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What’s On (Calgary): The Shape of a Girl – Artists’ Collective Theatre

soag.nov_.fundraiser.800Artists’ Collective Theatre is presenting two public performances of its school tour show The Shape of a Girl in order to raise money for those schools which cannot otherwise afford to have us bring the show to them.

The Shape of a Girl, by Canadian playwright Joan MacLeod, is a powerful one woman show that deals with the grim reality of female bullying and the code of silence amongst teens. Through her experiences and those of her friends, Braidie can see how bullying that starts as early as elementary school can lead ultimately to tragedy for teens.

Only two performances, November 7th and 8th, at the West Village Theatre in Calgary.

To reserve tickets visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/904541

Kind Regards,

Amanda Liz Cutting
Artistic Director,
Artists’ Collective Theatre

Audition (Calgary): The Goat – Artists’ Collective Theatre

ACT presents The Goat, by Edward Albee

ACT presents The Goat, by Edward Albee

Audition for Artists’ Collective Theatre’s production of The Goat or Who is Sylvia by Edward Albee.

WHEN: Sunday, October 26th
WHERE: TBA (in Calgary)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 25th, 11:57 pm

Please email info@acttheatre.ca to request a time. Please attach headshot and resume. Only those chosen will be contacted with an audition time and the location.

Rehearsals will likely be in November, December, and the beginning of January. The show will run January 15th to 24th at the West Village Theatre.

Martin Gray – 50 year old architect
Stevie Gray – Martin’s wife
Billy Gray – 17 year old son of Stevie and Martin
Ross Tuttle – mid 40s, Gray family friend and tv host

Deals with mature subject matter.

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Girls Gone Wilde Festival -Urban Curvz Theatre

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Show us your wits!
Urban Curvz Theatre is seeking submissions for the 4th annual
Girls Gone Wilde Festival (March 16-21, 2015)

The Girls Gone Wilde Festival is a celebration of new works that tell female-centric stories with humor, passion, and wit. We welcome submissions from playwrights and creators of any gender whose work demonstrates a commitment to creating rich female characters.

Submission Criteria: Scripts should pass the Bechdel Test
1. Pieces must feature two or more female characters
(there can also be male characters)
2. The characters must speak to each other, and
3. They must speak to each other about something other than a man.
(men can be mentioned, just not exclusively)

This year we are accepting submissions for full-length pieces, workshop readings and cabaret pieces. Work may have been previously produced, but not published.

Past years’ submissions have included clown, puppetry, song, dance, sketch comedy and mask.

For more information and submission criteria visit urbancurvz.com/ggw-submissions-2015


Workshop (Calgary): Introduction to Playwriting – Sage Theatre


A.J. Demers


DATES – November 3, 2014 – December 8, 2014 (Monday evenings only)
CLASSES – 6 classes; 3 hours long each
HOURS – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
ENROLLMENT – 10 – 12 students
FEE – $270 (Discounts for APN & Equity members; tax receipts issued upon fee submission)


Sage Theatre’s newest workshop is for anyone with an genuine interest in writing for the stage. Each class will examine character creation, dynamic scene construction and the art of storytelling, through exploration of the writer’s personal voice. While we are not focusing on writing for screen, many of the techniques will be relevant as the class examines differences between writing for theatre, film and television. Participants will be assigned weekly exercises for submission, followed by review and opportunities for growth through personal and established playwright excerpt readings.

(This course is open to anyone over the age of 18)

The course will cover:

• Practical exercises and discussion of theory
• Narrative and scenes – the building blocks of story
• Characters – real, three dimensional characters
• Ideas and theatrical development – ways in to the story
• Relationships, tension and character progression
• Structure and style – different types of plays


A.J. Demers is a Calgary-based writer, performer and director. He completed his MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. A.J. is the writer in residence at Sage theatre. He has written and performed 100 episodes of the award-winning segment The Spin for City T.V Calgary. A.J.’s play Whimsy State or The Principality of Outer Baldonia was part of the 2011/ 2012 Lunchbox Theatre season. He is currently working on a love play, The Year We Fell and 14 Rounds, a play about Canada’s only heavy weight Boxing champ, Tommy Burns. A.J. was the writer for the 2014 CCMA Awards and the 2014 CCMA Holiday Special. He is also in development for two features that he has been commissioned to write. His feature THE WEEKEND was short listed for the 2014 Telefilm Microbudget program. When not writing, A.J. can be found at the Loose Moose Theatre where he has performed for 24 years.

