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December 2015

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Love Theatre DayOn Wednesday, November 18, more than 500 theatre companies from around the world, including many from Alberta, celebrated the second annual #LoveTheatreDay. Theatre makers tweeted out more than 90,000 messages to each other and their audiences. The campaign's goal is to spread awareness of and build support for the vast array of theatre-making activities that exist in our communities. The response was overwhelming!

In the spirit of the holiday season, and with yesterday's Giving Day for Giving Back still fresh in our minds, Theatre Alberta encourages you to support the growth and continued vitality of theatre in our province!

Our annual Gift-a-Play campaign uses an "Wish List" to identify specific items that will help us to grow and maintain our enviable Library. These donations ensure that theatre enthusiasts across Alberta are able to access the best plays available.

During this time of giving, financial contributions to Theatre Alberta are also gratefully accepted. As a registered charity we are able to acknowledge donations worth $20 or more with a tax receipt. Please click here to give.

On behalf of the Board and Staff of Theatre Alberta, our very best wishes for a fun and safe holiday season shared with family and friends!

~ Keri

Executive Director, Theatre Alberta

“... in short, I should have liked, I do confess, to have had the lightest license of a child, and yet to have been man enough to know its value.”

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol




Our fourth annual Christmas donation campaign, Gift-a-Play to Theatre Alberta's Library, is in progress now!

Gift-a-PlayWe have created a "Wish List" on with more than 150 titles that we would like to add to our Library's catalogue. We are hoping the theatre community is as generous this year as they have been during past holiday seasons.

For all the details on our Gift-a-Play donation campaign, as well as additional information on how to get involved, visit our Gift-a-Play webpage. Gifts worth more than $20 are eligible for tax receipts. In order to receive yours, please forward your receipt to

By donating books to the Theatre Alberta Library, you are giving to the entire Albertan theatre community! Thank you so much for your support!

Artstrek 2016:


New York City, the neighbourhood corner store, teenagers, and hip hop infused with Latin-inspired musical arrangements...
From the creator and star of the hit broadway musical HAMILTON...
Artstrek enthusiastically presents, for its 2016 play of study...

In the Heights

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations, In the Heights tells the story of three generations of Washington Heights residents over the Fourth of July holiday, as events conspire to change all of their lives.

Each summer Artstrek features a different play of study based on a three-year cycle of musical theatre, contemporary drama, and classical drama. This July, join a talented team of theatre professionals and educators at Red Deer College for a challenging curriculum centered on the hugely popular, musical In the Heights!

Attend Artstrek 2016 at RDC's state-of-the-art performing arts facilities during the following dates:

  • Exploration I | 12 - 14 years old | July 3 – 8, 2016
  • Exploration II | 14 - 16 years old | July 10 – 15, 2016
  • Exploration III | 16 - 18 years old | July 17 – 23, 2016

The Artstrek 2016 website is now online at! Visit regularly to view updated program information as it comes in, including instructor profiles and application procedures. Registration will be open online April 1, 2016.

#artstrek2016  #intheheights

Workshops by Request:


The first master class of our new Workshops by Request: Rocky Mountain Series is just days away! Darren O’Donnell of Toronto’s Mammalian Diving Reflex will lead 20 participants in an exploration of Mammalian’s ‘social acupuncture’ method of creating site- and social-specific performances. The master class was requested by Calgary's Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre and is hosted by the The Banff Centre.

With this first master class under way, we are now eagerly encouraging groups to initiate their own Rocky Mountain Series master classes at The Banff Centre for the 2016/2017 season. If your company has a specific area of your craft that you would like to develop, or has a great artist or educator that you would love to work with, fill out an application to the Rocky Mountain Series here. Group members of Theatre Alberta OR ad hoc groups of Individual members may apply.

Groups with selected proposals will pay a $1,500 fee (subject to change), and receive presenting partner recognition and four registration spots for the workshop (a $1,400 value). Some promotional and administrative duties will be shared by presenting partner groups.

The deadline for applications is January 29, 2016.

Questions about the program? Have a rough idea for a class but need some help shaping a proposal? Contact Morgan Norwich at


Workshops by Request: Hometown Series brings adult education on the theatrical topic of your choice to your community! All Theatre Alberta Group Members can initiate up to three days of workshops each season.

Workshops by Request - Hometown Series

  • Let us know what you need, whether it's a stage combat or directing workshop, a lesson in stage make-up application, tips on sound design, or something in between.
  • We'll hire a professional whose area of expertise is in that subject and send them to your community for a 1, 1.5, or 2 day workshop.
  • The cost to you is only a fraction of what the workshop will cost us!

