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June 27, 2007

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Perhaps, therefore, ideal stage managers not only need to be calm and meticulous professionals who know their craft, but masochists who feel pride in rising above impossible odds.

— Sir Peter Hall, director of the Royal Shakespeare Company


What's New at TA

Theatre Alberta's popular summer theatre programs, Arstrek for teens and Dramaworks for adults, are about to go full swing this July!  There are only a couple spots left in each program: there's slim (!!) availability during Exploration I of Artstrek (July 8-14, for teens 13-15 years old) and the second weekend of Dramaworks (July 12-15).

We'll see you there!!!

Artstrek info >
Dramaworks info >

Theatre Alberta’s AGM is taking place on Saturday, July 14 at 1:00 PM at the Citadel Theatre in the Shoctor Lobby.

The purpose of the AGM is to receive the annual report, elect new board members, and to conduct other business. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with other members, the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and other Theatre Alberta staff.  All members are invited and a catered lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP by July 10: email Theatre Alberta or call 1-888-422-8160.

Want to place an advertisement in our handsome quarterly print newsletter (with a 2,000 – 3,000 member distribution list)?  Contact Jill for ad specs & fees. Ads are currently being accepted for the Fall issue, which hits doorsteps across Alberta in early September.   More >

Theatre Alberta still needs new or current members to act as Alternates for their casino on Sunday July 8 and Monday July 9. You will only be required to work if someone is unable to do their shift. Alternates will receive a complimentary membership if they are required to fill in a shift. 

To volunteer call Theatre Alberta at 1-888-422-8160 or email Julie >

A reminder that June 30th is the deadline for submitting your season info to the Playbill! 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!

Submission deadline is June 30 for the September 2007 to August 2008 season.
Submit your season info online >
Questions? Contact Theatre Alberta at 1-888-422-8160.

Children too young for Artstrek? Why not turn your backyard into a stage! Just string up a couple of bedsheets with some clothespins, then add imagination and a few of our Children’s scripts. Your kids will have a great summer performing and designing—making sets, playbills, tickets, music, and a summertime show! Some suggested titles from our playscript library:

  • The Three Little Pigs by Iz Crain
  • The Readers Theatre Classic Plays
  • Chicken Little by Iz Crain
  • The Spider and the Bee by Steven Press
  • The Mischievous Bugs by Audrey Smith

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

Trina Davies 
Trina Davies
Grand Prize Winner
Jana O'Connor
Jana O'Connor
Discovery Prize Winner


On June 9 the Alberta Playwrights’ Network announced the winners of the 2007 Alberta Playwriting Competition, the longest running provincial competition of its kind in Canada, offering the largest cash prize of any provincial playwriting competition.

Edmonton playwright Trina Davies won the Grand Prize Category for her full-length play Waxworks, receiving a $3,500 cash prize. Jana O’Connor won the Discovery Prize Category for her play The Lonely Hearts, receiving a $1,500 cash prize. Both Waxworks and The Lonely Hearts will receive further development support from Alberta Playwrights’ Network and will receive staged readings as part of PlayWorks Ink 2007 in Calgary this fall.

Honorable Mentions went to Andy Garland for When the Lights Went Out (Grand Prize Category) and to Andrea Boyd for Angel’s River (Discovery Prize Category).

More >


The City of Calgary Public Art Program is seeking Expressions of Interest from experienced artist-led interdisciplinary teams to create a unified, iconographic or symbolic language that will map and identify infrastructure.

The Visual Language Project is the cornerstone of the UEP Public Art Plan, in that it should provide a cohesive and elegant visual language for identifying, mapping and codifying the watershed systems. Through close collaboration with UEP staff and other stakeholders, the Visual Language Project team will provide a conceptual framework for UEP infrastructure, education, and all public art projects to follow.

Submissions must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2007.  Contact Donna Chaytors with inquires, or more info >


The Works Art and Design Festival is adding something new to their visual feast this year—theatre!  Theatre Yes and The Works have teamed up to represent Alberta in the largest grassroots theatre event in history!

