Auditions (Edmonton): Mother Goose – St. George of England Society

mothergooseAuditions:

Mother Goose 

presented by St. George of England Society. 

Auditions being held on August 18. 
Performances in January.

For more information, contact:

Andrea Friesen at [email protected]
or Tom Hill at 439-1631


Belarus Free Theatre
The Citadel Theatre | Edmonton
July 2-6: Learn the unique play creation method of “one of the most powerful underground theatre companies on the planet” (*New York Times) in an exclusive master class opportunity. 

Audition (Lethbridge): Routes by Collin Doyle – New West Theatre

New West logoRoutes

By Collin Doyle
Directed by Lindsey Zess-Funk

Synopsis:
Routes follows fifteen-year-old Tom as he rides his bus in Edmonton. Struggling with problems at home and bullying at school, he has become an expert at being invisible. During this sixty-minute, one-person production, Tom draws connections between the neighbourhood, his family, his school and the recent tragedy of a murder on his bus route.

TOM-15. Shy, chubby and a social outcast. Tom describes stories from his life, reenacting select moments and people. The actor that plays Tom also plays several other characters of varying ages.

New West Theatre is seeking an adult male or female actor to play the role of Tom for Routes. Please note: the performer must be able to play age fifteen convincingly.

Rehearsals run September 16 – October 3, 2013
Performance dates are October 3 – 12, 2013

New West Theatre engages non-CAEA performers, as well as CAEA performers under the Guest Artist Policy. As the Guest Artist policy has strict guidelines regarding Theatre for Young Audiences performances, CAEA artists are asked to identify their affiliation within their application.

Interested candidates should submit an electronic application consisting of a headshot (.jpg no more than 2MB), as well as a performance resume (.doc, .docx, .pdf).

Attention: Artistic Director Jeremy Mason – [email protected]

Submission deadline: Tuesday July 30th, 2013

The theatre will contact successful applicants for an audition – to be held on Tuesday August 6th, 2013. Please do not contact the theatre regarding the status of your application.


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The Citadel Theatre | Edmonton
July 2-6: A Master Class for designers, technicians, and directors interested in integrating media and interactive technology to create immersive theatrical environments, with New York’s 3-Legged Dog Theater + Media Group. 

Fundraiser (Edmonton): Theatre Alberta Fundraiser and Edmonton Fringe Forum

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THEATRE ALBERTA FUNDRAISER AND FORUM AT THE EDMONTON FRINGE!

We’re planning a fundraiser – save the date! Fringe Theatre Adventures has generously allowed us to use their Community Patio space on the Fringe site so that we can throw a party. If planning on going to the beer tents during the Fringe Festival, why not come enjoy a pint with your friends at Theatre Alberta?

The fundraiser will take place on August 19th, starting at 7 p.m.

Theatre Alberta is hosting a Fringe Forum at 7:30 (see below for details), which will last about an hour, and then the fundraising portion will begin. There will be a bar, food, entertainment and door prizes! All proceeds will be split between Theatre Alberta Society and Alberta Arts Flood Relief.

Click here to read An Invitation from Theatre Alberta Board President Michele Fleiger.

We’re looking for Door prizes for our event. If you would like donate to our fundraiser, please contact Maura Penn, Theatre Alberta Administrator at 780-422-8162 (or 1-888-422-8160 outside of Edmonton), or email her at [email protected]

Theatre Alberta’s Fringe Forum:
The Patron, The Theatre and The Artistic Creator – Who Will Our Champions Be?
It’s a municipal election year in Alberta. The arts community is rallying to find and engage our champions as we lobby for a thriving arts industry in the province. How do we foster a culture of meaningful dialogue and decisive action between patrons, funders, community and business leaders, politicians, and artists? Join some of our province’s most vocal and successful Arts Champions to discuss advocacy and partnership strategies on both micro and macro levels.


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Theatre Alberta presents
in partnership with The Citadel Theatre
A Workshops Series Event for the Albertan theatre community. All skill levels welcome!
July 2 – 6 | Edmonton
with special guests Belarus Free Theatre
and 3-Legged Dog Theater + Media Group
 
~ Click here for more information! ~

Auditions (Edmonton): 2013-14 Young Companies Auditions – Citadel Theatre

052813CIT_A-Winters-Tale0094The Citadel Theatre Young Companies is an advanced training and mentorship program for aspiring artists between the ages of 16-21 who are serious about pursuing post-secondary education and a career in theatre.

