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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.

What’s On (Medicine Hat): William Shakespeare’s Land of The Dead – Medicine Hat High School

land-dead_MHHSWilliam Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead.

by John Heimbuch
Directed by R. F. Grafton

Tickets at TIXX.CA

To Zombie or not To Zombie. That is the question.
London, 1599. Shakespeare’s Henry V opens the Globe Playhouse, but while the actors strut and fret, an excess of bile plagues the populace outside.

After the opening of his newest play, William Shakespeare must once again defend his work – fending off the embittered clown Will Kemp while trying to appease Francis Bacon, a wealthy lawyer who has come with an idea to pitch. But when the company’s costumer is bitten by a plague-ridden madman, and the Queen and her men arrive seeking safety, life in the playhouse takes a turn for the worse.

As the affliction spreads through London, the Globe is placed in quarantine and the survivors within must fight for their lives. Can they escape? Is there a cure? Is artistic integrity ever worth dying for?

A true and accurate account of the Elizabethan zombie plague.

Artstrek: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Hunting Hills High School

Puck and the Fairies, from Hunting Hills High School's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in February 2015. Photo by Joanne Jacobsen.

Puck and the Fairies, from Hunting Hills High School’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in February 2015. Photo by Joanne Jacobsen.

Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream just recently in February 2015. The production was directed by Artstrek 2014 instructor Bill Jacobson, and nearly every role was double-cast! The production played February 3 – 7, 2015 at The Welikoklad Event Centre.

We are thrilled to be studying A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, at Artstrek 2015. Teens aged 13-18 are welcome to register for Artstrek online for the #bestmidsummernightever! Click here for more information about Artstrek.

Click here for more information about the Hunting Hills show. Scroll down to see more photos from the production. 

Hermia and Lysander, from Hunting Hills High School's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in February 2015. Photo by Bill Jacobson.

Hermia and Lysander, from Hunting Hills High School’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in February 2015. Photo by Joanne Jacobsen.

Demetrius, from Hunting Hills High School's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in February 2015. Photo by Joanne Jacobsen.

Demetrius, from Hunting Hills High School’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in February 2015. Photo by Joanne Jacobsen.

Bottom, from Hunting Hills High School's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in February 2015. Photo by Joanne Jacobsen.

Bottom, from Hunting Hills High School’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in February 2015. Photo by Joanne Jacobsen.

Jobs (Calgary): Seeking New Management Team – Urban Curvz Theatre

UCT-Logo-BWUrban Curvz Theatre is seeking a new Management Team.

Urban Curvz Theatre is seeking submissions from visionary and innovative individuals or groups of individuals to lead the company in the next stage of its administrative and artistic growth.

Urban Curvz was founded in 2005 with the goal of creating more professional productions that could provide female artists, both emerging and established, with engaging artistic opportunities. Urban Curvz’ mandate is to invest in and celebrate women’s perspectives, stories and experiences through the art of theatre and to advocate for an artistic ecology that recognizes the bravery and excellence of its female contributors. The company produces bold, award winning, and critically acclaimed theatrical work.

The Management Team will report to the Board of Directors and share leadership of the daily operations of the company. The structuring of roles (For Example: Artistic Producer, Managing Producer, Co-Artistic Producers) will be dependent on the qualifications of the individuals selected.

The incoming management team will work with the outgoing management team (Ann Galbraith and Jacqueline Russell) to ensure a smooth transition period for the organization.

Duties and responsibilities of the Management Team include:

  • Program and produce the annual Girls Gone Wilde Festival.
  • Work in collaboration with the board to move the company’s long term strategic plan forward
    Responsible for the financial, administrative, promotional, audience development and general management of the organization.
  • Oversee all box office, audience development, marketing, public relations, and community outreach initiatives.
  • Participate in the development of artistic plans (annual and multi-year) to ensure the overarching objectives are represented.
  • Manage contracts and agreements for the business of the organization; includes leases, performance, insurance and act as the liaison with unions and related professional organizations to ensure industry standards are maintained.
  • Apply for grant applications, and report to both public and private partners.
  • Work in partnership with the Board to plan, execute, and evaluate all fundraising activities

As the ideal candidate:

  • You have strong, confident, and compassionate communication skills and are adept at working with a variety of stakeholders.
  • You believe honest and sincere collaboration is a most valued quality.
  • You have leadership/management experience.
  • You pay attention to deadlines and are detail oriented.
  • You have a passion for administration, logistics, business, and guiding an exceptional group of people through annual planning processes.
  • You understand the importance of strategic planning and how good governance relates to administration and operations.
  • You have experience and knowledge of marketing, advertising, and public relations activities, particularly as they relate to growing ticket and other earned income revenue.
  • You have experience producing theatre.
  • You are passionate about equity, diversity, feminism and theatre.

