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What’s On (Calgary): NOT Sondheim at the Calgary Fringe!

ben.notsondheim.poster.sketchNOT Sondheim, by Eric Pettifor, at the 2015 Calgary FRINGE, Alexandra Centre

An original screenplay adapted to the stage with audience serving as studio audience for the taping of the fictional screenplay. Intelligent comedy of the sort pioneered by Monty Python to whom there is more than a nod. Very funny in sometimes uneasy ways. All warnings except nudity.

Performances Friday July 31st, 7:00 PM; Saturday August 1st, 3:00 PM ; Sunday August 2nd, 5:00 PM; Tuesday August 4th, 9:00 PM; Thursday August 6th, 7:00 PM; Friday August 7th, 9:00 PM.

News (National): Former Citadel Theatre Director General Robin Phillips has passed away.

Renowned Canadian director Robin Phillips passed away on July 25, 2015, after a prolonged illness. He was 73.

Robin was best known as the former head of the Stratford Festival in Ontario; however, he was also the Director General of the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton from 1990 – 1995. Robin has directed and mentored a number of Alberta-based theatre artists, and has had a considerable impact on our our provincial theatre community. 

Theatre Alberta offers our condolences to Robin’s family and friends, and to all he had affected with his work and teachings. 

What’s On (Banff): Backbone – The Banff Centre


Continuous mountain ranges spanning North, Central and South America and Antarctica known as the ‘backbone’ of the Americas inspire this cutting-edge dance. Featuring participants from the Indigenous Dance Program. This event will also include a short new work performed by professional dancers in the Indigenous Dance Residency.

Backbone is co-produced by The Banff Centre and Red Sky Performance. Original commission by The Banff Centre.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 28, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 29, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.

Margaret Greenham Theatre
$25 | Senior/Student $22 | Child $12.50 | Arts Lover Event

Learn more & buy tickets

Backbone is co-produced by The Banff Centre and Red Sky Performance. Original commission by The Banff Centre.

What’s On (Calgary Fringe): A Woman of a Certain Age – Archetype Productions


Archetype Productions is proud to present a new play written by Wendy Froberg, entitled A Woman of a Certain Age. It features Wendy Froberg, with direction by Valerie Ann Pearson and dramaturgy by Caroline Russell-King. The play was awarded “Outstanding Original Script” at the 2013 Calgary Region One-Act Play festival.

Presented as part of the 2015 Calgary International Fringe Festival, it runs from July 31 through August 8 in Inglewood. Performances are at the Fellowship Hall in the lower level of the Lantern Community Church at 1401-10th Ave., S.E.

Dates and times:
Saturday August 1, 2015, 11:00 AM
Sunday August 2, 2015, 5:00 PM
Monday August 3, 2015, 2:00 PM
Tuesday August 4, 2015, 5:00 PM
Thursday August 6, 2015, 8:00 PM
Saturday August 8, 2015, 8:00 PM

Tickets are $12 and are available on-line at the Calgary Fringe Festival calgaryfringe.carbonpop.com/tickets/categories/7-theatre or at the door.

A Woman of a Certain Age is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, always truthful portrayal of six women who, as they grow older, are pushed to the edge by the demands of family and career, struggling with the changes and losses that accompany becoming an “invisible woman” in a culture obsessed with youth and beauty. But don’t be fooled by the title! This is a play for everyone, men and women of all ages from adolescent to geriatric. (But do bring your Mom; she’ll love it!)

Archetype Productions is dedicated to bringing to the stage new works of theatre that explore the profound and universal human themes of relationship, struggle, loss, healing and transformation

For further information: frobergw@telus.net

Job (Edmonton): Escape Room Host – SmartyPantz Entertainment Co

Seeking Outgoing and Energetic Hosts for Escape Room Game

Are you an enthusiastic people-person looking for a fun and exciting opportunity to flex your dramatic abilities and entertain the public? As a host at SmartyPantz, you will be responsible for creating an immersive and enjoyable experience for guests while they solve physical puzzles to ‘escape’ themed rooms, as well as handling bookings and resetting props and puzzles in between games. With several distinct scenarios and a steady stream of new guests, this position offers plenty of room to improvise and apply your creative talent and quick wit in a lively and entertaining atmosphere. We are committed to a culture of fun not just for customers, but for staff as well, and are seeking positive and friendly individuals interested in contributing to that end.