For more info on Workshops by Request: Hometown Series, click here, or email Patrick Beagan, Program Coordinator, at

Picks of the Edmonton Fringe:


Off Book - The Improvised Musical

We spent the first two weeks of November on the road with Rapid Fire Theatre's Off Book: The Improvised Musical. Audiences in each city were able to direct the course of action by choosing the musical's location and theme. Swamp: The Musical! was presented in Edson, Football Field: The Musical! in Grande Prairie, Siberia: the Musical! in Peace River, Sinking Ship: The Musical! in Fort McMurray, and Salem Witch Trials: the Musical! in Medicine Hat. Audiences were thrilled to have these professional artists visit their communities, and we look forward to seeing them again, too. (Pictured: The cast of Off Book: The Improvised Musical in Peace River with MLA Debbie Jabbour.)

The cast and crew were honoured to be welcomed in Peace River by MLA Jabbour, and by a member of MLA Wanner's team in Medicine Hat, on behalf of the Honourable David Eggen, Minister of Culture and Tourism. Thank you for your support!

InstagramBookings for February 2016 are still available for SodHouse Theatre's Shangri-La. More specifically, we are available to communities in the Edmonton area and further north on February 2, 4, and 9, and we are booking for central and southern presenters for the 11, 12, 14, and 15. For more information about the production, please visit

Picks of the Edmonton Fringe is presented by Theatre Alberta, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, and Fringe Theatre Adventures with support from Alberta Culture and Tourism's Community Initiatives Program.

Celebrating the Life and Work of Michael Green:


Michelle ThrushTheatre Alberta and Metro Cinema are thrilled to announce that acclaimed Canadian film and television actor Michelle Thrush will emcee the February 8, 2016, tribute to Michael Green.

Ms. Thrush has won multiple awards for her work in Blackstone and has toured extensively throughout North America with her one-woman shows. As a board member, writer, cast member, and co-director, Michelle has been integral to the continued development of Making Treaty 7. Michael Green was the founder of and visionary behind the interdisciplinary project that outlines the history of Alberta from an aboriginal perspective.

Michael GreenTo submit a proposal for a performance, visual art component, or written work inspired by or celebrating Michael Green, please include a one-paragraph biography of yourself or your organization, and a one-paragraph description of what you would like to contribute. If you wish to be involved, and would volunteer to be a part of a work initiated by another individual, simply send a brief biography.

Submissions may be sent to The deadline is December 31, 2015Click here for more information



Please note Theatre Alberta's Library and office will be closed for the Holidays from December 21 - January 3 inclusive. The Drop Box will only be available on December 21, 22, & 23 from 8:15 am - 10:30 pm.

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What's On in Alberta

Opening in December

Click here to search the Theatre Alberta Playbill.
Click here to browse 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


Snow: A Play about Seasons Albertan work
Dec 1 – June 24, 2016, Bigs and Littles Theatre Society, touring Calgary & area

Atlantis Albertan work
Dec 3 - 13, Calgary Young People's Theatre

Listen to Me! Canadian work
Dec 4 - 6, Presentation House Theatre at Vertigo Theatre

The Sleeping Beauty
Dec 4 - 13, Morpheus Theatre

A Christmas Story, The Musical
Dec 4 - 23, StoryBook Theatre

The Christmas Carol Project Albertan work
Dec 21 - 23, The Pumphouse Theatre

New Year's Eve Canadian work
Dec 31, Green Fools Theatre


Burning Bluebeard
Dec 1 - 13, Edmonton Actors Theatre at Theatre Network

Dec 2 - 12, Walterdale Theatre

Star Killing Machine Albertan work
Dec 11 - 12, Broken Toys Theatre

The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant Ever Canadian work
Dec 17 - 23, Whizgiggling Productions Ensemble at Backstage Theatre

Mary Poppins
Dec 17 - 30, Festival Players

New Year's with Teatro Albertan work
Dec 31, Teatro la Quindicina


The Nutcracker (In a Nutshell) Albertan work
Dec 2 - 20, Soulocentric Performing Arts Society, touring province-wide

Celebration of the Arts
Dec 4 - 6, Rural Notes Music Services, Athabasca

All Spruced Up Albertan work
Dec 14 – Jan 2, 2016, New West Theatre, Lethbridge

Three Little Pigs Albertan work
Dec 22 – Jan 2, 2016, New West Theatre, Lethbridge

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Theatre News

New Administrative Team for New West Theatre

New West Theatre is thrilled to announce the appointment of Sharon Peat as Artistic Director and Derek Stevenson as General Manager. The new administrative team has been working diligently on the final two shows of our 2015/2016 season.

Arts & Culture Industry Expert Martin Bragg Joins Arts Consulting Group, Inc.

Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG) announced that industry veteran Martin Bragg will join the firm effective December 1, 2015, as senior vice president. Mr. Bragg, based in ACG's Calgary office, will lead the firm’s Canadian subsidiary.

2016 High Performance Rodeo Guide is Online Now

The High Performance Rodeo is Calgary's International Festival of the Arts. Encompassing theatre, music, dance, comedy, and interdisciplinary art, the High Performance Rodeo is the largest event of its kind in western Canada.

