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"In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught." - Baba Dioum

What's New at TA

 

DRAMAWORKS 2010 IS STILL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS

Classes are filling up but there are still spots available in these exciting workshops: North American Cultural Laboratory (New York) Theatre Intensive with NACL Artistic Director Tannis Kowalchuk, Activating Your Centre with Glenda Stirling, Classical to Contemporary Acting Intensive with Frank Zotter, Finding Your Authentic Voice with Betty Moulton, and Directorial Vision: Collaboration in Action with Ron Jenkins. Professional artists, intermediate and beginner performers, educators and directors: don’t miss out on these incredible learning opportunities!

Dramaworks runs July 2 - 11, 2010.

Early bird registration has been extended to June 6!

More >

 

PLAYBILL POSTER 2010/2011 - SUBMIT YOUR SEASON NOW!

LIBRARIAN'S PICK

God of Carnage By Yasmina Reza

What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behavior of their children? A calm and rational debate between grown-ups about the need to teach kids how to behave properly? Or a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums and tears before bedtime? Boys will be boys, but the adults are usually worse - much worse.

2009 Tony Award Winner for Drama

 

HOLIDAY LOAN PERIODS

Library material loan period may be extended for vacations if the books do not have reserves. Simply let the librarian know and the loan period can be adjusted to meet your needs.

 

LIBRARY HOLIDAY HOURS

Just a reminder that Theatre Alberta’s library will be closed on Saturdays beginning June 5th, 2010. Saturday hours at the library will resume September 11, 2010.

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Theatre News

 

2010 ADULT AND HIGH SCHOOL PROVINCIAL ONE ACTS

The 2010 Adult Provincial One Act Play Festival was held May 14 - 15, 2010 in Whitecourt, AB. The 2010 High School Provincial One Act Play Festival was held May 13 - 15, 2010 in Red Deer, AB.

Congratulations to both festivals and all of the participants! More >

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 44th ANNUAL APN ALBERTA PLAYWRITING COMPETITION!

The Alberta Playwrights’ Network is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Alberta Playwriting Competition, the longest running provincial competition of its kind in Canada. This year 60 entries in total were received from across Alberta, the largest entry field in the history of the contest. Congratulations to Edmonton playwright Matt Mackenzie and Calgary playwright Jeremy Park. Matt received the Grand Prize Category honour for his full-length play SIA, and Jeremy received the Discovery Prize Category honour for his play Barren Beasts. More >

 

EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR SELF-EMPLOYED - What is the impact on freelance artists and cultural workers?

Following the November 2009 announcement of the federal government's extension of Employment Insurance special benefits to the self-employed, the Cultural Human Resources Council has released a report on the extension of EI special benefits for self-employed people and the impact of these changes on artists and cultural workers. More >

 

FOUNDER OF THE EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL AWARDED THE ORDER OF CANADA

Brian Paisley is a cultural visionary who has left an indelible mark on Canadian theatre. A screenwriter and producer, Brian is best known as the founder of the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. The Order of Canada is awarded for “the highest degree of merit, an outstanding level of talent and service, or an exceptional contribution to Canada and humanity”, a description which long-time Edmonton Fringe Festival patrons would agree fits Brian to a tee. More >

 

SCRIPTING A PROVINCE: A HISTORY OF THE APN/THEATRE 100: CELEBRATING 100 THEATRE PRACTITIONERS OVER 100 YEARS

Scripting A Province: A History of the APN documents the past 25 years of this great organization from its birth in 1985 to the present. Written, researched and compiled by Trevor Rueger, with additional writings by playwrights Eugene Stickland and Conni Massing, the book chronicles both the highs and the lows of the association's past to the present. More >

 

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Shows Opening

June 2 - July 7

Full Playbill

CALGARY

Before the Tide
June 2 - 12, Theatre BSMT More>

Change
June 9 - 18, Beyond Closed Doors Productions More>

Ignite! Calgary's Festival for Emerging Artists
June 10 - 12, Sage Theatre More >

