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Blog: What can you do to celebrate World Theatre Day today?

WorldTheatreDayWhat can you do to celebrate World Theatre Day today?
- Borrow plays from Canada’s largest fully-circulating, independent theatre library and ‪#‎GoReadAPlay‬! http://theatrealberta.com/library
- Refer a teen to Artstrek 2015 for the ‪#‎bestmidsummernightever‬http://theatrealberta.com/artstrek
- ‪#‎GoSeeAPlay‬ this weekend! Use our newly upgraded online Playbill to find what’s playing on any DAY, anywhere in Alberta! http://theatrealberta.com/playbill
- Watch this video about the Picks of the Edmonton Fringe theatre touring project, and see how we are working to stimulate the theatre industry in Alberta! Interested in booking a show to come to your community? Visit http://theatrealberta.com/tour.

Mieko Ouchi

Mieko Ouchi

The 2015 Canadian World Theatre Day message is written by Theatre Alberta member Mieko Ouchi!

The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), l’Association des théâtres francophones du Canada (ATFC), and the Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC), annually commissions a message to promote and celebrate World Theatre Day from a distinctly Canadian perspective.

Created in 1961 by UNESCO, World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on March 27 by theatre communities around the globe. The impetus behind World Theatre Day is to honour and further the goal of UNESCO’s International Theatre Institute (ITI) to celebrate the power of theatre as an indispensable bridge-builder for mutual international understanding and peace as well as to promote and protect cultural diversity and identity in communities throughout the world.

Mieko is an Edmonton-based actor, writer, and director, and is currently Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre. We have printed Mieko’s message below. It has been translated into French by Mishka Lavigne, an Ottawa-based playwright; click here to view both messages on PACT’s website.

Call for Submissions (Canada): Scholarship Opportunity for Teachers – VASTA


VASTA Annual Conference – Montréal, Québec, Canada, August 2-5. 2015

Cirque des Voix / Circus of Voices – One Ring – Many Sounds

Attention Junior through High School Drama Teachers

Voice Conference Scholarship Opportunity

You can win to attend the Voice & Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) Annual Conference

VASTA will pay up to $500 toward airfare and waive the conference fee. This is an excellent opportunity to interact with colleges and professional theatre colleagues from around the world while enjoying all the beautiful city of Montréal, Québec has to offer. Who can apply: Any junior high or high school drama teacher seeking to enrich their teaching and refresh their artistic inspiration.

To apply: Email a letter to Tamara Meneghini at engagement@vasta.org stating why this opportunity would be of value to you, how it would help you meet your personal and teaching goals. Be sure to include the name and location of your high school, your mailing address, email address and phone number.

Deadline: Has been extended to April 15th! Application letters will be reviewed by members of VASTA’s Board of Directors and the winner will be notified directly.

The Voice and Speech Trainers Association is an international organization whose mission is to advance the art, research, and visibility of the voice and speech profession. VASTA seeks to uphold and advance excellence in voice and speech; serve the needs of voice and speech teachers and students; and encourage and facilitate ongoing education and information exchange.

For more information go to www.VASTA.org or click here to download PDF.
Or contact engagement@vasta.org
We hope you will join us this summer!

News (Calgary): Evergreen Theatre Announces 2015-2016 Season

Evergreen-Logo-HIGHRES1Evergreen Theatre is pleased to announce its 2015-16 season – featuring new work and explorations by professional artists from across Alberta.

Evergreen’s newest touring show, premiering in winter 2016, will be The Legend of Four: A Science Fantasy by Ellen Chorley. This medieval adventure through the imagination will explore the four classical elements (earth, air, water, and fire) and our relationship to the world around us. 

The Big Green Puppet Bus will feature a brand new show as well as a seasonal favourite. We’re very excited to debut The Three ARRRs by Jacqueline Russell – a ridiculous romp through the recycling, reusing, and rethinking waste. This high-energy musical show features pirates, sock monkeys, and much more. It will take a very special young person to break the dreaded Curse of the Dump! 

