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The Black Arts Development (BAD) Program is centered around cultivating an environment in which our community of Black artists can tell their stories, and allow the African, Caribbean and Black Diaspora culture to thrive and flourish in the theatre sector. Through storytelling and gathering, Black writers and actors will share their lived experiences that would catalyze new works that speak from the African, Caribbean and Black perspective in Calgary. Our ultimate goal is to acclimate and nurture the African Diaspora cache of creative artists.
Why Apply For This Free Program?
The BAD Program was created and designed with Black artists in mind by providing emerging artists the tools and practical knowledge to take the next step in their artistic journey. The BAD Program has teamed up with award winning professional faculty members for a 6 weeks script writing and actors workshops. The benefits for this FREE program includes:
Access to professional script writers and actors that will help guide new Black artists
Successful applicants will be paid for the 6 week development program
Network with other artist on the same path
Small class learning
Practical and applied skills
Introduction to theatre arts organizations in Calgary
Collaborative opportunities with other artists and organizations
Resilience & Reinvention: PACT Management Leaders Retreat Taking place wherever you are on Wednesday, May 26, from 12pm to 5:30pm ET
There’s no more business as usual. What principles should guide us as we return to the stage? How can we ensure that our practices are ethical, equitable, and effective as the world changes? Connect with your colleagues to share knowledge and design new solutions to the challenges facing Canadian theatres.
Programming and schedule information will be announced in April. The day will feature a mix of learning sessions, peer to peer conversations, and more.
Who is this for? This event is designed for current and aspiring Executive Directors, Managing Directors, General Managers, and other administrative leaders at Canadian theatre companies, both within the PACT membership and beyond.
We are using a Pay What You Can Afford pricing structure in recognition of the challenging financial times. You receive the same access to the event no matter which price level you select. Pricing options are $5, $15, $30, or $50.
NAC English Theatre invites proposals for our next round of Grand Acts of Theatre, entitled Grand Acts of Great Hope. With the original iteration of Grand Acts, commissioned companies were invited to create a short, large-scale public outdoor work that brought artists and audiences together for a brief,impactful moment of theatre, full of beauty and meaning, prompted by the call to create a work that “speaks to our times.” For this new iteration, we invite companies from across the country to propose their own Grand Act; this time with the artistic prompt to create a piece that offers audiences a hope for the future; your own, Canada’s or the world’s. A maximum of four selected companies or collectives will receive funds (up to $60,000) to produce and film the works in their own communities, with the short videos then delivered to the NAC to be promoted nationally and internationally on the NAC’s website and social media channels, and potentially screened at the NAC.
We invite you to submit a proposal for something broad-thinking and exciting, something that places art at the forefront of a hopeful vision for the future. Movement, image, music, design, technology and minimal text are all welcome. Surprise us with your imagination and invention! Make something that your community will talk about for years to come.
Selections will be curated by NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley and Co-Curator Sherry Yoon.
Local events will be funded up to a maximum $50,000, depending on the budget required. A financial supplement of up to $10,000 will be made available for the creation of the video (filming and postproduction).
The NAC encourages you to consider creating a training opportunity for an emerging artist within your project. Additional funding can be made available for this position, up to $1,500.
The NAC intends to make the videos accessible with tools such as ASL interpretation and captioning. We encourage you to likewise consider accessibility in the execution of your live event. Any spoken text (in any language) will be captioned in both official languages, as per the NAC’s Official Languages Policy.
Ideally the piece engages with your community and your local environment in a unique way. The event must be free to attend and accommodate a live, physically-distanced audience, in accordance with your local health regulations.
Any professional Canadian theatre or performance company or collective is eligible to submit a proposal.
Submission Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern
Selected companies will be notified by Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5pm Eastern.
Local performances must take place no later than Sunday, July 11, 2021.
Final videos must be delivered to the NAC no later than Tuesday, August 3, 2021.
Alberta Musical Theatre Company is inviting emerging musical theatre performers to audition for the upcoming season. AMTC is currently considering casting for a one-person musical adaptation of Hansel and Gretel that will live-stream to elementary schools as early as this spring and, if restrictions allow, a full-cast tour (3 performers and 1 piano player) of an in-person school tour of Hansel and Gretel in the winter 21/22.
How to submit:
To submit, please send an email containing your contact information, a description of your experience and training (a resume is not necessary), and a link to your audition material to [email protected] before or by the deadline: 11:59 pm on April 24th, 2021.
Videos will be viewed and appraised by Artistic Director, Farren Timoteo, General Manager, Mackenzie Tennessen, and Musical Director, Stephanie Urquhart.
