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One week to register for the Sponsorship Tutorial Series


There is only one week remaining to register for the Business for the Arts Sponsorship Tutorial Series for small to mid-sized businesses. These tutorials will take you through each stage of the sponsorship process to give you the tools and confidence to go after the sponsorship your organization deserves. 

The deadline to register is June 4th at 3:00 p.m. MST. If you have any questions, please contact Morgan Norwich, Theatre Alberta’s Operations & Partnerships Coordinator, at morgan@theatrealberta.com or 780-422-8162 (in Edmonton) or 1-888-422-8160 (toll-free in Alberta).

Click here for more information and to register. 

Job (Edmonton): General Manager – GeriActors Theatre Ltd.

GeriActors_CMYK_ntag_lrgJob: General Manager, GeriActors Theatre Ltd.

Part-Time / 20 Hours per week (flexible)
Deadline: Sunday June 21, 2015

GeriActors is seeking a highly motivated, organized General Manager who has an interest in seniors and the arts.

Working with the Artistic Director, the General Manager will oversee the daily, long-term, and outreach operations of the company. Responsibilities will be in the areas of outreach, tour management, publicity and marketing, fund development, and general office administration.

This position requires a good sense of time and task management and experience in the not-for-profit sector. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, proactive, organized, can prioritize tasks and work unsupervised.

Key Responsibilities

• Scheduling and Tour Coordination
• Accounting and Budget Management
• Providing information to and liaising with other organizations
• Website development and maintenance
• Publicity and Marketing
• Archiving and Filing
• Managing not-for-profit status
• Initiating grant applications, sponsorship, and fundraising opportunities


• Experience in office administration, working for an arts organization and/or in the not-for-profit sector
• Experience in grant-writing and fund development an asset
• Experience in accounting and budget management an asset
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Publisher, etc.
• Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills
• Ability to work independently and self manage
• Excellent organizational and time management skills

Salary: Hourly wage commensurate with experience.

Training for this position will take place in July on a part-time, flexible basis. The position will increase to 20 hrs/week in August.

About GeriActors

GeriActors is an intergenerational theatre organization now in its fourteenth season. Their acting company, the GeriActors & Friends (G&F), consists of 15 seniors and students/alumni and produces original theatre based on reminiscence and issues of concern. G&F gives 10 to 15 public performances per year. GeriActors also has an extensive outreach program taking theatre activities to seniors in the community.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references by midnight on June 21, 2015 to the Artistic Director via email to geriactors.friends@gmail.com. Those selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information on GeriActors please visit www.geriactors.ualberta.ca.

Jobs (Calgary): Sessional Theatre Instructors – Ambrose University

Theatre-Icon-7405The Theatre Program in the Faculty of Arts & Science is seeking sessional instructors for a variety of courses in the 2015-16 academic year, including: Technical Theatre, Voice and Speech, Vocal Production (Musical Theatre singing), Movement, Performing Shakespeare, and Alexander Technique. Ambrose University Theatre offers a theatre minor to a diverse range of students interested in exploring the theatre arts and a rigorous conservatory-style Diploma in Acting. The Acting Diploma is a demanding 2-year training pedagogy for a small, select cohort of students. It is designed to train actors for a professional career.

Link to postings:

Val Lieske
Associate Director, Theatre
Ambrose University
150 Ambrose Circle SW
Calgary, AB T3H 0L5

Jobs (Red Deer): Arts Facilities Manager – Red Deer College

Red Deer College

Red Deer College

The School of Creative Arts is recruiting for a dynamic individual to provide leadership and strategic direction to the Arts Facilities and its staff. As the Arts Facilities Manager you will be responsible for the effective and efficient financial management of a large annual operating budget in addition to managing the renovations and replacement budget. The Manager is responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision and evaluation of the personnel working in the Arts facilities.


You will oversee the day-to-day operation of the Arts Facilities this includes oversight of internal and external event coordination. You will be expected to handle multiple responsibilities, solve complex problems and provide leadership and direction to the operations team, ensuring consistency with the mission, vision and values of the College. Reporting to the Dean, you will work collaboratively to continue the growth of the Arts Facilities and ensure its effectiveness.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Arts & Culture Management, Business Management, or an arts related discipline.
  • Equivalent education and experience may also be considered.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ managerial experience with proven experience in the area of people and facility management.
  • Demonstrated experience managing large operating budgets.
  • Excellent customer service skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to manage stressful situations and to resolve conflicts as they arise.
  • Proven ability to manage time effectively and bring projects to completion despite conflicting deadlines.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous post-secondary experience would be an asset.
  • The ideal candidate must have demonstrated initiative and the ability to work without supervision.
  • Knowledge of the Theatre Industry and Operations would be an asset.

