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"You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul." — George Bernard Shaw


What's New at TA

Listing your season on the 2009/2010 Playbill poster is free as a benefit of group membership with Theatre Alberta. You can quickly and easily submit your season info onlineas well as renew or apply for group membership. 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 Theatre Alberta for more information.

The deadline for submitting your season information is June 30, 2009.



Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 1:00 PM, Rice Theatre Lobby, Citadel Theatre

Please join us for our 2009 Annual General Meeting. All members are invited. The intent of the AGM is to receive the annual report, elect new board members and to conduct any other business. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with other members, the Board of Directors, and Theatre Alberta staff. A buffet lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to theatreab@theatrealberta.com


But don’t despair! There are still spots available in these exciting workshops – Great Illusions: Introduction to Scenic Art with Michelle Dias; Generous Playwriting: Writing for Your Fellow Artists with Kevin Kerr; “I Know Things Now”: Tools for the Music Theatre Performer with Janet Nichol and Discovering the Present: The Basics of Acting with Michele Brown. There are still a few spots left in other workshops as well.
Visit Theatre Alberta for more info and to expand your creative horizons this summer!


Glorious!  By Peter Quilter

"Based on a true story, Glorious! invites us into the world of Florence Foster Jenkins (1868-1944), a gregarious soprano who in the early 1940s became the must-see artist in New York. Spinning from charity recitals before groups of devoted friends to extravagant balls, Florence's enthusiasm and joy more than made up for her imperfect pitch. Paying little attention to her critics, 'the first lady of the sliding scale' resolutely restricted her professional performances to an annual recital, yet her unconventional career culminated in a triumphant sell-out concert at Carnegie Hall, New York, shortly before her death."


Thank-you to all our members who responded to our request for titles to purchase.  We have, once again, begun to rebuild our acquisitions list and hope to begin ordering soon.
There’s still time to forward any new requests.  Simply go to our website and use the Suggest a Script link.

Just a reminder that Theatre Alberta’s library will be closed on Saturdays beginning        June 6, 2009 until September 5, 2009.

DRAMATIC IMPACT: Technical Theatre at Grant MacEwan College

Our first video episode focuses on the Theatre Production program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, a two year training program in technical theatre. Students at MacEwan get hands on training in such aspects of theatre as lighting, set building, props, stage management, sound, and wardrobe. All of the interviews and footage were shot during production week for the last play in the 2008/2009 season for the Theatre Arts students, The Addlepated Nixie by Stewart Lemoine.

Episode 18, Parts 1 and 2 feature interviews with Theatre Production students.

Watch the episode at www.acting-and-theatre.com.

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Theatre News


The 2009 Alberta Literary Awards Announced!

The Writers Guild of Alberta revealed the winners of the 2009 Alberta Literary Awards in Calgary on May 23, 2009. Two-time Governor General Award winner Sharon Pollock was awarded the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama for Kabloona Talk, from Sharon Pollock: Collected Works Volume Three. More >


Canadian Peace Play Competition Winner Announced!

Vancouver playwright Sally Stubbs is the winner of the third annual Canadian Peace Play Competition. Stubbs was chosen for her work Herr Beckmann’s People, the story of a painter from Victoria who revisits her childhood home in Munich after World War II. The play confronts the murky history of a family and a nation with compassion and sensitivity. The runner up for this competition is Calgary-based writer, director, actor, and singer David van Belle for his play Everything is Terribly Nice Here. More >


Celebrating Gilbert Bouchard

A memorial service has been announced for Edmonton arts writer and broadcaster Gilbert Bouchard. Friends and colleagues are invited to join in a celebration of his life on June 27, 2009, at 2pm, at the Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804 119 Street NW.

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Shows Opening

June 3 - July 1

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June 5 - 13, Mob Hit Productions, More >

Ignite! Calgary's Festival For Emerging Artists
June 11 - 13, Sage Theatre, More >

Midsummer Madness
June 24, TALES Calgary, ph: 403-283-9489

Cold Read Calgary
Wednesdays, June through August, @ The Auburn Saloon, More >



June 11 - 21, The Nextfest Arts Company @ Theatre Network, More >

The Rubaboo Performance Gala
June 12 - 13, Workshop West Theatre @ The Avenue Theatre, More >

Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids
June 13 - 14, Concrete Theatre, More >

June 17 - 28, Rapid Fire Theatre, More >

U: The Myth/Comedy of Global Warming
June 18 - 28, Indie5, Theatre Number 6, More >

Music of the Night- Celebrating Andrew Lloyd Webber
June 18 - 27, Edmonton Musical Theatre, More >

Freewill Shakespeare Festival: Titus Andronicus and Comedy of Errors
June 30 - July 26, Freewill Players, More >



Alice In Wonderland
June 11 - 21, Central Alberta Theatre, Red Deer, More >

Comedy Cabaret
June 12 - 20, Peak Theatre Players, Sundre, More >         

Two all-new sensational revues!
June 25 - Aug 29, New West Theatre, Lethbridge, More >

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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings



There are no postings at this time. Visit Theatre Alberta for updates.



There are no postings at this time. Visit Theatre Alberta for updates.



