"There are lots of young vital playwrights who are experimenting, and these are the plays that people who are interested in the theatre should see... Go see the experiments that are being made." —Edward Albee
What's New at TA
Our monthly electronic update has a new name: Theatre Buzz. Our previously named TA eNews seemed to be getting confused with our print newsletter, Theatre Alberta News (one is for timely electronic updates, while the other is for in-depth print articles—two totally different animals!) So welcome to Theatre Buzz, the same thing you’re used to: up-to-the-minute theatre news, shows across Alberta, audition calls, job openings, and all manner of theatre odds and ends.
Our Programmer and newsletter editor Jill Connell is leaving at the end of August for the National Theatre School’s playwriting program. Edmonton actress Lora Brovold is taking over as Programmer at Theatre Alberta. A graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA acting program, Lora was our Dramaworks Registrar this past summer. Calgary performer, creator, and playwright David van Belle is joining the team as Editor of the newsletter. Long-time Theatre Alberta Office Administrator Janice Hoover will not be returning from her maternity leave; we wish her every success in pursuing her B.Ed. Drama at the U of A. Kate Mahoney, who tackled every task under the sun during Janice’s absence, will also be wowing the U of A as part of their staff. A warm welcome to our new Office Administrator Gillian Campbell, a fantastic force with 10 years of administrative experience.
Downtown Calgary, October 23 - 26, 2008.
rules of en•gáge•ment
1. Social, political, and public engagement. Engaging the audience. Engaging the body, voice, and mind.
2. What battles are we fighting as Canadian theatre artists? Where, when, and how will force be used?
3. Breaking the rules, pushing boundaries, treading new ground.
Join us in Calgary for a weekend of workshops, play readings, socials, and discussions, featuring special guest Judith Thompson.
All TA and APN members will receive a brochure in the mail next week. Online registration opens Monday, August 18 at www.theatrealberta.com.
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Introducing a new youth component of our website called Stage Door, created by Artstrek alumni and former Dramaworks registrar Maggie McCaw. Inside Stage Door you’ll find a wealth of information for young theatre-lovers in Alberta, including a listing of post-secondary drama programs, tips on selecting and performing monologues, and creation and learning opportunities for teens. Email us to add your Alberta youth theatre listing >
Secrets of the Actor, Part 2 is now available at www.acting-and-theatre.com. In this episode, Elaine talks to three more actors about the ways in which acting has influenced and enriched their lives. This episode features Yemie Sonuga, a recent Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts graduate; James MacDonald, the Associate Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre; and Lary Benson, an opera singer, tenor soloist, and singing instructor, who teaches at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music and at Grant MacEwan College.
Palace of the End by Judith Thompson
A searing triptych of three monologues all exposing the ugly truth behind the headlines of the current situation in Iraq. Based around the lives of three distinct characters—a young soldier imprisoned for her misconduct at a prison camp in Iraq, a microbiologist-cum-weapons inspector who exposes the false justifications for war, and a mother/political opponent of Saddam Hussein—Palace of the End details the reality of the war in Iraq from three unique perspectives. Visit our online library >
Summer Library Hours! Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Labour Day : the Theatre Alberta office and library will be closed August 30 - September 1.
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