For more information on enrollment opportunies, please contact Jessica at 403-264-7243 or email jessica@sagetheatre.com

News (Edmonton): Citadel Theatre announces 2015 production of Evangeline

EVANGELINEThe Citadel Theatre and the Charlottetown Festival announced on October 15th that, in 2015, the two companies will co-produce Evangeline, one of the most ambitious musicals ever to originate in Canada. Citadel Artistic Director Bob Baker will direct the new production.

The musical Evangeline is inspired by the epic poem of the same name by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It takes us on the heroine Evangeline’s journey, following the Acadian deportation in the 1700s, to find her beloved Gabriel. This powerful love story and sweeping adventure weaves villains and heroes, history and culture, and the strength of the human spirit with a rich musical score inspired by Acadian, Celtic, and Cajun music, melodies and dances.

Evangeline is a decade-long labour of love by St. Albert native Ted Dykstra, of Two Pianos, Four Hands fame. Dykstra wrote the music, lyrics and book.

When Evangeline premiered at the Charlottetown Festival in the summer of 2013, the show featured a cast of more than 30, 200 costumes and a 14-piece orchestra. Critics compared it to Les Misérables for its historical breadth. The Toronto Star called the production “…melodically rich, emotionally profound and dramatically challenging…”

The Citadel’s Bob Baker is looking forward to mounting the new production. “I congratulate the Charlottetown Festival for having brought this thrilling new Canadian musical to the stage with the 2013 World Premiere production,” said Baker. “I am honored to participate in the continuing evolution of this soaring romantic epic. In 1974, I left Edmonton to join the Charlottetown company of Les Feux Follets, as my first professional job. Forty years later, I am overjoyed that the Charlottetown Festival and Citadel Theatre are joining forces to share this great Canadian story across the country.”

Evangeline will be presented at the Citadel Theatre in the Fall of 2015 as part of the Citadel’s 50th Anniversary Season, following a four-week run in Charlottetown. Edmonton previews begin Saturday, October 31.

Auditions (St. Albert / Edmonton): How the Other Half Loves – St. Albert Theatre Troupe

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How the the Other Half Loves by Sir Alan Ayckbourn
– St Albert Theatre Troupe
How the Other Half Loves follows three couples, the men all working for the same firm. One of the younger men is having an affair with the wife of the oldest. When each arrive home suspiciously late one night they invent a story about having to sooth domestic affairs in the home of the third couple who shows up to put fat on the fire.

Auditions for How the Other Half Loves will take place November 8th 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM and November 10th- 11th 7:00PM- 10:00PM at 47 Riel Dr, St Albert, AB T8N 3Z2. Shows will run January 29th-February 14th 2015
FIONA FOSTER: late 40’s/early 50’s.
FRANK FOSTER:Late 40s/Early 50’s
TERESA PHILLIPS: Late 20’s/Mid 30’s
BOB PHILLIPS: Late 20’s/Mid 30’s
Ages posted are not set in stone, all who are interested are encouraged to audition.

Auditions will be made by appointment and will consist of a cold read. Headshots will be provided However personal resumes, headshots and monologues are welcome.
Please contact stage management to book your time at selina.m.collins@gmail.com

Job (Edmonton) Part-Time Paid Administrator – Walterdale Theatre Associates

WALTERDALE_LOGO_RGBJob Opportunity- Part Time Paid Administrator

Closing Date: October 31, 2014

Walterdale Theatre

Walterdale Theatre is one of the longest running theatre companies in Western Canada and is embarking on its 55th season of community-driven theatre. Walterdale is located in the heart of Old Strathcona and housed in an historic 1910 firehall. Since 1958 Walterdale has produced a variety of performances including dramas, musicals, comedies, one act festivals, play readings and much more. With the exception of a paid Administrator, Walterdale Theatre is run exclusively by volunteer members. Walterdale Theatre is a vital part of Edmonton Theatre, culture and heritage and has received many awards for its contribution to the community.

Walterdale Theatre is Seeking a Part Time Administrator

As Administrator you will be responsible for the day to day operations of the theatre. This will include receiving phone calls and emails and responding to questions on behalf of the Board if applicable or forwarding the information on to the applicable Board or committee member. The Administrator will work closely with the President and Artistic Director of Walterdale as well as the other Board members.