Past experience in not-for-profit arts administration is preferable but not required.

This is a part time position (10-15 hours/week) with flexible work hours.

How to Apply:

Position to commence on September 1, 2015 at the latest

Interested candidates are invited to email their résumé with a covering letter to:
Managing Team Search Committee
c/o Laura Parken

The deadline for receipt of applications is June 12, 2015.

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in Urban Curvz Theatre, however; only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

To learn more about Urban Curvz Theatre, click here.

News (Edmonton): EAC hosts gathering of prairie Indigenous artists

supporting_edmonton_arts_orangeFrom May 27 to 29, 2015, the Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) will host a three-day symposium for Indigenous artists, prairie art organizations and funding bodies. Channeling Connections brings together representatives from visuals arts, theatre, dance, film, customary arts and new media to expand artistic frontiers and understanding of contemporary Indigenous arts practices.

“The Edmonton Arts Council is committed to better serving Edmonton’s diverse communities,” said Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, Chair of the Edmonton Arts Council Aboriginal Initiatives Committee. “We understand that practices must be adapted to resonate with Edmonton’s Indigenous arts communities, and to correspond with the vision proposed by our community elders and working committees.”

The goal of the gathering is to ensure that Indigenous arts communities are vibrant, supported and connected with the broader arts and civic community, and to explore how arts funders can help to promote inclusion and engagement.

Conversations can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #YEGchanneling. The outcomes of the summit will be communicated following the meetings with a publicly accessible report and video. For more information please visit our website at http://www.edmontonarts.ca/channeling_connections/

The Edmonton Arts Council would like to acknowledge additional funding support for Channeling Connections from the City of Edmonton’s Aboriginal Relations Office and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

What’s On (Calgary): Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka – StoryBook Theatre

Willy-Wonka-new-WebROALD DAHL’S
MAY 22 to JUNE 6
Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm

RUNNING TIME: Two Act Musical – 120 minutes

Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Adapted for the Stage by Timothy Allen McDonald and Leslie Bricusse
Based on the book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA, featuring a memorable score by Leslie Bricusse (JEKYLL & HYDE, DOCTOR DOOLITTLE) and Anthony Newley, follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory–or suffer the consequences.

Call (403) 216-0808 ext.1 or email tickets@storybooktheatre.org for tickets.

What’s On (Red Deer): Alberta Drama Festival Association 2015 Provincial Festival


The 2015 Provincial Adult One-Act Festival, May 22 – 23, 2015 at the Welikoklad Event Centre (formerly known as City Centre Stage) in Red Deer. Schedule below:

May 22:

  • 7:00 p.m. –  9:00 p.m. Performances by Edmonton and Calgary regional productions. (One intermission, with one short public adjudication at the end of the evening.) 

May 23:

  • 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) Annual General Meeting. All members are welcome.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Performances by Peace Country East, Yellowhead, and Foothills regional productions. (Two intermissions with one short public adjudication at the end of the afternoon.)
  • 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Performances by Peace Country West and Chinook regional productions.(One intermission, with one short public adjudication at the end of the evening.) 

Visit www.adfa.ca for more information.

Theatre Alberta welcomes new staff members

Theatre Alberta is pleased to welcome two new staff members to our team!

Clarice Eckford is our new Office & Membership Coordinator, and Jake Tkaczyk is our Artstrek Program Assistant for the summer. Both Clarice and Jake started at the beginning of May – some of you may have already spoken to each on the phone or in the office. We’re pleased to formally welcome them here!




Clarice Eckford, Office & Membership COORDINATOR

Contact Clarice about membership and general Theatre Alberta questions/business.

Clarice Eckford is a professional theatre artist from Edmonton, Alberta. She was last seen on stage in The Colleen Bawn for The Serca Festival. Other stage credits include The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble for Theatre Network; Doubt at the Citadel Theatre; 448 Psychosis as part of the Indy Five Theatre Festival; The Lonesome West with the Atlas Theatre Co-op; Love/Hate/Kill and Poptart at the Edmonton and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals; Kingfisher Days with Covenant Theatre; and, The Love Course with SPIRIT Theatre. Clarice received Sterling nominations for her work in Kingfisher Days, The Love Course and The Lonesome West. She is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program, and she is a co-founder of Pony Productions, an award-winning independent company, known for its anthology plays. Clarice also dabbled in community development and program management work in Fort St. John, British Columbia when she worked with the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society’s violence prevention initaive, “The Peace Project”. As well, she worked extensively with MLA Deron Bilous during the 2015 general election of Alberta.




