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"Acting is like being hit in the face with a fish."

—David Barnet

What's New at TA

Emerge 2008 has come and gone with great success. Held in the Maclab Theatre in Edmonton on April 14th and the Engineered Air Theatre in Calgary on April 21st, 60 graduates from 9 of Alberta’s post-secondary performance programs showcased their skills for 64 attending directors and casting professionals, representing 55 theatre companies of varying size and activity. 

Don’t miss this month’s episode of Dramatic Impact: A Podcast from Theatre Alberta. Canadian playwright Trina Davies, who was born in Saskatchewan, grew up in Edmonton, and is now based in Vancouver, talks about her journey from being a poet and actor to becoming a playwright. She discusses her latest projects and talks about the special power of theatre to touch the minds and imaginations of people and get them thinking about crucial human issues.

Have you enjoyed the podcast? Rate us in the iTunes Store and help us reach our goal of 15 positive reviews.

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


And Then, You Act: Making Art in an Unpredictable World (2007) by Anne Bogart.

Contains eight new essays on art, theatre, and the collaborative creative process by award-winning theatre director, Anne Bogart. Each chapter contains advice and personal insights toward a more emboldened form of art-making, considering the themes of context, articulation, intention, attention, magnetism, attitude, content, and time.

The library will be closed and the book drop unavailable from May 17 –19.

Searching for a script?  Visit our online library >


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Theatre News



The Edmonton Arts Council has introduced The Art of Living, a ten-year cultural plan for Arts and Heritage in the City of Edmonton. This comprehensive plan was developed with significant contributions from Edmonton’s cultural community, and is an exciting step towards fostering a sustainable and progressive cultural environment in the City of Edmonton.

The EAC is hosting an Information Session on THE ART OF LIVING for the cultural community. To celebrate this wonderful addition to the City of Edmonton, we will wrap up the information session with a Community Celebration.

WHEN :: May 12th, 2008 at 7:00pm
WHERE :: the ARTery (9535 Jasper Avenue)   More >



April 18: Free Will veteran is new director
by Liz Nicholls, The Edmonton Journal

On the eve of their 20th anniversary in the great outdoors, the Free Will Players have a new artistic director.

And she's well-pentametered, so to speak, in the combination of Shakespeare and nature that is the delight, and metier, of the River City Shakespeare Festival. Actor/director Marianne Copithorne, a longtime Free Will associate, takes over from John Kirkpatrick, who's leaving the artistic directorship, but assuredly not the company, after four summers to pursue the freelance life.   More >



The initial competition for the Alberta Creative Development Initiative granting program has been completed with success. The Canada Council for the Arts received a combined total of more than 400 applications for the Grants to Organizations and Grants to Individuals competitions. To improve the level of support available to applicants, the deadline cycle has been adjusted. The June 1, 2008 deadline will be reserved for organizations alone, while the November 1, 2008 deadline will be reserved for individuals alone.   More >



Canada’s largest annual theatre arts award, the 2008 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, will be given to a professional playwright who advances Canadian theatre through a body of work achieved in recent years, while influencing and inspiring younger theatre artists. Nominations are accepted no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 4, 2008.   More >



Rosebud Theatre receives tourism award for track record of outstanding accomplishments, innovation and leadership in rural tourism.

More than 200 delegates responded with a standing ovation as the first Rural Tourism Champion award was announced at the Growing Rural Tourism Conference held at the Camrose Regional Exhibition March 31. The Rural Tourism Champion is a new award, designed to honor outstanding accomplishments, innovation and leadership in rural tourism.   More >



PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Executive Director Norman Armour has announced the appointment of Sherrie Johnson to the position of Associate Curator of the PuSh Festival, beginning in May. From her home-base in Toronto, Sherrie will assist with programming, artistic development, fostering international projects and Canadian presenter networks.   More >



A New Series Co-Produced with Emerging Female Artists
Urban Curvz and Downstage present Heroines, a series of works co-produced with emerging female artists.  This opportunity will guide the selected emerging artist through all elements of production so that she comes out of the process with the knowledge, confidence and abilities she needs to self-produce. From grant writing to curtain call our team will work closely with the artists to hone practical skills for self-producing. 
Deadline June 2. Contact Jessica Dollard for more information.
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New program supports donations through funds and tax credits

With a goal of increasing charitable donations from individuals, the Alberta government has launched its Community Spirit Program. The program includes an enhanced charitable tax credit as previously announced and a new donor-driven donation grant program. It allows Albertans to decide where they want funding to go based on their annual donations.  
More >


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Shows Opening

May 7 - June 3

Full Playbill

4.48 Psychosis



What Gives? and Revenge of the South Sea Bubble
May 1 - 17, Teatro la Quindicina   More >

Night of the Horizon Players One Acts
May 5, 6, 7, 9, Horizon Players, Spruce Grove: 780-975-0864.

4.48 Psychosis
May 9 – 17, Trunk Theatre/Indie 5   More >

The Elephant Man
May 15 – 24, Studio Theatre - University of Alberta   More >

May 16 – 25, Guts & Guile Productions: 780-471-1586.

Disney's Alice In Wonderland
May 27 – 31, St. Albert Chil
dren's Theatre   More >

Between Yourself And Me
May 29 - June 15, Shadow Theatre   More >

Elope 25th Anniversary Show
May 29 - June 7, ELOPE Musical Theatre: 780-988-0806.

