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"Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play, just as a great deal of mystery is always left in the revelation of character in life, even in one's own character to himself." – Tennessee Williams

What's New at TA

 

EMERGING TALENT

Coming up this month, post secondary institutions around Alberta come together to present this year's graduating actors at the 2010 Emerge auditions. Participating in this year's Emerge are graduates of Grant MacEwan Univeristy, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, Rosebud School of the Arts, Company of Rogues, Playhouse North School of Theatre, and Mount Royal University. Congratulations graduates!

Emerge Edmonton takes place April 12 in Zeidler Hall at the Citadel Theatre, and Emerge Calgary will be held in the Engineered Air Theatre at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts on April 19.

 

ARTSTREK REGISTRATIONS POURING IN!

DRAMAWORKS 2010 REGISTRATION GOES LIVE!

Registration for Dramaworks 2010 is off to the races! This year’s summer workshops include active explorations in physical and vocal performance, an acting intensive covering classical and contemporary material, playwriting dramatic interaction, backstage tactics, tips, and tricks for creating magical moments, ensuring technically safe theatre venues, achieving directorial vision through collaboration, improvising new stories, and discovering the full expression of stage combat.

Our special feature professional workshop brings North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) Theatre to us from New York State! Based on the work of master teachers in the traditions of The Odin Teatret, Jerzy Grotowski, and Canadian company Primus, co-founder and Artistic Director Tannis Kowalchuk will lead professional participants though an exploration of NACL Theatre’s training and theatre creation methods.

Register online, by phone or fax. Early Bird Deadline is May 28, 2010.

 

LIBRARIAN'S TIP

Pathfinders:  Guides to Resources

Finding great resources for whatever your purpose can be an overwhelming experience.  To assist you in making the task a little less daunting, we have created some pathfinders specifically targeting resources in Theatre Alberta’s library collection.  The pathfinders have recently been updated and are available for your perusal.  They can be viewed at:  www.theatrealberta.com/LibraryPathfinders.htm

Returning Books After Hours

Our drop box is located outside our office doors when we are closed.  It can be accessed by coming in through the South (back) entrance of the building between the hours of 8:15am – 10:30pm Monday through Friday and 8:30am – 4:30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

The security guard will buzz you in.  If you have any questions please call us at 780-422-8162.

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Theatre News

 

2010 ALBERTA LITERARY AWARDS SHORTLIST

The Writers Guild of Alberta is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2010 Alberta Literary Awards! The Alberta Literary Awards recognize and celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta authors. Awards jurors have deliberated 183 submissions to select 32 finalists in nine categories. Finalists represent extraordinary literary work written by Alberta authors and published in 2009. Winners will be announced and awards presented at the Alberta Book Awards Gala on Friday May 14, 2010 at the Delta South Hotel (4404 Gateway Boulevard) in conjunction with the Book Publishers Association of Alberta’s (BPAA) Alberta Book Publishing Awards and the presentation of the inaugural Alberta Readers’ Choice Award, a $10,000 prize! More >

 

AFA GRANT PROGRAM RESTRUCTURING

In an effort to ensure Alberta Foundation for the Arts programming continues to meet the needs of the province’s Arts communities, in 2006 the AFA undertook a three-year evaluation of its programming structure. Feedback from over 2000 stakeholders representing Alberta’s artists and arts organizations was received and helped to inform the AFA about programming successes, opportunities and challenges to stakeholders. Feedback gathered through the evaluation has led to the formation of a new structure for grant programming designed to streamline the application process and increase the efficiency of program administration. More >

 

CANADA COUNCIL CALENDAR OF APPLICATION DEADLINES 2010-11

The Calendar of Application Deadlines 2010-11 is now available on the Canada Council for the Arts website. More >

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Shows Opening

April 7 - May 5

Full Playbill

CALGARY

Second Year Cabaret
Apr 7 - 9, The Playhouse North School Of Theatre More >

The Producers
Apr 8 - June 13, Stage West Theatre Restaurants More >

In the Wake
Apr 8 - 10 & 13 - 17, Downstage More >

The Tooth Fairy - Y Stage
Apr 9 - 11, 15 - 16, Vertigo Theatre Centre with The Old Trout Puppet Workshop More>

