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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 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.


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Two dramatic ways to spend your summer . . .

Artstrek: July 8-14 & 15-22, Red Deer College
For teens: spend a week in residence exploring the Canadian classic Who Has Seen the Wind with Alberta’s finest theatre artists and drama educators.

Dramaworks: July 5-8 & 12-15, The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton
For adults: fun, adventurous and inspiring workshops in all theatrical disciplines.

Registration opens April 1st.  Early bird prices now available! 
More info & to register >

It’s possible that we at Theatre Alberta (fallible mortals that we are) might miss the odd spectacular show, integral posting, or giant news story. So yes please, pass along your timely information (particularly if it’s not already posted on our website listings or playbill—we already know about those). Although we can’t guarantee we’ll post everything that comes our way, we’ll certainly be more inclined if it’s in a convenient format. Send all information as text (rather than pdf), do send links, and do send images (under 70 KB, and saved as .jpg or .gif).

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Help keep Theatre Alberta’s Library vibrant and growing by requesting books to purchase for our collection.

If you’ve read or seen a great play lately—let us know! (Please check our fabulous online library first, as we may already own it.) We are also interested in exciting new reference books. Please note that although we can’t purchase everything that is requested, we will work hard to fulfill your wishes.

Email us with your requests before May 1st, 2007.

Theatre Alberta library and office will be closed from April 6–9.


Theatre News


THE CITADEL 2007-08 season features a new Vern Thiessen play, revivals of Noises Off and Fire, the courageous December Man, the Broadway sensation Beauty and the Beast, and the return of Hana’s Suitcase. The Citadel also announced NEW START TIMES for next season: all evening performances 7:30 p.m., all afternoon matinees at 1:30 p.mDetailed line-up >

NORTHERN LIGHT THEATRE 2007-08 season features A Busy World is Hushed by Keith Bunin, Urban Tales 10, 3 Different Heavens by Nathan Cuckow, and Cherish by Ken Duncum.  More >

THEATRE CALGARY 2007-08 season features the world premiere of Timothy Findley’s The Wars, Morris Panych’s Vigil, Matthew Barber’s Enchanted April, and Thorton Wilder’s Our TownDetailed line-up >

ALBERTA THEATRE PROJECTS 2007-08 season features Still Desire You by Paul LeDoux and David Young, Oliver Twist or, The Street Boy’s Progress adapted by Michael O’Brien, The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien, Half Life by John Mighton, That Elusive Spark by Janet Munsil, and more!  Detailed line-up >

GROUND ZERO THEATRE (GZT) announces the line-up for the company’s 2007 “Groundbreakers Series,” a second stage of plays to be presented alongside their mainstage season: Ken Cameron’s My Morocco, and Carrie Schiffler’s Tabitha: a girl and her boxMore >



On March 27 the Honourable Hector Goudreau announced the creation of an MLA committee that will examine ways that tax credits can be used to increase private charitable donations. The committee, made up of eight MLAs representing both urban and rural Alberta, will recommend how to establish a Community Spirit Fund to provide matching grants for eligible philanthropic donations to Alberta-based registered charities.

This is one of the mandates given to the department of Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation & Culture by Premier Stelmach and a key action under the plan to improve Albertans’ quality of life.  More >


Theatre Calgary is pleased to announce the creation of an annual award of $2500 for emerging actors to be known as the Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award. Mr. Hair has a distinguished 30-year career in the Canadian arts scene including 60 appearances on Theatre Calgary’s stage, highlighted by his thirteen consecutive years as Ebenezer Scrooge in our annual production of A Christmas Carol.

Deadline for applications is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 27, 2007.
More info & apply online >




The Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA), the largest national forum for the arts and culture sector in Canada, met the March 19th budget announcement by the Minister of Finance, the Hon. Jim Flaherty, with some measure of disappointment. “It is unfortunate that the Government did not seize this important opportunity to articulate a long-term vision for the arts and culture sector in Canada. This is an encouraging federal budget, but not an exciting one,” says Alain Pineau, National Director of the Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA).  More >

The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) is also frustrated that the federal budget did not address funding for the professional performing arts. “This budget missed a prime opportunity to reinforce the crucial role artists and arts institutions play in strengthening us as a nation. While investment in community cultural events and festivals is an important part of our cultural heritage, the professional arts define who we are as a nation to ourselves and on the global stage.” said Ivan Habel, General Manager of Green Thumb Theatre for Young People and PACT’s Vice President Internal.  More >



The IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting) 31st Annual Spring Plenary Meeting will take place in Montreal, from May 30 to June 3, 2007. Under the theme of Cultural Warming, it will be held alongside the first edition of the new Festival TransAmériques (May 23 – June 7). Please note that a pre-meeting activity in Quebec City is also scheduled on May 29.

