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November 2015



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WbR: Rocky Mountain Series
WbR: Hometown Series
Picks of the Edmonton Fringe
Our 2015 Raffle Winners
2015 Annual General Meeting
What's New at Theatre Alberta
Theatre Alberta Library
What's On in Alberta
Theatre News
Donors & New Members
Buzz Etiquette

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Alberta Playwrights' Network
Alberta High School Drama Festival Association

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Minister Eggen with APAC Guide

Honourable David Eggen, Minister of Culture and Tourism, with the APAC Resource Guide

On October 30, the Alberta Partners for Arts and Culture, a coalition of Alberta’s eight Provincial Arts Services Organizations and four Cultural Industry Associations, proudly presented the Honourable David Eggen, Minister of Culture and Tourism, with a new guide we created to help Alberta’s MLAs learn more about and connect with our province’s vibrant arts and culture industry. Theatre Alberta’s contribution was a copy of the 2015/2016 Playbill poster, which will be distributed in the guide to all MLAs over the coming weeks.

This year’s Playbill poster lists 338 productions by 188 Albertan theatre companies—that’s almost a play a day (or many more when you consider the festivals)! 34% of the productions this season are written/created by Albertans, and another 11% are Canadian works. The Young Playbill contains information on 70 youth theatre programs and productions across the province. Please don’t hesitate to call or write your MLA to highlight the productions and programs in your region.

Keri Mitchell

Theatre Alberta Executive Director Keri Mitchell poses in the Cabinet Chambers of the Federal Building during Minister Eggen's post-budget reception.

At our meeting with Minister Eggen, the Alberta Partners for Arts and Culture thanked the Government for their budget commitment to increase their support to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts in 2016/2017 and beyond, and commended the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for their work over the past six years, as many difficult decisions have been necessary in order to best support Alberta’s artists and arts organizations with the funds made available to them. We look forward with great excitement to the increased capacity to make and share art with our fellow Albertans—and to share Alberta’s stories with the country and the world—that the future promises! - Keri

"I like the ephemeral thing about theatre, every performance is like a ghost - it's there and then it's gone.”

~Maggie Smith




The Banff Centre

There are just ten days left to register for our Workshops by Request: Rocky Mountain Series’ inaugural master class at The Banff Centre, led by Mammalian Diving Reflex’s Darren O’Donnell.

Initiated by Calgary’s Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, the Compelling Telling: Imaginative Interventions in Public Spaces master class will focus on the basics of Mammalian’s “social acupuncture” method to create innovative ways for artists to engage and interact with the public. Through discussions, case studies, exercises, and designing and testing out performance interventions in the Banff community, participants will gain tools and ideas for developing an artistic practice that is socially-minded, playful, and engages members of their own communities.

Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a special talk by Ghana ThinkTank, a non-profit art collective who work globally to allow “third world” communities to intervene with issues affecting the “developed world.” The talk is part of the Banff Centre Talks series, and should provide insight related to the learning in the master class.

This class is a must for any artist interested in creating socially engaged work, and a chance to connect with like-minded artists from across the province. No previous experience with social practice or participatory performance is necessary.

The class runs from December 4-6, 2015 at The Banff Centre.

The deadline for registrations is Wednesday, November 18, 2015. To register, click here.

Tuition is $350 + GST, plus the cost of an accommodation and meal package at The Banff Centre. Shared rooms at The Banff Centre are available for approximately $35 per person, per night, and meals plans will be approximately $40 per day. Should you wish to arrange for accommodations off-campus, you will receive an artist card to purchase on-campus meals at a discount.

Questions about the class? Interested in hosting a master class at The Banff Centre as part of the Rocky Mountain Series? Please contact Theatre Alberta’s Operations and Partnerships Coordinator, Morgan Norwich, at morgan@theatrealberta.com.

Theatre Alberta thanks The Banff Centre for its assistance with the 2015 Compelling Telling Workshop.

Compelling Telling Workshop Logos



Workshops by Request: Hometown Series are coordinated by Theatre Alberta at your request and targeted to the specific needs of your theatre organization. These highly subsidized workshops bring trained professionals right to your community for 1, 1.5, or 2 day workshops.

Click Here to Apply for Your Own Workshop in the Hometown Series of Workshops by Request.

Workshops by Request applications are accepted throughout the theatre season. Any group member of Theatre Alberta may apply for a workshop on any topic of their choice. For more information, please email Patrick Beagan, Program Coordinator at patrick@theatrealberta.com.



We are back on the road! The first touring production of the 2015-2016 Picks of the Edmonton Fringe is Rapid Fire Theatre’s Off Book: The Improvised Musical. On tour from November 4-16, watch for it in Edson, Grande Prairie, Peace River, Fort McMurray, and Medicine Hat.

