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PlayWorks Ink: Process of Illumination

October 22-25, 2009

This inspiring weekend of workshops, play readings, discussions, and socials is an event not to be missed! This year, PlayWorks Ink features two nationally distinguished Special Guests:

Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy teaches a playwriting workshop, Being Human, and delivers a keynote address, Confronting Ourselves: Writing Tragedy in a Godless World, on October 24 at 4:30pm in the lobby of Alberta Theatre Projects’ Martha Cohen Theatre. Following the keynote, rendezvous in the lobby for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and lively discussion. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at Theatre Alberta's website or at the door.

Jillian Keiley, 2005 Siminovitch Prize Winner in Theatre and Artistic Director of Newfoundland’s Artistic Fraud, teaches Kaleidography and Chorus: Patterns in Theatre and participates in the Sunday Panel discussion Wide Awake in the Canadian Theatre, along with Colleen Murphy, Ron Jenkins, and Vicki Stroich.

PlayWorks Ink offers growth opportunities for educators, students, and practitioners. Whether you are honing current skills or branching out into a new creative direction, consider these fantastic workshops:

Imagination Playground: Inspiring and Devising New Work with Eric Rose
No More Blackouts: Mastering Transitions with Kevin McKendrick
Actions Speak Louder Than Words with Lynda Adams
Accessing Your Inner Vulnerability with Cindy Vanden Enden

Registration for the Full Weekend Package (only $220) includes admission to all PlayWorks Ink Special Events: Colleen Murphy's Keynote Address, the Sunday Panel Discussion, and Showcase Play Readings by some of Alberta’s hottest emerging and established playwrights. Register today through Theatre Alberta! Bursaries are available to those in need.

More Info & Online Registration




At the Zenith of the Empire by Stewart Lemoine

In 1913, legendary tragedienne Sarah Bernhardt traveled to Edmonton, Alberta, to perform the last act of Alexandre Dumas' The Lady of the Camellias before two packed houses at the Empire Theatre. Inspired by Fallen Empires - John Orrell's celebrated history of Edmonton's Early theatre scene - this play creates a swirling speculative scenario about the impact of this very special day on the lives of Edmonton's earliest theatre goers and theatre practitioners. The Divine Sarah herself narrates this sumptuous romp of reminiscence, as the characters visit such local landmarks as Ada Boulevard, the Groat Ravine, the newly annexed Strathcona, and the not-quite completed High Level Bridge.

Shortlisted for the 2008 Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama as part of the Writers Guild of Alberta Literary Awards



Please note that the library will be closed and the book drop unavailable October 10 – 12, 2009, for Thanksgiving.  

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Theatre News



The Rosebud School of the Arts will receive Federal and Provincial funding to build the Rosebud Centre, a 10,000 square foot two-story wood-framed building, that will include an enlarged gift shop, tourist information service centre, flexible education teaching space, and a restaurant to complement the current dining capacity at the Mercantile Dining Room. In addition to creating jobs, these improvements will further generate revenues by allowing the facility to operate year-round and enable more local and regional events, conferences, and festivals to be held in Rosebud.

Federal funding of $2 million is being provided through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. In addition, the Government of Alberta is contributing $450,000 through the Community Facility Enhancement Program. More >



Pamela Halstead, named the fifth artistic director in Lunchbox Theatre’s 34-year history, comes to Lunchbox after six years as the Artistic Producer of Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

“Lunchbox is a unique theatre that has a lot to offer not only its loyal audience but the Canadian theatre community,” says Halstead. “Many plays start their journeys as shorter pieces that then get further developed for the larger stages across the country. I look forward to the challenges ahead and leading Lunchbox Theatre through the next stage of the journey.” More >


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Shows Opening

October 1 - November 4

Full Playbill



I Know What You Did Last Halloween
Oct 2, 23, 30 - 31, Pegasus Performances, More >

7 Stories
Oct 13 - Nov 1, Theatre Calgary with Canadian Stage Company, More >

Pack of Lies
Oct 15 - 24, Ghost River Theatre, More >

Fully Committed
Oct 15 - 24, Mob Hit Productions, More >

7 Important Things
Oct 14 - 17, Theatre Junction Grand, More >

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Oct 17 - 31, Storybook Theatre Society, More >

Under the Bright Sun
Oct 19 - Nov 14, Lunchbox Theatre, More >

Albertine in Five Times
Oct 20 - 31, University Of Calgary - Faculty Of Fine Arts, More >