Registration is now open >




In recognition of Edmonton's ongoing commitment to arts and culture, the Government of Canada has named the City of Edmonton as 2007 Cultural Capital of Canada. This one-year campaign, titled Building Connections, will include the following six projects:

1. Edmonton Explorations: A grant program intended for individual artists in all artistic disciplines, investing in artists of today to foster the arts and cultural community of tomorrow.

2. Poetry Festival: Poetry readings, workshops, and development opportunities will be programmed throughout the year under the direction of Poet Laureate Alice Major, culminating in a Poetry Festival during the third week of September.

3. Symposia and Speakers Series: Three symposia are currently planned: Connections through Community Arts, Connections between Arts and Science, and Connections through the Written and Spoken Word.

4. Community Arts: The Community Arts project will partner local cultural communities with professional artists for the purpose of the artistic exploration and creative presentation of community issues, heritage, and aspirations.

5. Cultural Inventory: Documenting the full breadth of Edmonton's diverse cultural resources. Identifying those populations removed from Edmonton's arts and culture mainstream will be central to the realization of this goal.

6. Nightworks: To mark the conclusion of Edmonton's Cultural Capital year a family focused celebratory event is planned for Churchill Square in December.

Edmonton Cultural Capital Website (as of April 1) >



The Edmonton Arts Council is making a ten-year cultural plan for Edmonton—a map of Edmonton’s artistic and cultural treasures and an identification of our collective dreams, will, and aspirations for their future. This is about guiding the policies, programs, and attitudes of our city concerning the future contributions of arts and culture to our quality of life.

Six public sessions have been scheduled in six different locations. Everyone is welcome to learn more about the cultural plan and its importance to the future of our city.

Thursday April 12, 7:30 – 10:00 pm
Spruce Avenue Community Hall, 10240-115 Avenue

Saturday April 21, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
West Police Station, 16505-100 Avenue

Monday April 30, 7:30 – 10:00pm
Clareview Arena Hall, 3804-139 Avenue

Thursday April 19, 7:30 – 10:00 pm
City Arts Centre, 10943-84 Avenue

Tuesday April 24, 7:30 – 10:00pm
Grand Trunk Board Room, 13025-112 Street

Saturday May 5, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
South Division Police Station, 104 Youville Drive East

RSVP to Deborah at (780) 424-2787, indicating which session you will be attending. Questions? Contact John Mahon at the Edmonton Arts Council at 424-2787 ext 223.


How can puppets be used to address social, political, and environmental issues around the world?  W.P. Puppet Theatre Society presents "Puppets as Agents of Social Change Conference," including:
• International keynote speakers
• Local and national puppeteers lead hand-on workshops
• Panel and world café discussions
• Tickets to “Workshop of the Butterflies,” co–presented with the Calgary International Children’s Festival and much more!

May 25–27, 2007 — Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary
More Info > or To Register >


After a year spent researching the spaces used for the creation and presentation of artistic work, Calgary Arts Development is pleased to be presenting a research report on Cultural Spaces for the Arts to City Council's Standing Policy Committee on Community & Protective Services. This meeting is open to the public, and interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend:

Wednesday, April 4, 2007, 9:30 a.m.
Historic City Hall (lower level), 700 Macleod Trail S.E.

More info >



Mayor Stephen Mandel and PACE (the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton) are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for eight awards that recognize artists and businesses that support, nurture, and contribute to the arts within the Edmonton Capital Region, including:

Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support by a Business for the Arts
Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist
TELUS Courage to Innovate Award
ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement

Winners will be announced at The Mayor’s Evening for the Arts on June 11, 2007.
Deadline for nominations is 4:30 pm on Monday, April 23rd, 2007.
Online nomination forms >


Tickets are now on sale for the 2007 Mayor’s Luncheon for Business & the Arts, Calgary’s annual celebration of the arts, artists, and partnerships that are created between business and the arts.

