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A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it.

        —Thornton Wilder


What's New at TA

Haven't registered for Dramaworks yet? Early Bird deadline is today, June 1st — save 10%!

Weekend I Intensives: July 5–8

Is There a Director in the House? with Heather Inglis
A Show to Call Your Own with Kathleen Weiss

Weekend I Explorations: July 6–8

From the Page to the Stage with James MacDonald
A Playwright’s Confession: How to Keep Your Lies Straight with Marty Chan
Lighten Up! Theatrical Lighting Design with Bretta Gerecke SOLD OUT
Acting Masterclass with David Storch SOLD OUT

Weekend II Intensives: July 12–15

Speakeasy: Stage Dialects with Meredith Scott
Behind the Scenes: A Technical Theatre Overview with Jon Price

Weekend II Explorations: July 13–15

A Word is a Word is a Word: Experimental Writing for Theatre with David Owen
Yes, Let’s! An Introduction to Improv with Donovan Workun
Discover Your Clown with Sue Morrison
The Business of Directing with Bradley Moss

More Info & Register Online >

Our residental summer theatre program for teens is nearly at full capacity! With applications continually pouring into our mailbox, Artstrek 2007 will be brimming full of the most enthusiastic, hard-working, and passionate drama teens in the province. For those hoping to attend, register TODAY.   More >

The summer issue of TA News will be sliding into mailboxes across the province next week! Check out exciting stories & info, including:

Creating Theatre Magic: Spotlight on Technicians
Mark Bellamy on Mystery & Madness
Wendy Passmore on Puppet Power
Diane Conrad on Drama with Incarcerated Youth
Listing of Summer Drama Camps & Classes in AB
Dry Martini:  Who Needs the Playwright Anyway?

TA News Summer Issue Online >

Theatre Alberta’s Playbill is the only resource available in Alberta listing professional, educational, and community theatre productions together in a month-by-month format—don’t be left out!
• Minimum print run of 4000 copies
• Distributed around the province to theatres, arts organizations, schools, libraries, hotels, tourist boards, entertainment reporters, and individuals
• Listing in our online Playbill, averaging hundreds of hits a month
Advertising is free of charge as a benefit of group membership with Theatre Alberta (group membership must be in good standing at the closing date of your final season production).

Submission deadline is June 30 for the September 2007 to August 2008 season.
Apply for or renew your TA group membership >
Submit your season info online >

Flowers by Deborah Porter (1993). In the collection Flowers and No More Medea
A northern Ontario woman gives birth to quintuplets in 1934, and the resulting celebrity changes a whole family's life. Many years later, they return home to visit their dying mother. In a flood of memory and image, their lives as the women, through Sylvie, try to make sense of their fiveness.

Love and Ladybugs by Lora Schroeder (1994). In the collection Instant Applause
A couple, both living in their own minds, meet each other in a berry patch.

Butterflies Are Free by Leonard Gershe (1969). General Full Length
A blind young bachelor who is attempting to declare his independence to his overprotective mother by moving into his own apartment, is supported in his stand by his neighbor, a young divorced actress who believes in total freedom.

Searching for a script? Visit our online library >

Summer Library Hours! Theatre Alberta's library will be closed on Saturdays from June 16 to September 1, 2007.


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Theatre News


On May 26, One Yellow Rabbit ensemble members Blake Brooker, Michael Green, Denise Clarke, Andy Curtis, Richard McDowell, Onalea Gilbertson, and David van Belle were announced as one of three award recipients out of six shortlisted nominees at the 2007 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards. The award presentation wrapped up the inaugural Arts Without Borders festival—a week-long multidisciplinary celebration of the arts in Lloydminster. OYR was presented with individual gold medals, commemorative lapel pins, and a group cheque for $30,000 by Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor Norman Kwong. 

The Rabbits were on a shortlist of nominees that included: director Bob Baker; writer
Greg Hollingshead; playwright Sharon Pollock; musicians Tom and Isobel Rolston; and
writer Rudy Wiebe. Like the Ensemble, Greg Hollingshead and the Rolstons were also
honoured with medals, pins, and cheques, while Rudy Wiebe, Sharon Pollock, and Bob
Baker were awarded lapel pins and cash prizes of $5,000 each.

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Nominees for the 20th Annual Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, celebrating the professional theatre in Edmonton, will be announced at The Next Act Pub (104 St. & 83 Ave in Old Strathcona) on Monday, June 4. Doors will open for cocktails at 4:00PM and the nominees will be announced at 4:30PM.

Also announced will be this season’s recipient of the Margaret Mooney Award for Achievement in Administration and the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in Edmonton as well as the 2007 Sterling gala hosts & creative team. All beverages will be provided by The Next Act at happy hour prices!

The 20th Annual Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards Gala will be held Monday, June 25 at the Mayfield Inn and Suites Dinner Theatre. Tickets go on sale June 5.

Questions? Contact Judy Unwin at 780-484-6003.

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Ken Cameron


The Magnetic North Theatre Festival announced Alberta’s own Ken Cameron as the new Artistic Director replacing Mary Vingoe. Ken is the author of more than fifteen plays and recently spent seven years as Executive Director of the Alberta Playwrights' Network.