I, Claudia
Oct 20 - Nov 8, Alberta Theatre Projects, More >

High and Splendid Braveries
Oct 20 - Nov 1, Equity Co-op, 403-221-3708

Oct 21 - 24, Fire Exit Theatre, More >

Beneath the Banyan Tree - Y Stage
Oct 23 - 25, Vertigo Theatre Centre with Theatre Direct Canada, More >

The Dreamer Examines His Pillow
Oct 28 - Nov 7, Rogues Theatre, More >

Cinderella - Pantomime
Oct 30 - Nov 7, Morpheus Theatre, More >


Oct 3 - 25, Citadel Theatre, More >

St. Nicholas
Oct 8 - 18, Trunk Theatre @ Catalyst Theatre, More >

Everybody Goes to Mitzi's
Oct 8 - 24, Teatro la Quindicina, More >

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Oct 14 - 24, Walterdale Theatre Associates, More >

The Jungle Book
Oct 17 - Nov 1, Geordie Productions, Citadel Theatre, More >

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Oct 19 - 27, Theatre Prospero, More >

The Bone House
Oct 22 - Nov 7, Village Theatre, Fringe Theatre Adventures, More >

Urban Tales 12: Motel
Oct 23 - 24, Northern Light Theatre, More >

Little Me
Oct 23 - 31, MacEwan's Centre for the Arts and Communications, More >

Oct 24, 27 & 29, Edmonton Opera, More >

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Oct 28 - 31, Two One-Way Tickets to Broadway Productions, More >

Double Bill: Adventures of the Famous Five & Lady M
Oct 28 - 31, MacEwan's Centre for the Arts and Communications, More >

Black Comedy
Oct 29 - Nov 7, University Of Alberta, Studio Theatre, More >

The Seed Savers
Oct 30 - Nov 8, Workshop West Theatre, More >



Marg Szkaluba (Pissy's Wife)
Oct 1 - 10, New West Theatre, Lethbridge, More >

Novel House
Oct 2 - Nov 1, Central Alberta Theatre, Red Deer, More >

Bonjour, là, bonjour
Oct 8 - 17, Red Deer College, Red Deer, More >

I Do, I Do
Oct 15 - 31, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Grande Prairie, More >

Oct 15 - 24, Keyano Theatre, Fort McMurray, More >

Hay Fever
Oct 20 - 24, University Of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, More >

The Drawer Boy
Oct 22 - 31, Ignition Theatre, Red Deer, More >

Disney's High School Musical Jr.
Oct 23 - 25, Peace Players, Peace River, More >

Oct 29 - Nov 7, Wetaskiwin Theatre Society Waterworks Players, Wetaskiwin, More >

IRL: In Real Life
Nov 1 - 3, Multi-youth Productions, Spruce Grove, More >

Murder Room
Nov 1 - 7, Leduc Drama Society, Leduc, More >

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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings



Marketing Manager, Epcor Centre

Music Programmer, Epcor Centre

Musicians, Attic Players

Program Coordinator, All Nations Theatre Society

Ticket Office & Sales Assistant, Vertigo Theatre



General Manager, Northern Light Theatre

Head of Wigs and Makeup, Citadel Theatre

Resident Technician, Fringe Theatre Adventures

Technical Director, Mayfield Dinner Theatre

Theatre Production Manager, Department of Drama, University of Alberta



Choreographers, Cornerstone Theatre, Canmore

Community Programs Coordinator, The Empress Theatre, Fort Macleod

Sound Technicians, Cornerstone Theatre, Canmore

Stage Managers, Cornerstone Theatre, Canmore



A Prairie Christmas Carol, The Heritage Park Players

I Love You Because, Attic Players

Love's Labour's Lost, The Shakespeare Company

Various, Workshop Theatre



Beautiful Thing, Walterdale Theatre Associates



Disco Themed Murder Mystery, Cornerstone Theatre, Canmore

Fertile Choices, Ignition Theatre, Red Deer



General auditions, Tant per Tant, Saskatoon, SK


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



Morpheus Theatre invites directors to make proposals for shows to be produced during their 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons. They encourage experienced and passionate directors to submit a letter of interest along with a resume of related theatre experience and background. More >

Deadline: November 15, 2009



Online applications are now being accepted for the 29th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, August 12 – 22, 2010. Applications are available for Indoor, TYA and Outdoor shows. The festival lottery will be drawn Monday, November 30, 2009. More >