Job Details:

Hours: Will vary
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience
Position Start Date: 07-02-2015
Position End Date: 06-30-2016
Position Type: Term Certain Full Time

*The hiring committee will begin reviewing applications on June 9, 2015*

For more information on this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.rdc.ab.ca/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp and click on “non-instructional”.

Job (Calgary): Technical Director/Technician – Lunchbox Theatre

Technical Director/Technician
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 for our audience into every lunchtime and evening performance.

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

Position Description
The TD/Technician is primarily responsible for the ongoing delivery of production services and technical programming, and supporting the creative team in realizing the vision of each design and production. In addition, the TD/Technician will be responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of the stage, back of house and theatrical equipment.

The TD/Technician will work with and report directly to the Production Manager in order to see each production through to completion in an efficient and timely manner.

Specific Responsibilities
• Provide production services as required, including but not limited to: electrical, carpentry, props and painting.
• Assist with the procurement of materials.
• Participate in construction and installation of all sets, props, lights and sound
• Participate in tech week to ensure any problems that may arise are resolved prior to opening.
• Run each show in conjunction with the Stage Manager. Daily duties include:
• Running light, sound and video cues
• Pre-show equipment checks
• Post-show cleanup of house and green room
• Maintenance of stage
• Participate in the striking of shows
• Assisting with returns in a timely manner
• Attending staff and production meetings as available
• Responsible for rental groups under the direction of the Production Manager
• Assist with general maintenance of equipment, theatre, rehearsal hall and office spaces.
• Maintain a safe work environment in all areas of the theatre for staff, artists, volunteers and patrons.
• Maintain all tools and equipment in good working order, repair as needed.
• Participate in facility renovations and equipping of theatre.
• Maintain inventories of tools, props, costumes and building materials.
• Assist with special events.

• Technical theatre background and education an asset.
• Excellent attention to detail.
• Ability to self-motivate and work unsupervised.
• Broad range of skills related to the building and execution of theatre productions.
• Experience with QLab and ETC Express consoles an asset.

Lunchbox Theatre offers a positive, high-energy work environment, and has always been an equal-opportunity employer. Salary will be based on prior experience and performance.

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

Dave Smith
Production Manager
Lunchbox Theatre
Email: dave.smith@lunchboxtheare.com


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

Application deadline: Friday, June 26, 2015.

Tentative start date: Monday, August 17, 2015.

News (National): Wildfire National Playwriting Competition Winners Announced


The Major Matt Mason Theatre Collective in association with Sage Theatre announces winners for the first ever Wildfire National Playwriting Competition

This June, The Major Matt Mason Collective in association with Sage Theatre will be presenting public readings of Cleave by Elena Belyea and Always by Michaela Jeffrey, the winners of the first ever Wildfire National Playwriting Competition for young playwrights, as part of Sage Theatre’s 2015 IGNITE! Festival (June 18th – 20th).

At the beginning of 2015, the Major Matt Mason Collective opened up submissions for a playwriting competition targeted at Canadian writers aged 30 and under. After receiving a staggering 116 submissions, the jury has narrowed the selections down to a first and second place winner. 

In first place, receiving a $1000 cash prize and a public reading as part of the 2015 IGNITE! Festival, is Cleave by Elena Belyea. Elena is an Edmonton born writer and recent graduate the National Theatre School of Canada. Cleave is a story about identity and family. A stranger intersects with a family in exile from itself. Parents, who are not what they seem, must struggle keep their secrets from their children, desperate to know the truth. Like a surgeon’s knife before a first incision, the scalpel is poised and ready to slice.

In second place, receiving a cash prize of $350 and a public reading, is Always by Michaela Jeffrey. Michaela is a Calgary based writer currently studying at the National Theatre School. Always is that result of her second year of study at NTS and she describes the play this way:
Always is a darkly imaginative coming of age fairy tale. Lyrical and raw, it is a turbulent portrait of sex, belonging, desire, safety and love set amidst a maze of mine shafts and in the deep forests of northern BC.

