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News (Fort McMurray): Keyano Theatre announces 2015-2016 Season

Keyano_Theatre_CompanyFrom courtroom dramas to fairytale musicals, Keyano Theatre Company’s upcoming drama series is set to entertain

Season subscriptions for 2015/16 4-Play Drama series go on sale Friday, April 24, 2015

Presented by the Keyano College Foundation, Partners and Friends and the Keyano Theatre Company, a diverse season of theatre entertainment comes to the Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre in the 2015/16
4-Play Drama Series.

“As the go to place for everything arts and culture in the region, I am excited to share these amazing shows with the community this year,” said Alan Roberts, Director, Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre. “We have something for everyone whether you would rather be backstage, in the spotlight or in the audience.”

Opening the season in October is the court room drama of two U.S. Marines accused of murder with A Few Good Men. This is followed in November by a dramatic story of a struggling writer in New York City and is told through the music of Canadian legend Leonard Cohen in Chelsea Hotel- Songs of Leonard Cohen by the Firehall Arts Centre. In the New Year the Keyano Theatre Company takes classic fairy tale characters out of classic fairy tale stories in the musical Into the Woods. Rounding out the season with some laughs in April is the British play based on a London taxi driver trying to balance his two wives in the comedy Run for Your Wife.

Season subscriptions for the 2015/16 4-Play Drama Series are available on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Keyano Box Office. The subscription package allows preferred and guaranteed seating, discounted prices, show date flexibility and early ticket purchase to the Syncrude Arts Alive Series. Subscription packages start at $86 per person.

For more information on the 2015/16 4-Play Drama Series season or the season subscription packages, please visit keyano.ca/theatre or call 780.791.4990.

Audition (Medicine Hat): Mary Poppins – Medicine Hat Firehall Theatre

medicine-hat-firehall-theatre-logoMedicine Hat Firehall Theatre Audition Call for Mary Poppins the Musical to be held May 8 and 9 at St. Patrick’s Church, the one on the north side of the river with the tall spire, 238 – 2 Ave NE. Drive into the parking lot and enter the door, towards the north end, which leads to the basement.

May 8 – 7:00 – 10:00 PM for lead roles
chimney sweeps – teenage to adult

May 9 – 3:00 – 5:00 children ages 8 to teenage
- 6:00 – 9:00 for chorus and anyone else except for children

Those who are auditioning will be asked to sing a song of about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes long, your choice. They will also be asked to do a reading and there will be some choreography.

A piano is available for accompaniment, you may sing acapella, or bring your own accompaniment.

May 19 will be for call backs, from the director and her crew, as well as those who could not come to the May 8 and 9 dates , but the latter must contact us to let us know that they are coming. Click here for the Facebook Audition event.

Auditions (Calgary): 2015 Generals – Quest Theatre

quest_logoQuest Theatre will be holding General Auditions on May 18 in Calgary for artists not familiar to the company. Auditions are for Equity artists and Non-Equity artists. As Quest Theatre is a touring company, artists cannot be enrolled as full or part-time students as of September 2015. 

Please prepare two contrasting monologues, no longer than 3 minutes each in length. Actors will audition in Calgary for Artistic Director Nikki Loach.

Quest Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and encourages submissions from actors of all cultural backgrounds.

Email headshots and resumes to: artistic-director@questtheatre.org by May 11, 2015. More information about Quest Theatre can be found at www.questtheatre.org.

News (Calgary): Calgary Opera announces 2015-2016 season

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Larger Than Life: 2015-2016 Season:

Lakmé
Die Tote Stadt
The Magic Flute
Opera in the Village
Christmas at the Opera

The centerpiece of this year’s Opera in the Village is Gilbert & Sullivan’s comedic opera, The Mikado. There will also be family friendly matinee performances of The Scorpions’ Sting. Both will be performed in our 900-seat open-air tent. The festival takes place August 13-22 in Calgary’s East Village RiverWalk™ Plaza.

