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"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.

PlayWorks Ink 2008 Brochure
Want to get one too?
Contact us at
1-888-422-8160.

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.

LIBRARIAN'S PICK

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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Theatre News

 

ALBERTA ARTS DAY IS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2008

The AFA is pleased to join with Culture and Community Spirit Minister Lindsay Blackett in announcing Alberta Arts Day. Albertans are encouraged to participate in an arts event or activity on September 6 or plan their own celebration of the arts. As part of the celebration, the Ministry of Culture is also looking for artists and arts lovers to contribute to their Arts Day Blog!

 

BREAK OUT OF YOUR ROUTINE!  TAKE IN THE ARTS...

The latest report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts, from Hill Strategies Research, provides strong evidence of the social effects of culture.  The report shows that Canadians who participate in cultural activities are more likely to be socially active than Canadians who do not take part in cultural activities.   More >

 

EDMONTON MOURNS CULTURE'S CHAMPION

The Edmonton Journal:  July 15, 2008

Walter Kaasa and culture were bound together for decades in this province. With hard work and dedication, this senior civil servant and community-minded citizen helped lay the foundation for Alberta's successful arts institutions.

Kaasa's passing last week—he was 82—is a great loss for the province and particularly sad in Edmonton, a community he loved and where he was also a familiar face in local stage productions.   More >

 

NEW PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT FOR IATSE

Thomas C. Short, president of IATSE since 1994, announced his retirement at IATSE’s mid-summer General Executive Board Meeting. Matthew D. Loeb, who was unanimously elected by the IATSE's board to assume the role of president, will replace him. Craig Carlson has been elected vice president.   More >

 

DOWNSTAGE SEEKING PROPOSALS FOR EPCOR CENTRE'S MOTEL

Downstage has taken on the exciting role of programming Motel, a flexible black-box performance venue located in Calgary's EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, and is seeking proposals from emerging artists interested in showcasing their work in the venue starting in September 2008.

Selections will be made based on viability, artistic merit and Downstage’s goal to program a diverse range of work by a diverse group of artists, and scheduling constraints. Submit questions and proposals to Downstage Artistic Producer Simon Mallett.   More >

 

GREEN UP YOUR ACT

The City of Edmonton is challenging Edmontonians to make at least two changes in their lives by June 2009 that are good for the environment.

The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) is encouraging arts organizations to check out Zero Footprint Edmonton and register your commitment to environmentally friendly practices. As artists and arts administrators we often incorporate environmentally friendly practices into our organizations and work, but there is still room in many of our practices to think and act a little greener.

HOW HAVE YOU GREENED UP YOUR ACT? If you've made changes in your practice or organization that are good for the environment, send the EAC a note describing the change and the impact it has had. Contact Alison Turner >

 

THE EMPRESS THEATRE RECEIVES $1.43 MILLION IN FUNDING!

Rural Alberta’s Development Fund is pleased to announce $1.43 million in funding for the Empress Theatre Society, as part of the RADF’s Rural Artistic Initiative. The Empress is based in Fort MacLeod and their contribution to this program will facilitate a significant expansion of the arts and theatre community in southern Alberta.   More >

 

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Shows Opening

August 6 - September 2

Full Playbill

 
Edmonton International Fringe Festival

 

EDMONTON

Edmonton International Fringe Festival
Aug 14 – 24, Fringe Theatre Adventures   More >

 

CALGARY

The Tempest
Aug 7 - 9, Calgary Young People's Theatre @ EPCOR CENTRE   More >

Lysistrata
Aug 14 – 22, Attic Players   More >

 

ALBERTA

Back to Beulah
Aug 7 - 9, 13 – 16, FUT In The Hat, Medicine Hat: 403-502-8777.

InterPLAY Festival
Aug 8 – 10, InterPLAY Festival, Fort McMurray   More >

 

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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings
 
 

JOBS

{ CALGARY }

Exhibit Crew, Telus World of Science - Calgary

Job Fair - Client and Patron Services Staff, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

Alternate Electrician, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

Dance Instructors, Summit School of Dance

Ballet Instructor, Airdrie Dance

Facility Supervisors, StoryBook Theatre

Writer/Publicist, Calgary Opera

{ EDMONTON }

Technical Director, Timms Centre for the Arts at the University of Alberta

Administrative Assistant, Writers Guild of Alberta

Associate Dean, Centre for the Arts & Communications, MacEwan College

Community Box Office Associate, TIX on the Square

{ ALBERTA }

Executive Director, Central Alberta Theatre Society (Red Deer)

{ CANADA }

Administrative Assistant, Carousel Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

AUDITIONS

{ CALGARY }

The Power of One (tour), Soren Bennick

Old Trout Puppet Workshop Apprenticeship Program, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