Come enjoy a sumptuous meal along with an afternoon of entertainment, awards, appreciation, and networking at the Luncheon.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm, The Hyatt Regency Calgary
(403) 294-7440 x. 1002 or


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Shows Opening


Full Playbill

The Cherry Orchard



March 29 to April 7, Image Theatre: (780) 628-4596.

The Cherry Orchard
March 29 to April 7, Studio Theatre, University of Alberta   More >

Love According to John
April 5 to April 7, Alberta Lyric Theatre  
More >

Confessions of a Paperboy

My Morocco



Ah, Wilderness!
March 29 to April 7, Mount Royal College   More >

Dessert Song – Music for the Cake Lover
March 29 to April 7, Easterbrook Theatre in the Community Arts Centre: (403) 216-0808.

Confessions of a Paperboy
March 29 to April 15, Ghost River @ The Vertigo Studio Theatre   More >

The Yeomen of the Guard
March 30 to April 7, Morpheus Theatre   More >

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou
March 30 to April 7, Theatre BMST and Go See A Play @ birds & stone theatre: (403) 366-5137.

Outfest, featuring Lily Tomlin
April 2 to April 7 @ the Epcor Centre   More >

My Morocco
April 4 to April 14, Ground Zero Theatre   More >

St. Scarlet
April 4 to April 14, Rogues Theatre @ The Pumphouse   More >

Time is On My Side
April 5, Compagnie Itinerrances @ the University Theatre, U of C: (403) 220-4999.

April 10 to April 14, Theatre Junction & Dancers’ Studio West   More >

 The Infamous One Acts


The Infamous One Acts
March 28 to April 7, Red Deer College   More >

Theft (Dinner Theatre)
March 30 to May 6, Central Alberta Theatre, Red Deer  More >

Song of the Mounties (Dinner Theatre)
March 30–31 & April 6–7, The Heritage Park Players @ Canmore Opera House: (403) 268-8516.

April 4 to April 5, Kaleidoscope Productions, Lloydminster: (780) 872-7400.


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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings




General Manager, Theatre Network

Stage Manager and Assistant/Apprentice Stage Manager, Citadel Theatre

General Manager, Northern Light Theatre


Drama Instructors (2) – Summer Program, The Pumphouse Theatre

Character Interpreters, Heritage Park Historical Village

Coordinator, Puppets for Peace


Program Monitor – Summer Theatre Programs, City of Red Deer Culture Services

Crew (Various Positions) for The Last Five Years, Central Alberta Theatre and K.A.S. Productions (Red Deer)

General Manager, Keyano Theatre (Fort McMurray)


Dramaturge, Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre (Saskatoon, SK)

Artistic Associate/Apprentice Artistic Director, The Grand Theatre (London, ON)



The Trial of Salomé, Walterdale Playhouse

El Muchacho, Sherard Musical Theatre


GRIT, 8-0-8 Productions  More >


Auditions 2007/08 Academic Year, Red Deer College

Full-time Summer Ensemble Performers, The Empress Theatre Summer Program (Fort Macleod)


Waiting for the Parade and Cabaret, Showcase Festival (Courtenay, BC)


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

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Full Workshops Postings


Fools School for Kids
Green Fools Theatre, April 2-5th, 2007 (Calgary)

Drumma Camp
Calgary Young People's Theatre, April 2-6,2007 (Calgary)

Dance, Movement, and Performing Arts Experiences for Children
Jazz Moves Dance School, starting Thursday April 12, 2007 (Edmonton)

Playwriting Programs in Italy
La Bella Vita Arts Workshops, May 23, 2007 and June 3-10, 2007 (Castiglioncello and Pisa, Tuscany Italy)

Summer Lab Intensive
One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre, June 25 - July 15, 2007 (Calgary)

Readers Theatre International Summer Workshop
University of Southern Maine, July 8 - 21, 2007 (Toronto, ON)

Teen's Musical Theatre Summer Camp
Grant MacEwan College, July 9 - 21, 2007 (Edmonton)

Six Week Summer Intensive
Rocky Mountain College, June 25 - August 4, 2007 (Calgary)

International Voice Workshops with Richard Armstrong
August 18 - August 31, 2007 (Banff)

Spring Circus Classes
Firefly Theatre, Various Times (Edmonton)

