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May 2015



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Theatre Alberta was pleased to send Artstrek supervisors and former students to Junior and Senior High School One-Act Drama festivals across Alberta. We visited festivals in Athabasca, Edson Ardrossan, Sylvan Lake, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and Edmonton. This week, we are excited to attend the Calgary High School Drama Festival and the Alberta High School Drama Festival Association (AHSDFA) Provincial Festival in Red Deer. Thank you to all the teachers and students that welcomed and hosted our Artstrek reps - your hospitality was most appreciated!

We still have plenty of room at Artstrek! We encourage students to enroll earlier rather than later to ensure they are placed in the Exploration week of their choice.

Artstrek 2015 will be held at Red Deer College as follows:

  • Exploration I (for ages 12-14): July 5 – 10, 2015
  • Exploration II (for ages 15-16): July 12 – 17, 2015
  • Exploration III (for ages 17-18): July 19 – 25, 2015

For students interested in applying for funding to offset Artstrek fees, please scroll down for more information about important program application deadlines coming up in May!

Click here to register for Artstrek 2015 online.

Not sure if you're ready to apply? Try our Artstrek Practice Application Form to be sure!

Click here to watch our Memories from Artstrek 2014 video, featuring teachers, supers and students from last summer's program.

Click here for the full Artstrek 2015 website menu.

“Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to.”

~Willem Dafoe

What's New at Theatre Alberta

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  Alberta Drama Festival Association

The Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) Provincial One-Act Theatre Festival will take place May 22 - 23 at the Welikoklad Event Centre at Red Deer College's downtown campus. The festival adjudicator will be Gail Whiteford.

Participants will include winners of Outstanding Production awards from regional zone festivals that took place across Alberta earlier in 2015. Theatre Alberta thanks the ADFA for their contributions to the Alberta theatre community. Our own Frazer Andrews will be in attendance at the Provincial Festival. Break a leg to all the participants!



Community Sponsorship
Program: Keith Ewasiuk Memorial Award
Eligibility: Any student attending Artstrek
Deadline: May 22, 2015
More information: In memory of our late Board Member and friend Keith Ewasiuk, Theatre Alberta provides one full scholarship to a student attending Artstrek each year. The Keith Ewasiuk Memorial Award will be awarded to an Alberta student attending Artstrek 2015 who exemplifies leadership in the LGBTQ community at their school or in their community. You can apply for the Keith Ewasiuk Memorial Award at the same time you register to attend Artstrek.
Additional details: Click here for more information.


Program: Theatre Alberta Artstrek Scholarships
Eligibility: Any student attending Artstrek in financial need.
Deadline: May 22, 2015.
More information: Theatre Alberta strives to ensure that Artstrek is accessible to all Albertans regardless of ability or financial situation. We offer a limited number of partial scholarships for applicants in financial need. Scholarships typically range from 25% to 75% of the Artstrek application fee. You can apply for a scholarship at the same time you register to attend Artstrek.
Additional details:

Click here for more information.


Program: Artstrek Rural Outreach Bursary
Eligibility: To be eligible, you must live 80km or more outside of Edmonton or Calgary.
Deadline: June 8, 2015.
More information: The bursary is specifically for teens in smaller communities or in rural Alberta, where there are fewer opportunities for students interested in theatre and drama to explore their craft. There are two $300 bursaries available for teens attending Artstrek 2015.
Additional details:

Click here for more information.

Find community sponsorship opportunities at www.theatrealberta.com/artstrek/community-sponsorship.

If you offer or would like to offer teens community sponsorship funding, please email Aaron Talbot at aaron@theatrealberta.com to have your organization and program profiled on our Artstrek Community Sponsorship webpage.



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.

Lighting workshop

Workshops by Request scheduled for May 2015 include:

Movement in Airdrie
On May 9, Calgary based director, instructor, and (our new) Artstrek Curriculum Director Glenda Stirling will be heading up to Airdie to instruct a movement workshop with the Nose Creek Players. Glenda has a strong background in Laban/Bartenieff movement.

Acting in Sundre
On May 30, Peak Theatre Players will host an Acting workshop led by Red Deer College instructor Thomas Bradshaw. Also an Actor, Voice & Speech Coach, and Director, Thomas has previously instructed at York University and the Canadian National Voice Intensive.

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.




Emerge 2015

Our 12th annual Emerge audition events were held in late April. 70 Artistic Directors, Casting Directors, and Agents in Calgary and Edmonton saw auditions from 50 Emerging Artists graduating from seven performance training programs across the province.

