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Workshops (Edmonton): Workshop Week – Grindstone Theatre

Sneak a little peaky at our WORKSHOP WEEKY!

March 22nd to 26th marks Grindstone’s FIRST virtual workshop week with zoom classes on:

STAND-UP Comedy with Sterling Scott: March 22nd from 7-9PM
SKETCH Writing with Ellie Heath: March 23rd from 7-9PM
IMPROV with Quinn Contini: March 24th from 7-9pm
MAGIC with Byron Martin: March 25th from 7-9pm
ACTING with Candace Berlinguette: March 26th from 7-9pm

Just like Mazda… Grindstone zoom zooms!

REGISTER HERE!

Job (Canmore): Stage Managers – Canmore Summer Theatre Festival

The Canmore Summer Theatre Festival (CSTF) is seeking two stage managers for our upcoming 2021 festival. The stage manager will work with the director and artistic team to ensure that CSTF rehearsals and performances run smoothly. This year, the CSTF team are proud to present William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Minotaur by Kevin Dyer. Performances will take place outdoors at the Stan Rogers Stage in Centennial Park, Canmore from August 11 to 22, 2021.

The CSTF pairs working theatre artists with local volunteers and provides mentorship opportunities. Travel to Canmore will be required throughout the term of the contract.

This is a paid position. Compensation will be negotiated based on the level of experience of the candidate, taking into account funding availability.

We encourage submissions from diverse artists of all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • schedule and run rehearsals
  • communicate the director’s wishes to designers
  • mark out the dimensions of the set on the floor of the rehearsal hall
  • make sure rehearsal props and furnishings are available for the actors
  • attend all rehearsals
  • notify the designers of changes made in rehearsal
  • complete and circulate rehearsal reports
  • complete and circulate show reports
  • coordinate the work of the stage crew
  • call cues and possibly actors’ entrances during performance
  • oversee the entire show each time it is performed

Requirements

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Good time-management skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong leadership and delegation skills
  • Critical-thinker and problem-solver

Key Dates

  • Auditions – April 11, 13, and 15, call backs April 18, 20, and 22
  • 1st Read and design presentation – May 9
  • Rehearsals – Sundays 10-6pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9pm
  • Festival performances – August 11-22

Please submit applications to [email protected]. You are required to submit a resume, headshot, a references document, and a cover letter outlining your theatre experience and how you would be an asset to the festival. The application deadline is midnight Mountain Time on March 21, 2021.

Job (Canmore): Costume Designer – Canmore Summer Theatre Festival

The Canmore Summer Theatre Festival (CSTF) is seeking a Costume Designer for our upcoming 2021 festival. The Costume Designer will be responsible for working with the festival directors on the design of costumes for both shows in the festival. This year, the CSTF team are proud to present William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Minotaur by Kevin Dyer. Performances will take place outdoors at the Stan Rogers Stage in Centennial Park, Canmore from August 11 to 22, 2021.

The CSTF pairs working theatre artists with local volunteers and provides mentorship opportunities. Travel to Canmore will be required throughout the term of the contract.

This is a paid position. Compensation will be negotiated based on the level of experience of the candidate, taking into account funding availability.

We encourage submissions from diverse artists of all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Examine script in detail in order to understand costume requirements
  • Work with directors on their visions for both shows
  • Work alongside, manage and delegate to local volunteers on the sourcing/creation of costumes
  • Design sketches of costumes
  • Present sketches for approval
  • Execute expenditures and keep budget in check
  • Submit all wardrobe related receipts to producer
  • Plan and supervise costume fittings and dress rehearsals
  • Make arrangements to clean, return, store, and/or dispose of used costumes after production run

Requirements

  • Previous working experience as costume designer
  • In-depth knowledge of design, materials and textiles
  • Ability to work creatively within restrictive budgets
  • Good time-management skills
  • Ability to task manage efficiently
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Critical-thinker and problem-solver

Key Dates

  • Auditions – April 11, 13, and 15, call backs April 18, 20, and 22
  • 1st Read and design presentation – May 9
  • Rehearsals – Sundays 10-6pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9pm
  • Festival performances – August 11-22

Please submit applications to [email protected]yers.com. You are required to submit a resume, portfolio or sample of previous work, headshot, a references document, and a cover letter outlining your theatre experience and how you would be an asset to the festival. The application deadline is midnight Mountain Time on March 21, 2021.