The Midnapore Cycle
June 10 - 13, St. Mary's University College More >

As You Like It
June 10 - 19, Mob Hit Productions More>

Zanna Don't!
June 11 - 20, Attic Players 403-221-3708

2 Pianos 4 Hands
June 17 - August 22, Stage West Theatre Restaurants More >

Bears in the Backyard
June 23, TALES Calgary 403-283-9489

 

EDMONTON

What A Knight!
June 1 - 5, St. Albert Children's Theatre, St. Albert More >

International Children's Festival
June 1 - 5, City of St. Albert, St. Albert More >

Nextfest
June 3 - 13, Theatre Network, Edmonton More >

Ladies in Lights - A Tribute to the Ladies of Musical Theatre and the Men Who Stood By Them
June 10 - 19, Edmonton Musical Theatre More >

Let There Be Height
June 12, Firefly Theatre More >

Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids
June 12 - 13, Concrete Theatre More >

Improvaganza
June 16 - 26, Rapid Fire Theatre More >

RENT
June 18 - 26, Two One-Way Tickets to Broadway Productions More >

 

ALBERTA

Steel Magnolias
June 10 - 13, Strathmore Theatre Player's Guild, Strathmore 403-901-0182

 

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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings

JOBS

{ CALGARY }

Executive Director, Alberta Playwrights' Network

 

{ EDMONTON }

Administrative and Box Office Coordinator - Alberta Ballet

Sales Person, Karrie's Kostumes and Dance Supplies, St. Albert

 
{ ALBERTA }

Theatre Camp Director - interPLAY Festival, Fort McMurray

 

{ CANADA }

Technical Director, Souris Valley Theatre, Estevan, SK

 

AUDITIONS

{ CALGARY }

General Auditions, Liquid Meld Theatre

Gong Show, The MRU Theatre Alumni Chapter Studio

 

{ EDMONTON }

White Christmas, Festival Players, Sherwood Park, AB

 

{ ALBERTA }

General Auditions, Ignition Theatre, Red Deer, AB

 

{ CANADA }

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


SUBMISSIONS

STORYBOOK THEATRE 2010/11 SEASON - Call for Directors

Calgary

StoryBook Theatre is looking for experienced, enthusiastic and talented individuals interested in taking on the challenge of directing one of our seven shows this season.

Directors will be tasked with the overall vision of the show, fostering an inclusive, educational and enjoyable rehearsal environment, and delivering a highly entertaining, family friendly production. More >

Deadline June 4, 2010

 
GOVERNOR GENERAL'S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS - Call for Nominations

How did Michel Pagliaro, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gordon Pinsent, Veronica Tennant and Eugene Levy all become recipients of Governor General's Performing Arts Awards? They were nominated by members of the public who wanted to see their performing arts heroes recognized for their passion, creativity and inspiration. All Canadians can play a role in Canada’s most prestigious awards in the performing arts by making a nomination. The process is simple. All that’s required is a strong letter of recommendation and a short biography of the nominee. More >

Deadline June 21, 2010

 

SHAW FESTIVAL - 2011 Neil Munro Intern Directors Project Applications

Each year, the Shaw Festival hires two Intern Directors for a period of approximately six months. Successful applicants will be promising professional Directors near the beginning of their careers and will be given the opportunity to work under the mentorship of the Directors of the Academy. More >

Deadline June 30, 2010

 

THE BETTY MITCHELL AWARDS - Call for Nominations

Calgary

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award (Honouring Outstanding Achievement in Technical Production), the Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award, and the Greg Bond Memorial Award (Honouring Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre). All nominees must be Calgary residents who continuously strive for excellence in his/her craft. More >

Deadline June 30, 2010

 

PROGRAMMING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2010-11 MOTEL SEASON

Calgary

Downstage is now seeking submissions for programming for the 2010-2011 season in Motel, a flexible 56-seat black-box performance venue located in the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts. Emerging and established artists and performing arts companies working in all disciplines who are interested in showcasing their work in Motel are invited to submit proposals for consideration. More >

Deadline - ongoing until all dates are filled

 

WORKSHOPS

THE REALITIES OF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

June 5 - 6, 2010 - Edmonton

July 24 - 25, 2010 - Calgary

Alberta Playwrights' Network presents this two-day, intensive workshop focusing on the creation of Theatre for Young Audiences, from both the writing and production aspects. TYA producers Duval Lang and Mieko Ouchi will lead seminars focusing on understanding and overcoming obstacles that face TYA production. More >

