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What’s On (Calgary): Leaving Ruin – Fire Exit Theatre

Fire-Exit-Season-6-Leaving-Ruin-188Fire Exit Theatre presents
by Jeff Berryman
our Guest Artist Series

Leaving Ruin chronicles the tough, often humorous battle of a man chasing the will of God in a time of what seems to be divine silence.

Cyrus rummages through memories and old dreams, but the characters inhabiting his past offer no answers, and his frustration is ever on the verge of spilling into a shouting match with the silence. Through his humor, his lament, and his faith, Cyrus wrestles with God, hoping for a break in the silence, hoping finally to hear that elusive word of blessing and affirmation, a word that sometimes comes only with quiet.

November 5 – 9, 2014 at the Epcor Centre for the Arts. Call 403-640-5617 for tickets.


Job (Calgary): Sales & Box Office Associate – Theatre Calgary

TC_logonoyearnoDGJOB POSTING: Sales & Box Office Associate – Theatre Calgary

Theatre Calgary’s Sales & Box Office Associate will be responsible for actively selling theatre tickets to New and Renewing Subscribers, as well as to Single Ticket Purchaser, and to provide the highest level of customer service while doing so. Responsibilities will be split between Administrative Offices and Theatre Box Office.

Reporting to the Director of Sales & Customer Service, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

• Actively engaging in selling Theatre Calgary Season Subscriptions and Single Tickets (by phone and/or in person) while adhering to the current Theatre Calgary marketing strategies and maintaining superb customer service levels
• Is (or quickly becomes) fluent on the Tessitura ticketing system in order to process and track purchases, ticket exchanges, ticket re-print, etc.
• Keeps accurate and legible records (accounting, communications, pending files, etc.)
• Handles customer relations and patron inquiries in person and over the telephone in a manner that is not only respectful, but which reflects the highest customer service standards.
• Becomes thoroughly familiar with all aspects of Theatre Calgary in order to provide patrons and potential customers with accurate information regarding the company, our productions, the theatre, polices and procedures, etc…These communications must be made with the primary goal of ensuring an ultimate customer experience.
• Actively participates in all incoming and outbound call campaigns as required.
• Actively participates in all facets of Sales campaigns as requested (selling, tracking, calling, printing, mailings, etc.)
• Performs other duties as required.

For a full job description, including submission information, please download the Employment posting.

Application deadline is 4:00 pm, Friday, November 7th, 2014.

Call for Submissions (Edmonton & Area): Choreographer for The Addams Family Musical – Leduc Drama Society


Leduc Drama Society’s spring musical The Addams Family is in need of a choreographer. If you or someone you know is interested in filling this position, please send an email with your experience to Lauren Tamke at tamke_l@hotmail.com

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 7 at 5 PM. The show will be performed at the Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts in Leduc in June 2015.

Event (Edmonton): Beyond Board Basics Conference 2014 – Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

board-leadership-beyond-board-basics-2014The Beyond Board Basics Conference 2014 is a series of advanced expert-led workshops that will give you the latest thinking and practical tools to help you successfully lead your organisation.

Join our Keynote Speaker Mark Cabaj as he  explores the emerging frameworks and practices of social innovation that can help community builders navigate the challenge of tackling complex issues.

When: November 8, 2014 –  7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: University of Alberta, 1-047 Lister Centre, 11613 87 Avenue NW
Admission: $130

Click here for more information, including conference schedule, guest speakers, and to register.

Event Contact: Gemma Dunn
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

Event (Edmonton): Scene Study for November 2nd – Grindstone Theatre

Liz Hobbs

Liz Hobbs

Hello fellow Theatre Practitioners!

What: November Edmonton Scene Study
Where: Sun and Moon Visionaries, 10125 97 Avenue
When: Sunday, November 2nd, 2pm-4pm
*Please email briannejang@gmail.com to RSVP if you are able to attend.

Liz Hobbs

Liz Hobbs is an Edmonton-based director, actor and theatre creator. She is a founding member and the Artistic Director of Punctuate! Theatre, as well as the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Prospero. During the summers she is the festival programming coordinator of the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. She is a University of Alberta graduate with a double major in Drama and Psychology. Liz divides her time between devising and dramaturging new plays, directing established scripts, acting and stiltwalking for various productions and festivals, and directing and teaching students in Theatre Prospero’s residency programs.