What’s Online (Alberta): Creative Stretch Zoom Sessions – Downstage

Downstage is excited to host Creative Stretch Zoom Sessions led by our Artistic Director, Clare Preuss. Each week, we will explore interactive theatre games and mindfulness techniques that support a vibrant creative life!

Classes may include some or all of the following:
gentle stretches, easy improv exercises, guided meditation, collaborative story telling, interactive theatre games, reflective journal prompts, dance party fun!

Please note the following before you register:

  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age
  • You can have one person per registration and per screen.
  • You will need access to a computer, reliable internet, Zoom, a journal and a pen
  • Once your registration is confirmed, there are no refunds
  • Class starts on time. Please arrive on time and ready to begin
  • All proceeds from these sessions are part of Downstage’s fundraising activities!

Mondays from March 8 – April 19, 2021*
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Mountain Time
*Please note: There is no session on April 5* .

Class size is limited. Registration is required.

Quotes from a recent- ZOOM session:

  • “Surprising and Fun!”
  • “I felt like a kid again!”
  • “Very well facilitated.”
  • “A new experience!”
  • “What a great way to let loose at the end of a work week!”

Quotes from our Winter/Spring 2019 – LIVE series:

  • “I now love Mondays. I can come in feeling like a ham sandwich and leave feeling like a bumblebee and at the same time totally myself. Creative Stretch is the best.” Participant
  • “Fun class!” Monica
  • “I love being able to come and move and be my imperfectly human self.” Sarah
  • “I look forward to every Monday. It always brings a smile on my face.” Participant
  • “A gift. A true gift of creative exploration within 90 minutes.” Angela
  • “I am full of positive energy. Thanks for you and all of the members.” Participant
  • “This is the absolute best part of my week. I really feel like me here.” Chantelle

Clare Preuss is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked across Canada as well as in Germany, Lebanon, Switzerland, Uganda and the USA. She is a recipient of the Houselighters of the Citadel Theatre Award and has been nominated for the Pauline McGibbon Award, John Hirsch Director Prize, John Hirsch Director Award and twice for the Gina Wilkinson Award. She has appeared on TV and in feature films, including her role as Caroline Kraft in the cult classic, Mean Girls. She loves dogs, plants and dinner parties that turn into dance parties. Clare is a Certified Yoga Instructor and the Artistic Director of Downstage.

downstage.ca | @clarepreuss

Thanks for supporting Downstage!

Announcment (Edmonton): RISER Coming to Edmonton – Common Ground Arts Society & Why Not Theatre

Common Ground Arts Society (CGAS) is thrilled to announce a partnership with Toronto’s Why Not Theatre to launch RISER Edmonton as part of the 2022 Edmonton Theatre season.

With generous support from the Government of Canada and the RBC Foundation, Why Not Theatre is embarking on a national expansion of RISER, starting in Edmonton in February 2022.

RISER Edmonton will support the development and production of four new Edmonton-based projects each year, with participants receiving enough in-kind resources to help reduce their costs of production by one third, on average. In addition, artists undergo a year-long mentorship and training program with a focus on developing producing skills.

Originally developed by Why Not Theatre in 2014, RISER was created to address challenges in producing independent theatre. RISER connects senior leadership from the theatre community with underserved artists to maximize existing infrastructures, share resources and risk, help build new audiences, and support a commitment to create and innovate.

RISER relies on a community of Senior Partners to support a new generation of artists. Senior Partners are a diverse group of established theatre organizations that contribute resources, mentorship, and support to RISER artists. By pooling these underutilized resources, RISER Edmonton will be able to support more artists with existing infrastructure. CGAS enthusiastically welcomes Azimuth Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, Citadel Theatre, and Edmonton Fringe Theatre as RISER Edmonton’s inaugural Senior Partners.

RISER brings together artists and Senior Partners who are generous, flexible, curious, and willing to share and work in new ways. The heart of RISER is building relationships to create an interdependent theatre ecosystem, where the success of one is the success of many. With RISER, we move from independent to interdependent.

“RISER Edmonton is an inspiringly collaborative approach to theatre creation that will ensure emerging artists are well supported in the development of new work, while providing meaningful connection to senior leadership in our community,” says CGAS Artistic Producer Beth Dart. “It’s a win-win for everyone: we share the risk, we resource the next generation of theatre artists, we invest in the future of Canadian theatre, and we close the mentorship gap that exists in those in-between years when artists need the most support to transition from emerging to established.”

