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January 2015



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Notes for January:

Happy New Year, Alberta!

Over the holidays, we shared some "top theatre moments of 2014" lists from the Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal on our social media sites, which were in turn shared and shared over again. Many of us (myself included) love these types of lists, where we fashion an odd type of hierarchy of memories in order to archive our year.

It's especially odd for the theatre because (a) in most cases the season doesn't match the calendar year, and (b) theatre only exists in the moment, so if you did not catch the show, you only have the critic's impression of it to remember it by...

Aaron Talbot - photo by PK Photography

At Theatre Alberta, we are keenly aware of this latter point. There are so many wonderful productions across Alberta that we promote and archive through our website that we rarely have the capacity to see in person, especially in more remote parts of the province. But the memories created for those audiences and artists are the reason why smaller and rural Albertan communities continue to make theatre and take advantage of learning opportunities to better perfect their craft.

At the moment, there's no media outlet that can share a list of special theatre moments in smaller and rural communities in Alberta... Perhaps we should make one? Send me an email describing your top theatre moment of 2014 from outside of Calgary or Edmonton to aaron@theatrealberta.com. If I get enough submissions, I'll post a list on our website and share.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Aaron Talbot
Communications & Marketing

“I have a friend who says there are two problems in this world, and only two: one is how you live with other people; the other is how you live with yourself. What I like about theatre is that it's the meeting point of those two problems.”

~Purni Morell, Artistic Director of Unicorn Theatre (UK)

What's New at Theatre Alberta

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  Apply to be an Artstrek Super!

Theatre Alberta is seeking supervisor applications from previous Artstrek attendees with excellent interpersonal skills, strong leadership ability, experience working with youth, a remarkable work ethic and a well-cultivated sense of fun. Applicants must have attended Artstrek as a student, been away from the program for at least one year, and be between 19 and 25 years of age.

To apply, send Theatre Alberta: a cover letter outlining your qualifications; what would make you an asset to the Super team; your theatre and employment resume; and your headshot. Email all applications to artstrek@theatrealberta.com.

We thank you in advance for your interest. Please be advised that only those applicants shortlisted for the interview process will be contacted.

Application deadline: March 1, 2015.



Gift-A-Play books

Thank you to everyone who donated to our 2014 Gift-A-Play Library campaign. Once again, we have been overwhelmed by your support.

Below you will find a list of people from whom we have received donations thus far. (Still a few books en route, so we're eagerly awaiting to see the final few people that have donated!) Each of these donors will have their names affixed inside the cover of their gifts indicating that they were acquired through this campaign. Visit our Gift-A-Play webpage to see which plays have been donated, with hyperlinks to each play's description.

Theatre Alberta's Library is one of our most valuable resources - it is the largest independent, fully circulating theatre library in Canada. We are pleased to report that - through the combined value of 43 books and one gift card - the theatre community has donated more than $700.00 through this year's Gift-A-Play campaign!

Theatre Alberta's Library is your library. These donations are gifts to our entire membership and will be enjoyed by our library users for years to come. Thank you again to everyone who supported our 2014 campaign:

Kevin T. Mott
Sue Quon
Tracy Carroll
Deborah Ferguson
Louise Mallory
Julie Sinclair
Karen King
Michele Fleiger
Brenda Sutherland

Morris McClelland
Nicole Loroff
Kristen M. Finlay
Kate Quinn-Feehan
Craig Colegrave
Doug Mertz & Stefano Muneroni
Playwrights Canada Press
Anonymous (*three titles en route)



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.

Workshops by Request - Grande Prarie Live Theatre Shadow Performance

Pictured above: an image from Grande Prairie Live Theatre's December Workshop by Request on Shadow Performance with Calgary artist/director Anita Miotti. Click here to see more images from that workshop on Theatre Alberta's Facebook page.

Workshops by Request scheduled for January 2015 include:

Directing in Canmore
On January 17, Mark Bellamy the Artistic Producer of Calgary's Lunchbox Theatre will travel to Canmore to teach a Directing workshop for the Pine Tree Players. Lunchbox Theatre has been producing one-act plays since 1975, so we're thrilled that Mark can share his expertise with artists preparing for their upcoming one-act festival!

Directing in Lethbridge
Also on January 17, Playgoers of Lethbridge will host a Directing workshop with Kevin McKendrick. Kevin is a freelance director based in Calgary, and was recently noted in the Calgary Herald's Top 14 moments of Calgary's 2014 Performing Arts Season for his direction of Cheryl Foggo's John Ware Reimagined for Ellipsis Tree Collective.

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.



Alana Hawley stars in Venus in Fur

Alana Hawley was an instructor at Artstrek 2014 and will be returning this summer to teach for us once again at our annual summer theatre school for teens at Red Deer College.

