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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.

 
 

What's New at TA

Our brand new 2007 Artstrek promotional video is now online...everywhere! Whether you're on our Artstrek page, visiting the Artstrek Attendees Facebook group (members only!), or searching on YouTube under "Artstrek," you'll be able to watch a fun five-minute film, full of photos, video clips, and info on Artstrek 2007.

Theatre Alberta’s 4th annual general audition event for graduates of Alberta post-secondary acting programs was arguably our most successful Emerge yet! 63 graduates of nine Alberta acting programs auditioned at the event, performing everything from contemporary monologues by Albertan playwrights to Shakespeare, and from musical theatre numbers to two-person scenes. 60 of the province’s artistic directors, independent directors, and film and television industry professionals saw their work, representing 42 companies from across Alberta.   More >

Workshops by Request has wrapped up for another season, and we’re delighted to report that a record number of Albertans in community theatre (216) participated in technical and artistic workshops with theatre professionals. Here are just a few of the workshops coordinated by Theatre Alberta this past season:

Special Effects in Stettler with Adam Mitchell
An Actor Prepares in Hanna with Brenda Finley
Directing in Lethbridge with Gail Hanrahan
Makeup in Morinville with Prudence Olenik

Our thanks to the dedicated community theatre artists who planned and participated in this season's workshops, and to the theatre professionals who travelled near and far to lead workshops in all areas of the province.   More >

HelpTheatre Alberta’s library shelves are full and we need your help to make room for the awesome new scripts that you, our members, have requested. (We’re still accepting requests.) We have a fantastic selection of used scripts by great playwrights including Morris Panych, Joanna M. Glass, Noel Coward, Brian Friel, and more!  This is an excellent opportunity for educators, students, community theatres, and TA members to get their hands on great scripts at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new ones.   More >

 

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ARTISTS TO VISIT THE LEGISLATURE

In celebration of Edmonton’s Cultural Capital status, Laurie Blakeman of the MLA Edmonton Centre Constituency Office would like to introduce members of the arts community to the Legislature and by extension to the province to recognize their contributions to the Cultural Atmosphere in the City of Edmonton. The Legislative Assembly of Alberta sits from Monday to Thursday the weeks of May 14-17, May 21-24, May 28-31, June 4-7, and June 11-14.

To schedule a visit to the Legislature, please contact Richard, Constituency Outreach Coordinator at (780) 414-0743.

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

AWARDS ANNOUNCED AT MAYOR'S LUNCHEON (CALGARY)

Calgary's 2007 Mayor's Luncheon for Business & the Arts was held on April 24—an annual event celebrating creative partnerships between business and the arts. The achievements of the nominees were celebrated in front of a packed house and to 2007 Awards went to:

Eric Rose – Enbridge Emerging Artist Award
The Old Trout Puppet Workshop – TELUS Award for Artistic Innovation
Michael Green – Calgary Economic Development Established Arts Award
First Calgary Savings – Innovative Support Award
Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP – Sustained Support Award


$4.5 MILLION MORE FOR THE AFA

The 2007/08 Alberta budget saw the AFA’s funding from the Alberta Lottery Fund increased by $4.5 million to a total of $27.3 million. For the first time, direct support to individual artists will exceed 10% of the funds awarded by the AFA, and administrative costs for the AFA will drop to less than 7% of budget.

The $7.5 million that was added to the AFA’s Alberta Lottery Fund allocation over the 2006/07 and 2007/08 fiscal years has provided the AFA with an important opportunity to make strategic investments in Arts Creation & Production, Arts Promotion, Arts Participation and Art Collection & Display. This year’s $4.5 million increase will be distributed among these four focus areas.   More >

NOMINATE A DIRECTOR FOR THE SIMINOVITCH PRIZE 2007

The Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre honours professional directors, playwrights and designers by acknowledging excellence and encouraging further exploration in Canadian theatre. A jury awards the $100,000 prize annually. Canada’s largest annual theatre arts award, the 2007 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre will be given to a professional director who advances Canadian theatre through a body of work achieved in recent years, while influencing and inspiring younger theatre artists.   More >



SHAW FESTIVAL HIRING TWO INTERN DIRECTORS

Each year, the Shaw Festival hires two Intern Directors for a period of about six months. They look for promising professional directors near the beginning of their careers. Applicants should have a fair bit of professional experience, but probably not in a company as large as the Shaw Festival. The contracts run from mid-March to late August, depending on the production schedule for the particular season. These positions are salaried at an apprentice level, which at The Shaw is between $500 and $600 per week.