“RISER is by design entirely collaborative,” says Why Not Theatre Founder & Co-Artistic Director Ravi Jain. “We were able to develop and refine RISER in Toronto with the help of a community of Senior Partners and a talented roster of artists. Since the model has been such a successful platform in supporting underserved artists in Toronto, we wanted to bring it to other major city centres across Canada to support more artists all across the country. We’re excited and humbled to start this journey in Edmonton, a city brimming with more theatre artists per capita than any city in Canada. We couldn’t be more grateful to both the RBC Foundation and the Government of Canada in helping us to share this vision and impact change on a national level.”

“Now that I’m producing on my own, I feel upheld. I feel way more confident with the simple tasks. I gained a lot of those skills with my time in RISER,” says RISER 18 artist daniel jelani ellis. “RISER gave me a platform to take more risks as a director, in terms of working in a form that is unconventional and working with artists from different disciplines,” says RISER 17 artist Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu. “Producing on your own is a lot harder,” says RISER 17 artist Justin Miller.

COMMON GROUND ARTS SOCIETY & WHY NOT THEATRE present
RISER Edmonton
A Collaborative Producing Model Created by Why Not Theatre
Applications Now Open!
https://commongroundarts.ca/riser/
Deadline to Apply: April 16, 2021

About Common Ground Arts Society:

Common Ground Arts Society is a tiny but mighty arts org getting it done on passion and grit. We radically invite artists of all disciplines at all stages of their career to wildly experiment with process and craft. We believe in people and process over product: come as you are; create from where you’re at; learn, fail, try again, fail better; tend to your whole self; share art, share kindness, share in community. Mentorship and learning are at the core of everything we do: we’re still learning, we’ll never stop learning, and we want to share in this learning with you.

As the producers of Found Festival, Edmonton’s only found space arts festival, CGAS brings art out of galleries, theatres, and concert halls and directly into the community. We curate creative collisions between audiences and artists. We instigate curious happenings. We foster dialogue about space, place, sense of belonging, and all the meaningful moments between.

For more information, visit: commongroundarts.ca || commongroundarts.ca/riser

About Why Not Theatre:

Good isn’t good enough. At Why Not Theatre, we’re out for better.

We shake up the status quo to make the world we want to see. A world where everyone can achieve their full potential. We question everything. Rethink how stories are told. And who gets to tell them. We believe in art. It’s how we make change.

We MAKE great work that takes chances, and tours all over the world. We SHARE everything we have, because more artists mean more stories. We PROVOKE change because we believe art should be for everyone.

We push boundaries, build community, and find new ways. We represent Toronto, at home and on the world stage.

Founded in 2007, we are growing rapidly, led by Ravi Jain, Kelly Read, and Miriam Fernandes.

Since 2014, RISER has since engaged 300 artists, in support of 30 new Canadian productions which have gone on to 100 international engagements, reach 25,000+ audiences, and receive 50+ awards and nominations. Two-thirds of all RISER shows (including Quote Unquote Collective’s Mouthpiece, Motion’s Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape, and Pearle Harbour’s Chautauqua) have gone on to have a future life after their RISER debuts.

RISER is made possible through the generous support of RBC Foundation, TD Bank Group, the Government of Canada, and a network of Senior Partners. RISER Toronto Senior Partners include: Aluna Theatre, bluemouth inc., Factory Theatre, fu-GEN Theatre, Luminato Festival, Modern Times Stage Company, Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Nightwood Theatre, Roseneath Theatre, Shaw Festival, The Theatre Centre, and Theatre Passe Muraille. The first three years of RISER were made possible by Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door program.

For more information, visit: whynot.theatre|| whynot.theatre/work/riser/

Workshop (Online): IN YOUR FACE- How AR (Augmented Reality) Can Enhance Online Theatre – Dirty Laundry

Your instructor – Anand Rajaram

In Your Face: How AR (Augmented Reality) can Enhance Online Theatre

You’ve probably seen & used Snapchat AR filters. This is a course on how to make them, specifically masks. It’s also a character class with a chance to play exactly as if you were wearing a physical mask. Well, not exactly, I mean it’s over computer, not in person. Also, this mask is digitally mapped to your face, unlike one of those old Greek or Comedia or Noh ones which do that spooky thing of seeming like they are changing expression though they can’t. These digital masks do change expression. So that’s different. Also, it’s less sweaty than wearing a real mask. Unless you are generally a sweaty person in which case it is the usual amount.