Deadline: November 20, 2009



Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) - Edmonton region

If you are interested in getting your one act play on the stage, Stage Struck! 2010 is a perfect opportunity for self-producing artists. The ADFA provides the venue, a technician and an adjudicator at the festival. You provide the play (original or not), actors and director. More >

Deadline: November 30, 200


SAGE THEATRE'S IGNITE!: Calgary's Festival for Emerging Artists

Sage Theatre's IGNITE! is an multidisciplinary arts festival that features new works of theatre, dance, music and visual art, all created by emerging artists. Now in its sixth year, the festival gives up-and-coming artists the opportunity to collaborate on new work and showcase their talents with the support of professional mentors. This year's festival will run June 10-12, 2010 at the Pumphouse Theatres in Calgary, Alberta. More >

Deadline: December 11, 2009




October 15, 2009, Calgary

Get hands-on experience with "acting play" at the Epcor Centre - Arts Learning Studio. This technique relaxes students by establishing a safe environment for them to create and learn. More >



October 17 & 18, 2009, Edmonton

Acting coach Neil Schell presents, Give It Your All!, a two-day acting workshop. Participants will work a number of skills including career building, making audition tapes, and audition prep. More >



October 18, 2009, Calgary

Theatre Encounter presents Motivity, an intensive training program that leads actors, dancers and physical performers to investigate their 'physical vocabulary’, rooted in impulse, to understand the body/mind relationship in performance. An alternative approach to play creation and the rehearsal process is used not based on text. More >



Beginning October 31, 2009, Calgary

Company of Rogues offers Essentials of Film, a six week workshop with Studio Director Joe-Norman Shaw. If you wish to make the transition to film this is the course for you. Through the development of on-camera scene work you will gain a knowledge of the Film & Television Industry and the audition process. More >



Mondays, beginning November 2, 2009, Edmonton

Guided by playwright Chris Craddock, Alberta Playwrights' Network's Playwriting Circle will help you to focus your work and move forward with it, working with a small group of your peers. You bring the piece you’re currently working on, or would like to start working on. You set your own goals for the process. More >



Various dates, Edmonton

Sign up for a public improv workshop with Rapid Fire Theatre's top trainers. You CAN do this! Workshops are four-week sessions. You can attend a registration night (Tuesday October 27, 2009), or mail in your registration. More >



Various dates, Calgary

A one-day workshop with Rhonda Fisekci, Casting Director, in which we will explore the whole audition process from the moment you get your sides to leaving the audition room. 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 Theatre Garage carries a wide variety of theatrical supplies, including wigs; costume sales and rentals; accessories; hats; make-up; etc. For more information, including store hours, click here.



Stagefab Custom Manufacturing Inc. has off cuts of fabric and fabric that does not make the grade to be made into Stage Drapery. Sometimes these off cuts are just too short, have small holes, have crush marks or are misdyed. This fabric would be perfect for that backstage masking, riser skirts, catwalk masking or anywhere where you just need that piece of black to hide something.

This fabric is available free and by the box only. Each box could have a single piece or several pieces. The best part of this it is free all you need to pay for is the shipping (a 50 yard box weighs approx 75 lbs). Limit of 100 yards per organization. Supplies are available on a first come first serve basis. For more information, contact info@stagefab.com.


Stilt Walking with Green Fools Theatre is an excellent way to continue to develop your performance and character skills, stay fit and learn physical theatre skills/stilt walking, and make extra money in between jobs and shows. This is an ideal addition to a Calgary working actor's repertoire and is a fun way to make money and continue developing in your field. We encourage artists of all levels and experience to join our team. Email Dean Bareham for more information.



October 29, 2009, Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC)

Sonny's Song, by Dani RiChard, is a play in development for GPRC Fine Arts' Theatre Rising production for 2010. The Grande Prairie Friendship Centre and the College partnered in a Playwriting Competition for young Aboriginal Writers last winter, and one of GRPC's students, Dani RiChard, was the winner. Sonny's Song will be produced as a cultural offering to celebrate the Arctic Winter Games. More >

