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Call for Submissions (Alberta): Professional Theatre Program – Citadel Theatre/ Banff Centre

The 2012/2013 Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program 


Production team for The Penelopiad announced

 Application Deadline: 12 Noon, Friday, May 18, 2012 

The Citadel Theatre/Robbins Academy is now accepting applications for the 2012/2013 season of the Citadel Banff/Centre Professional Theatre Program until 12 Noon (MST) Friday, May 18, 2012.

“The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program, under the direction of James MacDonald, is entering its fifth year, and this season we’re doing something very different,” said Bob Baker, Citadel Theatre Artistic Director. “This season, the program will showcase the talents of an all-female ensemble, as they look to develop and enhance their skills at the Banff Centre and at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.”

The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program is a Robbins Academy initiative offering advanced development to enhance the performance skills of established theatre professionals.  The curriculum of the Professional Program comprises master classes and workshops in acting, singing, voice, movement, dance, stage combat, text, and script analysis by a Faculty of some of Canada’s leading theatre artists.

The Professional Program began during the 2008/2009 season, culminating in the world premiere of a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, by Tom Wood. In 2009/2010, participants were featured in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, directed by James MacDonald. In 2010/2011, the Professional Program provided participants with two incredible performance opportunities: a new adaptation of The Three Musketeers by Tom Wood and Little Women: The Broadway Musical. This season found participants enthralled in a fantasy world full of magic and love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Tom Wood.

For 2012/2013, the all-female group of participants of the Professional Program will be featured in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, the fictional account of ancient Greek characters, Penelope and her maids as told from the afterlife. The female cast will be guided by an all-star female creative team consisting ofdirector Brenda Bazinetchoreographer Dayna Tekatch and designer Bretta Gerecke.

Brenda Bazinet is an actor, acting instructor and theatre director. With over 30 years of experience, she has performed on stages across the country, receiving 4 Dora nominations and appeared in over 100 film and television projects. Brenda has been on the Faculty of the Professional Program for the last two years and recently played Linda Loman in the Citadel’s production of Death of a Salesman.

Dayna Tekatch is no stranger to the Professional Theatre Program – she was an instructor in Banff for the 2011/2012 participants. Recently Dayna directed and choreographed a production of Oliver! and choreographed Creation by Peter Anderson for the National Arts Centre English Theatre Company. Citadel choreographic credits include The Drowsy Chaperone.

Bretta Gerecke is a world-class designer, not only for Citadel productions, but for many other companies as well. Bretta is the resident designer for Edmonton’s internationally acclaimed Catalyst Theatre. Some of Bretta’s Citadel credits include Pride and PrejudiceHunchback and this season’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Training commences at the prestigious Banff Centre on January 20, 2013. Training continues at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton from February 18 -24, followed by an extended rehearsal period. Margaret Atwood’sThe Penelopiad runs in the Citadel’s Maclab theatre from March 30 – April 21, 2013.

Auditions for the Professional Program will take place in June, exact dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Further details and the application forms can be downloaded and submitted electronically by clicking here.

Further information on Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad can be found by clicking here.

Videos and blog posts featuring the 2011-2012 Professional Program participants are available by clicking here.

For more information about the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program and the Robbins Academy in general, visit

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