Space is really limited so sign up now! I mean space in the class, not like space space I mean obviously the jury is still out if its limited or infinite, though I would bet it’s actually bafflingly infinite, just to be weird.

Facilitator bio: Anand is an improviser, actor, playwright, director, musician, teacher & puppeteer. He has performed at Second City, Stratford, CanStage, VideoCabaret, and others. He is an accomplished film and tv performer as well as voiceover artist for video games and cartoons. You may sometimes hear him s a panelist on CBC Radio’s Because News. He is artistic director of @[email protected]@[email protected], currently creating AR digital content for live stream under the banner of his company, [Centre for] Cardboard Dreams.

This workshop will be 120 minutes long, with an added 30 minutes for Q&A.

Tickets are $15 each.

For folks who can’t make the $15 fee, discount codes are available!

  • -Use code ‘5off’ for a $5 discount (ticket will be $10)
  • -Use code ’10off’ for a $10 discount (ticket will be $5)

If you would like to audit this course, that is by donation.

To perform, participants need Snap Camera. To build the masks, they will need Lens Studio. **These programs use facial tracking/recognition software, therefore, participants should do their own research about their comfort level around this.

Dirty Laundry is Calgary’s only completely live, completely improvised soap opera.

GET TICKETS HERE

Call for Submissions (National): Explore & Create and Digital Now Programs – Canada Council

The Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is ready to invest $116.5 million in Supporting Arts and Live Events Workers in Response to COVID-19, which was announced in the last federal government economic statement. The time has come to submit your projects.

The Council is investing this one-time additional funding in its Explore and Create program and the Digital Now initiative.

The Research and Creation and Concept to Realization components of the Explore and Create program provide increased support for a wide range of research, creation, conception, and production activities. The investment will benefit artists, arts groups, and arts organizations. The guidelines and eligibility remain unchanged.

Deadlines: April 8 & October 6

Digital Now provides groups, collectives, and arts organizations with grants to develop, create, adapt, produce, promote, disseminate, and optimize their digital artistic content or hybrid activities that combine digital and in-person dissemination.

Deadlines: March 31 & April 28

The Canada Council for the Arts is undertaking these initiatives to stimulate job creation, research, creativity, and innovation. The investments will serve as a springboard for sector recovery and strengthen the digital scene that’s taking shape right now.

Today, we are sending out a call to the entire sector—we cannot wait to discover your projects!

canadacouncil.ca

Call for Submissions (Alberta): The 2021 Alberta Playwriting Competition

The Alberta Playwriting Competition, presented by the Alberta Playwrights’ Network in association with Theatre Alberta, is the longest running provincial playwriting competition and offers the largest cash prize of any playwriting contest in Canada.

The competition recognizes the most outstanding un-produced Alberta play with a $5000 Grand Prize. It is open to all playwrights who reside in Alberta, whether they are members of the Alberta Playwrights’ Network or not.

A secondary prize (Novitiate Prize) may be awarded at the jury’s discretion to recognize the work of an un-produced playwright. There is no cash with the Novitiate Prize, but APN offers playwright and play development for the recipient. Celebrating its 55th consecutive year, the Alberta Playwriting Competition (presented in association with Theatre Alberta) is now open for submissions.

Camp (Calgary): Summer Drama Day Camps – Pumphouse Theatre

PUMPHOUSE THEATRE SUMMER 2021 DRAMA CAMPS
Registration Now Open as of March 1st, 2021

Session 1: July 5-16
Session 2: July 19-23
Session 3: July 26- August 6 *No camp August 2
Session 4: August 9-13
Session 5: August 16-27

The Pumphouse Theatre Drama Day Camp is a great introduction to drama basics. Participants learn through dramatic arts to gain confidence, make friends and have fun! We will be announcing the theme of this years camp very soon! Register for our 1 week, 2 week, or 9 day sessions.
Register for any summer session here: https://forms.gle/xzSymhdUQrFfLtuw7

Each day of camp is divided into classes, covering a variety of acting techniques, speech, physical theatre play creation, and much more! Emphasis is placed on group-work that helps to develop social and life skills. Under the guidance of our professional instructors, participants will work together within their age group to create a play. At the end of each session, participants will showcase their new talents to family and friends by performing this brand-new creation.

A $50 Discount applies to multiple registrations per family or to early bird registrations received before June 7th.

Participants are 7 to 15 years old. Final performances are on the second Thursday of the two-week sessions, and on the Friday of the one-week sessions. Participants will receive an official camp t-shirt, and a digital copy of their final performance.