In October, the Bus welcomes the return of BOO! Thrills, Chills, and Repurposing Skills by Valmai Goggin. Join Morgan the Mummy and his friends as they monster mash their way to an eeeko-friendly Halloween!

In addition to these engaging productions, Evergreen’s 2015-16 season will feature our innovative residency program and the return of Puppet Camp – our summer program that is unlike any other in Calgary. 

All this, and we’re moving! In September 2015, we will officially take up residence in our newly purchased home – the Evergreen Community Spaces in Mayland Heights. Renovations are underway on this 24,000 sq ft facility that will feature a dozen professional studios, offices, and storage space. Perfect for dance classes, rehearsals, health and wellness, workshops, recitals, special events, and more. We have already begun booking the Spaces for leases and rentals – contact us for more info and a tour of our new home – Calgary’s newest arts and community hub. 

It’s a new season of change, innovation, and imagination for Evergreen Theatre. We hope you and your family will join us on these new adventures. Check out our website for more info on our programming and the Evergreen Community Spaces: www.evergreentheatre.com

Here’s to another season of incredible new work throughout Calgary’s arts community! 

~Valmai Goggin
Artistic Producer

Audition (Calgary): Bad Jews – Theatre Calgary


  • April 29 and May 1 in Calgary


  • Rehearsals start Tuesday February 23, 2016
  • 1st Preview Tuesday March 15, 2016
  • Opening     Friday March 18, 2016
  • Closing     Sunday April 10, 2016


Daphna Feygenbaum – 22-25; Liam and Jonah’s first cousin; smart, too smart for her own good;  entitled;  two thirds body, one third hair; thick, intense, curly, frizzy, long brown hair (and personality to match); just back from her birthright voyage; bent on preserving family tradition; desperate to preserve tradition at any cost and her dream of marrying her Israeli boyfriend and moving back to Israel. 

Liam Haber – 24-28; Daphna’s cousin; wire-rim glasses; U of Chicago Asian studies PhD student; former Fulbright scholar in Japan; has as much of a sense of humor as an overdue library book; skier, fit, but on the thin side; firstborn; entitled.

Jonah Haber – 19-22; Liam’s younger brother; sometime UVM sophomore; less lanky than his brother; less brainy; more brawn; more heart.

Melody – 24-28; Liam’s girlfriend; majored in Opera; stick straight blond hair, which she wears with the barrette to be extra cute; mousy -granola; she works for a nonprofit. 


Please submit headshots and resumes to Susan McNair Reid, Theatre Calgary, at smcnairreid@theatrecalgary.com by Sunday April 12, 2015

Please use “BAD JEWS audition submission” in the subject line and include the audition city and role in the body of the email.  

Successful applicants will be contacted and provided with sides and further details. 

Theatre Calgary encourages submissions from artists of all ethno-cultural backgrounds. Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Equity members cast in this production will be engaged under an Equity form of contract. CAEA members: please bring your membership card to the audition

Education (Red Deer): Series Summer Arts School – Red Deer College

rdc-series-summer-artsSeries Summer Arts School at RDC is offering a number of courses this summer for anyone (18+)interested in costume and scene production.

From July 6-10 explore the world of puppets in storytelling and theatre in  “The Art of Puppetry” or “Creating with Wonderflex” and make anything from headgear to fantasy costumes, masks and more with this amazing material. 

From July 13-17 use a variety of materials in “Mask Making” or “Painting Large” as you explore scenic painting for theatre and murals. 

If you only have a day to spare take “Zombie in a Day” on July 18th and discover everything from the basic to the extreme as you create a  zombie on a budget or register inthe “Introduction to FOSSHAPE” and take your costuming to the next level with all the possibilities of this magical fabric.  We’re offering a 1 day and a 5 day course in FOSSHAPE – something for everyone’s schedule.  Last but certainly not least is our “Costuming for Cosplay” course from July 27-31 where you will explore the skills, materials and tools used to create your own cosplay costume. 

