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April 2015



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Notes for April



Already, more than 100 teens have registered to attend Artstrek 2015! To ensure you can attend the Exploration week of your choice, we encourage students to register as soon as possible. Click here to apply.

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream abounds with thrilling challenges and opportunities for young thespians. Paired together, Artstrek and A Midsummer Night’s Dream are the quintessential summer fling... very possibly the #bestmidsummernightever.

Artstrek 2015 will be held at Red Deer College during the following dates:

  • Exploration I: July 5 – 10, 2015
  • Exploration II: July 12 – 17, 2015
  • Exploration III: July 19 – 25, 2015

Click here to register for Artstrek 2015 online. Not sure if you're ready? Try out our Artstrek Practice Application Form to be sure!

Click here to watch our Memories from Artstrek 2014 video, featuring teachers, supers and students from last summer's program.

Visit www.theatrealberta.com/artstrek2015 for the full menu of the Artstrek 2015 website.


“I learned that I want theatre to be a part of my future.”

~Artstrek 2014 student

What's New at Theatre Alberta

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The Bomb-itty of Errors

Edmonton Actors Theatre began its Picks of the Edmonton Fringe Alberta tour on April 2nd with its production of The Bomb-itty of Errors by Jordan Allen Dutton, Jason Catalano, Gregory J. Qaiyum, Erik Weiner and Jeffrey Qaiyum. The production is currently on tour, visting venues in six communities in North and Central Alberta, including Fort McMurray, Spruce Grove, Edson, Whitecourt, Morinville, and Camrose.

This is the third Alberta tour from a stimulus project intended to promote Albertan theatre productions and artists to presenters in smaller and rural communities in our province, and the final production of our 2014/2015 lineup. The Picks of the Edmonton Fringe is designed to have a direct growth impact on the theatre industry, both in terms of increased longevity for Alberta theatre productions and the artists they employ, as well as providing opportunities for audiences outside Edmonton and Calgary to see a variety of professional theatre works and artists in their own communities.

We would like to thank and profile the presenters that have booked Never Let the Crew See You Cry to present to their communities: Keyano Theatre, Horizon Stage, Chautauqua Edson Arts Council, The Whitecourt & Woodlands Performing Arts Society and The Pumpjack Players, The Town of Morinville, and the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre.

Click here for The Bomb-itty of Errors show dates, locations and ticket information.

Click here to learn more about the Picks of the Edmonton Fringe 2015-2016 Production Lineup and to find out more about bringing an element of the Fringe to your community!

The Picks of the Edmonton Fringe tour stimulus project is a joint presentation of Theatre Alberta, the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta (ATAA) and Fringe Theatre Adventures. This project has been supported by a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.



  Business for the Arts

Theatre Alberta is pleased to partner with Business for the Arts as an affiliate for its The Sponsorship Tutorial Series. This step-by-step series of tutorials provides easy, arts-friendly training in attracting, securing, and maintaining sponsorship for your organization.

Business for the Arts is a national organization that aims to strengthen arts and culture in Canada by connecting arts organizations to business patrons and volunteers; by stimulating investment in the arts through matching incentives and sponsorship training for arts organization; by communicating the value of investing in the arts through advocacy and research; and by providing a platform for arts organizations to celebrate their outstanding business partners in the arts.

Staff at Theatre Alberta reviewed Business for the Arts' Sponsorship 101 video, and found it to be a great overview, easy to follow, and a good length. We are pleased to promote this program to our member organizations seeking professional development in developing corporate partnerships.

Click here for more information about The Sponsorship Tutorial Series and to sign up.




Community Sponsorship


Program: Ben Sauvé Artstrek Bursary
Eligibility: Edmonton Public High School students
Deadline: May 1, 2015
More information: Click here for information about the award and application form.
Additional details:

Ben was a grade 12 student in the Theatre Arts program at Victoria Composite High School. While returning home from a mime practice on the evening of October 5, 1987, he died in a traffic accident. In memory of this gifted, sensitive, and dedicated young man, his family and friends established a bursary fund. This bursary enables other young people to experience the joy of learning which Ben did in the Artstrek program. Of the money available for this bursary, two-thirds are from Ben's own savings.


