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July 2015



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More hellos and goodbyes at Theatre Alberta!

We are pleased to welcome back Dennie Hamaliuk as our new Office & Membership Coordinator. Many of you will remember Dennie as our Dramaworks program assistant from last summer.

Originally from Medicine Hat, Dennie has been an Edmonton resident for more than 10 years. A recent grad of MacEwan University's Arts and Cultural Management program, Dennie was most recently working with the Edmonton Arts Council. Dennie is passionate about the arts and is thrilled to back at Theatre Alberta. She will replace Clarice Eckford, who was offered a position with MLA Derron Bilous' constituency office.

Sadly we are also saying goodbye to Frazer Andrews, Theatre Alberta Programmer since 2013. Frazer has accepted a new position with Athabasca University, and is moving to Athabasca with family. We wish Frazer all the best in this new chapter of his career!


We will be hiring a new Program Coordinator this summer - scroll down to find the job posting or click here to view it on our website. Deadline to submit: July 15, 2015.

“Are you sure/ That we are awake? It seems to me/ That yet we sleep, we dream.”

~William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

What's New at Theatre Alberta

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2015 Theatre Alberta Raffle Ticket sample

Theatre Alberta is pleased to announce the Theatre Alberta 2015 Raffle - AGLC Raffle Licence #410832. There are more than $6,000 in prizes to be won over six draws! The draw date is October 30, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Theatre Alberta Library. Full prize descriptions as well as rules and regulations can be found at theatrealberta.com/raffle.

How to purchase Raffle tickets:
Tickets are $10 each - only 1,000 tickets have been printed. Tickets can be purchased from Theatre Alberta staff at the Library in Edmonton, and from Theatre Alberta board members across the province (to contact any of our Directors, please email theatreab@theatrealberta.com and we'll put you in touch). You can also purchase Raffle tickets over the phone using a credit card by calling 780-422-8162 (in Edmonton) or 1-888-422-8160 (toll free in Alberta). You must be 18 years of age to purchaes. Raffle tickets are not available to be purchased online and must be purchased within the province of Alberta.

Thank you to our 2015 Raffle donors.

Thank to Jeremy Mason for his generous donation to the Theatre Alberta 2015 Raffle.

2015 Raffle Donors




This week we welcomed 107 students to Exploration I, the first week of Artstrek 2015, and we will have more than 200 more students coming to Red Deer College before we are through. Now that Artstrek is officially underway, we have a number people and organizations we would love to thank for supporting this year's program...

Artstrek gave me something nothing else could. It gave me true friends: friends that understood my interests and problems. It gave me so much confidence and taught me that you’re not alone when it comes to [being passionate about] acting, singing, and dancing. …To me, Artstrek is home.

~Artstrek 2015 student


In 2015, Artstrek is celebrating its 55th year of operation in Alberta, a grand tradition of theatre education in this province. And this summer, we also celebrate our special partnership with Cenovus Energy.

In 2012, Cenovus Energy began its relationship with us by providing a $5,000 donation to support our Artstrek Scholarship Program, which provides additional subsidies to Artstrek program fees to students in financial need. In 2013, Cenovus Energy donated $75,000, allocated over three years, to support Theatre Alberta as we expanded Artstrek into a three-week program and increased student capacity by 30%. The generous donation provided by Cenovus Energy supported our efforts to expand the program without raising program fees for parents.

Cenovus believes in supporting young people in the communities where they live and work by helping them build the skills they need to reach their full potential. They recognize that partnering with community organizations and investing in programs that focus on opportunities for youth has a positive impact and provides them with the skills they need to build a bright future.

Thank you Cenovus Energy for your support of Artstrek. Click here to read more about Artstrek's relationship with Cenovus Energy.


