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"Write from your organs. Write from your eyes, your heart, your liver, your ass—write from your brain last of all."

—José Rivera

What's New at TA

Artstrek 2008

Albertan teenagers eat, sleep, and breathe theatre at Artstrek, Theatre Alberta’s annual residential theatre program held at Red Deer College.

This year's Artstrek instructors include Karen Goerzen, Karen Johnson-Diamond, Alice Nelson, Eric Rose, Roger Schultz, Ryan Sigurdson, Glenda Stirling, Kevin Sutley, Karen Towsley, and David Wilson.

Need Artstrek brochures to distribute at your school or theatre company?  Fabulous!  Send us an email and we're happy to deliver.

Apply to be an Artstrek Super by April 11.   More >

Exploration I (ages 13-15): July 6-12
Exploration II (ages 16-18): July 13-20, Red Deer College   More >

SITI Company

Clear your schedule for this incredible 4-day professional development opportunity led by two members of SITI Company from New York: Akiko Aizawa & Leon Ingulsrud. Professional actors, directors, designers, musicians, writers, choreographers, and dancers are invited to take part: July 3 - 6, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Don't miss our other fantastic Dramaworks workshops! This year's instructor line-up includes Maralyn Ryan, Dana Andersen, Narda McCarroll, Greg Dowler-Coltman, Tami Dowler-Coltman, Marian Brant, Brian Dooley, Tara Brodin, David McNally, Dave Clarke, Ron Jenkins, Bradley Moss, and Caroline Livingstone.

July 3-6 & 10-13, The Citadel Theatre (Edmonton)  More >

Theatre Alberta announces a new way to stay in touch with your colleagues around the province: the long awaited photo gallery has arrived!

All Theatre Alberta group members can now submit production photos to be profiled on our online photo gallery. The photo gallery will be a great opportunity for all members and visitors to the Theatre Alberta website to see images from the fantastic work being produced all over the province. Take a look >

The Summer 2008 issue of Theatre Alberta News will feature a special Public Service Announcement section listing arts, performance, drama, or theatre summer programs for children, teens, and adults available throughout the province of Alberta. This listing is free to all groups who submit their information by Friday, April 18.

Contact Jill Connell for more info >

The fourth episode of Dramatic Impact features an interview with Calgary-based director and dramaturg Vanessa Porteous. Vanessa tells Elaine how directors, dramaturgs, and playwrights interact during the rehearsal process for a new play. She also reveals what she light-heartedly calls her personal artistic fetishes.

Dramatic Impact is a podcast by Theatre Alberta, hosted by TA member and volunteer Elaine Elrod. Listen to Dramatic Impact >

PRECIOUS PARCELS

Theatre Alberta offers the fantastic service of mailing library material to our out of town members free of charge. We are gratified knowing that so many people are able to access our extensive collection. Occasionally, one of our precious parcels gets lost. Replacing the lost items can be time consuming, costly, and in some cases an item cannot be replaced. Therefore, if you use this service we would appreciate it if you could please remember to follow the instructions inserted in to each and every parcel we send out. Retaining the bottom portion of the return label is especially valuable when it comes to tracking a parcel that has gone astray in Canada Post’s myriad of mail.

Give us a call if you have any questions regarding this service and we will be happy to go over the details.

Thanks to Northern Light Theatre for their donation of scripts.

Searching for a script?  Visit our online library >

 

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Theatre News

 

JOHN MURRELL AWARDED GG’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARD

Albertan theatre artist John Murrell is the recipient of a 2008 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

John Murrell is one of Canada’s most distinguished and frequently produced playwrights, and a highly regarded arts advocate, mentor, and consultant. His plays include Memoir, Waiting for the Parade, Farther West, New World, October, Democracy, and The Faraway Nearby. He is also a proficient translator of classic theatre texts, including works by Chekhov, Sophocles, Ibsen and Racine. He collaborated with composer John Estacio on the successful Canadian operas Filumena (2003) and Frobisher (2007), and is currently working on an original screenplay. “I think it’s important to have ideas for new things to do in your sixties, seventies and eighties,” he says.