Costume Designer - Contract,             Keyano College, Fort McMurray, AB



Toad of Toad Hall , Alberta Theatre Projects

Dracula, Liffey Players

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Front Row Centre Players



Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Walterdale Theatre

General Auditions - Alberta Opera Musical Theatre for Young People



General Auditions, Carousel Theatre, Vancouver, BC

General Auditions, Touchstone Theatre - Vancouver BC


Only NEW job & audition opportunities (received since the previous Buzz issue) are listed above.

Postings are updated weekly:
Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings


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Submissions & Workshops




The Greg Bond Memorial Award

Honouring Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre in Calgary

This annual award is intended to honour the outstanding achievement by an individual—either for this season or for accumulated dedication or achievement—in musical theatre in Calgary. The successful nominee will be recognized at the Betty Mitchell Awards, August 24, 2009, which celebrate Calgary's professional theatre community. For more information please contact: the Chair of the Jury, Kathryn Kerbes at kathikerbes@shaw.ca
Deadline: June 30, 2009


The Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award

Honouring Outstanding Achievement in Technical Production

This annual award has been created to honour a member of Calgary's theatre community who has made a major contribution or significant achievement in the area of technical production in Calgary. The successful nominee will be recognized at the Betty Mitchell Awards, August 24, 2009, which celebrate Calgary's professional theatre community. For more information or to submit a nominee, please contact: the Chair of the Jury, Trevor Rueger at trueger@telusplanet.net

Deadline: June 30, 2009


Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award

This annual award has been created to honor an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution or significant achievement in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences in Calgary. The successful nominee will be recognized at the Betty Mitchell Awards, August 24, 2009, which celebrate Calgary's professional theatre community. For more information please contact: the Chair of the Jury, Jamie Konchak via email: jamiekonchak@gmail.com

Deadline: June 30, 2009


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Expanse Movements Arts Festival

Expanse is seeking submissions for its 2010 festival. We welcome all forms of dance (Contemporary, Contact, Butoh, Ballet, Dance for Film, Indefinable) and body based performance (Performance Art, Dance Theatre, Circus Arts, Burlesque, Slap Stick). Contact Festival Director Amber Borotsik at expansefestival@gmail.comMore >

Deadline: June 29, 2009


CALL TO ARTISTS – Now Seeking Proposals for MOTEL

Downstage is now seeking submissions for programming for the 2009-2010 season in Motel, a flexible 56-seat black-box performance venue located in the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts in Calgary. More >



The In-Definite Arts Society (IDAS) is seeking arts instruction proposals from qualified visual and performing artists for our pilot Art Works! program. The Art Works! Program provides a vehicle for meaningful community outreach and citizen engagement through community and professional art initiatives. More >                                                                         Deadline: June 15, 2009



Balancing Acts: the longest running disability arts festival in Canada!

Balancing Acts promotes the professional advancement of disabled artists and fosters an appreciative, educated audience for disability art through the presentation of thought-provoking, innovative performances, visual arts exhibitions, professional development workshops, networking opportunities, community outreach, and panel discussions. More > Deadline: July 15, 2009



Actor Core Group Training Program

You are invited to participate in the Actor Core Group Training Program in your area. Neil Schell of ActorWorkshops.com offers a year-long acting training program in major centres across the country which include Calgary/Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. More >


Voice Workshops


One of Canada's Top VO Coaches - Deb Munro, is bringing her popular Mic 'n' Me workshop
series to Edmonton on June 13/14th and to Calgary on June 27/28th. More >


Acting on Climate Change: Using Playback Theatre and Storytelling to Address Issues of Global Climate Change


This is your invite to join two master facilitators from the world of Playback Theatre in an interactive workshop that explores how to break through our internal blockages and change core leadership behaviours when dealing with climate change. The workshop will be held at the Banff Centre June 10 - June 14, 2009. More >


Firefly Aerial Arts Program - Summer Schedule


Firefly Aerial Arts Program offers exciting, safe, and challenging classes for adults and children over the age 14. Have fun and get fit learning on the aerial silks, trapeze, vertical rope, and more. No previous experience necessary! 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




The Calgary Professional Arts Alliance (CPAA) is looking for Directors from a variety of disciplines to join its board within the Calgary professional arts community.


Kompany Family Theatre Seeking Board Members


Kompany is an Edmonton-based professional theatre company dedicated to producing quality theatre for young audiences and families, as well as the creation and development of new works. For more information, contact Laura Rushfeldt, Administrator, kompany.admin@shaw.ca

The Calgary Arts Resource Society (CARS) Information Session

June 8 & 9, 2009, Calgary

The Calgary Arts Resource Society is a brand-new organization dedicated to providing the catalyst and venue for projects and initiatives which benefit the Calgary arts community as a whole. More >


Firefly Theatre: Let There Be Height!

June 13th, 2009, Edmonton

This unique performance event features professional and upcoming artists as they hang, drop and balance along with physical theatre, stage combat, magic, clowning and dance.. More >


Festival of Edmonton Seniors Theatre (FEST)

June 15 – 16, 2009, Edmonton

FEST is the incredibly-dynamic, 2-day theatre component of the Creative Age Festival, a festival that celebrates the contributions that senior artists have made in the arts field, and fosters increased arts-based participation in later life by recognizing and encouraging quality arts-based programming and engagement. More >

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