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"I personally would like to bring a tortoise onto the stage, turn it into a racehorse, then into a hat, a song, a dragoon and a fountain of water. One can dare anything in the theatre and it is the place where one dares the least."

—Eugene Ionesco, Notes and Counter Notes

 

What's New at TA

EPISODE 1: MORWYN BREBNER'S KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT PLAYWORKS INK 2007

Introducing Dramatic Impact: a podcast by Theatre Alberta hosted by TA member and volunteer Elaine Elrod. Kicking off the series is a recording of Morwyn Brebner's thought-provoking, funny, and inspirational PlayWorks Ink 2007 keynote address, "Plays Well With Others."

In this entertaining and articulate keynote address, Morwyn challenges us to stand up for our artistic visions, to explore new theatrical forms, and to use our art as a way of engaging with the issues of our time. Many people who heard Morwyn's address at the conference wanted to hear it again. Those of you who missed it can listen to this recording and feel like you were there.  

Listen to Dramatic Impact >

Edmonton: Monday, April 14 at the Citadel Theatre
Calgary: Monday, April 21 at the EPCOR CENTRE for Performing Arts

Emerge is Theatre Alberta's annual general audition event. Professional directors are invited to see graduates of post-secondary acting programs from across Alberta showcase their skill as they emerge from the education system into the professional community.

Student participation is by invitation only. Professional directors wishing to attend Emerge please contact Vanessa Sabourin, Program Coordinator >

The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2005 Edited by D.L. Lepidus
 “Most are monologues by characters under forty…”
 “this is the best darn monologue book I could put together”

The Perfect Piece Monologues from Canadian Plays Edited by Tony Hamill
More than 130 monologues from Canadian plays, some reaching back 20 years, and many more from both established masters and rising stars of Canadian theatre.

Canada On Stage Scenes and Monologues Edited by Iris Turcott and Keith Turnbull
Provides an overview of contemporary Canadian theatre for just about any occasion.

Monologues in Dialect for Young Actors Edited by Kimberly Mohne Hill
The first dialect collection for young actors, featuring work by internationally-renowned playwrights.

To see a complete listing of all scene and monologue books in our library simply visit our online library, click "Advanced" search, highlight the "Loan Type" button, enter the letters "scn" in the window, and click "search". Voila! 225 titles to choose from. 

 

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Theatre News

 

ANNOUNCING TWO NEW THEATRE PROGRAMS

BANFF/CITADEL PROFESSIONAL THEATRE PROGRAM

The Banff Centre and The Citadel Theatre are pleased to announce the creation of Canada’s premiere professional theatre program for emerging professional theatre artists.

Under the direction of Bob Baker, artistic director of The Citadel Theatre, this intensive training experience offers participants the opportunity to expand their acting, movement, and singing skills, while gaining important performance experience.

June 30 - October 12, 2008
Deadline:  January 21, 2008
More >

INTERNATIONAL MASTER DIRECTORS' SUMMIT 2008

Call for submissions from Canadian directors.

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival announces the launch of its inaugural International Master Directors’ Summit, scheduled August 1-16, 2008.

The Festival’s artistic directors—Marti Maraden, Des McAnuff and Don Shipley—have carefully shaped a new and exciting vision that includes a major focus on a rededication to the works of William Shakespeare and the classics. It also reinforces a solid commitment to international outreach and artist training. As Canada’s flagship company, it is imperative to make director training one of the Festival’s highest priorities—hence the Master Directors’ Summit.

Deadline: February 15, 2008.
More >

 

COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS ANNOUNCED - EDMONTON

On December 19 the Edmonton Cultural Capital Program (ECCP) announced 25 group recipients for $385,000 in awards through the Community Arts Grant Program: Cultural Collaborations – Voices Less Heard.

Voices Less Heard is designed to use the arts to give expression to marginalized or “less heard” peoples, focusing on the collection and compilation of stories from the group culture and the artistic representation of those stories.

Among the groups funded:

Geri Actors and Friends
The Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE) collaborates with an intergenerational group of seniors and students led by David Barnett. Through a theatre presentation and an installation, stories, images and issues about aging are explored and personified.

Making and Performing Our Stories
Rising Sun Theatre, SKILLS and Gerry Potter collaborate in the production of a DVD that documents the process of producing a play created by individuals with developmental disabilities.