Each recipient of the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award receives a $25,000 cash prize and a commemorative medallion.   More >

 

PROVINCE TO HONOUR TOP ALBERTA ARTISTS

To recognize the achievements of Alberta’s visual arts community, the Alberta government through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA), has created a new Visual Arts Award in the amount of $50,000. The award will recognize an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to visual arts in the province. The Tommy Banks Performing Arts Award and the Grant MacEwan Literary Arts Award were also revised and increased to $50,000 each to provide similar recognition to individuals or groups in the performing and literary arts. The awards are helping to achieve the goals and strategies laid out in Alberta’s new Cultural Policy – The Spirit of Alberta.

Deadline: May 1, 2008.   More >

 

STELMACH CREATES NEW PORTFOLIO WITH FOCUS ON CULTURE

March 12, 2008: Premier Ed Stelmach sets out priorities, names new Cabinet, and reorganizes portfolios. 

Premier Ed Stelmach has laid out the priorities for his new administration, reorganizing portfolios and adding four new ministries. The Premier also named his new Cabinet which features the appointment of Calgary North West MLA Lindsay Blackett as Minister of the newly created Culture and Community Spirit portfolio. Calgary MLA Cindy Ady takes over the Tourism, Parks & Recreation portfolio formerly held by Hector Goudreau.   More >

 

SAPCE AT CONNAUGHT ARMOURY OPEN TO NON-PROFITS

The City of Edmonton invites submissions to the Request For Proposal (RFP) for the long term lease or purchase by non-profit organizations only, of the Connaught Armoury, located at 10310-85 Avenue in the community of Old Strathcona.

The RFP is available online or a hardcopy is available for pickup at their office. Registration of your organization will be required so they may notify you of any amendments to the RFP. Please complete and return the registration email on the website. You will need to provide your name, the organization’s name, mailing address, email address, and contact telephone and fax numbers.

Download the RFP online or pickup a hardcopy as of April 4, 2008 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday at:
Asset Management and Public Works Department
Corporate Properties Branch

20th floor, Century Place
9803-102 ‘A’ Avenue

All submissions for the RFP must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday July 18, 2008.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the RFP, please contact Vivian Devoe at 780-496-6564.

 

EARTH HOUR AT THE GRAND

Congratulations to staff of The GRAND Theatre in Calgary, who participated in Earth Hour on March 28 by shutting off all non-essential light between 8pm–9pm, including their outdoor blade sign.

Maria Pierce, Manager of the Velvet Restaurant spearheaded The GRAND's Earth Hour event, along with Jason Schaub, Operations Manager for Theatre Junction. The evening was a great success, with patrons enjoying the candle-lit ambiance and curious people coming in due to the building's darkness.

 

ATP ARTISTIC DIRECTOR BOB WHITE STEPPING DOWN

March 15: At Alberta Theatre Projects' 2008/2009 Season Launch, Bob White announced to invited guests that the 2008/09 season will be his last at ATP.

Bob White has been Artistic Director of Alberta Theatre Projects since November 1999 though he has been with the company since 1987 as Artistic Associate. During his tenure at ATP Bob has directed acclaimed productions from the Canadian, American, and British repertoire including The December Man, Who Has Seen the Wind, The Drawer Boy, Wit, Angels in America and numerous others. Under his leadership, the Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays has come to be recognized as the country’s premiere showcase for new work, launching over ninety new plays since inception in 1987.

ATP Board President J’Val Shuster commented,“Bob has worked tirelessly to make ATP the great theatre company that it is today. [...] His decision to move on is one that is bitter-sweet. We are excited for his new adventures but we now have some big shoes to fill.”

Calgary Herald article: White's tenure fading to black >

 

CONCRETE THEATRE ANNOUNCES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

The Board and Staff of Concrete Theatre are pleased to welcome Debbie Giesbrecht as their new General Manager, effective March 25, 2008.

Caroline Howarth and Mieko Ouchi, Co-Artistic Directors at Concrete Theatre:  “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Debbie as our new partner at Concrete Theatre as we launch the next stage of our development. With our growing programming and touring, both here in the province and beyond, we are fortunate to have an administrator with such respected, rich, and diverse experience joining the Concrete family.” 