Theatre Alberta is proud to announce that, for the third year in a row, Alberta Milk and Saputo are donating white and chocolate milk for teens attending this year’s Artstrek program. We’d like to thank Alberta Milk and Saputo for their generous donation and continued support of the Artstrek program. Theatre Alberta is proud to ensure that Artstrek 2015 students will be receiving a balanced, healthy diet while in our care. Click here to read more about Alberta Milk and Saputo's donation.


Theatre Alberta is proud to announce that – for the first time – Gaetz South Sobeys in Red Deer is the official Juicy-Juice sponsor for teens attending this year’s Artstrek program. We’d like to thank the Gaetz South Sobeys for their generous donation and support of the Artstrek program. Theatre Alberta is proud to provide healthy and fun refreshment options to 2015 Artstrek students. Click here to read more about Sobeys' donation.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the organizations that help us produce Artstrek every summer: Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Red Deer College, Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton, Calgary Arts Development and the City of Calgary, and anonymous donations facilitated by the Edmonton Community Foundation. And, a special shout out to Quiznos and 2 for 1 Family Pizza for their support for Artstrek 2015.
Artstrek 2015 supporters  



Community Sponsorship

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the 24 different organizations and individuals that have sponsored 35 students attending Artstrek 2015:



Theatre Alberta is a provincial arts service organization and registered charity that proudly represents more than 1,000 theatre artists, enthusiasts, students, educators, and community and professional theatre companies from across the province.

We are dedicated to encouraging the growth of theatre in Alberta by providing the highest quality programs and services:

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  • workshops and camps for teens and adults, urban and rural
  • Canada’s largest independent fully-circulating theatre library
  • online resource sharing services for auditions, employment, and productions
  • theatre news, publications, and advocacy

We require a highly motivated and creative Program Coordinator who will be responsible for leading the organization’s educational and artistic programs and services including, but not limited to:

  • development and management of artistic and educational programs and projects including Artstrek, Workshops by Request, Emerge, and Picks of the Edmonton Fringe
  • program administration including artist and staff contracting, communication with participants and instructors, venue facilitation, fundraising support, promotion/ marketing/advertising support, evaluation, etc.
  • contribution of written material to our monthly electronic newsletter, Theatre Buzz, and other publications
  • participation in Theatre Alberta’s overall strategic mission and direction

Applicants should be knowledgeable and passionate about theatre and education, with a post-secondary degree or diploma in theatre/drama. Applicants should enjoy working with people, be self-motivated, and highly curious. Varied knowledge of the provincial theatre community with experience in professional, community, and educational theatre will be considered an asset. Exceptional written and oral communication skills and excellent organizational and time-management skills are required.

This is a full-time position with benefits located in Edmonton. Due to the nature of Theatre Alberta’s work and programs, some evening/weekend hours and travel may be required. Our office environment is pleasant and supportive with some degree of flexibility. Position to commence September 1, 2015. Salary range $33,000 – $35,000.

By July 15, 2015, please forward your resume with a letter highlighting your interest and qualifications to Keri Mitchell, Executive Director. keri@theatrealberta.com

To learn more about Theatre Alberta, please visit us online at www.theatrealberta.com.

Theatre Alberta thanks all applicants for their interest, however,
only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.



  Calgary Fringe

Promote your Fringe show on Alberta’s premiere online theatre listings sharing service!

If you are a Theatre Alberta member and are producing a show at either (or both!) the 2015 Calgary Fringe Festival or the 2015 Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, Theatre Alberta wants to help promote your show!

We have a Calgary Fringe blog and an Edmonton Fringe blog we use to promote festival shows! Every show posted to our RSS feed on our website is shared on Theatre Alberta’s Facebook page and Twitter feed (@TheatreAlberta). You can even submit an image to used as Theatre Alberta’s Facebook page cover photo during the festivals! (*Subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis.)

Click here to enter your show information. And break a leg this summer!