Winter Drama Classes for 5-16 year olds
Pumphouse Theatre, Various Times (Calgary)

Writing From the Gut/Truth in Text/The Actors Voice
Rocky Mountain College, Various Times (Calgary)

Full Workshops Postings
Postings are updated weekly at

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Odds & Ends



In conjunction with their Celebrating Creativity exhibit of children’s art (June 2 – 25), the Creative Kids Museum will hold a Celebratory Open House on Friday, June 15th from 4:30 – 8:00 pm for all the exhibiting child artists and their families to see the exhibit, enjoy performances by other children, and visit the Creative Kids Museum and the TELUS World of Science Calgary. Kids & teens: apply with performances!

Deadline April 15. Contact Wendy Passmore at (403) 268-8319 or more info >


Join 2007 SITP company members Valerie Ann Pearson and Heather Lea MacCallum for a one-week summer intensive training workshop. The week will be packed with text exploration, vocal preparation, and physical training all focused on Shakespeare's magical works.

July 16-21 & July 23-28, for youth aged 15-18.
For more information & to register, contact the Mount Royal College Conservatory: (403) 440-6821.


A local partnership project hopes to create a flagship project on 118th Avenue—a new mixed use building that will herald the the revitalization of the Avenue and support the vision of 118th Avenue as an arts hub. The main floor will be dedicated to community based arts programming and public gallery space. First time home owners, ideally artists will occupy the condominiums on 2 - 3 floors above.

The online survey remains open until March 31st, 2007 >


Business for the Arts (formerly The Council for Business and the Arts in Canada) has been tracking the state of the arts in Canada since 1976, capturing financial and statistical data on private sector support, public sector funding, earned revenues, attendance, employment and other relevant data.

Hill Strategies Research encourages managers of Canadian non-profit performing arts organizations, museums, and art galleries to complete the Business for the Arts form. Wide participation by the arts community will help ensure meaningful and powerful data analysis. Deadline April 25.

More info & online survey >


StoryBook Theatre is looking for volunteers to fill the following role for their show Oliver!:
• Front of House Manager
• Box Office Agent
• Ticket Takers 2 (suitable for children)
• Ushers (four each performance!)

Oliver! runs April 12 – May 5, Weds – Sun
Email for more info or call (403) 216-0808


My Morocco plays Wednesday April 4 through Saturday April 14 at the Big Secret Theatre. They require only one usher per show. If you want to check out the show for free and give them a hand, contact Jessica

More info & showtimes >


Morpheus Theatre is looking for a sound operator for it’s production Yeoman of the Guard (runs March 30 to April 7).

Looking for a challenge? Call Tim at (403) 680-6031.


REDHANDED film and theatre and RANDOM BEINGS theatre present: DEATH; A COMEDY, at the Motel Theatre April 18 to 28.

The Motel Theatre has a seating capacity of 60. This is a small venue with 14 lights to operate and a moderate amount of sound cues. Ideally they would like two students to run the show, but one is also possible. If you are interested, they would need commitment from you for the show dates plus some rehearsals from April 13 – 16.

More info contact Nicola Elson at (403) 890-6067.


Green Fools Theatre is organizing a free community celebration of fools begins at noon on April Fools Day at Fort Calgary 750 – 9th Ave. SE. The parade then travels down 9th Avenue to return to 1215 13th Street SE.

Participate by coming costumed, or enjoy a romp in our tickle trunk full of weird costumes, masks, and instruments. Parade through Inglewood with a merry band of fools and stick around after the parade to enjoy activities, snacks, and Green Fools Theatre's stilt/mask creations. Make mayhem, cheer on spring!  More >


The River City Shakespeare Festival invites you to a NO HOLDS BARD fundraiser that promises to be an exciting and outrageous evening of gaming and gourmet cuisine.

Dust off your Blue Suede Shoes and come dressed (code: OUTRAGEOUS!), bid on fabulous silent & live auction items, drop your ducats at the casino tables and intoxicate your taste buds with Thai cuisine all in the swanky surroundings of the Citadel’s Shoctor Lobby – don’t miss out! All proceeds raised will directly fund this season of the River City Shakespeare Festival.

Saturday, April 14 – 7:00pm
Shoctor Lobby – Citadel Theatre
Tickets at TIX on the Square (420-1757) and Belgravia Books and Treasures (429-1707).


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