This winter, she will be playing Vanda in Citadel Theatre’s upcoming production of Venus in Fur by David Ives from Jan. 17 – Feb. 7 in Edmonton.

In addition to being an accomplished actress, vocal coach and teacher, Alana also attended Artstrek as a teen! Do you have a favourite memory from your experience(s) at Artstrek? We want to share them on our Artstrek blog. Click here to submit your Artstrek memory.

Break a leg Alana! We’re looking forward to seeing you again this summer at Artstrek 2015.



The Alberta Playwrights' Network (APN) is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Alberta Playwriting Competition, presented in association with Theatre Alberta.

The Alberta Playwriting Competition is the longest running provincial playwriting competition and offers the largest cash prize of any playwriting contest in Canada. The competition is open to all playwrights who reside in Alberta.

For contest rules, visit albertaplaywrights.squarespace.com/apc The deadline to apply is March 1st.




Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed February 14 - 16 for the Family Day long weekend. The Drop Box will be unavailable.

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2015 High Performance Rodeo
West Side Story
Circle Mirror Transformation
Fishing for Frank

What's On in Alberta

Opening in January

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



Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen Canadian work
Jan 7 - 11, Theatre Calgary/Firehall Arts Centre

29th Annual High Performance Rodeo
Jan 7 - Feb 1, One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre

West Side Story
Jan 8 - 15, School of Creative and Performing Arts Music Theatre

Jan 9 - 24, Front Row Centre Players

The 10-Minute Play Festival Albertan work
Jan 10, Downstage

Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story Canadian work
Jan 10 - 24, Lunchbox Theatre/Firebrand Theatre

Vincent: The Life of van Gogh Albertan work
Jan 12 - 17, Spirit Fire Productions

What the Thunder Said Albertan work
Jan 13 - 31, One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre

The Goat or Who is Sylvia?
Jan 15 - 24, Artists' Collective Theatre

Untitled Feminist Show
Jan 15 - 18, Young Jean Lee's Theatre Company, presented by Theatre Junction GRAND and One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre

Jan 17 - Feb 15, Vertigo Theatre

Mump & Smoot in "Anything" with Knooma Canadian work
Jan 20 - Feb 1, Alberta Theatre Projects

I Hate Hamlet
Jan 23 - Feb 7, Morpheus Theatre

The Philadelphia Story
Jan 27 - Feb 22, Theatre Calgary/The Shaw Festival

Dreaming Now Canadian work
Jan 30 - Feb 1, Vertigo Theatre Y Stage/Youtheatre

The Marriage of Figaro
Jan 31 - Feb 5, Calgary Opera



SHOUT! The Mod Musical
Jan 7 - 10, Round Barn Productions

Cheerleader! Albertan work
Jan 13 - 25, Theatre Network/Human Loser Theatre

Circle Mirror Transformation
Jan 14 - Feb 15, Shadow Theatre/Sage Theatre

Venus in Fur
Jan 17 - Feb 8, Citadel Theatre

Birdie on the Wrong Bus Albertan work
Jan 20 - 25, Promise Productions

Canoe Theatre Festival
Jan 28 - Feb 1, Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre

Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story Albertan work
Jan 28 - Feb 15, Citadel Theatre/Prairie Theatre Exchange

The Antyssey Albertan work
Jan 29 - 31, Concrete Theatre

Le destin tragi-comique de Tubby et Nottubby
Jan 29 - Feb 1, L'Unithéâtre

The Magic Flute
Jan 31 - Feb 5, Edmonton Opera



The Great Munsch Mystery Albertan work
Jan 5 - 16, New West Theatre, School Tour (Southern Alberta)

Jan 7 - 9, Paul Kane High School, St. Albert

Deadly Murder
Jan 15 - Feb 7, Central Alberta Theatre, Red Deer

The Keith Richards One Woman Show Canadian work
Jan 16, Shell Theatre/Suitcase in Point Theatre, Fort Saskatchewan

Fishing for Frank Canadian work
Jan 16 - 25, Waterworks Players, Wetaskiwin

The House at Pooh Corner
Jan 16 - Feb 1, Grande Prairie Live Theatre

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Jan 16 - 31, Dewdney Players, Okotoks

Little Shop of Horrors
Jan 23 - 24, Shell Theatre/Element Theatre, Fort Saskatchewan

How the Other Half Loves
Jan 29 - Feb 14, St Albert Theatre Troupe


A very special happy opening to our friends at Catalyst Theatre: Its production of Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe by Jonathan Christenson opens in New York City on January 25th for an open ended Off Broadway run. Break lots of legs!


