To our Members:
Notes for March:
Theatre Alberta, in partnership with The Citadel Theatre, is pleased to announce our workshop and instructor lineup for Dramaworks 2014.
Dramaworks 2014 workshops offer unique and accessible opportunities for theatre practitioners of all skill levels. Our 2014 lineup includes five workshops, of novice and intermediate skill level, and two master classes with guest international artists: belarus Free Theatre (London/Minsk) and 3-Legged Dog Media + Theater Group (New York). Full lineup includes:
Workshops: July 4 - 6 (2.5 days)
Creating Musical Theatre Choreography
with Laura Krewski
Dialects and Accents
with Doug Mertz
The Director’s Shared Vision
with Kevin McKendrick
Monologues: From Image to Impulse
with Scott Swan
Rendering to Rendition: Building a Costume by Design
with Patsy Thomas
Master Classes: July 2 - 6 (5 days)
with Vladimir Scherban of belarus Free Theatre
Multimedia Production Design
3-Legged Dog media & theater group
Workshop descriptions and instructor bios are available on our website at theatrealberta.com/dramaworks next week. Online registration will begin on April 7th at noon. Space is limited!
Dramaworks is a biennial workshop series event that welcomes theatre artists province wide – professionals, enthusiasts, and educators alike – to learn from Albertan, national, and international theatre artists and experts. Dramaworks 2014 will run July 2-6 at The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.
Please note that full program information for both Dramaworks 2014 and Artstrek 2014 (including a practice Artstrek application form) will be published on our website on March 14th!
Frazer Andrews, Programmer
“We’re not just about going around and telling our story... This is what people should know: people are being beaten up, thrown in jail, and disappeared. The people you see on the posters who are in jail? They’re our friends, our audience."
~ Vladimir Scherban, belarus Free Theatre
What's New at Theatre Alberta
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WE'RE HIRING! THEATRE ALBERTA SEEKS THREE STUDENTS FOR SUMMER POSITIONS
Deadline to apply: March 28, 2014
Theatre Alberta requires three highly motivated, detail oriented, and creative workers for the following full-time summer contract positions in our Edmonton office.
All applicants should be enthusiastic about theatre, enjoy dealing with people, and able to work independently and as part of a team.
Specifically, we are looking for:
ARTSTREK PROGRAM ASSISTANT
May 5 to August 22 (16 weeks)
The Artstrek Program Assistant will provide vital support to our renowned annual theatre school for teenagers, Artstrek. Artstrek is a residential summer theatre program that has been operating in Alberta for more than 50 years, and attracts more than 300 young theatre enthusiasts from across the province and beyond each summer.
DRAMAWORKS PROGRAM ASSISTANT
May 5 to August 8 (14 weeks)
The Dramaworks Program Assistant will provide vital support to our biennial theatre school for adult learners, Dramaworks. Dramaworks is a workshop series for theatre artists from across Alberta – professionals, amateurs/hobbyists, and educators alike – that offers master classes led by international artists as well as introductory and intermediate classes led by local theatre educators and practitioners.
April 28 to August 15 (16 weeks)
The Library Assistant will provide vital support to Theatre Alberta’s Library, a public collection of more than 19,000 playscripts and the largest independent and fully circulating theatre library in Canada.
Click here to view full job descriptions for all three positions.
To Apply: Indicating which position(s) you are most interested in and qualified for, please forward your resume with a detailed letter of interest to Keri Mitchell, Executive Director, by March 28, 2014. email@example.com.
Preference will be given to applicants who meet the criteria for participation in Service Canada’s Summer Jobs program, including but not limited to: be between 18 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; and have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year. Theatre Alberta thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
THEATRE ALBERTA SEEKS ARTSTREK COMMUNITY SPONSORS
Every year, a tradition continues in which the most enthusiastic Artstrek students apply to organizations in their community to sponsor their application fees to attend our summer school for teens. There are a number of champion organizations that provide Artstrek sponsorships annually to youth in their community.
In an effort to help these enterprising students, we are collecting and sharing information from any community organization that provides (or would like to begin providing) sponsorship funding. This is a great way to not only provide assistance to resourceful local teens, but also a great way to support the long-term health of your own theatre community.
If you offer or would like to offer teens community sponsorship funding, please email Aaron Talbot at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your organization and program profiled on our Artstrek Community Sponsorship webpage.
ALL STAGES MAGAZINE - SPRING 2014 - TRAINING
Hitting mailboxes this week, the first All Stages for 2014: Training: Perspectives on Our Practice.
In this issue, as we scan the landscape of theatre training in our province, we share some words of wisdom and encouragement, highlight training opportunities, and provide a touch of inspiration.
Inside the Spring edition of All Stages:
Julie Sinclair takes stock of the training opportunities available
to adult amateur theatre participants with Making Hay While the Sun Shines.
We take a look at the changes coming to Alberta’s K-12 education system in Curriculum Redesign.
