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October 2015



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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 debbie@theatrealberta.com.

“How did you ever do this in two days Aaron Talbot?!”

~Dennie Hamaluik

What's New at Theatre Alberta

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In partnership with The Banff Centre, Theatre Alberta is thrilled to launch the Workshops by Request: Rocky Mountain Series, which will offer member-initiated master classes led by theatre professionals from across the province and around the world.

We are pleased to announce that Calgary’s Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre will host the first master class with Darren O’Donnell of Mammalian Diving Reflex.


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.



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 theatreab@theatrealberta.com 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!



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 theatreab@theatrealberta.com 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.

2015 Raffle Donors






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 theatrealberta.com/tour.




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.



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.

Lighting workshop

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 patrick@theatrealberta.com.



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

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Romeo and Juliet

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



Romeo & Juliet
Oct 2 - Oct 17, The Shakespeare Company

Dirty Laundry - The Next Generation: Three Wring Circus
Oct 4 - Apr 3, 2016, Dirty Laundry: The Improvised Soap Opera

Gravy and Moe Albertan work
Oct 5 - June 24, 2016, Bigs and Littles Theatre Society, Tour: Calgary & Area

Penelope and the New BabyAlbertan work
Oct 5 - June 24, 2016, Bigs and Littles Theatre Society, Tour: Calgary & Area

Arden of Faversham
Oct 6 - Oct 31, Artists' Collective Theatre

Conventional LunacyAlbertan work
Oct 9 - Oct 17, Scorpio Theatre

Cinderella: A Tale of the Glass Slipper
Oct 9 - Oct 31, StoryBook Theatre

The Crucible
Oct 13 - Nov 8, Theatre Calgary

PeepAlbertan work
Oct 15 - 25, Green Fools Theatre

The Container
Oct 20 - Oct 31, University of Calgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts

The Amish Project
Oct 21 - Oct 25, Fire Exit Theatre

Catch Me!Canadian work
Oct 23 - Oct 25, Vertigo Theatre

The CircleAlbertan work
Oct 23 - Nov 7, Alberta Theatre Projects

The Three Little Pigs in The Ghost of the Big Bad Wolf Albertan work
Oct 24 & Oct 31, Birnton Theatricals/ Stage West Theatre Restaurant

Fritters in KandaharCanadian work
Oct 26 - Nov 14, Lunchbox Theatre

Halloween HowlCanadian work
Oct 31, Green Fools Theatre



The Hothouse Prince Albertan work
Oct 1 - Oct 17, Teatro la Quindicina

Oct 3 - June 4, 2016, Rapid Fire Theatre

Les Blues des OubliéesAlbertan work
Oct 14 - Oct 24, L'UniThéâtre

Oct 14 - Oct 24, Walterdale Theatre

Beyond Therapy
Oct 15 - Oct 24, U of A Studio Theatre

The Steadfast Tin SoldierAlbertan work
Oct 16 - Oct 24, Alberta Opera/ Fringe Theatre Adventures

The Good BrideCanadian work
Oct 16 - 24, Northern Light Theatre

Die-Nasty: The Live Improvised Soap-Opera 25th Season
Oct 19 - May 30, 2016, Die-Nasty: The Live Improvised Soap-Opera

Dead Centre of TownAlbertan work
Oct 21 - Oct 31, Catch the Keys Productions

The Merry Widow
Oct 24 - Oct 29 Opera

The Last Five Years
Oct 27 - Nov 15, Theatre Network

Prom Night of the Living Dead: A Zombie High School MusicalAlbertan work
Oct 28 - Oct 31, Sherard Musical Theatre

The Best BrothersCanadian work
Oct 28 - Nov 15, Shadow Theatre

Nice Work If You Can Get It
Oct 29 - Nov 7, MacEwan University Theatre Department

Star Warz: A Galactic Rock ComedyAlbertan work
Oct 30 - Jan 30, 2016, Jubilations Dinner Theatre