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Apr 10 - May 1, Storybook Theatre Society More >

This Could Be Love
Apr 12 - May 8, Lunchbox Theatre  More >

Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits
Apr 15 - 17, Front Row Centre Players  More >

First Year Showcase
Apr 16, The Playhouse North School Of Theatre  More >

PlayWorks One Act Festival
Apr 17 - 22, Victoria School Of The Arts   More >

25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee
Apr 20 - May 9, Theatre Calgary   More >

Don Giovanni
Apr 24, 28 & 30, Calgary Opera   More >

Communion
Apr 27 - May 15, Alberta Theatre Projects   More >

The Spaghetti Western Orchestra
Apr 28 - 30, Theatre Junction Grand   More >

Greening of the Earth
Apr 28, TALES Calgary, 403-283-9489 

The Vajayjay Monologues
Apr 28 - May 8, Urban Curvz Theatre  More > 

EDMONTON

The Mail Order Bride
Apr 7 - 17, Walterdale Theatre Associates More >

Speech & Debate
Apr 8 - 18, Northern Light Theatre More >

Les médecins de Molière
April 8 - 11, L'uniThéâtre More >

Student Directed One Acts
Apr 10 - 12, Theatre At Concordia More >

The Drowning Girls
Apr 10 - May 2, Citadel Theatre More >

Frankenstein
Apr 11 - 18, Catalyst Theatre More >

As You Like It
Apr 17 - May 9, Citadel Theatre More >

Ladies Who Lynch
Apr 22 - May 8, Azimuth Theatre Association More >

Dry the Rain
Apr 23 - May 2, Workshop West Theatre More >

Otello
Apr 24, 27 & 29, Edmonton Opera More >

Don Giovanni
Apr 24, 28 & 30, Calgary Opera More >

 

ALBERTA

Oklahoma!
Apr 15 - 24, Barrhead Community Theatre, Barrhead 780-674-2882

Sorry 'bout That - Burlesque Revue
April 4 - 24, Sorry 'bout That - Burlesque Revue, Peace River More >

The Blue Light
Apr 22 - May 1, Keyano Theatre, Fort McMurray More >

The Little Prince
Apr 22 - May 1, Windmill Theatre Players, High River More >

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show
Apr 22 - Oct 15, Cornerstone Theatre & Restaurant, Canmore More >

Evening of Desserts and Entertainment
April 23 - 24, Holy Redeemer Catholic Jr/Sr High School, Edson 780-723-7437

Youth Production
April 24, Kelsey Drama Club, Kelsey 780-672-4394

Spring Comedy Dinner Theatre
April 28 - May 1, Friends Of The Majestic Theatre, Bashaw 780-372-2022

Chickens
April 29 - May 8, Wetaskiwin Theatre Society Waterworks Players, Wetaskiwin   More >

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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings

JOBS

{ CALGARY }

Acting Coaches, Calgary

Lighting Designer, The Painted Fish Theatre Company

Stage Manager, The Painted Fish Theatre Company

Voice and Music Teachers, Summit School of Dance and Music

 

{ EDMONTON }

Assistant Chair - Administration, University of Alberta Department of Drama

Interim Tour Coordinator - Alberta Opera Musical Theatre for Young People

Production Assistant, Kompany Family Theatre

Stage Manager, Kompany Family Theatre

 

{ ALBERTA }

Director, Keyano Theatre, Fort McMurray, AB

 

{ CANADA }

Artistic Director, Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops, BC

Artistic Producer, Theatre North West, Prince George, BC

Disability Arts Officer, The Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, ON

Executive Director, Playwrights Guild of Canada, Toronto, ON

Production Manager, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg, MB

Production Manager, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Vancouver, BC

AUDITIONS

{ CALGARY }

General Auditions, Alberta Theatre Projects

Heterophobia, Beyond Closed Doors Productions

General Auditions, Evergreen Theatre

General Auditions, Theatre Encounter

General Auditions, Quest Theatre

General Auditions, Vertigo Theatre

StoryBook Glee Club Theatre School, StoryBook Theatre

 

