To our Members:
ARTSTREK 2015 UPDATE
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.”
What's New at Theatre Alberta
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ALBERTA DRAMA FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION PROVINCIAL FESTIVAL
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!
ARTSTREK 2015 FUNDING PROGRAM DEADLINES
||Keith Ewasiuk Memorial Award
||Any student attending Artstrek
||May 22, 2015
||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.
||Click here for more information.
||Theatre Alberta Artstrek Scholarships
||Any student attending Artstrek in financial need.
||May 22, 2015.
||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.
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||Artstrek Rural Outreach Bursary
||To be eligible, you must live 80km or more outside of Edmonton or Calgary.
||June 8, 2015.
||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.
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 [email protected] to have your organization and program profiled on our Artstrek Community Sponsorship webpage.
WORKSHOPS BY REQUEST - May
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 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 [email protected].
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.
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!
Each title now has a small status icon attached to it:
- 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 [email protected]
Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed May 16 - 18 for the Victoria Day long weekend. The Drop Box will be unavailable.