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Theatre News

UofC School of Creative and Performing Arts finds its first director - Calgary

Following an intensive year-long search, the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) has found its first permanent director: Professor Bruce Barton.

Colleen Smith announced as new Executive Director of Theatre Calgary - Calgary

Theatre Calgary has announced Colleen Smith as its new Executive Director. Ms. Smith is from Toronto where she was Director of Operations of Massey Hall and Roy Thomsom Hall.

Dennis Garnhum a Calgary Herald “Compelling Calgarian” - Calgary

The Calgary Herald has profiled Theatre Calgary Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum a “compelling Calgarian” in its ongoing local series for 2015.

Edmonton Journal highlights 2014 theatre moments and previews 2015 - Edmonton

Liz Nicholls wraps up highlights from the 2014 Edmonton theatre season in her blog StageStruck, while the Journal also profiles 14 theatre artists to watch for in 2015.

Central Alberta’s Scripts At Work program to end - Central Alberta

The Red Deer Advocate reported on December 29th that Central Alberta’s Scripts At Work program will not be offered in 2015.

Calgary Herald names Top 14 Performance Arts Moments of 2014 - Calgary

Stephen Hunt has listed his top 14 Performing Arts Moments in Calgary for 2014 in the Calgary Herald.

Vern Thiessen plays recognized in 2014 - National/Beyond

Playwright and Workshop West Artistic Director Vern Thiessen has twice been recognized for having productions of his plays as some of the top of 2014.

Thou Art Here Theatre announces 2015 season - Edmonton

Thou Art Here Theatre of Edmonton has announced its 2015 season. The company creates“site-sympathetic” productions of Shakespeare’s works or adaptations.

Workshop West announces lineup for 2015 Canoe Festival - Edmonton

Workshop West has announced the lineup for the 2015 Canoe Theatre Festival and launched www.canoe2015.com. The festival runs January 28 – February 1st.

2015 Culture Days National Congress to be held at Citadel Theatre - National/Edmonton

National Culture Days is thrilled to announce the 2015 National Congress will be held in Edmonton at the Citadel Theatre on Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8.

EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts rebrands to Arts Commons - Calgary

After entering into a rebranding exercise in spring 2014, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce its new name and identity, Arts Commons.

Rosebud Theatre announces 2015 season - Rosebud

Rosebud Theatre has announced its lineup of seven plays and musicals for the 2015 Season. Rosebud Theatre will also continue to produce its popular Rosebud Presents series, and offer a Theatre for Young Audiences production.

Concrete Theatre announces staff changes for the 2014-2015 season - Edmonton

Caroline Howarth has moved from Artistic Co-Director to Artistic Associate, with current Artistic Co-Director Mieko Ouchi stepping up as sole Artistic Director of the company.

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Audition (Calgary): Willy Wonka – StoryBook Theatre - By appointment: January 19 & 20, 7:00-9:00pm


Auditions (Edmonton): Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Walterdale Theatre - By appointment: January 10 & 11, 12:00-5:00pm

Audition (Edmonton): Betrayal by Harold Pinter – U of A Bleviss Laboratory Theatre - Deadline: January 11

Audition (Edmonton): Seeking Adult Singers/Actors – Ocean Entertainment - By appointment: January 18, 1:30pm

Auditions (Edmonton): Guys and Dolls – Elope Musical Theatre - By appointment: January 25 & 26, 2:00-5:00pm, 7:00-9:30pm


Audition (Leduc): The Addams Family, A New Musical – Leduc Drama Society - By appointment: January 10, 6:00-9:00pm

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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): Scenic Carpenter – Production Canada - Deadline: January 16

Job (Calgary): Book Keeper / Finance Manager – The Pumphouse Theatre - Open til filled


Job (Edmonton): Artistic Director – Rapid Fire Theatre - Deadline: January 14

Job (Edmonton): Part time Accompanist – Musical Director - Ocean Entertainment - Contract begins January 18

Job (Edmonton): House Captain – Citadel Theatre - Open til filled


Job (Rosebud): Director of Marketing – Rosebud Centre for the Arts - Deadline: January 15

Job (Red Deer): Artstrek 2015 Supers – Theatre Alberta - Deadline: March 1

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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.


