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"The theater, which is no thing, but makes use of everything—gestures, sounds, words, screams, light, darkness—rediscovers itself at precisely the point where the mind requires a language to express its manifestations."

—Antonin Artaud

What's New at TA

Listing your season in the 2008/09 Playbill poster is free as a benefit of group membership with Theatre Alberta. You can quickly and easily submit your season info online and renew or apply for a group membership if required. The rate for non-members is $20/listing including GST. There is no charge to list your theatre company's information on the sidebar of the poster. Contact Julie Sinclair for more information.

The deadline for sending your season information is June 30, 2008.

Jill Connell, Theatre Alberta’s Programmer, has been accepted to the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting Program. Although we are delighted for Jill, we are very sorry to see her go. During her tenure at Theatre Alberta she has been editor of Theatre Alberta News, developed our monthly eNews, and coordinated PlayWorks Ink. Jill will be with us until the end of August and we wish her every success at NTS.

Theatre Alberta is seeking a motivated and organized individual for the position of Programmer. Major responsibilities will include: editor of Theatre Alberta newsletter, programming of PlayWorks Ink, programming of electronic newsletter, and assistance with Artstrek administration.

Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills are required, as well as a post-secondary degree (major or minor) in theatre. Excellent word processing skills and some experience with database management and web design are also preferred.

This is a full time position at 35 hours per week.

Deadline for applications:  June 20, 2008   More >

Summer 2008 Newsletter

This month listen to the PlayWorks Ink 2007 panel discussion Evolution or Extinction? The Metamorphosis of the Canadian Theatre Artist. Must today's theatre artists evolve (or go into television) in order to survive? The discussion is moderated by Theatre Alberta’s Jill Connell and includes panellists Kevin Kerr, Morwyn Brebner, Kelly Reay, and David van Belle.

Episode 6 will be the last episode of Dramatic Impact associated with Theatre Alberta. The podcast will continue as an independent project of the host, Elaine Elrod. As of July 7, the podcast will have a new feed address and permanent web site at Look for Episode 7: Secrets of the Actor the second week of July.   More >


Stage Management: The Essential Handbook (2006) by Gail Pallin

This Essential Handbook is aimed at students, graduates, and all those who aspire to stage management, whether amateur or professional, on a large or small scale. Complete with diagrams and helpful checklists, it takes the reader through a typical production week by week.  Visit our online library >

Summer Hours! Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. This Saturday, June 7th is the last Saturday the library is open until Saturday, September 6th.  

Canada Day closure: Theatre Alberta’s Library and office will be closed on Tuesday, July 1st.


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Theatre News



On Tuesday May 27th a fire broke out in the home of Canadian theatre icon Sharon Pollock. Sharon is fine; she was sleeping when the fire started but she woke up and managed to get out of her house in time. The cause of the fire was very likely electrical; starting in her basement and growing very quickly, igniting rubber mats which released highly toxic fumes as they burned. Because of this toxicity and damage to the home, Sharon will be unable to return to her house for an estimated eight to ten months.

As word spread in the days following the fire, it became clear that many people in the theatre community and the community-at-large appreciate, respect, and sympathize with Sharon and are wanting to offer their help and support to her at this time.   More >



EDMONTON, May 21: Emerging artists in all branches of the arts will now have an opportunity to be considered for grants of $10,000 from the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation.

Announcing the new Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award program today, Foundation Chair, Susan Green said “Now that our biennial awards for Alberta’s established artists are well recognized and understood, the Board decided it should use revenue from our endowments to also support developing artists. Commencing this year, we will make available grants of $10,000 each for up to ten Albertans starting to make names for themselves in their chosen arts category. These awards will be made in the alternate years to the established artist awards."

Nominations must be received by the Foundation by July 15th.   More >



June 02, Edmonton Journal, by Elizabeth Withey:

An overjoyed swarm of teenagers boogied to Hairspray music on the Citadel's Shoctor stage Sunday evening at the end of the inaugural Cappies awards gala for high school theatre.

