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Notes for World Theatre Day 2014

Message from the President of the Board

We asked Theatre Alberta Board President Jeremy Mason to write a few words in honour of World Theatre Day 2014. Jeremy is the Artistic Director of New West Theatre in Lethbridge.


Why?

Why have a day to celebrate theatre?

We take time to celebrate theatre throughout the year. We celebrate openings, closings, premieres, and remounts. Let’s be honest, we’ll find any reason to celebrate our passion. So why the day?

Jeremy Mason

To me it’s not about celebrating the act of theatre, it’s about celebrating the reason for theatre. The reason why we do what we do and the reason why theatre is so important.

We use theatre to change the world. Maybe in small ways and maybe in large ways, but none the less we strive to change the world. Sometimes it’s our own world we change, sometimes the world of a child, sometimes the world of our audience, but always the world of another human.

A rare chance in this crazy world to sit in a room with a group of strangers and dare them to change us. Dare them to make us cry, to make us feel proud, to make us feel uncomfortable, to make us feel welcome.

So on this world theatre day celebrate the reason. Remember that theatre is the instrument to inspire change. We must live that. We must breathe that.

Happy World Theatre Day to all!

~ Jeremy Mason
Theatre Alberta Board President

 

2014 World Theatre Day Messages

“Dinosaurs never had theatre. That’s why they were exterminated from the surface of the Earth."

~ Mélanie Léger, translated by Chantal Bilodeau
from her 2014 Canadian World Theatre Day Message

2014 CANADIAN WORLD THEATRE DAY MESSENGER: MÉLANIE LÉGER

The 2014 Canadian World Theatre Day message is written by Mélanie Léger, a promising young Acadian author and playwright from New Brunswick and was translated by Chantal Bilodeau, a New York-based playwright originally from Montreal.

Again this year, and since 2011, l’Association des théâtres francophones du Canada (ATFC), Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) are combining their efforts in the promotion of this day which allows them, not only to celebrate the theatrical arts all across the globe, but also to position them in social, aesthetic and ethical settings. Part of their celebrations include the commissioning of the Canadian World Theatre Day message.

Mélanie Léger’s Canadian message is available in French and in English on ATFC’s website. A video of the author reading the text in French is also available.

2014 INTERNATIONAL WORLD THEATRE DAY MESSENGER: BRETT BAILEY

The author of the Message of World Theatre Day 2014 is the South African playwright, designer, director and installation maker Brett Bailey.

Click here to watch a video of Brett Bailey's message.

 

Dramaworks 2014 - World Theatre Day pre-sale!

Dramaworks 2014

Theatre Alberta, in partnership with The Citadel Theatre, is pleased offer Theatre Alberta members an exclusive opportunity to register EARLY for Dramaworks 2014 as part of our one day pre-sale celebrating World Theatre Day (March 27, 2014).

The Dramaworks 2014 pre-sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on March 27, 2014. To register, click here.

Dramaworks is a biennial workshop series event that welcomes theatre artists province wide: professionals, enthusiasts, and educators alike. This summer we are offering five workshops in choreography, dialects and accents, directing, monologue performance, and costuming. We are also offering two master classes with special guest international instructors: Investigative Theatre with Belarus Free Theatre (London/Minsk) and Multimedia Production Design with 3-Legged Dog Theater + Media Group (New York).

Dramaworks is designed for all levels of skill and experience; Theatre Alberta also offers financial bursaries for artists to attend Dramaworks. For full workshop descriptions and other Dramaworks information, please visit www.theatrealberta.com/dramaworks.

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.

Master classes and workshops at Dramaworks 2014 include:
Investigative Theatre with Belarus Free Theatre
Multimedia Production Design with 3-Legged Dog Theater + Media Group
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

Visit www.theatrealberta.com/dramaworks for more information and updates. And if you miss the pre-sale, not to worry! Online registration for Dramaworks begins in earnest on April 7th.

 

Artstrek 2014

*** Remember: Artstrek registration begins on April 1 at 4 p.m.

Artstrek 2014

The Artstrek 2014 website includes:

If you plan to attend Artstrek, why not join our Facebook event? Click here to join.

If you're on Twitter, tweet your favourite Artstrek memory using the hastag #Artstrek or #Artstrek2014 and Theatre Alberta will RT! (You can follow us at @TheatreAlberta.)

