To our Members:
We are pleased to welcome Theatre Alberta's newest staff member, Communications and Marketing Coordinator Debbie MacLeod, who joined our team on October 5, 2015!
Debbie’s theatre experience began in the 1980s with the Theatre Production Program at MacEwan University. This led to more than 10 years as an Equity Stage Manager with many of Edmonton’s and Calgary’s professional theatre companies, as well as shows with community, independent, and Fringe Festival companies.
Debbie has also worked as a Publicist for Mulgrave Road Theatre in Nova Scotia, as a Stage Management Practicum Monitor, and as the Social Media Coordinator and Website Designer for Will Cramer Entertainment. Debbie has a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian History from the University of Alberta (2004) and extensive volunteer experience within the community.
Debbie is looking forward to working with Theatre Alberta’s members to further theatre arts in Alberta. Please contact Debbie about the Theatre Alberta website, Theatre Buzz, and The Playbill at [email protected].
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What's New at Theatre Alberta
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ANNOUNCING COMPELLING TELLING WITH MAMMALIAN DIVING REFLEX, THE INAUGURAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN SERIES WORKSHOP BY REQUEST
Compelling Telling: Imaginative Interventions in Public Spaces will be held at The Banff Centre from December 4-6, 2015.
The 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.
Click here to Register!
For the 2016/2017 season, we are issuing a call for submissions for Theatre Alberta members to apply to host a master class at The Banff Centre. Who have you always wanted to work with? What skills or techniques are you dying to get intensive training in? If you have an answer to either or both of these questions, The Rocky Mountain Series is for you. Group members or ad hoc groups of individual Theatre Alberta members are welcome to submit proposals to Theatre Alberta for the 2016/2017 Rocky Mountain Series.
Click Here to Host Your Own Master Class at the Banff Centre.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Please join us for our 2015 Annual General Meeting. This special event will take place on Friday, October 30th, 2015 from 3:00pm to 5:30pm in the Board Room in the Westbury Theatre Lobby of the ATB Financial Arts Barns (Fringe Theatre Adventures, 10330 84 Avenue, Edmonton). Stay after the AGM for the opportunity to get to know fellow members, the board of directors, and staff of Theatre Alberta. Snacks and refreshments will be provided for those members who RSVP in advance.
We will begin the event with our 2015 Raffle Draw at 3:00pm, with AGM to follow from 3:30 to 4:00pm.
Please RSVP by October 23, 2015 to Dennie Hamaluik, Office and Membership Coordinator, at [email protected] or 780-422-8162 (Edmonton area)/ 888-422-8160 (toll-free in Alberta).
We look forward to this opportunity to connect with you in person!
LAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS: THEATRE ALBERTA 2015 RAFFLE
There are more than $6,000 in prizes to be won over six draws at the 2015 Theatre Alberta Raffle - AGLC Raffle Licence 410832. The draw date is October 30, 2015, at 3:00 p.m.
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 [email protected] 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 purchase. 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 you to Jeremy Mason for his generous donation to the Theatre Alberta 2015 Raffle.
PICKS OF THE EDMONTON FRINGE 2016/2017 TOUR LINEUP
Theatre Alberta, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, and Fringe Theatre Adventures are proud to present the third and final Picks of the Edmonton Fringe theatre touring stimulus project. A jury from across rural Alberta hand-picked these productions from the largest incubator of new and local theatre on the continent - the Edmonton International Fringe Festival! Touring throughout Alberta in 2016/2017:
- Life is a Musical! (Improv) Created and performed by the ensemble, presented by Grindstone Theatre
- rooms/ /apart (Comedy) written and performed by Tim Cooper and Mathew Bittroff, presented by Impulse Theatre
- OCD (Comedy/Drama) written and performed by Louise Casemore, presented by Defiance Theatre
New for 2016/2017: A DOUBLE-BILL The common themes between rooms/ /apart and OCD make for one great evening of theatre, so we’re sending them on the road together!
All three companies will be presenting excerpts of their work to rural Alberta presenters at Alberta Showcase 2015 at the Shell Theatre in Fort Saskatchewan on October 25th. More information about each production, including tour dates and pricing, will be made available in the next couple of weeks at
THEATRE ALBERTA LIBRARY
This photo is one of many we received from participants of the inaugural Blue Bag Book Club. Melissa Mayville's students from Vernon Barford Junior High School in Edmonton are seen here reading their book club selections at their rehersal for Orlando Unhinged by Stewart Lemoine. Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our event as part of Outside the Lines!
Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration to reconnect people with the creativity, technology, discovery, and all of the fun and unexpected experiences happening in libraries today. More than 250 organizations across North America participated this year from September 13-19.
Theatre Alberta members received 60 blue bags containing a whopping 435 Canadian plays and you sent us some great pictures to prove it.
Thanks again for helping us celebrate Canadian playwrights by participating in our event! #GoReadAPlay!
Did you know that we also have Reference books?
Theatre Alberta’s library collection contains 900 reference books covering all aspects of theatre – everything from theatre education, directing, stage combat, and theatre production, to playwriting, costume design, lighting, and much, much more. You can search specific titles in the online catalogue or write a subject in the search field and click Subject or Keyword. Let us know if you need help finding what you’re looking for. We are more than happy to help.
WORKSHOPS BY REQUEST: OCTOBER
Now that we've launched the Rocky Mountain Series we needed a new name for our regular Workshops by Request. Introducing Workshops by Request: Hometown Series.
This is the Workshops by Request that you are already familiar with, Hometown Series workshops are coordinated by Theatre Alberta at your request and targeted to the specific needs of your theatre organization. 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 Hometown Series Workshop by Request.
Schedule for October 2015:
Directing in Camrose
On October 17th & 18th the Churchmice Players Society is hosting a workshop taught by Ron Jenkins, a highly acclaimed freelance playwright, director, producer, and actor, born in Cape Breton, based in Edmonton. Ron has won ten Sterling Awards as a director and playwright and the Betty Mitchell Award for Direction for The Black Rider and Playing With Fire.
Some Comments from our September Workshops:
“Thank you for making this affordable and possible!”
“I learned a lot and had fun!”
“A very enjoyable session, looking forward to attending others when they become available.”
Workshops by Request: Hometown Series 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 Patrick Beagan, Program Coordinator at [email protected].
Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will next be closed November 11th for Remembrance Day. The Drop Box will be unavailable.