-Strong acting and improv abilities required. Interactive theatre experience would be considered an asset.
-Exceptional customer service ability and desire to ensure that every client has a great time.
-Computer literacy and ability to become proficient with booking and point of sales systems and social media.
-Punctuality, good work ethic and positive attitude.
-Mechanical skill would an asset (for maintenance and minor repairs of sets puzzles).

Hours of Work:
-This position requires shift work including evenings and weekends.
-Employment would initially be extended on a part-time basis, with opportunity for increased hours.

SmartyPantz offers a competitive initial hourly rate of $15/hour. Business growth will offer opportunities for committed employees to assume greater responsibilities at higher pay grades.

Work Location:
10524 – 110 Street Edmonton, AB T5H 3C5

How to Apply:
Submit a resume with references to hr@smartypantz.ca. The selection process will require successful candidates to complete both an interview and audition.

More Info on SmartyPantz:
Website: http://www.smartypantz.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SmartyPantzRU1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/smartypantzru1

Job (Calgary): Box Office Manager – Lunchbox Theatre

Box Office Manager
Lunchbox Theatre

Calgary’s Lunchbox Theatre, the longest running lunchtime theatre in the world, strives to continually expand and develop talent from the local arts community. Located at the base of the Calgary Tower in the heart of downtown, Lunchbox Theatre injects an hour of premium entertainment and delight into every audience at both lunchtime and evening performances.

To bring these productions to life, Lunchbox Theatre employs 6-8 permanent staff members, as well as the hundreds of artists and volunteers involved in each season.

Position Description
The Box Office Manager is primarily responsible for the day-to-day and ongoing operations of the Box Office, including ensuring that the patron relationship is established and maintained at a high level of satisfaction. The Box Office Manager will work with the Audience Services Manager to coordinate the flow of information among patrons, volunteers, artists and staff to ensure ongoing smooth operations.

The Box Office Manager will work with and report to the Associate Artistic Producer while being accountable to the Artistic Producer.

Specific Responsibilities
Patron Experience
As the first point of contact, the Box Office Manager is responsible for the overall patron experience. This includes, but is not limited to:
• coordination and sale of play passes, individual tickets and group bookings including school groups
• collecting patron data to be used for marketing and communications activities
• contacting, scheduling, training and supervising part time box office staff
• updating and maintaining the Box Office Handbook for the use of current and future personnel
• assisting with marketing and communications initiatives as deemed suitable and scheduling permits

Database Management
The Box Office Manager is responsible for maintaining accurate data and providing timely reporting, utilizing Theatre Manager software. There is a high level of information to be processed regularly. This includes:
• building and providing accurate Box Office reports, in conjunction with the Accountant and Associate Artistic Producer
• maintaining Theatre Manager databases and effectively training staff on its use
• ensuring that all gathered information is inputted into Theatre Manager in a timely fashion
• analyzing patron data
• processing and receipting memberships and donations
• assisting with donor stewardship

• Works with staff and board committees as required
• Assists with special events
• Other duties as required

• Excellent people skills
• Excellent attention to detail
• Ability to self-motivate and work unsupervised
• Ability to handle cash and credit/debit card transactions
• Experience with Theatre Manager preferred

Lunchbox Theatre offers a positive, high-energy work environment, and has always been an equal-opportunity employer. This is an hourly contract position.

If you would like to join our team, please forward your resume, cover letter, and two references by email to:

Samantha MacDonald
Associate Artistic Producer
Lunchbox Theatre
Email: samantha.macdonald@lunchboxtheatre.com


Lunchbox Theatre thanks all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Application deadline: Friday, 14 August 2015

Tentative start date: Monday, 31 August 2015

Audition (Edmonton): Café Daughter – Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre

WWPT_CafeDaughterWorkshop West Playwrights’ Theatre is holding auditions for Alberta-based actors for the role of Yvette in Café Daughter by Kenneth T. Williams, directed by Lisa C. Ravensbergen.

Based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck, Café Daughter is the powerful, funny and touching tale of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage. Produced in association with Alberta Aboriginal Arts.

Workshop West is committed to diversity in its casting. We are specifically looking for a female actor from either the Indigenous or Asian communities to play both male and female characters ranging in age from 9 – 60. Preference will be given to those performers living in Alberta.

Artistic Director or casting persons in attendance: Lisa C. Ravensbergen, director. Vern Thiessen, Artistic Director, Workshop West. Christine Frederick, Artistic Director, Alberta Aboriginal Arts.