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Penelope and the New Baby
Taking Flight
The Mountaintop
Flat Stanley
Mary Poppins
Blood Wedding
The Invention of Romance
And Then There Were None
The Diary of Anne Frank

Playing in Alberta This Weekend (Mar 27 - 31)

Go see a play in celebration of World Theatre Day!

Click here to search the 2013-2014 Theatre Alberta Playbill.
Click here to explore Theatre Alberta's "What's On in Alberta" blog.

Albertan work indicates production was written/collectively created by an Albertan artist/group
Canadian work indicates production was written/collectively created by a Canadian artist/group

 

CALGARY

DIRTY LAUNDRY SEASON 14: LEGAL BRIEFS Alberta work
Sep 16 - May 12, Dirty Laundry

PENELOPE AND THE NEW BABY Alberta work
Jan 26 - June 27, Bigs and Littles Theatre Society (School Tour: Calgary & Area)

UNNECESSARY FARCE
Feb 6 - Apr 13, Stage West Theatre Restaurant

ENBRIDGE playRites FESTIVAL OF NEW CANADIAN PLAYS Canadian work
Mar 5 - Apr 6, Alberta Theatre Projects

TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT
Mar 8 - Apr 6, Vertigo Theatre

TOMORROW'S CHILD Albertan work
Mar 17 - 27, Ghost River Theatre

TAKING FLIGHT: A FESTIVAL OF STUDENT WORK
Mar 25 - Apr 5, University of Calgary School of Creative and Performing Arts - Drama

THE MOUNTAINTOP
Mar 25 - Apr 20, Theatre Calgary

FAT PIG
Mar 26 - Apr 5, Artists' Collective Theatre

CALGARY REGION ONE-ACT FESTIVAL
Mar 27 - 29, Pumphouse Theatre/ Alberta Drama Festival Association

33 SWOONS: AN EVENING OF SHORT PLAYS
Mar 27 - 29, [email protected] (Rocky Mountain College)

DRACULA
Mar 27 - Apr 5, Mount Royal University Theatre Department

THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY JR.
Mar 28 - Apr 12, StoryBook Theatre

DAD, DAY 1 Albertan work
Mar 31 - Apr 19, Lunchbox Theatre

 

EDMONTON

DIE-NASTY: THE LIVE IMPROVISED SOAP OPERA Alberta work
Oct 21 - May 26, The Varscona Theatre

THE VIP KIDS SHOW Alberta work
Nov 16 - May 24 (selected Saturdays), The Varscona Theatre

DEATHTRAP
Feb 11 - Apr 6, Mayfield Dinner Theatre

QUEEN LEAR Alberta work
Mar 12 - 30, Shadow Theatre

MARY POPPINS
Mar 15 - Apr 20, Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary

SOLO STUDIES Alberta work
Mar 26 - 30, Punctuate! Theatre/ Entrelacement Dance

THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA
Mar 26 - Apr 5, MacEwan University Theatre Arts

BLOOD WEDDING
Mar 27 - Apr 5, University of Alberta Studio Theatre

THE INVENTION OF ROMANCE Alberta work
Mar 28 - Apr 13, Workshop West

THAT'S TERRIFIC Alberta work
Mar 29, The Varscona Theatre

 

ALBERTA

ALADDIN Alberta work
Nov 12 - Jun 13, Alberta Opera, Tour (Alberta-wide)

500 WORDS Canadian work
Feb 20 - Apr 6, Quest Theatre, Touring Alberta

THAT'S DANGER! Albertan work
Feb 24 - May 2, Alberta Workers' Health Centre, Touring Alberta

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
Mar 13 - 29, Taber Players, Taber

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Mar 21 - Apr 5, Churchmice Players, Camrose

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Mar 22 - 29, Medicine Hat Musical Theatre, Medicine Hat

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Mar 27 - Apr 12, Central Alberta Theatre, Red Deer

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Mar 28 - Apr 12, Lac Cardinal Regional Performing Arts Society, Grimshaw
Call 780-332-2012 for information and tickets.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
Mar 28 - May 17, Rosebud Theatre, Rosebud

CASTRATI THE MUSICAL Albertan work
Mar 31 - Apr 5, Theatre Outré/ Pretty, Witty & GAY! Festival, Lethbridge

THE BULLY PROJECT Albertan work
Mar 31 - Apr 12, Concrete Theatre, Touring Alberta

 

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