Program: Horizon Stage Artstrek Scholarships - Funded by the Horizon Stagelighters Society & the Theatre Advisory Board
Eligibility: Students age 12 - 18 who have completed grade 7, or higher, at a school in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, or Parkland County and are successfully registered for Artstrek.
Deadline: May 1, 2015
More information: Two FULL scholarships are available. May be used for any of the three Artstrek programs. Students must submit a scholarship application letter to Horizon Stage that includes:
• details about their experiences in theatre studies and/or theatre production.
• their plans for future involvement in theatre.
• how attending Artstrek will help them accomplish their goals.
• their full address and contact information.
Factors such as academic excellence and financial need will also be taken into account.
Additional details:

Can be found on Horizon Stage’s website.

More community sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.theatrealberta.com/artstrek/community-sponsorship.

If you offer or would like to offer teens community sponsorship funding, please email Aaron Talbot at aaron@theatrealberta.com to have your organization and program profiled on our Artstrek Community Sponsorship webpage.



Workshops by Request are coordinated by Theatre Alberta at your request and targeted to the specific needs of your theatre company. Workshops in both technical and non-technical aspects of theatre bring highly trained professionals to your community for one, one and a half, or two-day workshops.

Click here to apply for a Workshop by Request.

Lighting workshop

Workshops by Request scheduled for April 2015 include:

Character Mask in Calgary
On April 4–5, Edmonton’s Brian Dooley — Director of Play Development at The Citadel Theatre, and Directeur artistique et général of L’UniThéâtre — travelled down to Calgary to work with actors, directors, dancers and any other artists who wish to explore new methods of performance and creation. This workshop, hosted by Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, introduced artists to a variety of masks while they explored their transformational power as an acting and improvisational tool.

Character Development in Edmonton
On April 12, Elope Musical Theatre will host a Character Development workshop with actress, vocal coach, and Artstrek instructor Alana Hawley. Alana will be helping actors tap into their 1920’s era New York characters before their upcoming production of Guys and Dolls.

Stage Makeup in Canmore
Also on April 12, the Pine Tree Players will host a Stage Makeup workshop with Sharon Toohey. Sharon has worked on the AMC series Hell on Wheels and several major motion pictures. The Pine Tree Players will get some pointers before their upcoming production of Arsenic and Old Lace.

Workshops by Request applications are accepted throughout the year. 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 Frazer Andrews, Programmer at frazer@theatrealberta.com.



Emerge 2010 - Edmonton

Emerge is fast approaching and we are eager to welcome Alberta's 2015 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 have not received 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 2015 is scheduled for:
CALGARY – Monday, April 20
EDMONTON - Monday, April 27



Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed May 16 - 18 for the Victoria Day long weekend. The Drop Box will be unavailable.

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As You Like It
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Category E
Restaurant The Musical
Lafferty's Wake

What's On in Alberta

Opening in April

Click here to search the 2014-2015 Theatre Alberta Playbill.
Click here to explore Theatre Alberta's "What's On" blog with detailed show descriptions.

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



A Worthy Opponent Albertan work
Apr 6 - 25, Lunchbox Theatre

Facade Albertan work
Apr 7 - 11, Urban Stories Theatre

Becky's New Car
Apr 7 - 25, Alberta Theatre Projects

In the Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play)
Apr 9 - 18, Artists Collective Theatre

Usually Beauty Fails Canadian work
Apr 15 - 18, Theatre Junction / Frédérick Gravel / Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup

Monthy Python's Spamalot
Apr 16 - Jun 21, Stage West Theatre Restaurant

Apr 17 - May 2, Morpheus Theatre

Apr 18 - 24, Calgary Opera

rihannaboi95 Canadian work
Apr 23 - May 2, Downstage

Red Riding Hood
Apr 23 - May 9, StoryBook Theatre

Dear Johnny Deere Albertan work
Apr 28 - May 31, Theatre Calgary

Three on the Seesaw
Apr 29 - May 3, Fire Exit Theatre

As You Like It
Apr 30 - May 10, The Shakespeare Company



Bonfire Improv Festival Albertan work
Apr 7 - 11, Rapid Fire Theatre

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Apr 8 - 18, Walterdale Theatre

