan): Autumn Storytelling Gathering – The Crossing Theatre Company

The Crossing Theatre CompanyTahkwahkun Achimowin ~ Autumn Storytelling Gathering

Presented by The Crossing Theatre CompanyAugust 25 to 29, 2016 at Gabriel’s Crossing, SK.

Deadline to Register: July 31, 2016.

This is a four-day educational and professional development experience and each participant should be prepared for a unique hands-on cultural experience in mentorship with respected Knowledge Keepers and storytellers.

Who Should Participate?

  • community members,
  • students – 18 years+,
  • storytellers,
  • visual artists,
  • musicians,
  • dancers,
  • singers, and
  • emerging &/or professional theatre practitioners.

Activities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Berry picking, drying & pounding,
  • Bannock Making,
  • Medicine Walks,
  • Cultural Activities – beadwork, painting, jigging and singing,
  • Campfire/Storytelling – with special guests,
  • Optional cultural ceremonies will be available.

Participants are expected to take part in all components based on a rotational daily schedule.

To Register:

  • Registration Fee: $400.00 per person.
  • A $150.00 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration with the balance to be paid in full by Friday, August 19.
  • Financial assistance may be available for students upon request.
  • Registration deadline is Monday, July 31, 2016.

For more detailed information, or to register, please contact crossingtheatre@sasktel.net.

Camping on site, meals and snacks will be provided.
Participants are expected to stay for the duration of the gathering.
Participants should bring their musical instruments and traditional drums and rattles.

Gabriel’s Crossing is a drug and alcohol-free environment. We trust all guests will respect this gathering place!

For more information, click here for the Facebook Event.