Cost

1 week sessions: $325 regular ($275 discounted)
2 week sessions: $525 regular ($475 discounted)
9-day session: $500 regular ($450 discounted)

Times

Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Pre-Care: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Post-Care: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Pre & Post Care are included in the cost of registration.

The Pumphouse Theatre will be adhering to all up to date health and safety regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note: The 2021 Summer Camps may be temporarily relocated from the Pumphouse Theatre. An alternative location, close in proximity to the Pumphouse Theatre, will be provided once a temporary location has been confirmed.

Cancellation is permitted (less a $25 administration fee) provided notice is given a minimum of 10 business days prior to the first day of camp. We do acknowledge the impact that COVID-19 has had on our community, so if a refund is needed that is of a direct result of COVID-19, please contact us directly.
We do have a bursary option for those who need financial assistance. These bursaries are in limited supply and an application must be requested from the Programming Director.

If you have any questions, please email Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director at [email protected]

Auditions(Central Alberta): HAIR: the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical-BrownCow Collective

Hair-The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Books & Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rano. Music by Gait Macdermot

Poster Art by Kate Hengstler – Instagram Handle: @explicitly.myself

STAGE 1 VIDEO SUBMISSION ACCEPTANCE: Monday, March 1st – Saturday, March 13th 2021
STAGE 2 VIDEO SUBMISSION ACCEPTANCE: Tuesday, March 16th – Friday, March 19th 2021
*Both Submissions Close at 8pm MST*

SUBMISSION E-MAIL:
[email protected] (Ryan Maschke- Production Manager)

*PLEASE NOTE* “STAGE 2” will be treated like Callback’s and will include a Dance Combo to submit.

Team:
Sabrina Naz Comănescu (DIRECTOR), Tenaj Williams (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR), Misha
Maseka (MUSIC DIRECTOR), Cindy Ansah (CHOREOGRAPHER)

Ethno-Cultural Mandate:
BrownCow Collective is committed to fostering an environment of equality and diversity, and factors this into every casting decision we make. We encourage submissions from artists of all genders, orientations, ethnicities, abilities and identities.

Applying artists should be aware that the company does not tolerate any form of harassment and/or discrimination of its creative team, performers, or volunteers involved in the productions and take the fostering of a healthy and safe environment to explore expression and create very seriously.

About the Production:
The American tribal love rock musical Hair celebrates the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. To an infectiously energetic rock beat, the show wows with songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Star Shine,” “Hair,” “I Got Life,” and “Let The Sun Shine.” Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace, Hair remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

Following the mandate of BrownCow Collective and the given nature of the show, our goal is to bring a fresh and immersive experience to the community and use this production as a vehicle for emerging artists to be seen in new ways. Our goal is to show diversity in both abilities and the artists themselves. Performers not only with a strong understanding of musicality and movement, but those who have a grounded self understanding and openness are an asset as the rehearsal process will consist of both creating and discovering the reality of these characters and making them human. As this is a collective project, we want to hear the voices of as many artists as we can and encourage performers of ANY musical expression too apply.

Commitment:
Given our current restrictions with the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be working closely with Alberta Health Services to maintain a safe environment for our production. Our production of HAIR will be performed live, outside on DM Maschke Farms in Olds, AB. Due to the remote location and the guidelines laid out by AHS, our engaged artists will be required to form a cohort and will be provided housing on the farm for the mandatory dates.

*All current dates are subject to change.*

CAST/CREW ‘MEET&GREET’ (via ZOOM): March 25th 2021 @ 4pm
MUSIC REHEARSALS (via ZOOM): March 26th – April 25th 2021
VOCAL RECORDING (in person, with restrictions): April 26th – 30th 2021

*Exact dates for Music Rehearsals & Recording Sessions will be determine based off of Artist
availability but they will be within these timelines*

ZOOM REHEARSALS: Meetings will run 3 times a week from May 4th – June 17th 2021 (Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday).
IN PERSON REHEARSALS (location is TBA): June 22nd – 24th 2021

*All in person rehearsals will be required to follow the latest updated guidelines laid out by
AHS in regards to Covid-19*

TECH WEEK: June 29th – July 2nd 2021 with an invited Dress Rehearsal on the 2nd
PERFORMANCES, 10 confirmed shows(+4 TBA): July 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th 2021 (Wednesday(TBA), Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

*Potentially two shows on Fridays, matinees are TBA*.
*We will be required to move into a cohort and stay on the production property for the
duration of the above dates*

PLEASE NOTE: ENTIRE CAST Will not be required for all rehearsals, contract offers will contain a more solidified rehearsal/performance schedule and times but all cast MUST BE AVAILABLE for all the in person, tech & performance dates including the dates that are labelled “TBA”. Artist Engagement: All Artists in BrownCow Collective’s production of HAIR will be engaged in a ‘Profit-share’ structured contract, meaning all proceeds made by the production will be EQUALLY distributed to every member of the Cast and Crew AFTER all production costs are covered.

