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MARCH 2010

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"By doing theatre, we learn to see what is obvious but what we usually can’t see because we are only used to looking at it. What is familiar to us becomes unseen: doing theatre throws light on the stage of daily life." – Augusto Boal

What's New at TA

 

THEATRE ALBERTA SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Theatre Alberta is seeking a creative and highly motivated Executive Director who will manage the organization’s programs and services. Working on behalf of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides leadership and management in support of the mission, objectives and goals of Theatre Alberta.

This is a full-time position based in Edmonton, Alberta. Competitive salary and benefits offered based on the candidate’s experience.

Click here for detailed job description.

Application Deadline: March 12, 2010

 

PLAY A ROLE IN THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF ARTSTREK

Theatre Alberta is looking for talented and committed individuals to be a part of Artstrek 2010. Please visit our website to view the postings for the following positions:

- Artstrek Registrar

- Artstrek Supervisors

 

A WARM WELCOME AND A FOND FAREWELL!

Theatre Alberta is pleased to announce that Laura Rushfeldt has joined our staff in the role of Program Coordinator. This job was formerly held by Jana O'Connor, who has moved on to a position as Communications Officer at the Edmonton Arts Council.

We are delighted to have Laura join our ranks, and wish Jana all the best in her future endeavours!

 

LIBRARIAN'S TIP

Celebrate World Theatre Day - March 27th, 2010

“March 27 is always the official World Theatre Day. In many ways every day should be considered a theatre day, as we have a responsibility to continue the tradition to entertain, to educate and to enlighten our audiences, without whom we couldn’t exist.”

– World Theatre Day Blog

Click here to listen to this year’s message delivered by Dame Judi Dench.

 

HELP US GROW OUR LIBRARY COLLECTION

It’s time to purchase new books for our library collection and we’d love some suggestions from our members. Please provide as much information as possible about each suggested title and check the online library catalogue before suggesting an item, as we may already have it in our collection.

Click here to Suggest A Script.

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Theatre News

 

ALBERTA'S 2010 BUDGET ANNOUNCED

While the details have yet to be revealed, Alberta's 2010 budget has been announced. The impact of the cuts to the Alberta Foundation of the Arts are likely to significantly impact our community. To read the message from Minister of Culture and Community Spirit Lindsay Blackett that accompanied the release of the budget, click here. Theatre Alberta encourages our members to read and reflect upon this message and to react as you see fit.

 

THE CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES THE JOHN HIRSCH PRIZE WINNERS

Professional directors Beatriz Pizano of Toronto and Christian Lapointe of Quebec City are the winners of the John Hirsch Prizes administered by the Canada Council for the Arts. The two $6,000 prizes are awarded every second year to emerging professional theatre directors – one working in English and one working in French.

Candidates must have no more than ten years of experience as a professional director as well as have demonstrated great potential and an exciting artistic vision. Nominations for the prizes are solicited from the Canadian professional theatre community and a committee of actively practicing theatre artists chooses the winner from a list of nominees. More >

 

PUMPHOUSE 2012 PARTNERSHIP FOR WEST VILLAGE REVITALIZATION MOVES FORWARD

Pumphouse Theatre Society (PTS) Executive Director Scott McTavish announced the launch of Pumphouse 2012: a catalyst for change and a social and cultural boon to the people of Calgary. Central and fundamental to the goals envisioned by Calgary’s West Village revitalization strategy, the Pumphouse 2012 project focuses on the renovation and expansion of Calgary's historic Pumphouse Theatre. Architecturally innovative, socially responsible and culturally significant, Pumphouse 2012 will define the creative voice of the entire new West Village community.

The first phase of Pumphouse 2012 will include renovations and upgrades to the two existing theatres (Joyce Doolittle Theatre and the Victor Mitchell Theatre). A new 150 seat black box theatre will also be added, along with the incorporation of a business centre for use by non-profit organizations. More >

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Shows Opening

March 2 - April 6

Full Playbill

CALGARY

The Lonesome West
Mar 2 - 6, Liffey Players More >

Austentatious
Mar 2 - 13, Forte Musical Theatre Guild More >

On the Side of the Road
Mar 3 - 5, Theatre Junction Grand More >

The Littlest Pirate
Mar 5 - 28, Storybook Theatre Society More>

The Submarine
Mar 8 - Apr 3, Lunchbox Theatre More >

Do Animals Cry
Mar 10 - 13, Theatre Junction Grand  More >

Contraband
Mar 11 - 20, Mob Hit Productions More >

Filth
Mar 11 - 20, Sage Theatre More >

The Twitter of Murder: Comic Mystery
Mar 12 & 26 and April 9 & 23, Pegasus Performances More >

King Arthur's Kitchen - Y Stage
Mar 12 - 14, Vertigo Theatre Centre with Axis Theatre Co. More >

Evelyn Strange - Vertigo Mystery Series
Mar 13 - Apr 4, Vertigo Theatre Centre More >