A big thanks to One Yellow Rabbit and The Citadel Theatre, our host venues for Emerge 2015, for all their support. Thank you also to the technicians, students, faculty, and professionals who made Emerge a success.

One Yellow Rabbit The Citadel Theatre



Theatre Alberta's Librarians have been hard at work updating our online Library services to help our patrons find what they're looking for more easily. We recently upgraded our online catalogue, and some new features are now available. Scroll down for more information.

Updated info on the website:

  • Pathfinders (Updated as of March 2015.) Our pathfinders are “how-to guides” intended to help you find resources on a particular subject. They include helpful search tips and may also include specific titles and links to selected web sites.
  • Indexes (Updated as of March 2015.) Theatre Alberta’s Library Indexes list and describe the play titles available in our library. You can find nearly our entire collection in these categorized PDFs.
  • Online catalogue > Links (top right hand corner of the page):
    • Links to Canadian and US publishers
    • Canadian copyright information
    • US copyright information

New in the Online Catalogue:

Main page has changed:

  • Top Ten Popular Items, Authors, and Subjects can be found at the bottom of the page. The online catalogue automatically updates these titles based on circulation.
  • New Items – the latest titles added to our collection. Remember you can still find everything we have added in the past year in the New Acquisitions Index as well as from the past 6 months by clicking the New Items tab at the top of the online catalogue page.
  • Book Cover icons – we’re slowly working on bringing book covers into the library catalogue!

Status icons:
Each title now has a small status icon attached to it:

  • In
  • Out
  • R (reserved, there is a line up for this item)

Loan type graphics:
The loan type graphics will help you locate the material you’re looking for. Here are some of the most important ones:

  • A single open book = A single play
  • A stack of books = A collection of plays
  • A yellow star = A Collection Item which is only available if you borrow the collection this title is in. The line just below the Title will give you the title of the collection to reserve

Our Librarians are available to assist you if you have any questions about our updated online services. Call us at 780-422-8162 or 1-888-422-8160 (toll free in Alberta) or email us at library@theatrealberta.com.



Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed May 16 - 18 for the Victoria Day long weekend. The Drop Box will be unavailable.

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Dial M for Murder
Matt & Ben
The Photo
We Are The Body
Bare: A Pop Opera

What's On in Alberta

Opening in May

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



Shortcut to Nirvana Albertan work
May 1 - 10, Swallow-A-Bicycle Theatre

Oh Boy, Buddy Holly! Albertan work
May 1 - June 29, Jubilations Dinner Theatre

Dial 'M' for Murder
May 2 - 31, Vertigo Theatre

Dads in Bondage Canadian work
May 4 - 23, Lunchbox Theatre

Calgary High School Drama Festival
May 6 - 8 Calgary High School Drama Festival

Before the Night Takes Us Albertan work
May 6 - 9, Theatre BSMT

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Canadian work
May 9 - June 13, Birnton Theatricals / Stage West

Mike Mike, Karen Mike: An Accelerated Friendship Albertan work
May 13 - 16, Verb Theatre / Inside Out Theatre

We Are The Body Albertan work
May 13 - 23, Burnt Thicket Theatre

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
May 22 - June 6, StoryBook Theatre

Co-Workers Albertan work
May 27 - 30, THUGWork Theatre

Matt & Ben
May 27 - June 6, Theatre Transit

Blood of the Red Queen Albertan work
May 29 - June 6, Scorpio Theatre



Code Word Time Albertan work
May 5 - 17, Theatre Network

No One Showed Up to the Anarchist Rally Albertan work
May 5 - 17, Theatre Network

MOTE Canadian work
May 7 - 17, Blarney Productions

The Ugly One
May 13 - 23, Fringe Theatre Adventures / Kill Your Television

May 14 - 23, University of Alberta Department of Drama / Studio Theatre

The Photo Albertan work
May 15 - 23, Theatre of the New Heart

From Cradle to Stage: An Evening of New Work Canadian work
May 18 - 23, Walterdale Theatre

A Steady Rain
May 27 - June 7, Blarney Productions

Found Space Performance Albertan work
May 31, Fringe Theatre Adventures / Swallow-A-Bicycle



The Crimson Cap Ladies Catch a Con Albertan work
May 1 -3, Calmar Prairie Players

We Are The Body Albertan work
May 6 - 9, Burnt Thicket Theatre, Red Deer

Wildwood Fire Albertan work
May 6 - June 20, Rosebud Theatre

AHSDFA Provincial Drama Festival
May 7 - 9, Alberta High School Drama Festival Association, Red Deer