We open the season with Lakmé by Leo Delibes, November 21, 25 & 27. Lakmé is the story of a Hindu Priestess who defies her father’s wishes to be with the handsome British officer she’s fallen deeply in love with.

Following Lakmé is the Canadian Premiere of Die Tote Stadt – The Dead City by Erich Korngold, January 30 & February 3 & 5. Calgary Opera welcomes back Bramwell Tovey as Conductor. Bramwell is a gifted Conductor and Musical Director, a published composer and a Juno and Grammy award winner. The production follows a man’s fight for his sanity as he’s tormented by desire of a seductress who bears striking resemblance to his ghostly love. 

The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, playing April 16, 20 & 22, is the final mainstage production for the 2015-2016 season. It’s an eternal audience favourite in which a queen entices a young prince in order to free her daughter from the clutches of her nemesis.

Submissions (Alberta): 2015 Dr. Dasha Goody Scholarship Awards

Dr. Dasha Goody Foundation Scholarship

PURPOSE AND CRITERIA

PURPOSE OF THE AWARD: To provide project-specific funding assistance to a vocal performing arts student for the purpose of advancing their Musical Theatre Training.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY: Any Alberta vocal performing artist interested in advancing their training to the next level.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received no later than
June 3rd, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDING AVAILABLE UNDER THIS PROGRAM: The total amount available for the 2015 grant distribution is $12,000.00.

TWO SCHOLARSHIP AVENUES FOR APPLICANTS!

Community Scholarship Educational Scholarship
Eligibility:

• Ages 15 and up
• Resident of Alberta
• No formal training necessary
• Costs associated with advancing musical theatre skills
• Costs of classes, workshops, private lessons, etc.
• Costs of materials and equipment for training

Eligibility:

• Ages 17 and up
• Resident of Alberta
• Some form of previous musical theatre training
• Tuition costs to a post-secondary institution or specific program
• Costs to train in a place other than the city they reside
• Costs of materials and equipment for training

HOW TO APPLY:

Three steps:
1. Fill out the application form (see below).
2. Assemble application package to include:

• Completed application form
• Resume (photo, previous training and courses completed in the performing arts)
• Two reference letters by other artists and/or instructors in the performing arts
• A DVD submission showcasing your performing skills in DVD or high definition DVD format. If the format is not acceptable and the jury cannot view your submission you will be disqualified.

o Must be from within the last six months
o Maximum length is three minutes
o Must include close-ups and wide shots to help evaluate interpretive and movement skills
o Submission SHOULD NOT be a past performance in a group setting. Solo pieces preferred.

3. Application package must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 3, 2015 at:

Dr. Dasha Goody Memorial Foundation Scholarship
#301, 14503 Miller Blvd.
Edmonton, AB T5Y 3A7

ACCOUNTABILITY: Any artist who has been awarded a grant will be required to submit a report to the Foundation detailing their studies which the grant supported.


DR. DASHA GOODY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
APPLICATION FORM 2015

Applying for:

 Community scholarship
 Educational scholarship

Last Name: _________________________________   First Name:____________________________________
Age:
Gender:  Female  Male
Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________
City/Town:__________________________________   Postal Code:___________________________________

Phone: _____________________________________    Cell:__________________________________________
Email:

Performing Arts Skills:

 

First and last name of parent or guardian (if under 18):__________________________________________
Work #: ____________________________________  Cell #: ___________________________________________
Email:_________________________________________________________________________________________

How did you hear about the Dr. Dasha Goody Memorial Foundation Scholarship?

 

Please provide a brief description of how you would like to use the funding (may use back of application or separate sheet if needed):

 

 

 

Estimated cost: $_______________________


THE DR. DASHA GOODY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR MUSICAL THEATRE STUDENTS

Dr. Dasha Goody was a well-known figure in the arts community in Edmonton. She passed away in 2001, after a half-century of work in the field of musical theatre. From her early days as a singer, to the founding of Orion Musical Theatre in the early 1950’s to the creation of the Edmonton Musical Theatre Society in 1977, Dr. Goody spent her career working with singers and dancers of all ages. Many of her students have gone on to successful professional careers, including the late Robert Goulet, Susan Gilmour and Dan Chameroy.