The Major Matt Mason Collective is a collection of artists dedicated to creating intimate and experimental theatre for Canada’s younger generation. Founded in 2010 by long time collaborators Geoffrey Simon Brown and Evan Medd, the collective is known for exploring alternative perspectives in small-scale theatrical spaces. “We’re always looking for ways to connect with young theatre artists and to get exposed to new Canadian stories,” says competition director Geoffrey Simon Brown. “We created Wildfire as a way of making connections with writers across the country and have been really overwhelmed by the response we’ve gotten back. It’s solidified for me the importance of initiatives like this and I really hope we have a chance to continue the competition moving forward.”

Call for Submissions (National): The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

canada150logoThe Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will invest $150 million over two years to support projects that will rehabilitate existing community facilities across Canada, and ensure a lasting legacy resulting from Canada 150.

The Federal Government will invest in projects that rehabilitate, renovate, or enhance cultural and community infrastructure (including recreation and parks facilities) and which will help define a community’s sense of place, pride and purpose. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), on behalf of the Government of Canada, will deliver the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in Western Canada.

Applications in Western Canada will be accepted until Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 @ 2:00 p.m. MST.

Interested in applying to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program? Click here for more information and to apply. 

Job (Edmonton): Festival Manager – SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival

SkirtsAFireHighRes2014-1SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival is a multi-disciplinary Arts Festival in Edmonton that features the work of women in theatre, music, dance, comedy, visual art and spoken word. Audiences and artists come together to take in performances, workshops and exhibits that are provocative, passionate, insightful, entertaining and fun. The 4 day Festival coincides with International Women’s Day in early March. In 2015, SkirtsAfire also produced a 10 day run of a new play written by a local playwright as a lead up to the Festival.

The company has seen a great deal of growth in three years and wishes to hire a Festival Manager to work closely with the Festival Director in producing this growing Festival. The Festival Manager will be responsible for administration, marketing, audience and fund development. They will be responsible for managing venues, artists and front of house including supervision of the Box Office Manager, Volunteer Coordinator and Concession Manager for the Festival.

This is a part time contract position averaging about 20 hours per week (flexible hours) with extended full time hours during the Festival. Candidates should be passionate about the Festival and ideally have experience in Arts Administration and Event Management. The Festival continues to grow rapidly and there is great potential for this position to grow.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to the Hiring Committee , at skirtsafire@gmail.com

Submissions will be accepted up to and including June 19, with the successful candidate starting between July 6 and 13, 2015. For more information, you can check out the website at www.skirtsafire.wordpress.com

Skirts Afire

News (Lethbrige): New West Theatre announces 2015-2016 season


For a quarter of a century, New West Theatre has been an iconic piece of the Lethbridge community. What started as a dream of putting on one entertaining summer production has grown into a full-fledged professional theatre organization with a mandate to produce a wide range of shows for our audiences. With each new season we work hard to dream big and create shows that allow you to leave your troubles at the door, and experience something that is truly spectacular.

We’re a theatre built on dreams from the ground up. The cast and crew for each of our productions strive to bring smiles and laughter to the thousands of patrons that come through our doors. Each of these people have come with dreams big and small, and many of those dreams have started while sitting in our audience. When new and young artists debut with New West Theatre, we often find out that they have been dreaming of being on our stage after coming to our shows for years. That’s why we love putting on our wild and wacky shows; so your family can come dream with ours.

This season we keep dreaming big with three all-new and original Music-Comedy Revues. Additionally, we have the professional premiere of a brand new Canadian play created by New West Theatre alumni that is going to knock your socks off, and the world premiere of a new play for children written by our former Artistic Director Jeremy Mason.

Last season we looked back at an amazing 25 years in Lethbridge, but this season New West Theatre is dreaming of the bright future we have ahead of us. With dreams as big as the legacy we’ve created, we’re excited to continue producing the live theatre you’ve come to know and love!

Start dreaming here.

Claude Giroux
Artistic Director

Jeff Newman
General Manager

The 2015/2016 New West Theatre Season includes:

Fire & Rain: Folk Rock Classics
An Original New West Theatre Production
June 29 – July 25, 2015
Yates Theatre | Music-Comedy Revue

Fire & Rain: Folk Rock Classics
An Original New West Theatre Production
June 29 – July 25, 2015
Yates Theatre | Music-Comedy Revue

Get Down!
An Original New West Theatre Production
August 6  – 29, 2015
Yates Theatre | Music-Comedy Revue

The Hudson Bay Epic
by Geneviève Paré and Ian McFarlane
in partnership with Mudfoot Theatre
June 29 – July 25, 2015
Sterndale Bennett Theatre | Canadian Play

All Spruced Up
An Original New West Theatre Production
December 14, 2015 – January 2, 2016
Yates Theatre | Music-Comedy Revue