The Curious Savage
May 8 - 23, Dewdney Players, Okotoks

The Odd Couple
May 14 - 16, Keyano Theatre, Fort McMurray

May 20 - 31, Three Hills Arts Academy

Bare: A Pop Opera Albertan work
May 22 - 30, Medicine Hat Musical Theatre

James and the Giant Peach
May 26 - 30, St. Albert Children's Theatre

The Wizard of Oz
May 29 - Sep 5, Rosebud Theatre


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Theatre News

Calgary Young People’s Theatre announces 2015-2016 Season - Calgary

CYPT has announced four shows for its upcoming 23rd season: No Time Like Tomorrow. Auditions for the Summer show will be in May, auditions for the rest of the season will be in September.

Morpheus Theatre announces 2015-2016 season - Calgary

Morpheus has announced four shows for its upcoming 21st season of Shows Worth Seeing. Order season tickets by May 9th to be entered for a chance to win one of three guest passes.

ADFA North Region Zone Festival results announced - Fort McMurray

The Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) North Region Zone Festival was held at Keyano Theatre on April 27. Mountain Top by Pattie Dywer was awarded Best Production.

Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Show moving from Canmore to Banff in 2016 - Alberta

Cornerstone Theatre will be starting a brand new chapter with Oh Canada, Eh? in a custom designed theatre in Banff in 2016. However, the 2015 production has been cancelled due to the transition.

Downstage creates Pay-It-Forward Fund - Calgary

The program will offer a limited of tickets to Downstage productions free-of-charge for those that need it. Downstage has began fundraising to build an initial fund to support the program.

Calgary Opera moving to Stampede grounds - Calgary

The Calgary Stampede will provide land for the Calgary Opera to build a 50,000 square foot Opera Centre under unique agreement.

Rosebud School of the Arts receives $250,000 matching donation pledge - Rosebud

Rosebud Centre of the Arts recently announced a significant gift which will double the impact of each private contribution made in 2015: a matching donation pledge of up to $250,000.

Vertigo Theatre announces 2015-2016 season - Calgary

Vertigo Theatre Artistic Director Craig Hall, and Nathan Pronyshyn, Y Stage Theatre Series Producer, announced via the release of an online season launch video, the company’s 2015/2016 season.

Keyano Theatre announces 2015-2016 Season - Fort McMurray

From courtroom dramas to fairytale musicals, Keyano Theatre Company’s upcoming 4-Play drama series is set to entertain.

Calgary Opera announces 2015-2016 season - Calgary

Calgary Opera has announced its 2015/2016 season, which includes its popular Opera in the Village event, and Emerging Artists program.

2015 Mayors Celebration for the Arts Award Recipients Announced - Edmonton

Mayor Don Iveson and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 28th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.

Nominees announced for 2015 Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama - Alberta

Three Albertan playwrights were nominated for the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama, which will be awarded at the Alberta Literary Awards on May 23.

Quest Theatre’s Snow Angel part of National Arts Centre’s 2015-2016 Season - Calgary/Ottawa

The National Arts Centre in Ottawa will present Quest Theatre’s Snow Angel in March 2016 as part of its English Theatre 2015/2016 season.

Lunchbox Theatre announces 2015-2016 season - Calgary

Lunchbox Theatre has announced its 2015/2016 season, featuring a plethora of work by Albertan and Canadian playwrights.

Catalyst Theatre nominatied for three Lucille Lortel Awards - Edmonton/New York

Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre, whose Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe recently wrapped up its Off-Broadway run, was nominated for three awards. Winners will be announced on May 10.

Canada Council for the Arts' Cultivate program now online - National

In the fall of 2014, the Canada Council released Cultivate, a pilot program nurturing diversity in the arts. All Cultivate program guidelines and the new Deaf and disability Guidebook now available online.

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Auditions (Calgary): 2015 Generals – Quest Theatre - By appointment: May 18; Deadline: May 11


Audition (Edmonton): General Auditions for Video Kitchen Student Films - By appointment: May 11; Deadline: May 8

Audition (Edmonton): KidsFringe Youth Troupe - Fringe Theatre Adventures - For teens aged 15+; By appointment: May 21-22; Deadline: May 18

Auditions (Edmonton): Drea Lee Dance Company - By appointment: June 28

Audition (Edmonton): TYA Actor – ASSIST Community Services Centre - 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.