Submit a resumé and cover letter to Theatre Ontario, deadline June 29.

Questions? Contact Tim Chapman at Theatre Ontario: (416) 408-4556.   More >

 
 

 

CLASSINACTION 2007

The second International Youth Theatre Challenge ClassinAction 2007 is three action-packed days of plays, workshops, trips, events, and fun in the most beautiful city in Europe. This event takes place in Prague from November 22-25, 2007. It is geared toward young people and students of English from all types of schools and drama groups—in short, anybody with any level of theatre experience aged 12-26 years of age.   More >

 
 

UPCOMING GRANT DEADLINES

CANADA COUNCIL GRANTS

The following grants (and more!) have a deadline of September 15, 2007:

  • Grants to Theatre Artists: Creation/Residency/ Professional Development Theatre
  • Production Project Grants: Established Artists' Development/Production Theatre
  • Production Project Grants: Artists and Community Collaboration Fund Theatre
  • Production Project Grants: Emerging Artists' Development/Production
  • Support to Theatre Service Organizations
  • Travel Grants can be submitted anytime (at least six weeks before departure date).
  • More >

    EDMONTON ARTS COUNCIL

    A sample of EAC’s upcoming granting opportunities:

  • Project Grant for Individual Artists: July 1, 2007
  • Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund: September 1, 2007
  • Edmonton Explorations Grant (Cultural Capitals of Canada): October 1, 2007
  • Festival Operation Community Investment Grant Program: November 1, 2007
  • More >

    AFA GRANTS

    The deadline for Theatre Project Grants to Individuals is September 1, 2007.
    More >

    CALGARY ARTS DEVELOPMENT

    The deadline for Special Project Grants is October 1, 2007.
    More >

    For more information on these grants please contact the funding agencies directly.

     

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    Shows Opening

    APRIL 11 – MAY 8

    Full Playbill

     
     

    Teens @ the Turn

     

    EDMONTON

    Superhero Live! Episode 4, "Revelations"   Now Online! >

    Diamond Dog
    May 4 to May 19, Panties Republic @ the Catalyst Theatre   More >

    Die-Nasty
    Every Monday 'til the end of May, the Vascona Theatre   More >

    Hamlet
    May 11 to May 18, Theatre Prospero @ Avespace 1   More >

    Deep Fried Curried Perogies
    May 12 to May 13, Mahatmamajama Productions @ Azimuth Theatre   More >

    After the Fall
    May 17 to May 26, Studio Theatre, University of Alberta   More >

    Teens @ The Turn Festival 7
    May 17 to May 27, the Citadel Theatre   More >

    From Cradle to Stage
    May 21 to May 26, Wa
    lterdale Playhouse   More >



    Thy Neighbour's Wife

    Little Shop of Horrors 

     

    CALGARY

    Rose
    May 2 to May 12, Broad Minds Productions @ the Pumphouse   More >

    Sharon Pollock’s Man Out of Joint
    May 9 to May 19, Downstage   More >

    Dragonfly, Episode IV: Identity
    May 9 to May 19, Theatre of the Living Statue @ the Big Secret Theatre   More >

    Lady Cupcake’s Urban Sprawl Cabaret
    May 12, Green Fools Theatre   More >

    Arrrrrgh! - A Pirate Story
    May 12 to June 19, Shadow Productions   More >

    BD&P Emerging Directors Program – This is a Play
    May 15 to May 17, Lunchbox Theatre   More >

    Thy Neighbour’s Wife
    May 16 to May 26, Urban Curvz Theatre @ the Pumphouse   More >

    2007 Calgary International Children’s Festival
    May 22 to May 26, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts & Olympic Plaza   More >

    Tales of Spring
    May 23, TALES Calgary   More >

    Little Shop of Horrors
    May 25 to June 9, Front Row Centre Players Society   More >

     
     
     
     

    ALBERTA

    Godspell
    May 10 to May 19, Waterworks Players, Wetaskiwin: (780) 352-8586.

    ADFA 2007 Provincial One Act Play Festival
    May 11 to May 12, Windmill Theatre Players, High River   More >

    Voices - A Play for Women
    May 17 to June 2, Grande Prairie Live Theatre   More >

    Heritage Express - Theatre for Young Audiences
    May 25 to May 29, Kaleidoscope Productions, Lloydminster: (780) 872-7400.