Helen's Necklace


Black Coffee
May 3 - 25, Vertigo Theatre   More >

May 8 – 17, Cappuccino Musical Theatre   More >

May 8 - 17, Ghost River Theatre   More >

May 9 - 17, Workshop Theatre   More >

May 14 – 18, Fire Exit Theatre   More >

Helen's Necklace
May 14 – 24, Urban Curvz Theatre   More >

Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune
May 22 – 31, Coldwater: 403-283-5640.

May 22 – 31, The Downstage Performance Society   More >

The Wizard of Oz
May 23 - June 7, Front Row Centre Players Society   More >

Story Cafe - The Queen
May 28, TALES Calgary, Central Blends Café: 403-283-9489.

tick, tick...BOOM!


The Messy Adventures of Dick Piston: Hotel Detective
May 8 – 24, Grande Prairie Live Theatre   More >

Damn Yankees
May 9 - 11, 15 – 17, Leduc Drama Society   More >

tick, tick…BOOM!
May 15 – 24, Ignition Theatre, Red Deer   More >

Kaleidoscope Celebrates!
May 27 – 28, Kaleidoscope Productions, Lloydminster: 780-872-7400.


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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings



Stage Manager, Jubilations Dinner Theatre

Teaching Assistants, The Foote Theatre School at The Citadel

Marketing & Administrative Assistant, Workshop West Theatre

Various, OMNI Television Alberta

Community Box Office Associate, TIX on the Square


Artistic Director, Alberta Theatre Projects

Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Alberta Ballet

Development Associate, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

Summer Marketing Assistant, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

Voice and Diction instructors, John Robert Powers Acting Academy

Patron & Client Services Staff, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

Development Manager: Sponsorship, Stewardship & Community Outreach, Children's Festival

Marketing Coordinator, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

Drama & Musical Theatre Teaching Assistant, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

Accounting Assistant, Theatre Calgary

Development & Marketing Assistant, The Youth Singers of Calgary

SummerACT Media Production Assistant, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

SummerACT Arts Integration Teaching Assistant, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

General Manager, Green Fools Theatre

Various, OMNI Television Alberta

Technical Director, Alberta Theatre Projects

Dance Instructors, Puddle of Mud Productions


Drama Instructor, Keyano College (Fort McMurray)

Assistant Head Stage Carpenter, Theatre Arts Department - The Banff Centre

Assistant Head Sound Technician, Theatre Arts Department - The Banff Centre

Acting Instructor, Puddle of Mud Productions (Lethbridge)


Assistant to the Production Manager, Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg, MB)

Marketing and Development Coordinator, Kaleidoscope Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

Executive Director, Quebec Drama Federation (Montreal, QC)



Alberto the Dancing Alligator, Kompany Dance & Affiliated Artists Society

The Princess and the Pea, Dramatic Learning

Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing, Theatre Prospero

One-act, Walterdale Theatre

Generals, Concrete Theatre

Stampede! A Country Rock Opera, Maranui Avenue Visual and Performance Arts

Generals, Theatre North West

Pagliacci, Mercury Opera


Celebrating Creativity 2008 Open House, CREATIVE KIDS MUSEUM

Generals, Theatre North West


Seussical, Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops, BC)

The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops, BC)

Guys and Dolls, Gateway Theatre (Richmond, BC)

General Auditions, 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



Ladies and Gentlemen -- Start your engines!

Independent companies are working together to bring Edmonton a variety of exciting, risky, edgy, and off-the-mainstream work all packaged together in one season.

We are seeking proposals for the season right now!

This is a great chance to sell advance tickets to Edmonton's adventurous patrons, to increase public awareness of relatively new or unknown companies, for smaller theatre groups to market their season together, and receive support from other independent artists.

Full Posting >
Deadline: May 15.  For more info email Indie 5 >



Betty Moulton and John Ullyatt will be conducting a forum for interested professional actors (5 years out of training school and beyond), to discuss what mid-career actors would currently choose for ongoing professional skill training. This forum is in anticipation of a possible a two week master class based on the needs and requests discussed at the forum at the University of Alberta, later this year.

We have planned for the forum to take place on Monday May 12th in Edmonton, and will decide the location and time depending on the interest and response to this inquiry. We anticipate a two hour meeting.

Full Posting >
Contact Betty or John for more information.



When: Evening of Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Where: EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, Jack Singer Concert Hall
6:30pm: Cocktails, Entertainment and Networking
8pm: Awards and Showcase Performance
Tickets: $65/person or 10 Tickets for $600

The Calgary Professional Arts Alliance and Mayor Dave Bronconnier are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 2008 Mayor’s Awards for Business & the Arts, now an evening event! This event is Calgary’s annual celebration of the arts, artists and
partnerships that are created between business and the arts.

Nomination Packages for both the Arts Awards and Patron Awards can be found online at CPAA's website. Deadline for ALL nominations is May 21st at 5pm.



After 25 years of original, thought-provoking, and entertaining performance creation theatre, One Yellow Rabbit is proud to mark its silver anniversary with One Yellow Rabbit Silver Jubilee, an evening filled with song, dance, film and theatre at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 7:30 pm.

Joining the OYR Ensemble onstage will be Bruce McCulloch of The Kids in the Hall, Toronto rockers Rheostatics, delicious writer/performer Karen Hines, the entertaining The Plaid Tongued Devils, Canadian theatre icon Daniel MacIvor, the amazing tzatziki-flavoured party band, the Rembetica Hipsters , and many, many more!   More >


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