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What’s On (Edmonton): Rubaboo Cabaret – Alberta Aboriginal Arts

Rubaboo CabaretTHE RUBABOO ARTS FESTIVAL closes with a fun-filled night of Cabaret!

Moe Clark headlines the evening, joined by a variety of performing artists!

PAY WHAT YOU WANT!

Date: Saturday, February 6

Time: Doors open at 7:45pm | Starts at 8:00pm

Location: La Cité Francophone, 8627-91 Street NW

Facebook Event: Click here.

Website: www.AlbertaAboriginalArts.com

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What’s On (Edmonton): Rubaboo Dance Night – Alberta Aboriginal Arts

Yvonne Chartrand in "Sara Riel" - Photo by Chris Randle

Yvonne Chartrand in “Sara Riel” – Photo by Chris Randle

RUBABOO’S DANCE NIGHT featuring SARA RIEL: THE LONG JOURNEY!

Created by Robin Poitras and Edward Poitras for Yvonne Chartrand, “Sara Riel: The Long Journey” is a contemporary dance-based solo performance that explores the life of Sara Riel, sister to Louis Riel – the leader of the Métis resistance movement in Saskatchewan. This dance evening will also feature the work of Skye Demas.

PAY WHAT YOU WANT

Doors at 6:45pm, Starts at 7:00pm
La Cité Francophone 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 St.)

www.AlbertaAboriginalArts.com

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Volunteer Opportunity (Edmonton): Ushers, Box Office, 50/50 Sellers, & More! – SkirtsAfire herArts Festival

Skirts a Fire

Volunteers needed for Gidion’s Knot Performance Run!

SkirtsAfire herArts Festival is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions during the run of Gidion’s Knot (March 3-13) and during the festival (March 10-13). Duties include ushers, box office attendants, 50/50 sellers (18+ only), bartenders and concessions attendants (pro-serve required).

Volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved with their community and be a part of the SkirtsAfire family. Volunteers will also be invited to a performance of Gidion’s Knot on March 2 and a Volunteer appreciation party will be held on Sunday, March 13. Volunteer applications will be accepted until February 17 and are available here.

For more information on SkirtsAfire herArts Festival or becoming a volunteer please visit skirtsafire.com or email volunteer coordinator Alison Besecker at skirtsafire@gmail.com.

SkirtsAfire herArts Festival features the work of women in theatre, music, dance, visual art, comedy and spoken word. Artists and audience come together to share in these powerful, moving, insightful and entertaining performances, exhibitions and workshops.

Deadline to Apply: February 17, 2016.

Volunteer Opportunity (St. Albert): Sex Please! We’re Sixty! – St. Albert Theatre Troupe

Logo-St.-Albert-Theatre-1Front of House, Dishwashing & Ushers Needed!

St. Albert Theatre Troupe is looking for volunteers to help support with Front of House, dishwashing and seating for our second show, Sex Please! We’re Sixty!

Volunteering starts at 5:30pm but if you cannot show up until later please sign up anyways and just leave a note.

Deadline to sign up: February 20, 2016

Sign up here: volunteerspot.com

If you have any questions, please contact Sonja Gould at hcbxn@stu.ca.

Job (Drumheller): Assistant Production Crew – Canadian Badlands Passion Play

The Canadian Badlands Passion PlaySeeking Assistant Production Crew in All Departments!

The Canadian Badlands Passion Play is currently accepting applications for Assistant Production Crew in all departments for the spring and summer of 2016. The Passion Play is a unique working environment as we are a professionally supported community theatre company on a filmic scale. Our stage is over a kilometer from SL to SR and rises in elevation more than 100′. The cast is approximately 200 performers, depending on the year, and 95% are volunteers. The rehearsals and performances happen outdoors on our stage in all kinds of spring and summer weather with as much tech as possible from day one.

