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February 28, 2007

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Introducing TA eNews

Welcome to the first issue of Theatre Alberta's bi-weekly electronic newsletter. Theatre Alberta regularly receives information that we believe is important and of interest to our members, and TA eNews is a way of communicating this information in a timely manner. We also hope this enewsletter will strengthen communication within the provincial theatre community, as north, south, east, and west become more aware of each others’ activities and needs.
Marie Gynane-Willis,
Executive Director

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What's New at TA

Announcing Theatre Alberta's 4th annual Emerge—a general audition event for graduates of Alberta’s post-secondary acting programs.  Emerge will take place April 16 in Calgary and April 23 in Edmonton.  RSVPs from members of the professional theatre community who hope to attend are requested by March 9.   More info >

Mark your calendars for July 8 & 9, Casino Edmonton—7055 Argyll Road! Volunteering at Theatre Alberta’s Casino means having fun with friends, meeting new members, enjoying great food, and helping to ensure that our organization receives important funding. You’ll also receive credits toward membership!   Casino Volunteer Form or more info >

Festen by David Eldridge, based on the Dogme film and play by Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov, and Bo hr. Hansen

Gross Indecency: the Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moises Kaufman, afterword by Tony Kushner.

The Big League by James Durham

Scenic Art and Construction: a Practical Guide by Emma Troubridge and Tim Blaikie, foreword by Maria Björnson

Speak with Distinction by Edith Skinner, edited by Lilene Mansell

Looking for a script?  Search our online library >

Applicants must have previously attended Artstrek, been away from the program for at least one year, and be between 19 to 25 years of age. To apply, email us a theatre/employment resume, cover letter, and headshot/photo.  Application deadline is April 13th.  
Apply now or more info >


Theatre News



A new report from Hill Strategies Research, entitled Consumer Spending on Culture in Canada, the Provinces and 15 Metropolitan Areas in 2005, shows that Canadian consumers spent over $25 billion on cultural goods and services in 2005. Some key findings of the report include:
• Consumer spending on culture is over three times larger than the $7.7 billion spent on culture in Canada by all levels of government in 2003/04.
• Canadians' spending on live performing arts is now more than double their spending on live sports events.
• Alberta had the highest growth in consumer spending between 1997 and 2005, both on cultural goods and services and on all goods and services.   View full report >


RICK MCNAIR  June 22, 1941 - January 31, 2007

Theatre Calgary and Quest Theatre were deeply saddened last week to learn of the passing of Rick McNair. Mr. McNair was a former Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary and co-founder of Quest Theatre.  More info > 



Edmonton City Council has approved a motion that makes it possible for any interested non-profit group to submit a proposal to purchase the Connaught Armoury. The bylaw to designate the Connaught a municipal historic site is scheduled at City Council for March 6, 2007; the bylaw for rezoning is scheduled for March 12, 2007. The formal request for proposals will likely be issued in early April, 2007.
For more information contact Vivian M. Devoe at (780) 496-6654.




Nominations are now being accepted for the Enbridge Emerging Artist Award, the TELUS Artistic Innovation Award and the Established Artist Award—three awards that celebrate the exceptional contribution that individual artists and arts groups make to Calgary's artistic community.

The deadline for submitting your nominations for the Arts Awards is Wednesday, March 7 at 5:00 pm.  The Luncheon Date is Tuesday, April 24.  Nomination forms may be downloaded from CPAA under Mayor's Luncheon. 


FREEDOM TO READ WEEK, February 25—March 3

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. Books are challenged and banned from Canadian libraries on a daily basis.

Did you know that some of our most beloved contemporary plays are adapted from banned novels? Titles such as Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Lord of the Files were all challenged in Alberta’s schools as recently as 2004. These and other challenged plays—Le Tartuffe, Ghosts, True Inversions, Angels in America, The Merchant of Venice, and The Laramie Project—can all be found in Theatre Alberta’s playscript library.
More info > 




The Canada Council for the Arts is challenging Canadians to help it celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2007 by stepping up their involvement in the arts. Their “50 for 50” Arts Challenge asks people to participate in 50 arts activities during the anniversary year—ranging from reading a poem to singing in a choir to attending a film festival to looking at a painting.

Participants in the challenge are encouraged to tell the Canada Council about their experiences by email or by writing to: The “50 for 50” Arts Challenge, Canada Council for the Arts, 350 Albert St, P.O. Box 1047, Ottawa, ON K1P 5V8.   More info >

The Calgary Professional Arts Alliance (CPAA) has further challenged Albertans to attend 50 events of other CPAA members. Check out CPAA's over 100 members on their website, and email them about your progress on the challenge! 