Deadline to submit: July 27, 2015
Email applications to: auditions@workshopwest.org
Contact name: Marian Brant

News (Calgary): 2015 CAT Award Nominations Announced

Calgary ACTS logoNominations for the 2015 CAT Awards (Community Theatre Awards), celebrating the best of community theatre in Calgary and neighbouring communities were announced on July 20, 2015. There are 107 nominees in the 23 categories this year.

The CAT Awards are presented annually by Calgary-ACTS, Calgary’s Alliance of Community Theatres. Calgary-ACTS is a not-for-profit society founded in 2000 with a focus on promoting community theatre in Calgary. It also provides a network of communication, support and resource sharing for its members. This year’s ceremony will mark the 12th annual presentation of the CAT Awards.

Calgary audiences were offered 36 productions from 22 local theatre companies who are members of Calgary – ACTS. The awards acknowledge, reward, and celebrate the contributions of local theatre artists with nominations selected through a combination of public input and show adjudications. Audiences were not disappointed by the quality and professionalism of the casts and crews of these productions

The recipients of the 2015 CAT Awards will be announced at the gala ceremony on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Rozsa Centre at the University of Calgary. Please join the best in local community theatre for this amazing evening of celebration. With so many stage plays being turned into films recently, the theme for this year is “From Stage to Screen”. Creative costuming is possible!

Tickets to the event are $15 and are on sale now through University ticketing at www.ucalgary.ca/tickets. Please visit www.calgary-acts.com for more information.

2015 CAT Award Nominees

Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

  • •Dorin McIntosh as Colm Primose in Sea Marks (Liffey Players) •
  • Duane R. K. Jones as John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet (Morpheus Theatre)
  • •Janos Zeller as David Frost in Frost/Nixon (Scorpio Theatre)
  • •Steve Buoninsegni as Tom in A Poster of the Cosmos (Dewdney Players)

Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

  • •Chelsea Restall as Joanna Markham in Move Over, Mrs. Markham (Morpheus Theatre) •
  • Gillian Klassen as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Dewdney Players) •
  • Jennifer MacLean as Mrs. Doris Truscott in The Steven Truscott Story (Workshop Theatre)
  • •Tanya Wolff as Timothea Stiles in Sea Marks (Liffey Players)

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play •

  • Darcy Wilson as Jack in Blood of the Red Queen (Scorpio Theatre) •
  • Greg Spielman as Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Dewdney Players)
  • •Simon McKenzie as Gollum in The Hobbit (StoryBook Theatre) •
  • Steven Morton as Alistair Spenlow in Move Over, Mrs. Markham (Morpheus Theatre)

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play •

  • Christine Alarie Rose as Mae in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Dewdney Players) •
  • Gillian Klassen as Dorinda in Beaux’ Strategem (Gas and Light Productions)
  • •Leanne Melathopolous as Lillian Troy in I Hate Hamlet (Morpheus Theatre) •
  • Shandra McQueen as Dorothy Gale in Blood of the Red Queen (Scorpio Theatre) •
  • Stephanie Morris as Alice Liddell in Blood of the Red Queen (Scorpio Theatre) •
  • Toni Lynne as Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Dewdney Players)

Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

  • •Adam Sanders as Bobby Strong in Urinetown (Front Row Centre Players) •
  • Ian Fundytus as Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd /Robin Oakapple in Ruddigore (Morpheus Theatre)
  • •James Noonan as Captain Hook in Peter Pan the Musical (StoryBook Theatre)
  • •Keelan McAuley as Peter Pan in Peter Pan the Musical (StoryBook Theatre)
  • •Mike Sornberger as Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s Willly Wonka (StoryBook Theatre)

Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical •

  • Caitlynne Medrek as Hope Cladwell in Urinetown (Front Row Centre Players) •
  • Jennifer Michaud as Rose Maybud in Ruddigore (Morpheus Theatre)
  • •Kayla Christine Mackenzie as Pippi in The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Cappuccino Musical Theatre)
  • •Tanis Laatsch as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (Front Row Centre Players)

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical

  • •Alex Bergen as Mr. Smee in Peter Pan the Musical (StoryBook Theatre) •
  • Bruce Fraser as Moonface Martin in Anything Goes (Front Row Centre Players)
  • •Doug Keeling as Duke in The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Cappuccino Musical Theatre) •
  • Fadi Saghir as Sir Despard Murgatroyd in Ruddigore (Morpheus Theatre)
  • •Janos Zeller as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes (Front Row Centre Players) •
  • Michael Brown as Officer Lockstock in Urinetown (Front Row Centre Players)