Job Descriptions:

Assistant Carpenters will:

  • Assist in construction, repair, maintenance and instillation of all set elements as described in the script, assigned by the Set/Props Designer and those written into the rehearsal notes by Stage Management.
  • Assist with the practical interpretation of drawings and designs produced for the production in order to Build and Install in stage.
  • Be aware of the requirements for the health and safety legislation and procedures relevant to their role and be responsible for expressing any safety concerns that are observed and assisting to rectify them.
  • Be part of the Running Crew where they may be responsible for the Pre-setting, show setting, striking, operation of, and ‘On the Fly’ fixes or repairs to specific Stage, Set, props and FX pieces during the run of the show.

Assistant Props will:

  • Assist in construction, repair, maintenance and instillation of all set elements as described in the script, assigned by the Set/props Designer and those written into the rehearsal notes by Stage Management.
  • Interpret drawings and designs produced in order to build prop elements for use by performers and Directors during rehearsals and full production.
  • Assist to Source and purchase prop elements that cannot, or should not, be built for the production in house.
  • They must be aware of the requirements of the health and safety legislation and procedures relevant to their role and be responsible for expressing any safety concerns that are observed and assisting to rectify them.
  • Be part of the Running Crew where they may be responsible for the Pre-setting, show setting, striking, operation of, and ‘On the Fly’ fixes or repairs to specific Stage, Set, props and FX pieces during the run of the show.

Assistant Wardrobe will:

  • Will be working in the wardrobe department as a cutter, stitcher and dresser as required. hand-sewing, millinery,
  • Dying and painting and craftwork as required.
  • Cobbling as required. (Often responsible for shoe repairs which includes sewing and gluing)
  • Costume assembly from general stock for BG Actors, under the direction of the Head of Wardrobe and Costume Designer.
  • Costume Maintenance, Costume pulling, Laundering and prep for storage as required.
  • Alterations and repairs on stock costumes as required.
  • Being a Show Dresser during the production. Includes; Pre-setting costumes before each show, Assisting quick changes for actors as needed, Assist with show laundry each night as required.

Sound Assistant will:

  • Be responsible for moving gear around, hooking up speakers, running lines to speakers, hiding speakers, running tests on equipment, cleaning equipment, and maintaining upwards of 24 wireless mics to help setup the sound system before rehearsals begin.
  • Be responsible for making sure all actors have their appropriate mics at the appropriate time.
  • They will need to ascertain issues with costumes and specific actors in relation to mic placement and retention.
  • When available the Sound Assistant will be called on to listen from the audience to help with setting levels and locations of mics.
  • They are also responsible for creating a mic map that shows when actors have mics relative to the script and keep it updated as changes occur.

These are contract positions. They may have a small amount of preliminary satellite hours starting in early March through April but will be full time (5 day weeks), on site in Drumheller, AB, from early May through late July. The Passion Play is not preferential to either Union or Non-Union professionals. We can never be a CTA theatre company but we have hired Equity professionals under Guest Artist Policies Contracts in the past.

The Canadian Badlands Passion Play is one of Canada’s largest outdoor theatrical events. A not for profit, charitable organization in its 23rd season, the company annually depicts the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in dramatic form. With mixed cast of roughly 200 volunteer and professional performers, live animals and permanent middle eastern set structures on a massive outdoor stage, The Passion Play is an epic story told on an epic scale.

Please submit digital resumes to passionplayproduction@gmail.com no later than February 26th, 2016. If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact the email listed above.

Website: The Canadian Badlands Passion Play

Job (Drumheller): Head of Props – Canadian Badlands Passion Play

The Canadian Badlands Passion PlaySeeking Head of Props

The Canadian Badlands Passion Play is currently accepting applications for the positions of Head of Props for our 2016 Summer Production. The Passion Play is a unique working environment as we are a professionally supported community theatre company on a filmic scale. Our stage is over a kilometer from SL to SR and rises in elevation more than 100′. The cast is approximately 200 performers, depending on the year, and 95% are volunteers. The rehearsals and performances happen outdoors on our stage in all kinds of spring and summer weather with as much tech as possible from day one.