The three-hour gala, reminiscent of televised awards shows like the Oscars and Tonys, recognized Edmonton's next generation of theatre talent with golden star trophies. The evening featured excerpts from school productions and many entertaining acceptance speeches, with winners heaping the bulk of their gratitude on teachers and parents.  
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From Economy to Ecology: A Policy Framework for Creative Labour
Canadian Conference of the Arts, March 2008

This report acknowledges that the creative economy is growing faster than most other sectors and, in Canada, accounts for a greater share of GDP than many primary resource sectors. Despite this, Canada, like many other countries, does not have a comprehensive policy framework for the creative economy.   More >



The Arts and Museum Building Operating Grant will provide a sustainable funding mechanism to support not-for-profit arts and/or cultural organizations that own or have long-term leases on concert halls, live theatres, galleries and museums. To ensure that costs are manageable, and that facilities remain primarily dedicated for use by a range of not-for-profit arts and cultural groups, funding will support a portion of the costs associated with maintaining clean, well-lighted, heated and secure facilities that will be accessible by the public.

Completed applications for a 2008 Community Investment Program Arts and Museum Building Operating Grant must be received at the Edmonton Arts Council no later than June 20, 2008.

Contact Sally Kim or Laurie Stalker for more information or download the application form >



At this year’s University of Calgary’s convocations ten individuals will be awarded the highest accolade in the institution: an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of their extraordinary achievements and contributions to the community. Among them is ATP Artistic Director Bob White, who will be receiving his honorary degree on June 12, 2008.   More >



Barbara Mah from the Alberta Government Arts Branch and Stephen Williams from the Canada Council for the Arts will be presenting information sessions on grant writing for the theatre community.  Emphasis will be on project grants for individuals, with specific focus on the AFA Individuals grant deadline of Sept 1, and the Alberta Creative Development Initiative individuals grant deadline of Nov 1.

Edmonton: Monday, June 16, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, Capital Arts Building 10405-Jasper Avenue

Calgary: Thursday, June 19, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, Cantos Music 2ND FLR-134 11 AVE SE

Please RSVP to Barbara Mah indicating which City you will attend. For those wishing to make individual appointments, please call 780-415-0306 for booking.

Workshops sponsored by ACDI, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Theatre Alberta.


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Shows Opening

June 4 - July 1

Full Playbill




Nextfest: The Next Generation Arts Festival
June 5 – 15, Theatre Network   More >

Story Cafe: Moonshine
June 5, TALES Edmonton   More >

The Ministry of Love: An Adaptation of George Orwell's 1984
June 11 - 15, Theatre Rien-Partout @ TransAlta Arts Barns   More >

Sprouts 2008: New Play Festival For Kids
June 14 – 15, Concrete Theatre   More >

June 18 – 28, Rapid Fire Theatre   More >

Trading Stages - Annual One Acts
June 18 – 28, Walterdale Theatre Associates   More >

I'm Sticking With Kiefer
June 19 – 29, Indie 5   More >

Once Upon A Time In New York
June 19 – 28, Edmonton Musical Theatre   More >

Let There Be Height: An Aerial Cabaret
June 21, Firefly Theatre   More >

River City Shakespeare Festival
June 24 - July 20, Free Will Players   More >



La Mexicaine de Perforation: a catacomb clown comedy
June 3 - 7, Trepan Theatre and AITHERIOS Theatre @ the Pumphouse Theatre   More >

Elephant in Zulu
June 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, Loose Moose Theatre   More >

June 12 – 14, Sage Theatre @ the Pumphouse Theatre   More >

The Alan Parkinson's Project
June 12-22, Ghost River Theatre @ Vertigo Studio Theatre   More >

An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan
June 13 - 14, Morpheus G&S Singers   More >

Story Cafe - Rascals And Mischief Makers
June 25, TALES Calgary   More >



Two All New Summer Revues!
June 26 - Aug 29, New West Theatre, Lethbridge   More >


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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings



General/Office Manager, Mile Zero Dance

Centre Administrator, Canadian Centre for Theatre Creation, Department of Drama, University of Alberta

Executive Director, FAVA (Film and Video Arts Society)

Director and Stage Manager, Fringe Show


Resource Development Director & Resource Development Coordinator, Alberta Theatre Projects

Apprentice Stage Manager, Stage West Calgary

Development Assistant, Alberta Ballet

Development Manager, Alberta Ballet

Programming Assistant, Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society

Legacy Coordinator, Alberta Theatre Projects

Ticket Office Assistant, Vertigo Theatre

Ticket Office Manager, Vertigo Theatre


Stage Manager, Keyano Theatre (Fort McMurray)


