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July 25, 2007

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Remember you are a star. Never go across the alley even to dump garbage unless you are dressed to the teeth.

— Cecil B. de Mille


What's New at TA

Artstrek was a huge success, with 136 participants in Exploration I and 154 participants in Exploration II coming together to laugh, share, learn, and grow under the guidance of some of Alberta’s top theatre artists and educators.

Dramaworks involved 125 energetic and eager participants and 11 passionate and professional instructors. The Citadel Theatre was overrun with clowns sporting red noses, actors with scripts covered in notes, directors wearing pencils behind their ears, and technicians armed with goggles and steel-toed boots...

A huge round of applause to all of our members who volunteered for the Theatre Alberta Casino on July 8 & 9 at Casino Edmonton. Your commitment to Theatre Alberta is greatly appreciated as the casino ensures Theatre Alberta receives important funding. 

Thank-you to: Andrea Martinuk , Clyde Rigsby, Darlene Kowalchuk, Becky Halliday, Barb Mah, Solveig Anderson, Steve McHugh, Ken Agrell-Smith, David Owen, Amy Defelice, Diane Sinclair, Jolana Nanista, Alex Hawkins, Joan Hawkins, Mary-Ellen Perley, Frank Tichy, Phil Kreisel, Mary Jane Krisel, Alejandro Moreno, Jane Heather, Gord Adams, Zenovia Adams, Dave Wolkowski, Jan Taylor, Pat Darbasie, Margaret Shone, Jeff Page, Tanya Ryga, Dana Rayment, Kristen Finlay, Sam Varteniuk, Rebecca Starr, Dawn Tracy, and Michelle Vance Hehir.

Safe Stages, Theatre Alberta's new occupational health and safety resource (an 190-page binder!) for the Alberta theatre community, is being distributed via Canada Post this week to all funders, contributors, theatre companies, and select high schools in the province.

Theatre Alberta and Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry will be hosting an official launch of Safe Stages in both Calgary and Edmonton this fall, at which time the resource will also become available online. Please let us know if you'd like to receive an invitation to the launch.

Theatre Alberta would like to take this opportunity to thank the many individuals and organizations who so generously donated time, expertise and funds to help us realize Safe Stages.   More >

Happy Reading!

Theatre Arts — The Dynamics of Acting (1997). Young Adult Collection
An excellent teacher resource book for grades 6 and up. Contains one-act adaptations of plays for beginning acting students, as well as radio plays, participation plays, and monologues. Plays include: Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Uncle Vanya, The Fall of the House of Usher, and others.

Autobahn by Neil Labute (2005). General One Act
Be it the medium for clandestine couplings, arguments, shelter, or ultimately transportation, the automobile is perhaps the most authentically American of spaces. A provocative collection of one-act plays set within the confines of the front seat, capturing the essence of middle America and the myriad paths that cross its surface.

Wasps by Sally Clark (1998). Canadian Full Length
Wasps is a play about the elements of our constructed tribal identities: incest, fashion, fetishism, populist art, amateur psychobabble, and a fearful, murderous fascination with the other, hovering behind the cupboards, over the sink, in the basements of suburbia, and in the filing cabinets of your local travel agent.

Così by Louis Nowra (1994). General Full Length
Set in a mental institution in 1970, Così is the second semi-autobiographical play from Louis Nowra. In Summer of the Aliens, Lewis and Dulci come of age at the time of the Cuban Missile Crises and in Così the education of Lewis makes further progress. Lewis the non-participant becomes emotionally involved with his actor's lives as his operatic production lurches forward and the anti-Vietnam protests take place in the streets outside.

Searching for a script? Visit our online library >

August Long Weekend! The Theatre Alberta office and library will be closed August 4 – 6.


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Theatre News



Don't miss out on an important opportunity to let the province know how you feel about their proposed cultural policy!

Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture has been given the mandate to lead the development of a cultural policy that encompasses Alberta's cultural, historical, and natural heritage. This policy will provide a framework for decision-making related to the support, growth, and development of culture in Alberta as we move into our province's second century.