STAGE 1 AUDITIONS

To Submit:
Please submit a digital headshot and resume to [email protected]
[BrownCowCollective AT gmail DOT com] with the subject line “Your Name+HAIR+(Stage 1)
along with the following material:

Cover Letter:
State who you are as a performer, your preferred pronouns and why you became an artist. At this time, please make us aware of any special skills you are comfortable highlighting (instruments, tricks, etc.) all in the body of your email.

To Prepare:
-1 Comedic Monologue (Classic or Contemporary) 3-5 min in length
-1 Serious Monologue (Contemporary) 3-5 min in length

*Director’s Note* “Some keywords that come to mind for the comedic monologue is boisterous,
adventurous and audaciously bold. For the more serious/contemporary monologue I think of
intimate, somber, introverted and subdued.”

-A 1 min cut of a song in the style of 60s Rock/Blues
-A 1 min cut of a song that best shows your voice (any vocal style)

*MD’s Note* Given the nature of our production we would like to see your skills and storytelling
as both a vocalist AND a musician. If applicable, please feel free to either accompany yourself or
send additional excerpts of yourself playing your instrument(s).

STAGE 2 AUDITIONS (Callbacks & Dance Call)

To Submit: successful candidates from the 1st Stage, will be sent the respective Character Slides
that the team wishes to see artists for along with an instructional video(via YouTube Link) of the
dance combo to learn. All Callback & Dance Call material should be submitted to
[email protected] [BrownCowCollective AT gmail DOT com] with the subject line
Your Name+HAIR+(Stage 2)”.

*PLEASE NOTE* All video submissions MUST be uploaded to YouTube and made UNLISTED. Title
each video with ”YourName” followed by the respective “Material” (ie. “RyanMaschke-
DanceCall”, “RyanMaschke-ComedicMonologue”, ”RyanMaschke-SongName” ect.)
Contact Ryan Maschke at [email protected] [BrownCowCollective AT gmail DOT
com] for any further information or questions on video submissions.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN(Cast Size-16):

Claude (Rock Baritone/Tenor)
Smart, attractive, male identifying, with a playful side; a lover of life and the ideal 1960’s
boy next door. Berger’s best friend and lover along with Sheila. Recently drafted and his
only valuable possession, other than his freedom, is his hair. A charismatic leader that
women adore, boys emulate and men will follow into the breach. He struggles with the
conflict of what his heart tells him is right and what the authorities around him lead him
to believe.

Berger (Tenor)
A social activist recently banished from high school. An unrestrained animal and
passionate hot head. He knows what is right and sticks to it no matter the consequence.
The leader of the tribe. High energy, athletic, wild. Strong presence and, though he may
be a young man, he is looked up to. He is in a polyamorous relationship with both
Claude and Sheila.

Sheila (Rock Alto/Mezzo Belter)
A second semester student and passionate protester from NYU who lives with Berger
and Claude, aspires to spread love. She loves Berger but is in a polyamorous relationship
with him and Claude. The most intelligent of the tribe. Wants to change society through
peaceful protest. Not necessarily perfect on the outside, but must have a strong voice
and presence.

Jeanie (Alto)
A follower, not a leader. Incredibly sweet, understands Claude better than anyone.
Wise, passionate, creative woman, who is pregnant with the tribe’s baby. She has taken
every drug, and takes care of the tribe. Strong actress to play comedic and dramatic
scenes.

Crissy (Mezzo Soprano)
A flower child mourning a lost love – The youngest female of the tribe. Meek and naive.

Dionne (Alto/Mezzo Belt, Black Artist)
Excitable and lots of fun. Great with comedy and ad-lib vocals. A vehicle for the
furthering of the plot with her featured moments.