Do all of this while staying right on campus.  Included are instructor presentations, open studios in the evenings and a variety of social activities.

Check out our brochure at www.rdc.ab.ca/series

Be a part of the Series community this summer.

Auditions (Devon): A Tomb With a View – East of Sixty Productions

SAMSUNG CSCA Tomb With a View - A Comedy-Thriller by Norman Robbins

Director – Kelly Ainsworth

Performance Dates October 23-24-25, 2015

Rehearsal Dates Mondays & Thursdays (may be changed) May through October with at least a 2-week summer break at the end of July. Plus nightly from October 18 to 21st.

A Tomb With A View is set in an old library as sinister as one is likely to come across, presided over by the portrait of a grim faced, mad-eyed old man. There, a dusty, lawyer reads a will (involving some millions of pounds) to an equally sinister family – one member of which has were wolf tendencies, another wanders around in a toga of Julius Caesar and a third member is a gentle old lady who plants more than seeds in her flower beds. By the third act, there are more corpses than live members left in the cast and what about the sympathetic nurse and the author of romantic novels are they all, or more than, they seem to be? All is revealed as the plot twists and turns to its surprising conclusion.

Cast: 4M 6F

Play Reading – Tuesday April 21
Open Auditions – Sunday April 26 or Wednesday April 29
7-10pm at The Playhouse, 5 Jasper Court South, Devon

Also seeking:
Assistant Director
Artistic Director
Set Designer
Costume purchaser
Props purchaser
Hair & MakeUp
Front of House Manager
Sound & Lights
Backstage Manager

News (Edmonton): Walterdale Theatre launches a new system for the hard of hearing

WALTERDALE_LOGO_RGBThe following is abridged from Walterdale Theatre’s blog post “Hear Ye Hear Ye! T-Coil Launches March 25!”. Click here to read the full post. Congratulations Walterdale Theatre on your innovative work to assist audience members with disabilities!

Walterdale Theatre becomes the first live theatre in Canada to install a T-Coil loop system for people with hearing disabilities.

The hard of hearing are the largest disability group in Canada. It is a hidden disability that has many causes and each hearing loss is unique to the individual. One out of ten Canadians has a hearing loss, including six out of 1000 children.  

Over the past few years, Walterdale Theatre began looking at ways to improve its theatre for people with disabilities. Technical Director Richard Hatfield contacted Shelly Thompson of the Advisory
Board for Services for People with Disabilities (ABSPD). She informed him of the serious lack of support for the hard of hearing. “Shelly directed me to the Edmonton branch of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, where I listened to the concerns and limitations that the hard of hearing have. As a hearing person I never thought about the difficulties and social stigma people who are hard of hearing face. I immediately wanted to do something and that’s when I looked into the different systems and approached the Walterdale Board to install the T-coil or telecoil loop.”

“Although there are other systems on the market, research proved that the T-coil system is far superior for our needs in the theatre” says Hatfield. The hearing loop is a wire that circles a room and is connected to a sound system. The loop transmits the sound electromagnetically. The electromagnetic signal is then picked up by the T-coil in the hearing aid or cochlear implant. To use a hearing loop, you simply flip on the T-coil switch on the hearing aid or cochlear implant. It’s just that easy; there is no need for expensive or bulky headsets.

Walterdale Theatre is proud to officially launch their new system for its opening of Edward Albee’s American classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf which runs April 8 to 18 at 7:30 pm on most nights. There will be a preview and demonstration of the T-coil system for all who are interested on Wednesday March 25th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. For more information go to www.walterdaletheatre.com

If you would like more information on the T Coil hearing system, please go to the links below,




Deal (Calgary): Fabulous Fabric, Fabulous Prices – Ujamaa Grandmas


Ujamaa Grandmas’ Fabric and Yarn sale – April 17th & 18th

Attention Theatre Designers and Wardrobe Departments!!!