Winners & Losers Canadian work
Apr 9 - 19, Citadel Theatre

Category E Albertan work
Apr 10 - 18, The Varscona Theatre / The Maggie Tree

Kiss of the Spider Woman
Apr 10 - 19, Two ONE-WAY Tickets to Broadway Productions

Marathon Canadian work
Apr 17 - 18, Fringe Theatre Adventures / TJ Dawe

Lucia di Lammermoor
Apr 18 - 23, Edmonton Opera

Routes Albertan work
Apr 24 - 25, Concrete Theatre @ C103

Avenue Q
Apr 25 - May 24, Citadel Theatre

The Suburban Motel Series Canadian work
Apr 29 - May 11, Punctuate! Theatre

Becoming Sharp Albertan work
Apr 29 - May 17, Shadow Theatre

Christina/Philippe Canadian work
Apr 30 - May 9, Northern Light Theatre / Arts at the Barns



The Bomb-itty of Errors
Apr 2 - 13, Alberta tour: Fort McMurray, Spruce Grove, Edson, Whitecourt, Morinville, Camrose

Routes Albertan work
Apr 7 -23, Concrete Theatre, School Tour: province-wide

Cards on the Table
Apr 9 - 25, Grande Prairie Live Theatre

Under Milk Wood
Apr 15 - 18, Red Deer College

Apr 17 - 25, Windmill Theatre Players, High River

The 2015 Pilot Lights Theatre Festival
Apr 21 - 23, Medicine Hat High School

Arsenic and Old Lace
Apr 22 - May 2, Pine Tree Players, Canmore

Restaurant: The Musical Albertan work
Apr 23 - 25, Medicine Hat Musical Theatre

Lafferty's Wake
Apr 23 - May 9, St. Albert Theatre Troupe

Good Night Ladies
Apr 23 - May 2, Keyano Theatre, Fort McMurray

ADFA North Region One Act Festival
April 27, Keyano Theatre / Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA)


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Theatre News

Citadel Theatre and Workshop West announces #writesofpassage High School Playwrighting Program - Edmonton

Through #writesofpassage professional playwrights will come to Edmonton high schools as mentors for aspiring young playwrights.

Evergreen Theatre Announces 2015-2016 Season - Calgary

Evergreen Theatre is pleased to announce its 2015-16 season – featuring new work and explorations by professional artists from across Alberta.

Walterdale Theatre launches a new system for the hard of hearing - Edmonton

Walterdale Theatre becomes the first live theatre in Canada to install a T-Coil loop system for people with hearing disabilities.

Nominees Announced for 28th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts - Edmonton

The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts showcases Edmonton’s vibrant arts and culture industry. Award recipients will be announced on April 20.

StoryBook Theatre Announces 2015-2016 Season - Calgary

StoryBook Theatre announced its 2015-2016 season, which includes a new musical adaptation of The Paper Bag Princess, a collaboration with the Forte Musical Theatre.

Calgary Opera moving to Stampede grounds - Calgary

The Calgary Stampede will provide land for the Calgary Opera to build a 50,000 square foot Opera Centre under unique agreement.

Valerie Planche wins 2015 Gina Wilkinson Prize - Calgary/National

Congratulations to Valerie Planche who was awarded the 2015 Gina Wilkinson Prize, which honours a Canadian female theatre artist who is transitioning from one theatre discipline to directing.

Matt Shuurman announced as new Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre - Edmonton

Rapid Fire Theatre announced that Matt Shuurman will be its next Artistic Director as of September 1st, 2015. Rapid Fire Theatre is Edmonton’s oldest improv company.