Hud (Soul/Rock Baritone/Tenor, Black Artist)
Speaks his mind and hopes you can keep up with him. High energy, spiritual performer
with a strong voice and presence. A true tone setter that is a natural on stage in any
situation.

Woof ( Rock Baritone/Tenor)
May not want to admit it but he is gay. A young animal. High energy, versatile
performer. Must be a natural with comedy. Looks up to Berger and Mick Jagger… in
many ways.

Margaret Mead (Tenor, Drag Role)
An eccentric and comedic character. Though they appear from an older generation, they are
open minded and excepting. Artist is male identifying but female appearing so
comfort/experience with Drag is an asset but not a requirement.

TRIBE(7): This is not a “chorus”, as the entire cast is a true ensemble including. Tribe members
sing many featured songs including “Aquarius”, “Black Boys”, “White Boys”, “Walking in Space”,
“Electric Blues”, etc., and play many roles in the show including the parents, soldiers, historical
figures, and more. Energetic, creative performers with heart and passion.

 

Auditions (Edmonton): Hamlet in Isolation – Thou Art Here Theatre

Thou Art Here Theatre Production
AUDITION CALL FOR THE ROLE OF HAMLET
in
Hamlet in Isolation
An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Directed by Sydney Campbell, Desirée Leverenz, & Andrew Ritchie

Rehearsals (part-time): April – June 2021
Performances:
May 21, 2021
May 28, 2021
June 4, 2021
June 11, 2021
June 18, 2021
June 25, 2021
(*Note each actor will only perform only one of the above dates)

AUDITIONS ON ZOOM: Wednesday March 17 & Friday March 19, 2021 4:00-8:00pm

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 7, 2021

We are looking for six actors to perform the role of Hamlet in 6 one-person shows. The production explores the comparison between Hamlet’s reality of increased social isolation, loss of security, disconnection to friends and family and the real world impact of the ongoing pandemic on us all.

  • Each director will cast and direct two actors in the role of Hamlet. Each actor will collaborate with one director to devise their performance based off Hamlet’s iconic monologues.
  • Experience devising, collection creation, and improvisation is an asset. All three directors will be in attendance for auditions.
  • The production’s rehearsals and performance will all be conducted remotely at the artists’ place of residence. The performances will be shared over a digital platform for audiences.

To submit your interest:

  • Email resume and headshot to [email protected]. Write “Hamlet Audition” in the subject line.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • All successful applicants will be given a side and prompt from the script to prepare and devise. No monologues required.
  • This production will be a CAEA Collective Artist Policy. Equity and non-equity actors may apply.
  • The production pays an honorarium of $750.
  • Only Alberta based actors may apply.
  • We are not accepting video submission at this time. Only submit your interest if you are able to attend the online audition dates listed above.

Thou Are Here Theatre is committed to inclusive casting. We encourage submissions from artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities.

 

Workshop (Online): Free Circus Workshops – Green Fools

Wanna Join The Circus?

The Green Fools are offering FREE online workshops as part of The Community Circus Project. All March long you can use circus to give you and your kids a reason to move.

Learn new performance techniques like clowning, mime, dance, magic, or physical comedy. Or try circus skills like juggling, poi, flower Sticks, diablo, and plate spinning. Put your visual art skills to use in cirque makeup, DIY pet costuming or making your own elephant puppet.

REGISTER FOR A WORKSHOP

Green Fools is excited to partner with The Costume Shoppe for Cirque Makeup: A Solid Foundation, Quest Theatre for Kiddo Clown with Hayley Klepper, and Jube School For Make Your Own Elephant Puppet.

 

Space (Edmonton): Office Space for Rent! With Rehearsal Time & Storage!

Office for lease. Available March 1st. Now accepting inquiry submissions.

Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre is looking for new tenants! Ideally, we want to house some new friends from the arts sector (non-exclusive to theatre).

We have a very affordable office space available for a long-term rent/lease available immediately, which includes storage and 80 hours of rehearsal time in our Main Hall, with a special weekly/hourly rate for additional rehearsal hours.

Click Here For More Information and To Apply

Auditions (Calgary): Trickster Theatre Open Auditons

Location: AB, Canada (remote)
Type: Theatre for Young People

Trickster Theatre (Calgary, AB) will be holding ongoing general auditions for local actors in Calgary. Present at the auditions will be Artistic Director, David Chantler and Operations Manager, Nimrodel Whiting.