What to Submit:
We request that audition participants prepare and perform one full musical theatre ballad under four minutes, as well as a comedic monologue. We also request a short introduction that describes a bit about who you are, including your training and experience.
Farren Timoteo is available for questions and consultation regarding the audition. Additionally, the audition rubric being used to appraise audition participants is available upon request.
Before the pandemic, AMTC would perform for more than 90,000 Albertan students each season. We are devoted to proudly representing the enormous diversity of our magnificent audiences in the creation of our work. We strongly encourage and enthusiastically welcome artists of all cultures and ethnicities, LGBTQIA2S+ artists, and artists with disabilities to express interest in our auditions. Our work does not have pre-defined gender restrictions and hopes to come to beautiful life by embracing your unique personality, experience, and body. So please feel comfortable in applying to audition, and please feel free to be exactly you are! We cannot wait to meet you!
Production Name: 333by Jay Whitehead Production and Rehearsal Dates: September 2021 Production Location: Lethbridge, AB.
Theatre Outré, Southern Alberta’s destination for Queer Theatre, is seeking an actor (age range 20 – 30 years old) to play the role of “Teddy” in the world premier workshop and production of the new play 333 by Jay Whitehead. 333 tells the story of the Toronto Bathhouse Raids which took place in 1981 and are often cited as the catalyst for Canada’s Pride movement.
We are accepting submissions of interest from IBPOC actors only at this time and preference will be given to those that identify under the Queer umbrella (LGBTQ2+). Please be advised that the role of “Teddy” requires nudity.
IBPOC actors from across Alberta are encouraged to submit. Interested artists should submit a recent headshot and theatre CV to co-Artistic Directors Jay Whitehead and Kathy Zaborsky at [email protected].
*This production is dependent upon COVID restrictions being such that we can safely meet and work together. It will be expected that all artists engaged in this show be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first rehearsal.
Spring is hare, and IN-PERSON classes are back for ONLY $275! Thank goodness, and fingers crossed.
We’ve lowered the price because Covid sucks, and YOU deserve affordable and accessible training. We’re offering a plethora of tasty classes with improv, musical improv, sketch, magic, stand-up, acting, and burlesque all on the table and up for grabs.
The director of VCPA’s Theatre Arts Department will oversee all aspects of our musical theatre production and acting programs for children and youth. The organized and creative person we are looking for would enjoy teaching private and group musical theatre, voice and acting classes for ages 5- teens and feel qualified to direct and oversee a team responsible for producing two musical theatre productions each year as well as oversee the development and execution of year round programs. VCPA has locations in St. Albert as well as South Edmonton so the director of TAD will be working at both studios.
Duties to include:
Oversee Theatre Arts Department at VCPA
Provide private and group instruction in musical theatre, voice and acting
Direct and organize all aspects of 2 Junior musicals to be presented in May 2022 (in a theatre or live streamed)
Communicate and provide leadership to instructors in the department
Communicate with families in Theatre Arts Department
Contribute to the development of programs
Provide online lessons if required by AHS
Successful candidate must be available to work evenings and possibly weekends.
This is a full time contract position involving a 40 hour work week.
Bachelor Degree in Music (Voice), Theatre or Musical Theatre
Experience teaching children and youth
Voice teaching experience
Good communication skills
Experience teaching and/or directing children
Strong organizational skills
Piano or dance/choreography skills is an asset
At Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts, we are committed to creating a positive environment that builds confidence and inspires our students to excel in the performing arts.
Our team members are passionate about performing arts education and collaboration. We are constantly striving to improve and better ourselves so that we can better support our students. If you have growth mindset and you thrive under pressure, you are probably a great fit for our team!
Can you BELIEVE it has been three years of the Grindstone? On April 5, 2018, we dramatically cut the red ribbon on the Grindstone stage and have been bringing quality entertainment to Old Strathcona ever since!
To celebrate our birthday month, we’re hosting a fundraiser! Our goal is to raise $20,000 to reignite our arts programming, re-imagine our education classes, and reinvest in our community. From April 1-30, we will be hosting a 50/50 raffle, sharing Birthday videos submitted by our friends and colleagues on social media and looking to our community to put their noses to the Grindstone and help us reach our fundraising goal.
Save the date for a virtual birthday celebration on April 30th at 7:00pm! We’ll be putting together a live streamed socially distanced variety show, celebrating the top notch artists and producers that make up the Grindstone community.