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Musical •

  • Andrea O’Brien as Erma in Anything Goes (Front Row Centre Players) •
  • Cj Moore as Little Sally in Urinetown (Front Row Centre Players)
  • •Jennifer Merio as Betty in The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Cappuccino Musical Theatre) •
  • Winnifred Hume as Mad Margaret in Ruddigore (Morpheus Theatre)

Outstanding Performance by a Chorus

  • •Anything Goes (Front Row Centre Players) •
  • Ruddigore (Morpheus Theatre) •
  • Urinetown (Front Row Centre Players)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble

  • •Cooking Can Be Murder (Symons Valley Players) •
  • Cry Havoc 3 (Scorpio Theatre) •
  • Eclipsed (Liffey Players) •
  • The Hobbit (StoryBook Theatre) •
  • 12 Angry Men (Simply Theatre)

Outstanding Costume Design

  • •Frank MacLeod (Design), Paige Fossheim (Hair & Makeup)Marilyn & Christie (Assistants) for Ruddigore (Morpheus Theatre) •
  • Lianne Smith (Design). Lindsay Kurtze (Makeup/prosthetics), Cat Bentley (Hair/Wigs) for Roald Dahl’s Willly Wonka (StoryBook Theatre)
  • Magz Ross (Design), Kim Johnson (Assistant), Cat Bentley (Hair), Kirstie Gallant (Makeup) for Anything Goes (Front Row Centre Players) •
  • Victoria Krawchuck (Design) for Peter Pan the Musical (StoryBook Theatre)

Outstanding Scenic Design

  • •Bill Brown, Dale Hirlehey, (Set Design) Heather Low (Props) for Ruddigore (Morpheus Theatre)
  • •Jamie Eastgaard-Ross, Steven Eastgaard-Ross, and Rich Davis (Set Design), Heather Low (Prop Design), Meghan Skeet (Set Painting), Jody Low (Set Decoration), Sam Stemmler (Scenic Artist) for Anything Goes (Front Row Centre Players)
  • •JP Thibodeau for The Hobbit (StoryBook Theatre)
  • •Nina Garcia for Peter Pan the Musical (StoryBook Theatre)
  • •Rich Davis for The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Cappuccino Musical Theatre)

Outstanding Lighting Design

  • •Bryan Smith for Blood of the Red Queen (Scorpio Theatre)
  • •Jerod Blake/Ed Sands for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Dewdney Players) •
  • JP Thibodeau/Kris Mish for Urinetown (Front Row Centre Players) •
  • JP Thibodeau for Red Riding Hood (StoryBook Theatre)
  • •JP Thibodeau for Roald Dahl’s Willly Wonka (StoryBook Theatre) •
  • Lisa Floyd for The Hobbit (StoryBook Theatre)

Outstanding Sound SFX (Musical)

  • •Etienne St. Jacques for Red Riding Hood (StoryBook Theatre) •
  • Kris Mish for Jesus Christ Superstar (Front Row Centre Players)
  • Kris Mish for Roald Dahl’s Willly Wonka (StoryBook Theatre) •
  • Kris Mish for The Hobbit (StoryBook Theatre) •
  • Patrick Murray for Young Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Dick Whittington’s Cat (Morpheus Theatre)
  • Steven Eastgaard-Ross for Anything Goes (Front Row Centre Players)

Outstanding Soundscape (Play)

  • Bill Torrie for Eclipsed (Liffey Players) •
  • Bill Torrie & Dean Caplan for Sea Marks (Liffey Players) •
  • Ed Sands for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Dewdney Players)
  • Janos Zeller for The Wizard of One (StoryBook Theatre) •
  • Patrick Murray for Blood of the Red Queen (Scorpio Theatre)

Outstanding Direction of a Play

  • •Bill Torrie for Sea Marks (Liffey Players)
  • •Chelsea Millard for Blood of the Red Queen (Scorpio Theatre) •
  • Dale Hirlehey for 12 Angry Men (Simply Theatre) •
  • Jerod Blake for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Dewdney Players) •
  • Michelle Brandenburg for I Hate Hamlet (Morpheus Theatre)

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

  • •Bryan Smith for The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Cappuccino Musical Theatre)
  • •Dale Hirlehey for Ruddigore (Morpheus Theatre)
  • •Jamie Eastgaard-Ross for Anything Goes (Front Row Centre Players)
  • •Lindsay Kurtze for Urinetown (Front Row Centre Players)

Outstanding Musical Direction

  • •Andrea O’Brien for Urinetown (Front Row Centre Players)
  • •Brian Holiday for Anything Goes (Front Row Centre Players)
  • •Ian Robertson for Ruddigore (Morpheus Theatre) •
  • Patrice Barnes for Peter Pan the Musical (StoryBook Theatre)