There are four Companies offering specialized training in:

Acting
Musical Theatre
Playwriting
Theatre Production

In addition to training, members of the Young Companies have the opportunity to participate in specialized workshops with a variety of leading theatre professionals, resident and guest artists and members of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program. Their training culminates in performances for the acting and musical companies, and staged readings for the young playwrights. The young technical theatre production company works on both of these events.

**Admission to the program is by audition and application only**

Audition and Application Information

Audition dates:

Thursday August 8, 2013; 4:00pm – 9:00pm. Applications for this round close 12:00pm (MST) Monday August 5, 2013.
Callbacks will be held at a date to be determined.

Audition requirements for Acting and Musical Companies:

Acting: Two contrasting 2-minute monologues; interview. Monologues must be memorized and come from plays, musicals or movies.
Musical: One 2-minute monologue; a musical theatre song (be prepared to sing the entire song) – an accompanist will be provided, no recorded music or a cappella singing; interview. Monologues must be memorized and from a play, musical or movie.
Callbacks will involve dance/movement and group improvisation

Portfolio submission for Playwriting and Theatre Production:

We will be accepting applications to the Playwriting and Theatre Production Companies until Monday 16 September, 2013
Playwriting: Two samples of writing from your body of work (e.g. plays, poetry, essays, prose, etc.)
Theatre Production: Portfolio of related work experience or area of interest (design, photography, artwork, carpentry, organizing events, etc

For more information about the Citadel Theatre/Robbins Academy Young Companies, or to apply to audition, please go to http://www.citadeltheatre.com/robbinsacademy/young-companies/

Workshop (Edmonton): Exploring Physicality & Imagination in the Training of Actors – Independent Study

Phisicality-and-Imagination-Second-SessionLast Call for Participants! Acting Training Workshop!

Exploring Physicality and Imagination in the Training of Actors

3/4Week Workshop (40H) Evenings, July 29th, August 21st. Exact Schedule TBA according to participants availability!!!
Pedagogical Demonstration, August 22nd, SPS, Timms Center for the Arts. Exact Time TBA

July 29th, 6:30pm @Acting Studio 1-325, Drama Depart. UofA – First Session to arrange schedule with participants!!!

For additional information, please contact Tatiana Duque, MFA Theatre Practice Candidate, UofA Drama @ [email protected]


DRAMAWORKS_2014
Theatre Alberta presents
in partnership with The Citadel Theatre
A Workshops Series Event for the Albertan theatre community. All skill levels welcome!
July 2 – 6 | Edmonton
with special guests Belarus Free Theatre
and 3-Legged Dog Theater + Media Group
 
~ Click here for more information! ~

Job (Calgary): Manager, Stewardship and Special Events – Honens

JOB OPPORTUNITY
MANAGER, STEWARDSHIP & SPECIAL EVENTS
HONENS INVITES APPLICATIONS AND REFERRALS FOR THE POSITION OF MANAGER STEWARDSHIP & SPECIAL EVENTS.
The Manager of Stewardship & Special Events renews current individual donors, identifies new prospects, cultivates relationships and solicits gifts from individuals through Honens’ annual giving programs and fundraising events. Honens has a $6.2 million budget for its three-year operating cycle. The organization is experiencing rapid growth in its activities and its profile.

The Manager of Stewardship & Special Events must to be comfortable with working with volunteers in assisting with the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospective donors and sponsors. He/she reports to the Senior Director of Advancement.

The Manager of Stewardship & Special Events will:

• Steward existing donors through regular and timely communication
• Renew and grow revenue with existing and potential donors through exploring new options
• Work with colleagues and volunteers on research, stewardship, event coordination, proposals and recognition
programs and reports
• Establish new relationships and new sources of funding
• Work with volunteer teams to coordinate donor and special fundraising events
• Take part in fundraising and stewardship calls and events as needed.

HONENS DISCOVERS AND LAUNCHES THE CAREERS OF COMPLETE ARTISTS—21ST CENTURY PIANISTS FOR 21ST CENTURY AUDIENCES.
In 1991, philanthropist Esther Honens established the Honens International Piano Competition Foundation in her hometown of Calgary, Canada, with a gift of $5 million. Her dream was to discover and launch the careers of the world’s most promising pianists—a dream that has become a Canadian success story. Honens Laureates are critically acclaimed the world-over and the triennial ‘Search for the Complete Artist’ awards the largest prize of its kind—$100,000 CAN and an artistic and career development program valued at a half million dollars. In addition to touring and presenting its Laureates worldwide, Honens presents a festival and concerts each year in Calgary and learning and community outreach programs across Canada. The Eighth Honens Prize for Piano will be awarded in 2015.