We are currently looking for artists to deliver our Online Theatre workshops. In this position, artists will lead online classes in the creation of either a group story using Trickster’s super fun and fast story development process or facilitating online theatre or video residencies. Artists will beam into classrooms using Google Meets and lead the sessions using Google Jamboard.

Any artists who successfully pass their audition will be required to go through a training course to learn how to deliver the program. This course takes approximately 10-12 hours to complete and you will be paid for your time. At the end of the course, we will assess your progress and assign you to work as appropriate.

Artists are invited to apply for an audition by sending an electronic copy of your resume and headshot to [email protected]. Please include Trickster General Auditions in the subject line.

Trickster Theatre will contact individuals selected for audition to set up an audition time. Artists who have been contracted by Trickster Theatre in the past two seasons do not need to submit, only to contact the office to express interest in working with the company again.

Technology Requirement: In order to deliver this program, artists must have a computer that is able to run google meet and a stable internet connection.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Nimrodel at [email protected]

 

Call for Submissions (Fort McMurray): Screenwriter for Buffys 2021

artscouncilwb.ca/opportunities-calls

Wood Buffalo Excellence in the Arts Awards

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts throughout our region. The program also builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. Following the success of 2020, this year’s showcase continues to be a cinematic experience, which will include pre-recorded elements to be broadcast online on October 16, 2021.

Arts Council aims to hire a screenwriter to write a narrative to support this year’s theme: Midnight in Technicolor. See last year’s Buffys presentation here: Buffys 2020: Midnight Steampunk

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

Artists will be responsible for writing a screenplay that will be filmed as part of this year’s Buffys presentation.

  • Screenplay will weave together characters in a narrative that includes the following elements:
  • Characters must introduce the announcement of 14 award categories.
  • Characters must introduce up to 6 performances in a way that incorporates them into the main storyline.
  • Screenplay must take place in a limited number of imagined settings/location(s) that are feasible for hired set designer to build at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts.
  • Narrative must support this year’s theme of Midnight in Technicolor.
  • Screenplay must not exceed 30 minutes in length (with other elements—such as speeches, award presentations, performances—total length should approximate 1 hr and 45 minutes).
  • Screenwriter will collaborate with Set Designer in creating an environment that is feasible to build.
  • A first working draft of the screenplay must be submitted to the Programs Manager by May 1, 2021.
  • This will be used to audition and hire performers, as well as to begin set design considerations.
  • A final edit of the screenplay must be submitted by July 31, 2021.
  • Hired screenwriter will report to Arts Council Wood Buffalo Programs Manager, Luay Eljamal.
  • Hired screenwriter will be expected to attend regular Creative Team meetings to ensure that a cohesive vision is maintained for this year’s awards showcase. These meetings will occur monthly, and may increase in frequency closer to the final event.
  • Artists will realize this year’s vision by collaborating with others, including videographers, set designers, graphic designers, project managers, performers and nominated artists/artist groups.
  • All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations.

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

Please watch last year’s broadcast to familiarize yourself with the sequence of a typical Buffys showcase, before submitting your proposal: Buffys 2020: Midnight Steampunk

  • All submissions must be emailed to Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at [email protected]
  • Use the subject heading “Buffys Screenwriter Proposal — [Your or Your Company’s Name]”
  • All submissions must be emailed as one (1) compiled PDF, including the following information:
    • Your name, contact phone number and home/company address.
    • Artistic statement — the philosophy behind how you approach your creative work.
    • A summary of previous creative experiences which highlight the expertise you bring to this project.
    • A summary of your proposed narrative for this year’s Buffys presentation, including character descriptions and a detailed summary of plot. Ensure that this is in line with the requirements outlined under “About the Commission” above.
    • Excerpts from 2 screenplays that you have written in the past (max 4 pages each).
    • A suggested budget, including the following (and any additional) line-items: prep time, creative team meetings, writing time. (This will serve as your Fee for Service).
  • Please familiarize yourself with the format of last year’s script here: Midnight Steampunk – Script with units.

FEE

We ask artists to present their Fee for Service to us as part of their PDF submission (see above).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by 12PM on March 22, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

SELECTIONS PROCESS

Artists may be invited to interview. Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, and successful artists will be notified by March 26, 2021.

This event is a celebration of the arts and artists in the Wood Buffalo region and preference in hiring is given to artists that reside within the region. In the event that local Wood Buffalo artists are not available or do not respond to this call, artist residing within Alberta will be considered.

Please note that only artists(s) who are successful will be notified.

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information, please contact Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.102.