The Foundation was established in 2004 to create a legacy to Dr. Goody’s memory and its Board of Directors believed there was no better way of honoring Dr. Goody than to create a lasting scholarship in her name.

Directors:
President – Ted Greer, Vice President – Susan Rasko, Treasurer – Rob Graesser, Directors – Billie Wilkins, Colin MacLean

Honourary Patrons: Past Senator Tommy and Ida Banks, Bill Bannister,
Dr. Eric Schloss, Brandy Goody-Graesser, Linda Goody

Edmonton Musical Theatre Liaison: Steffni Ault

For more information about the scholarship, visit www.edmontonmusicaltheatre.com or email us at edmmusth@telus.net.

Classes (Edmonton): Spring Intro Film Acting – Freedom Tech Production

1.logo5745921_lg1SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE

Freedom Tech Production
Film Acting Classes
Did you ever have a dream to see your name in lights?
Freedom Tech Production we have joined forces with one of Alberta’s top Theatre and Film teacher she has more than 40 years of teaching under her belt and was a former professional actress with membership in A.C.T.R.A and C.A.E.A. We teach the full package which also includes the tech side with a professional technician who has worked at Disney, New York and on I.A.T.S.E projects.

Step into film—$ 450 includes GST (For 10 classes)
Start Date: Tuesday May 5th
Time: 6pm—8pm
Class age: Mixed age of 8—99
Location: Belgravia Community Hall

HURRY UP AND WAIT will be one of the things you will learn from this class. At the end of the session you will walk away knowing how to:

- Effectively camera slate.
– Effectively audition for a commercial.

- Explore iconic characters via the monologue.
– Explore crew positions.

Our classes are also known to get invited to advance film screening and some students have also been invited to sets.

Smoke, foley, special FX’s and film sets

To sign up please go to http://www.freedomtechproduction.ca/classes/sign-up/

We offer payment plans if required

Auditions (Calgary): 2015-2016 Season – Theatre Encounter

encounter_imageTheatre Encounter, Calgary’s experimental physical theatre company, seeks dynamic performers for its 2015-16 season.

General Auditions
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 @ 5:30 PM

We do a type of performance that often mixes all art forms, and is based on physical interpretations of the text. As such, actors, dancers, singers and / or musicians are encouraged to apply (although past training in dancing, singing or music is not mandatory). Productions are highly physical, and use varied forms of theatre to visually express the text. The rehearsal period is often in-depth and extended, and there is usually a training period that is prior / part of the process to introduce these variances.

If you are interested in auditioning, email us with a very brief introduction about yourself and your interests, and attach a good-quality headshot and resume. Please name your file attachments as: “yourname-actingresume.doc” or “yourname-headshot.jpg”.

For further details, please contact us at info@theatreencounter.com

For more information on Theatre Encounter, please visit www.TheatreEncounter.com

Audition (Edmonton): TYA Actor – ASSIST Community Services Centre

ASSIST_Smart-choices_logoOrganization: ASSIST Community Services Centre
Program: Smart Choices, Recognizing problem Gambling Program 
Immediate posting for TYA Actor 

We are looking for part-time actors to fill a role in a children’s theatre performance on addictions prevention at various schools, summer camps and youth centers throughout spring and summer 2015, with a possibility of extension into the fall and winter. Actors with experience doing sketch comedy and improve, and children theatre are most appreciated. Actors with flexible schedule are preferable. Rehearsals are to begin immediately. 

Position Title: Actor, Smart Choices: Recognizing Problem Gambling

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop or revise an interactive, educational and fun presentation about gambling geared towards K – 12 graders
  • Script the presentation, or revise the existing script and rehearse the presentation
  • Deliver the presentation to schools, camps and community groups
  • Develop and deliver pilot drama projects for other target age groups accordingly
  • Write a one page synopsis for the Final Report
  • Complete all paperwork for payroll, timesheets, etc. 

