To our Members:
Notes for July:
Programmer Frazer Andrews and Dramaworks Program Assistant Dennie Hamaliuk register participants to Dramaworks 2014.
Last week The Citadel Theatre was a buzz as the Alberta theatre community came together for Theatre Alberta’s 2014 edition of Dramaworks. It was a small, but mighty crew this year as we ran one master class, and three workshops.
We are so grateful to everyone that made Dramaworks possible this year. We would like to thank the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Edmonton Arts Council, and the Calgary Arts Development Authority for their continued support of Theatre Alberta and our programs. Thank you to the Citadel Theatre for partnering with us on Dramaworks 2014 and acting as our gracious hosts. We would also like to thank Catalyst Theatre for partnering with us to offer our Investigative Theatre master class with Belarus Free Theatre.
We also must extend a hearty thank you to our fabulous instructors, Doug Mertz, Kevin McKendrick, Scott Swan, and Vladimir Shcherban, Sasha Padziarei and the whole Belarus Free Theatre team.
Finally we would be remiss if we didn’t thank our participants. Dramaworks 2014 attracted theatre professionals, educators, and enthusiasts from Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Olds, Calgary, Edmonton, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Lloydminster, Condor, Red Deer, Wetaskiwin, Hinton, Wainwright, Athabasca, Ponoka, Brooks, and Cold Lake. Thank you so much to every one of you representing your communities and bringing your all to strengthen and improve the caliber of theatre in this province.
Dramaworks Program Assistant
“Artstrek? NO. I think that this place should be called Heartstrek. Because everyone here puts their heart and soul into this camp, everyone gives and receives so much love. Thanks for letting me be here, Heartstrek”
~ Dante (Artstrek 2014 Exploration I student)
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FUNDRAISER: THE 2014 THEATRE ALBERTA RAFFLE
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Theatre Alberta is pleased to announce this year's fundraising initiative: the Theatre Alberta 2014 Raffle! There are more than $3,800 in prizes to be won over seven draws, which will be made on September 26, 2014.
Tickets can be purchased from Theatre Alberta staff at the Library in Edmonton, and from Theatre Alberta board members across Alberta.
To contact any of our Directors, please email [email protected] and we'll put you in touch. Tickets will also be available at Artstrek sharing days at Red Deer College on July 11, 18, and 26.
The Stratford Festival Package, value $2,050.00
A voucher for two tickets for selected dates to the Stratford Festival’s 2015 season. Designated dates and performances only. Two nights accommodation at Hughson Hall Bed & Breakfast. Air travel for two from either Edmonton or Calgary to Toronto.
The Banff Centre Package, value $540.00
Two tickets to Anita Majumdar’s Fish Eyes Trilogy (three separate plays), playing March 19 and 20, 2015. Two nights accommodations at The Banff Centre and two nights dinner at Vistas Dining Room.
Rosebud Theatre Package, value $380.00
Two tickets to dinner and show for any Rosebud Theatre Opera House performance until December 22, 2014. One night stay at Actor’s Studio B&B. Rosebud School of the Arts CD gift basket.
Sundance Balloons Package, value $650.00
Two vouchers for a complimentary hot air balloon ride courtesy of ReMax Edmonton and Area Associates.
The Citadel Theatre Gift Certificate, value $70.00
Two tickets, subject to availability, to The Daisy Theatre, playing October 15 to 23, 2014.
Sage Theatre Gift Certificate, value $70.00
Two single-show admissions to any performance in Sage Theatre’s 2014-2015 season.
Theatre Network Gift Certificate, value $50.00
Two tickets to any performance in Theatre Network’s 2014-2015 season.
Rules, regulations, and prize restrictions are listed online at theatrealberta.com/raffle. Thank you so much to all our generous 2014 Raffle Prize Donors!
THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING THEATRE ALBERTA'S 2013/2014 AGM
Theatre Alberta was pleased to host its 2013/2014 Annual General Meeting on July 5, 2014 at The Club Lobby at The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, part of Dramaworks 2014. During the meeting, Theatre Alberta members received the annual President's Report, Treasurer's Report, and Report from the Executive Director, as well as Financial Statements from the 2013/2014 fiscal year.
We said goodbye to outgoing board members Michele Fleiger (Past President, Edmonton) and Cyril Cook (Member at Large, Grande Prairie), and welcomed our newest board members Sean Anderson (Calgary) and Ryan Godfrey (Edmonton) - see below for their bios. Click here for a list of current Theatre Alberta Board members.