    Jungle Book & You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
    May 25 to May 26, Stageworks Academy of the Performing Arts, Leduc: (780) 986-2884.

     

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    Jobs & Auditions      

    Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings

     
     

    JOBS

    { EDMONTON }

    Sea Lions Rock Performer, West Edmonton Mall

    Summer Program Assistant, Foote Theatre School

    Assistant Box Office Manager, Fringe Theatre Adventures

    General Manager, Theatre Network

    { CALGARY }

    Stage Manager – School Shows & Tour, Centre Stage Theatre Company

    Managing Director, Alberta Theatre Projects

    Stage Managers & Assistant Stage Managers, Theatre Calgary

    Stage Manager, Alberta Ballet

    { ALBERTA }

    Leader/ Monitor Summer Theatre
    Camps
    , The City of Red Deer

    Pianist Required, Oh Canada Eh? Productions (Canmore)

    AUDITIONS

    { EDMONTON }

    Back To Methuselah, Fringe Show

    General Auditions, Concrete Theatre

    General Auditions, Workshop West Theatre

    Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench, Workshop Theatre

    The Shining City, The Citadel Theatre

    Call for Year Round Submissions from Alberta-based actors, The Citadel Theatre

    General Auditions, Northern Light Theatre

    General Auditions, Shadow Theatre

    El Muchacho, Sherard Musical Theatre

    { CALGARY }

    No Sex Please, We're British, Morpheus Theatre

    A Twist of Murder, The Roguespeare Players

    Bunnicula, The Musical and A Most Dangerous Game, Centre Stage Theatre Company

    Still Desire You, Alberta Theatre Projects

    Zag Reus: Party Island of the Emerald Sea, Big T Theatreclan & Theatre Utopia

    { ALBERTA }

    Summer Cast, Oh Canada Eh? Productions (Canmore)

     

    Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings
    Postings are updated weekly at www.theatrealberta.com

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    Summer Camps & Classes


     

    Dramaworks

     

    EDMONTON

    DRAMAWORKS, The Citadel Theatre
    For ages 18 and up, July 5–8 & 12–15   More >

    SUMMER CAMPS AT THE FOOTE THEATRE SCHOOL, The Citadel Theatre
    For ages 6–18   More >

    CAMP SHAKESPEARE, Hawrelak Park
    For ages 8––18, July 320   More >

    GRANT MACEWAN SUMMER DRAMA COURSES, Grant MacEwan College
    For ages 8–18, July 4–Aug. 17   More >

    NORTHERN LIGHT THEATRE & MARALYN RYAN
    For ages 6–8 & 9–15, Aug. 7–10 & Aug. 13–24   More >

    THREE L’UNITHÉÂTRE CAMPS, Le Campus St-Jean & La Cité Francophone
    For francophone and immersion students in grades 1–12, July 30–Aug. 24   More >

    SPRUCE GROVE SUMMER DRAMA PROGRAMS, Spruce Grove
    For ages 7–12, July 3–19   More >

    ZOCALO THEATRE ARTS SCHOOL
    For ages 4 to adult, July & August   More >



    CYPT

     

    CALGARY

    CYPT SUMMER SAFARI DRAMA CAMPS
    For ages 4–17, July 2–Aug. 31   More >

    TADA!
    For ages 8–15, July 16–Aug. 17   More >

    QUEST THEATRE’S 12TH ANNUAL SUMMER DRAMA CAMP
    For ages 6–18, July 2–Aug. 3   More >

    PUMPHOUSE THEATRE SUMMER DRAMA DAY CAMPS, Pumphouse Theatre
    For ages 8–14, July 3–Aug. 24   More >

    SUMMERACT, Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts
    For ages 7–17, July & August   More >

    THE DOWNRIGHT CANADIAN THEATRE COMPANY, Okotoks & Calgary
    For ages 8–15, July 23–Aug. 17   More >

    SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE FOR TEENS, Mount Royal College
    For ages 15–18, July 16–21 & 23–28   More >

    THE ART OF PEACE CAMP
    For ages 9–13, July 9–13 (9AM to noon)   More >

    CHINOOK STUDIO SUMMER DAY CAMPS
    For ages 5–14, July 3–6 & July 9–13   More >

    SCHOOL OF DECIDEDLY JAZZ—SUMMER DANCE CAMPS
    For ages 5–18, July & August   More >