The Ideal Candidate would possess: BA Degree in art majoring drama, theatre, acting, or related field. Experience is an asset. Or College diploma in art or related field with two years of experience, or High school diploma with the minimum of three years relevant experience. 

Wage/Compensation: $17.50/hour

Deadline/Closing Date: Open until the position is filled

Smart Choices: Recognizing Problem Gambling educates children and youth about gambling and related addictions to develop personal strengths and decision making skills. This strategy is based on the understanding that the best way to prevent addictions is to build skills and support systems that increase resiliency and decrease the risk of unhealthy coping mechanisms.

Applicants can drop their resume with cover letter in person at any time during Monday to Thursday between 9:00am and 5:00pm to the following address in person, or send by E-mail, mail or fax accordingly to the contact person.

Dereje Berenda (DJ), Program Coordinator
ASSIST Community Services Centre
9649 – 105A Avenue, Edmonton AB
dereje.berenda@assistcsc.org or 780-429-3111 ext 306 or fax 780-424-7837

What’s On (Calgary): Red Riding Hood – StoryBook Theatre

RRH-Logo-01RED RIDING HOOD
APRIL 23 to MAY 9
Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 11am, 2pm & 4pm

RUNNING TIME: One Act Musical – 55 minutes
RECOMMENDED FOR AGES: 6 & Up

Call (403) 216-0808 for ticket information

written by Mike Kenny
composed by Julian Butler

Bridget and Stephen are on a sleepover at their grandmother’s house, but neither of them can sleep. So to pass the time, they decide to act out their favorite story with things found around the attic and clothes from the wardrobe. Soon what’s real and what’s imagined blur, and the children find themselves in the deep dark woods with a wolf tracking them down.

Job (Calgary): Head Scenic Carpenter – Alberta Theatre Projects

ATPJob Posting: (Head Scenic Carpenter)

Our aim at Alberta Theatre Projects is to make life more beautiful by creating and producing great contemporary theatre from Canada and beyond. Our work is about what’s now, what’s new and what’s next. In the welcoming oval of the Martha Cohen Theatre, right here in Calgary, we stretch as deep as life, as wide as the world.

Alberta Theatre Projects is seeking a Head Scenic Carpenter for the 2015/16 season.

This is an annually renewable contract position. Specific work dates will vary by season. 2015-2016 season work dates are July 27, 2015 – April 3, 2016.

Job Description/ Duties

• Preliminary planning & drafting of construction drawings for the seasons’ designed scenic elements
• Scheduling the build in conjunction with the Technical Director
• Creating a final materials purchase list for each production
• Construction and installation of all scenic elements for the 2015/16 season
• Supervising all additional labour required for the completion of all scenery
• Attend production meetings, staff meetings, technical rehearsals, and note sessions as scheduled
• Read all scripts for ATP productions prior to the first day of build.
• Collaborating in maintaining a safe shop, communicating repair and supply requirements.
Skills/ Requirements
• Experience with theatrical scenic construction including a wide range of materials.
• Experience with Vectorworks and all associated programs is an asset
• Broad working knowledge of scenic carpentry and metal fabrication/welding construction techniques using major shop tools
• Good organizational and communication skills
• Ability to interpret set design drawings and communicate required changes

Employer Profile
Alberta Theatre Projects is one of Canada’s leading contemporary theatres. We are in residence in the Martha Cohen Theatre (a 400 seat proscenium/thrust theatre) at Arts Commons (formally the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts) in the heart of downtown Calgary, Alberta. We produce from September through May. Our season is busy; our workplace is dynamic; the work on our stage is exciting and wide-ranging in style, process and artistry. We’re seeking a great team member to help us achieve our artistic goals and take ATP into the future. Check out our website at www.atplive.com.