Imagine a church basement full of tables stacked four feet high with fabric of all types, and lengths. Imagine also separate rooms including fake fur, gold lame, chiffon, satin, and lace, and another holding bolts of upholstery fabric. This is the scene that awaits customers at Ujamaa Grandmas’ Fabric and Yarn sale, held every year to benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s work in Africa.

This is a wonderful ‘win-win’ event, where some recycle unused fabric, yarn, and other crafts supplies, while others get fabulous bargains. It would seem a perfect fit for costume designers on a budget.

This year’s sale will be held April 17 (4:30 -7:30 pm) and 18 (10 am – 2:30 pm), at Woodcliffe United Church, 5010 Spruce Drive SW, Calgary. For details, visit www.ujamaagrandmas.com.

All proceeds go to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which funds grass-roots community organizations in sub-Saharan Africa who work with children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and the grandmothers who care for them. These organizations operate income generation projects such as community gardens or animal husbandry initiatives, provide school fees and uniforms so children can attend school, and support counselling services to children and adults grieving the death of their family members.

Education (Edmonton): Audiences needed for survey on surtitles – L’UniThéâtre


You’ve watched subtitled movies before, but have you ever been to a live performance with surtitles? If not, you might be interested in attending a play at L’UniThéâtre. That’s right – Edmonton’s own professional francophone theatre offers performances with English surtitles.

Theatre surtitling is a popular form of language and cultural transfer on stages internationally and a growing area of research, but it remains a relatively unexplored practice. Reliable and available research is needed to contribute to our understanding of the process and the products of surtitling, especially to determine the audiences’ needs.

I am a Master’s student in the Translation Studies program through the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural studies who is currently conducting a Study on the Audience Reception of Theatre Surtitles for my thesis. The study is the first of its kind in Canada and internationally, and it is financed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The goal of the study is to develop surtitling strategies to improve the audience experience, to better respond to the needs of bilingual and non-French-speaking audiences, to explore the language-learning potentials of surtitles and to expand upon current research by developing a framework for describing the reception of surtitles in multilingual settings.

If you are interested in attending a performance with surtitles at L’UniThéâtre, you are invited to fill out a survey about your experience with the surtitles. You do not have to speak a language other than English, and you do not need to be bilingual to attend the performances or to participate. There will be a brochure inside the programs of the plays that will include a link to the online survey. Printed versions of the survey will be available in the lobby after each performance. Following completion of the survey, you will have the chance to enter a draw to win two season’s passes to L’UniThéâtre’s 2015-2016 theatre season.

The next play is called Jean et Béatrice / Jean and Beatrice and runs from March 25th - April 5th. Please visit L’UniThéâtre’s website for details about the upcoming performance (scroll down the page for English information): http://www.lunitheatre.ca/jean-beatrice.html

Whether you participate in the study or simply attend the play, you are sure to benefit from a unique theatre experience!

Detailed information about this study is provided on the information letter and consent form of the survey. If you have any further questions regarding this study, please do not hesitate to contact Milane Pridmore-Franz (mpridmor@ualberta.ca).

Click here to view this call for submissions as a PDF.

Job (Edmonton): Outreach Assistant Internship – Freewill Shakespeare Festival

Freewill-Logo-WEB7The Free Will Players Theatre Guild is currently seeking an Outreach Assistant.

The Outreach Assistant will support the Development Manager to promote the Festival around the city at special events and farmers markets. We are looking for an outgoing, friendly student who loves interacting with the public, has a great work ethic and is very organized.

We work with the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) to provide post-secondary students with a $1000 bursary at the end of your internship.

For a full job description and details on how to apply please visit http://freewillshakespeare.com/jobs


Job (Edmonton): Dresser Internship – Freewill Shakespeare Festival

Freewill-Logo-WEB7The Free Will Players Theatre Guild is currently seeking an Dresser.

