To our Members:
Notes for May:
Welcome to our Summer Program Assistants at Theatre Alberta!
Three new staff members will support our work with some of our largest programs during the summer months. Please help us welcome (from to left to right):
Dramaworks Program Assistant, Dennie Hamaliuk. Dennie is enrolled in the Arts and Cultural Management progam at MacEwan University.
Originally from Medicine Hat, Dennie has been an Edmonton resident for more than 10 years. She is passionate about the arts and is really excited to support a program like Dramaworks, as it provides an opportunity for artists from across Alberta to come train and learn together at one event. Dennie can be reached at [email protected]
Artstrek Program Assistant, Nick Heffelfinger. Nick is from Fort McMurray and is entering his third year at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria B.C. Nick grew up attending numerous children's theatre camps and it had a direct impact on his decision to pursue acting as a career. Sadly he's never attend Artstrek himself, but intends to live vicariously through all the students he will help register for Artstrek 2014! Nick can be reached at [email protected]
Theatre Alberta Library Program Assistant, Nicole Loroff. Nicole is currently working on her Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. She is from Wetaskiwin originally, and would love to work as an archivist someday - perhaps at the Provincial Archives of Alberta. A self-professed high school drama "geek," and even taking a walk-on part at the Edmonton Fringe Festival in 2006, she is thrilled to be working in Canada's largest independent theatre library. Nicole can be reached at [email protected]
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“Dramaworks is such an overwhelmingly positive and stimulating experience, and the chance to have access to these incredibly gifted and generous professionals, in the company of people from across the province and beyond in all their various levels and interests, is heartening and inspirational to the utmost."
~ Dramaworks 2012 Participant
What's New at Theatre Alberta
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DRAMAWORKS 2014 - NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS
Theatre Alberta, in partnership with The Citadel Theatre, is pleased to present Dramaworks 2014, July 2 - 6 at The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. Dramaworks offers accessible learning 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 Dramaworks 2014 Master Class and Workshop lineup includes:
Investigative Theatre with Belarus Free Theatre (Minsk/London)
Multimedia Production Design with 3-Legged Dog Theater + Media Group (New York)
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
For the convenience of participants travelling to Edmonton, The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton (10235 - 101 Street, in the heart of downtown) is offering a discounted rate to Dramaworks participants of $115.00 + taxes for single/double room. (Breakfast may be added onto the room for an additional $20 per day per person.) This rate is based on availability until June 9, 2014.
MacEwan University Residences has also provided access to its accommodations for Dramaworks participants: Click here for more information.
Dramaworks Registration Costs:
Master classes (July 2-6, five days): $500
Workshops (July 4-6, 2.5 days): $300
All prices include GST and a $40 non-refundable adminstrative fee. Lunch will be provided on July 5 and 6.
Bursaries are available to attend Dramaworks! Click here for more information.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DRAMAWORKS 2014!
DRAMAWORKS - THE MICHELLE DIAS COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD - DEADLINE: MAY 30
In September 2011 the Canadian theatre community lost a true champion – Michelle Dias had been a favourite Dramaworks instructor for many years and a dear friend and respected colleague to artists across the country.
Theatre Alberta has established a Dramaworks scholarship in her memory – the Michelle Dias Community Service Award. The recipient will demonstrate a selfless commitment to the Alberta theatre community and to sharing their knowledge with colleagues and peers. The Award is a full scholarship to any Dramaworks workshop and recognition on our website.
To be considered for the Michelle Dias Community Service Award please submit a letter of intent outlining both your theatrical experience and community involvement, as well as a letter of reference that speaks to your commitment to your community. Please send your application to Frazer Andrews, Theatre Alberta Programmer, via email at [email protected] with “Michelle Dias Community Service Award” in the subject line. You may also apply for the award as part of your Dramaworks 2014 online registration.
Application deadline is May 30, 2014.
ARTSTREK 2014 - APPLY NOW
We are less than two months away from Artstrek 2014. Register now to ensure you are placed in the Exploration week of your choice!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ARTSTREK 2014!
ARTSTREK - THE KEITH EWASIUK MEMORIAL AWARD - DEADLINE: MAY 23
The Keith Ewasiuk Memorial Award will be awarded to an Alberta student who exemplifies leadership in the LGBTQ community at their school or in their community.
This scholarship will be awarded to a student attending Artstrek 2014. It is our hope to honour a student who is fearless, compassionate and deeply committed to equality and respect for all.
Artstrek students can apply for the Keith Ewasiuk Memorial Award at the same time they register for Artstrek. However, a student can choose to email an application separately to Frazer Andrews, Programmer at [email protected].
If you have already registered for Artstrek 2014, you may stil apply for the Keith Ewasiuk Memorial Award. If you are successful, your program fee will be fully refunded! Please click here for more information on award criteria. The deadline to apply is May 23.
THEATRE ALBERTA ARTSTREK SCHOLARSHIPS - APPLY NOW
Theatre Alberta strives to ensure that Artstrek is accessible to all Albertans regardless of ability to pay. We offer a limited number of partial scholarships for applicants in financial need. Scholarships range from 25% to 75% of the Artstrek application fee.
There is no deadline to apply for a Theatre Alberta Artstrek Scholarship. However, scholarship requests submitted after May 23 will be considered only if funds are available.
We understand that issues concerning financial need can be sensitive. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Theatre Alberta to discuss your specific situation.
ARTSTREK COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP: NEW BURSARY ANNOUNCED!
Karen Cork is pleased to announce a new bursary to support teens who live outside urban centres to attend Theatre Alberta’s Artstrek: The Rural Outreach Bursary.