Three Little Pigs
A New Adaptation by Jeremy Mason
December 14, 2015 – January 2, 2016
Sterndale Bennett Theatre | Theatre for Young Audiences
Southern Alberta School Tour: January 4 – 15, 2016

Click here to view season brochure (PDF)

Audition (Calgary): Sketch Comedy Ensemble – Tuesday Night Live


Tuesday Night Live is a live scripted sketch comedy show very similar to Saturday Night Live. A brand new show premieres on the last Tuesday of every month at Dickens Pub in downtown Calgary. They perform all original sketches written by the cast including songs, dances and the ever popular TNL Newscast. Each month a celebrity host joins the show and invites the audience to participate in hilarious interactive games with prize giveaways provided by their amazing sponsors. Now entering its third season, the cast is holding auditions seeking out new cast members for a minimum one show commitment. So come out and audition for Tuesday Night Live and catch the “sketch comedy fever”.


ROLES: Male and Female 21+

Range: Must be able to play a wide range of characters, ages and accents.

Commitment: 14 hours a month, minimum one show commitment ( approx. one evening rehearsal a week either Sunday or Tuesday evenings)

Skills: Looking for experienced theatre actors with strong comedic writing and collaborative skills.

Show time: The last Tuesday of every month, call time 6:30pm.

Honorarium: There will be an honorarium, but we are looking for people doing it for the love of it, not to make money.

Submit: Please submit resume and headshot to info@outofourheads.ca. Only those selected for an audition will be called. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Deadline: June 20/2015

Events (Edmonton): June Edmonton Scene Study – Grindstone Theatre

1005011_10153441965330051_60220504_nHello fellow Theatre Practitioners!

What: June Edmonton Scene Study
Who: Grindstone Theatre and Citadel Theatre with special guest Dave Horak
Where: Citadel Theatre Boardroom, 3rd Floor of Administration
When: Monday, June 1st, 6:00pm-8:00pm
*Please email briannejang@gmail.com to RSVP if you are able to attend.


Dave is an actor, director and theatre instructor and has performed throughout Canada and the United States at such theatre companies as The Freewill Players (King Lear), Workshop West Theatre (Kill Me Now), Theatre Yes (National Elevator Project), Vertigo Theatre (Ends of the Earth), The Citadel Theatre (Death of a Salesman), and The Mayfield (Don’t Dress for Dinner). Dave has taught movement for actors at MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts Program for the past 12 years and has also directed many productions there such as Urinetown and Martin Crimp’s Attempts on her Life. Other directing credits include Fatboy (awarded 3 Sterling Awards and recently re-mounted at Theatre Network), The Bomb-itty of Errors, Sartre’s Shorts (Surreal SoReal), Measures! The Musical, The Inspector General and Cloud Nine (Citadel Theatre Young Company), and Eurydice (U of A Studio Theatre). Most recently he has performed in theatre no. 6’s Proud, Passion Play for Wild Side Productions and Blarney Production’s MOTE. Dave has worked with Anne Bogart and SITI Company over the past ten years, is a member of The Actor’s Centre Society of Acting Teachers and The Association of Theatre Movement Educators and holds BFA (Acting) and MFA (Directing) degrees from the University of Alberta.

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

Job (Edmonton): Artistic Associate North – Alberta Playwrights’ Network

APN-logo-color-left-textEmployment Opportunity – Alberta Playwrights’ Network

Artistic Associate North
Application Deadline – Friday, June 26, 2015

Artistic Associate North Position (30 – 35 hours weekly)

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Artistic Associate North will manage and oversee the administration and programming as it pertains to our mandate, overall organizational objectives and the needs of the northern membership.

The Artistic Associate North will be responsible for administration and execution of ongoing programming as well as provide voice and input regarding future programming endeavours. The successful candidate will serve as the representative of the organization to the northern membership and will speak on behalf of APN’s mandate, goals and programming. While the bulk of the work will be administrative in nature the position can provide opportunities for artistic development. The position requires strong management and critical thinking, excellent written and verbal communication skills. The successful candidate must be a self-starter and work well without daily supervision.