The questionnaire is easy to fill out and not time consuming. Please take the time to make your thoughts known to the provincial government.
Deadline July 31. Online questionnaire >

Tibor Feheregyhazi


Family and friends mourn the passing of Tibor, who died July 10th after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. Tibor’s involvement in the theatre world spanned 70 years, beginning as a child actor with the Hungarian National Radio service in his hometown of Budapest. Tibor immigrated to Canada in 1957, soon becoming involved in Ottawa community theatre and later attending the National Theatre School in Montreal. He went on to become the resident director of the second stage at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg, the artistic director of Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, and the artistic director of Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. Tibor received numerous awards including the Order of Canada in 2005.


On July 10th, the BMO Financial Group, sponsor of the Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, announced the names of 26 Canadian directors who have been recognized with nominations for this year’s award. The $100,000 prize will be presented October 29, 2007 to a professional director who has made a significant contribution to theatre in Canada. A short-list will be announced at the end of September.

Among the 2007 Siminovitch Prize Nominees are four Albertan directors:
Jonathan Christenson, Edmonton, AB
Dennis Garnhum, Calgary, AB
Ron Jenkins, Edmonton, AB
Bradley Moss, Edmonton, AB


Calgary playwright Stephen Massicotte has won the 2007 Canadian Authors Association (CAA) Carol Bolt Drama Award for his most recent play, The Oxford Roof Climber's Rebellion.

The CAA Carol Bolt Drama Award is given annually for the best English-language play for adults by an author who is a Canadian or landed immigrant. Massicotte will receive a 1,000 cash prize and a silver medal for his achievement at the CAA’s 86th Annual conference in Ottawa this July.   More >


This year nine young performing artists will each receive a grant of $10,000 from The Hnatyshyn Foundation to pursue their studies in September 2007.

Lindsey Angell, aged 23, of High River, Alberta, is the winner of the Developing Artist Grant for English theatre acting. A graduate of the Alberta High School of Fine Arts, she will be starting her final year of drama studies at Studio 58, the Theatre Arts Program of Langara College, in Vancouver this fall.



J’Val Shuster, President of Alberta Theatre Projects’ Board of Directors announced the appointment of Greg Epton as Managing Director of Alberta Theatre Projects, succeeding current Managing Director Gie Roberts. Mr. Epton brings 25 years of experience in Canada’s performing arts industry to ATP and has served as ATP’s Resource Development Director for the past four years.   More >


Nominations for the 2007 CAT Awards (Community Theatre Awards), celebrating the best of community theatre in Calgary, were announced at the Community Arts Centre on July 18th, 2007. The 2007 CAT Awards will take place at the Rozsa Centre at the University of Calgary on Saturday August 18th at 7:30pm. Tickets are only $15 each.





Nominations for the 10th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards, celebrating Calgary's professional theatre, were announced July 19 at the Auburn Saloon. Founding organizing committee members Grant Linneberg and Johanne Deleeuw announced over 80 nominations in 16 award categories. Full list of nominees >

The recipients of the 2007 Betty Mitchell Awards will be announced at the gala ceremony on Monday, August 27 at Stage West, 7:30PM. Tickets on sale now! Email for more info or visit the Betty Mitchell Awards website >



In October 2007, Equity will award one of its emerging members with a cheque for $2,000. The award will be given to an Equity theatre artist who has been a member of the association for less than three years, and who demonstrates professionalism, artistic excellence, and innovation within their craft.

For more info contact the Canadian Actors' Equity Association or visit the Equity website >
Deadline August 31.


The U of A Bookstore's 10 Days of Madness Playwriting Festival is coming back!  Check out the Bookstore website for applications.  Adults please send your completed form to Melissa Hande. Junior and Senior High School entries can send full scripts to the same email address.  More questions?  Call 780-492-4215.


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Shows Opening

July 25 — August 14

Full Playbill

Edmonton International Fringe Festival



The Exquisite Hour
July 12 to July 28, Teatro la Quindicina @ the Varscona Theatre: 780-433-3399 x.1

Thoroughly Modern Millie
August 15 to August 18, Friends of Two Cities @ La Cité Francophone

Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
August 16 to August 26, Edmonton   More >


Calgary Fringe Festival
August 10 to August 19, Calgary   More >

interPLAY Festival


Athabasca Country Fringe Festival
July 27 to July 29, Athabasca   More >

Lethbridge Fringe Festival
August 3 to August 5, Lethbridge

interPLAY Festival
August 10 to August 12, Fort McMurray   More >


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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings




Program Officer, Western Canada, Canada Council for the Arts

Producer / Artistic Director, LitFest: The Edmonton International Literary Arts Festival