Debbie Giesbrecht has held positions with Alberta Ballet, Phoenix Theatre, the Calgary International Organ Festival & Competition, the McGill Summer Organ Academy, Honens International Piano Competition, Cantilon Choirs, Edmonton Tourism’s Festival City in a Box Road Show, and Fringe Theatre Adventures.   More >

 

GHOST RIVER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DOUG CURTIS STEPS DOWN

Former Artistic Producer Jason Rothery to step in as new Artistic Director

After 10 years at the helm of Ghost River Theatre, award-winning writer, director, producer and performer Doug Curtis is stepping down as the company's Artistic Director due to his declining health.

Curtis, who founded Ghost River Theatre in 1999, has been battling Parkinson's Disease for a number of years and recently advised the theatre's Board of Directors that his worsening condition made it impossible for him to continue in his role as Artistic Director.

While Curtis is stepping away from the day-to-day responsibility of managing and directing Ghost River Theatre, he plans to continue to write and contribute creatively to Ghost River and the Calgary theatre scene.

Jason Rothery, former Artistic Producer at Ghost River, will assume the role of Artistic Director.   More >

 

GWEN PHARIS RINGWOOD AWARD FOR DRAMA - SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

The 2008 Alberta Literary Awards jurors have deliberated over more than 120 submissions to select 21 finalists in seven categories. Finalists represent the best literary work written by Alberta authors and published in 2007.

Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama – Shortlist:

· Stewart Lemoine (Edmonton) for At the Zenith of the Empire, NeWest Press
· Stephen Massicotte (Calgary) for The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion, Playwrights Canada Press
· Mieko Ouchi (Edmonton) for Two Plays: The Red Priest and the Blue Light, Playwrights Canada Press

Mieko Ouchi's book was also shortlisted for The City of Edmonton Book Prize, to be announced on April 7, 2008 at the 21st Annual Mayors Celebration for the Arts at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton.

Winners of the 2008 Alberta Literary Awards will be announced at the Alberta Literary Awards Gala on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.   More >

 

DEPARTURES AT STRATFORD AND CANSTAGE

March 29, 2008: Globe and Mail article "When too many cooks can be poison" by Kate Taylor

It didn't work in ancient Rome or revolutionary France, and it hasn't worked in Stratford: Triumvirates seem inevitably to end in a shootout that leaves only one man standing.

The spectacular collapse of the Stratford Festival's new executive structure this month adds the theatre's name to a list of performing-arts institutions struggling with issues of succession and leadership. Most notably, the Canadian Opera Company has yet to establish a short list of candidates to replace Richard Bradshaw, the general director who died last August. Little wonder it's taking a while: Bradshaw was a rare triple threat, acting as chief administrator, artistic director and music director combined. Meanwhile, the Canadian Stage Company is on the hunt for an artistic director after David Storch resigned in January seven months into the job.  Read more >

 

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Shows Opening

April 2 - May 6

Full Playbill

 
MacHomer
 
Teens @ The Turn
 

 

EDMONTON

Story Cafe: Fooled Ya!
Apr 3, TALES Edmonton   More >

Le cadeau d'Einstein (Einstein's Gift)
Apr 3 - 6, 10 – 13, L'UniThéâtre   More >

Orange Flower Water
Apr 8 – 19, blarney productions @ the Varscona theatre: 780-433-3399.

The Lion In Winter
Apr 9 – 19, Walterdale Theatre Associates   More >

Playworks Festival Of One Acts
Apr 14 – 18, Victoria School Of Performing And Visual Arts   More >

MacHOMER
Apr 15 – 22, Fringe Theatre Adventures   More >

Teens @ The Turn
April 17 - 27, The Citadel Theatre   More >

Misery
Apr 24 - May 11, Theatre Network   More >

Fire
Apr 26 - May 18, The Citadel Theatre   More >

Story Cafe: Wild Women
May 1, TALES Edmonton   More >

Cherish
May 2 – 11, Northern Light Theatre   More >

 
Dying On Stage
 
 
Keely & Du
 
 
Hannaraptor

CALGARY

Taking Flight, Annual Festival of Student Work
Apr 1 - 12, University of Calgary @ the Reeve Theatre   More >

The Dada Play
Apr 2 – 4, St. Mary's University College   More >

The Gin Game
Apr 2 - 23, Serendipity in association with Vertigo Theatre @ Vertigo Theatre   More >

Stuck
Apr 3, 10 & 11, Twisted Element.