Additional Information

Working conditions and wage shall be governed by Collective Agreement with I.A.T.S.E., Local 212.

Please send a letter of interest, an up-to-date CV, and a list of three references to David Fraser, Production Manager at dfraser@atplive.com. Interviews will begin May 1st and the posting will close once a successful candidate is found. We thank everyone for their interest, but only those short listed will be contacted.

Call for Submissions (Edmonton / Parkland County): Artstrek Community Sponsorships

Artstrek 4aAttention teens in Edmonton and in Spruce Grove/Stony Plain/Parkland County. Two community sponsorships are coming up to their deadlines on May 1st and on May 5th. Be sure to register for Artstrek and apply for these bursaries ASAP – you could get funding to attend Artstrek at Red Deer College in July!

More information about Artstrek Community Sponsorships can be found here.

Program: Ben Sauvé Artstrek Bursary
Eligibility: Edmonton Public High School students
Deadline: May 1, 2015
More information: Click here for information about the award and application form.
Additional details:

Ben was a grade 12 student in the Theatre Arts program at Victoria Composite High School. While returning home from a mime practice on the evening of October 5, 1987, he died in a traffic accident. In memory of this gifted, sensitive, and dedicated young man, his family and friends established a bursary fund. This bursary enables other young people to experience the joy of learning which Ben did in the Artstrek program. Of the money available for this bursary, two-thirds are from Ben’s own savings.

Program: Horizon Stage Artstrek Scholarships – Funded by the Horizon Stagelighters Society & the Theatre Advisory Board
Eligibility: Students age 12 – 18 who have completed grade 7, or higher, at a school in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, or Parkland County and are successfully registered for Artstrek.
Deadline: May 5, 2015 UPDATED!
More information: Two FULL scholarships are available. May be used for any of the three Artstrek programs. Students must submit a scholarship application letter to Horizon Stage that includes:
 • details about their experiences in theatre studies and/or theatre production.
 • their plans for future involvement in theatre.
 • how attending Artstrek will help them accomplish their goals.
 • their full address and contact information.
Factors such as academic excellence and financial need will also be taken into account.
Additional details:

Can be found on Horizon Stage’s website.

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News (Edmonton): 2015 Mayors Celebration for the Arts Award Recipients Announced

PACE_logoThe 28th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

2015 Award Recipients

(April 21, 2015 – Edmonton) – Mayor Don Iveson and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 28th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.

Mayor’s Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts

Recognizing a local business that has invested in an arts organization, event, project or individual artist in the greater Edmonton area in a creative and original manner.

Happy Harbor Comics, nominated by Jeff Martin

Happy Harbor is Edmonton’s only international award-winning store with a focus on promoting creativity to kids of all ages through comics.

Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support of the Arts

Recognizing a business or an individual that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to investing in Edmonton’s arts and culture industry through a specific arts organization, event, individual artist, or widespread investment in the arts.

Audreys Books, nominated by LitFest and the Alberta Book Fair Society

Audreys Books, Edmonton’s independent bookstore since 1975, enthusiastically supports local authors and hosts a multitude of author events. Audreys is the inaugural and continuing sponsor of the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, now in its 20th year, and provides support for Edmonton LitFest and the Edmonton Poetry Festival, while helping to develop the readers and writers of the future.

John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts

This award recognizes an individual, arts organization, media organization or business that has promoted the arts in a distinctly creative or exceptional manner.

Alexis Marie Chute, nominated by Wes Lafortune

Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, writer and advocate. PhotoLife Magazine named her an “Emerging Canadian Photographer” and she curates InFocus Exhibit during Exposure Photography Festival. She was Artist-in-Residence at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre. Her work is represented at Method Art and the Art Gallery of Alberta.

ATB Financial Ambassador of the Arts Award

Recognizing a mid-career individual or organization successful on a national or international level, that enlightens audiences and promotes Edmonton’s rich cultural, performance or visual arts scene in an extraordinary way.