Tales from the Inside Out
Mental Health Association - Edmonton Region, and Edmonton Moving Ahead Program, partner with performance artists Jan Henderson and Sherry Paran in the creation of a performance piece, working with people living with mental illness. 

La Girandole: Franco-Albertan Legends
Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta collaborates with La Girandole to produce a performance that portrays legends through dance and music.

Au bout de Conte
Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta partner with ACFA, Régionale d’Edmonton in the production of a performance piece incorporating storytelling and music. Roger Dallaire and Daniel Gervais create and perform the work.

More >

 

PETER SELLARS TO SPEAK IN CALGARY

Internationally renowned cultural activist and opera and theatre director Peter Sellars is coming to Calgary as part of the Alberta College of Art & Design's "Stirring Culture 2: A Time to Act" speaker series.

January 14 at 5:00PM - EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts
This event is free and open to all.
More >

 

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Shows Opening

January 9 - February 5

Full Playbill

 
Hunger Striking

Hunger Striking

 
Hockey Stories for Boys

 

EDMONTON

The Amaze-o-nauts Must Die!
Jan 3 - Jan 12, Bedlam Theatre Concern @ the Varscona: 780-439-7939.

The Canoe Theatre Festival
Jan 10 - Feb 1, Workshop West Theatre   More >

The Mighty Carlins
Jan 10 – 20, Workshop West Theatre   More >

Hockey Stories For Boys
Jan 17 – 27, Azimuth Theatre @ Theatre Network   More >

Hunger Striking
Jan 18 – Feb 3, The Maggie Tree @ Azimuth Theatre   More >

Disney's Beauty And The Beast
Jan 19 - Feb 24, The Citadel Theatre   More >

Hansel & Gretel
Jan 24 – 27, Fringe Theatre Adventures   More >

MacGregor's Hard Ice Cream And Gas
Jan 24 - Feb 10, Shadow Theatre   More >

Good News
Jan 25 - Feb 2, MacEwan Theatre Arts Program   More >

Dream King
Jan 25 - 27, 2008, ELOPE Musical Theatre: 780-988-0806.

The Sound System
Feb 1 – 9, Indie 5   More >

Frankenstein
Feb 2 – 24, Catalyst Theatre   More >

Shining City
Feb 5 – 24, The Citadel Theatre   More >

Our Town
 
Security

Security

CALGARY

High Performance Rodeo
Jan 5 - Jan 26, One Yellow Rabbit   More >

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Jan 11 – 26, Morpheus Theatre   More >

Camelot
Jan 11 – 26, Front Row Centre Players Society   More >

Our Town
Jan 15 - Feb 3, Theatre Calgary   More >

King of the Ice Cream Mountain
Jan 18 - Feb 10, Storybook Theatre: 403-216-0808.

Security
Jan 21 - Feb 9, Lunchbox Theatre   More >

Story Cafe - Molasses In January - The Sweet, The Cold And The Slow
Jan 23, TALES Calgary @ Central Blends Cafe: 403-283-9489.

East Village Opera Company
Jan 25, Calgary Opera   More >

Kindness
Jan 25 - 27, Manitoba Theatre for Young People @ Vertigo Theatre   More >

The Ballad of Baby Doe
Jan 26 - Feb 1, Calgary Opera   More >

Snake in the Grass
Jan 26 - Feb 17, Vertigo Theatre   More >

A Most Dangerous Game
Jan 30 - Feb 3, Centre Stage Theatre Company   More >

A Musical Theatre Showcase
Jan 30 - Feb 1, Playhouse North School of Theatre   More >

Wilma-May and Her Tight White Socks
Jan 30 - Feb 9, Broad Minds Productions   More >

Stepping Out
Feb 1 - Feb 9,Workshop Theatre @ Pumphouse Theatres   More >

 
 
Red Light Winter
Penelope vs. the Aliens

Penelope vs. the Aliens

ALBERTA

Guilty Conscience
Jan 11 - Feb 3, Central Alberta Theatre   More >

The Trial of Robin Hood
Jan 12, Calgary Young People's Theatre, Airdrie   More >

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Jan 17 - Feb 9, Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show   More >

Red Light Winter
Jan 17 – 26, Ignition Theatre, Red Deer   More >

Alice In Wonderland
Jan 18 - Feb 2, Grande Prairie Live Theatre   More >

Arsenic And Old Lace
Jan 25 – 26, Kaleidoscope Productions, Lloydminster: 780-872-7400.