Arts Council Wood Buffalo Announces Survey of Artists

Have you presented your art in Wood Buffalo / Fort McMurray in the last three years? ACWB is seeking artists from all disciplines who have been involved in the arts community in Wood Buffalo to take part in a survey. The survey closes on December 4, 2015.

Edmonton Arts Council Executive Director Announces Retirement

Edmonton Arts Council Executive Director Paul Moulton announced his retirement on November 9, 2015. Paul Moulton has held the position at the Edmonton Arts Council since April 2013, and has contributed extensively to the organization's success in that time.

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Dreams of Broadway – Imagine Performing Arts - December 5 & 6

General Auditions – Stage West Theatre Restaurants - December 10, 11, & 12

General Auditions – Alberta Theatre Projects - January 11 & 12, 2016


Glengarry Glen Ross – Walterdale Theatre - December 6 & 7

2016 Festival General Auditions - Freewill Shakespeare Festival - December 19


Follow our Alberta Audition blog for opportunities as they are listed!

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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.


Casting Director - Six Degrees Music and Productions - Deadline for Applications, January 1, 2016

Assistant Professor, Department of Drama – University of Calgary - Deadline for Applications, January 25, 2016


Follow our Job blog for opportunities as they are listed!


Artists-in-Residence (Rosebud) - Rosebud School of the Arts - Deadline for Applications, December 15, 2015, and January 31, 2016

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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 – Winter Drama Classes – Pumphouse Theatre - Early Bird Deadline is December 11

Workshop - Sword Fighting for Stage – Shake the Crowd Productions
- Deadline to apply is January 12, 2016

Workshop – Summer Lab Intensive – One Yellow Rabbit - Deadline to apply is June 1, 2016


Classes - Foote Theatre School Winter Term – Citadel Theatre Robbins Academy - Registration opens November 16

Classes (Edmonton): Winter Film Acting – Freedom Tech Production - Classes begin January 2016


Education - Theatre Production, Design, and Stage Management Practicum Programs - The Banff Centre - Deadline to apply is December 16

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Events / Fundraisers

Event (Edmonton): Play Reading at the Script Salon - PGC, APN, Holy Trinity Anglican Church - December 6

Event (Edmonton): The Late Night Cabaret - Snowed In - Fringe Theatre Adventures, Rapid Fire Theatre, Catch the Keys Productions - December 12

Event (International): Multidisciplinary Arts Conference - Art University Agency - December 17 - 21

Fundraiser (Rosebud): The Harvest - Rosebud Centre for the Arts - Matching donations pledge, ends December 31

Fundraiser (Calgary): View from the Inside – WP Puppet Theatre - Matching donations, ends December 31

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Space (Edmonton): Registered Not-for-Profit Groups Only - Rehearsal spaces available for dance, theatre, or music; centrally located. This large bright facility houses 5 dance studios (2 large and 3 smaller), four offices, a full kitchen, and large lobby. Please contact Sheri at

Space (Calgary): Evergreen Community Spaces Now Open - Cost-effective spaces with the highest functionality possible. The space is multi-use and multidisciplinary. Open to many groups and have few usage restrictions. Please contact Artistic Producer Valmai Goggin at

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunity (Calgary): Ushers for The Christmas Carol Project - Pumphouse Theatre - Needed December 21, 22, & 23

Volunteer Opportunity (Calgary): Board Members Wanted! – Inside Out Theatre - If interested, please e-mail

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Calls For Submissions

Call for Entrants (Edmonton): Stage Struck! Edmonton One Act Festival for actors, directors and playwrights – Alberta Drama Festival Association - Submissions deadline is December 21

Call for Proposals (Edmonton): The Life and Work of Michael Green – Metro Cinema & Theatre Alberta - Submissions deadline is December 31

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Deal (Alberta): Costumes, props for Shrek available for sale! – Bashaw Community Theatre - Complete set of costumes, props, and set available December 2015. Email for more information.

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Donors, New & Renewing Members

Donations and members listed below were processed during November 2015.


Kevin Rothery, Ian Bamford, Peter Mueller, Sean Anderson, Michelle Brandenburg, Wendy Green, Bashaw Theatre, and Theatre Alberta Library Patrons from the office donation jar.



Danielle Gurr, Talea Medynski, Darienne Johnson, Amanda Storwick, Alyssa Bilodeau, Sydney Costa, and Twilla Coates


Imagine Performing Arts



Julie Sinclair, Kathleen Shore, Marty Chan, Tanya Ryga, Ryan Parker, Kevin Jesuino, Thomas Usher, Graham Mothersill, Wanda Reinholdt, Colleen Uhryn, Lisa Whitson, Desiré Poulin, Mary Elizabeth Archer, Josh Symonds, Jade Benoit, Jennifer Roberts, Maxine Bennett, Natalie Davidson, Bridget Lyne, David Fettes, and Rochelle Laplante


Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, Pegasus Performances, Quest Theatre Society, Theatre Calgary, University of Calgary, Innisfail Town Theatre, Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society, Theatre BSMT, Punctuate! Theatre Society, and Dewdney Players

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