Robin Hood and His Merry Men, Morpheus Theatre       

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Morpheus Theatre

Multi-media Production of William Shakespeare's RICHARD II, The Shatspearean Players

Special events performers needed, Heritage Park Historical Village

Dessert Song, Cappuccino Musical Theatre

{ EDMONTON }

The Power of One (tour), Soren Bennick

{ ALBERTA }

General Auditions, Multi-Youth Productions (Stony Plain)

Blithe Spirit, Vision Theatre Players (Cochrane)

{ CANADA }

New Canadian Kid & Shakedown Shakespeare, Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon, SK)

General Auditions, The Arts Club Theatre Company (Vancouver, BC)

 

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 & Workshops


SUBMISSIONS

DE COLORES FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS

A Latin Canadian Playwright’s Festival
Alameda Theatre Company invites submissions from established/emerging playwrights for their 2nd annual playwrights’ festival.
Deadline: October 31, 2008.   More >

THE JOHN HOBDAY AWARDS IN ARTS MANAGEMENT

Annually, two $10,000 awards will be presented and will allow recipients to enhance their own professional development by taking part in a recognized program, seminar, or workshop; or to pass their knowledge on to the next generation as a mentor for another arts administrator outside their own organization. The awards are intended for established and mid-career arts managers.

Deadline: September 30, 2008. The application forms and guidelines can be found on the Canada Council for the Arts website >

STAGE WEST EQUITY EMERGING ARTIST AWARD

In 2008, Equity will once again award one of its emerging members with a cheque for $2,000 in recognition of their professionalism, artistic excellence, and innovation. The award will be given to an Equity member who is a theatre performer and who has been a member of the association for less than three years.

Deadline: Postmarked by August 31, 2008.   More >

WORLD CIRCUS FESTIVAL

In 2010, the city of Geneva will be the International Capital of World Circus. In the heart of Europe and in the heart of an idea: to revive a sense of wonder and dream. This multidisciplinary festival will be cooperating with various Genevan and international organisations in order to create a unique event.

Deadline: October 20, 2008. Looking for submissions from: Circus, Street Theatre, Theatre, Puppet Theatre.    More >

WORKSHOP THEATRE - CALL FOR DIRECTORS

Workshop Theatre is currently accepting submissions for directors for their 2008-2009 and 2009/10 seasons.  The 2008/09 season includes Messiah on the Frigidaire by John Culbertson (comedy), The Dresser by Ronald Harwood (drama), and Murder at Rillington Place by Louis Hobson (drama). The 2009/10 season includes (tentative): Theft or Dirty Dusting (both comedies), Les Miserables (drama), Flea in her Ear (comedy), and Children of a Lesser God (drama). Contact Artistic Director Alan LeBoeuf at 403-517-6116.

EDMONTON ARTISTS' TRUST FUND

The Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund (EATF) is a joint project of the Edmonton Arts Council and the Edmonton Community Foundation. The fund invests in Edmonton's creative community by supporting Edmonton artists as they create new work, change the direction of their careers, study with a master or renew themselves creatively.

Deadline: September 1, 2008.  More >

SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE NOMINATIONS

Do you know someone who has gained national or international recognition in the fields of art or sport over the past year? Do you know someone who has given more than 5 years of distinguished service as a volunteer and has been an inspiring leader in sport, arts and culture, or community service within the city of Edmonton? Recognize your fellow Edmontonians by nominating them for a Salute to Excellence Performance or Citation Award!

Deadline: September 30, 2008.   More >

WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOP WITH SHARON POLLOCK – PLOTTING CHARACTER IN ACTION

Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Calgary Public Library - Memorial Park Branch (1221 2nd Street SW)

“What happens next?” keeps a reader turning pages late into the night, and audiences glued to their theatre seats. This workshop will cover attributes of character and components of plot that together create conflict and complication fueling the dramatic engine that drives narrative forward, whether your play or fiction is event or character driven.

Deadline: September 1, 2008.  Registration is free but space is limited. To register or for more info contact the Writers’ Trust of Canada at 416-504-8222 x.245 or [email protected].

SUZUKI & VIEWPOINTS WORKSHOP WITH ANNE BOGART AND SITI

Why Not Theatre hosts Anne Bogart and the SITI Company for the first time ever in Toronto from Aug 25 – 29, 2008. This will be a one week workshop in Suzuki/viewpoints and culminate in an open presentation and discussion with Anne for the public.   More >

ONLINE COURSES WITH VERN THIESSEN

Learn the skills that have made award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen one of Canada’s most successful playwrights.