We are very excited to announce that we have updated our library software and now have the capacity to send both Overdue emails and Soon To Be Due emails. We will be testing the software throughout the summer, but hope to be fully up and running in the fall. We ask for everyone’s patience as testing continues. If you have any questions, email us at library@theatrealberta.com or give us a call at 780-422-8162 (in Edmonton) or 1-888-422-8160 (toll free in Alberta).



Theatre Alberta is currently operating our Summer Library Schedule. Just a reminder that the Library will be closed Friday thru Sunday until the end of August. (The Drop Box will be available during regular times.)

Summer Schedule: June 1 to August 31, 2015
Mon: 12-8 pm
Tues/Wed/Thurs: 10 am–3 pm
Fri/Sat/Sun: Closed

Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed August 1 - 3 for Heritage Day. The Drop Box will be unavailable.

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That's Dirty Dancing
Last Train to Nibroc
bard on bower

What's On in Alberta

Opening in July

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



The Tempest
June 23 - Aug 16, Theatre Calgary/A Shakespeare by the Bow presentation

That's Dirty Dancing Canadian work
July 3 - Sep 6, Jubilations Dinner Theatre Calgary



A Man of No Importance
July 2 - 12, Walterdale Theatre

My Fair Mountie Albertan work
July 24 - 25, The Capitol Theatre feat. Die-Nasty Improv



Arsenic and Old Lace
July 1 - Aug 22, Waterton Teenie Weenie Theatre Company

A Tall Tale of the Prince of Wales Albertan work
July 1 - Aug 22, Waterton Teenie Weenie Theatre Company

SUNK Albertan work
July 1 - Aug 22, Waterton Teenie Weenie Theatre Company

The 12 Dancing Princesses Albertan work
July 1 - Aug 22, Waterton Teenie Weenie Theatre Company

Last Train to Nibroc
July 2 - Aug 29, Rosebud Theatre

The Canadian Badlands Passion Play
July 10 - 18, Drumheller

BARD on BOWER Shakespeare Festival
July 16 - Aug 2, Prime Stock Theatre, Red Deer


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Theatre News

Youth Playwriting Program receives $10,000 Award from Field Law - Calgary

The Cannonball Program offers professional mentorship for youth playwrights in Calgary was awarded $10,000 through the Field Law Community Fund Program.

2015 Betty Mitchell Award Nominees announced! - Calgary

The Betty Mitchell Awards recognize outstanding achievement in professional theatre in Calgary. Recipients will be announced at a ceremony at Vertigo Theatre on August 24. Congratulations to all the nominees!

One Yellow Rabbit’s Blake Brooker nominated to the Order of Canada - Calgary/National

One Yellow Rabbit co-founder and ensemble member Blake Brooker was nominated as a member of the Order of Canada on July 1st. Congratulations Blake!

David van Belle ends seven year tenure as Ghost River Theatre Co-AD - Calgary

After an almost seven-year tenure, David van Belle is leaving his position as Ghost River Theatre’s Co-Artistic Director. Best of luck, David!

2015 Alberta Playwriting Competition winners announced - Alberta

Alberta Playwrights’ Network and Theatre Alberta are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Alberta Playwriting Competition: Grand Prize Winner - Ken Cameron; Discovery Prize Winner - Liane Faulder. Theatre Alberta is pleased to once again sponsor the APC. Congratulations to the winners and honourable mentions.

Treehouse Youth Theatre announces new Artistic Director - Red Deer

The Board at Tree House Youth Theatre (THYT) is proud to announce that it has selected Mr. Serge Belliveau as their new Artistic Director (AD) starting July 1. Congratulations Serge!

2015 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards recipients announced - Edmonton

The 28th Annual Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards were held on Monday, June 22, 2015 at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre. Theatre Alberta was pleased to sponsor two awards – Outstanding Artistic Achievement, Theatre for Young Audiences and Outstanding New Play. Congratulations to the award recipients and nominees!

Workshop West Playwrights Theatre Announces 37th Season - Edmonton

Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre has announced its 2015/2016 theatre season, which includes world premieres of new Canadian plays, the Canoe Festival, and a variety of new works in development and playwriting programs.