QUALIFICATIONS

• A university degree in music/arts and/or business management or equivalent experience;
• A minimum of three years’ experience of progressively responsible experience in fundraising, particularly in the area
of individual giving and/or special events management;
• Ability to inspire trust and confidence in stakeholders;
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• Ability to manage several projects simultaneously;
• Exceptional interpersonal and communication (oral/written) skills;
• Knowledge of the performing arts, ideally classical music;
• Financial and budgeting abilities, strong research and organizational skills as well as exceptional attention to detail.

Starting Date: August/September 2013
APPLICATION PROCESS
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package. Deadline for applications: Thursday, 1 August 2013. Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume with a list of references and salary requirements in confidence to:
Stephen McHolm
President & Artistic Director
Honens
888 Tenth Street SW
Calgary AB T2P 2X1 Canada
[email protected]
More information: honens.com


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The Citadel Theatre | Edmonton
July 2-6: A Master Class for designers, technicians, and directors interested in integrating media and interactive technology to create immersive theatrical environments, with New York’s 3-Legged Dog Theater + Media Group. 

Job (Calgary): Senior Director, Advancement – Honens

JOB OPPORTUNITY
SENIOR DIRECTOR, ADVANCEMENT
HONENS INVITES APPLICATIONS AND REFERRALS FOR THE POSITION OF SENIOR DIRECTOR, ADVANCEMENT.
As the chief advancement officer of Honens, the Senior Director of Advancement is charged with the planning, implementation and evaluation of Honens’ fundraising efforts. This position requires a broad knowledge of corporate communications and fund development, from individual philanthropic programs to corporate sponsorship, foundation and government giving to capital/endowment campaigns. The Senior Director of Advancement reports to the President & Artistic Director and is accustomed to working with a small committed team.

Honens has a $6.2 million budget for its three-year operating cycle. The organization is experiencing rapid growth in its activities and its profile and requires a senior individual to work with the existing management team, board, and other volunteers to increase contributed revenues and maximize public awareness.

This position has two direct reports: Manager of Stewardship & Special Events and Manager of Community & Partner Engagement. The Senior Director of Advancement works closely with the President & Artistic Director on organizational strategy.

HONENS DISCOVERS AND LAUNCHES THE CAREERS OF COMPLETE ARTISTS—21ST CENTURY PIANISTS FOR 21ST CENTURY AUDIENCES.
In 1991, philanthropist Esther Honens established the Honens International Piano Competition Foundation in her hometown ofvCalgary, Canada, with a gift of $5 million. Her dream was to discover and launch the careers of the world’s most promising pianists—a dream that has become a Canadian success story. Honens Laureates are critically acclaimed the world-over and the triennial ‘Search for the Complete Artist’ awards the largest prize of its kind—$100,000 CAN and an artistic and career
development program valued at a half million dollars. In addition to touring and presenting its Laureates worldwide, Honens presents a festival and concerts each year in Calgary and learning and community outreach programs across Canada. The Eighth Honens Prize for Piano will be awarded in 2015.

QUALIFICATIONS
The Senior Director, Advancement will have senior experience in fundraising and corporate communications, preferably with an arts organization and a university degree in music/arts and/or business management or equivalent experience. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership in fundraising with superior analytical, financial and organizational credentials. Other necessary characteristics include a passion for the performing arts—ideally including classical music—
political savvy and diplomacy, exceptional oral and written communication skills, a track record in building community engagement and partnership, and the ability to deal humanely and wisely with a broad spectrum of personalities.
He/she must be a strategic thinker and a relationship builder—someone who maintains a high professional profile, can secure financial resources, and, with his/her staff, be able to develop unique collaborative relationships with other organizations.
Capital/endowment campaign experience and a track record in individual major gifts fundraising and corporate sponsorship are assets.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package. Deadline for applications: Thursday, 1 August 2013. Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume with a list of references and salary requirements in confidence to:
Stephen McHolm
President & Artistic Director
Honens
888 Tenth Street SW
Calgary AB T2P 2X1 Canada
[email protected]
More information: honens.com