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New & Renewing Members

July 1 - August 31, 2009



Jessica Abdallah, Michael Aide-Akhibi, Amber Alexander, Rebecca Amiot, Wesdyne Amyotte, Jade Aubin, Ethan Bagwe, Samuel Banigan, Anna Barker, Thomas Barnet, Jillian Barvir, Jillian Bauer, Mairin Berezan, Carrie Berg, Bradley Bergeron, Rachel Bokenfohr, Lauren Bombardieri, Adelle Bonin, Ariana Brophy, Bo Bryant, Sinead Burns, Tori Burton, Carley Campbell, Adam Cardinal, Shelby Chalmers, Jerrin Chambers, Joseph Chartier, Isabelle Chatelain, Lisa Chell, Meghan Chippolla, Cassidy Civiero, Ruth Clark, Tristan Claude, Madison Conibear, Rebecca Considine, Kathleen Copland, Griffin Cork, Sarah Culkin, Sarah Cyr, Lisa Daniels, Caralea Dawson, Elisabeth Debold, Andrew Delong, Cole Dempsey, Lauren Derman, Christopher Deslaurier, Kianna Dewart, Carly Doran, Melissa Doucette, Cerah Dube, Ruth Dyck, Aleasha Eaton-Borja, Ida Edwards, Jerricka Elley, Ami Farrow, Kaitlyn Fellger, Caleb Fox, Morgan Galavan, Carly Gerrish, Tyler Gillrie, Kayla Gissing, Anna Glass, Gabrielle Goberdhan, Beth Good, Jordan Gow, Quinton Graham-Bennett, Geanette Greig, Sam Groenveld, Peter Gustainis, Margo Hamilton, Lesley Haney, Maren Hanna, Rachelle Hansen, Keelyn Hanson, Kathleen Harrell, Sydnee Heim, Jamie Henry, Jayson Hlus, Julianna Hunt, Jillian Iwanus, Angela James, Gabriel Janas, Samantha Janishewski, Jamie Johansson, Calyn Johnson, Julia Johnston, Kaitlyn Jones, Janelle Jorde, Shannon Joyes, Mary Anne Kelly, Kanako Kitaura, Allison Klause, Alice Knechtel, Lauren Kneteman, Annelise Knoot, Kelly Kozakevich, Jeff Kubik, Brenden Kunimoto, Devin Kuntz, Jonathan Laberge, Shamir Ladhani, Kim Lang, Meghan LaRose, Anna Lawrence, Corinne Leger, Molly Letkeman, Andrew Lewis, Kara Little, Austin Long, Ashley Loroff-Bilotta, Tyler Louis, Samuel Lowe, Marc Ludwig, Gabriel Lunn, Lynne MacDonald, Kendal Majdell, Nicole Marburg, Sarah Martin,  Matthew Matyszczuk, Liam McConnell, Calum McCracken, Maura McDowell, Linda McFetridge, Kate McIntyre, James McKinnon, Gregor McWalter, Allison Medeiros, Jillian Metcalfe, Katya Mierau, Lyall Miller,  Tayte Mitchell, Terezia Mizerova, Alexis Moar, Liam Monaghan, Nadia Monych, Eric Morton,  Taylor Moser, Lynne Marie Motoska, Dylan Mueller, Stephen Nesdoly, Julia Newton, Treena Newton, Rebecca O’Gorman, Rebecca O’Neill, Neil Oliver, Rachel Ormshaw, Erin Orris, Nikita Panousis, Krista Paton, Neil Pawliuk, Jennifer Peebles, Darrin Pelley, Braedan Pettigrew, Lynelle Pierzchalski, Emilie Poindessault, Jake Prins, Troy Prochner, Jon Raymond-Bhatt,  Ashlyn Renner, Afton Rentz, Scott Richardson, Kahlan  Roberts, Tara Robinson, Jade Robinson, Helen Rogers, Hilary Roskey, Ayden Ross, Austin Sanderson, Alexandra Saurette, Annie-Leigh Schur, Steve Shade, Kyle Sherman, Laura Silva, Julia Sine, Carmela Sison, Isaac Slabe, Chloe Smith, Alwyn Spyksma, Nanni Steetz, Darci Stewart, Madeleine Stout, Emily Sunderland, Taryn Sykes, Sierra Tanton, Ravinder Thind, Alanna Toogood, Stephen Tracey,  Julie Tychkowsky, Mike Unrau, Jeany Van Meltebeke, Jordan Verhappen, Carmen Vogel,  Dayna Walker, Keely Wambold, Kassandra Ward, Sarah Way, Megan Webster, Ashley Weir,  Cristiane Williams, Vanessa Wilson, Jennifer Wilson, Samuel Wolkow, Vanessa Woodford,  Joan Wyatt