Selected directing credits include “The End of Civilization”, “Judith”, “An Evening with Satan”, “Scars are Healing Wrong”, “Vice Re-Versa”, “Dirt” (Punctuate! Theatre), “Macbeth”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “A Christmas Carol”, “The Wizard of Oz” (Theatre Prospero), “The Secrets of Immortality”, “Tristan and Isolde” (Serca Festival), “13 Encounters and Fish at the Bottom of the Sea” (NextFest). Previous acting credits include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Tempest”, “Macbeth”, “Romeo and Juliet” (Theatre Prospero), “The Silence Project”, “An Evening with Satan” (Punctuate! Theatre) and “Dead Centre of Town” (Catch the Keys). Coming up, Liz is delighted to be assistant directing the Citadel’s production of “Venus In Fur” and then directing “Featuring Loretta” and “Criminal Genius” for Punctuate! Theatre’s repertory production of all six of George F. Walker’s Suburban Motel plays.

Edmonton Scene Study

Edmonton Scene Study is for emerging and professional theatre practitioners (actors, directors, playwrights…) to share in the reading of plays.
The world of theatre is so rich and vast that we should be encouraged to explore it. Not only does the play come to life as we read it aloud, it broadens our knowledge of theatre, our skills in cold reading and warms the relationships we have in this theatre community. All theatre lovers are invited to join the group, enjoy meeting fellow artists, and share a scene from a play.

Edmonton Scene Study will be hosted once a month, so please come and be inspired and join the Edmonton Scene Study group on facebook for all updates.


Brianne Jang

News (National): Colleen Murphy wins Carol Bolt Award for Pig Girl

Colleen Murphy

Congratulations to Colleen Murphy on receiving the 2014 Carol Bolt Award for her play Pig Girl during the Tom Hendry Awards ceremony held in Toronto on October 27th.

The Carol Bolt Award is presented annually to recognize the best work premiered by a Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) member in the past year. Pig Girl received its World Premiere at Theatre Network in Edmonton in 2013. Colleen is currently the University of Alberta Department of Drama Lee Playwright in Residence, and her play Armstrong’s War is scheduled to play at Theatre Network in April 2015.

Congratulations to all the nominees and recipients of the 2014 Tom Hendry Awards. Click here for a list of the Award recipients and play descriptions.

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Peep Show! – Alberta Playwrights’ Network

SkirtsAfire2015APN-logo-color-left-textSUBMISSION CALL for Peep Show!
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Alberta Playwrights’ Network and SkirtsAfire are now accepting submissions for the third annual Peep Show a tease of new plays that will be presented at the 2015 edition of SkirtsAfire herArts Festival taking place March 5-8, 2015 in Edmonton.

• Submissions must be non-produced pieces written by Edmonton and area women.
• Four plays will be chosen to have segments read by a cast of professional actors.

Submission guidelines are as follows:

• Your play must be received via e-mail by Saturday November 1, 2014
• Please include a cover letter with contact information, playwright biography
and a synopsis of the play
• Plays must not have been previously produced or published
• No musicals are accepted

Please send submissions to:

Tracy Carroll
Alberta Playwrights’ Network

For more information visit our websites:

Edmonton theatre community mourns loss of Norm Usiskin

Norm Usiskin

Norm Usiskin

The staff and Board of Theatre Alberta were saddened to learn of the passing of Norm Usiskin. Norm passed away on October 20th.

Norm was a teacher who was active in the theatre community as both a director and actor, and has attended Theatre Alberta’s Dramaworks a number of times. Norm has also referred students to Theatre Alberta’s Artstrek.

Donations in Norm’s memory may be made to: Horizon Players, ELOPE, the Edmonton Community Foundation where a scholarship in Norm’s name is being established to support youth interested in theatre; or a charity of your choice. 

Our deepest condolences to Norm’s family and friends. 

Click here to read Norm’s obituary in the Edmonton Journal.

What’s On (Medicine Hat): Fiddler on the Roof – Medicine Hat Musical Theatre

fiddlerontheroofMedicine Hat Musical Theatre presents
Fiddler on the Roof

This timeless classic tells the story of family in changing times, their struggles and how they deal with them. Noted for its scintillating music, script full of humour as well as anguish, Fiddler is a must see. This production excels with rich voices and fine acting. A full evening’s entertainment and a lifetime of memories.

Nov. 14, 15, 16 (matinee) and Nov. 19-22
The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre
Medicine Hat, AB

Performances at 8 PM except matinee at 2 PM
Tickets on line at www.tixx.ca or call 1-403-502-8580

News (High River): Windmill Theatre Players set to celebrate 40th anniversary

WindmillTheatrePlayers_logoOn November 22, 2014, Windmill Theatre Players will celebrate its 40th anniversary in a celebration at the High River Memorial Center, before the Saturday evening performance of The Sound of Music.

The company plans to take a stroll down memory lane from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Munchies and a light supper will be provided. 

If you have any memorabilia, photos, and/or newspaper clippings from past Windmill Theatre Players productions, they would love to hear from you! Please email Celia at wtp@shaw.ca.

Please RSVP your attendence to Celia at wtp@shaw.ca (and don’t forget to order tickets for the evening performance). Please extend this invitation to any present and past members; they would love to see all of you there!