The Velveteen Beaver
Apr 4 – 27, StoryBook Theatre   More >

Petro-Canada Stage One
Apr 7 – 19, Lunchbox Theatre   More >

A Creation Showcase
Apr 9 – 11, Playhouse North School of Theatre   More >

Dying on Stage
Apr 10 – 19, Scorpio Theatre: 403-999-2024   More >

Disney's High School Musical
Apr 11 - May 3, StoryBook Theatre: 403-216-0808   More >

The Star Keeper
Apr 11 - 13, Théâtre de l’Oeil @ Vertigo Theatre   More >

First Year Showcase
Apr 18, Playhouse North School of Theatre   More >

Tosca
Apr 19 – 25, Calgary Opera   More >

Story Cafe - Here Be Dragons
Apr 23, TALES Calgary @ Central Blends Café: 403-283-9489.

Keely and Du
Apr 23 - May 3, 2008, Broad Minds Productions   More >

70's Fever
Apr 24 - June 29, Stage West Theatre Restaurants   More >

The Dishwashers
Apr 24 - May 3, The Downstage Performance Society   More >

Half Life
Apr 29 - May 17, Alberta Theatre Projects   More >

Hannaraptor
May 2 – 3, Calgary Opera   More >

The Rite Of Spring and Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun
May 6 – 10, Theatre Junction   More >

 
 
When The Sun Meets The Earth
 
 
I Hate Hamlet

ALBERTA

Man of La Mancha
Apr 3 – 12, Horizon Players Association, Spruce Grove   More >

The Constant Wife
Apr 3 – 19, Grande Prairie Live Theatre   More >

The Music Man
April 4 - 19, Alberta High School of Fine Arts: 403-540-6574.

TBA - Dinner Theatre
Apr 6 – 12, Heartland Arts Troupe, Stettler: 403-742-3777.

The Winter's Tale Project
Apr 9 – 12, Red Deer College   More >

The King and I
Apr 10 – 12, 17-19, Peace Players, Peace River: 780-624-1713.   More >

When the Sun Meets the Earth
Apr 17 - May 3, Rosebud School Of The Arts   More >

I Hate Hamlet
Apr 17 – 26, Windmill Theatre Players, High River: 403-652-7913   More >

Evening of One Acts
Apr 17, Spruce Grove Composite High School: 780-962-0800.

5th Annual Evening Of Desserts & Entertainment
Apr 18 – 19, Holy Redeemer Catholic Jr/Sr High School, Edson: 780-723-7437.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Apr 18-19, 25-26, May 2-3, 9-10, Ovations! Dinner Theatre Ltd., Grande Prairie: 780-897-9200.

Angels In America
Apr 24 - May 1, Keyano Theatre, Fort McMurray   More >

Zone 2 West Drama Festival
Apr 24 – 26, Alberta Drama Festival Association, Edson: 780-674-8522.

The Mousetrap
April 25 - 26, May 2 - 4, 9 – 11, Dewdney Players, Okotoks   More >

Sweeney Todd: The Barber
May 1 – 10, Water Works Players/Wetaskiwin Theatre Society: 780-352-8383.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show
May 1 - Oct 15, Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, Canmore   More >

Fore On the Fairway, Links To Murder - A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
May 2 – 3, Sheeptown Players Drama Society, Fort Saskatchewan: 780-999-6844.