Curvilicious 2010
Mar 15, Urban Curvz Theatre More >

My First Time
Mar 17 - Apr 11, Ground Zero Theatre and Hit & Myth Productions More >

Billy Twinkle: Requiem for a Golden Boy
Mar 18 - Apr 11, Alberta Theatre Projects More >

Gilgamesh La-Z-Boy
Mar 18 - 28, One Yellow Rabbit More >

Betrayal
Mar 23 - Apr 11, Theatre Calgary More >

One Act Plays by Christopher Durang
Mar 24 - 27, The Playhouse North School Of Theatre More >

The Ash Girl
Mar 25 - Apr 3, Mount Royal College More >

The Mikado
Mar 26 - Apr 3, Morpheus Theatre More >

First Church of Texaco
Mar 31 - Apr 3, Fire Exit Theatre More >

 

EDMONTON

Expanse Movement Arts Festival
Mar 3 - 7, Azimuth Theatre Association More >

Double Bill: Droll Stories & Hekabe
Mar 5 - 10, MacEwan's Centre for the Arts and Communications More >

The Importance of Being Earnest
Mar 8 - 12, Theatre At Concordia More >

Folie à deux
March 11 - 21, The Maggie Tree More >

Pacific Overtures
Mar 12 - 20, MacEwan's Centre for the Arts and Communications More >

The Science of Disconnection
Mar 18 - Apr 4, Shadow Theatre More >

The American Clock
Mar 18 - 20, Victoria School Of The Arts More >

Annie Mae's Movement
Mar 25 - Apr 3, University Of Alberta, Studio Theatre More >

King Lear
Mar 29 - Apr 3, Theatre Prospero More >

The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan
Mar 30 - Apr 18, Theatre Network More >

 

ALBERTA

The Attic, The Pearls & Three Fine Girls
Mar 4 - 13, New West Theatre, Lethbridge More >

Dear Edwina
Mar 5 - 13, About Time Productions, Camrose, 780-672-0893

We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!
Mar 12 - May 15, Rosebud Theatre, Rosebud More >

Moon Over Buffalo
Mar 12 - Mar 21, East of Sixty Productions Society, Devon More >

In Juliet's Garden
Mar 18 - 21, Vision Theatre Players, Cochrane More >

Life is a Dream
Mar 23 - 27, University Of Lethbridge, Lethbridge More >

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Mar 25 - Apr 17, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Grande Prairie More >

Fertile Choices
Mar 25 - 27, Ignition Theatre, Red Deer More >

Anne of Green Gables - A Musical
Mar 26 - Apr 17, Churchmice Players, Camrose, 780-672-1665

Heatstroke
Mar 26 - May 9, Central Alberta Theatre, Red Deer More >

Class Acts
Mar 31 - Apr 10, Red Deer College, Red Deer More >

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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings

JOBS

{ CALGARY }

Costume, Props and Set Designers, Shakespeare In The Park

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

 

{ EDMONTON }

Artstrek Registrar (summer position), Theatre Alberta

Executive Director, The Edmonton Heritage Council

Site Technical Director, Fringe Theatre Adventures (FTA)

Venue Technical Director, Fringe Theatre Adventures (FTA)

 

{ ALBERTA }

Artstrek Supervisor (Super), Theatre Alberta

Junior Assistant Stage Manager, The Canadian Badlands Passion Play

Technical Director, The Canadian Badlands Passion Play

 

{ CANADA }

Head Technician,Theatre North West, Prince George, BC

AUDITIONS

{ CALGARY }

General Auditions, The 404s Improv Comedy Group

The Still and Beating Heart, Forgotten Studios (Film)

 

{ EDMONTON }

New Production, Catalyst Theatre

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Walterdale Playhouse

 

{ ALBERTA }

Year After Year, Ignition Theatre

 

{ 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

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - ENBRIDGE NEXTFEST 2010: High School Mentorship Program

Calling all high school playwrights, actors, directors, designers, stage managers, technicians, and theatre artists/creators…

High school students are invited to work in a professional theatre setting and showcase their talent at Edmonton’s largest emerging artist festival, Nextfest 2010. Nextfest is an annual multi-disciplinary springtime arts festival dedicated to the cultivation, development, and dissemination of the emerging professional artist’s voice. Its theme is based on the tenets of youth, development, and new artistic works. More >

Deadline: March 25 , 2010

 
CALL FOR SCRIPTS AND PROPOSALS - FEMFEST 2010: On the Edge

Sarasvàti Productions is proud to announce that their eighth FemFest will take place in the fall of 2010 in Winnipeg. They are currently seeking submissions of finished scripts and proposals of work in progress. Subject matter is wide open but their focus this year is ‘edgy’ work that takes risks. The play must be written by a Canadian female playwright and have a running time of no more than one hour. More >