Courses available:
1) The Basics (Sept. 8 - Oct. 6, 2008)
2) Development & Production (Oct 13 – November 17, 2008)
3) Marketing Your Plays (Oct 13 – Oct. 27, 2008)

Registration now open, limited enrollment.   More >

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

Postings are updated weekly:
Full Submissions Postings  |  Full Workshop Postings

 

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Odds & Ends

 

CASINO VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

STORYBOOK THEATRE

StoryBook Theatre's Casino is scheduled for October 3rd and 4th. They need 40 volunteers to help with their biggest fundraising event. Contact Karmen Rodomar at 403-216-0812 x.104.

OPERA NUOVA

Opera NUOVA is seeking volunteers for its casino at the Palace Casino at West Edmonton Mall on September 27 (Saturday) & 28 (Sunday). Contact Marge Mattice.

KOMPANY FAMILY THEATRE

Kompany Family Theatre is looking for volunteers for its upcoming September 17th and 18th casino. Contact Laura at 780-989-3901.

 

WANTED!

OVERACTING IMAGINATIONS - INSTRUCTORS NEEDED

Instructors are needed for Camp Spotlight to teach courses in voice, acting, creative movement, improv, directing, and dramaturgy.
Contact Jan Neumann, Artistic Director at 780-910-3257.   More >

MALE LEAD REQUIRED

A male lead replacement actor is required for a fundraiser being held in Cochrane on Saturday, August 23rd. The play is Pecos Bill & The Ghost Stampede. They need a Pecos—he should be between 25-30 and full of vinegar. Contact JoAnn Ayotte at 403-244-6677 (daytime) or 403-932-7372 (evenings).

ATTIC PLAYERS - ACCOMPANIST NEEDED

Attic Players is looking for an accompanist for their upcoming fundraising concert on Saturday, August 23. They have multiple performers, and the accompanist will need to be available for a few rehearsals prior to the concert, and must be able to learn the music quickly. Interested parties are asked to contact Shelby as soon as possible.

GREEN FOOLS - VENUE FOR HALLOWE'EN

The Green Fools Theatre is in need of a venue for Hallowe'en--any leads? They require a space for about 300 people. Email or call 403-237-9010.

 

STORYBOOK GARAGE SALE

Sunday, September 7th 2008 Rain or Shine!!

Props, Costumes, Books, Furniture, Household items – it’s going to be HUGE!
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, so clean out that cluttered basement or garage and donate your junk to StoryBook Theatre.

Call StoryBook at 403-216-0808 to arrange pick up for your unwanted, gently used larger items. Items can also be dropped off at the theatre from August 25 – September 5.

 

PAL FUNDRAISER

Shakespeare in the Park is currently performing two wonderful plays on Prince's Island Park, Monday through Saturday until August 23rd: The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Tempest. Artistic Director, Martin Fishman has kindly offered to "hold baskets" for PAL Calgary for one of the performances. So, on Friday, August 8th at the performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor (weather permitting) PAL Calgary will be there. The admission for all performances is free but PAL Calgary will be joining the cast on August 8th in strolling through the audience at the conclusion of the performance for donations.

 

CALGARY OPERA PRESENTS THE GRAVE GALA: SEVEN DEADLY SINS

Join Calgary Opera for the hottest Halloween costume party in the city as they once again take over Hotel Arts for an evening of dancing and deadly sinning. Discounted room rates are available. To reserve a room call Hotel Arts at 403-266-4611 and quote The Grave Gala.

Saturday, October 25, 2008 8:30pm
Hotel Arts, 119 12 Avenue SW
Tickets are $90, available through Calgary Opera at 403-262-7286.

 

UPCOMING AWARDS CEREMONIES - CALGARY

THE 2008 BETTY MITCHELL AWARDS

Date: Monday, August 25th
Time: Cocktails at 5:00PM, Doors open for dinner at 5:30PM, and the awards show starts at 7:30PM
Location: Stage West, 727 - 42 Ave SE

Ticket are $45.00 and include a buffet dinner, the Betty Mitchell Awards Show, and entrance to the Official Bettys After Party at the Auburn Saloon. Order tickets by phone with a credit card at (403) 243-6642 or in person at Stage WestView the 2008 nominees! >

2008 CAT AWARDS

Date: Saturday, August 23rd
Time: 7:30PM
Location: Rosza Centre (University of Calgary)

Tickets are $15 each. View the 2008 nominees! >

The opportunity to sponsor an award is open until August 7, 2008. Contact Mary Anne Wilson at 403 283-7046.

 

PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY PUBLIC LAUNCH AT EDMONTON FRINGE

Reinholdt Productions, a film and theatre production and coaching company of Hussar, Alberta, is publicly launching its production and coaching products and services at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival this August.  They are producing and directing a comedic yet provocative show called Graceland, written by Ellen Byron. In addition to the show, they will be presenting their products and services, which include personal development and skill coaching for film and theatre artists.  More >

 

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