DRAMAWORKS_2014
Theatre Alberta presents
in partnership with The Citadel Theatre
A Workshops Series Event for the Albertan theatre community. All skill levels welcome!
July 2 – 6 | Edmonton
with special guests Belarus Free Theatre
and 3-Legged Dog Theater + Media Group
 
~ Click here for more information! ~

News: The Siminovitch Prize in Theatre announces new partnerships with University of Toronto and RBC Foundation

The Siminovitch Prize in Theatre to be awarded October 21, 2013

TORONTO, July 24, 2013 – Today the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre announced new partnerships with the University of Toronto and the RBC Foundation to support Canada’s largest theatre award, the 2013 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. The Siminovitch Prize will be awarded October 21, 2013 at Hart House Theatre at the University of Toronto, organizers announced today.

“Over the last few months, many individuals and organizations have rallied together to support the Siminovitch Prize and help ensure that its legacy and impact on Canadian theatre continues,” said Dr. Lou Siminovitch. “We are delighted to partner with University of Toronto and RBC Foundation and proud to announce that we are accepting nominations for this year’s prize which will be awarded in the fall.”

The deadline for nominations is Monday, September 16, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST. For nomination guidelines and to download the nomination form visit siminovitchprize.com.

Created in 2001, the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre recognizes excellence in direction, playwriting and design on a three-year cycle and goes to an artist who is deemed to be in mid-career. Accordingly, the 2013 Siminovitch Prize will be awarded to a professional director. The $100,000 award allows the recipient to take his/her craft to the next level of accomplishment, while encouraging a next generation artist by allocating $25,000 of the prize money to a protégé of the recipient’s choice. This year’s Protégé Prize is generously supported by the RBC Emerging Artist Project.

“The RBC Emerging Artist Project is committed to helping identify and support artists in the early stages of their careers,” said Shari Austin, vice-president, Corporate Citizenship, RBC and executive director, RBC Foundation. “We are excited to partner with the Siminovitch Prize to recognize the next generation of Canadian artists who have demonstrated potential but need some assistance.” University of Toronto will host the prize announcement ceremony at historic Hart House on Monday, October 21, 2013.

About the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
The Siminovitch Prize in Theatre honours professional directors, playwrights and designers by acknowledging excellence while encouraging even greater exploration and originality in Canadian theatre. The Siminovitch Prize was created in 2001 and is dedicated to distinguished scientist Lou Siminovitch and his late wife Elinore, a playwright. A jury awards the $100,000 prize annually. Previous recipients include director Daniel Brooks (2001), playwright Carole Fréchette (2002), director Jillian Keiley (2004), playwright Daniel MacIvor (2008), designer Ronnie Burkett (2009), and director Kim Collier (2010). For more information visit siminovitchprize.com.

About RBC and the Arts
RBC supports a wide-range of grassroots and local initiatives that contribute to the cultural fabric of our communities. Through the RBC Emerging Artist Project, RBC provides opportunities for up-and-coming artists through programs such as the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition. In 2012, RBC contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in sponsorships. For more information, please visit rbc.com.

Media contact:
Katherine Siminovitch
416-586-8723
[email protected]


Kevin
The Citadel Theatre | Edmonton
July 4-6: Join Calgary director Keven McKendrick and explore practical techniques enabling new directors to effectively work with actors in realizing a shared vision of the play.  

Job (Calgary): Box Office Manager – StoryBook Theatre

Logo-Name-OnlyPosition: Box Office Manager

Description:The Box Office Manager is responsible for overseeing and performing all aspects of ticket sales, show time organization, and day to day office administrative operations.

Terms of Employment: Full-time (40+ hours a week) Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:30pm, some weekends and evenings required during show dates.

Responsibilities:

  • Process sales of tickets, donations and gift certificates using TheatreManager ticketing software over the phone and in person. Assist patrons with online sales
  • Answer patron queries and concerns over the phone and via email
  • Maintain accurate cash sales
  • Maintain a professional demeanour while working with other staff, volunteers and patrons, always striving for the highest level of customer service. Will have a strong knowledge of all presentations being sold through the box office
  • Performing sales, managing, and organizing tickets at will call, and making sure all box office and front of house operations are ready to go on show days
  • Manage and schedule a small number of staff members, and a small group of volunteers
  • Various other administrative duties as required

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills, and outstanding intrapersonal skills
  • Strong computer skills, and ability to learn a new ticketing system (previous experience working with TheatreManager ticketing system an asset)
  • Ability to problem solve under pressure
  • Extremely strong organizational skills, and time management skills a necessity
  • Usage of a vehicle an asset
  • Has a well-rounded personality with a strong sense for professionalism, and ability to work in a team environment

How to Apply: To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by August 10, 2013. Please list the position you are applying for in the subject line.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those short-listed for an interview will be contacted.