    WILDFLOWER ARTS CENTRE
    For ages 5–12, July 3–Aug. 31   More >

    CREATIVE KIDS MUSEUM, TELUS World of Science
    For toddlers to young teens   More >

     

    Canadian Badlands Summer School

    ALBERTA

    ARTSTREK, Red Deer College
    For ages 13–15 and 16–18, July 8–14 & July 15–22   More >

    RED DEER COLLEGE TEEN ARTS SUMMER PROGRAMS
    For ages 10–18, July 1–Aug. 17   More >

    TREE HOUSE YOUTH THEATRE, Red Deer
    For ages 11–17, July 30–Aug. 24   Email for info >

    EMPRESS THEATRE SUMMER DRAMA CAMPS, Fort Macleod
    For ages 8–18 & 6–10, July 16–Aug. 17   More >

    CARRIAGE HOUSE THEATRE SUMMER ACADEMY, Cardston
    For ages 6–12, throughout July   More >

    SCOUT WEEK, Rosebud School of the Arts
    For High School grads and adults, July 10–14, August 7–11   More >

    CANADIAN BADLANDS SUMMER SCHOOL, Drumheller
    For ages 14–18 , June 30–July 21   More >

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    Odds & Ends


    Join acclaimed Alberta playwright Conni Massing and Theatre Calgary's Eric Rose as they explore the Western Canadian experience through a new stage adaptation of W.O. Mitchell's classic series of prairie tales, Jake and the Kid.

    Sunday, May 13th, 7:30pm
    Theatre Calgary rehearsal hall.


    Attendance is absolutely free of charge
, but seating is limited: please RSVP at (403) 294-7440 ext. 1344 or more info >

    Join Edmonton playwrights Conni Massing and Marty Chan and CBC’s Alberta Anthology producer, Allan Boss, on Wednesday, May 16, for a fun-filled evening where our panelists will mouth off about what makes a good dramatic monologue. Actors Beth Graham and Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull will perform a selection of monologues.

    As an added bonus, writers are invited to submit their solo pieces. A few entries will be selected to be performed, and our panel of experts will provide constructive feedback on these pieces in the style of American Idol, but without the nasty comments. The deadline for submissions is May 11, and submissions must be no longer than 1,000 words.

    Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.
    Workshop West/NLT Third Space, 11516 – 103 Street
    Wednesday, May 16, 7:30 PM

    For more info or to submit a dramatic monologue, contact Marty Chan >

    The next production in Walterdale's "Stage Whispers" season is From Cradle to Stage: three brand new plays by local playwrights! This exciting showcase of local talent runs from May 21-26, and the show's designers need your help. Specifically, Katherine Koller's play "Perdu" requires a very specific prop piece: a massive stack of aluminum tuna cans. If you have any empty, clean tuna cans (170g size) that you can donate to the production, please get in touch with Tara-Lee LaRose.

    Theatre of the Living Statue’s Dragonfly, Episode IV: Identity runs May 9 to May 19 at the Big Secret Theatre in Calgary. Want to see the show for free, why not usher for an evening? For more info contact Karina >

    Front Row Centre Players is looking for volunteers to help feed the delicious audiences to Audrey 2, oops, I mean help the charming audience find their seats for our upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors. Call Les Sorenson at (403) 252-9329 for more info.

    Want help out backstage? No experience required, but a desire to help another great show come to life is an asset! Call Darren Stewart (403) 836-5391 for more info.

    Little Shop of Horrors is playing at the Pumphouse from May 25 to June 9.

    Lunchbox Theatre is looking for enthusiastic theatre-goers to join our 2007/2008 team of Volunteers. Perks include free admission to each show you work, and another free ticket for yourself or a friend to each show in our season when minimum shift requirements are filled!

    Email Juliet for more info.

    Jan's Clown Workshop

     

    Play! Magic! Freedom! We all have an Inner Fool—the child we once were that society doesn’t allow us to express. Discover that alter ego character who invites you to trust your heart, accept yourself unconditionally, live in the moment, always start in hope, and turn problems into solutions. This 3 day clown workshop with Jan Henderson will be held at Westwood Unitarian Church, 11135-65 Ave., May 28-30, 2007.

    Check out their online poster, or more info about Jan >
    For more details or to register, contact Marc >

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