Rapid Fire Theatre, nominated by the Rapid Fire Theatre Board of Directors

Edmonton’s busiest and favourite (Vue Weekly readers, Edmonton Journal polls) theatre company produces more than 220 shows, four festivals, 100 community visits and 14 international trips per year. In this, its 25th year of Theatresports, RFT is recognized as a mecca for new improv performers and a symbol for quality around the world.

ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement

Recognizing an individual who, over a minimum of 25 years, has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Edmonton.

The Honourable Tommy Banks

Since his 1950 professional debut, Tommy Banks has, as the Toronto Star pointed out, “…..done everything a musician could wish for.” MacLean’s Magazine observed that “it would be easier to list the things he doesn’t do.” He is the recipient of the Juno Award, the Gemini Award, the Grand Prix du Disques-Canada, several ARIA Awards, and is a member of the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame. He has conducted symphony orchestras throughout North America and in Europe. His recordings are on Century II Records, distributed by Royalty Records. He is a member of the A. F. of M., ACTRA, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (U.S.), the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

CN Youth Artist Award

Recognizing the importance of art and design to a youth’s education, and encouraging the development and education of young artists.

Kieran MacDonald, nominated by Victoria School of the Arts

Kieran is 17 and is a Grade 12 student at Victoria School of the Arts. He is training to become a professional dancer. Kieran has had the opportunity to train at Joffrey School of Ballet in New York and recently worked with world renowned choreographers in Los Angeles.

DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction

Recognizing the outstanding achievement of an artistic leader in a specific arts discipline, actively leading and working in the greater Edmonton arts and culture sector.

Amy Shostak, nominated by Christopher Samuel

Rapid Fire Theatre has grown dramatically under Amy’s guidance, doubling its weekly programming and public workshop offerings while settling into its new home at the Citadel Theatre. The dynamic, collaborative atmosphere around the company has fostered two new innovative, annual festivals, and some of the city’s most exciting live performances.

Mile Zero Dance Progressive Artist Award

Recognizing the achievements of Edmonton-based artists who actively work in the arts and engage with the community in challenging and exciting ways.

Paul Freeman, nominated by the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts

Independent visual artist Paul Freeman is one of the founders and the Artistic Director at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, an art centre for artists with developmental disabilities in Edmonton. For the last fifteen years Freeman has taught or facilitated art making with special populations including: youth at risk, people with mental illness or addiction issues, people living in poverty with a focus on developing creative opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Freeman’s interdisciplinary practice includes drawing, sculpture and photography/ digital image creation, and the creation of short animated films.

Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist

Recognizing Edmonton’s valued, upcoming professionals – artists who, in the early stages of their careers, demonstrate exceptional talent and accomplishments, as well as a unique artistic expression and commitment to the arts in the Edmonton region.

Ahmed Knowmadic, nominated by Muna Saleh

Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ Ali is a Somali-born Canadian. He is a full-time poet, writer, actor, comedian, speaker and youth worker. Ahmed is a Canadian Champion in spoken word and has his poetry published and taught in schools. He is one of the organizers and founders of the Breath in Poetry Collective.

Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize

Recognizing written work which deals with some aspect of the city of Edmonton: history, geography, current affairs, its arts or its people or is written by an Edmonton author.

Rudy Wiebe, Come Back, Penguin Random House Canada

Rudy Wiebe’s novels, stories and non-fiction stand at the forefront of Canadian literature. He is widely published internationally and has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction twice, for The Temptations of Big Bear and A Discovery of Strangers. Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman, which Wiebe co-authored with Yvonne Johnson, was awarded the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, among numerous others. His memoir, Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest, won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and was a national bestseller. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and lives in Edmonton with his wife, Tena.

Syncrude Award for Excellence in Arts Management

Recognizing individuals or organizations who have demonstrated innovation, leadership and vision in the management of a professional arts organization.