The Dresser is a member of the running crew for the Festival. The Dresser is responsible for the care and maintenance of all costume pieces involved with the productions as well as any necessary dressing of the cast during the run of 1 of the 2 shows from Dress Rehearsal (June 17) until Strike (July 19).

We work with the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) to provide post-secondary students with a $1000 bursary at the end of your internship.

For a full job description and details on how to apply please visit http://freewillshakespeare.com/jobs


Job (Edmonton): Junior Stitcher Internship – Freewill Shakespeare Festival

Freewill-Logo-WEB7The Free Will Players Theatre Guild is currently seeking a Junior Stitcher.

The Junior Stitcher is an internship position within the production team of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. This position serves as a shop assistant during the build phase of the Festival until Opening Night (June 24).

We work with the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) to provide post-secondary students with a $1000 bursary at the end of your internship.

For a full job description and details on how to apply please visit http://freewillshakespeare.com/jobs


Job (Edmonton): Scenic Carpenter Internship – Freewill Shakespeare Festival

Freewill-Logo-WEB7The Free Will Players Theatre Guild is currently seeking a Scenic Carpenter.

The Scenic Carpenter Intern is a seasonal, entry-level position within the Carpentry team of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. This position is responsible for a variety of assigned tasks relating to the build of the festival. This is a three week contract.

We work with the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) to provide post-secondary students with a $1000 bursary at the end of your internship.

For a full job description and details on how to apply please visit http://freewillshakespeare.com/jobs

What’s On (Edmonton): Jean et Béatrice – L’UniThéâtre

jean-et-beatriceJEAN et BÉATRICE

March 25th to 28th, 2015 and April 1st to 4th, 2015 at 8PM.
Matinées on Sundays, March 29th and April 5th, at 2PM.

By Carole Fréchette. Directed by Brian Dooley. A production of L’UniThéâtre.

On the thirty-third floor of a high-rise, Beatrice waits. Like a fairytale princess perched high in a castle tower, she waits for a man. A knock on the door reveals Jean, a man responding to a small notice Beatrice has pasted on walls throughout the city. Beatrice talks of seduction and love, Jean talks of compensation and cash. Can these two possibly come to an understanding? Beatrice challenges Jean with three tests. Tests that might reveal the prince charming that lies dormant within him!

Tickets available at 780-469-8400

News (Edmonton): Nominees Announced for 28th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

PACE_logoThe 28th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Congratulations to the 2015 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts nominees. The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts showcases Edmonton’s vibrant arts and culture industry by bringing together artists, the business community, media and arts appreciators to honour the valuable contributions Edmonton artists and arts champions make to our city. Join us!

The 28th Annual
Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts
Monday, April 20 at 7pm Winspear Centre 

Tickets now on sale!

Proceeds from this event support PACE’s advocacy efforts on behalf of professional artists in Edmonton, and will be shared with this year’s Charitable Partner, Theatre Network.

2015 Award Nominees

Mayor Don Iveson and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) are pleased to announce the award nominees for the 28th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.

Mayor’s Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts

Recognizing a local business that has invested in an arts organization, event, project or individual artist in the greater Edmonton area in a creative and original manner.

  • Happy Harbor Comics, nominated by Jeff Martin
  • Print Machine, nominated by Common Ground Arts Society

Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support of the Arts

Recognizing a business or an individual that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to investing in Edmonton’s arts and culture industry through a specific arts organization, event, individual artist, or widespread investment in the arts.

  • ATB Financial, nominated by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
  • Audreys Books, nominated by LitFest and the Alberta Book Fair Society 
  • Pardee Badyal, nominated by Marlaina Eldey

Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support of the Arts

Recognizing an individual, arts organization, media organization or business that has promoted the arts in a distinctly creative or exceptional manner.

  • Alexis Marie Chute, nominated by Wes Lafortune
  • What It Is Podcast, nominated by Maggie Baird

ATB Financial Ambassador of the Arts Award

Recognizing a mid-career individual or organization successful on a national or international level, that enlightens audiences and promotes Edmonton’s rich cultural, performance or visual arts scene in an extraordinary way.