One of the major duties of the Administrator is to do the daily bookkeeping which would include using Simply Accounting or another appropriate bookkeeping system, receive invoices, generate cheques and reports for the Treasurer and gather information for the yearly audit and grant applications.

The Administrator will help the Board carry out its duties by facilitating the transfer of information, aiding Board members as appropriate and performing tasks which are better served by the Administrator. Such tasks may include the making and printing of tickets and brochures, working with TIX on the Square, counting floats and proceeds, tracking donations and members, and generating tax receipts and thank you letters.

The Administrator will regularly update the website information about shows and post any relevant articles or information from the Board. The Administrator will also be responsible for sending any requested information to the membership via email or mail.

In addition to these duties the Administrator should monitor the status of the building and its functions, take care of any small issues and report any larger issues to the appropriate Board member.

The Administrator will be seen as one of the public faces of the theatre and will facilitate good relations with the community at large. In addition, the Administrator ensures harmonious working relationships among the various volunteer members that enter the buildings. In that regard, the Administrator monitors the calendar of events and the booking of various rooms in the building.

Employment Details:

The Administrator will be expected to work 20 hours/week. The times are flexible and negotiable however 15 of those hours should be between 9am-5pm on weekdays for at least 3 hours at a time and no less than 3 days a week. It will be expected that the Administrator attend all Board meetings and give a written report. It can be expected that there will be times during the season that will require more time at the theatre and at other times significantly less. It would be expected that the Administrator monitor his or her time accordingly during these times and report, in advance, of any times that he/she will not be at the theatre during regular office hours and how that time will be spent elsewhere. Walterdale Theatre recognizes the right of the Administrator to have other employment at the same time if the Administrator chooses to and if it does not conflict with his/her duties at the theatre.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of computer programs such as Simply Accounting and Excel
Experience with Content Management Systems for web updating
Demonstrated success in managing an office or a leading team member of an organization
Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated success in team work
Strong self discipline and the ability to self manage
Sound judgment and strategic decision making abilities
Excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to work to tight deadlines and sudden changes without getting flustered
A desire to work with creative and collaborative teams
Knowledge of Arts organizations or not-for profit groups
A diploma or degree in Arts Administration would be an asset
Walterdale will offer a competitive wage based on experience.

Closing Date: October 31, 2014

To apply, please forward your cover letter and resume by email to:

Sarah Van Tassel – President, Walterdale Theatre


Job (Edmonton): Searching for a Santa Claus – West Edmonton Mall

Santa-1West Edmonton Mall is looking for a Santa Claus for this holiday season. This role requires an individual that is great with children and is looking to bring holiday joy and cheer to all kids this season. Santa’s primary role will be interacting with children of various ages and posing for photos.

The successful individual for this position will possess the following qualifications:

• Previous experience working as a professional Santa Claus or in a related thematic position.
• Must have experience and interacting with children of all ages and have a passion for the holiday season.
• Must be able to present a strong theatrical likeness of Santa Clause including the look, actions, and mannerisms of Santa Claus.
• Must be able to pass a full security clearance, vulnerable sector search, required screenings and provide working references.

This is a temporary position that requires a flexible schedule and allows for days, evenings, and weekend work within the month of November and December up to and including December 24th. This position has an hourly rate of $50 per hour

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their resume and portfolio (if one is available) via email to: marketing@wem.ca for consideration. While we welcome all applicants, due to the large number of resumes we receive, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Call for Submissions (Alberta): 2015 Writers’ Guild of Alberta Banff Writing Retreat

WGA-Color-Logo-2012The Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s annual Banff Retreat will take place January 30 –February 8, 2015 at The Banff Centre. This self-guided retreat is a great opportunity to connect with fellow writers and enjoy uninterrupted writing time at the world’s largest arts and creativity incubator.

Writers at any stage of their career or writing project are welcome to join in. We are encouraging playwrights in particular to join us this year since our 2015 Writer-in-Residence is Tololwa M. Mollel , internationally recognized children’s author, dramatist, storyteller and teacher. Tololwa has extensive experience as a writing instructor and writer-in-residence for all literary forms, yet his specialized experience in writing for the stage should make this year’s retreat a particularly welcoming experience for writers working on plays.