The Successful candidate will be part of the Set/Props Build team which consists of: Head of Props Construction, Assistant props builder, Armourer, Head Carpenter, Assistant Carpenters, and Production Volunteers. Duties include but not limited to:

  • Responsible for the procurement of prop elements for the production by either inventory search, construction, purchase or rental means as appropriate for the show.
  • Work with the Set/props Designer, Production Manager and Technical Director to effectively build props design elements.
  • Oversee and participate in the timely completion of all prop design elements built for the production, working to high standards of accuracy and detail.
  • Manage props builders in all areas, including wood, metal, paint, foam, drapes and others. • Assists in costing, budgeting and scheduling the project builds.
  • Expedites projects within scheduled deadlines and Reports to the Production Manager on a regular basis as to the status of the project budget and schedule.
  • Supervise and maintain the workshop and production worksites and to keep them safe and clean
  • Responsible for the inventory, care and maintenance of all props/set pieces associated with the production and as necessary Repair and/or rebuild old props pieces.
  • Interpret Technical and design and drawings produced for the production into new built prop elements for use by performers and Directors.
  • Source and purchase set/props that cannot, or should not, be built for the production in house.
  • They must be aware of the requirements of the health and safety legislation and procedures relevant to their role and be responsible for expressing any safety concerns that are observed and assisting to rectify them.
  • Continuously take into consideration the props/set pieces from the script, the rehearsal notes or are assigned by the Designer and help to ensure that they are available on time, and within budgetary requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned by Production Manager for the smooth operation of the set/props departments.
  • Oversee and participate in Pre-setting, show setting and striking of Stage, Set, props and FX pieces during the run of the show.

This is a contract position that is full time (5 day weeks), on site in Drumheller, AB, from early May through late July. The Passion Play is not preferential to either Union or Non-Union professionals. We can never be a CTA theatre company but we have hired Equity professionals under Guest Artist Policies Contracts in the past.

The Canadian Badlands Passion Play is one of Canada’s largest outdoor theatrical events. A not for profit, charitable organization in its 23rd season, the company annually depicts the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in dramatic form. With mixed cast of roughly 200 volunteer and professional performers, live animals and permanent middle eastern set structures on a massive outdoor stage, The Passion Play is an epic story told on an epic scale.

Please submit digital resumes to passionplayproduction@gmail.com no later than February 26th, 2016. If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact the email listed above.

Website: The Canadian Badlands Passion Play

Call for Nominations (National): 2016 CITT/ICTS Awards – Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology

citt-ictsAccepting nominations for the 2016 CITT/ICTS Awards! 

CITT/ICTS is proud to recognise individuals and companies that excel in their field of live performance in Canada. The CITT/ICTS Awards are designed to honour individuals and companies from a wide spectrum of the Canadian live performance industry.

The six CITT/ICTS Awards are:

  • Dieter Penzhorn Memorial Award
  • The Ron Epp Memorial Award For Professional Achievement
  • CITT/ICTS Educational Achievement Award
  • CITT/ICTS Supplier (Corporate) Achievement Award
  • CITT/ICTS Award of Technical Merit
  • The Honorary Membership Award

The nomination of candidates for CITT/ICTS Awards is driven directly by the membership. This is your chance to recognise a company, the work of a mentor, a colleague or someone whose work you admire. The final selection is made by the Awards Committee made up of the Section Representatives, the Vice-President and either the Past President or President-Elect, who acts as chair of the committee. The awards will be handed out at the award banquet held on Saturday August 20 during the CITT/ICTS Rendez-vous in Winnipeg, Manitoba. To view the list of past recipient, please click here.

Starting this year the nomination process for CITT/ICTS awards has moved online. You can now submit your nominations by using our online nomination form! The required contents of the nomination remain the same, you just need to click submit.

The deadline to receive nominations for the 2016 awards is March 31, 2016. To read the complete guidelines and to access the online form, please visit our website!

Event (Calgary): Industry Night – Theatre Calgary

Industry Night at Theatre CalgaryJoin Us at Industry Night to Discuss the Convergence of Set Design &  Architecture!

Join us on Monday, February 8 for an evening of interesting and illuminating conversation, as we explore where our theatre practices and the outside world converge! Celebrated set designer and University of Calgary Drama Department associate professor, April Viczko, and award-winning architect with Dialog Designs, Robert Claiborne, will discuss their practices and processes with each other, and discover where they differ, where they agree, and what these two industries can learn from each other.