Citadel Theatre announces 50th Anniversary Season - Edmonton

Many of Edmonton’s finest theatre artists will be front and centre in the Citadel Theatre’s 2015/2016 Season, which includes a new series of Made in Edmonton Cabaret Premieres.

Pumphouse Theatre announces new studio configuration - Calgary

Pumphouse Theatres Society is pleased to announce a new studio configuration of the Victor Mitchell Theatre: a 150 seat theatre called The Shed.

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Audition (Calgary): Bad Jews – Theatre Calgary - By appointment: April 29 & May 1; Deadline: April 12

Auditions (Calgary): 2015 General Auditions – Evergreen Theatre - By appointment: May 7-8; Deadline: April 17, 5 p.m.


Audition (Edmonton): Star Killing Machine – Broken Toys Theatre - By appointment: April 11 & 13


Auditions (Drumheller, Edmonton, Calgary): 2015 Canadian Badlands Passion Play - By appointment: April 7, 12, & TBD

Auditions (Devon): A Tomb With a View – East of Sixty Productions - By appointment: April 26 & 29

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Job Postings

Please note that jobs with no deadline will only be included in one issue of Theatre Buzz, unless we are instructed otherwise by the posting organization.


Job (Calgary): Painters – Evergreen Theatre - Deadline: April 10, 5 p.m.

Jobs (Calgary): Directors/Designers – Evergreen Theatre - Deadline: April 17, 5 p.m.


Job (Edmonton): Part Time Marketing position – Good Women Dance Collective - (Post-secondary students) Proposal review begins April 15 (we will continue to accept proposals until we find the right candidate)

Job (Edmonton): Dresser Internship – Freewill Shakespeare Festival - Deadline: Open til filled

Job (Edmonton): Junior Stitcher Internship – Freewill Shakespeare Festival - Deadline: Open til filled

Job (Edmonton): Outreach Assistant Internship – Freewill Shakespeare Festival - Deadline: Open til filled

Job (Edmonton): Scenic Carpenter Internship – Freewill Shakespeare Festival - (Post-secondary students) Deadline: Open til filled


Job (Medicine Hat): Dance Instructor – Medicine Hat College - Proposal review began on April 1, but the competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found


Job (Vancouver): Executive Director – Vancouver Writers Fest - Deadline: April 17

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Workshops / Classes / Education/ Camps

Please note that classes with no listed dates will be included in three issues of Theatre Buzz, unless we are instructed otherwise by the posting organization.


Classes (Calgary): Acting 101 – Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio - April 4 – May 9 (1:30 – 5:30 p.m.)


Classes (Edmonton): Spring Classes – Freedom Tech Production - Spring session will start April 28

Workshop (Edmonton): Developing a Creative Practice with TJ Dawe – Arts at the Barns Professional Development Series - April 18, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Workshop (Edmonton): Finding Space with Swallow-A-Bicycle Theatre – Arts at the Barns Professional Development Series - May 31, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Classes (Edmonton): Foote Theatre School 2015 Spring/Summer Classes – Citadel Theatre - Register now for Spring classes beginning in March/April 2015.


Accepting Applications (Rosebud): Scout Weeks – Rosebud School of the Arts - Upcoming Scout Weeks (student-visitor days): April 7 - 11

Workshop series for Teens(Strathcona County): OverActing Imaginations - April, June

Education (Red Deer): Series Summer Arts School – Red Deer College - (for 18+): various courses in July

Artstrek: A Summer Theatre School for Teens July 5 - 25: Over the course of a week in residence at Red Deer College, we will welcome teens from across Alberta to learn about acting, voice, movement, directing, sound/music, design, creation and collaboration.
Exploration I (for ages 12-14): July 5 – 10, 2015 – $575
Exploration II (for ages 15-16): July 12 – 17, 2015 – $575
Exploration III (for ages 17-18): July 19 – 25, 2015 – $625

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Events / Fundraisers / Deals

Deal (Calgary): Theatre Seats Sale – Sustainabuild $25/seat. Time of the essence. Loading included.