Annie
Jan 31 - Feb 10, Central Alberta Theatre, Red Deer   More >

The Twilight Zone
Jan 31 – 9, FUT In The Hat, Medicine Hat: 403-502-8777.

An Evening of One Acts
Feb 1 – 2, Peace Players, Peace River   More >

Penelope Vs. The Aliens
Feb 4 - Apr 9, Quest Theatre   More >

 

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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings
 

JOBS

{ EDMONTON }

Patron Relations Coordinator, Northern Light Theatre

Executive Director, ihuman Youth Society

{ CALGARY }

Rigger/Stage Carpenter, Theatre Junction at The GRAND

Guest Services Manager, Alberta Theatre Projects

Dance Instructors, Puddle of Mud

Exhibit Crew, Telus World of Science

Stage Manager, Theatre Calgary

{ ALBERTA }

Artistic Director, New West Theatre (Lethbridge)

General Manager, New West Theatre (Lethbridge)

{ CANADA }

Publicist, Headlines Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

AUDITIONS

{ EDMONTON }

Man of La Mancha, Horizon Players (Spruce Grove)

General Auditions for Voice Over Actors, Chinook Animation Productions Ltd.

The Elephant Man, U of A Studio Theatre

{ CALGARY }

To B&B or Not to B&B, Vision Theatre Players (Cochrane)

Shining City, Liffey Players Drama Society

The Wizard of Oz, Front Row Centre

Ambassador/Mascot, Calgary Fringe Festival

Reality High, SAIT Film & Video

High School Musical, StoryBook Theatre

{ ALBERTA }

Tick, Tick...Boom!, Ignition Theatre (Red Deer)

 

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

CALL FOR PROPOSALS - TECHNOLOGY IN THE ARTS: CANADA

Technology in the Arts: Canada is now accepting proposals for presentations and hands-on workshops for the May 2008 Technology in the Arts: Canada conference.
Deadline: January 21, 2008.   More >

HOST MAGNETIC NORTH FESTIVAL IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Magnetic North is focused on celebrating the maturity and diversity of Canadian theatre. We work closely with the host community in order to promote the profile of local professional theatre in that community, and to offer professional development for that community. Magnetic North Theatre Festival takes place in June/July each year, alternating between Ottawa and a different host community.   More >

LITTLEFEST CALGARY 2008

Call for submissions for Littlefest Calgary 2008 will be held on Sun., March 9 in the lobby of the Jack Singer Concert Hall at the Epcor Centre as part of ATP's Enbridge playRites Festival Blitz Weekend. APN is currently accepting submissions of plays no longer than 10 minutes in length from all Alberta playwrights. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15, 2008.   More >

APN PLAY COMMISSION

APN is also seeking applications from Alberta playwrights who wish to be commissioned by APN to write a new play. The winning submission (selected by an anonymous jury) will be supported for application to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for a commissioning grant. Your submission must consist of an outline for a play that you have not already written.
Deadline: January 15, 2008   More >

WORKSHOPS

THE VILLAGE PROGRAMME IN MALPILS, LATVIA

The Village is open to professional actors, dancers, singers, musicians as well a directors, choreographers, playwrights, scriptwriters and stage designers from different countries, creative genres, techniques, and styles. The programme is designed as the intensive consecutive process of mounting the performance. As a result of practical training, discussions, and rehearsals all participants will become the co-authors of the work-in-progress under the artistic direction of Sergey Ostrenko.
Program runs August 1 - 28, 2008.   More >

WRITER'S BLOCK PLAYWRIGHTS WORKSHOP

Ground Zero Theatre announces the establishment of WRITER’S BLOCK PLAYWRIGHTS WORKSHOP with award winning playwright Eugene Stickland. The sessions will take place at the Arrata Opera Centre on Monday evenings beginning January 14, 2008. The workshop will culminate with staged readings of participants’ work on the set of Mr. Stickland’s new play, Writer’s Block, running March 13 – 23, 2008 at Vertigo Theatre.   More >

TWO APN PLAYWRITING WORKSHOPS

Alberta Playwrights' Network (APN) is offering 2 exciting new playwriting workshops, starting in January.