Outstanding Choreography

  • •Amy Tollefson for Ruddigore (Morpheus Theatre)
  • •Amber Bissonnette for Red Riding Hood (StoryBook Theatre) •
  • Danielle Desmarais for Jesus Christ Superstar (Front Row Centre Players) •
  • Lauren Thompson for Roald Dahl’s Willly Wonka (StoryBook Theatre) •
  • Mikee Ames and Danielle Desmarais for Anything Goes (Front Row Centre Players)

Outstanding Stage Fight

  • •Ben Blue for I Hate Hamlet (Morpheus Theatre) •
  • Jerod Blake for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Dewdney Players)
  • •John Knight, Anastasia St. Amand, Holleay Rohm, and Ian Pond with Aaron Conrad* (Professional) for Cry Havoc 3 (Scorpio Theatre)
  • •John Knight for The Wizard of One (StoryBook Theatre)

Outstanding Original Script or Adaptation

  • •Dan Gibbins for Blood of the Red Queen (Scorpio Theatre)
  • •Maria Crooks for The Servant (Urban Stories) •
  • Neil James (original concept) and Amos Altman for The Wizard of One (StoryBook Theatre) •
  • The Writer’s Forge (Ben Blue, Aaron Conrad, Dan Gibbins, Keith Kollee, Matt Pickering, John Tebbutt) for Cry Havoc 3 (Scorpio Theatre)

Outstanding Production of a Play

Blood of the Red Queen – Scorpio Theatre
Producer: Daisy Pond
Director: Chelsea Millard
Fight Choreography: Anastasia St. Amand
Stage Manager: Samantha Bellamy-Smith

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Dewdney Players
Producer: Ed Sands
Director: Jerod Blake
Fight Choreography: Jerod Blake
Stage Manager: Pat Baceda

I Hate Hamlet – Morpheus Theatre
Producer: Sean Anderson
Director: Michelle Brandenburg
Fight Choreographer: Ben Blue
Assistant Director: Lonni Olson
Stage Manager: Daisy Pond

Sea Marks – Liffey Players
Producer: Chris Kane
Director: Bill Torrie
Stage Manager: China Marsh

12 Angry Men – Simply Theatre
Producer: James Noonan and Ginette Simonot
Director: Dale Hirlehey
Stage Manager: Laura Jones

Outstanding Production of a Musical

Anything Goes – Front Row Centre Players
Producer: Kristine Astop
Director: Jamie Eastgaard-Ross
Musical Director: Brian Holiday
Choreographer: Mikee Ames, Danielle Desmarais
Stage Manager: Marina Sakellis and Daisy Pond

Peter Pan the Musical – StoryBook Theatre
Producer: Jolene Anderson
Director: JP Thibodeau
Musical Director: Patrice Barnes
Choreographer: Lauren Thompson
Stage Manager: Jody Low

Ruddigore – Morpheus Theatre
Producer: Tim Elliott
Director: Dale Hirlehey
Musical Director: Ian Robertson
Choreographer: Amy Tollefson
Stage Manager: Jody Low

The Great American Trailer Park Musical – Cappuccino Musical Theatre
Producer: Jen Leclaire
Director: Bryan Smith
Musical Director: Ian Robertson
Choreographer: Eden Hildebrand
Stage Manager: Cameron Lugg

Urinetown – Front Row Centre Players
Producer: Darren Stewart
Director: Lindsay Kurtze
Musical Director: Andrea O’Brien
Choreographer: Jordana Fraser-Stangeland
Stage Manager: Mikee Ames

Congratulations to all the nominees!

News (Alberta): New Grants Application Process at the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

AFA_LOGO-clrRGB_webThe Alberta Foundation for the Arts recently switched to an online application system known as GATE (Grants Application Tracking and Evaluation). Here are a few things you need to know:

  1. You will require a GATE Username and Password. Please email registrationAFA@gov.ab.ca at least five (5) business days prior to the application deadline. In your email, include your legal name, the grant you are applying for and your email address.
  1. You will receive an email containing your username and password, and instructions on how to complete the application process, including how to create a profile. You can update your profile at any time, and can use this same profile to apply for future grants.
  1. The GATE system can only accept attachments up to 4MB. You must submit any support material larger than that (e.g. recorded materials) via regular mail. Please include your name and project number.

If you have any questions, please contact the Consultant for the program you are applying for. 