The deadline for registrations is November 14, 2014. The deadline for submitting a manuscript for the Writer-in-Residence to review is December 14, 2014.

Full Retreat (January 30 – February 8): $1,150 WGA members, $1,220 non-members (non-member rate includes 1-year WGA membership)

Half Retreat (January 30 – February 3 or February 4-8): $690 WGA members, $760 non-members (non-member rate includes 1-year WGA membership)

Additional night: Participants registering for either of the half retreats have the option of staying for an additional night on Tuesday, February 3 for an additional payment of $93, subject to availability.
(All prices are inclusive of GST)

Full and Half retreat fees include accommodation in a private room (with a desk), a meal plan, access to Banff Centre amenities including complimentary access to the Sally Borden recreation centre, welcome and farewell receptions, evening readings, and access to the Writer-in-Residence.

A limited amount of bursary funds may be available for writers who require financial assistance to attend. Please contact mail@writersguild.ab.ca for more information.

More information on how to register is available at the WGA’s website.

What’s On (Edmonton): La Corneille – L’UniThéâtre

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October 29th to November 1st, 2014 and November 5th to 8th 2014 at 8PM.
Matinées on Sundays, November 2nd and 9th at 2PM.

By Lise Vaillancourt. Directed by Micheline Chevrier. A production of L’UniThéâtre.
Call 780-469-8400 for ticekts

Julie ‘s life is a full and tidy one – a life squeezed between work as a data technician and yoga classes. Health conscious, she eats well and exercises regularly, determined to reduce stress with the requisite herbal teas and cleanses. One night, she arrives home and is surprised to find a crow flying frenetically around her loft. This discovery is complicated with the unexpected arrival of her talkative and impulsive mother, dragging in her luggage and her unflagging ability to induce guilt. Over the course of the next several days, her mother settles in, and a series of bizarre events begin to occur. Julie, suffocated by her mother’s presence and disturbed by the crow’s incessant cawing, does her best to reclaim a sense of calm.

A play that is as serious as it is funny, explores that delicate relationship between mother and daughter where dependence and letting go, go hand in hand.

What’s On (Calgary): Pinocchio – Vertigo Theatre Y Stage


Based on Carlo Collodi’s Classic
Written and Directed by Hugo Bélanger
English Translation by Bobby Theodore
Produced by Tout à Trac
In Co-Production with Tennessee Performing Arts Center and Place Des Arts
Oct 24 @ 7PM, Oct 25 @ 12:30PM & 3PM, Oct 26 @ 12:30PM & 3PM

An Amazing Journey into the Heart of Childhood and Imagination
Revisit Collodi’s tale about the world’s most famous puppet: Pinocchio. Born from a talking piece of wood carve by old Geppetto, the rebellious, cheeky and careless Pinocchio discovers the meaning of growing up through a thousand trials. To become a real boy, he will have to face Mangiafuoco, the terrible Puppet Master, suffer the malice of Mr. Fox and his sidekick, The Cat, escape from Toyland and save his father from the belly of the giant fish!
Produced by Tout à Trac

Call (403)221-3708 for tickets

News: 2015-2016 Picks of the Edmonton Fringe touring shows announced!

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Theatre Alberta, the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta (ATAA) and Fringe Theatre Adventures are proud to announce the lineup for the Picks of the Edmonton Fringe tour stimlus project – Year Two! This project has been supported by a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

The following productions will tour throughout the province in 2015-2016:

All three companies will be presenting excerpts of their work to rural Alberta presenters at Showcase 2014 at Red Deer College on October 17th. Click here for more information on the lineup!

For more information, email Aaron Talbot, Communications and Marketing Coordinator at aaron@theatrealberta.com

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Event (Edmonton): Aunt Flow Club – Opening Ears and Eyes Productions

Aunt Flow Club!

This is an opportunity for anyone involved in Performance Art. Have a monologue or song you’re preparing, a script you’re working on, or if has been a while since you’ve performed and you just want to strut your stuff, then this event is for you. This is also I great way to meet other artists in Edmonton, make connections, and have fun.

It all happens on October 27 at EPIC Main Hall (formerly the 3rd Space) at 11516 103 Street.
Door opens at 6:30 PM, presentations start at 7 PM.
$10 for 10 minutes for each person wanting to present their work.

For more information or questions please contact Shannon at 780-447-4479