{ EDMONTON }

Billy Bishop Goes to War, Citadel Theatre

Character: A Comical Defiance of Impossibility, Arched Eyebrow Productions

The Missadventurous Perils of Pauline, Kompany Family Theatre

 

{ ALBERTA }

Night of Staged Readings, Scripts at Work, Red Deer, AB

Passion Play 2010, Canadian Badlands Passion Play, Drumheller, AB

 

{ CANADA }

Brighton Beach Memoirs, Gateway Theatre, Richmond, BC

General Auditions,Theatre North West, Vancouver, BC

General Auditions, The Golden Apple Theatre, Saskatoon, SK

General Auditions, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Winnipeg, MB

 

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


SUBMISSIONS

ARTSTREK AND DRAMAWORKS 50th ANNIVERSARY - Call to Alumni

2010 is the 50th Anniversary of Artstrek and Dramaworks and we want everyone who has ever been involved to help us celebrate! We'll keep you up-to-date with plans for the celebrations this summer, include you in the database of our fifty-year history, and send you an official invitation to the party. You can also share your memories and photographs on Facebook by joining the groups "Artstrek 50th Anniversary" and "Dramaworks 50th Anniversary." You may even find a long-lost friend! Please help us make 2010 a birthday to remember. More >

Deadline July 2010

 

indie5 SEASON SUBMISSIONS

Founded in 2006, indie5 serves as an umbrella society for independent, professional theatre. Over the past four years our seasons have been an array of diverse, independent companies all looking to stretch theatrical boundaries. We aim to include different artists and companies each year, and our objective is to present unusual, risky, dangerous and unique work to Edmonton audiences.

Applications will be judged on the merit of the proposed production, the actual plausibility of putting the project up and what the company will bring that is unique to the indie5 season. indie5 presents theatrical work, but multidisciplinary projects, clown, dancetheatre, cabaret, performance art and other discipline bending, mind stretching ideas will be enthusiastically considered. More >

Deadline April 30, 2010

 

SIMINOVITCH PRIZE  - Call for nominations for Canadian Directors

Canada’s largest annual theatre arts award, the 2010 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre will be given to a professional director who advances Canadian theatre through a body of work achieved in recent years, while influencing and inspiring younger theatre artists. More >

Deadline June 4, 2010

WORKSHOPS

INTERNATIONAL VOICE WORKSHOPS WITH RICHARD ARMSTRONG- deadline extended

Introductory May 24 - 26, 2010 - The Banff Centre

Advanced May 27 - June 6, 2010 - The Banff Centre

The vocal training central to these workshops focuses on exploring and expanding range and character, and emphasizes good use of breath, body alignment, and physical grounding. There is a special emphasis on the connection between the voice and the personality of each participant. The workshops may include the development of original material through improvisation with scenes, text, scores, songs, and space. Actors and playwrights, singers, and songwriters, and those who interact with them are welcome to attend. More >

 

THE LONG AND SHORT OF PLAYWRITING

April 30 - May 2, 2010 - Red Deer College

Acclaimed Calgary Playwright, Neil Fleming, will be leading an intensive, three-day workshop on the art of playwriting. This course will run in conjunction with Red Deer College’s Theatre Studies Department/Theatre Society’s SAW (Scripts at Work) event. This is not an introductory course. Experienced and emerging playwrights 19 years of age or older are welcome to apply. More >

 

ONE YELLOW RABBIT SUMMER LAB INTENSIVE

June 21 - July 11, 2010 - Calgary

Open to actors, writers, directors, dancers and other artists with advanced study in their field, the One Yellow Rabbit Summer Lab Intensive is designed to teach performance creation techniques, enhance performance skills, stimulate the imagination, and to fascinate, motivate and initiate. More >

 

HITTING THE HIGH NOTES VOCAL WORKSHOP WITH DONALD BELL

April 18, 2010 - Calgary

Have you always had trouble reaching for those high notes? Maybe felt that your upper register had more in common with a chicken squawking than a nightingale trilling? Donald will be introducing participants to new approaches and information which can be applied to old habits. Sense of humour, open attitude and boundless enthusiasm required! 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

LOOKING FOR ARTS SPACE?