 

CONNECTING TO CREATIVITY THROUGH ABORIGINAL ARTS AND HEALING SYMPOSIUM

June 9, 2010 - Edmonton

A unique professional development opportunity, this symposium includes keynote speakers Cora Weber-Pillwax and Charlene Hellson as well as breakout sessions and workshops that promote understanding of the significance of arts and aging. The Creative Age Symposium welcomes all interested seniors, programmers and service providers. Symposium Highlights include: Drumming Workshop, Music Therapy, Indigenous Poetry, and Aboriginal Art Workshops. More >

 

FEST: Festival of Edmonton Seniors Theatre - Workshops

June 14 - 15, 2010 - Edmonton

Part of the City of Edmonton's Creative Age Festival is FEST: The Festival for Edmonton Seniors Theatre, a festival that invites seniors to try something new... Come out to discover musical theatre, comedy performance, clowning, and acting Shakespeare in the festival's drama workshops for seniors. More >

 

WEEKEND WORKSHOP WITH KEITH JOHNSTONE

June 26 - 27, 2010 - Calgary

Join Keith Johnstone at the Loose Moose Theatre Company in Calgary for a weekend workshop on improvisational theatre. A great opportunity to work with the inventor of improvisation theatre forms like Theatresports™, Gorilla Theatre ™, Micetro Impro© and The Life Game©! More >

 

FREEWILL PLAYERS PRESENTS: CAMP SHAKESPEARE

July 5 - 23, 2010 - Edmonton

Under the tent at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park, students will learn the basics of stage fighting and meet with the designers, directors and actors that make the Festival possible. You will trod the boards just as Shakespeare intended: outdoors! This is a truly unique summer camp for children ages 8-18. More >

 

inkPulse 2010 - A Writing Camp for Teens

Various dates in July - Athabasca, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Lethbridge

The Writers Guild of Alberta presents inkPulse 2010, an exciting and dynamic writing day camp for teens. Talented Canadian artists join forces to bring you lessons incorporating movement, sound, performance and writing exercises, all designed to inspire text creation. You will work individually, in small groups and with the entire ensemble; classes are taught by individual instructors, pairs of teachers and the whole teaching team.    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

NEED A REHEARSAL SPACE OR PERFORMANCE VENUE IN CALGARY?

Downstage's birds and stone is an intimate 50-seat performance and rehearsal venue conveniently located on 16th Avenue NW in Calgary, Alberta. Community development, risk taking and critical and collaborative thinking are a priority and a necessity, and Downstage seeks to provide the opportunity for artists to engage in the pursuit of these goals by offering birds and stone as one of the most affordable rehearsal and performance spaces in the city of Calgary. More >

 

LOOKING FOR PRODUCTION SPACE IN RED DEER?

The Matchbox is a 119-seat fully supported performance space located in the Old Brew Building in Red Deer, Alberta. More >

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - SCORPIO THEATRE SOCIETY

Scorpio Theatre Society is looking for volunteers to help at their 10th anniversary gala on June 19, 2010. More >

 

EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL SEEKING VOUNTEERS

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is looking for volunteers to be the face of the 2010 Fringe, running August 12 - 22. More >

 

EVENTS

RUBABOO ARTS FESTIVAL

June 2-5, 2010 - Edmonton

The Rubaboo Arts Festival, produced by Alberta Aboriginal Arts is a celebration of Aboriginal arts and artists from across the province and the country. The festival will feature readings of new Aboriginal plays from across the country as well as two new plays by Alberta Playwrights. More >

 

SCORPIO THEATRE'S ALUMINUM ANNIVERSARY GALA

June 19, 2010 - Calgary

Scorpio Theatre presents their Aluminum (10th) Anniversary fundraising gala, June 19th, 2010 at Fourth & 4th Restaurant. Come join the members of Scorpio Theatre for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment as they celebrate with excerpts from shows past.   More >

 

LIFFEY PLAYERS AGM

June 21, 2010 - Calgary

The Liffey Players Drama Society is a community theatre company established in 1986. The company has a rich history of staging popular and critically acclaimed productions with a special focus on plays by and about the Irish. More >