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The Citadel Theatre | Edmonton
July 2-6: A Master Class for designers, technicians, and directors interested in integrating media and interactive technology to create immersive theatrical environments, with New York’s 3-Legged Dog Theater + Media Group. 

News (Calgary): 2013 Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards Winners Announced

The Critter Awards were handed out in a ceremony on July 24th. We’ve updated this post to showcase the winners of each category. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards honour 78 nominees in 16 categories

Calgary Theatre Critics, Stephen Hunt of the Calgary Herald, Louis B. Hobson of the Calgary Sun and Jessica Goldman of CBC’s The Eyeopener and applause-meter.com are pleased to announce the nominees for the second annual Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards.

Nominees were chosen from any production performed in Calgary between August, 2012 and June, 2013, with the exception of Broadway Across Canada performances. The winners will be announced at a free public award ceremony at 8pm on July 24th at The Libertine Public House, 223 8 Ave SW.

The 2013 Critter nominees and winners (in bold) are:

Best Play:

Hamlet, The Shakespeare Company
Pride and Prejudice, Theatre Calgary
The Kite Runner, Theatre Calgary
Jack Goes Boating, Sage Theatre
William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, The Shakespeare Company/Ground Zero Hit & Myth Productions

Best Musical

Chicago Stage West
Next to Normal, Theatre Calgary
Blanche: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame, Lunchbox Theatre/High Performance Rodeo
The Last Five Years, Storybook Theatre
If I Weren’t With You, Lunchbox Theatre

Best New Script

Sequence by Arun Lakra (Downstage)
People You May Know by One Yellow Rabbit
Second Chance, First Love by Caroline Russell-King (Lunchbox)
This Is How I Left by Third Street Theatre Creative Ensemble
May and Joe by Morris Ertman. Heather Pattengale and Paul Zacharias (Rosebud Theatre)

Best Touring Production

Look Mummy I’m Dancing by Vanessa Van Durme
Metamorphosis (Lyric Theatre & Vesturport)
Ride The Cyclone (Atomic Vaudeville)
This is What Happens Next by Daniel McIvor (Alberta Theatre Projects)
The God That Comes, Created by Hawksley Workman and Christian Barry (Alberta Theatre Projects)

Best Director Play

Haysam Kadri – Hamlet (The Shakespeare Company)
Dennis Garnhum – Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary)
Mark Bellamy – Scarlet Woman (Lunchbox Theatre)
Kelly Reay – Polygraph (Sage Theatre)
Kevin McKendrick – Sequence (Downstage)

Best Director Musical

Ron Jenkins – Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary)
Max Reimer – Chicago (Stage West)
David Leyshon – If I Weren’t With You (Lunchbox)
Mark Bellamy – The Last Five Years (Storybook Theatre)
Rachel Avery – Blanche: the Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame (Lunchbox/High Performance Rodeo)

Best Actor in a Play

Garett Ross – Jack Goes Boating (Sage Theatre)
Christian Goutsis – Hamlet (The Shakespeare Company)
Wes Tritter – Second Chance, First Love (Lunchbox Theatre)
Anousha Alamian – The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary)
Brian Jensen – A Steady Rain (Ground Zero and Hit & Myth Productions)

Best Actress in a Play

Denise Clarke – People You May Know (One Yellow Rabbit)
Julie Orton – Scarlet Woman (Lunchbox Theatre)
Alyssa Bradac – This is How I Left (Third Street Theatre)
Karen Robinson – Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects)
Genevieve Pare – Polygraph (Sage Theatre)

Best Actor in a Musical

Bart Kwiatkowski – Evil Dead: The Musical (Ground Zero/Hit & Myth Productions)
Matt Cassidy – Chicago (Stage West)
J.P. Thibodeau – The Last Five Years (Storybook Theatre)
Robert Marcus – Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary)
Barrie Wood – Anne of Green Gables (Theatre Calgary)