Job (Calgary): Production Manager – Production Canada - Hiring immediately; apply ASAP

Job (Calgary): Assistant Production Manager – Production Canada - Hiring immediately; apply ASAP

Job (Calgary): Head Scenic Carpenter – Alberta Theatre Projects - Open until filled; apply ASAP


Job (Edmonton): Technical Coordinator-Stage – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium - Deadline: May 13

Job (Edmonton): Multiple Positions – Jubilations Dinner Theatre - Additional Cast, Light/Sound Technician, Stage Manager; Deadline: Open til filled

Job (Edmonton): Summer Programs Assistant – Citadel Theatre - Deadline: Open til filled


Job (Drumheller): Directing Intern – The Canadian Badlands Passion Play - Contract begins May 14; Apply ASAP

Job (Drumheller): Sound Intern – The Canadian Badlands Passion Play - Contract begins May 14; Apply ASAP

Job (Banff): Sound and Staging Technicians – The Banff Centre - Open until 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.


Workshop (Calgary): Text Based Character Study with Val Planche – Morpheus Theatre - May 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Workshop (Calgary): Clown Intensive with Alice Nelson – Morpheus Theatre - May 16 - 17, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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


Workshop (Edmonton): Finding Space with Swallow-A-Bicycle Theatre – Arts at the Barns Professional Development Series - May 31, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Workshop (Ardrosson): Beginner Clown 4 Teens - OverActing Imaginations - May 24, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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

Artstrek: A Summer Theatre School for Teens July 5 - 25: Over the course of a week in residence at Red Deer College, we will welcome teens from across Alberta to learn about acting, voice, movement, directing, sound/music, design, creation and collaboration.
Exploration I (for ages 12-14): July 5 – 10 – $575
Exploration II (for ages 15-16): July 12 – 17 – $575
Exploration III (for ages 17-18): July 19 – 25 – $625

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

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Events / Fundraisers / Deals

Fundraiser (Calgary): Pay-It-Forward Fund – Downstage Online campaign ends May 18

Event (Edmonton): Playwrights Guild of Canada’s 2015 ConferenceMay 29 – 31

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

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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.

Space Available (Calgary): Motel Theatre 2015-16 Season - Downstage is now seeking submissions for programming the 2015-2016 season in Motel, a flexible 50-seat black-box performance venue located at Arts Commons; Open until filled but intial programming begins in June.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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

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Calls For Submissions

Call for Submissions (National): Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award – Playwrights Guild of Canada - Submissions deadline: May 15

Call for Nominations (National): 2015 Tom Hendry Awards – Playwrights Guild of Canada - Submissions deadline: May 15

Call for Submissions (Alberta): Theatre Alberta Artstrek Scholarships - Funding for teens who need financial assistance to attend Artstrek. Scholarship requests submitted after May 22 will be considered only if funds are available.

Call for Submissions (Alberta): Keith Ewasiuk Memorial Award - One full scholarship to attend Artstrek 2015 awarded to an Alberta student who exemplifies leadership in the LGBTQ community at their school or in their community. Deadline: May 22.

Call for Submissions (Alberta): 2015 Dr. Dasha Goody Scholarship Awards - Submissions deadline: June 3 at 5 p.m.

Call for Submissions (Alberta): Artstrek 2015 Rural Outreach Bursary - Funding for teens who must travel long distance to attend Artstrek. Submissions deadline: June 8

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Resource (Alberta): Theatre, Teens, S#x Ed – University of Alberta Press - The University of Alberta Press has recently published Theatre, Teens, S#x Ed: Are We There Yet? by Jan Selman and Jane Heather. This book should be of particular interest to those studying theatre, s#x education, sociology, and public health. Please contact Monika (monika.igali@ualberta.ca) for more information.

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Donors, New & Renewing Members

Donations and members listed below were processed during April 2015.


Michael Kennard, Thomas Peacocke, Blaine Newton, Gina Puntil, and Theatre Alberta Library Patrons from the office donation jar!



Sarah Haggeman, Jada Tomlinson, Mark Greene, Laura Gyoba, Liam Salmon


Empress & District Summer Musical Theatre School Society, Jubilee Auditoria of Alberta



Thomas Peacocke, Wade Weller, Nicole Moeller, Blaine Newton, Diane Falck, Linda Wood Edwards, Anna Paquin, Mat Busby, Jason Hardwick, Christine Lesiak, Sarah Robinson, Sally Hunt, Michael Kennard, Louise Large, Grace Darnell, Shawn Marshall, Brenda DeKock, Abby Stanley-Melia, Melissa Dorsey


StoryBook Theatre Society, Prime Stock Theatre Company, Plain Jane Theatre Company, Theatre Encounter, Green Fools Theatre, And More Shenanigans Theatre

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