EXPERIMENTAL WRITING FOR THEATRE hosted by David Owen
CALGARY - Monday nights, January 14 - February 18, 7PM - 9PM

ADAPTATION: MAKING LITERATURE LIVE hosted by Scott Sharplin
EDMONTON - Wednesday nights, January 30 - March 5 6:30pm - 9:30pm

The fee for each workshop is $100 for members and $135 for non-members.  More >

OYR SUMMER LAB INTENSIVE - CALGARY

This summer, Denise Clark will present One Yellow Rabbit's 12th annual study program called the Summer Lab Intensive for actors, directors, dancers and writers with advanced study in their field. Playwright Blake Brooker, visual artist Chris Cran, and the OYR resident ensemble will join Denise Clark to teach this unique and innovative experience in theatre and performance creation. Program runs June 30 - July 20, 2008.   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

 

CALGARY PUPPET CLUB MEET & GREET

Come to a Meet & Greet hosted by The Calgary Puppet Club, a group dedicated to helping adults who are interested in puppetry explore the art form and improve their skills. There will be snacks, and time permitting we will watch a few short puppet videos, do some show and tell, and play some games.

Thursday January 24, 2008 - 7PM to 9:30PM
HMCS Tecumseh, 1820 - 24th Street SW, Calgary
More >

 

SCRIPTS AT WORK PRESENTS: ORIGINAL ROMP

Invitation to attend the Third Annual Originial Romp, a Scripts at Work fundraising evening of unjuried and uncensored original creations. Meet fellow artists, support the arts, be entertained and have fun experiencing the newest in theatre, music, visual and performance art.

Sunday January 27, 2008 - 7:30PM
Red Deer College, Studio A
Admission: $5 at the door. No minors - Cash bar
More >

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

WALTERDALE'S CRIMES OF THE HEART - BUILDERS NEEDED

If you have some time to spare and enjoy power tools and building stuff contact Jim Herchak at 780-459-3347. Volunteer builders needed now, January. Show dates: February 6-16, 2008.   More >

STORYBOOK'S KING OF THE ICE CREAM MOUNTAIN AND COOKIE CABARET

StoryBook is looking for people interested in ushering or working in the concession for all shows. They are also looking for anyone interested in baking our infamous Cabaret cookies! The show runs Jan 18 - Feb 10, 2008. Email Shelby >

MORPHEUS SEEKING FRONT OF HOUSE VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer for Morpheus Theatre's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and see the production for free! The show runs Jan 11 - Jan 26. Contact Ginette: 403-246-2999.   More >

THEATRE NETWORK SEEKS CASINO VOLUNTEERS

Theatre Network operates a Casino at the Palace Casino in the West Edmonton Mall. The casino event runs over 2 days, and requires a minimum of 40 volunteers. Casino dates: March 21 & 22, 2008. For more info call 780-453-2440 or email >

 

U OF C SHAKESPEARE LECTURES ARE BACK!

The U of C Faculty of Fine Arts presents Monday Night Shakespeare: a twelve-week lecture series featuring Shakespearean scholar Dr. Jim Black. Join Dr. Black as he presents the third and final series of engaging lectures for the thespian, the drama-lover, and for those who simply want an enjoyable forum to learn about Shakespeare and his work.

Monday, January 14 is the first lecture in the series: Richard II: The Man Who Wouldn't Be King. Delve into the psyche of one of Shakespeare’s most complex, loveably evil, and manipulative characters.

THIS IS FREE EVENT! All lectures start at 7:30 PM.
Monday January 14, 2008 through Monday April 14, 2008
Boris Roubakine Recital Hall, Craigie Hall, University of Calgary
More >

 

THE INSANITY BEGINS THIS FRIDAY…

The University of Alberta Bookstores with Alberta Playwrights Network presents

10 days of madness… Playwriting Festival
January 11th – 20th, 2008

Don’t miss the Kick-off and the free playwriting workshop with Frank Moher this Friday at the Trans Alta Arts Barns at 7:00PM. Also join us for FREE public readings, nightly at 7:00PM and our family event at 2:00PM on Sunday, Jan 20th (same venue).

For more information contact Melissa Hande at 780-492-1816.

 

TV SERIES SEARCHES FOR CANADIAN MARIA

Temple Street Productions and CBC Television begin a seven-city audition process on Jan. 25 to answer the question "How do you solve a problem like Maria?". This reality TV program to be broadcast on CBC-TV in summer 2008 will chart the course of prospective Marias as they compete for the chance to star in a Toronto production of The Sound of Music.

The winning contestant goes straight to the stage of the Princess of Wales Theatre for a Mirvish production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Thousands of Canadian women across the country are expected to audition for the role in open calls in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax and St. John's.   More >

 

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