EvangelineAlbertan work
Oct 31 – Nov 22, The Citadel Theatre



See How They Run
Oct 8 - Oct 9, Shell Theatre, Fort Saskatchewan

Calendar Girls
Oct 9 - Oct 24, Dewdney Players, Okotoks

A Mermaid Tale
Oct 15 - Oct 16, Shell Theatre, Fort Saskatchewan

Almost, Maine
Oct 15 - Oct 24, Red Deer College, Red Deer

BAM! Percussion eXplosion
Oct 17, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Camrose

The UmbrellaCanadian work
Oct 19 - Nov 6, Quest Theatre, Tour: Alberta (province-wide)

The Bully ProjectAlbertan work
Oct 19 - Nov 13, Concrete Theatre, Tour: Alberta (province-wide)

Working It OutAlbertan work
Oct 19 - Nov 29, Alberta Workers' Health Centre, Tour: Alberta (province-wide)

Don't Dress for DinnerCanadian work
Oct 20 - Oct 24, The Playgoers of Lethbridge, Lethbridge

Weldon Rising
Oct 20 - Oct 24, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge

Little Shop of Horrors
Oct 22 - Oct 31, Medicine Hat Musical Theatre, Medicine Hat

LookingCanadian work
Oct 22 - Nov 7, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Grande Prairie

Don't Dress for Dinner
Oct 22 - Nov 7, Taber Players, Taber

A Tomb with a View
Oct 23 - Oct 25, East of Sixty Productions, Devon

The Official Blues Brothers Revue
Oct 24, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Camrose

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Theatre News

Playwright Beth Graham – Finalist for Governor General’s Award

Edmonton Playwright Beth Graham has been short-listed for the 2015 Governor General’s Award in English language Drama. Congratulations Beth!

Short Lists For 2015 Tom Hendry Awards Announced – Playwrights Guild of Canada

The short lists for the Carol Bolt Award, the PGC Emerging Playwright Award, as well as the Stage West Pechet Family Comedy & Musical Awards were released on October 8th by their respective juries.

I Vote Arts and Culture – Canadian Conference of the Arts

The custodial board of the Canadian Conference of the Arts has reactivated the organization for the purpose of arts advocacy and dissemination of information during the current federal election.

Annette Loiselle nominated for Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award of Excellence

Edmonton theatre artist Annette Loiselle is one of three finalists of the 2nd Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award of Excellence, presented by the Shakespeare Globe Centre of Canada. Congratulations Annette!

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Auditions (Calgary): Sarah and the Dinosaur – Fire Exit Theatre - By appointment: October 30

Auditions (Calgary): Shadowlands – Fire Exit Theatre - By appointment: October 30


Audition (Edmonton): Boeing Boeing – Walterdale Theatre - By appointment: October 18 & 19, Drop-ins also welcome

Audition (Edmonton): Three on a Seesaw – Ginger & Rosemary Theatre
- By appointment: October 22, 23, & 24, Drop-ins also welcome

Audition (Edmonton): Composer/Creative Partner - And More Shenanigans Theatre
- Deadline to respond: Oct 31

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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): Technical Diector (Temporary) - Decidedly Jazz Danceworks - Dealine to apply: Noon, October 23


Job (Edmonton): Kids on the Block Puppeteer – Edmonton Epilepsy Association - Open till filled

Job (Edmonton): Actors Needed for Murder Mystery Shows – Out of Our Heads Productions - Open till filled

Job (Sherwood Park): Set and Costume Designer for Kids presentation of Peter Pan – Festival Players - Open till filled

Internships (Edmonton): 2015/2016 Season Internships – Punctuate! Theatre - Open till filled

Job (Edmonton): Payroll Accountant and Benefits Administrator- Citadel Theatre - Open till filled


Job (Alberta): Actors/ Live-simulators – Inrol Custom Simulations and Training Services - Open till 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.