Brent Carver joins cast of Evangeline - Edmonton/National

The Citadel Theatre and Charlottetown Festival announced that one of Canada’s most acclaimed actors, Brent Carver, will perform in their 2015 co-production of the new Canadian musical Evangeline.

U of A Studio Theatre announces 2015-2016 season - Edmonton

The University of Alberta's Studio Theatre season includes two world premieres by Canadian playwrights, and features a production directed by guest veteran director Marti Maraden.

2015 Cappies Awards Recipients announced - Edmonton

The Cappies (Critics and Awards Program) is an international program for recognizing, celebrating, and providing learning experiences for high school theater and journalism students and teenage playwrights. The 2015 award recipients were announced at a Gala at The Citadel Theatre on June 7.

2015 Calgary Critic Awards Recipients announced - Calgary

The recipients of the Fourth Annual Calgary Critics Awards (The Critters) were announced on June 8 in an award ceremony at Commonwealth Bar. Congratulations to all the recipients and nominees!

Shadow Theatre announces 2015-2016 theatre season - Edmonton

Shadow Theatre has announced its season, which will take place in The Backstage Theatre as its home The Varscona Theatre undergoes renovations. Theatre Alberta's own Communications & Marketing Coordinator will perform in the world premiere of Bravo by Blaine Newton!

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Audition (Calgary): Medea – Chromatic Theatre - Deadline to submit: July 11

Auditions (Calgary): BUNKED! The Musical – Contemporary Theatre Projects - By appointment: July 18

Auditions (Calgary): Benefit – Downstage - Deadline to submit: July 24


Audition (Edmonton): Ravenscroft – Walterdale Theatre - By appointment: July 15 & 17

Audition (Edmonton) – She Loves Me – Foote in the Door Productions - By appointment: July 19 & 21

Audition (Edmonton): Morton the Magician – Casavant Productions - Deadline to submit: July 20

Audition (Edmonton): Prom Night of the Living Dead Open Casting Call – Sherard Musical Theatre - Drop-in: July 18 - 19

Auditions (Edmonton): Citadel Young Companies – The Citadel Theatre - By appointment: August 9

Auditions (Edmonton): W;t – Walterdale Theatre - By appointment: August 25 - 27


Auditions (Lethbridge): CRABS – Theatre Outré - Open until filled

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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.


Jobs (Calgary) – Apprentice Artists – Downstage - Deadline: July 24

Job (Calgary): Production & Program Manager – Theatre Encounter - Open until filled


Jobs (Edmonton): Program Coordinator – Theatre Alberta - Deadline: July 15

Job (Edmonton): Accompanist needed for Fringe Show – Triple-Threat Theatre - Open until filled - rehearsals start July 16

Job (Edmonton): Rentals Supervisor – Citadel Theatre - Deadline: July 17

Job (Edmonton): Box Office Clerk – Edmonton Opera - Open until filled


Jobs (Fort McMurray): Theatre Technician, Theatre Support Technician – Keyano Theatre - Open til filled

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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.


Event/Workshop (Calgary): Puppet Pop-Up Studio: Puppet Picnic – WP Puppet Theatre - July 18; registration required

Workshop (Calgary): Teen Film Workshop – Company of Rogues - July 18 & 19

Education (Calgary): Highschool Students (15-19) – Theatre Junction Mentorship Program - Deadline to submit: August 15

Camp (Calgary): Summer 2015 Drama/Theatre Camps for ages 7-14 – Theatre A Go-Go - August 17 - 21

Education (Calgary): Training for the Actor – Company of Rogues Actors Studio - Now accepting applications; open until filled


Artstrek: A Summer Theatre School for Teens - Exploration III (for ages 17-18): July 19 – 25 – $625

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

Camp (Empress): Empress Summer Musical Theatre School - July 20 - 26

Camp (Red Deer): Tree House Youth Theatre Summer Camps - July 20 - 26, July 27 - August 2

