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"Opening night is the night before the play is ready to open."
- George Jean Nathan

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Calgary, October 22 – 25, 2009

Explore the shadowy cracks and crannies of humanity, society, and our identity. Shine a light into those darkened corners and surprise yourself by what is revealed…

This year’s featured guest and keynote speaker is award-winning Canadian playwright and filmmaker Colleen Murphy. PlayWorks Ink 2009’s dynamic line up of instructors and panelists includes Colleen Murphy, Jillian Keiley, Dennis Cahill, Kevin McKendrick, and Vicki Stroich, to name just a few!

Spark your own creative process of illumination and dive into one or more of the following classes • Page to Stage with Conni Massing • Activism for Artists with Jane Heather • Actions Speak Louder than Words with Lynda Adams • Let There Be Light with Roger Schultz • Imagination Playground with Eric Rose.

Attend showcase readings of plays from Stephen Massicotte, David Sealy, Jeremy Park, and Meg Braem, a Keynote address by Colleen Murphy, a panel discussion with Colleen Murphy, Jillian Keiley, Ron Jenkins, and Vicki Stroich ... and so much more!

Join us in Calgary for PlayWorks Ink 2009—registration is now open! To download the brochure or to register online, click here.



The December Man  by Colleen Murphy

“In the aftermath of the 1989 Montreal Massacre, Benoît and Kathleen do everything they can to help their beloved son cope with his guilt and rage… but Jean’s young life becomes unglued. Using humour and the humdrum of everyday life, Murphy intuitively moves backwards in time to the fateful day when Jean, the only ray of hope in this working-class family, escaped the massacre… or thought he did. This searing drama on courage, heroism and despair explores the long private shadow that public violence casts.”

Winner of the  2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, the CAA/Carol Bolt Award for Drama and the 2006 Enbridge playRites Award.



The library will be open on Saturdays beginning September 12, 2009.  The library is open 10am to 3pm Monday through Saturday unless otherwise indicated.

Please note that the library will be closed and the book drop unavailable September 5 – 7, 2009, for the Labour Day weekend.  



Episodes 19, 20 and 21 of Dramatic Impact: Acting and Theatre in Alberta contain the full recordings of interviews with director and facilitator David van Belle, actor Richard Lee Hsi and Drop-In Centre client and volunteer Linda Coleman. The interviews were recorded after performances of The Invisible Project at the Drop-In Centre shelter and at City Hall during Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo.

In the first short interview, Linda Coleman discusses her reaction to the play and how the content of the play related to her own life experiences with homelessness. The Drop-In Centre is a homeless shelter that can house up to 1250 men and women per night and that serves up to 3500 meals per day. The Invisible Project is an original play based on on-site research with homeless people, featuring masks created by Douglas Witt.

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Alberta Arts Days is a three-day celebration of Alberta's arts and culture. September 18 - 20, 2009, communities across Alberta will be humming with creative energy. From classrooms to concert halls, from libraries to choir lofts and sidewalks to studios, Albertans everywhere will bring the very spirit of Alberta to life.

Get involved. Discover, experience and celebrate Alberta's vibrant arts and culture scene. For a listing of events across the province, or to post an event, click here.



Arts at the Assembly is an opportunity for artists in Alberta to promote awareness and continued support among our elected Members of the Legislative Assembly. Alberta’s artists have enjoyed an increasing level of support in recent years, and we want to acknowledge the importance of government support for cultural industries and encourage our elected officials to stay the course, and continue to support the arts. This awareness and advocacy initiative is being spearheaded by the Professional Artists Coalition of Edmonton and is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council. The Arts at the Assembly campaign will take place in November 2009. More >


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Shows Opening

September 3 - October 7

Full Playbill



The Importance of Being Earnest
Sept 4 - 12, Morpheus Theatre, More >

Jake and the Kid
Sept 8 - Oct 27, Theatre Calgary, More >

Camp Kibosh
Sept 11 -25, Pegasus Performances, More >

Power Lunch
Sept 14 - Oct 10, Lunchbox Theatre, More >

Enoch Arden in the Hope Shelter
Sept 17 - 26, Downstage, More >

Blood Relations
Sept 19 - Oct 11, Vertigo Mystery Theatre, More >

Shakespeare's Dog
Sept 22 - Oct 10, Alberta Theatre Projects, More >

Charlotte's Web
Sept 24 - 27, Centre Stage Theatre Company, More >

Sept 24 - Oct 3, Sage Theatre, More >

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Sept 25 - Oct 18, Storybook Theatre, More >



The Drowsy Chaperone
Sept 5 - Oct 4, The Citadel Theatre, National Arts Centre & Vancouver Playhouse, More >

Springboards New Play Festival
Postponed until Spring 2010, Workshop West Theatre, More >

Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen
Sept 17 - 27, Northern Light Theatre, More >

Des fraises en janvier
Sept 24 - Oct 4, L'UniTheatre, More >

The Woman in Black
Sept 29 - Oct 18, Theatre Network, More >



A Guide to Mourning
Sept 10- 26, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Grande Prairie, More >

Getting Sara Married
Sept 11- 12, Airdrie Little Theatre, Airdrie, 403-948-8824

Mary's Wedding
Sept 11 - Oct 24, Rosebud Theatre, Rosebud, More >

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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings



Admin Assistant/Grants Administrator, Calgary Young People's Theatre

Administrative Assistant, Arts Learning & Creative City

Business Manager, Theatre Junction GRAND

Drama Instructors, Ambition Arts

Managing Director, Alberta Theatre Projects

Puppeteers, Puppets for Peace (PFP)



Assistant to the Managing Producer, Catalyst Theatre

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Citadel Theatre

Head Electrician, Edmonton Opera (EOA)

Programming Coordinator, FAVA (Film & Video Arts Society - Alberta

Resource Development Intern, FAVA (Film & Video Arts Society - Alberta



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



Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, Broadway West Productions

Second Bloom, Fire Exit Theatre and Reinholdt Productions

Various, Storybook Theatre



Lend Me a Tenor, Walterdale Theatre

The Glass Menagerie, Citadel Theatre



Carnival, New West Theatre , Lethbridge

To Wake the Dead, Vision Theatre Players, Cochrane



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


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 Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is seeking a consultant to develop workshops on Set Etiquette and Set Safety, based on outlines developed by CHRC's Working Group on Health and Safety for the Film and Television Industry; and on existing resources of bulletins/guidelines/programs in various provinces. The consultant will also deliver the workshops in 4 locations (to be decided). More >

Deadline: September 15, 2009



The Canada Council for the Arts invites nominations for the 2009 John Hobday Awards. Two annual prizes of up to $10,000 each are awarded to experienced managers and future leaders in arts management, through two initiatives: Professional Development and Renewal, and Mentorship. Visit the Canada Council website for revised guidelines.

Deadline: September 30, 2009


Alberta’s Board Development Program is seeking volunteers to train as workshop instructors. Successful applicants receive specialized training in board governance and are expected to conduct 10 workshops with boards of not-for-profit organizations over a period of 2-1/2 years. Travel expenses are covered. More >

Deadline: October 2, 2009



Banff Centre For The Arts, January 24 - February 7, 2010

Interrarium is a multi-disciplinary platform for contemporary performance that explores and reveals creative process related to dance, theatre, new media, music and hybrid forms of performance.  More >

Deadline: November 15, 2009



September 15, Calgary

Creative SpaceMaking highlights innovative partnerships that have successfully anchored creative communities within sustainable and affordable spaces. This one-day workshop, presented by Calgary Arts Development, offers leading advice, tools and a chance to meet the experts during interactive sessions on topics ranging from project planning to feasibility analysis, capital fundraising and governance models. More >



Various Dates, Edmonton

Firefly Theatre has announced their workshop lineup for Fall 2009. Offerings include Intro to Aerial Skills and Dance Trapeze. More >



October/November, Edmonton

FAVA (Film & Video Arts Society - Alberta) presents Acting & the Camera, a class for actors designed to explore working with the camera. With a strong focus on the audition process, actors will hone their skills using material that encompasses commercials, television and feature films. More >



December 11 - 13, Banff Centre for the Arts

Join celebrated playwright Daniel MacIvor and investigate the process of creating and developing original text — whether it be a monologue, dialogue, a fully-formed idea, or a vague notion. This workshop is designed for playwrights and actors who are interested in creating performance text. More >

Deadline: October 23, 2009

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


October 29 - 31, Kananaskis

The Alberta Fine Arts Council presents Arts Education on the Move: Worlds United, an opportunity for fine arts instructors to immerse themselves in the arts, share a few laughs, get creative and innovative and help shape the future of Arts Education in Alberta!


Lunchbox Theatre , Calgary

Workshop West Theatre, Edmonton

For details, rental rates, and contact information, please click here.