In Foils, we feature two fantastically unique insights
on training: Stephanie Wolfe gives us perspectives on conservatory and
liberal arts schools with Both Sides of the Coin and Andy Curtis shares his
approach to DIY Theatre.
Paul Welch details Third Street Theatre’s artist
mentorship through the creation of This is How I Left, in The Process.
Fight Directors Canada Academy Director Paul Gélineau tells us why
Fighting in Schools is a Great Thing.
In Q2Q, Scott Peters, our Technical
Editor, speaks to IASTSE 212 about their new Calgary training facility.
In our editorial feature, Nicholas Hanson urges us to reconsider our use
of the word training.
And, in Ah Ha! Dramatic Epiphanies, Albertans share their theatre training discoveries. Sourced from our Ah Ha! writing contest, which included a draw for a Theatre Alberta membership. We'd like to congratulate Pam McCormack, who has received a free one-year membership renewal to Theatre Alberta! Thank you everyone who submitted an Ah-Ha! Moment; we were overwhelmed by your stories.
Want to receive this and future editions of All Stages Magazine? Just become a member of Theatre Alberta. Your subscription is included as a benefit of membership, and we'll send you the latest edition in the mail. Click here to join Theatre Alberta!
EMERGE 2014 UPDATE
Emerge is fast approaching and we are eager to welcome Alberta's 2014 performance graduates to our theatre community.
For more than ten years Emerge has been establishing inroads between emerging artists and accomplished professionals. Graduating actors, from nine Albertan professional training programs, will be given four minutes each to perform audition pieces that will showcase their talents.
Invitations to Alberta's Artistic Directors and Freelance Professional Directors have been emailed. If you did not receive an invitation and would like to attend, or if you wish to recommend a colleague for invitation to Emerge please contact Theatre Alberta Programmer Frazer Andrews:
780-422-8162 (Edmonton Area)
1-888-422-8160 (Toll Free in Alberta)
Theatre Alberta's EMERGE 2014 is scheduled for:
CALGARY – Monday, April 14
EDMONTON - Monday, April 28
WORKSHOPS BY REQUEST - MARCH
Character Development in Calmar
A late addition to our February workshops: Michele Fleiger traveled from Edmonton to Calmar (located just west of Leduc), to lead her popular acting workshop in character development with the Calmar Prairie Players. The company recently had several new members join their group, and wanted to provide an introduction to the theatrical process.
Directing a Contemporary Play in Grande Prairie
On March 1st, Edmonton-based director Michael Peng travelled north to teach a one day workshop on directing to Grande Prairie Live Theatre. Another 18 people came out to the workshop, matching Gina Moe's Stage Management workshop attendance last month! Nice work, Grande Prairie!
Michael Peng instructing in Grande Prairie. Photo by Cyril Cook.
Acting and Character Development in Spruce Grove
On March 22nd, Edmonton actor Annette Loiselle will drive over to Spruce Grove to teach a workshop in Acting and Character Development to members of the Horizon Players. The company will be producing Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe Dipietro at the end of April, and are using this workshop opportunity to refresh their acting skills.
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@example.com.
FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR 2014 ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS
To help increase participation and Albertans’ access to culture, the Government of Alberta is providing funding to organizations to put on events for Alberta Culture Days 2014, occurring September 26–28.
Up to five applicants will be selected to be Feature Celebration Sites and will be eligible to receive a maximum of $20,000 for three days of programming.
Host Celebration Sites and are eligible to receive up to $5,000 for two days of programming. New for 2014, $500 is available to 10 organizations wishing to host a one day event.
The deadline for application submission is April 28, 2014. Click here for more information.
THEATRE ALBERTA PLAYBILL WEB-APP LOBBY SIGNS STILL AVAILABLE
Theatre Alberta has a number of promotional lobby signs (pictured right) celebrating the Playbill web-app and would like to send them to our member organizations for display in their venue lobbies. Theatre Alberta's Playbill is the most comprehensive information tool displaying theatre productions in Alberta. If your theatre company is a member of Theatre Alberta, your season is included in our Playbill!
The promotional posters are not only designed to inform audiences about the web-app, but they are also a great reminder to please turn off cellphones before the performance begins. (It's our fun little way of embracing new technologies while reinforcing theatre audience decorum!)
Posters are 24" by 36" and printed on durable foam-core.
Please email Aaron Talbot at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP to make arrangements about how we can deliver a lobby sign to your organization.
LIBRARY CALL FOR MEMBER SUGGESTIONS
We are in the midst of compiling our annual acquisitions list and would welcome purchase suggestions from all of you. If you have any script/musical titles or reference materials to suggest for purchase, or even playwrights or subjects you’re interested in, please fill out our Suggest a Script form online.
Remember to check our online catalogue first to see if the title already exists in our fantastic collection. We attempt to acquire every member request made. The more publishing information you can provide the better.
Thanks for making our library one of the best and largest script lending libraries in Canada (possibly even the world).
~Solveig and Becca
Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed April 18 - 21 for the Easter weekend. The Dropbox will be unavailable.