Director of Facility Operations, The Citadel Theatre

Trained and Experience Pianist, Alberta Opera (Edmonton/touring)

Stage/Road Manager, Alberta Opera (Edmonton/touring)

Festival Concession Administrator, Fringe Theatre Adventures

Festival Bar Manager, Fringe Theatre Adventures


Program Coordinator, Urban Youth Worx

Movement Teacher, MoMo Mixed Ability Dance Theatre

Head Electrician, The EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

Communications Coordinator, The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF)

Various Opportunities, Theatre Junction

Tech/Stage Manager, Tabloid Origami

Development Manager, Theatre Calgary

Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Glenbow Museum


Various Positions, Ignition Theatre (Red Deer)


Artistic Director, Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon, SK)

Stage Managers, Green Thumb Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

Stage Manager, Carousel Theatre (Vancouver, BC/touring)



General Auditions, Theatre Network

Call for Year Round Submissions, The Citadel Theatre


Pride and Prejudice, Gas & Light Productions

October Murder Mystery & Halloween Production, Heritage Park Players

Nine – the Musical, Front Row Players

Sleeping Beauty and Dads, The Musical, StoryBook Theatre


tick, tick, boom!, Ignition Theatre (Red Deer)

Red Light Winter, Ignition Theatre (Red Deer)


General Auditions, TheatreOne (Nanaimo, BC)

The Producers, The Arts Club (Vancouver, BC)


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


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Odds & Ends


The Spectral Investigators' Group of Alberta is a paranormal research group with a keen interest in Edmonton's haunted buildings. They have conducted a number of investigations at Walterdale's playhouse, and plan to reveal their findings this October at a special forum at the Telus World of Science. And they want to hear from you!

Have you had any encounters with "Walt," Walterdale’s resident ghost? If you have heard or seen anything unusual during your time at Walterdale (besides the antics of our members, that is!), please contact Wil Corpuz.   More >


An Eye for An Eye, the CBC musical radio drama about the Wiebo Ludwig conflict, has been chosen as one of the CBC's contributions to Worldplay, the 9th annual International Festival of Original Radio Drama. This year be sure to tune in to hear radio plays from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USA, Ireland and Britain explore the dramatic possibilities of this year's theme: Obsession.

An Eye For An Eye was originally created by the Calgary theatre company Ghost River Theatre and was produced at the CBC in association with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Alberta Playwrights' Network.

August 7 @ 11:00 PM
Written by: Kira Bradley, Doug Curtis, Tony Eyamie, Karen Johnson-Diamond, Duval Lang, David Rhymer, and Donna Sharpe.   More >


The Second Annual Arts Alive! Festival is coming back to 118 ave. in Edmonton from September 28 – 29. They are looking for volunteers to run venues, ushers, etc, and would love to have extra hands and feet to see this exciting festival come alive.

Call Christy at 780-471-3585 or more info >


Introducing a 4-Day intensive workshop with GILLES PLOUFFE, the only endorsed John Strasberg trainer in Canada. A unique & highly effective organic work process to help professional & aspiring actors increase the level of realism and believability in their work!

The workshop comes to your community and has flexible hours to accommodate your group. It is perfect for established acting co-operatives/ensembles who want to work more cohesively. Umbrella organizations can book the workshop to offer it as part of a series of self-improvement intensives.

Contact Barbara Ford or more >


The display area at the Creative Kids Museum
at TELUS World of Science in Calgary is pretty empty, so please send your brochures, posters, or cards so they can help you publicize your events for families.

Contact Wendy Passmore-Godfrey
403-268-8319 or more >


The Alberta Playwrights’ Network is looking for volunteers for their casino: August 31 & September 1 at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino.

For more info contact Val Lieske toll-free at 1-800-268-8564.


The Calgary Board of Education is in the midst of compiling a Cultural Activities Handbook, which will list artists and cultural organisations (working in French, German, Mandarin or Spanish) that are available for workshops with students and/or teachers in Calgary. This Handbook will be a one-stop directory for teachers looking to enhance their bilingual classroom's educational experience.

The Handbook will be released in September 2007, for use in the 2007/08 school year.
If you or your organisation works in French, German, Mandarin, or Spanish, and offers programs for youth aged K-12, please contact Mark Hopkins at 403-710-0093.


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