Adapting in Crisis: Case Studies of Resilience in the Arts
The Knight Foundation has just published a new set of case studies, focusing on four disparate arts groups that took part in the program Building the Capacity to Innovate and Adapt, designed and facilitated by EmcArts. Research and reporting by WolfBrown.
The work with EmcArts was started before COVID-19, but the profiles show how well it prepared the groups to tackle the complexities of the pandemic in new and productive ways, facilitating the resilience of the sector.
FREE STAGES: THE UNSEEN FUTURE OF THEATRE FREE ONLINE SEMINARS FOR THEATRE PRACTITIONERS OF ALL KINDS
On three Sundays in April, playwright Scott Sharplin will host Zoom-based workshop/seminars exploring the post-pandemic future of live theatre.
Free Stages: The Unseen Future of Theatre is a three-hour event for directors, designers, playwrights, and other theatre practitioners. On Zoom, groups of 12 will discuss adapting to post-COVID practices, with questions about aesthetics, audience dynamics, and delivery methods. Transcripts of the conversations will be available.
The seminars occur at the following times in Atlantic Daylight Time (GMT-4):
Sunday, April 11 (2-5pm)
Sunday, April 18 (2-5pm)
Sunday, April 25 (2-5pm)
Scott Sharplin is a Canadian playwright, director, and theatre educator based in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. His thirty years of experience includes Fringe festivals, community theatres, professional and semi-professional companies, play development centres, applied theatre, and post-secondary teaching. In Sep. 2020, Scott also had a taste of online theatre when he curated Paths Less Traveled, a verbatim theatre project delivered through Zoom. Since then, he has been pondering how our collective experience of “pandemic culture” will affect our industry’s writing, producing, and spectating.
The MZD Progressive Artist Award recognizes the achievements of Edmonton-based artists who actively work in the arts and engage with the community in challenging and exciting ways. Award recipients will be chosen by a local panel of adjudicators.
The recipient will receive a $1,000 cash prize, announced at the MZD REELING: Dance on Screen Festival, May 14-28 2021. This biennial award is made possible by a gift from private donors in celebration of Mile Zero Dance’s 30th anniversary.
Guidelines for Eligibility
Artists of all ages, communities, cultural backgrounds, and artistic discipline and approaches are encouraged to apply.
Recipients for this award must:
Be nominated by an individual or group (nominators may not nominate more than one individual per year)
Be involved in the Edmonton Arts Community in a professional capacity and have a body of work (in any discipline) that displays innovative, progressive, or political intent and/or results. Areas of focus may include: community health, social equity or change, colonialism/reconciliation, dis/ability, accessibility, race, gender, sexuality, and environmental or educational issues
Each nomination submission is evaluated based on the nominee’s:
Body of work;
Engagement with broader ideas, theories, politics, and aesthetic issues relevant to the Edmonton region; and
Impact of work, artistically and aesthetically, and within their community and Edmonton’s art ecology.
Deadline to submit a nomination is May 1 at 5 PM MST
How to Nominate
Apply with a one-page letter that identifies how the artist has engaged with larger issues, including specific examples of how the applicant has met the eligibility criteria, and a list of recent works. Self nominations require two references.
Classes start on April 9th! The deadline to register is April 2nd.
During these uncertain times, there is one thing that we are certain of and that is the importance of safety for all. Therefore we will be safely commence with our spring in-person Drama and Theatre Arts Classes by adhering to the guidelines set out for Community Centres and Performance Activities, by the Alberta Government’s Step 2 – A Path Forward. As a further means of keeping all of us safe, we will also be abiding by our COVID -19 Protocols & Policies document.
WHO: Ages 7 – 11
WHAT: ADVENTURES WITH GREEK MYTHOLOGY – In a series of fun-filled drama classes, players will expand their vocal and body expressive tools and develop their communication skills through Storytelling, Greek Theatre and Performing Arts techniques.
WHEN: Fridays, 1:15-4:15pm from April 9 – June 18, 2021
INVESTMENT: Discount = $275/player, if registered by Mar. 29 and for members of the same family. Regular = $305/player
WHERE: At the Parkdale Community Centre (3512 – 5 Ave. N.W.)
WHY: To Give the Gift of new learning experiences that incite laughter and an eagerness to grow.
Alberta Theatre Projects is preparing for our 50th Anniversary of producing live, professional, contemporary theatre in Calgary.
We create world-class contemporary theatre that blurs the line between the audience and the artist, by telling the most provocative and engaging stories of our time. By embracing the intimacy and unique audience configuration opportunities of the Martha Cohen Theatre, we offer an exciting new experience for our audience with each production.