Looking for arts space? Register as an Arts Habitat Space Seeker on the Edmonton Arts Council website and receive email notification if space meeting your requirements becomes available. More >

 

PROPS NEEDED FOR NUNSENSE THE MEGA MUSICAL

A Calgary production of Nunsense the Mega Musical is seeking the following props: an old large metal school bell and two wood or plastic boat oars. More >

 

THE 2010 CALGARY INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL: call for volunteers

The Calgary International Children’s Festival (CICF), presented by Qualico Communities, is now accepting applications to fill various positions during the 2010 Festival (May 25-29). The Festival, North America’s third largest performing arts festival of its kind, is held at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts and on Olympic Plaza. More >

 

EVENTS

JOEL COHEN : Lessons on Creativity and Innovation from The Simpsons

April 8, 2010 - Edmonton

Joel Cohen, Writer and Co-Executive Producer on The Simpsons will be in Edmonton on Thursday, April 8th at Alberta College’s Muttart Hall (10050 MacDonald Drive) at 7pm. Cohen will deliver a hilarious and provocative talk on “Lessons in Creativity and Innovation from The Simpsons”. More >

 

TAKING FLIGHT : A Festival of Student Work

April 6-17, 2010 - University of Calgary - Faculty of Fine Arts

The conclusion to the 2009/2010 season, Taking Flight is a matchless opportunity to celebrate student performers, designers and technicians. Taking Flight allows the public an opportunity to see the cumulative work of Drama classes on campus. The festival is unique in Calgary in its diversity and range of performances with selections extending from staged readings by graduate level playwrights to complete one act plays by some of the world’s most respected playwrights. More >

 

STRIPPED DOWN PROFESSIONAL PLAY READING SERIES

April 16-18, 2010 - Edmonton

STRIPPED DOWN TURNS UP THE HEAT! Award-winning, in-your-face, and provocative are some of the superlatives highlighting this year’s lineup of the Stripped Down professional play reading series presented by Theatre Yes. Tickets are Pay What You Will, and all proceeds are in support of the Edmonton Artists Urban Village, a chapter of PAL Canada More >

 

2010 ARTISTS FOR LIFE: EDMONTON

April 17, 2010 - Edmonton

Tickets are now on sale for 2010 Artists for Life: Edmonton, a fundraiser for HIV Edmonton hosted by JTMF West. Hosted by Michael Phair, the event will feature a performance of "Addition: An Unconventional Love Story", by Edmonton playwright Justen Bennett. This performance will feature 2 of the 3 original actors from their incredibly successful run at the 2009 Edmonton Fringe Festival, receiving 4.5 stars out of 5, and will again be helmed by Bennett, fresh off his huge success directing "Beautiful Thing" at the Walterdale Theatre. More >

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New & Renewing Members

March 1 - 31, 2010

 
NEW MEMBERS

Individuals

Stephen Greenhalgh, Sarah Mathison

Groups

Camrose Main Street Players

RENEWING MEMBERS

Individuals

April Banigan, Caroline Boddy, Amy Dettling, Elizabeth Bowering, Wendy Collins, Erin Crealock, Stacy Fysh, Becky Halliday, Zoe Hawnt, Trevor Hildebrand, Franco Imbrogno, Andrew Legg, Megan Lindmark, Annette Loiselle, Jeremy Mason, Roberta Mauer Phillips, Charles Netto, Sherry Paran, Chantal Perron, Wanda Reinholdt, Chelsea Restall, Trevor Rueger, Graeme Scallion, Wes Schofield, Scott Swan, Karen Towsley, Sam Varteniuk, Stephanie Wigston

Groups

Ecole Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School, Esplanade Arts and Heritage, Daysland Little Theatre, King's Players, Edmonton Opera

DONORS

A warm and sincere thank you to Amy Dettling, Karen King, Wanda Reinholdt, Gail Will and the City of Medicine Hat Esplanade Arts and Heritage for their generous donations to Theatre Alberta.

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