Performance dates are still available for SodHouse Theatre’s Shangri-La, touring from February 2-15, 2016, and Azimuth Theatre’s Real Time, touring from April 1-13, 2016.

Theatre Alberta staff had a great time at Alberta Showcase, held at Fort Saskatchewan’s Dow Centennial Centre on October 25! Our newly announced shows for our 2016-2017 touring season performed excerpts to a very receptive audience of potential presenters, and we announced our receipt of a Community Initiatives Program grant from Alberta Culture and Tourism for the project. We received expressions of interest from towns visited previously and from towns we have yet to visit! Defiance Theatre’s OCD will travel as a double-bill with Impulse Theatre’s rooms//apart in November 2016, with Grindstone Theatre’s Life is a Musical hitting the road in February 2017.

For more information about each production, including tour dates and pricing, please visit theatrealberta.com/tour. Picks of the Edmonton Fringe is presented by Theatre Alberta, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, and Fringe Theatre Adventures.


The 2015 Theatre Alberta Raffle (AGLC Raffle Licence #410832) was held at 3 p.m. on October 30 in the ATB Financial Arts Barns. Congratulations to all of our winners!





Draw #1: Calgary Experience Package,

value of $609.90

Sue Charlton 



Draw #2: Edmonton Experience Package,

value of $582.25

Shauna Murphy



Draw #3: Rosebud Theatre Package,

value of $280

Donna McIsaac 



Draw #4: Sundance Hot Air Balloon Package,

value of $650

Annemarie Strand 



Draw #5: Battle of Alberta Package,

value 0f $2200

Christine Campbell 



Draw #6: Build Your Own Adventure Package,

value of $2000

Jeremy Willis 



Theatre Alberta would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket as well as our Board of Directors who worked to make tickets available across the province. And, of course, a big thank you goes to each of our 2015 Raffle donors:

2015 Raffle Donors


Theatre Alberta members gathered at the ATB Financial Arts Barns in Edmonton on Friday, October 30 for the Society's Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Board had the pleasure of welcoming its two newest members: Frazer Andrews and Thomas Bradshaw.
Frazer Andrews

Frazer has a wide variety of experience in almost all aspects of theatre including as an actor, a technician, a dramaturge, a production manager, and, until recently, as the Program Coordinator at Theatre Alberta. Frazer currently works at the University of Athabasca and now lives in South Athabasca with his wife and son.

Tom Bradshaw

Thomas is an instructor at the School of Creative Arts at Red Deer College in the Theatre Performance and Creation Program. His education includes an MFA (Acting) and a Graduate Teaching Diploma (Voice and Speech). Thomas has also held the position of Programmer for the Performing Arts for the City of Red Deer.



Catherine Vielguth

Catherine Vielguth

The Alberta Playwrights’ Network (APN) and Theatre Alberta have been affiliated with each other since 1995.The position of Artistic Associate North, located in Edmonton, was recently created by APN as an outreach initiative for northern Alberta. On September 1, 2015, Catherine Vielguth was hired to fill the position and we are happy to welcome her to our office!



We upgraded our library software this spring and would like to explain the yellow star icon visible on search results.

- Search the title you’re looking for in our online catalogue.
- If a yellow star appears on the bottom of the book cover, it is a Collection Item. The line below the title (starting with “in...“ will list the name of the Collection in which this title is located.
- This time, search for the Collection.
- If the search results show the Collection with a green IN symbol, it’s available to borrow. If the OUT icon is visible, the Collection can be reserved.

Here’s an example:

“Essay" is identified as a Collection Item as indicated by the yellow star. It is found within the Collection "The Russian Play and Other Short Works / CCO.”

Happy Reading!


Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed November 11th for Remembrance Day. The Drop Box will be unavailable.

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Shakespeare's Will
The Age of Love
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Alberto the Dancing Alligator
A Christmas Carol
6 Guitars
Carrie the Musical
Shrek the Musical
Calendar Girls

What's On in Alberta

Opening in October

Click here to search the Theatre Alberta Playbill.
Click here to browse 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



Shakespeare's Will Albertan work
Nov 6 - 14, Sage Theatre

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Nov 6 - 21, Front Row Centre Players

The Age of Love Albertan work
Nov 8 - 12, Urban Stories Theatre

'80s Solid Gold 2 Canadian work
Nov 13 - Feb 7, 2016, Stage West Theatre Restaurant

Modern Family Vacation Albertan work
Nov 13 - Feb 14, 2016, Jubilations Dinner Theatre

The Mousetrap
Nov 14 - Dec 13, Vertigo Theatre

Nov 21 - 27, Calgary Opera

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Albertan work
Nov 21 - Dec 24, Stage West for Kids

Inside Canadian work
Nov 24 - Dec 5, University of Calgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts

What Happened to the Seeker
Nov 25 – 28, Theatre Junction GRAND

Nativity in the City
Nov 25 - 29, Fire Exit Theatre

A Christmas Carol
Nov 26 - Dec 24, Theatre Calgary

Legend Has It Canadian work
Nov 27 - Dec 31, Alberta Theatre Projects

Epiphany Albertan work
Nov 30 - Dec 23, Lunchbox Theatre



Spring Awakening
Nov 4 - 8, U of A ABBEDAM Productions

The Rocky Horror Show
Nov 6 - 15, Two ONE-WAY Tickets To Broadway Productions

Wind in her Sails Albertan work
Nov 12 - 22, Wind in her Sails Production Company

Alberto the Dancing Alligator Albertan work
Nov 13 - 17, Fringe Theatre Adventures / Kompany Family Theatre

Prairie Bowl Theatresports Tournament Albertan work
Nov 19 - 21, Rapid Fire Theatre

She Loves Me
Nov 20 - 28, Foote in the Door Productions

Café Daughter Canadian work
Nov 25 - Dec 6, Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre

Iphigenia at Aulis
Nov 26 - Dec 5, U of A Studio Theatre

A Christmas Carol Canadian work
Nov 28 - Dec 23, The Citadel Theatre



The Steadfast Tin Soldier Albertan work
Nov 2 – June 10, Alberta Opera, touring province-wide

Girls' Night Out
Nov 5 - 21, St. Albert Theatre Troupe, St. Albert

A Wind in the Willows, Christmas in Rosebud
Nov 6 - Dec 19, Rosebud Theatre, Rosebud

6 Guitars
Nov 10, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Camrose

You Can't Get There From Here
Nov 13 - 14, Leduc Drama Society, Leduc

Mending Fences Canadian work
Nov 13 - 21, Pine Tree Players, Canmore

The Mousetrap
Nov 13 - 21, River Valley Players, Drayton Valley

Happily Ever Once Upon
Nov 18 - 21, Heartland Arts Troupe Society, Stettler

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen Canadian work
Nov 20, The Banff Centre, Banff

One Man Lord of the Rings Canadian work
Nov 20, Grande Prairie Regional College, Grande Prairie

Anything Goes
Nov 20 - 26, Windmill Theatre Players, High River

Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical
Nov 20 - 28, Medicine Hat Firehall Theatre, Medicine Hat

Shrek: The Musical
Nov 20 - Dec 5, Bashaw Community Theatre, Bashaw

Carrie: The Musical
Nov 24 - 28, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen Canadian work
Nov 25 - 29, Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre, Fort McMurray

Captain Hook's Revenge
Nov 25 - Dec 5, Medicine Hat Musical Theatre, Medicine Hat

Calendar Girls
Nov 26 - Dec 5, Peak Theatre Players, Sundre

Shrek: The Musical
Nov 26 - Dec 5, Red Deer College, Red Deer

Big: The Musical
Nov 26 - Dec 6, St. Albert Children's Theatre, St. Albert

Hit Tunes Spectacular
Nov 26 - Dec 12, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Grande Prairie

Christmas Stories and Songs
Nov 27 - Dec 6, Quest Theatre, touring province-wide

Mary Poppins
Nov 27 - Dec 12, Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society, Ponoka

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Theatre News

The 2015 Calgary and Edmonton Classes of Top 40 Under 40 Have Been Announced!

Avenue Magazine's best and brightest Top 40 under 40: ‘Bravo” to Farren Timoteo, Artistic Director of Alberta Opera and a special shout-out to Aaron Talbot's wife Miki Stricker-Talbot, Street-as-a-Venue Co-ordinator with Responsible Hospitality Edmonton.

English Language Winners - Governor General’s Literary Awards 2015

The English Language Winner for Drama: David Yee for carried away on the crest of a wave, Playwrights Canada Press

The National Arts Centre Announces Third Season - Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance

The National Arts Centre (NAC) announces the addition of Indigenous Theatre to their Playbill.

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Audition (Calgary) – Ken Ludwig’s Sullivan & Gilbert – Morpheus Theatre - November 8, 10, & 12


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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.