  • Catalyst Theatre, nominated by Janine Andrews
  • Chris Craddock, nominated by Trevor Schmidt
  • Rapid Fire Theatre, nominated by the Rapid Fire Theatre Board of Directors 
  • Tammy-Jo Mortensen, nominated by Jennifer Annesley

ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement

Recognizing an individual who, over a minimum of 25 years, has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Edmonton.

After careful deliberation, the awards jury for the ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement is honouring just one individual, a true Edmonton gem, a musical legend who has celebrated a wildly successful career here at home and around the world. We cannot wait to announce this extremely deserving artist at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts on Monday, April 20 at the Winspear Centre. Join us then to find out who will receive the 2015 ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement!

DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction

Recognizing the outstanding achievement of an artistic leader in a specific arts discipline, actively leading and working in the greater Edmonton arts and culture sector.

  • Amy Shostak, nominated by Christopher Samuel
  • Byron Trevor Martin, nominated by Brianne Jang
  • John Hudson, nominated by Heidi Collins-McCann
  • Steve Pirot, nominated by The Nextfest Arts Company
  • Gabriela Jessome, nominated by Sara Hernandez Madden and Trevor Madden

Mile Zero Dance Progressive Artist Award

Recognizing the achievements of Edmonton-based artists who actively work in the arts and engage with the community in challenging and exciting ways.

  • Amy Shostak, nominated by Christopher Samuel
  • Kelsie Acton, nominated by Brooke Leifso
  • Chaka Zinyemba, nominated by Tinashe Mtshiya
  • Paul Freeman, nominated by the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts 
  • Jeannie Vandekerkhove, nominated by Daniela Masellis

Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist

Recognizing Edmonton’s valued, upcoming professionals – artists who, in the early stages of their careers, demonstrate exceptional talent and accomplishments, as well as a unique artistic expression and commitment to the arts in the Edmonton region.

  • Giselle Denis, nominated by Glori Meldrum
  • Jake Hastey, nominated by Richelle Thoreson
  • KazMega, nominated by Roya Yazdanmehr
  • Ahmed Knowmadic, nominated by Muna Saleh
  • Nuela Charles, nominated by Andrew Miller
  • Cayley Thomas, nominated by the International Day of Personal with Disabilities Planning Committee for Edmonton

Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize

Recognizing written work which deals with some aspect of the city of Edmonton: history, geography, current affairs, its arts or its people or is written by an Edmonton author.

  • Rudy Wiebe, Come Back, Penguin Random House Canada
  • Tim Bowling, Circa Nineteen Hundred and Grief, Gaspereau Press
  • Greg Bechtel, Boundary Problems, Freehand Books

Syncrude Award for Excellence in Arts Management

Recognizing individuals or organizations who have demonstrated innovation, leadership and vision in the management of a professional arts organization.

  • Daniel Cournoyer, nominated by the Film and Visual Arts Society of Alberta
  • Jesse Szymanski, nominated by Ron E. Scott
  • Jill Roszell, nominated by Rose Ginther
  • Karen Brown-Fournell, nominated by Christine DeWitt
  • Paul Matwychuk, nominated by NeWest Press

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award

Recognizing an individual or organization that has displayed the courage to take artistic risks and embrace innovation in artistic expression, resulting in a unique and distinctive project.

  • Amber Borotsik, nominated by Ben Sures
  • Ariane Mahryke Lemire, nominated by Chris Martin
  • Chaka Zinyemba, nominated by Nonsikelelo Mathe
  • The Cultural Association Folklorical Ballet Mexico Lindo of Alberta, nominated by Sara Hernandez Madden and Trevor Madden

Youth Artist Award

Recognizing the importance of art and design to a youth’s education, and encouraging the development and education of young artists.

  • Collective Conscience, nominated by Eagle Vision Music and Design Studio
  • Keiran MacDonald, nominated by Victoria School of the Arts

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