Deadline: April 1 , 2010

WORKSHOPS

INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE IN CALGARY

March 3 - April 14, 2010 (Wednesdays) - Calgary

Bow Valley College Continuing Education invites you to explore the fascinating aspects that make theatre so compelling, through lecture, discussion, and attending three different professional productions. Guided by theatre professionals, this course involves four in-class sessions where you will learn about the upcoming play and then share your impressions of the play you've just seen. You will get an inside view into each production by getting a chance to read the scripts and meet members of the cast and crew on occasion. More >

 

INTRODUCTION TO IMPROV WITH KAREN JOHNSON-DIAMOND

March 14, 2010 - Calgary

Lost without lines? Stuck to a script? Learn liberation with improv! Karen Johnson-Diamond will be introducing participants to the art of improv through basic principles, theories and - of course - lots of hands-on exercises for the whole class! Come for a day full of laughter and learning! More >

 

PLAYWRIGHTING CIRCLE FOR FRINGE FESTIVAL PLAYWRIGHTS

April 19 - June 7, 2010 (Mondays) - Edmonton

The Alberta Playwrights’ Network and The Edmonton Public Library are proud to co-present an eight week writer’s circle, led by Edmonton playwright Chris Craddock. The focus will be on self-directed goals to take your scheduled Fringe Festival new play to the next level. Writers will work with a small group of other participants to identify goals for further development within their script, and then work towards those goals over the course of the eight weeks. The circle will culminate with a public reading of segments of the scripts.  More >

Deadline: March 15, 2010

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

NORTHERN LIGHT THEATRE NEEDS YOU!

Northern Light Theatre is still looking for volunteers for their upcoming 2010 bingos:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 from 4:45 pm - 9:30 pm

Monday, March 15, 2010 from 11:30 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm and 9:30 pm - 11:45 pm

All bingos are held at Caesar’s Bingo (8770-170 Avenue) in West Edmonton Mall. Volunteers receive a free meal while working the bingo and a free ticket to a NLT show of their choice!

For more information or to volunteer please contact Ellen Chorley, Artistic Associate.

 

FUNDING FOR EQUITY STAGE MANAGERS - CPR & FIRST AID CLASSES

Canadian Actors' Equity Association is please to announce that funding is available to stage managers who are full members of Equity and who wish to take a first aid or CPR training class from a recognized training provider. Members must be registered in the stage management discipline and must be in good standing to qualify for a tuition rebate.

A member's rebate is capped at $40 (towards tuition costs). In order to receive a reimbursement, members must remit an original receipt for a first aid or CPR class, along with up-to-date contact information and a current email address. First aid or CPR training classes must be supplied by a recognized training provider.

Please contact Communications Director Lynn McQueen for more information.

 

EVENTS

OSCAR NIGHT AT THE VARSCONA THEATRE

March 7, 2010 - Edmonton

Hollywood’s greatest night of glamour is a party and everyone can join in! Oscar Night at the Varscona is a fundraiser in support of Shadow Theatre and the ACME Theatre Company. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling Shadow Theatre at 780-434-5564. Come and see the stars the way they were meant to be seen - projected up on the big movie screen! More >

 

ARTS HABITAT ASSOCIATION AND ARTISTS URBAN VILLAGE - OPEN HOUSE

March 7, 2010 - Edmonton

Discover the advantages of co-op housing in an arts community. Membership in the co-op will be open to artists and non-profit arts professionals and will be determined by application. Application criteria and application forms will be available at the Open House. More >

 

CENTRE STAGE THEATRE KIDS GALA AND PLAY PERFORMANCE

March 27, 2010 - Calgary

Help Centre Stage Theatre Company raise funds for our coming season by checking out their exciting 4th Annual Kids Gala. See your favorite characters from their season! Make a cool Charlotte's Web craft, write a message in their web, get a cool tattoo, and eat a yummy treat with Templeton from the fair bake sale. Sing and dance with the Goose and Gander. And enjoy a great silent auction! Every child gets a mystery prize bag from the State Fair to take home with them. More >

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New & Renewing Members

February 1 - 28, 2010

 
NEW MEMBERS

Individuals

Timothy Cooper, Robert Demerchant, Dawn Friesen, Erica Hoeksema, Andrew Spahr, Chantal Vaage

Groups

Eagle Butte High School, The Improv Guild

RENEWING MEMBERS

Individuals

Michele Brown, Elysse Cheadle, Jamie Hobbs, Cathy Larson, Barbara Mah, Betty Moulton, Alyssa Semenoff, Kevin Shipalesky, Hans Wackershauser, Jennifer Webster, Frank Zotter

Groups

Eastglen High School, Edmonton Musical Theatre, Foremost Theatrical Society, Holy Redeemer Catholic Junior/Senior High School, Outcast Theatre Adventures, Pandora Players, Queen Elizabeth High School, Theatre Network, Tree House Youth Theatre, Warburg School, Woodhaven Jr High School

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