To our Members:
Notes for March
In early March, Theatre Alberta notified its members that the Board of Directors has approved a new three-year Business Plan, after many months of planning and debate. The plan is a response to Theatre Alberta’s sustained growth and ongoing capacity constraints over the past few years, and prioritizes core programs and services, namely the Library, Artstrek, Workshops by Request, and our online resources.
Perhaps the most difficult decision we made during the business planning process was to end the publication of All Stages Magazine after the Spring 2015 issue on "Festivals." The final issue will be mailed directly to our members next week, along with our Artstrek 2015 brochure for A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The staff and Board of Theatre Alberta is enormously proud of the magazine and the spotlight it shined upon the provincial theatre community, and grateful to the many artists and advertisers who have contributed to its success over the past six years. We’ve dedicated the centre pages of this final issue to thanking our contributors, a retrospective on how All Stages came to be, and an Epilogue from Theatre Alberta Board President Jeremy Mason.
At Theatre Alberta, we value our reputation as a responsive organization that works to protect and nurture theatre and theatre artists in Alberta. Our Business Plan going forward is our pro-active response to evolve as our community and industry has evolved. We look forward to the challenge of growing our core programs, and finding new ways to work with, inspire, and ultimately engage our membership and the wider Albertan theatre community.
We look forward to meeting these challenges with you.
Jeremy Mason, President
Keri Mitchell, Executive Director
On behalf of the Board and Staff of Theatre Alberta
“I learned that I want theatre to be a part of my future.”
~Artstrek 2014 student
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LESS THAN 1 MONTH UNTIL REGISTRATION BEGINS FOR ARTSTREK 2015
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
Theatre Alberta will mail the Artstrek 2015 poster-brochure to Theatre Alberta members and schools in March; but our Artstrek 2015 website is now online and ready to go at theatrealberta.com/artstrek2015!
Most importantly: online application to attend Artstrek 2015 begins April 1st at 10AM. Are you ready? Try out our Artstrek Practice Application Form to be sure!
In the meantime, take a few minutes to share some Artstrek memories by watching our Memories from Artstrek 2014 video, featuring teachers, supers and students from last summer's program. Click here to watch!
WE'RE HIRING! THEATRE ALBERTA SEEKS ARTSTREK PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Theatre Alberta requires a highly motivated and detail oriented worker to be our Artstrek Program Assistant this summer. The Artstrek Program Assistant provides vital support to our renowned annual theatre school for teenagers. Artstrek is a residential summer theatre program that has been operating in Alberta for more than 50 years, and attracts more than 300 young theatre enthusiasts from across the province and beyond each summer.
Major tasks and responsibilities include: student registration, including receipting payments, confirming medical information, and accepting letters of recommendation; student and parent communication; curriculum schedule coordination; materials and equipment coordination; and documentation, evaluation, and archiving.
All applicants should be enthusiastic about theatre, enjoy dealing with people, and able to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent computer skills, especially experience with databases, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a previous history with the Artstrek program (as a student or supervisor) will be considered assets.
Preference will be given to applicants who meet the criteria for participation in Service Canada’s Summer Jobs program, including but not limited to: be between 18 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; and have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year, and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year.
This is a temporary full-time position commencing May 4, 2015, and concluding August 21, 2015. Interested individuals must be available to work onsite at Red Deer College July 1, 2015, through July 6, 2015, inclusive. Travel and accommodations will be provided. Hourly wage is $15.
To Apply: Please forward your resume with a detailed letter of interest highlighting qualifications to Keri Mitchell, Executive Director, by April 1, 2015at [email protected].
Theatre Alberta thanks all applicants for their interest, however, </em><em>only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
ARTSTREK 2015 COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!
||StoryBook Theatre Artstrek Scholarships
||This scholarship is offered to students enrolled in StoryBook Theatre School and/or have participated in one of the 2014/15 Season to Imagine Productions. It is intended for those students who excel in theatre performance and look to further their experience and education in theatre.
||Students must apply to StoryBook Theatre by March 15, 2015.
||Please follow this link to submit your application www.storybooktheatre.org/artstrek
Recipient will be announced on Friday, March 20 at the 2015/16 StoryBook Season launch and announcement.
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 [email protected] to have your organization and program profiled on our Artstrek Community Sponsorship webpage.
WORKSHOPS BY REQUEST - March
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 scheduled for March 2015 include:
Stage Combat in Drayton Valley
On March 7, Edmonton-based fight instructor Janine Hodder will travel to Drayton Valley to give a Stage Combat workshop for the River Valley Players. Janine’s workshop was so popular last season the River Valley Players wanted to have her come back!
Stage Management in Calgary
On March 22, Morpheus Theatre will host a Stage Management workshop with Donna Sharpe. Donna is a Calgary-based stage manager, with over 20 years of experience, currently in her 13th season stage-managing with Calgary Opera!
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].
EMERGE 2015 UPDATE
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 will be emailed next week. If you have not received an invitation by March 13th, 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
THEATRE ALBERTA NOMINATED FOR A YEGGIE
The Edmonton New Media Awards, or the Yeggies, is an annual awards show created to recognize and celebrate outstanding social media content creators in the capital region. Theatre Alberta is honoured to be nominated for a 2014 Yeggie under the category Best in Non-Profit. We would like to thank Elizabeth Wilkie for nominating us!
There were 300 community-submitted nominations in sixteen categories. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 9 at 7 p.m. at La Cité Francophone (8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury) in Edmonton.
We would also like to recognize some local theatre-based social media sites that were also nominated for 2014 Yeggies under the category of Arts & Culture: Finster Finds ( Theatre Alberta Board Member Kristen Finlay's blog), After the House Lights, and What It Is Podcast.
CANADA 300: A NATIONAL CONVERSATION COMES TO ALBERTA
Through innovative use of arts and technology, Canadians will be engaged in an evolving dialogue – both in-person and virtual – envisioning our nation’s next 150 years in preparation for the sesquicentennial of the creation of our confederation.
The public is invited to an original theatre performance and dialogue on how Canada will look, feel, and be 150 years from now. The performance will be followed by a facilitated conversation. We want to hear your aspirations for Canada, what you want Canada to work towards over the next 150 years (seven generations).
21 cities across Canada are included in the Tour
There will be a free public performance in Calgary on Tuesday, March 9, 2015
Click here to learn more about this fascinating national theatre project.
Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed April 3 - 6 for the Easter long weekend. The Drop Box will be unavailable.