Best Actress in a Musical

Kathryn Akin – Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary)
Marisa McIntyre – Chicago (Stage West)
Madeleine Suddaby – The Last Five Years (Storybook Theatre)
Onalea Gilbertson – Blanche: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame (Lunchbox/High Performance Rodeo)
Jill Agopsowicz – Anne of Green Gables (Theatre Calgary)

Featured Actor in a Play

Frank Zotter – Jack Goes Boating (Sage Theatre)
Graham Percy – Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects)
Paul Welch – It Could Be Any Of Us (Vertigo Theatre)
Duval Lang – Hamlet (Shakespeare Company)
Roger LeBlanc – Hamlet (Shakespeare Company)

Featured Actress in a Play

Julie Orton – Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects)
Esther Purves-Smith – Dust (Alberta Theatre Projects)
Elinor Holt – It Could be Any One of Us (Vertigo)
Shawna Burnett – Jack Goes Boating (Sage)
Valerie Ann Pearson – Panic (Vertigo)

Featured Actor in a Musical

Scott Shpeley – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Alberta Theatre Projects)
Michael Cox – Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary)
Ed Shaley – Chicago (Stage West)
Jeremy Crittenden – Anne of Green Gables (Theatre Calgary)

Featured Actress in a Musical

Sara Farb – Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary)
Alyssa Billingsly – Evil Dead: The Musical (Ground Zero and Hit & Myth)
Lisa Lennox – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Alberta Theatre Projects)
Denise Clarke – Songs from Nightingale Alley (One Yellow Rabbit)

Best Solo Performance

Paul Welch – I Am My Own Wife (Third Street Theatre)
Haysam Kadri – Bashir Lazhar (Downstage)
Chantal Perron – Aviatrix (Lunchbox)
Heather Pattengale – Badger (Theatre BSMT)
Monice Peter – The Dandelion Project (Verb Theatre)

Best Design

Terry Gunvordahl – Polygraph (Sage)
Terry Gunvordahl, Kaely Dekker, Andrew Blizzard – Panic (Vertigo)
Patrick Clark – Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary)
Kerem Cetinel – The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary)
Martin Evans – Hamlet (Shakespeare Company)

In addition, the critics will be handing out the inaugural Evans Award this year to someone they feel has contributed greatly to the vibrancy of the theatre community in Calgary. The 2013 recipient is Pamela Halstead, Lunchbox Theatre.

The Calgary Critics would like to thank their event sponsors: Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Davis Jensen Law, Bottom Line Productions, Clarice Siebens and Petrocraft Storage Inc. for their support and enthusiasm.


Belarus Free Theatre
The Citadel Theatre | Edmonton
July 2-6: Learn the unique play creation method of “one of the most powerful underground theatre companies on the planet” (*New York Times) in an exclusive master class opportunity. 

Jobs (Calgary): Administrative Assistant – Calgary Young People’s Theatre

CYPT_Logo_OG11Calgary Young People’s Theatre
Administrative Assistant

THE ORGANIZATION
Calgary Young People’s Theatre is a not-for-profit organization that prides itself on providing numerous development opportunities to young people to explore the performing arts and develop their creativity and team work skills.
We aim to inspire and encourage the next generation of the theatre community by providing a safe and creative space where young people can freely express themselves and their ideas. Through this we hope to foster in them a strong sense of community, passion and appreciation for the arts.

THE POSITION
Calgary Young People’s Theatre is currently seeking an admin assistant to help out with day to day operations of the company.
Duties and responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
-processing registrations for fall, winter classes, productions and camp
-grant writing
-sponsorship/donation handling
– updating and supporting social media channels to assist in promotion
-will answer to Artistic Director and General Manager

COMMITMENT
This position will start out part time and increase to 3 hours a week in February 2014.
START DATE:
Monday September 23, 2013
HOURS:
September 2013 – January 2014: 3 days a week (to be determined) 10:00am-4:00pm
In February 2014, hours will increase to 30 hours per week, Monday – Friday 10:00am-4:00pm
*Please note that some evening and weekends are required during productions and final class performances.

QUALIFICATIONS
– Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
– Demonstrated success in team work
– Strong self discipline and the ability to self manage
– Sound judgment and strategic decision making abilities
– Excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to work to tight deadlines and sudden changes without getting flustered
– A desire to work with creative and collaborative teams
– Some knowledge in Grant Writing preferred, but not required

CLOSING DATE:
Monday September 9, 2013
Interviews will be conducted the following week.