The bursary is specifically for teens in smaller communities or in rural Alberta, where there are fewer opportunities for teens interested in theatre and drama to explore their craft. To be eligible, you must live 80km or more outside of Edmonton or Calgary. The bursary is worth 50% of the Artstrek program fee and will be awarded to two teens in 2014.
To apply please apply directly to Karen Cork by email at [email protected] and include a letter detailing:
- Where you live
- Why you want to attend Artstrek
- Difficulties in accessing theatre learning opportunities for teens in your community (e.g. my school doesn’t offer a drama program, there is no community theatre or youth theatre programs where I live, etc.)
Deadline to apply: May 21, 2014.
Theatre Alberta recommends applying to attend Artstrek before the bursary deadline to ensure you are placed in the Exploration of their choice. You can indicate that you have applied for the bursary in your online application under the Community Sponsorship section. Students applying for the bursary may also apply for Theatre Alberta Artstrek Scholarships to further offset the cost of attending if they are financial need. (Click here for more information about Theatre Alberta Artstrek Scholarships.)
EMERGE 2014 - THANK YOU!
What a great event! 59 actors graduating from nine post-secondary institutions auditioned for 79 ADs, Casting Directors, and Agents in both Calgary and Edmonton in April.
A huge note of thanks to One Yellow Rabbit and The Citadel Theatre, our host venues for Emerge 2014, for all their support. Thank you also to the caterers, technicians, students, faculty and professionals who made Emerge such an awesome experience.
WORKSHOPS BY REQUEST - MAY
Workshops by Request scheduled for May 2014 include:
Directing in Calgary
On May 4th, Morpheus Theatre hosted a one-day directing workshop with Kevin McKendrick, which explored a variety of directing subjects, including: an actor’s role versus a director’s, helping actors perform in harmony with your vision, and building a unified team. Participant James Hutchinson (@lifeisanact) tweeted "Great tools & techniques for directing plus I can apply many of them to the writing process."
On a side note, Theatre Alberta is pleased to bring Kevin to instruct a 2.5 day workshop on Directing (July 4 - 6) at Dramaworks 2014. An amazing instructor, we are excited to provide an opportunity for artists from across Alberta to learn from him. Click here for the workshop description and to register.
Character Development in Calgary
Also at Morpheus Theatre, veteren performer David LeReaney will be instructing a Character Development workshop on May 24th. This workshop is for actors and directors of all levels. It will explore the different methods, tools, and ideas that can be accessed when building a character for stage or screen.
Workshops by Request applications are accepted throughout the year. We are currently accepting applications for Workshops by Request to the end of June (the program takes a break in July and August). Any theatre organization in Alberta that is a group member of Theatre Alberta may apply for a workshop through the Workshops by Request program, on any topic of their choice. For more information, please email [email protected].
THE THEATRE ALBERTA PLAYBILL 2014-2015 COMING SOON
Theatre Alberta's Playbill is the single most comprehensive list of Alberta theatre season information - listing productions from nearly every theatre company in the province.
In June, Theatre Alberta will send our member organizations an email request for upcoming season data to be included on the 2014-2015 Playbill poster. We will also request production photos from last season for consideration to be included on the poster.
Your theatre season data is also made available on our website and our web-app for mobile devices. We promote shows featured in Playbill every month in Theatre Buzz in our Shows Opening section (scroll down to see!)
Keep an eye on your inboxes - we are very excited to see what you have in store...
ALBERTA DRAMA FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION PROVINCIAL ONE ACT FESTIVAL
Congratulations to Just Because Theatre from Fort McMurray, winners of Outstanding Production at the Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) Provincial Festival, which took place May 2 - 3 in Grande Prairie! The full list of award winners included:
Award for Technical Merit
Zakk MacDonald, Fight Direction for PISTACHIO CRUMBLE, Calgary region
Florence Maione, HEART IN THE GROUND, Foothills region
Stephen Buoninsegni, HEART IN THE GROUND, Foothills region
Outstanding New Play (Sponsored by Alberta Playwrights' Network, Awarded to playwright)
COWORKERS by AJ Baragar, Chinook region
Madeleine Stout & Tai Amy Grauman for FAITH, Edmonton region
LOUIS AND DAVE, Peace Country East region
Special thanks to Grande Prairie Live Theatre (GPLT) for hosting (and providing the confetti canon). Congratulations to all eight finalist productions, and all the companies who competed in regional festivals as well. An amazing year for community theatre - for more information about the ADFA visit adfa.ca.
In other news: the 2014 Alberta High School Provincial Drama Festival takes place this weekend at Red Deer College. Theatre Alberta Programmer Frazer Andrews and Communications & Marketing Coordinator Aaron Talbot will be there to take in the plays and promote Artstrek. Come chat with us and be sure to enter the AHSDFA draw for two scholarship awards to attend Artstrek 2014!
THEATRE ALBERTA LIBRARY INDEXES UPDATED FOR 2014
The Theatre Alberta Library Indexes is another great way to search for the play you need from Canada's largest independent theatre library. Every play in our catalogue is organized in the following helpful categories:
- New Aquisitions
- Canadian Plays
- Young Adults
- Musicals and Vocal Scores
- Radio, TV & Screenplays
Visit theatrealberta.com/library/library-indexes to use these helpful tools to browse the stacks!
~Solveig, Becca, and Nicole
Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed May 17 – 19 for the Victoria Day weekend. The Dropbox will be unavailable.
Also... we'd like to wish our librarian Solveig Anderson a relaxing and well-deserved holiday break over the summer. Solveig will be away from the Library from May 15th until mid-September. Our fantastic Library Program Assistant, Nicole Loroff will be our library patrons' main contact over the summer. Have a great Vay-Kay, Solveig!