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks wrote a play every day for a year—the body of work is now being produced during the 365 Days/365 Plays International Festival. The plays are a testament to the daily process of creation that is central to the lives of artists. This global theatre "happening" is a meditation, a prayer, a collective statement of faith that reminds us to value art as a daily necessity in our lives.

These quirky snippets of insight into the human condition are being presented for an entire year by hundreds of theatre groups on several continents... in a kind of "cultural relay race" that celebrates the community of theatre and audiences wherever they are found.   More >

Theatre Yes will perform "Week 33" of the plays, guerrilla style, in Churchill Square several times daily from June 25 – July 1.


As of June 2007, Calgary Young People's Theatre has been active for fifteen years! That's a decade and a half of quality classes, workshops, and performance opportunities for youth. CYPT has produced over forty theatrical productions at various professional venues in Calgary and Airdrie, and seen thousands of students participate in their programs.

15 YEAR GALA CELEBRATION! In early September 2007, CYPT will celebrate in style with a gala masquerade ball/fundraiser to honour the past, delight in the present, and dream for the future. CALL FOR ALUMNI / MEMORIES: CYPT is seeking alumni to perform, speak or simply attend the event. They are also seeking memories, articles, or photos related to CYPT to share at the celebration.

Contact Mat Mailandt at
403-230-2664, or visit CYPT online >



Edmonton’s premiere purveyor of original comedies celebrates silver anniversary with leadership change and new seasonal structure.

It has been twenty-five years since Edmonton’s Teatro La Quindicina first came into existence, with the presentation of All These Heels at the inaugural Fringe Festival in 1982. In the ensuing two and a half decades Teatro has premiered over sixty new works by Artistic Director/Founder Stewart Lemoine, in addition to numerous revivals and works by other authors both local and international.

It is with a great sense of pride and accomplishment therefore that Lemoine announces that the current season, 2006/07, is his last as the company’s head and that he’ll be succeeded as Artistic Director by his longtime colleague Jeff Haslam, an Artistic Associate of Teatro for the past decade and a half.

For more info contact Teatro at 780-433-3399 ext. 1.




St. Mary’s University College now offers an 18-credit minor in Drama in conjunction with their 4-year English Degree. Possible courses include: Introduction to Theatrical Production, Advanced Acting, Shakespeare's Works, Studies in 20th Century Drama, and Choral Performance.

STMU stages two performances a year and incorporates a number of leading professionals from the community in their teaching program (i.e. Eugene Stickland). Their permanent staff members are Marilyn Potts (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Drama and board member of ATP) and Dr Patrick Finn (Associate Professor of English and Drama).   More >



Nominations for the 2007 CAT Awards will close at midnight on July 1st.  All Public nominations must be received by that time. 

In addition to the standard awards, there are several Special Achievement Awards. One such award is the Outstanding Contribution to Community Theatre (Sandy Singer Award) which honours the outstanding achievement of an individual, either for this season or for accumulated dedication or achievement in community theatre.

Nominations may be submitted on the Calgary-ACTS website >


Calgary Arts Development has put out a Request for Proposals to help them with a strategy for "Branding Calgary's Arts Scene."

What does it mean to create a brand for the arts? Connecting with the artistic life of Calgary and then trying to reflect that authentically, visually in a symbol, a metaphor, a phrase, a logo, something… CADA eagerly anticipates submissions from Calgary’s best creative agencies.

Visit and look for this “Branding” post on the front page. Click on "Comments" at the end of the message to share your ideas, suggestions, feedback, criticism, expertise, excitement, whatever...or contact CADA >


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Shows Opening

June 27 — July 25

Full Playbill


Edmonton International Street Festival



June 23 to July 3, Theatre Of Invention  
More >

River City Shakespeare Festival
June 28 to July 22, Free Will Players   More >

BASH’d: A Gay Rap Opera
June 28 to June 30, cOcKsUcKaZ @ the Roost Nite Club

Virtually Perfect
June 29 to July 8, ibleedink @ the Azimuth   More >

The Trial of Salome
July 4 to July 14, Walterdale Playhouse   More >

The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
July 6 to July 15, Sir Winston Churchill Square   More >