 

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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings
 

JOBS

{ EDMONTON }

Position in Theatrical Direction, University of Alberta, Department of Drama

Paid Internship - Works to Work program, The Works

Event Manager, The Edmonton Health and Wellness Show

Production Stage Manager, The Edmonton Health and Wellness Show

{ CALGARY }

Costumer, Shakespeare in the Park

Musicians wanted, Cappuccino Musical Theatre

Administrative and Accounting Assistant, Theatre Junction at The GRAND

Facility Supervisors, StoryBook Theatre

{ ALBERTA }

Summer Production Staff - Various Positions, The Banff Centre

Director, Windsift Productions (Pincher Creek)

{ CANADA }

Development Manager, The Belfry Theatre (Victoria, BC)

Stage Managers, Green Thumb Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

Program Officer, Equity Office, Canada Council for the Arts (Ottawa, ON)

General Manager, The Firehall Theatre Society/Firehall Arts Centre (Vancouver, BC)

Assistant to the Production Director, The Shaw Festival (Niagara on the Lake, ON)

AUDITIONS

{ EDMONTON }

This is a Play, Horizon Players (Spruce Grove)

School Auditions, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance (Glasgow, Scotland)

Recasting for The Elephant Man, U of A Studio Theatre

Bilingual hosts for training videos, Business Improvement Solutions Inc. (Sherwood Park)

Ongoing Auditions, Jubilations Dinner Theatre

Call for Year Round Submissions, The Citadel Theatre

{ CALGARY }

Audition for Dancers, So You Think You Can Dance Canada

School Residency Program, Trickster Theatre

Wildwood Park, The Roguespeare Players

Female Character Interpreter, Heritage Park Historical Village

Special events performers needed, Heritage Park Historical Village

General Auditions, Pegasus Performances

General Auditions, Gilbert and Sullivan singers

General Auditions, Velvet at the Grand-Theatre Junction

{ ALBERTA }

Canadian Badlands Passion Play, Drumheller (Edmonton, Calgary, and Drumheller auditions)

Fringe Show, Terrible Trouble, Edmonton and Calgary Fringe (Red Deer and Edmonton auditions)

Eve: The True Story, Windsift Productions (Calgary/Pincher Creek)

 

Only NEW job & audition opportunities (received since the previous TA eNews issue) are listed above.

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

 

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Submissions


2008 ROZSA AWARD

Nominations for the 2008 Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management are now open. Nominees must be full-time, salaried CEO or equivalent of not-for-profit arts companies in Alberta.

Unique in Canada, this prestigious Award for Excellence recognizes, celebrates, and promotes outstanding business practices in the arts sector. The 2008 Rozsa Award has had some exciting changes and is now valued at over $100,000. New this year is the introduction of the Rozsa Education Award, which will recognize outstanding achievement in educational programming and/or provision of opportunities for professional artist development in the context of annual performance or exhibition.

Deadline: May 30, 2008.   More >

IETM TRAVEL GRANTS FOR NEW-GENERATION COMPANIES

The organizers of IETM (the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts) Montréal 2007, in collaboration with the IETM Secretariat, are happy to announce that travel grants will be given to young, new-generation Canadian companies wishing to take part in the upcoming Spring Plenary Meeting of IETM. The meeting will be held in Ljubljana in Slovenia from May 15 to 18, 2008.

10 grants of $1000 (680 Euros) each are available to cover participants' transportation and/or accommodation costs. Deadline: April 25, 2008. Contact IETM for more info.

FUEL 08 PLAYWRIGHTS’ CIRCLE

Four playwrights will be invited to participate in The Playwrights’ Circle for the duration of the Theatre Calgary production season. Each playwright will receive direct access to dramaturgical feedback and support for a proposed project from the Literary Manager and other members of the group. The Playwrights’ Circle will meet on a regular basis to provide an open opportunity to share creative ideas and insights on the playwriting process through discussion of individual projects in development, as well as plays presented as part of the Theatre Calgary season.

Each participating playwright will receive a $2,000 honorarium and be considered members of the Theatre Calgary Artistic Company throughout the season of their participation. 

Deadline May 2, 2008.   More >

LEE FUND FOR THE ARTS – EDMONTON

New! In 2008, the Lee Fund will invest in Edmonton's creative community by providing funding for community arts projects which are described as collaborations between professional artists and a distinct community (as defined by factors including but not limited to ethnicity, living conditions, geographic location, age, social or economic strata).

Previously, the Lee Fund provided grants for the creation and/or development of new works in any artistic discipline and/or engaging children and youth in the arts. Applications for projects in these areas will be accepted in 2008. Starting in 2009, the Lee Fund will be exclusively for community arts projects.

