Notice to Members: 2011-12 Annual General Meeting
Who: All Theatre Alberta members are invited and encouraged to attend.
What: An AGM, with FREE LUNCH.
Where: University of Alberta, FAB 2-51, aka the Corner Stage in the Fine Arts Building.
When: Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 1:00PM
Why: An excellent opportunity to join and meet your fellow TA members, board of directors, and staff, as well as receive the annual report, elect new board members, and conduct other important society business … and did we mention free lunch?
RSVP: We need to know if you’re coming so we can ensure a delicious lunch for you! Please RSVP to Stephanie Leaf, Office Administrator: [email protected] or call 888-422-8160 (toll-free) / 780-422-8162 (Edmonton area).
Theatre Alberta Casino
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR NOVEMBER 22 AND 23, 2012.
Theatre Alberta will be holding its casino at the Baccarat Casino — conveniently located in downtown Edmonton. We are looking for existing or new members to volunteer. Please contact the office and we’ll be happy to give you more information. Don’t worry if you’ve never worked a casino before (or if you’ve never stepped foot in one!), there are a variety of easy roles to fill. You’ll be having fun with friends, meeting new members, and helping ensure Theatre Alberta receives vital funding.
Call us at 780-422-8162 (toll free 1-888-422-8160) or email us at [email protected] to volunteer.
All volunteers receive credit towards their Theatre Alberta membership!
To our Members:
Notes for June
Welcome to Summer!!!
It’s all I can say, think and feel! I am so happy to wake up in the morning and see the sun shining; to go for long walks with friends well into the evening and have the sun with us the whole way; to begin to think about all the promise the summer holds: Fringe, cabins and of course… Dramaworks 2012.
Dramaworks is our biennial workshop series for adults that spans all theatrical disciplines and is for artists at all points in their careers. Even if you have never been involved in a production there is a workshop for you! This summer Dramaworks is about asking yourself “Who Am I Now?” It may seem heady and complicated but at the end of the day it’s just about saying to yourself, “Hey, self, what do we need in our theatrical toolkit? What’s missing? What could be built upon? What about that play we always wanted to write…?”
(I have a million plays I’ve always wanted to write and if I could take ANY Dramaworks workshop it would be Vern Thiessen’s One Weekend, One Play - but I can’t, so someone can have my spot!)
We love all our instructors. Each one is at the top of their field and they're all smart, talented and dedicated to sharing their skills. However, there are a couple of classes I really want to highlight for you.
Kim Mattice Wanat is leading a workshop for anyone who teaches students and young actors to sing. If you are a musical director, a choral/glee/voice teacher or anyone who just wants to help others find their singing voices, this is an opportunity to learn from the top vocal instructor in the country!
Personally, I find lighting to be one of the most complex disciplines in theatre and I don’t think I’m alone in this. To help allieviate some of that confusion we have a wonderful lighting workshop called Lighting Basics (led by Robert Montgomery, Head of Lighting at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium) that will focus on both the technicial elements and some basic design principals. There may even be a field trip involved!
If you aren’t sure about what workshop to take, please check out this handy chart, or click here to meet the instructors, or get in touch with me either by phone (780-422-8162 or 888-422-8160) or email ([email protected]). I’m always thrilled to chat about Dramaworks!
If you have friends, family or colleagues who don’t receive Buzz and should know about Dramaworks, please don’t hesitate to pass along the info! We’re always looking for more friends!
And, if you want, head over to our Facebook page and let us know your favourite Dramaworks memory. Or go there now and read mine!
“I long for the simplicity of theatre. I want lessons learned, comeuppances delivered, people sorted out, all before your bladder gets distractingly full. That's what I want."
~ John M. Ford, Casting Fortune
What's New at Theatre Alberta
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WELCOME JANICE HOOVER AND MARIANN KIRBY TO OUR SUMMER TEAM!
They have both been in our office for nearly a month, and they both have been on the phone with many of our members, but we would like to extend an official warm welcome to our two summer programs assistants: Janice Hoover, our Artstrek 2012 registrar and Mariann Kirby, our Dramaworks 2012 registrar.
Mariann is a graduate of the University of Alberta's BA Honours Drama program and is preparing to enter her middle year in the BFA Acting program. She is super excited to be a part of Dramaworks 2012 and to help provide some really thrilling theatre programming to Alberta theatre artists. "I am ready and willing to answer any questions you may have, so send them my way!" Email: [email protected].
Janice has just graduated with her Education degree in Drama and has swapped her role as "campus mom" for "teacher-in-waiting". Janice is thrilled to be back in the Artstrek registrar's seat for this year's program and can't wait to see the discoveries the talented teens at Artstrek 2012 make as they explore Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. She promises not to "bite her thumb" at anyone at Artstrek! Email: [email protected].