Industry Night takes place at the Engineered Air Theatre at Arts Commons. Doors open at 7:00 pm, with the presentation beginning at 7:30 pm.

RSVP to this FREE event by emailing kbooth@theatrecalgary.com

Call for Applications (Edmonton): Improvaganza – Rapid Fire Theatre

Rapid Fire TheatreJoin us this year as we celebrate our 16th annual Improvaganza!

Every year at Improvaganza, Rapid Fire Theatre hosts improvisors from across Canada, North America and beyond. For ten days in the end June, Rapid Fire Theatre hosts the best comedy acts we can find, plus Theatresports matches, specialty shows, and tons of social events too. The 16th annual Improvaganza will run from June 15-25, 2016.

Interested in performing at Improvaganza? We are looking for the best improv and sketch acts from around the world, as well as individual improv artists to perform in the international festival ensemble.

For the Artist application, performance times, accommodations and hospitality, compensation, and workshop information, please click here.

Deadline to Apply: February 29, 2016

Deal (Calgary) – Early Bird Discount – Spring Break Drama Day Camp – Pumphouse Theatre Society

Pumphouse Theatre - Spring Camp, March 2016MARCH 21-25TH @ The Pumphouse Theatre

The Pumphouse Theatre Spring Drama Day Camp is a great introduction to drama basics. Participants learn through dramatic arts to gain confidence, make friends and have fun!

Each day of the camp is divided into classes, covering a variety of acting techniques, speech, physical theatre, play creation, and much more! Emphasis is placed on group work that help to develop social and other life skills. Under the guidance of our professional instructors, participants will work together within their age group to create a play. At the end of each session, participants will showcase their new work to family and friends by performing this brand-new creation.

Cost: $300 ($250 DISCOUNTED)

Early-bird deadline is FEBRUARY 21, 2016. Discount applies to registrations received before February 21 or to multiple registrations per family.

Visit pumphousetheatre.ca for more information and to register.

Deal (Calgary): Conference – The Art of Leadership for Women

See Geena Davis & Diana Nyad LIVE in Calgary April 4th!

Register before Friday, February 12th to save up to $100 per pass.

The Art of Leadership for Women brings together a collection of five world-renowned bestselling authors, thought leaders and visionaries for a one-day conference focusing on helping leaders adapt to the rapidly changing business environment.

Connect with over 1,200 of Alberta’s most influential leaders and gain insights from:

  • Geena Davis – Academy Award-Winning Actress and Founder & Chair of The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
  • Diana Nyad – Record-Breaking Endurance Athlete & Bestselling Author of Find a Way
  • Kirstine Stewart – Bestselling Author of Our Turn & VP Media North America at Twitter Canada
  • Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson – Bestselling Author, Social Psychologist & Associate Director of the Motivation Science Centre at Columbia Business School
  • Tammy Herrmann – Vice President, Global Leadership Development, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge

Take advantage of our preferred member rate, use promo-code TA27 and save up to $100 when registering!

Deadline to Register: April 3, 2016

When: April 4, 2016 – 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Location:

Calgary TELUS Convention Centre
Macleod Hall – South Building
120 9th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0P3

Conference Website

Workshop (Edmonton): Artstrek 2016 Instructor – Facilitator / Painless Public Speaking – Alyson Connolly (dot) com

Alyson Connolly headshot

Alyson Connolly, Performer,Teacher, and  Voice & Public Speaking Coach.

“I’m inspired by the impact of a powerful presentation. I’m excited about helping people find their voice and the joy of speaking in front of others.”

Painless Public Speaking Workshop.

Date: Sunday February 7, 2016.

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 Noon.

Chateau Lacombe Hotel
10111 Bellamy Hill Road NW
Edmonton, AB

News (International): Albertan Play Premieres at Write To The Heart Play Festival

James HutchisonPerfect Match Premiers at Därkhorse Drämatists Write to the Heart Play Festival

Perfect Match, a one act comedy by Calgary playwright James Hutchison is one of six plays being presented at this year’s Därkhorse Drämatists Write to the Heart – Plays on Love Festival in Binghamton New York on February 19 & 20, 2016 at the Cider Mill Playhouse.