Managing and carrying out, but not limited to, the following responsibilities:


  • Maintenance of Edmonton specific programming documentation
    – documenting statistical information for grant applications and reporting
  • Maintenance of provincial membership list
    – maintenance of the existing record
    – execution of membership renewals
    – sending out new member packages
  • Generation and delivery of CAEA applications and contracts for Edmonton based programming
    – hiring artists
  • Organize, staff and manage other APN programming
    – Wordshed, Act One, Alberta Playwriting Competition
  • Manage volunteer programs as they emerge
  • Maintain and manage partnership agreements with Edmonton based not-for-profit arts organizations
    – Alberta Drama Festival Association
    – SkirtsAfire
    – Playwrights’ Guild of Canada – Edmonton Script Salon
  • Assist in grant writing and other funding applications
  • Assist in administration and execution of fundraising events

Communication & Advocacy

  • Create weekly email newsletter for dissemination to membership
  • Speak on behalf of APN programs, services and initiatives for and on behalf of the membership
  • Speak on behalf of APN membership privileges and services
  • Provide social media and online presence relating to Edmonton events & programming
  • Answer inquries from membership
  • Attend functions and workshops pertinent to APN organizational goals.

The position will be largely administrative, however if the candidate shows aptitude and facility in the areas of new play development, dramaturgy or education they will be asked to provide assistance with artistic execution of programming. This is not a pre-requisite for application.

The ideal candidate will have skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Dramaturgy
  • New play development
  • Playwriting
  • Previous arts management experience an asset
  • Must have knowledge of and connections within the Edmonton theatre/arts community
  • Must be computer literate
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Effective organization and planning skills
  • Fundraising and fund development experience an asset
  • Experience on a variety of social media platforms


  • Post secondary arts education is an asset
  • Arts management education is an asset
  • Commensurate arts administration is an asset

Applications can be made by mail to the address on the letterhead of this document or via email to employment@albertaplaywrights.com.

Please include a CV, a cover letter stating your interest in the position and any other pertinent information.

News (Alberta): David Eggen named new Minister of Culture and Tourism

The Honourable David Eggen, Minister of Education, Minister of Culture and Tourism.

The Honourable David Eggen, Minister of Education, Minister of Culture and Tourism.

Alberta’s 17th Premier, the Honourable Rachel Notley, and her Cabinet, were sworn in on the steps of the Alberta Legislature on May 24. The new provincial cabinet consists of 12 members.

David Eggen, MLA for Edmonton-Calder, was named as the new Minister of Culture and Tourism, as well as the new Minister of Education. Theatre Alberta would like to thank former Minister Kubinek for her service, and welcome Minister Eggen as our new Minister. We look forward to working with you!

David Eggen first represented the riding of Edmonton-Calder from 2004 to 2008, and was re-elected as MLA in 2012. He received a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1984 from the University of Alberta and taught at a number of Edmonton public schools. David served as the executive director of Friends of Medicare from 2008 to 2012. Click here for full bio.

Click here for the full list of new cabinet ministers. Video of the swearing in ceremony is embedded below. 

News (Alberta): Cheryl Foggo wins 2015 Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama

John-Ware-BannerThe Writers’ Guild of Alberta revealed the winners of the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards in Edmonton on May 23. More than 125 attended the Gala, part of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s 2015 Edmonton Conference Words in 3 Dimensions: Intersections.

Congratulations to Cheryl Foggo of Calgary whose play John Ware Reimagined won the 2015 Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (Sponsored by Alberta Views). Congratulations to Cheryl and the other nominees: Conni Massing of Edmonton for The Invention of Romance and David van Belle of Calgary for Liberation Days.

The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. This year, jurors deliberated over 150 submissions to select 24 finalists in eight categories. 

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada and was formed in 1980 to provide a meeting ground and collective voice for the writers of the province. Its mission is to inspire, connect, support, encourage, and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers.

Audition (Edmonton): Understudy Role – Pacific Time by David Haas

Pacific Time - Graphic - Casting CallCASTING CALL – Understudy Role

PACIFIC TIME at the Edmonton Fringe

This science fiction time-travel romance by David Haas has a position for an understudy to a main character, with good potential for appearing in the role at one or more Fringe performances.

The character: Polly, a 23 year old female.

Auditions will be held at the Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804 119 St NW. Timings (to be confirmed):

  •             Thursday, June 4 – 5 pm to 7 pm
  •             Saturday, June 6 – 7 pm to 9 pm

Rehearsals Saturdays, and possibly Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Dress rehearsal on Sunday, August 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Performances at the Fringe, dates and timings not yet known.

To arrange an appointment contact the Director, Rachel Whipple, by email to rwhipple97@gmail.com  sending a bio and if available a headshot (preferably colour).

Two cold readings will given to you on arrival with adequate time to review. A one minute monologue of your choosing is invited.