To our Members:
Notes for October:
The time has come for me to leave my “little library job” at Theatre Alberta. It was a difficult decision to make and I struggled with it for a long time. The answer came to me one day as I was clipping my rose bush. I snipped the fading, withering bloom and underneath was a fresh, bright pink blossom ready to take its place. It was in that moment that I made up my mind. I know this all sounds rather clichéd and corny, but it made sense to me.
I have worked in the library at Theatre Alberta for more than ten years and have enjoyed the comradery and friendship of so many wonderful, dedicated, and hard working individuals in the office.
I will always have fond memories of the ritual 12:30 lunch and the office administrator making her announcement, “half an hour till lunch”; the potlucks; the work bees; the dance breaks; the honest interest in my life; the patience and assistance from everyone when it came to a new office skill. I learned so much from each of you and value the gifts you shared.
But most of all it is you, the library patrons, that I will miss. I will miss my regular communication with library patrons from all across Alberta and as far away as Tlell, BC and Toronto. Mailing your books to you, helping you find the one script you couldn't remember the name of inside a collection that you couldn’t remember the name of, chatting about your next production, watching you spend hour upon hour finding the perfect one-act for your school assignment, seeing your children grow, stamping the books, choosing new acquisitions--even the phone calls to collect fines on overdues. I’ll miss it all! (Well, maybe not the shelving.)
I am looking forward to more travel, bike rides, card games, dog walks, good reads, theatre, music, dancing and xcountry skiing. I have thoroughly enjoyed being of service to all of you.
Thanks for the memories. XOX
“Welcome ever smiles,
And farewell goes out sighing."
~ William Shakespeare
What's New at Theatre Alberta
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"PICKS OF THE EDMONTON FRINGE" - A TOURING STIMULUS PROJECT
Theatre Alberta, the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta (ATAA) and Fringe Theatre Adventures are proud to announce the inaugural Picks of the Edmonton Fringe lineup. These productions will be featured at Showcase 2013 in Red Deer on October 18, and then will tour throughout the province in 2014-2015.
During the 2013 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival a jury from across Alberta, that understands rural audiences, were invited to attend productions from companies interested in touring their work. The following productions were hand-picked by the jury to be featured as the Picks of the Edmonton Fringe at Showcase:
Happy Whackin’ Jim McCrackin by Amos Altman
presented by The Accidental Humour Co.
Never Let the Crew See You Cry by Linda Wood Edwards
presented by Northern Sabbatical Productions/MAA & PAA Theatre
The Bomb-itty of Errors by Jordan Allen Dutton, Jason Catalano, Gregory J. Qaiyum, Erik Weiner and Jeffrey Qaiyum
presented by Edmonton Actors Theatre
Two and three-show packages will be available for purchase at Showcase. We invite you to join us as pioneers in building a new tradition of touring live theatre in Alberta! For more information, visit theatrealberta.com/tour.
THANKS FOR AN AMAZING PLAYWORKS INK 2013
Theatre Alberta, Alberta Playwrights' Network and The Banff Centre would like to thank everyone who attended and supported PlayWorks Ink 2013. It was an amazing weekend of learning and networking in breathtaking Banff, Alberta.
We were joined by 81 participants high up in the Rockies. Some pictures from the conference are posted in our PlayWorks Ink 2013 Facebook event page. For more memories, hashtag #PWI2013 on Twitter and see what people were saying about the conference as it was happening!
Thank you to our workshop sponsors: Theatre of the New Heart and The Banff Centre. Thank you to the Consulate General of the United States, which also supported Robert O'Hara's participation at the conference. Thank you to Environmental Refuelling Systems Inc. and to Shell Theatre for each sponsoring a PlayWorks Ink bursary attendee. And, thank you to our funders: the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Alberta Lottery Fund, Calgary Arts Development, the City of Calgary, the Edmonton Arts Council, and the City of Edmonton.
We'll see you again in Edmonton for Dramaworks 2014!
WORKSHOPS BY REQUEST UPDATE - OCTOBER
Lighting and Makeup in Red Deer
In October, Central Alberta Theatre is slated to host two exciting workshops:
First up, Patrick Beagan will lead a lighting workshop October 19 - 20, that will cover designing lighting plots, hanging and focusing lights, as well as running the board. The workshop will utilize the equipment in the Main Stage auditorium of the Red Deer Memorial Arts Centre. Before moving to Edmonton, Patrick was the Technical Manager of that space, and is looking forward to returning to his old stomping grounds.
Next, Joanne Jacobson will lead a make-up workshop on October 26 in the Black Knight Inn Studio at CAT Studios. This workshop will focus on aging and fantasy make-up. Joanne is an Alberta-based makeup artist and has instructed numerous Workshops by Request for Theatre Alberta.
In November, we are looking forward to finalizing details for another makeup workshop in Drumheller for Kaleidoscope Theatre.
Workshops by Request applications are accepted throughout the year. Any community theatre group in Alberta may apply for a workshop through the Workshops by Request program, on any topic of their choice. Professional development opportunities sponsored by a professional theatre company are also considered for support through the program. For more information, please contact Frazer Andrews, Programmer, at [email protected].
ADVERTISING SPACE STILL AVAILABLE IN ALL STAGES WINTER EDITION
Theatre Alberta's All Stages Magazine is Canada's only provincially-focused theatre magazine. We mail copies directly to our membership three times per year, and each edition examines an issue or craft specific to our industry.
The next issue of All Stages Magazine will focus on Playwriting in Alberta, and will be distributed in December 2013. We currently still have B&W ad space available for booking.
If you are interested in advertising in this or future issues of All Stages, please visit theatrealberta.com/all-stages/advertise for more information, or email Aaron Talbot, Communications and Marketing Coordinator at [email protected] for ad sizes and rates.
WE'VE UPDATED OUR WEBSITE - FIND CLASSIFIEDS ON OUR HOME PAGE
If you have visited www.theatrealberta.com lately, you may have noticed that we have moved a few things around. Theatre Alberta's popular RSS feed - full of auditions, job postings, calls for submissions, theatre news and our new What's On in Alberta blog - has now been moved to our home page. Simply scroll down and browse what's happening in Alberta theatre!
If you have any questions about the new format, or if you can't find your favourite web page, email Aaron Talbot, Communications and Marketing Coordinator at [email protected].
A(nother) Fond Farewell to Chris Profiri and a Hearty Welcome to Becca Barrington
Once again we must announce that one of our lovely librarians will be leaving Theatre Alberta this month. Chris Profiri started her library career with Theatre Alberta in 2001.
If you've ever been into the Theatre Alberta Library on a Monday night or Saturday, or during the summer, you would have met Chris. She has recently taken a full time position at her other library job, and they are incredibly lucky to have her. Thank you so much for your service to Theatre Alberta Chris!
If you would like to pass on a note of congratulations and/or goodbye to Chris, please email it to [email protected] and we will be sure to pass it on.
Theatre Alberta is very pleased to welcome and introduce our newest addition to the Library: Becca Barrington. Becca is a graduate of the University of Alberta and has worked for Theatre Alberta previously as Summer Programs Assistant. We are thrilled that she has returned to Theatre Alberta as a librarian. Welcome Becca!
Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed October 12 - 14 for Thanksgiving.
The Drop Box will be unavailable.
Theatre Alberta has updated its Library hours. New library hours are:
Mon: 12 (noon)-8 pm
Tues: 10 am-3 pm
Wed: 10 am-3 pm
Thurs: 10 am-3 pm
Sat: 10 am-3 pm
See you among the stacks!