To our Members:
Notes for September:
I’m Frazer Andrews and I’m very pleased to be joining the staff of Theatre Alberta as the new Programmer.
I may be new to Edmonton but certainly not to Theatre in our province - from Wood Buffalo to New West and all (the many) stops in between. As part of my duties I’ll be taking over as editor of All Stages and will be your contact for Workshops by Request and Emerge.
We are in the final preparation stages of Playworks Ink and workshops are beginning to fill up. It’s not too late to register and we hope you’ll join us, and Christopher Plummer, in Banff.
In this month’s Buzz: please check out the proposed changes to WCB Alberta’s policy regarding volunteers and provide your feedback. Volunteers play an absolutely pivotal role at every level of theatre in Alberta, and this change in policy will have a direct impact on how they are fiscally protected through the WCB if they happen to be injured on the job.
I’m looking forward to meeting and working with you all. Please contact me with any questions about any of our programs here at Theatre Alberta.
“Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else."
~ Tom Stoppard
What's New at Theatre Alberta
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REGISTER NOW FOR PLAYWORKS INK 2013
STAGING ALBERTA'S LANDSCAPE AND CHARACTERS
PlayWorks Ink 2013
A Theatre Conference with Workshops for Novices and Professionals
featuring special guest: Oscar Winner Christopher Plummer
September 27 - 30 | The Banff Centre (Banff, AB)
Click here to see all PlayWorks Ink Workshops and Breakout sessions.
Visit theatrealberta.com/playworks-ink for more information about our conference.
DEADLINE APPROACHING: WCB-ALBERTA POLICY CHANGES FEEDBACK
The Workers' Compensation Board - Alberta is currently seeking feedback on proposed policy changes to clarify coverage for volunteers and unpaid workers.
Theatre Alberta, along with our colleagues at Front Row Centre Players and the Calgary Alliance of Community Theatres (Calgary ACTS), urge you to review and provide feedback to the WCB regarding these changes:
Click here to read a summary of the changes on Theatre Alberta's website.
Click here to review the policy changes and provide feedback to the WCB Alberta.
We would like to thank our members and supporters of community theatre across the province who raised their voices in support of our industry over the past few months. There are many industries that will be affected by these policy changes, and it is crucial that the theatre community provides our input and recognizes the work done on our behalf.
The deadline to provide feedback to the WCB Alberta is September 13, 2013.
Should you have any questions as you review the information, please do not hesitate to contact Theatre Alberta.
NOTICE OF THEATRE ALBERTA 2013 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Theatre Alberta Society members and friends are invited to attend our 2013 Annual General Meeting.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation - The Banff Centre, Banff AB
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
This is an excellent opportunity to join and meet your fellow Theatre Alberta members, board of directors, and staff, as well as receive the annual report, elect new board members, and conduct other society business while enjoying the PlayWorks Ink 2013 theatre conference.
We need to know if you’re coming so we can ensure a delicious lunch for you! Please RSVP to Maura Penn, Office Administrator: [email protected] or call 1-888-422-8160 (toll-free) / 780-422-8162 (Edmonton area).
WORKSHOPS BY REQUEST UPDATE - SEPTEMBER
Technical Theatre in Whitecourt
I.A.T.S.E. technician Bobby Smale will be heading out to Whitecourt later this month to lead a two-day workshop with the Pumpjack Players. Bobby will be explaining and demonstrating the basic operations of lighting and sound equipment to help the Pumpjack Players expand their volunteer technician pool.
Lighting and Makeup in Red Deer
In October, Central Alberta Theatre is slated to host two separate exciting weekends of workshops at CAT Studios and the Memorial Centre. First up, a lighting workshop will cover designing lighting plots, hanging and focusing lights as well running the board. Next, a makeup workshop will outline basic stage makeup techniques.
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].
THEATRE ALBERTA'S 2013-2014 PLAYBILL POSTER & ALL STAGES (FALL) NOW AVAILABLE
The 2013-2014 Theatre Alberta Playbill poster and Fall 2013 issue of All Stages Magazine - Design - are out now! Theatre Alberta's online Playbill is also live and can be searched at theatrealberta.com/playbill.
The Theatre Alberta Playbill poster and All Stages Magazine are free with your Theatre Alberta membership. If you have not yet received or would like extra copies of either publication, please email your request to Aaron Talbot, Communications and Marketing Coordinator at [email protected].
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR ARTS CHAMPIONS FUNDRAISER
Executive Director Keri Mitchell and event co-host Adam Mitchell presenting a door prize at our Arts Champions Fundraiser. Photo credit: dbphotographics.ca
On August 19th, 2013, Theatre Alberta hosted a fundraiser and Fringe Forum to raise funds for Theatre Alberta programs and Alberta Arts Rebuild - a relief effort to support artists and arts organizations recovering from the 2013 floods. We are pround to announce that we raised nearly $2,000 during the event and through online donations.
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our event. Thanks to Megan Dart for moderating our discussion and our panel: Brian Dooley, Thomas Scott and Helen Chimirri-Russell. Thanks to University of Alberta Department of Drama Chair Kathleen Weiss, Edmonton Ward 4 counselor Ben Henderson, NDP MLAs Rachel Notley and Deron Bilous, and Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman for attending and speaking at the event. Thank you to Upper Crust for providing (delicious!) catering. And a special thanks to the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival for allowing us to use the ATB Community Patio for our fundraising event!
A list of donors can be found below in our Donors and New Members section. We also like to thank the following individuals and organizations who donated door prizes to the event:
Victoria School of the Arts,
Stage West Calgary,
Alex and Joan Hawkins,
Mayfield Dinner Theatre
Rapid Fire Theatre,
Red Deer College,
Sherbrooke Liquor Store,
Click here to view some pictures from the fundraiser. Special thanks to Dave DeGagne from dbphotographics.ca for these pics! Click here to listen to the CJSR FM88 broadcast of our Fringe Forum panel discussion, "The Patron, The Theatre and The Artistic Creator – Who Will Our Champions Be?"
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 Fond Farewell to Brenda Sutherland
It is with mixed feelings that we announce that our beloved librarian Brenda Sutherland will be retiring from Theatre Alberta at the end of September.
Brenda is currently the longest-serving staff member of Theatre Alberta and has been a fixture of our stacks for more than 14 years. A friendly face at the door and yet a stickler for getting those library fines paid, Brenda will be missed greatly by Theatre Alberta library patrons and staff.
That all said, we wish her all the best and the most wonderful adventures as she begins this new chapter in her life! Thank you so much for your service to Theatre Alberta, Brenda!
If you would like to pass on a note of congratulations and/or goodbye to Brenda, please email it to [email protected] and we will be sure to pass it on.
Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed October 12 - 14 for Thanksgiving.
The Drop Box will be unavailable.
A reminder that Theatre Alberta's Library Regular Hours are back:
Mon: 10 am-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!