Financial Data Controller, The Canada Council for the Arts (Ottawa, ON)

Communications Officer, English Theatre
National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON)

Artistic Director, The Canadian Stage Company (Toronto, ON)



Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Mayfield Dinner Theatre

Generals, Alberta Opera Musical Theatre for Young People

Crazy For You, Festival Players

Lentement la beauté, L'UniThéâtre et du Théâtre La Seizième

The Princess and the Pea, Dramatic Learning

One-act, Walterdale Theatre

Pagliacci, Mercury Opera


Anne of Green Gables, Globe Theatre (Regina)

Caligula and The Glass Menagerie, Theatre Encounter

Mascot Role (Captain Morgan), Mixer Inc. Blended Communications

Multi-media production of Shakespeare's Richard II, The Shatspearean Players

Touring Season, Centre Stage Theatre Company

General Auditions, Evergreen Theatre

Celebrating Creativity 2008 Open House, CREATIVE KIDS MUSEUM

Special events performers needed, Heritage Park Historical Village


Slave to a Dream, The STAD Ad Hoc group (Vancouver, BC)

General Auditions, Carousel Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

General Audition, Chemainus Theatre Festival and Kaleidoscope Theatre (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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Odds & Ends



MANY theatre companies currently require volunteers for casinos, consessions, sound boards, follow-spots, etcetera! For a full listing of volunteer opportunities please visit our Miscellaneous posting page >  



This summer in Alberta there’s no shortage of dramatic opportunities to play and learn. Explore acting, movement, voice, playwriting, directing, improvisation, puppetry, musical theatre, design, stage combat, Shakespeare, murder mystery, mask, mime, Commedia dell’Arte,Theatre of the Oppressed, Meisner Technique, or Suzuki and Viewpoints training—all available on Alberta’s doorstep!

Download pdf of Summer Camps in Alberta >



The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and The Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts

Nominations are now open for Canada’s most prestigious awards for excellence in the performing arts. They recognize lifetime artistic achievement in the fields of theatre, dance, classical music, popular music, film, and radio and television broadcasting as well as for voluntarism in the performing arts.

Deadline for 2009 nominations: June 15, 2008   More >



TUESDAY JUNE 10, 4:00pm
Edmonton Arts Council (808, 10310 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton)

Attend an Edmonton Arts Council information session to:
...get grant writing tips
...learn about grants available for you the edmonton arts council staff
...learn about the edmonton arts council
...tell the Edmonton Arts Council what you need

Contact Laurie Stalker, Grants & Research Director for more information at (780) 424-2787 ext 225.



• Open to any Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.
• Only one play per playwright.
• Only full-length plays in English.
• Plays cannot have been produced, published, contracted or commissioned by a professional theatre.

Sharon Pollock and R.H. Thomson will judge the final round of the 2009 competition.
The Award: First Prize $3000, Second Prize $2000, Eight Honourable Mentions

Deadline: postmarked no later than November 28, 2008.   More >



Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton: Are you a High School student interested in a career in the arts? Our PLAY weekend is designed with you in mind. Three days of hands-on activities and networking July 4, 5, and 6, 2008. Whether you want to take centre stage, run the show back stage or book the stage with fantastic talent, this weekend is for you.   More >

The Creation Lab


with Jason Carnew and Eric Rose

A four day intensive open to artists in all mediums.

The Creation Lab is a unique 4 day performance creation workshop where participants will be enabled to expand the physical, intellectual, and emotional imagination of performance.
• Object Theatre
• Russian Engineered Theatre
• Butoh Dance  
• Devising Theatre
• Yoga
• Modern Mime
• Physical Theatre

Dates: June 27–30th
Cost: NextFest 2008 participants $150 / General Public $250
For more information and enrollment contact Jason Carnew.



Due to an outstanding year, Evergreen is growing and has many great opportunities to offer:
• Actors for our touring shows (8-12 week contract)
• Residency Artists for our in-school programs (1 week contract; throughout the year)
• Costume Designers
• Directors
• Board Members
• Production Manager (18 mos. contract)
• Administration Manager
• Residency Coordinator (seasonal contract)

For more information please contact Krista at 228-1384.


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