WE'RE HIRING: OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR / EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Theatre Alberta is seeking a highly motivated and organized Office Administrator / Executive Assistant who will be responsible for overall office administration and management, as well as support for the Executive Director.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- first point of contact for Theatre Alberta members and the general public
- design and maintenance of membership databases
- maintenance of office computer network, hardware, and software
- liaising with suppliers, instructors, and contractors
- basic financial responsibilities including receipting revenue and tracking expenditures
- administrative support for programs and services, including fundraising initiatives
- administrative support to the Executive Director for day-to-day operations
- participation in Theatre Alberta’s overall strategic mission and direction
Applicants should be enthusiastic about theatre, enjoy dealing with people, and able to work independently and as a team player. Excellent computer and communication skills are required. Previous work in the not-for-profit sector and a broad knowledge of Alberta’s theatre community will be considered assets.
This is a full-time position with benefits located in Edmonton. Job sharing proposals will be considered from highly qualified candidates only. Due to the nature of Theatre Alberta’s work and programs, some evening/weekend hours and travel may be required. Our office environment is pleasant, supportive, and positive with some degree of flexibility. Position to commence August 1, 2012. Salary range $29,000 – $32,000.
By June 25, 2012, please forward your resume with letter of interest highlighting qualifications to
Keri Mitchell, Executive Director: [email protected]
THEATRE ALBERTA ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR PLAYBILL 2012-2013
And, a big thank you to all our member organizations who submitted their logos to be included in our advertising campaign for the 2012-2013 Playbill. We had a great response!
We have created two different print ads - one for foam core posters that we will be distributing to our member organizations for display in their venues, and a second for full-page adverts in print programs.
We tried to fit in as many logos as we could! Thank you so much for your support.
ARTSTREK 2012 - WE'RE (STILL) LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN!
Young men, ages 13 -15, in particular!
Yes, Artstrek 2012 is at capacity for Juliets in both Exploration I and Exploration II. However, we still have room for Romeos in Exploration I and we only have two spots left for gentlemen in Exploration II.
Please share this link - especially if you have already registered and know of a fellow student or friend who would love the Artstrek experience!
Teachers, if you know of a young man with a strong interest in drama, send him our way.
And, gentlemen - check out this video from Artstrek 2011. Looks like fun, doesn't it?
PUBLICIZE YOUR FRINGE SHOW ON THEATRE ALBERTA'S CLASSIFIEDS
Theatre Alberta members are invited to publicize their upcoming Calgary Fringe and/or Edmonton Fringe productions through one of the most popular sections of our website – Classifieds.
Simply fill out this online form, choose a date you wish your listing to be published and voilà - you have your own dedicated web post. You can upload a picture and one other piece of media – be it a song (mp3 file), poster, or another photo. (If you have a promo video on YouTube or another video sharing site, simply type in the URL of your video and it will automatically embed in your post.)
If you wish to update your listing – say, when your five star review comes out and you want to upload a copy or link to the article - no problem! You will receive a unique hyperlink to have your post updated as new information comes available.
Best of all, this is a free service for Theatre Alberta members. (Membership must be current through August 2012.) Not a member? Have to renew? Visit theatrealberta.com/membership/ and apply or renew your membership online. Fees are low, and you’ll be eligible for all the perks that our membership has to offer!
COMPASS POINTS - 2012 MAGNETIC NORTH THEATRE FESTIVAL
Magnetic North Theatre Festival
June 16-21, 2012
Compass Points is a gathering of post-secondary students and emerging artists from across the country that offers a first-hand introduction to the professional theatre industry and a special insider's view of the festival.
Special Theatre Alberta member price: $89
(includes events and tickets to eight shows)
Please note "Theatre Alberta Member" in your application - membership must be current.
Organized in consultation with students from the University of Calgary and emerging artists from across the nation, the week-long Compass Points event consists of workshops, panel discussions, and social gatherings designed to inspire participants to chart their own course in Canadian theatre.
Compass Points builds on the festival experience – performances, Magnetic Encounters and the Industry Series – with the student and emerging artist perspective in mind. Past topics include touring in Canadian theatre, theatre creation and criticism in the age of blogging, union do’s and don’ts, grant writing for emerging artists, new play development and workshops led by some of Canada’s most prominent theatre practioners. Topics and events vary from year to year to complement festival programming and address current concerns and questions. This year we are proud to announce Mary Vingoe as our Keynote Speaker. Events include workshops, discussions, and panels featuring Peter Hinton, Brenda Leadlay, and Rebecca Northan.
Compass Points is currently accepting applications from across the country. We welcome all students and emerging artists from all theatre disciplines to apply.
See www.magneticnorthfestival.ca for applications and full schedule of events or contact [email protected] for more information.
LIBRARY TIP OF THE MONTH
Looking for Accents and Dialects? Check out this Free Online Resource: The International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA).
“… primary source dialect and accent recordings. Paul Meier, author of the best-selling Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen, is its founder and director. He is a leading dialect coach for theatre and film, a specialist in accent reduction, and IDEA's leading contributor..."
All recordings are in English, are of native speakers, and include both English language dialects and English spoken in the accents of other languages.
More free online sources can be found on the Theatre Alberta Library home page.
Just a reminder that Theatre Alberta's Library is now closed on Saturdays until September.
Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed June 30 - July 2 for the Canada Day long weekend.
The Drop Box will be unavailable.