Sean Anderson is an active member of the community theatre scene in Calgary. He co-founded Morpheus Theatre, a community theatre company, 21 years ago, and is still proud to call himself Morpheus' Artistic Director and Executive Producer. Sean was also the co-founder of the Calgary Alliance of Community Theatres, which began operations 13 years ago, with a mandate to connect and support community theatres in Calgary and the surrounding area. 11 years ago Sean had the privilege of facilitating the first annual Calgary Amateur Theatre (CAT) Awards, in recognition of the outstanding volunteer effort and artistic talents of the community. In addition to his many administrative and operational skills, Sean is an accomplished director and actor. In his life outside of theatre, Sean works for Nexen Inc. He is also happily married and the proud father of two teenage boys.
Ryan Godfrey is a graduate of Brigham Young University – Idaho with a degree in communications. He began his career in Chicago as a media planner/buyer working on the accounts of three fortune 500 companies. Eight years ago he returned home to Edmonton. Currently he is the Business Development Director at EventIQ. His main role is working with schools to automate existing processes such as theatre ticketing and graduation events. He currently serves as the Publicity Director of his community league and as a Scout Master for a local troop. Throughout his childhood, Ryan was involved in many different theatre productions. His first was at the age of eight with the musical Safety Kids. The acting bug stuck with Ryan throughout his childhood as he participated in various other plays. He continues to support the arts through his patronship and through various other volunteer activities. Ryan is married to Rosalind and together they have two children, Weston and Hanalei.
Theatre Alberta members also approved a Special Resolution to amend the Society's by-laws: click here for details.
If you have any questions regarding Theatre Alberta Society and/or the 2013/2014 Annual General Meeting, please contact Theatre Alberta at 780-422-8162 (in Edmonton) or 1-888-422-8160 (toll-free in Alberta) or email [email protected].
MICHELLE DIAS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT: IDA EDWARDS
Theatre Alberta is proud to announce the recipient of the 2014 Michelle Dias Community Service Award: Ida Edwards. Ida received a full scholarship to attend Dramaworks.
Michelle Dias was a well-loved member of the Alberta theatre community. She was an invaluable Dramaworks instructor and a longtime Dramaworks participant - she was a guest speaker at the Dramaworks 50th Anniversary event.
In recognition of Michelle’s contributions to Theatre Alberta and the wider provincial theatre community, Theatre Alberta created a scholarship in 2012 for our Dramaworks program in her name.
Ida J.K. Edwards owns and operates Rural Notes Music Services and manages Turnabout Avenue Place in the Town of Athabasca, AB. Ida shares her passion for theatre by directing children’s musicals, developing new works, and participating in musical theatre.
She is an active community member in the town of Athabasca and supports community events with musical interludes and technical support. In 2013, she was awarded the Lion’s Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for humanitarian effort in the arts and community development. The presenter talked about her 14 years with Athabasca Communities in Bloom, her original productions during the ten year run of the Athabasca Country Fringe Festival, and her volunteerism, as president of the Athabasca and District Music Festival, as well as with other local arts groups.
Ida lives near a lake in the country with her husband Bob and cat Midnight. Click here to view Ida's full bio.
ALBERTA MILK AND SAPUTO DONATE MILK TO ARTSTREK 2014 STUDENTS
Theatre Alberta is proud to announce that Alberta Milk and Saputo are once again donating white and chocolate milk for teens attending this year's Artstrek program. 3 dozen cases or 1,728 servings!
We'd like to thank Alberta Milk and Saputo for their generous donation and continued support of the Artstrek program. Theatre Alberta is proud to ensure that Artstrek 2014 students will be receiving a balanced, healthy diet while in our care.
If you would like to find out more about how you can help support Artstrek, please contact Keri Mitchell, Executive Director at [email protected].
PROMOTE YOUR FRINGE SHOW ON THEATREALBERTA.COM
Promote your Fringe show on Alberta’s premiere online theatre listings sharing service!
If you are a Theatre Alberta member and are producing a show at either (or both!) the 2014 Calgary Fringe Festival or the 2014 Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, Theatre Alberta wants to help promote your show!
Every show posted to our RSS feed on our website is shared on Theatre Alberta’s Facebook page and Twitter feed (@TheatreAlberta). You can even submit an image to used as Theatre Alberta’s Facebook page cover photo during the festivals! (*Subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Click here to enter your show information. And break a leg this summer!
SPACE STILL AVAILABLE IN ARTSTREK FOR 16 - 18 YEAR OLDS
98 new books arrived at Theatre Alberta's Library this week: excited!!!
For those interested in auditioning for the upcoming Walterdale Theatre season, the Library has available non-circulating copies of Six Degrees of Separation, Jeffery, And Then, the Lights Went Out…, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that you are welcome to come read anytime during library hours.
If you do not live in the Edmonton area, the Library also has circulating copies of Six Degrees of Separation, Jeffery, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, however, availability is limited. We hope to get in A Man of No Importance sometime in the new year.
Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed August 2 - 4 for the Heritage Day weekend. The Dropbox will be unavailable.