Alberta Theatre Projects is a Calgary-based, not-for-profit, professional theatre company that celebrates the art of live theatre. The company produces world-calibre shows with a focus on idea-driven new works, plays by Canadian playwrights, and contemporary theatre from around the world. We are also a national leader in new play development and dramaturgy.
ABOUT THE POSITION
As Alberta Theatre Projects’ sole CEO, the Executive & Artistic Director, will be responsible for both the business and artistic leadership of the company, including defining its artistic vision and mission. The role is accountable for creating and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan and involves working with the Senior Management Team to provide programming, financial and business planning, marketing and communications, fund development, and facility management oversight for the whole company. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Executive & Artistic Director will be an experienced leader who understands both the artistic and operational requirements of a not-for-profit arts organization and has experience in brand development, organizational process and structure best practices, and collaborative planning. The ideal candidate will continue to define and raise Alberta Theatre Projects’ profile locally and nationally, sustaining and improving strategies to secure the company’s long-term financial stability, increase organizational resiliency, and ensure its artistic legacy.
Lead Alberta Theatre Projects as Calgary’s pre-eminent producer of new work by articulating and advancing the artistic vision for the organization that reflects its commitment to excellence for both audiences and artists.
Develop operational priorities and processes that enable the company to operate at its highest efficiency. Mobilize the team to achieve organizational excellence by ensuring financial stability, strong stakeholder relationships, and organizational resilience.
Work collaboratively with the Senior Management Team and Board of Directors to lead and implement a strategic planning cycle for the organization that identifies short and long term artistic and organizational goals.
Lead and act as ambassador for the organization, developing a strategic corporate culture and effectively communicating it to align with the brand, vision, mission, and values.
Oversee Alberta Theatre Projects’ producing model (process) and program seasons (product) of new Canadian work in collaboration with the Senior Management Team to ensure balance between Alberta Theatre Projects’ artistic direction and financial stability.
Serve as primary liaison to the Board of Directors, accountable for timely, accurate and transparent communication and reporting to the Board.
Act as the lead spokesperson for the company with members of government, public funders, unions, other trade and professional organizations, corporate sponsors, major private supporters, and the media.
In collaboration with the Artistic Team’s advice, approve and select producing partnerships and creative teams for the development and production of projects.
Accountable for overseeing the development and execution of productions to meet the artistic standards of the organization.
Build and maintain positive working relationships through effective influence with industry partners, stakeholders (public and private funders) and producing partners (venue partners, co-producers and presenters).
Lead the process of timely grant application preparation and reporting in collaboration with the Senior Management Team.
Represent Alberta Theatre Projects’ vision, mission, values and brand locally, nationally, and internationally to inspire support for Alberta Theatre Projects’ work. Review and modify as needed.
Support outreach to artistic networks to bring the perspectives, talents and visions of new artists to Alberta Theatre Projects to enhance the company’s creation, programming and production of new work.
Other duties, as required.
This position will liaise with members and officers of the following groups:
Alberta Theatre Projects’ Board of Directors
Canada Council for the Arts
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Calgary Arts Development
Members of Local, Provincial and National Government
Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 212 (IATSE)
Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC)
Associated Designers of Canada (ADC)
Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (Equity)
Theatre Calgary (joint venture resources)
Executive leadership of local theatre companies
Local and national peers
Local and national artists and playwrights
Members of the Senior Management team
This position operates in an office environment, as well as overseeing work taking place in theatres, scene shops, studios, and other external locations, dependent on the nature of the artistic work being presented or considered.
Hours of work: in excess of 40 hours per week during the season.
Periods of higher than normal work volume should be expected during the season.
Evening and weekend work required, particularly when during the runs of plays.
The position requires some travel, typically no more than 3 weeks per year.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
Minimum 8 years of experience in a senior leadership position in the arts, not-for-profit or entertainment industry or a related sector.
Proven track record of successfully leading the operations of an organization to financial health and artistic success.
Post-secondary education in an artistic discipline and in Arts Management, Business Administration, or Marketing. Education in other specializations or equivalent work experience will be considered.
Visionary artistic leadership with significant experience as a theatre or performing arts professional.
Outstanding leadership skills.
Superior strategic planning skills.
Experience in the field of arts management and knowledge of the issues facing the sector.
Strong collaborative decision making abilities.
Exceptional and inspiring communications skills, both written and oral.
Effective delegation skills and ability to hold staff accountable to high standards of professionalism.
Enthusiasm for empowering staff to realize operational priorities, lead a team and inspire leadership in others.
Strong skills as a mediator and negotiator.
Demonstrated skills in mentorship / coaching.