Please submit a letter of interest and a resume to [email protected]
Only those who will be considered for the position will be contacted for an interview.

We thank you for your interest.

Alberta Fringe Festivals (Calgary): Wild Abandon – Pinned Pompadour Theatre

fullsizeposterWILD ABANDON by Daniel MacIvor

Pinned Pompadour Theatre Presents Wild Abandon; a one-man, one-act, dark comedy written by Canadian Theatre legend Daniel MacIvor. August 2nd to 10th as part of the 2013 Calgary Fringe Festival!

Audience Advisory: course language, sexuality, violence.
Rating: 14+

Wild Abandon is a one man show about Steve, a man who believes he’s alone in the world.’ Get to know him, his pet egg, and his idiosyncrasies, as he attempts to understand human connection in a show that is as intimate and honest as it is hilarious.

Wild Abandon will be performed six times during the 2013 Calgary Fringe festival at the Artpoint Gallery in Inglewood. Tickets are 10$ (and a 5$ fringe button) and can be purchased at the door, at the Fringe box office, or online http://calgaryfringe.carbonpop.com/tickets/events/396-wild-abandon
Showtimes: Friday August 2nd 8:00 pm, Saturday August 3rd 2:00 pm, Sunday August 4th 6:00 pm, Monday August 5th, 10:00 pm, Wednesday August 7th 6:00 pm, Friday August 9th, 8:00 pm

Pinned Pompadour Theatre is a collective of Calgary-raised emerging artists with big ambitions and queer intentions. We are a supportive, collaborative, artistic community of both queer people and allies. We are fascinated by art that explores the implicit queer experience rather than explicit perceptions: theatre that is universally relatable but with a razor-sharp personal edge. The 2013 festival will be the first time we participate in the Calgary Fringe.

Daniel MacIvor is Canadian actor, playwright, theatre director, and film director. He has won multiple awards including a GLAAD award and a Village Voice Obi.

Wild Abandon was first produced at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto, ON, in 1990. Pinned Pompadour Theatre is ecstatic to be taking on this rich, funny, and deliciously strange text.

Join the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/180477465460685/

For all media inquiries please email [email protected]

Auditions (Calgary): General Auditions for Season 21: Mystery, Mania & Romance! – Calgary Young People’s Theatre

Season21v2-2General Auditions for Season 21: Mystery, Mania & Romance!
Calling all youth ages 10-17!

CYPT’s productions offer young performers a unique theatrical experience where they can grow in confidence, learn valuable performance skills, make new friends and shine onstage!

We are auditioning for 3 shows this fall including:

Weaving Yarns: Medieval Myths & Legends: presented by CYPT and the Calgary Public Library
November 3-17, 2013
Various Calgary Public Libraries
Directed by: Jacqueline Russell

Here ye, hear ye! Journey back in time with Calgary Young People’s Theatre to the Middle Ages and see tales of old brought to life on the stage! Join us for this free performance, exclusively at Calgary Public Libraries.

Holmes and Watson By Jason Long
Based on the works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by Kristin Eveleigh
December 5-14, 2013
Dancer’s Studio West

1881. London England. Wounded army doctor John Watson arrives to try and put the horrors of war behind him and find a new life. What he finds instead is one Sherlock Holmes, a rather boorish and egotistical man who dubs himself “The World’s First Consulting Detective.” The two unlikely new flatmates are thrust into a dangerous case that has the police baffled. An American criminal is found murdered, and Holmes believes this is only the beginning. A master criminal is out for revenge and no one in London is safe. Watson battles his own physical and psychological scars from the war, and his past, to try and help Holmes solve the case and not punch the arrogant genius in the face in the process.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By William Shakespeare
Adapted & Directed by Christian Goutsis
March 5-9, 2014
Dancer’s Studio West

“For aught that ever I could read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Hermia loves Lysander, and Helena loves Demetrius – but Demetrius is supposed to marry Hermia! When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies. Will the lovers end up with the person they want? Love, marriage, fairies, dreams, tricks, a play within a play…what more could one ask for! A Midsummer Night’s Dream remains one of the most popular Shakespeare plays, and for good reason. Smart and witty language, great, fun characters, a clever plot, and a lot of laughs, make this play a treat for young and old alike. Join us as we follow four lovers into the woods, and watch the madness ensue in what is sure to be a fun and fantastic show!