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Front-of-House Supervisor (Edmonton) - The Citadel Theatre - Deadline for Applications, November 12


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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) – The Snow Show – Puppet Pop-up Studio - November 21 (Family friendly)

Workshop (Calgary) – Master Class with Nadia Ross – STO Union - Class starts November 27 (space limited)

Workshop (Calgary): Sword Fighting for Stage – Shake the Crowd Productions
- Deadline to apply is January 12, 2016


Workshop (Edmonton): Classical Acting – 5 Days of Shakespeare – Malachite Theatre - Deadline to apply is November 10

Workshop (Edmonton): Improvisation with Tim Kubasek – Insight Actors Group - Deadline to apply is November 12

Workshop (Edmonton): Through Inner Borders – Good Women Dance Collective - Class starts November 16 (No registration required)


Master Class (Banff): Compelling Telling: Imaginative Interventions in Public Spaces - Theatre Alberta - Deadline to apply is November 18

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Events / Fundraisers

Fundraiser (Calgary): First Annual Winter Hafla - Square Cat Entertainment - November 21

Fundraiser (Calgary): Birthday Bash - Alberta Playwrights’ Network - November 28

Fundraiser (Alberta): 30 for 30 - Alberta Playwrights’ Network - $30 from 1000 people, ends December 1

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

Fundraiser (Calgary): View from the Inside – WP Puppet Theatre - Matching donations, ends December 31

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Space (Edmonton): Registerd Not-for-Profit Groups Only - Rehearsal spaces available for dance, theatre, or music; centrally located. This large bright facility houses 5 dance studios (2 large and 3 smaller), four offices, a full kitchen, and large lobby. Please contact Sheri at sherisomer@gmail.com

Space (Calgary): Evergreen Community Spaces Now Open - Cost-effective spaces with the highest functionality possible. The space is multi-use and multidisciplinary. Open to many groups and have few usage restrictions. Please contact Artistic Producer Valmai Goggin at valmai@evergreentheatre.com.

Space (Edmonton): Rehearsal Space Available for Rent! – Casavant Productions - A flexible studio available to rent for rehearsals, meetings, workshops, photo shoots and more. To book contact Tracy Carroll at tracy@casavantproductions.com.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer (St. Albert / Edmonton): FoH & Dishwasher – St. Albert Theatre Troupe
- Immediate need. If interested, please e-mail hcbxn@stu.ca

Volunteer (Calgary): Casino Workers – Pumphouse Theatre
- Nov 15 & 16. If interested, please e-mail michelle@pumphousetheatre.ca

Volunteer (Edmonton): Variety of Postitions – Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre
- If interested, please e-mail admin@workshopwest.org

Volunteer Opportunity (Calgary): Board Members Wanted! – Inside Out Theatre
- If interested, please e-mail arenik@live.ca

Job (Edmonton): Arts Manager- And More Shenanigans Theatre - Deadline to respond: November 30

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Calls For Submissions

Call for Nominations (Calgary): Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards – Calgary Arts Development - Submissions deadline: November 23

Call for Proposals (International): Puppet Portfolios – WP Puppet Theatre - Submissions deadline: December 1

Call for Submissions (Banff): Convergence Residency: Electronic Music + Visual Art – The Banff Centre - Submissions deadline: December 2

Call for Entrants (Edmonton): Stage Struck! Edmonton One Act Festival for actors, directors and playwrights – Alberta Drama Festival Association - Submissions deadline: December 21

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Donors, New & Renewing Members

Donations and members listed below were processed during October 2015.


Kevin Rothery, Ian Bamford, Peter Mueller, Sean Anderson, Michelle Brandenburg, Wendy Green, Bashaw Theatre, and Theatre Alberta Library Patrons from the office donation jar.



Nicole St. Martin, Laura Nanni, Bethany Wickens, Cassandra Garbutt, Caitlyn O’Connor, Stephanie Lanting, Debbie MacLeod, and Natalie Kloster


Theatre Yes



Beth Dunbar, Susan Smith, Charlotte Cameron, Diana-Marie Stolz, Ron Jenkins, Laura Krewski, Adam Mitchell, Dale Clark, Frazer Andrews, Russell Thomas, Emily Boyle, Alastair Elliot, Peter Mueller, Hunter Cardinal, Anna Barker, Lindsay Phillips, Ian Bamford, Maggie MacKenzie, Harley Morison, Ainsley Hillyard, Alison Neuman, Jennifer Muir, Kelti Berry, Cheryl Court, Sean Anderson, Jesse Peachment, Justin Lanouette, Anna Schroeder, Petra Duncan, and Joey Lucius


Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Pumpjack Players/Whitecourt Drama Society, Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre, Northern Light Theatre, Fire Exit Theatre, One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre, Edmonton Musical Theatre, The Friends of the Majestic Theatre, Castor Little Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, Stage Hanna Association, Haven Theatre Society, Two ONE-WAY Tickets to Broadway Productions, Rural Notes Music Services, Azimuth Theatre Association, Curtain Call Community Theatre, Bashaw Community Theatre, Birnton Theatricals, Theatre of the New Heart Society, Jeanne and Peter Loughheed Performing Arts Centre, River Valley Players Association, and The DeFakto Theatre Society

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APAC is a coalition comprised of Alberta's eight Provincial Arts Service Organizations and four Cultural Industry Associations:

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