A passion and commitment to the performing arts and their value to society.
All staff report directly or indirectly to the Executive & Artistic Director, including direct reports on the Senior Management Team. This position reports to the Board of Directors and includes oversight on six staff groups: Administration, Box Office, Casual Creative, Crew, Front of House, and Stage Management.
The salary range for this role is $100,000 to $110,000. As part of the Administration Staff Group, this role is entitled to all benefits as set out by staff policies.
In your cover letter, kindly include: • Where you saw this position advertised • If you were referred to this position, the name of the person who referred you.
Alberta Theatre Projects is committed to reflecting the diversity of our community. We believe in equity and inclusion and strongly encourage submissions from all qualified individuals regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, and physical ability.
Thank you to all applicants. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. For more information about Alberta Theatre Projects please visit our website, albertatheatreprojects.com.
Only applicants eligible to work in Canada will be considered. The successful candidate will undergo a Criminal Record check, including a Vulnerable Sector check.
Alberta Theatre Projects is looking to create a theatre experience that explores community through augmented reality!
We are looking to produce a short innovative play to be featured during the annual Jane’s Walk Weekend in May 2021.
We are soliciting proposals for projects that use augmented or virtual reality to provide audience members with a theatrical experience while connecting with their community.
Augmented reality is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities.
We are seeking proposals that would give audiences an interactive, theatrical way to experience their community while staying socially distant!
The successful proposal will be developed with ATP and will be featured during the annual Jane’s Walk weekend May 7-9, 2021.
Performances will be approximately 20 mins in length.
The play must fit into the values of Jane’s Walk. We walk our cities to honour and activate the ideas of Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walk is a community-based approach to city building that uses walking tours to make space for people to observe, reflect, share, question and re-imagine the places in which they live, work and play.
Emphasis on projects that utilize elements of augmented reality.
The Play will require audiences to get out into their community for a walk, in order to experience the work.
This work will be made available to the public and is intended for all audiences. As such, obscene, indecent and profane content will be prohibited.
The piece must be accessible through a virtual medium.
Due to current health and safety restrictions we will not consider any proposals that require artists to gather in person with audience members. See details about COVID Safety considerations below.
Alberta Theatre Projects is committed to reflecting the diversity of our community. We believe in equity and inclusion and strongly encourage submissions from all artists regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, and experience. This opportunity is open to professional theatre companies and emerging groups, non-professional community-based groups, performers, storytellers, etc, with some experience creating and producing performances. Artists must be local!
The Artist(s) will be responsible for producing the piece in its entirety, this includes but is not necessarily limited to:
Development of the script
Props, costumes or scenic requirements
A $1000 Honorarium will be awarded to the successful proposal ATP will provide technical and financial support of:
Uploading the presentation online
Distribution of the materials online.
Marketing and promotion of your work, in conjunction with Jane’s Walk Calgary and Calgary Foundation
April 4- Submissions Due April 7- Successful proposal notified of approval. April 7-30- Development May 3-5- Recording and Uploading May 6- Troubleshooting May 7, 8 & 9- Jane’s Walk, performance available for community to access.
Due to current health and safety restrictions we will not consider any proposals that require artists to gather in person with audience members.
Any recording and rehearsing will follow ATP COVID protocols.
Current public health measures restrict rehearsal and recording to a maximum of 10 people, thus proposals exceeding 7 artists will not be considered.
All artists engaged on this projects will be required to review and sign off on ATP’s Covid 19 safety protocols. Any recording and rehearsing must follow these protocols.
Application are due Sunday April 4th, 2021 11:59PM MST.
To apply please complete the application form here:
ABOUT JANE’S WALK
What is Jane’s Walk? Jane’s Walk Calgary has been an initiative of Calgary Foundation since 2008, as part of Jane’s Walk International.
They are free, locally-led walking tours inspired by legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is a walking conversation. Walks can focus on almost any aspect of a neighbourhood, and on almost any topic you can think of. Walks can be serious or funny, informative or exploratory; they can look at the history of a place, or at what’s happening there right now. Anyone can lead a walk–because everyone is an expert on the place where they live!
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She saw cities as ecosystems that had their own logic and dynamism which would change over time according to how they were used. With a keen eye for detail, she wrote eloquently about sidewalks, parks, retail design and self-organization. At the core of her work and thinking was the need to get out and walk your city and observe how people, through their actions and interactions, create communities with a strong sense of belonging.
Jane’s Walk Calgary is organized by the Calgary Foundation. Details here: Jane’s Walk Calgary. This project is made possible with the support of the Calgary Foundation