Upcoming deadlines:

September 1 Individual Project Grants (all disciplines)
November 15 Arts Presenting

Read more at http://www.affta.ab.ca/Grants/Grant-Application-Process


Library: Check out plays by 2015 Indigenous Music Awards nominee Tomson Highway

RezSisters Rose PostMistress

CBC has named Canadian playwright Tomson Highway one of five nominees to watch at this year’s Indigenous Music Awards. Below is what CBC had to say about Highway, and you can read about the other four stand-out artists online.

Tomson Highway is a celebrated writer and an icon in the indigenous community. This Cree writer from northern Manitoba has written numerous plays, a novel and several children’s books. But Highway is also a master pianist, musician and songwriter.

His latest offering is called The (Post) Mistress, a musical one-woman play. The multi-genre soundtrack includes songs in Cree, English and French — and, like Tomson, it defies category.

Tomson Highway will be playing his grand piano on the IMA stage this year, in what is sure to be an unforgettable performance.

The Indigenous Music Awards will be held on September 11, 2015, as part of the Manito Ahbee Festival in Winnipeg. The five-day gathering includes indigenous music, art, education, a marketplace, and a powwow. The awards show is broadcast live on APTN.

Theatre Alberta’s Library has the following Tomson Highway plays in our collection:

Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing
Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout
The Post-Mistress
The Rez Sisters

Interested in borrowing a title from Canada’s largest, independent theatre library? Our helpful Librarians and staff are available to help you navigate nearly 20,000 titles in our collection. And, we mail books free-of-charge to our members outside of the Edmonton area. Visit theatrealberta.com/libraryor call us at 780-422-8162 (or toll-free at 1-888-422-8160 if you live outside of Edmonton) to reserve a title today!

Event (Edmonton): The Parables staged reading – Script Salon

VernDW12On Sunday August 2 at 7:30 PM SCRIPT SALON will present a unique and compelling new play by internationally celebrated playwright Vern Thiessen: The Parables.

THE STORY: Through a series of comic and engaging short plays Vern Thiessen examines the complex nature of charity in the modern society. Can a person in need really be blamed for taking advantage of everyone who wants to help them? Do the people with money really have the best sense of how to help people with it? Can values be taught by donation? Can greed be empowering? The Parables is a thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking dissection of human nature and human need.

Read by Julien Arnold, Lora Brovold, Nadien Chu, Sheldon Elter, Kristi Hansen and Evan Smith.

Sunday August 2 at 7:30 in the Upper Arts Space at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Avenue).

Admission is free although donations are accepted. Refreshments will be provided. 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

News (Fort McMurray): Keyano Theatre to receive $10M investment for renovations

On July 14, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo voted to invest $10 million dollars on an expansion plan for Keyano Theatre that includes a balcony, over 600 new seats, an art gallery and a brand new lobby area.

In October, Keyano College requested $40 million for the theatre, but were not approved for funding for the full amount.Therese Greenwood, Keyano’s vice president external relations, said finding the remaining $30 million in funding is a part of the project’s planning process, and a capital campaign is in the works.

Construction should begin in Fall 2016. 

Click here to read the news article in Fort McMurray today.
Click here to read a blog post by Russell Thomas about the importance of Keyano Theatre to his artistic practice.

News (Edmonton): Megan Dart new SkirtsAfire Festival Manager

Megan Dart

Megan Dart

SkirtsAfire is thrilled to announce the hiring our new Festival Manager. After an extensive search that brought forth many skilled candidates, Megan Dart will be joining the SkirtsAfire team.

Megan is both an artist and a producer who brings extensive experience and expertise to the job through work with her own company Catch the Keys Productions, as well as Nextfest, Expanse, and the Edmonton corporate community to name a select few. You may have seen her work as a spoken word poet at last year’s Festival either in Words Unzipped or the A-Line Variety Show.

SkirtsAfire is a multi-disciplinary Arts Festival that features the work of women.The Festival takes place in Edmonton in conjunction with International Women’s Day in early March.

Congratulations Megan!

Call for Nominations (Alberta): 2015 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards

Alberta_Gov-logoDo you know an outstanding volunteer that deserves province-wide applause?

Consider putting their names forward for the 2015 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards! 

Through the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards, the Government of Alberta recognizes remarkable Albertans whose volunteer achievements have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members.

Six awards, two each for youth, adult and seniors, are presented annually on or around International Volunteer Day, December 5.

Visit Alberta Culture for more information or click here to download the Nomination Form (PDF).

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, September 15, 2015