"In the spirit of Magnetic North's aim to present some of the best and most innovative theatre from across the country, we have found in western Canada an energetic, exciting producer/playwright to be our new Artistic Director. Ken Cameron inherits from Mary Vingoe a solid foundation on which to build the future."
— Mallory Gilbert, MNTF Board of Directors

The Magnetic North Theatre Festival is a national theatre festival that features some of the most exciting contemporary Canadian touring theatre in English, and will take place in Ottawa this June 6 – 16

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Starting this fall, Alberta artists will have access to a new $6 million fund that will support further development of the arts in Alberta over the next three years. The Alberta Creative Development Initiative is the result of a new partnership between the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) and the Canada Council for the Arts. Each organization will contribute $1 million per year for three years to the new program, which will provide grants to professional artists and arts organizations including those that have not previously accessed funding from the AFA and the Canada Council.
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Glen Murray will address the topic Cultural Capital – Building the Future: Beyond trends to build community wealth.

June 6, 8PM
Conference Theatre, 5-142 MacEwan Centre
College Downtown, 105 Street Bldg.

Glen Murray is a politician, urban advocate, educator, and consultant currently living in Toronto. He is a well-respected and passionate urban advocate and has gained national and international attention for his strategies to create lively and successful contemporary cities. During his time as Winnipeg’s most colourful and controversial Mayor, he demonstrated the political acumen needed to advance liberal and social agendas in a conservative political environment. Throughout his career in both the private and public sector, he has advocated innovative economic and cultural plans focused on building ‘community wealth’.

Event is free. Register by emailing Chrystal >
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The Greg Bond Memorial Award (Honouring Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre in Calgary) is an annual award is intended to honour a member of Calgary’s musical theatre
community who, throughout his/her career has made a major contribution to
musical theatre in Calgary. Previous recipients have included: Tom Doyle, Margot McDermott, Bob Foster, Marilyn Perkins, Stage West Calgary, Hal Kerbes, Joe Slabe, Elaine Higgin Case, and Mark Bellamy.

For more info contact the Chair of the Jury, Mark Bellamy at 403-259-8674.

The Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award (Honouring Outstanding Achievement in Technical Production) is an annual award has been created to honour a member of Calgary's theatre
community who has made a major contribution or significant achievement in the
area of technical production in Calgary. Previous recipients have included: Colin McCracken (stage manager), Dianne Goodman (production/stage manager), Brad & Ellen Leavitt (technicians/stage managers), Lance Olson (technician/stage carpenter), and Tracey Hooper (dresser/wardrobe head).

For more info contact the Chair of the Jury, Valerie Ann Pearson at 403-271-1457.

Deadline June 30.   More >



The BD&P Emerging Director Program is an extraordinary program developed through a unique partnership between leading Canadian law firm Burnett, Duckworth and Palmer (BD&P) and Lunchbox Theatre. This collaboration affords a special opportunity for Calgary theatre  artists who are in the initial stages of their careers to advance their talents and artistic skills through a combination of mentorship and hands-on experience.

Deadline July 15.  More >


Lunchbox Theatre is currently accepting script submissions for our Petro-Canada Stage One series. Each year, through the generous support of Petro-Canada, we workshop six new Canadian one-act plays.

Deadline June 30.  More >


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Shows Opening

MAY 30 — June 26

Full Playbill

Nextfest 2007



East of My Usual Brain
May 24 to June 9, Teatro la Quindicina @ the Varscona Theatre   More >

Nextfest - Syncrude Next Generation Arts Festival
June 7 to June 17, Theatre Network   More >

June 13 to June 23, Rapid Fire Theatre   More >

Stop Thinking!
June 14 to June 23, Image Theatre   More >

Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids
June 16 to June 17, Concrete Theatre   More >

Encore! The Best of Thirty Years
June 21 to June 30, Edmonton Musical Theatre @ the Westbury Theatre   More >

June 23 to July 3, Theatre Of Invention   More >


Five Blue Haired Ladies



Zag Reus: Party Island of the Emerald Sea
May 30 to June 9, Big T Theatreclan & Theatre Utopia   More >

Cope, a Forum Theatre event
June 1, All Nations Theatre @ the Calgary Opera Centre   More>

June 6 to June 16, Theatreboom @ Dancer's Studio West   More >

June 8, Sage The
atre @ The Engineered Air Theatre: 403-264-7243.

Comic Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
June 8 to August 24, Pegasus Performances   More >

Pizzazz 4 with Joyce Reddy
June 10 @ the Downtown Friendship Centre: 403-274-4724.

Ignite! - Calgary's Next Generation Arts Festival
June 14 to June 16, Sage Theatre @ the Pumphouse   More >

June 14 to June 17, Theatre Works @ Vertigo Theatre: 403-803-1483.