Event (Edmonton): Scene Study – April 6th – Grindstone Theatre April 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Deal (Calgary): Fabulous Fabric, Fabulous Prices – Ujamaa Grandmas - Fabric Sale, April 17 (4:30 -7:30 p.m.) & 18 (10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Event (Edmonton): Playwrights Guild of Canada’s 2015 ConferenceMay 29 – 31

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Pumphouse Theatre (Calgary): The Shed - The Shed is available for rent with the following rates:
Rehearsal/Dark Day $225.00
One Performance in a Day $375.00
Two Performances in a Day $600.00

Evergreen Community Spaces (Calgary) - Renovations are underway on this 24,000 sq ft facility that will feature a dozen professional studios, offices, and storage space. Perfect for dance classes, rehearsals, health and wellness, workshops, recitals, special events, and more. Opens September 2015

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Volunteer Opportunities

Various positions (Devon): A Tomb With a View – East of Sixty Productions - Seeking Assistant Director, Artistic Director, Set Designer, Costume purchaser, Props purchaser, Hair & MakeUp, Front of House Manager, Sound & Lights, Backstage Manager

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Calls For Submissions

Call for Submissions (National): The Wildfire National Playwriting Competition – Sage Theatre/ Major Matt Mason - Submissions deadline: April 12

Call for Submissions (Canada): Scholarship Opportunity for Teachers – VASTA - Submissions deadline: extended to April 15

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Ben Sauvé Artstrek Bursary - For students attending Edmonton Public Schools. Submissions deadline: May 1

Call for Submissions (Parkland County): Horizon Stage Artstrek Scholarships - For students residing in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, or Parkland County. Submissions deadline: May 1

Call for Nominations (National): 2015 Tom Hendry Awards – Playwrights Guild of Canada - Submissions deadline: May 15

Call for Submissions (Alberta): Theatre Alberta Artstrek Scholarships - Funding for teens who need financial assistance to attend Artstrek. Scholarship requests submitted after May 22 will be considered only if funds are available.

Call for Submissions (Alberta): Keith Ewasiuk Memorial Award - One full scholarship to attend Artstrek 2015 awarded to an Alberta student who exemplifies leadership in the LGBTQ community at their school or in their community. Deadline: May 22.

Call for Submissions (Alberta): Artstrek 2015 Rural Outreach Bursary - Funding for teens who must travel long distance to attend Artstrek. Submissions deadline: June 8

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Resource (Alberta): Theatre, Teens, S#x Ed – University of Alberta Press - The University of Alberta Press has recently published Theatre, Teens, S#x Ed: Are We There Yet? by Jan Selman and Jane Heather. This book should be of particular interest to those studying theatre, s#x education, sociology, and public health. Please contact Monika (monika.igali@ualberta.ca) for more information.

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Donors, New & Renewing Members

Donations and members listed below were processed during March 2015.


Anonymous, and Theatre Alberta Library Patrons from the office donation jar!



Linda Bergquist, Melanie DesRoches, Beverley Elliott, Brooklyn Rowe, Lucas Meeuse, Donna Sharpe, Scott Reid, Nicholas Hanson, Monique Prusky


Jubilations Dinner Theatre, Arts Council Wood Buffalo



Trevor Rueger, Deborah Ferguson, Jean-Pierre Fournier, Julie Brown, Peter Taylor, Valerie Pearson, Laryssa Yanchak, Adrian Young, Brett Lemay, Jonathan Purvis, Brenda Remin, Bobby Smale, Charles Netto, Kelly Reay, Patrick Beagan, Jasmine Zyp, David LeReaney, Louay El Jamal, Anita Miotti, James Wade, Aaron Casselman, Phyllis Heltay, Mena Jewell, Gina Moe, Lynda Adams


Playgoers of Lethbridge, Lac Cardinal Regional Performing Arts Society, The Odd-Lot Puppetry Co., Hoodlum Theatre, Brooks Medieval Faire Society, The Banff Centre Theatre Arts, Concrete Theatre, Canadian Badlands Passion Play, Alberta Opera Touring Association, Arts Habitat Edmonton

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