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Announcement (Alberta): Christie Lites Sales Returns as Hometown Series Sponsor

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Announcement (Alberta): Christie Lites Sales Returns as Hometown Series Sponsor




Theatre Alberta is proud to announce that Canadian stage lighting company Christie Lites Sales has returned as the 2017/2018 season sponsor for our Workshops by Request: Hometown Series! Our sponsors and public funders ensure Theatre Alberta membership — and our programs and services — remain accessible to Albertan theatre artists. The Hometown Series provides high quality skill-development workshops for theatre organizations across Alberta!

“Christie Lites Sales is pleased to partner with Theatre Alberta once again for the Workshops by Request: Hometown Series program. We appreciate the opportunity to offer the latest technology to the members and to support this valuable training. We look forward to seeing you at the workshops over the next year!”

                                                                    – Bob Johnston, Christie Lites President of Sales

In celebration of the renewed support from our Hometown Series sponsor, the 2017/2018 season will offer FOUR COMPLIMENTARY Lighting workshops — One more than last year! Last season’s group member hosts that took advantage of the three free lighting workshops were Innisfail Town Theatre, River Valley Players (Drayton Valley), and Walterdale Theatre with guests from Triumphant Ministries (Edmonton). The positive feedback from participants was bountiful.

“This was a great workshop!  [The instructor] spent time explaining the theory behind light design. He talked about how to position lights to properly illuminate the stage and different ways to use light, shadow, and colour to create mood and effect… [They] also gave us many suggestions of other lights and effects that could be added into the lighting design to create any effects we might need in the future.”  

                                                                    – 2017 Workshops by Request Participant

Book a workshop today! The first four current Theatre Alberta group members who request it, will receive a FREE one-day stage lighting workshop! Here’s how:

  • Fill out the online application,
  • Check the ‘payment enclosed’ box at the end,
  • If you are requesting a lighting workshop, don’t submit payment. It will be courtesy of Theatre Alberta and Christie Lites Sales!

Each year the Hometown Series offers 20 to 30 workshops for approximately 300 participating artists. Workshop venues span Alberta’s rural communities and urban centres. Theatre Alberta group members may apply for a workshop on any topic they choose through the Workshops by Request: Hometown Series program. Through the Hometown Series, Theatre Alberta will source an expert on that subject from a pool of highly skilled artists who will then travel to the community and instruct the workshop. Training workshops can be facilitated for any aspect of theatre production, from performance skills (e.g. acting, stage combat, dialects, etc.) to technical proficiencies (e.g. stage lighting, scenic painting, makeup application, etc.) and anything that may fall in between. Host companies are charged a nominal fee while Theatre Alberta covers instructor expenses including an honorarium, per diem, and travel.

Christie Lites Sales is committed to delivering superior quality, service, value, and education about lighting technologies and their application. They supply the finest equipment and services to an extensive client base including worship spaces and religious organizations, theatre and productions, concerts, trade shows, television and film, architectural, industrial and display installations, and special events. No project is too large or too small. For more information about Christie Lites, please visit or contact your closest sales rep to schedule a meeting.

Edmonton:    780-488-4825   –   Gary Meiklejohn:
Calgary:        403-243-2688   –   Matt La Brie: 

Last season there were 16 group members that hosted a total of 21 workshops!
2017/2018 Workshop hosts included:

Nose Creek Players (Airdrie),
Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry (Calgary),
The Tighty Whities (Calgary),
Morpheus Theatre (Calgary),
About Time Productions (Camrose),
Pine Tree Players (Canmore),
Teatro Del’Eco (Cochrane),
River Valley Players (Drayton Valley),
Walterdale Theatre (Edmonton),
Triumphant Ministries (Edmonton),
Nextfest Arts Company (Edmonton),
ADFA North Zone (Fort McMurray),
Grande Prairie Live Theatre,
Innisfail Town Theatre,
Playgoers of Lethbridge, and
Red Deer Players.

Workshop instructors included:

Mark Hopkins (Producing a Play),
Val Planche (Character Development),
Tamara Unrow (Shadow Puppetry),
Alice Nelson with Judith Mendlesohn (Bouffon Clown),
Ben Gorodetsky (Improv),
Devon Dubnyk (Comedic Acting),
Misha Albert (Dialects),
Dean Bareham (Mask Acting),
Chris Craddock (Improv),
Zsofia Oprah-Zsabo (Puppet Building),
Elijah Lindenberger (Lighting),
Ben Burrows (Lighting),
Doug Mertz (Dialects),
Michelle Kneale (New Play Development),
Val Lieske (Auditioning),
Shannon Boyle (Character Development),
Jennifer Spencer (Acting),
Iam Coulter (Shakespeare),
John Raymond (Stage Management),
Kevin Humphrey (Lighting), and
Gina Puntil with Jenna Rodgers (Diversity in the Arts).

For more information regarding Workshops by Request contact

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