The Board of Directors of Alberta Playwrights' Network is pleased to announce the appointment of Johanne Deleeuw as Executive Director. According to Board President Eugene Stickland: "APN is fortunate to have found someone with such a high caliber of experience in both arts administration and new play development. It is with great happiness that we welcome Ms. Deleeuw to the position."  More info >

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Shows Opening

Full Playbill

Bird Brain



Bird Brain
March 5 to March 18, The Citadel Theatre   More info >

March 8 to March 25, Catalyst Theatre   More info >

The Full Monty
March 9 to March 17, MacEwan College Theatre Arts: (780) 420-1757 

The Enchantment
March 9 to March 25, Theatre Yes at la Cite Francophone   More info >

Hard Sell
March 9 to March 18, Northern Light Theatre   More info >

Playworks - One Act Festival
March 12 to March 16, Vic School of the Arts: (780) 426-3010

This is For You, Anna



Mining and Music
February 28, TALES Calgary: (403) 284-0747

This is for You, Anna: A Spectacle of Revenge
February 28 to March 10, Downstage   More info >

CSI: Calgary - Without A Clue
March 1 to March 1, Shadow Productions   More info >

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
March 2 to March 25, StoryBook Theatre   More info >

The Skinny Lie
March 2 to March 4, Green Thumb Theatre @ Vertigo Theatre Y Stage   More info >

To Bee or Not To Bee
March 3 to April 14, Shadow Productions   More info >

The Cripple of Inishmaan
March 6 to March 25, Theatre Calgary   More info >

The Pillowman
March 8 to March 25, Ground Zero Theatre & Hit & Myth Prods.   More info >

Go Back for Murder
March 10 to April 1, Vertigo Theatre   More info >

Tempting Providence
March 13 to April 1, Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador @ ATP   More info >

The Atlantis Project
March 13 to March 31, Theatre Junction   More info >



The Marriage of Figaro
February 28 to March 3, University of Lethbridge: 403-329-2616.

March 1 to March 10, New West Theatre, Lethbridge: 403-329-7328.

How To Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being an Adult
March 2 to March 10, About Time Productions, Camrose: 780-672-0893

March 2 to March 4, Kaleidoscope Productions, Lloydminster: 780-872-7400

March 2 to March 4, Stageworks Academy of the Performing Arts, Leduc: 780-986-2884


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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings




Special Projects Coordinator, University of Alberta Faculty of Arts - Drama

Program Chair/Instructor, Grant MacEwan Arts and Cultural Management


Marketing /Sales, Calgary Fringe

Assistant to the Artistic Director and Company Manager, Theatre Calgary

Summer Student Employment-Technical Director, Theatre Junction

Musical Theatre Instructor, Family Leisure Centre

Street Performers, Calgary Fringe Festival


Stage Manager, artsparks on the boards (Red Deer)

General Manager, Keyano Theatre (Fort McMurray)


Artistic and Executive Director, Centaur Theatre Company (Montreal, QC)

Production Manager, King Street Theatre Centre (Kitchener, ON)




Canadian College of the Performing Arts


The Sour Water Strippers, Foxglove Theatre Production

General Auditions, Lunchbox Theatre

Zag Reus: Party island of the Emerald Sea, Big T Theatreclan and Theatre Utopia

General Auditions, Theatre Calgary

Canada Day Celebrations and Brown Bag Lunch Series, City of Calgary

Canadian College of the Performing Arts

Bloody Sunday - scenes from the Saville Inquiry, Liffey Players

Various Commercials, Razer Television

Male Actors Needed, Pegasus Performances


A Few Good Men, Horizon Players (Spruce Grove)


Oklahoma and Grease, Theatre Under the Stars (Vancouver, BC)

Dirty Dancing, Ed & David Mirvish (Vancouver, BC)

Murder on the Nile and Anything Goes, Chemainus Theatre (Chemainus, BC) 


Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings
Postings are updated weekly at

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Odds & Ends



StoryBook Theatre is looking for volunteer cookie sellers and ticket takers for their production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. They’re looking for help on Friday, March 16 through to Sunday, March 25 (showtimes Fridays at 7:00 pm, Saturdays at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm, and Sundays at 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm). Contact Storybook Theatre at (403) 213-0808 for more info.


Morpheus Theatre is looking for a bass player for its spring production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Yeomen of the Guard. If you're available for rehearsals two days a week, and are looking for something to fill your evenings between March 25 and April 7 (and you play bass), Contact Tim


a.. Hour glass
b.. Tail coats, small x 2
c.. Glinda's Crown, large

Contact Judy Gilbert


The Alberta High School of Fine Arts in Okotoks is in looking for any able-bodied sewers to help build costumes for their production of Copacabana opening in March. If you can wrangle a sewing machine or serger, pair of scissors, needle and thread, iron and ironing board...heck if you can pin the pattern to the fabric we'll take you! Please contact Frank McLeod at 228-4551 or Maureen Mosher at 220-1304. 


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