AUDITION INFORMATION:

Auditions will be held in 15 minute time slots on the following dates:
Thursday September 5, 2013
5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday September 7, 2013
10:00am-5:00pm
Monday September 9, 2013
5:00pm-9:00pm

Please call 403-230-2664 or email Kristin Eveleigh at [email protected] to book your audition today!
Visit www.cypt.ca for more information about auditions, classes and performances!

LOCATION:
CYPT Office: 204 16 Ave NW in the Unitarian Church of Calgary. Entrance on 16th Avenue side.

WHAT TO BRING/PREPARE:
Please prepare a monologue, no longer than 2 minutes in length. Be sure to prepare a monologue that you like, that you can relate to, and that can show off your abilities. You will also be asked to read some sides from the shows.
Please bring a resume and picture.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out form and read sides.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 403-230-2664 or to email us at [email protected]

CYPT is dedicated to giving young actors a place to hone their craft, through classes, camps and performance opportunities. For more information on our programs and productions please visit www.cypt.ca. Check back often for announcements about our upcoming 2013/14 classes and performances.

Auditions (Canmore): “My Old Flame” – Agriotherium Films

proxyThis is an unpaid film. Actors will be very well fed, and provided with material to use in their reels. This film will go to festivals. Both union and non-union actors accepted.

Stalked by manifestations of creative days-past, Reggie, a once avid writer, finds herself at the mercy of three long-abandoned characters. A box of manuscripts marks six years of not a creative word written, and each character has some input into Reggie’s process… whether she likes it or not.

CASTING FOR:

TEDDY: male or female, early to mid twenties. One of Reggie’s only friends, a long-time one at that. He/she is the calm to Reggie’s sharp-witted storm. Although he/she can sometimes be perceived as lazy, they are extremely loyal. Teddy is Reggie’s tether to reality in times where she is too lost in her own imagination.

NATHAN: male, late 40’s to early 50’s, Reggie’s father. Having worked a cubicle job most of his life, Nathan finds pleasure in the little things in life, having to work for his family.

NJORD: male, mid 40’s to late 50’s, one of Reggie’s characters. A battle-worn pirate steeped in wisdom. He bears a strict passion for the sea, and is determined to die there.

MYN: female, mid 20’s to early 30’s, one of Reggie’s characters. Equipped with a warbling voice, matted hair, and an invisible entity living in her coat pocket, Myn is a strange will-o-the-wisp of a person gliding through the world.


ABOUT THE WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/DOP:
Laurel Brown is a student at Simon Fraser University, but a native to the Bow Valley. Originally conceived as a project to be done with school, My Old Flame has developed into an independent short to be shot in her home town, Canmore, on super 16mm film.

Shoot dates will take place from August 21st-26th.

Audition dates will be August 4th and 5th in Canmore, Alberta.

Please include a resume and headshot in an e-mail to [email protected]. Location of auditions will be disclosed upon submission.

Thank you, and I look forward to working with you!

Contact: Laurel K Brown, [email protected] or (604) 671-7629

Artstrek Memories: “Gladiator Pit 2011” – Erin

Erin – I’ve attended Artstrek twice. This will be my third year. Theatre is what I want to do with my life and Artstrek has given me support and a great foundation. It’s something I look forward to every year.

My first year at Artstrek was 2011, You Can’t Take It With You, back when we were still using the ‘Gladiator Pit,’ a big ring of concrete with multiple levels. Those days were full of litres of juicy juice and no construction between the buildings. On one of the days, I think it was after free time and right before Super Activity, there were a lot of us out there about ten minutes before we had to be so one of our Supers decided we were going to sing. It was a song about a dove and flying to love. It sounds cheesy and I guess it was but at Artstrek cheesy isn’t exactly a bad thing because everyone participates. So we sat and we sang and then we sang the song in rounds. This went on for the entire ten minutes before Super Activity (maybe a little more). Picture a hundred and fifty-ish kids sitting and singing, directed by three or four Supers standing in the middle of the Pit. I managed to whip out my camera and video some of it.
Every once in a while I find that tape and I remember exactly why I love Artstrek so much – not because of the classes or the activities or even the juicy juice (none of which are things to be missed), but because Artstrek is so much more than a camp. Artstrek creates a family.