Deadline: May 1, 2008.  More >

KICKED IN THE HEAD

Call for original work by POLITICALLY / SOCIALLY conscious artists.

KICKED IN THE HEAD is producing a GUERRILLA THEATRE happening in June entitled POVERTY IN BOOMTOWN, and is looking to showcase the work of Calgary artists to raise awareness about the increasing income disparity in the city.

Do you have some original work to contribute? Interested in creative collaboration? Actors, writers, poets, dancers, new media artists, performance artists, musicians, stilt walkers, fire eaters, rappers, exotic dancers, etc…please contact Aviva >

Deadline: April 16 , 2008.

DEFIANCE THEATRE SEEKING SUBMISSIONS

Defiance Theatre (formerly just jerks Theatre) is an Edmonton-based independant alternative arts company looking for a new Canadian play to round out it's first full season in 2008/09. They strive to provide a forum for new artists of all genres outside the commercial mainstream who yearn for a place to show their work in a professional and risk-taking environment.

Defiance Theatre welcomes all previously unproduced works: something outside of the box (whatever your paticular box may be), and something amendable to an intimate space (no large casts or epic set changes please!). Contact Louise at 780-720-7840.

URJO KAREDA RESIDENCY GRANT

$10,000 URJO KAREDA RESIDENCY GRANT FOR AN EMERGING ARTIST FUNDED BY THE YOUSSEF-WARREN FOUNDATION TO BE AWARDED BY TARRAGON

This $10,000 grant allows the successful applicant to spend 20 weeks at the Tarragon Theatre, working on a self-created program. The grant is geared toward an emerging professional theatre artist, whether in the field of playwriting, direction, design, or the technical arts.

The applicant must be resident in the Greater Toronto Area for the duration of the proposed program. Applications are encouraged from artists of diverse cultures and artists working in non-traditional forms of theatre.

Deadline: April 25, 2008.   More >

The above listings are but a sampling of the submission opportunities listed on our website.

Postings are updated weekly: Full Submissions Postings

 

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Odds & Ends

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

LIGHT OPERATOR REQUIRED - STORYBOOK THEATRE

StoryBook is looking for someone interested in operating lights for High School Musical. This would be a volunteer position, and the person chosen will need to be available from April 11- May 3, Wednesdays through Sundays. Experience with lighting is preferred. Contact Shelby at 403-216-0808.

MISERY VOLUNTEERS - THEATRE NETWORK

Theatre Network requires volunteers for their run of Misery by Stephen King, adapted for the stage by Simon Moore. Misery runs from April 24 through May 11 with previews on April 22 & 23. Contact Eliza Benzer at 780-453-2440.

ACTORS NEEDS - CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENT

The Calgary Public Library is holding a fun environment-themed event in downtown Calgary on June 2nd. They are looking for actors willing to donate their time to play several costumed characters for 2 hours in front of the media.

They need 2-4 volunteers of any age/gender. Contact Erin Darroch at 403-260-2628.

 

SUMMER FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER OPEN HOUSE - EDMONTON

Fringe Theatre Adventures is proud to be hosting Edmonton’s first Arts and Culture Summer Festival Volunteer Open House. On May 14, the TransAlta Arts Barns will open its doors to organizations from all over the capital region, creating an occasion for organizations to showcase their festival and their summer volunteer opportunities. Past, present, and future volunteers are invited to come check out this event and hit a one-stop shop for their summer planning!

May 14, 2008 from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Transalta Arts Barns, Edmonton (10330 84 Street)
Organizations should contact Kyla Danard to participate.

 

"HOMELESS" FUNDRAISER

In support of the Azimuth Theatre Association and the George Spady Centre

Join us for a silent auction, cocktails, and dinner followed by a performance of Jeremy Baumung’s one-man show “Homeless,” a funny, moving journey through the lives of those who society tries to forget. The play is based on Baumung’s experience working at the George Spady Centre, a 24-hour drop-in shelter and harm-reduction/detox centre. Ten dollars from every ticket will go directly to the George Spady Centre.