Karen Brown-Fournell, nominated by Christine DeWitt

Karen has been den mother to Rapid Fire Theatre’s volatile and unpredictable improvisors for the past 15 years, during which time she has helped elevate the company to a financially stable, forward-thinking operation within reach of its dream for a home of its own.

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award

Recognizing an individual or organization that has displayed the courage to take artistic risks and embrace innovation in artistic expression, resulting in a unique and distinctive project.

Amber Borotsik, nominated by Ben Sures

Amber Borotsik is an Edmonton-based contemporary dance and theatre artist. She mixes things up, working as an actor, dancer, choreographer, educator and creator (Scythe, Here. Like this.). In 2005 she founded the Expanse Festival with Azimuth Theatre Artistic Producer Murray Utas. Amber has received three Sterling Awards and has performed across Canada, the United States and in Japan with companies such as Theatre Network, Ghost River Theatre, Mile Zero Dance, and Northern Light Theatre among others.

Congratulations to the 2015 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts award recipients. Special thanks to our generous sponsors for their incredible support. For an overview of the event, photos and more information on the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, please visit pacedmonton.com. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event go toward supporting the 2015 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Charitable Partner, Theatre Network.

Audition (Edmonton): Summer Apprentice – Toy Guns Dance Theatre

11156248_1622277514670625_9068774496608436071_nToy Guns is launching an incredibly ambitious summer season (May-August) with performances throughout June, July, and August. We will be touring large scale productions as well as performing locally as part of multiple festivals and major events. We would love to have you join us on this amazing journey!

We are looking for four passionate apprentices to train and perform with Edmonton’s Best Dance Company (according to Vue Magazine). As a Toy Guns Apprentice you will be paid a performer stipend for major performances, we offer extensive training throughout the season with 6 technique classes weekly in addition to guest workshops, you will gain valuable experience working with professional artists, and become part of our network of artists which will give you priority when we are casting future projects and productions.

Ideally we are looking for:
1 female advanced level dancer
1 male advanced level dancer
1 female actor with movement training
1 male actor with movement training

Auditions will take place:
May 1st at 9am
May 3rd at 6pm
(approximately 1.5 hrs)
@ S.J.I. (11024 Whyte Ave)

Auditions will include a short technique class, improvised movement work, learning a piece of company repertoire and if shortlisted a questionnaire and/or interview (but we are really nice so it will be more fun then it sounds)

To book an audition time, or for more information, contact our general manager:
kasia@toygunstheatre.com

*We don’t require you to prepare anything for the audition but if you have any specific skill you would like to demonstrate you are welcome to (in the past we have had people sing, tell jokes, traditional filipino dancing, gymnastics/tumbling, as well as feats of flexibility and strength)

www.toygunstheatre.com

What’s On (Medicine Hat): The 2015 Pilot Lights Theatre Festival: Zone 7 High School One Act Plays

pilotlightsThe 2015 Pilot Lights Theatre Festival

Medicine Hat High School presents the Zone 7 Alberta High School One Act Plays

Medicine Hat High School is pleased in invite you to the second year of the MHHS Pilot Lights Theatre Festival. In connection with the Alberta High School One Act Festival, MHHS has created a showcase for the talents of students here in South Eastern corner of the province.
Every year, High School Drama students across the province compete in One Act Festivals in one of 12 zones. Each zone festival is adjudicated by theatre professionals, in areas such as performance and technical theatre. The adjudicators will then select one “best play” from each festival to be showcased at the Alberta High School One Act Festival in Red Deer.
Zone Festivals are a great opportunity for everyone involved; from performers, to directors, to technicians, and spectators!

Camp (Empress): Empress Summer Musical Theatre School

EmpressDistrictSMTS_Sliders_Jan9-03-976x418_cThe Village of Empress is hosting their first Summer Musical Theatre School July 20 to 26th, 2015. We have obtained 4 renowned professional instructors from across Canada with a wide variety of talent, from acting to classic guitar.
The week will culminate in a public performance on July 26th.
Check out our website at empresshasfinearts.com/registration and register today. Limit of 30 students.