Jake Tkaczyk, Artstrek 2015 Program Assistant

Contact Jake about Artstrek 2015

Jake Tkaczyk is currently a student in the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta. He grew up on a farm near Holden, Alberta where he helped co-found the Beaverhill Players Society. Here, he started a theatre program for kids, where he taught for two years. Last summer Jake attended Canada’s National Voice Intensive and hopes to pursue voice, speech and acting at a Master’s level. He also holds a diploma in Theatre Performance and Creation from Red Deer College and looks forward to performing at Nextfest and the Edmonton Fringe this summer.

Click here to see staff bios (and cute pics!) for all of Theatre Alberta’s team.

News (Calgary): Ambrose University Launches Diploma Program in Acting

acting-banner-ambrose-universityAmbrose University in Calgary is pleased to announce the launch of the Diploma in Acting program for the Fall of 2015. This two year commencement into the art and industry of theatre prepares students for careers as professional actors, directors, and playwrights. It also provides a strong foundation for a variety of roles in theatre management.

This program is unique in Canada. Our instructors are working theatre professionals who bring relevant, hands-on experiences to the classroom stage. Through intense training, they help students develop the rigour that is required to create good stories along with the personal fortitude needed to sustain a life in the arts. They also introduce students to the Calgary theatre community through collaboration, production, and internships.

For Barrett Hileman, Director of Theatre Program, the most exciting aspect of the program’s design is the integration of faith and learning: “Our program is a unique combination of conservatory training and discipleship, challenging you to incorporate personal faith into art.”

From acting, to stage combat, to playwriting, to dance, the Diploma in Acting aims to create artists of excellence with a foundation of faith.

Click here for more information about the program. 

Resource (Alberta): Sponsorship 101 – Online Tutorials from Business for the Arts

03_Show-Me-The-MoneyTheatre Alberta has recently partnered with Business for the Arts, Canada’s only national charitable organization of business members who support the arts, to provide its unique Sponsorship Tutorial Series to small-to-mid-sized arts organizations.

The process of finding and asking for sponsorship dollars can be daunting. The Sponsorship Tutorial Series aims to help arts organizations develop sponsorship strategies through easy-to-follow, step-by-step online tutorials. The 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 Series is reasonably priced, with a variety of packages to choose from depending on your organization’s current needs and capacity.

Staff at Theatre Alberta has had the opportunity to review some of the Series, and we found it to be a great overview with some very useful information and tips. We will be incorporating strategies described into our own sponsorship efforts.

The deadline to register is Thursday June 4.

Intrigued? Click here to find out more and to register.

If you have questions or would like more information, please call Morgan Norwich, Operations and Partnerships Coordinator, at 780-422-8162 (in Edmonton) or 1-888-422-8160 (toll-free in Alberta), or email her at morgan@theatrealberta.com.

Competition (Edmonton): Vote for Wind in her Sails to support Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) research

wind-in-her-sails-title-with-graphicLong time Theatre Alberta member and Edmonton-based playwright, Elizabeth Bowering, was recently diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a rare and terminal neurological movement disorder, for which there is no successful treatment. Research in the area has been very limited due to a lack of funding. 

Field Law grants award money annually through its community fund program to various worthy causes. Elizabeth’s idea is to raise research dollars through the run of one of her stage plays, Wind in her Sails, which premiered at the 2006 Edmonton Fringe Festival. Elizabeth hopes to both create awareness and raise funds for research in the disease from which she suffers.

Public votes are taken into consideration in Field Law’s selections. Click here for more information and to vote for Elizabeth’s project, Wind in her Sails.

Voting ends June 18th.

What’s On (Calgary): MARS ONE – Ghost River Theatre

MARS ONE: A presentation by Ghost River’s 2015 National Devised Production IntensiveMARS1-event image

Every year Ghost River Theatre welcome artists from across North America to learn devised theatre techniques through a practical, hands-on process. The result: a crazy, innovative 30 minute devised presentation about the first human settlement on Mars, created by this year’s super talented participants.

We need you to complete the process by being our audience at the West Village Theatre, our home. All tickets are Pay What You Want.

8:00, May 21 AND 22
at the West Village Theatre (2007 10 Avenue SW–enter off the alley).

This year’s participants:
Richard Ballon, Gabby Bernard, Gwendolyn Collins, Randi Edmundson, Bethani Jade, Richard Lee, Evan Medd, Laura Warren with production assistance from Anton de Groot and Thomas Geddes.