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New & Renewing Members

April 1 - June 30, 2009



Janet Allcock, Rona Altrows, Ashley Barrington, Deborah Bird, Claire Bolton, Mathieu Bourassa, Joel Brooks, Ron  Chambers, Joshua Dalledonnoe, Michael Davidson, Angela DeCorte, Tess Degenstein, Collin Doyle, Heather Falk, Rebecca Fishman, Richelle  Flitton, Caitlin Gerber, Vivian Giese, Blythe Haynes, Nicole Higginson, Rajwinder Hundal, Teodona Ivanova, Jessica Jain, Michaela Jeffery, Ursula Jordan, Jared Knapp, Helen Knight, Jenny Kost, Danielle LaRose, Michaila MacDonald, Hayley MacDonald, Dustin MacDougall, Tim Mallandaine, Byron Martin, Branden Martin, Valerie Mason-John, Ben McFee, Matthew  McKinney, Elisa McRae, Josh Murdoch, Natasha Napoleao, Jillian Nozack, Cathy Ostelere, Steven Owad, Kathy Parris, Mike Patton, Rachel Rawson, Jaimi Reese, Mireille Rijavec, Danielle Rishaug, Jessica RobertShaw, Alexandra Ryan-Wong, Nicole Sekiya, Kyla Shinkewski, Les Sorenson, Caylee Stewart, Lexy Stromecki, Robyn Wallis, Erin Weir, Doran Werner, Bobbi Westman, Rebecca Whitcher, Shawn Whyte, Angie Wong, Erin Wood, Charlotte Wyvill


East of 60 Productions Society, Into the Light Productions, Taber Players



Fred Antoniw, Mary Lou Armstrong, Dimitri Arvanitis, Parveen  Bakshi, April Banigan, Stewart Bartlett, Peter Bass, Andrea Beca, Kevin Bennett, Scott Bennie, Alyssa Billingsley, Sean Bowie, Anne Marie Bruzga, Kim Bunka, Dustin Chok, Ellen Chorley, Heather Chorley, Julie Chrapko, Shea Christie, Anh Chu, Dale Clark, Brittney Cressy, Elizabeth Danyluk, Alexx Darwent-Daignault, Adrienne Donnelly, Leah Doz, Devon Dubnyk, Pattie Dwyer, Sarah Echegoyen, Samara Emsley, Katherine Fadum, David Findlay, Candice Fiorentino, Charlene Fletcher, Gregory Frame, Joan Glasgow, Matt Gould, Kathleen Hankinson, Sebastian Hanlon, Patti Hawreliak, Melissa Heagy, James Hernchak, Melanie Higgins, Tammy Horne, Ryan Hughes, Mark  Ikeda, Lauren Jarman, Erin Jenkins, Cathie Johnson, Joan Kallal, Nicholas Kardas, Melissa  Korpan, Kate Kozakiewicz, Diana Kroetsch, Roxyanna Lachambre, Jill Lebbert, Monica LeBlond-Davidson, Lester Lee, Sandy Lee, Anna-Maria LeMaistre, Brett Lemay, Jozel Lemire, Christine Lesiak, Carys Lewis, Megan Lindmark, Caroline Livingstone, Heather Lobban, Michaila MacDonald, Jane MacFarlane, Peter MacKay, Ryan MacKenzie, Cheryl Matheson Swan, Naomi McQuaid, Joanne McQuarrie, Kelly Medeiros, Scott Mitchell, Keith Munro, Anthea Naylor, Jaclyn Nestman, Kristy Neufeld, Amanda Neufeld, Ellen Nickles, Keiran O'Callaghan, Jillian Oberg, Arlene Orchard, Ryan Parker, Carmell Pelly, Ashley Perreault, Monice Peter, Jessica Peverett, Doreen Piehl, Kimberly Precht, Jonathan Pretty, Vanessa Prinsen, Kirsten Rasmussen, John Rawson, Angela Richter, Melody Robinet, Margaret Rodgers, Michael Rogers, Arielle Rombough, Bryan Rudelich, Caroline Russell-King, Aaron Sabourin, Adrianne Salmon, Jessica Savard, Nicole Schafenacker, Joshua Schilds, Ian Schultz, Heather Seehagel, Louise Shore, Scott Shpeley, Harriet Siemens, Garett Spelliscy, Andrea Sproxton, Ayla Stephen, Chris Stockton, Jessica Strang, Janet Stumph, Ainsley Sulit, Anne Marie Szucs, Carolyn Thomas, Michael Tourand, Angela Valiant, Matt Van Boeyen, Sara Vickruck, Catherine Walsh, Riley Webster, Jennifer Webster, Adam Weidl, Lisa Whitson, Stephanie Wigston, Dale Wilson, Jessica Wood, Donovan Workun, Alexandra Wylie, Christa Young


Avalon Jr High School, Azimuth Theatre Association, CITT Alberta Section, Edwin Parr Composite High School, Firefly Theatre and Circus Society, Into the Light Productions, Kompany Family Theatre, L'Unitheatre, Lethbridge Musical Theatre, Medicine Hat Musical Theatre, TALES Edmonton, Theatre Calgary, Theatre Junction GRAND, Theatre Rising, University of Lethbridge, Vertigo Theatre, Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts, Walterdale Theatre Associates


A warm and sincere thank you to Erin Orris, Karen King, About Time Productions and Strathmore Theatre Players Guild for their generous donations to Theatre Alberta.

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