Jordan Achtymichuk, Katielyn Anderson, Isaac Andrew, Sarah Bannister, Mariah Barton, Justen Bennett, Brittany Bertram, Raili Boe, Danielle Bourgon, Thomas Boyce, Kira Boyko, Emily Boyle, Breighanne Brandford, Shealeigh Brandford, Bob Cameron, Cole Cameron, Tanner Campbell, Sydney Campbell, Sean Carley, Kara Chamberlain, Katherine Clark, Alyson Connolly, Quinn Contini, Franco Correa, Shelby Cox-Dersch, Col Cseke, Anna Davidson, Robert DeAtley, Amy DeFelice, Jonathan Deppisch, Marnie Dodd, Elizabeth Dolcemore, Morgan Donald, Tim Dowler-Coltman, Jamie Dunsdon, Rebecca duPlessis, Nicholas Eaton, Kristine Erickson, Cassandra Fairhurst, Hannah Falk, Nicole Ferguson, Kristen Finlay, Anna Fodchuk, Alexandria Fortier, Benjamin Fournell, Brittney Francis, Kiel Fredrickson, Rebecca Friesen, Sophie Gareau-Brennan, Victoria Gill, Karen Goerzen, Caitlin Goruk, Amber Hager, Jaquelynn Hall, Evan Hall, Jessica Harb, Kyle Headrick, Michael Heaney, Cynthia Hicks, Keely Hilario, Alyshia Hobday, Rupert Hudson, Mary Hulbert, Anna Irwin-Borg, Kelsey Jacobson, Jesse Jacobson, Lindsay James, Maya Jimenez, Jamie Keller, Bre-Ann Kelly, Marcia Kiewiet, April Killins, Floyd King, Brittany Klassen, Brooklynn Knutson, Jamie Koble, Chelsey Labatiuk, Lauren LaPrairie, Laura Larocque, Neil LeGrandeur, Kelly Lessard, April Lockwood, Hannah Lunn, Shannon Macelli, Rain Mair, Kieryn Marcellus, AvaJane Markus, Robert Markus, Sally Mayne, James McCarthy, Erin McDougall, Duncan McDougall, Jen McNeilly, Elisa McRae, Stephanie Medford, Elizabeth Milino, Erika Moore, Logan Moore, Adam Morgan, Carina Morton, Karyn Mott, Shannon Murphy, Wilmari Myburgh, Laura Myers, Jolana Nanista, Alice Nelson, Sara Nestorovich, Kristine Nielsen, Carmen Nieuwenhuis, Cole Olson, Haley Othen, Carla Padgett, Adrianne Parke, Rachel Petit, Trevor Pick, Chris Pickering, Laura Porter, Holly Poskus, Andrea Pumphrey, Andrea Rankin, Jenilyn Rawson, Mireille Rijavec, Jenna Rodgers, Holleay Rohm, Kougar Rossetti, Isabelle Rousseau, Taylor Rubin, John Rusich, Kylen Sabey, Vanessa Sabourin, Kyla Schenk, Ryan Schmitt, Mariah Schroder, Shelley Scott. Lucas Seeger, Vanessa Sheppard, Mathieu Simpson, Darryl Sinclair, Diane Sinclair, Morgan Skrypnek, Adrienne Smook, Gwen Snell, Casey Sobool, Nolan Staysko, Glenda Stirling, Jan Streader, Theresa Sweet, Frances Takach, Jessica Tanguay, Kai Thompson, Jake Tkaczyk, Grant Tolley, Paige Valgardson, Emma Wakefield, Kenny Ward, Kaylee Waterfield, Samantha Watson, Jillian Way,
Erinn Webb, Roxanna Wegenast, Wade Weller, Norman Westman, Stephanie Whitebone, Jordan Wiens, Katherine Willis, Carolyn Yonge, Emma Yonge, Stefan Young, Alannah Zilkowsky


Association of United Ukrainian Canadians Branch 2 (A.U.U.C), Citadel Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre and Restaurant, Fort McMurray interPLAY Society (Events Wood Buffalo), Gas & Light Productions, Ghost River Theatre, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Ignition Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, Mannville and Area Performing Arts Society, Millwoods Christian School, Mob Hit Productions, Mount Royal University, Multi Youth Productions, Our Dinner Theatre Ltd, Pumphouse Theatre Society, Sage Theatre, TALES Calgary, Theatre Prospero, Three Hills Arts Academy Society, Two One Way Tickets to Broadway Productions


A warm and sincere thank you to Strathmore Theatre Players for their generous donation to Theatre Alberta.

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