American Woman
June 19 to June 23, Phame Productions @ the MOTEL   More >

Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench
June 22 to June 30, Workshop Theatre @ Pumphouse   More >


The Good Doctor
June 1 to September 1, Rosebud Theatre, Rosebud   More >


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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings




Drama & Voice Instructor, Shylo's School of Performing Arts   Contact Priscilla >

Assistant Box Office Manager, Fringe Theatre Adventures

Production Assistant, Mayfield Dinner Theatre

Dean, Centre for the Arts and Communications, Grant MacEwan College

Fringe Theatre Festival Box Office Cashier, Fringe Theatre Adventures

Assistant Subscription Campaign Coordinator, Theatre Network


Performers, Eau Claire Market

Legacy Coordinator, Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP)

Studio Coordinator, Company of Rogues Actors' Studio

Drama and Musical Theatre Teaching Assistant, SummerACT Theatre Arts Camp

Assistant Coordinator, SummerACT Theatre Arts Camp

Arts Integration Teaching Assistant, SummerACT Theatre Arts Camp

Stage Manager, Theatre Calgary

Executive Artistic Director, All Nations Theatre


Stage Manager, Tree House Youth Theatre (Red Deer)

Enhancement Program Coordinator, Tree House Youth Theatre (Red Deer)

Actor, Chateau Lake Louise (Lake Louise)

Publicist Theatre and Visual And Performing Arts, Keyano Theatre (Fort McMurray)

Youth Workers, The Alberta's Future Leaders Program (Alberta

Pianist, Oh Canada Eh? Productions (Canmore)


Production Manager, Department of Theatre, York University (Toronto, ON)

50th Anniversary Project Manager, The Actor’s Fund of Canada (Toronton, ON)

Set and Lighting Designer/Technical Director, NorthWest College (Orange City, Iowa)

Stage Manager, Theatre Under the Stars (Vancouver, BC)

Executive and Artistic Director, Playwrights' Workshop Montréal (PWM) (Montreal, QC)



5 of a Kind, Crazo Productions

South Pacific, Festival Players (Sherwood Park)

General Auditions, Alberta Opera

Call for Year Round Submissions, The Citadel Theatre


5 of a Kind, Crazo Productions

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Vertigo Theatre

Shadowlands, Workshop Theatre


Summer Cast, Oh Canada Eh? Productions (Canmore)

The Royale Affairs, Shea Christie (Nanton)


Radio Daze, Gateway Theatre (Richmond, BC)

My Fair Lady, Gateway Theatre (Richmond, BC)


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


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Odds & Ends


Puppeteer Wanted! Training provided. Commitment to bully-proofing education, availability during school hours, & own transportation essential, as well as some previous performing/theatre experience. Should be comfortable dealing with children and handling impromptu questions. Four to six days/mth during the school year. Fair remuneration.

Call Susan at 403-284-4889.  More >


Until this Saturday, June 2nd! The International Chldren's Festival is an annual arts event that celebrates performing, literary, and visual arts for children. It brings together artists from around the globe and across Canada with children and families in the community of central and northern Alberta. This year’s festival line-up includes Disney’s Aladdin Jr., Quebec’s celebrated Theatre de Confettis, Germany’s Puppentheatre Halle, and Vietnamese Water Puppets. Join close to 60,000 children, parents, and teachers at this magical festival! More >


This season, the Shakespeare Festival presents the ultimate summer
shakesperience with The Winter’s Tale and a musical adaptation of Two Gentlemen of Verona. As always, we will rely on our fabulous volunteer crew to help create a genuinely festive atmosphere down at Hawrelak Park. Volunteers fill several vital Front of House roles, from selling tickets to popping popcorn.

Volunteers are needed for shifts starting June 26 and ending July 22, Tuesday-Sunday 6:30-10:30PM and Saturday-Sunday 12:30-4:30PM.

Deadline June 20.   More >


There are just a few spots left for Community Booths at the Calgary Folk Music Festival! These booths are reserved for non-profit arts and advocacy groups. Your $160 fee includes a permit for Saturday and Sunday (July 28-29), three staff wristbands and a table and 2 chairs.
Call Johanna Schwartz at 403-233-0904 or More >


The Big Secret Theatre still has a number of good rental dates available for 2007-2008, perfect for your company’s show or event. For more information on rates and bookings, please contact One Yellow Rabbit’s rental agent Anton deGroot at 403-264-3224, ext. 48.
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Want to brag about your hot balls? Earn that right, support Workshop West Theatre and have lots of fun with friends while doing it!! YOU can do all this, wear ugly shoes, dress up in a cool retro costume, AND enjoy an evening with great food, drinks, music, and fantastic prizes at WWT’s Retro Bowling Party Fundraiser.

Bonnie Doon Bowling Lanes
Saturday, June 23, 2007
7:00PM to 10:00PM

More >


All Nations Theatre is proud to have David Diamond from Headlines Theatre come to Calgary and offer his Theatre for Living on June 11-16 / 19-24. All Nations Theatre Society focuses on consciously educative theatre. Our current work includes plays and programs on violence, racism and bullying. We specialize in Forum Theatre, an interactive form that allows the participant audience to try out strategies for confronting and changing the dynamics of an oppressive situation.

More >


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