Sour Water Strippers


The Sour Water Strippers
June 20 to June 30, Foxglove Theatre Productions @ The Pumphouse Theatre   More >

Guest Teller Mandi Kujawa
June 27, TALES Calgary   More >

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline
July 5 to September 9, Stage West Theatre Restaurants   More >

Canadian Badlands Passion Play


Gold Rush!
June 28 to July 21, New West Theatre, Lethbridge   More >

The Remittance Man
June 30 to August 25, The Empress Theatre, Fort Macleod   More >

Waiting for the Queen
June 30 to August 25, The Empress Theatre, Fort Macleod   More >

The King and I
July 5 to July
21, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Drumheller: 403-823-7529.

Canadian Badlands Passion Play
July 6 to July 15, Drumheller   More >


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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings




Technical Director, Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts (Leduc)

Publicity and Promotions, The Citadel Theatre

General Manager, Workshop West Playwrights Theatre


Theatre Instructor (Stagecraft I, Scenic Carpentry I), Department of Theatre, Speech and Music Performance, Mount Royal College

Literary and Education Manager, Theatre Calgary

Box Office Coordinator and Reception, Theatre Junction

Performers and Musicians, G.A.P Adventures Concept Store

Drama Camp Assistant, StoryBook Theatre

Accountant, One Yellow Rabbit Theatre

Summer Drama Day Camp Counselor, The Pumphouse Theatre

Face painting, Balloon artistry, Community Arts Festival & Calgary Fringe Festival

Puppeteer, Puppets for Peace

Performers, Eau Claire Market

Stage Manager, Theatre Calgary


Head of Sound, Theatre Aquarius (Hamilton, ON)

General Manager, Theatre North West (Prince George, BC)

Multiple Production Positions, THEATREONE (Nanaimo, BC)



The Maids, University of Alberta MFA Production

You Are Here, Walterdale Theatre

Call for Year Round Submissions, The Citadel Theatre


Nine – the Musical, Front Row Players

YouTube Music Video “Leave us Alone”, Archive Island   More >

Hamlet (workshop production), Calgary Young People’s Theatre Alberta

Terry Shane Murder Mystery

Sleeping Beauty and Dads, The Musical, StoryBook Theatre


Male Singers/Actors, Oh Canada Eh? Productions (Canmore)


Program Officer, English Theatre, Arts Division, Canada Council


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


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Odds & Ends


Liffey Players are looking for a stage manager, assistant stage manager, and costume person for their fall production of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Rehearsals start August 14. Show runs October 4 – 14.
Contact Alwyn Price at 403-214-0442.


StoryBook Theatre is looking for a Stage Manager and Rehearsal Pianist for their upcoming season’s poduction of Dads: The Musical. Rehearsals start in July.
Contact Paul Stanton at 403-216-0808.


GHOST RIVER's casino runs Thursday,
June 28th and Friday, June 29th at Deerfoot Inn & Casino. This casino is their primary fundraising initiative, and is imperative to the
financial heath of Ghost River and many arts groups in Alberta.

They are looking to fill the following three shifts:
Count Room, July 28th, 10pm-CLOSE

Chip Runner, July 29th, 11:15am-7pm

Cashier, July 29th, 11:15am-7pm
Email Jason Rothery >

WORKSHOP THEATRE has a casino coming up August 11th and 12th and is in dire need of a few more volunteers to do chip running, cash counting and cashier work. There are spots available on most shifts and any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated!!!

Contact Mike Hughes at 403-278-3669.

CAPPUCCINO MUSICAL THEATRE has the great fortune to be having their next casino on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, 2007. If you are interested in joining in the fun, please contact Carolyn Byers at 403-238-5549.


The Calgary Fringe Festival is looking for people willing to open their homes to the many visiting artists & companies that will be participating in this year’s Fringe. There over 30 companies visiting the Calgary Fringe between August 6 – 20, and your generosity will create a lasting impression on visitors from as far away as England, California, Montreal and Vancouver.   More >


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