An exciting new grassroots initiative dedicated to elevating and celebrating the Edmonton theatre industry, The Theatre Edmonton Project is working toward accelerating and advancing creative and artistic innovation across Edmonton’s theatre community.
Launched in September 2012 during Alberta Culture Days, The Theatre Edmonton Project hosts monthly meetups designed to bring the industry together. Each meetup is focused on a different topic, and facilitates progressive discussion to highlight opportunities to strengthen the industry.
The Theatre Edmonton Project is designed to be an incubator – a safe place for theatre artists of all walks to connect, share ideas and work collaboratively. Its roots in the community will ensure the role of The Theatre Edmonton Project grows to fit the wants and needs of the Edmonton industry.
The Theatre Edmonton Project has already served as a springboard for a number of new initiatives, including a directing masterclass taught by the Artistic Director of Citadel Theatre, Bob Baker; mentorship office hours, being offered by Baker, and Catalyst Theatre’s Artistic Director Jonathan Christenson and Producing Manager Eva Cairns; a movement class for theatre artists, offered by Good Women Dance Collective; and The Collective Artist Workshare (CAWS), a series of peer-led informational sessions on a variety of topics important to the arts in Edmonton, from grant writing and media relations, to community involvement and fundraising.
The next Theatre Edmonton Project meetup will take place this coming Sunday, November 11 from 1-3pm at Startup Edmonton (3rd Floor, 10363 104 Street). Guest speaker and renowned Canadian writer, entrepreneur and Edmonton enthusiast Todd Babiuk joins Theatre Edmonton to discuss “Why yeg?” Why Edmonton? What keeps artists here? What attracts artists to other cities? What can our community do to provide artists more opportunity to live, learn and work in Edmonton? Join the discussion!