To our Members:
Notes for January:
Because Dramaworks and PlayWorks Ink are bienniel events, happening in summer and fall respectively, every two years Theatre Alberta gets ridiculously busy during a seven-month period. This is it.
Between now and mid-July, we are rolling out the Spring edition of All Stages, Emerge, Dramaworks, Artstrek, plus collecting 2014-2015 season information for Playbill, sending out a membership survey, and all the Theatre Buzz eNewsletters in between. Oh - and we're currently planning our first ever Picks of the Edmonton Fringe Albertan theatre tour to boot.
I hope you are as excited as we are!
Please note that Artstrek 2014 online applications will be available on April 1st at 4 PM. We have a number of exciting announcements planned over the next several weeks, so be sure to watch for new posts on theatrealberta.com, on our Facebook page, Twitter feed, and our LinkedIn company profile.
Happy New Year!
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“WP Puppet Theatre, and myself as Artistic Director, have been grateful recipients of a number of Theatre Alberta programs. Please keep up your resources, support and advocacy for the excellent work of Alberta artists and arts companies."
~ Theatre Alberta donor Wendy Passmore-Godfrey
What's New at Theatre Alberta
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ARTSTREK 2014 - CALL FOR SUPERS!
Longing for that Artstrek Buzz? Apply To Be a 2014 Super!
Theatre Alberta is looking for previous Artstrek attendees with excellent interpersonal skills, strong leadership ability, a remarkable work ethic and a well-cultivated sense of fun.
Applicants must have attended Artstrek as a student, been away from the program for at least one year, and be between 19 and 25 years of age.
To apply send Theatre Alberta: a cover letter outlining your qualifications; what would make you an asset to the Super team; your theatre and employment resume; and your headshot.
Email all applications to [email protected]. We thank you in advance for your interest. Please be advised that only those applicants shortlisted for the interview process will be contacted.
Application deadline: March 1, 2014.
WCB ALBERTA POLICY CHANGES FOR VOLUNTEERS
These changes will affect the theatre industry in Alberta. Theatre companies operate in a compulsory industry under the Workers’ Compensation Act — this means that companies are required to open WCB accounts to cover all paid workers. However, the new policy means that volunteers for not-for-profit organizations are no longer covered by the WCB unless the not-for-profit organization chooses to opt-in to the program.
In other words, not-for-profit theatre companies that wish to provide WCB coverage for their volunteers must submit a written application to the WCB Alberta to do so.
Below you will find several PDFs that provide more details about the policy changes, how they impact your organization and how to apply to the WCB Alberta to provide coverage for volunteers. Theatre Alberta still has a number of questions regarding the new policy, which we have sent to WCB Alberta for clarification. Once we receive new information we will share with the Albertan theatre community.
In the meantime, please carefully review these documents to see how the policy change will impact your theatre organization:
WCB Volunteer Coverage Policy Change - SUMMARY
Employer Fact Sheet: Who Do I Have to Cover?
Employer Fact Sheet: Coverage for Exempt Industries
It is Theatre Alberta's position that insurance coverage for all volunteers in our industry should be provided in order to protect the volunteer from loss as well as the organization from liability. Whether you choose to provide volunteer coverage through the WCB Alberta or through another insurance provider/product is now entirely up to you.
Thank you to all members of the theatre community that submitted feedback to the WCB Alberta regarding the proposed policy changes back in August 2013. As many of you know, this has been a longstanding issue, and we are pleased that it is nearly resolved. For more background information on the history of this issue, please click here and click here.
WORKSHOPS BY REQUEST - JANUARY
Hear and Now or Never in Edmonton
During January 10-12, Good Women Dance Collective held a three-day workshop with Mélanie Demers of Mayday Danse (Québec), entitled "Here and Now or Never." In this workshop, Demers investigated the role of dance and art in society, aiming to provide a suitable playground for artists to explore “inner mythology” and develop a creative process that comes from inside and reflects on the outside.
Comedic Improv in Bashaw
On January 11, Friends of the Majestic Theatre in Bashaw welcomed Edmonton improvisor/actor Matt Alden to teach a workshop in comedic improvisation. From what we hear, Matt managed to keep the entire workshop laughing for the entire six hours of class! Workshop host Margaret Jenson reports, "We laughed until it hurt!"
Acting and Character Development in St. Albert
Also on January 11, Theatre Alberta Past Board President Michele Fleiger taught a workshop on acting technique and character development for the St. Albert Theatre Troupe. Entitled "From Couch to Stage," the workshop was designed to inspire the community to get involved in the craft of performing.
Singing in Wainwright
Theatre 75 in Wainwright will be hosting a Singing workshop on January 25th with Kim Mattice-Wanat, Artistic/Managing Director and Founder of Opera Nuova in Edmonton. Kim specializes in an innovative vocal technique in which expressivity and total body engagement are integrated to unlock the creative spirit!
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 email [email protected].
GIFT A PLAY 2013 UPDATE - THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!
Thank you so very much to all our donors to the 2013 Theatre Alberta Library Gift A Play Campaign.
We received us 62 books worth nearly $850 - more than double our total from the inaugural 2012 campaign! We are so grateful for your generosity and support. Thank you!
Most of the books ordered have arrived, but we are still waiting on a few. We will be mailing tax receipts to those who have requested them this month. If you would like a tax receipt for your donation but have not yet sent us your Amazon.ca receipt, please email it to [email protected] ASAP.
The following people donated books to Theatre Alberta's 2013 Gift A Play campaign. To view titles with hyperlinks to each book's description, please visit our campaign page at theatrealberta.com/gift-a-play.
Mary Jane Kreisel
Deborah Lynn Ferguson
Kevin T Mott
Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed February 15 - 17 for the Family Day weekend. The Dropbox will be unavailable.