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New & Renewing Members

May 1 - 31, 2010

 
NEW MEMBERS

Individuals

Vicktoria Adam, Bonita Akai, Geoff Allcock, Dustin Appleby, Robert Armstrong, Sophia Bain, Ian Bamford, Emily Bamlett, Rebecca Berretti, Barry Bilinsky, John Bitonti, McKenzie Bohn, Daniel Bowen, Evan Boyko, Mikayla Brooks, Mackenzie Brown, Shaye Callin, Emma Carlson, Madeline Clark, Kyle Corry, Chase Cownden, Brandon Craig, Zoe Crandall, Crystina Crist, Hailey Curtis, Brittanie Darr-Desrosiers, Emily Dell, Amanda Desjardins, Ana Paloma Dominguez, Bevin Dooley, Kennedy Enns, Alysse Ernewein, Amy Evans, Sean Fetaz, Neil Flemming, Paige Foley, Kimberly Fong, Cassandra George, Patrick Gibeau, Matthew Godfray, Valmai Goggin, Emily Grasdal, William Grove, Beyata Hackborn, Esther Hagen, Morgan Hahn, Rae Hankens, McKayla Headrick, David Henderson, Christine Hillman
Alexander Hominiuk, Sabrina Jagpal, Elizabeth John, Megan Johnston, Tara Kearney, Connie L’Hirondelle, Samantha Labelle, Peter LeBlanc, Brooke Leifso, Cole Loutit, Kennedy Lundberg, Kaylee Lustig, Sylvia Lyon, Duncan Mackie, Dana Magee, Brooklyn Mankasingh, Riley Mayes, Abigail Maykut, Nekesa Mbadiwe, Matthew McGreer, Jason Melnychuk, Heather Morrison, Taylor Mostat, Emily Moysey, Sarah Nesdoly, David Ng, Dakota Oakley, Kieran Oliver, Katlyn Ost, Sydney Paterson, Cole Pearson, Kathleen Peckham, Isabella Pedersen, Julian Pedersen, Noelle Pelletier, Bryce Percifield, Kathleen Pick, Robert Prokop, Alexandre Raymond, Jacob Rempel, Manuelita Remy, Lorne Requa, Stephanie Resta, Julia Robertson, Norma Roth, Ashleigh Sandul, Griffin Schell, Hilary Sellar, Madeline Setzer, Alyssa Short, Milan Shultz, Jordan Sims, Harrison Smith, Milo Smith, Erna Soderberg, Adam Sondergard, Laurent Sparks, Jenna Stumbur, Abigail Stushnoff, Delainie Sutherland, Tania Sweet, Kyle Tempan, Jayson Thompson, Finborr Timbers, Michaela Vacey, Karrie Verhulst, Daniel Verreault, Allison Vest, Kyle Visvanathan, Samantha Wade, Brandon Wilson, Seranna Wilson, Julia Wilson, Sarah Wright, Brianna Wright, Grady Wygiera, Angela Zacher, Shu Zhu, Jasmine Zyp

Groups

Liquid Meld Theatre

RENEWING MEMBERS

Individuals

Amber Borotsik, Annie Smith, Anthea Naylor, Beth Jenkins, Brenda Inglis, Caley Suliak, Cathleen Rootsaert, Charlie Wilson, Claire Bolton, Conni Massing, Daniel van Heyst, Darold Roles, Deborah Bird, Doran Werner, Holly Turner, Jeremy Baumung, Jillian Nozack, Josh Murdoch, Kevin Mott, Kim Howard, Leif Oleson-Cormack, Lynda Bird, Marlene Kottke, Mary-Lee Bird, Rick Hardy, Ryan McKinley, Shawn Whyte, Steven Owad, Tracy Carroll, Valerie Mason-John

Groups

Acts of God, Barrhead Community Theatre, Centre Stage Theatre Company, Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio/Rogues Theatre, East of 60 Productions Society, Peak Theatre Players, Theatre 75, Two Hills Performing Arts Society, Westlock Drama Society (1970), Wetaskiwin Composite High School

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