Classes (Calgary): Fall Drama/Theatre Arts classes for ages 6-17 – Theatre A Go-Go - Classes start October 18 (please register online)

Classes (Calgary): Essentials of Acting – Company of Rogues - Class starts October 31 (please register online)

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

Workshop (Calgary): Special FX Makeup Workshop with Tracy Falukozi – Pumphouse Theatre - Class starts October 31 (please register online)

Workshop (Calgary): Stage combat workshop – Calgary Circus Studio - Class starts October 20 (please register online)


Workshop (Edmonton): A Masterclass with Adam Pascal of Broadway’s RENT – Citadel Theatre - Deadline to apply is October 31

Classes (Edmonton): Acting for Screenwriters and Directors – FAVA - Class starts October 19

Classes (Edmonton): Foote Theatre School – Fall/Winter 2015/16 – Citadel Theatre, Robbins Academy - Registration for Fall/Winter Classes now open


Follow our Workshops by Request blog for more upcoming workshops across Alberta!

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Events / Fundraisers

Event (Calgary): Quest-Together – Quest Theatre - October 21, 6:00 PM

Event (Edmonton): Notice of Annual General Meeting – Northern Light Theatre
- October 23, 6:00PM

Fundraiser (Alberta): Purchase tickets for the 2015 Theatre Alberta Raffle - More than $6,000 in prizes! Draw date: October 30

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

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

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

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

Call for Submissions (Calgary): 2015-2016 Verb Theatre Commission - Submissions deadline: November 1

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Visual Arts Submissions – Pumphouse Theatre Art Gallery - Submissions deadline: October 16

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Deal (National) – 50% Discount to the Canadian Arts and Business Awards! – Business for the Arts 50% off arts worker tickets for the Canadian Arts and Business Awards in Toronto - October 27.

Resources (Camrose): Props from Grease High school Production Prop cars for a performance of Grease. Both cars come with all the paints for touch ups. Email kschlamp@gmail.com for inquires or more information.

Resources (Lethbridge): Avenue Q puppets for sale – Hatrix Theatre Company Full cast of character puppets available. Please contact Brian or Patricia Quinn, 403-327-2957.

Deal (Alberta): Costumes, props for Shrek available for sale! – Bashaw Community Theatre Complete set of costumes, props and set available December 2015. Email northey.jackie@gmail.com for more information.

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Donors, New & Renewing Members

Donations and members listed below were processed during September 2015.


Robert Price, Lawrence Bolokoski, Anita Cumbleton, Element Theatre Company, and Theatre Alberta Library Patrons from the office donation jar.



Zach Proulx, Erinn Watson, Anita Cumbleton, Rohan Kulkarni, Demmi Connolly, Emi Gusdal


Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School



Annette Loiselle, Hilary Forde, Mary-Ellen Perley, Aaron Talbot, Frank Tichy, Rebecca Starr, David Ley, Anita Bonstrom-Mast, Frazer Andrews, Jeffrey Olynek, R. Jon Price, Suzanne McDowell, Daisy Daver, Becca Barrington, Benjamin Goodwin, Doug Mertz, Shannon Boyle, Lawrence Bolokoski, Savannah Essington, Nancy McAlear, John Hudson, Jonah Dunch, Rebecca Collins, Hayley Moorhouse, Brianna Kolybaba, Logan Shave, Louise Mallory, Dan Wilmott, Nicole Loroff, Keith Johnson, Andy Mikula


Foremost Theatrical Society, Medicine Hat Musical Theatre, Ardrossan High School, Theatre Prospero, Morpheus Theatre, WP Puppet Theatre Society, Front Row Centre Players, Wetaskiwin Theatre Society/Water Works Players, Edmonton Catholic Schools, Strathmore Theatre Players Guild, Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio/Rogues Theatre, Queen Elizabeth High School, About Time Productions, Father James Whelihan School, Vertigo Theatre, J. H. Picard School, Three Hills Arts Academy Society, 9th Street Players, Aspen Crossing Theatre, Capitol Theatre, The Shakespeare Company, The Red Deer Players Society

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