Workshop (Calgary): Overcoming Stage Anxiety and Enhancing your Performance! – Morpheus Theatre - January 11, 10:00am–5:00pm

Workshop (Calgary): Master Class in Commedia dell’Arte – Theatre A Go-Go - with David Langlois, January 11, 10:00am-5:30pm

Workshop (Calgary): Creative Process with Young Jean Lee - Theatre Junction GRAND & One Yellow Rabbit - January 17, 2:00-5:00pm; Deadline: January 12

Classes (Calgary): Adult Physical Theatre/Acting classes – Theatre A Go-Go - Character Masks, January 19 - March 9 (Mondays), 6:00-9:00pm

Deal (Calgary): Discount for Winter Shakespeare/Theatre Arts classes, for ages 7-17 – Theatre A Go-Go - various classes, January 18 - March 15 (Sundays), 1:00-4:00pm

Workshops (Calgary): WordShed – Alberta Playwrights’ Network - February 18 & 19

Education (Calgary): 2015 Advanced Devised Production Intensive - Ghost River Theatre - May 4 - 23


Classes (Edmonton): Foote Theatre School – Winter Term Registration Open - Register now for Winter classes beginning in January 2015.

Classes (Edmonton): Short Form Improv and Musical Improv – Grindstone Theatre - January 18 - March 15 (Sundays)

Classes (Edmonton): Winter Film Acting Classes – Freedom Tech Production - Begins January 27, runs for 10 weeks (Tuesdays)

Workshops (Edmonton): WordShed – Alberta Playwrights’ Network - February 19 & 20, 2015.

Classes (Edmonton): Singing for Actors – Shannon Boyle - Individuals or groups. Various time slots available.

Classes (Edmonton): Introduction to Film Acting – Steve Dhillon - 3-4 week intro program at 1-2 times a week. Location & dates TBD.


Workshop (Banff): Dance Workshop with Compagnie Marie Chouinard – The Banff Centre - March 3 - 5; Deadline: February 11

Workshop (Banff): Creative Process Workshop with Crystal Pite – The Banff Centre - June 1 - 5; Deadline: February 25

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Events / Fundraisers / Deals

Fundraiser (Edmonton): Blow the Roof Off Benefit Concert – Freewill Shakespeare Festival - January 17, 7:00pm, C103

Events (Edmonton): Script Salon Winter lineup of play readings: February 1 - The Winners of the 2014 Alberta Playwriting Competition HELMUT’S BIG DAY by James Wade & BEFORE THE NIGHT TAKES US by Ryan Reese.

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No new Space Classifieds this month.


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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunity (Edmonton): Casino Volunteers – Firefly Theatre & Circus - January 11 & 12 at Century Casino (13103 Fort Road); email casino@fireflytheatre.com

Volunteer Opportunity (Calgary): Orchestra Director – Front Row Centre Players - Needed ASAP; email Janos Zeller at vicepresident@frontrowcentre.ca

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Calls For Submissions

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Artists for Marchday Cabaret – Theatre Transit - Submission deadline: January 16, midnight

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Lighting Designer / Artist – Edmonton Arts Council - Light the Bridge public art competition; Submission deadline: January 23, 4:30pm

Call for Nominations (Edmonton): Salute to Excellence Awards – City of Edmonton - Nominations deadline: February 17

Call for Nominations (Alberta): 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards - Nominations deadline: February 28

Call for Submissions (Alberta): 2015 Alberta Playwriting Contest - Alberta Playwrights' Network - Submissions deadline: March 1

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Misc. (Alberta): Service Survey – CITT Alberta
CITT Alberta is looking for input from Alberta technicians, designers, production staff, etc. We are looking for ways to improve the CITT experience and this can be part of your say in how we do that. Fill out the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JBTMBGN

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Donors, New & Renewing Members

Donations and members listed below were processed during December 2014.


Michele Fleiger, Doreen Cleverley, Camille Pavlenko, Sally Hunt, Tony & Barbara Dias, Mary Lou Armstrong, David Haas, David Dollman (donation of materials to our Library) and Theatre Alberta Library Patrons from the office donation jar!

Click here to view our 2014 Gift A Play donors so far!



Barry Kavanagh, Loralee Godden, Jessica Bordley, Doreen Cleverley


Round Barn Productions



Margaret Shone, Joan Hawkins, Cole Humeny, Robert Miller, Jane Heather, Bob Rasko, Michele Vance Hehir, Joyanne Rudiak, Dave Horak, Vivian Mayne, Conrad Belau, Lennette Randall, Emily Bamlett, Tess Conrad, Alyson Dicey, Camille Pavlenko, Alixandra Cowman, Christina Muldoon, James Hutchison, David Haas, Brynn Linsey, Jennifer Daigle, Naomi Esau, Alysa Glenn, Kristen Forsyth, Bruce Petherick, Jocelyn Jay, Caleb Gordon, Geordie Cowan, Meghan Hanet, Kaitlyn Sloboda, Stuart Giesbrecht, Sarah Robertson


Windmill Theatre Players, Pine Tree Players, Inside Out Theatre, Theatre 75, Citadel Theatre, Dirty Laundry

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