* Cocktails & Silent Auction Bidding: 6:00pm
* Dinner: 6:30pm
* Performance: 8:15pm
* Be Good Arthurs: 9:45pm

Saturday April 5, 2008
Westbury Theatre in the TransAlta Arts Barns (10330 84 Street), Edmonton
Tickets: $50 per person / $400 for a table of 8

For info or tickets contact Murray Utas at 780- 906-5082.

 

THEATRE JUNCTION'S SHANGHAIED FUNDRAISER

Dig out your feathers, fedoras, and fishnets and get Shanghaied...at The GRAND

Hosted by Citytv's Jill Belland and Theatre Junction's Mike Tan, your Shanghaied night will include provocative performances by The Dandi Orchestra, Canadian Wing Chun Kung-Fu Association, The Kabuki Guns, and many more of Calgary's fantastic performing artists, along with a welcome libation, sumptuous food, and non-stop dancing until the wee hours.

Saturday April 12, 2008 @ 8pm
Single tickets: $125
Group of 12: $1250 (2 free tickets!)
Private VIP Lounge for 10: $2500 (Includes 10 tickets, a private area with your company logo, a tax receipt for $1500)   More >

 

NIGHT OF ARTISTS

Great Storybook Productions Association invites you to enjoy a Sunday afternoon full of song, dance, drama, and storytelling from around the world (First Nations, India, Finland, Ukraine, New Zealand, China, and Jamaica).

'Diverse World - One Stage' is one small part of a three day festival of visual and performance arts called Night Of Artists, held at the TransAlta Arts Barns (10330 84 Ave) April 25 - 27.   More >

 

SAW’S ANNUAL NIGHT OF STAGED READINGS

Scripts At Work Central Alberta Playwright Series is pleased to announce "From the Page to the Stage: Festival of new Canadian plays."

Come and see presentations of this year’s hot new plays from 3 Alberta playwrights! SAW’s three selected writers developed their scripts over several months, with guidance from professional dramaturges Daniel Libman and Vanessa Porteous of Calgary. The final versions will be performed by local actors and directed by Mieko Ouchi (Governor General Award Winner) and Eric Rose (Past Artistic Associate of Theatre Calgary). Stay for their “SAW After Dark” series, which will feature 5 minute selections of their runners up from this year.

RDC Arts Centre, Studio C
April 18th, 2008 at 7:00 p.m., $5.00
Brett Lemay at 403-392-5851.   More >

 

ERIC ROSE REQUESTS DONATIONS OF PLAYS FOR AFRICA

Eric Rose and his wife Caitlin are going back to Ghana, Africa this summer to teach and direct at the Nima Maamobi Community Learning Centre, where there is a resident theatre company (Kathy Knowles TheatreWorks) with about 30 members who regularly create new plays and produces established works.

Eric and Caitlin are seeking suggestions and donations of plays and theatre reference books that will become part of the library’s reference section, which the drama group and entire community will be able to access.

Plays: written by African (contemporary or classics) playwrights for Africans, or relate to Africa, or are about the African diaspora, or are African adaptations or retellings of classics. They are also looking for the most comprehensive Complete Works of William Shakespeare and other great collections of plays.

Reference books: straight forward, practical drama reference books, containing theatre games and exercises, or that speak to creative process, acting styles, and direction. 

All books should be in English and must be barely used or new.

For more info contact Eric Rose.

 

A DOUBLE DOSE OF MARTY CHAN

Saturday, April 12, 12:30 pm / 2:00 pm
Citadel Theatre Shoctor stage, 9828 – 101A Avenue

Join young adult author Marty Chan for the launch of his new book, The Mystery of the Mad Science Teacher. The follow-up to the successful The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul, this book is the third in the Marty Chan mystery series.   More >

Following the book signing, guests are invited to stay for the staged reading of The Forbidden Phoenix (book and lyrics by Marty Chan; lyrics and music by Robert Walsh). The reading begins at 2:00 pm in the Shoctor stage. Tickets are free, but you must reserve them in advance (no tickets are necessary for the book signing). Please call the Citadel box office at 425-1820.   More >

 

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Theatre Alberta
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11759 Groat Road
Edmonton, AB  T5M 3K6

Phone: (780) 422-8162
Fax: (780) 422-2663
Toll Free: 1-888-422-8160
[email protected]  
www.theatrealberta.com

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