To our Members:
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...
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 [email protected] If I get enough submissions, I'll post a list on our website and share.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
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“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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LOOKING FOR THAT ARTSTREK BUZZ? APPLY TO BE A 2015 SUPERVISOR!
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 [email protected]
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.
MORE THAN $700 WORTH OF PLAYS DONATED FOR GIFT-A-PLAY 2014
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
Kristen M. Finlay
Doug Mertz & Stefano Muneroni
Playwrights Canada Press
Anonymous (*three titles en route)
WORKSHOPS BY REQUEST - January
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.
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 [email protected].
ARTSTREK BLOG: INSTRUCTOR 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.
2015 ALBERTA PLAYWRITING COMPETITION - DEADLINE IS MARCH 1ST!
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.