Workshops (Rosebud): Summer Intensives – Rosebud School of the Arts - Various dates through July & August

Camp (Jasper): Tuktu Ete Art Camp 2015 – IOTAD - August 9 – 14

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Events / Fundraisers

Event (Edmonton): Moving sale extravaganza – Catalyst Theatre - July 11 & 12

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

Event (Calgary): Puppet Power 2016 Conference – WP Puppet Theatre - May 27 – 29, 2016

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Space (Edmonton): Summer Rehearsal Space Available - Workshop West - The Third Space is available this summer for all your Fringe needs and features two spaces, main hall and lower hall; Deadline: July 30.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer (Edmonton): Casino Volunteers – Workshop West - volunteers needed July 22 and 23

Volunteer Opportunity (Edmonton): Committee Members – Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton - Seeking members for the Communications Committee; Open until filled

Volunteer Opportunity (Edmonton): Costume Designer for Rocky Horror Show – Two ONE-WAY Tickets To Broadway Productions - Open until filled

Volunteer Opportunity (Edmonton): Stage Manager for Rocky Horror Show – Two ONE-WAY Tickets To Broadway Productions - Open until filled

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Calls For Submissions

Call for Director (Leduc): You Can’t Get There From Here by Pat Cook – Leduc Drama Society - Submissions deadline: July 12

Call for Directors (St. Albert): 2015/16 Season – St. Albert Theatre Troupe - Submissions deadline: July 17

Call for Submissions (Calgary / Edmonton): Fringe Show Promos – Theatre Alberta - Accepted anytime before and during Fringe Festivals (August)

Submissions (Edmonton): Citadel Young Companies – The Citadel Theatre - Submissions deadline for the Playwriting and Theatre Production Companies: September 1

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Theatre Company Partners – Players de Novo - Submissions deadline: September 11

Call for Submissions (National): 2015 John Hobday Awards in Arts Management – Canada Council for the Arts - Submissions deadline: September 30

Call for Submissions (National) – Downstage’s Uprising New Work Program - Open until filled

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Deal (Olds): Once Upon a Mattress bed for sale – Olds High School Width and length of a single mattress and height of 8 feet. Hollow inside for items at the end of the play to come out of. Moves around quite easily and locks into position.

Now Available: Off-Broadway Cast Recording of Nevermore – Catalyst Theatre The CD is available for purchase at Broadway Records and digital downloads are available through iTunes. Amazon will also be carrying it shortly.

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Donors, New & Renewing Members

Donations and members listed below were processed during June 2015.


Maggie MacKenzie, Rebecca Collins, and Theatre Alberta Library Patrons from the office donation jar. Special thanks to Ross Sheppard High School for hosting a joint 50/50 draw with us!



Savanna Harvey, Jiang FengYi, Prashanth Jayakumar, Daniel Greenways


Town of Okotoks



Deborah Bird, Karen Towsley, Joyce Doolittle, Wendy Froberg, Josh Languedoc, Mari Chartier, Steven McHugh, Jade Robinson, David Sealy, Amy Burks, Scot Robinson, Brendan Andrews, Misty Oakes, Brianna Johnston, Joel Adria, Eleanor Harper


Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts, Medicine Hat High School, Millwoods Christian School, Lord Beaverbrook High School, Central Lions’ Seniors Association, Bigs and Littles Theatre Society, Common Ground Arts Society, Olds High School, Sherard Musical Theatre Association, Kelsey Drama Club, Theatre Outré, Urban Stories Theatre, Kompany Theatre Artists Society (Kompany Family Theatre), Artists’ Collective Theatre, University of Alberta, Rosebud Centre of the Arts, University of Lethbridge, Pumphouse Theatres Society, Shadow Theatre, Fringe Theatre Adventures Society, L’Unithéatre, City of Fort Saskatchewan, Theatre Junction

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