All Stages Online: Fall 2014 – Using video to share audience reactions

This is fun!

To help promote it production of Butcher by Nicholas Billon, Alberta Theatre Projects published a video of its opening night audience reactions to the play. We thought this was an interesting way to amplify a play’s positive word-of-mouth by using social media. 

For more ideas on reaching out to Albertan theatre audiences, check out the latest issue of All Stages Magazine on Audience Engagement. Click here to view as a PDF.

Butcher plays until November 1st at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Arts’ Martha Cohen Theatre. Call 403-294-7402 for tickets.


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News (Alberta): ADFA announces Regional Festival dates and locations

ADFAad_2014FallThe Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) is is an umbrella organization for adult amateur drama activity in the province of Alberta. With ten zones across the province, the ADFA supports theatre in every corner of the province with regional festivals that lead to the annual Provincial One-Act Play Festival. Completely volunteer driven with no paid positions, the ADFA proudly supports fellow citizens in their quest for the stage, and Theatre Alberta is proud to support the ADFA!

ADFA Regional Festivals dates and locations include:

  • Peace Country Region: February 7, 2015: Grande Prairie Live Theatre
  • Yellowhead Region: March 28, 2015: Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts, Leduc (hosted by Leduc Drama Society)
  • Edmonton Region: February 27 & 28, 2015: Théâtre de La Cité francophone, Edmonton
  • Heartland Region: April 11, 2015: Scott Block Theatre, Red Deer
  • Calgary Region: March 27, 28 & 29, 2015: Pumphouse Theatres, Calgary
  • Foothills Region: March 27 & 28, 2015: Memorial Centre, High River
  • Chinook Region: March 13 & 14, 2015: Stendale-Bennet Theatre, Lethbridge (hosted by Playgoers of Lethbridge)
  • Cypress Region: To be announced

Dates and location have not yet been announced for the 2015 Provincial Adult One-Act Festival
Visit www.adfa.ca for more information. 

Job (Edmonton): Box Office Customer Service Representative – The Citadel Theatre

Citadel_logoThe Citadel Theatre, one of Canada’s largest and busiest professional, not-for-profit theatre companies and facilities, has an opening for a part-time:

Box Office Customer Service Representative

If you enjoy working in a fun and fast-paced atmosphere, are computer literate and enjoy a flexible work schedule then this position is for you! You must possess a positive sales-oriented attitude, provide consistently courteous service to the public and demonstrate the ability to handle cash and credit card transactions with integrity. The hours for this position are mostly weekdays and evenings.

Please email your cover letter with availability (Applications without indicated availability will not be considered) and resume to:

Kim Stadelmann, Director of Sales and Guest Services     kstadelmann@citadeltheatre.com

The Citadel Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Thank you for your interest but only those persons chosen for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Call for Submissions (Alberta): Playwrights – APN Write-A-Thon

writeAthon2014Call for Playwrights
To participate in the 2nd Annual
In support of Alberta Playwrights’ Network

November 14 @ noon to November 15@ noon
Calgary (New APN Office) & Edmonton (Workshop West)

APN Write-A-Thon is like a 24 hour playwriting contest meets a bike-a-thon. Playwrights sign up to write for 24 straight hours (in a room with other playwrights in Edmonton or Calgary) and collect donations through the RaiseAthon.ca website from October 1 to November 15th. Building on the success of 2013’s event, the 2014 APN Write-A-Thon will provide participants with the camaraderie, space, and time to write the first draft of their new play, or finish one (or two) they’re already working on.

Playwrights and /or teams of writers will set a goal for how many pages they can write in 24 hours. All the proceeds for this event will go towards play development workshops, creating new member resources, public staged readings of brand new plays & professional and amateur playwright development courses.

• All writers who complete WRITE-A-THON will receive a complimentary APN one-year membership
• All writers who raise $300 or more will receive a complimentary Act One Service (script consultation)!
• We will have Dramaturgical help onsite so you can keep going!
• There will be great prizes for the most money raised!
• All the coffee and snacks you can conceivably consume!

For more information, please visit our website (www.albertaplaywrights.com) and to register, visit www.raiseathon.ca/apnwriteathon

Education (Red Deer): RDC Study Tour New York City – Red Deer College

RDC_theatre-performanceFebruary 16 – 20, 2015

Gain a global perspective to learning by joining RDC on a Study Tour to New York City, where you will experience world-class theatre by renowned actors, instructors, directors and designers.

Take in first-class theatre shows both on and off Broadway, visit The Metropolitan Museum Museum of Art (MOMA), tour The Juilliard School, and explore other amazing New York landmarks, such as Central Park, The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty and more.

Our days will consist of both group activities and optional independent exploration.

Registration Deadline: December 12, 2014.

Click here to view brochure (PDF)