SYNOPSIS : The Perfect Match Corporation provides humans with robotic companions. Sarah Quan has run into her old boyfriend Christopher Connor and invites him and his robotic companion Melissa over to have dinner with her and her glitchy robotic companion Leo. It soon becomes apparent that Sarah and Christopher still have feelings for each other and Leo, sensing the attraction, is determined to keep Sarah and Christopher apart by any means necessary.

Perfect Match a one act comedy by James Hutchison:

  • Directed by Pete Bowers
  • Cat Robinson as Sarah a woman in her late 20s
  • Tony Yajko as Leo her perfect match who happens to resemble Christopher
  • Joe Bardales as Christopher a man in his late 20s
  • Julia Adams as Melisa his perfect match who happens to resemble Sarah

Därkhorse Drämatists, located in the theatre-rich community of Binghamton, NY, is a conglomerate of talented actors, writers and directors that come together to bring new plays to the forefront. Their goal is to breathe new life into community theatre, through engaging local audiences with fresh, bold work they can’t see anywhere else.

James Hutchison is a Calgary playwright specializing in comedy, romance, and mystery and is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Alberta Playwrights Network and Theatre Alberta. You can follow James on Twitter @lifeisanact or visit his web site at www.jameshutchison.ca where he blogs and occasionally interviews other actors, writers, and directors about theatre.

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

Script-SalonSCRIPT SALON PRESENTS A THRLLINGLY THEATRICAL ODYSSEY OF CONSCIENCE IN KEN CAMERON’S AWARD WINNING THE BLOGFATHER

On Sunday, February 7 SCRIPT SALON is proud to present a reading of the extraordinary 2015 winner of the Alberta Playwriting Competition: Ken Cameron’s THE BLOGFATHER.  

THE STORY: Invited to act as a judge at an Iranian Arts festival, a naive Canadian playwright (Chris Craddock) finds himself ill-equipped to navigate the crushing politics and subtle rebellion at the heart of Iranian society. But when he encounters a young Iranian/Canadian blogger who has incurred the anger of the state (Jeff Halaby), the playwright sees first hand the courage and consequences of expressing free speech in a totalitarian nation. THE BLOGFATHER is an unexpectedly theatrical and affecting tribute based on playwright Ken Cameron’s personal experiences in Iran.

The play is read by Chris Craddock, Jeff Halaby and Roya Yazdenmehr.

Sunday, February 7 at 7:30 in the Upper Arts Space at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Avenue).

Admission is free although donations are accepted. Refreshments are available. Parking is free.

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

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

For further information, please contact David Belke at 780 437-7507

Job (Edmonton): Sewist – Seasonal, Fixed-term – Fort Edmonton Park

Fort Edmonton Park

Calling all sewing enthusiasts with a passion for period costume! Fort Edmonton Park is hiring!

We are looking for 2 experienced Sewists to assist with costuming for our busy summer season. Our contract Sewists, under the direction of the Costuming Coordinator will work closely with the Costuming Assistant and department Volunteers to alter and maintain costumes, build stock costume pieces and assist with the moving of historical costumes between locations.

If you’re a keen sewer with a passion for period costume and you’d like to spend a summer on ‘1885 street’, then make a difference and apply today!

Qualifications for this position include:

  • Completion or enrollment in a sewing-related program or, equivalent experience
  • Good hand and machine-sewing skills
  • Excellent communication skills with fluency in English
  • Experience in completing alterations

Excellent time-management and organizational skills as well as the ability to maintain an efficient working pace will be essential in coping with the demands of this seasonal role. Experience working with period costumes is not essential but will be considered a definite asset.

Hours of work: Up to 35 hours p/w, Monday to Friday (incl. occasional Saturdays)

Rate of pay: $15 per hour

Contract duration: Contract lengths will vary in length from 8 – 16 weeks, starting as early as March 7 (or as late as April 4) and finishing as early as May 27.

Deadline to Apply: Interested applicants are invited to send a resume and covering letter to meg.furler@edmonton.ca no later than midnight on February 7, 2016.

Successful candidates will be required to bring samples of their work or a portfolio to interview.

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this employment opportunity, however only those candidates considered for the position will be contacted.