To our Members:
Theatre Alberta's newest staff member, Program Coordinator Patrick Beagan, joined our team just in time to help us compete for Northern Light Theatre's Battle for the Limelight fundraising competition.
Patrick is a graduate of Red Deer College with Diplomas in Technical Theatre and Theatre Performance, and comes with six years experience as the Technical Manager of the 700 seat Red Deer Memorial Centre where he worked with many organizations, large and small.
His freelance design work has also been with theatre groups of all sizes and backgrounds including Ignition Theatre, Tree House Youth Theatre, Central Alberta Theatre, the Carriage House Theatre, Concrete Theatre, Red Deer College, the Shakespeare Company, and Prime Stock Theatre (whose Board he’s served on for several years).
Patrick looks forward to connecting people with resources and experiences to further their skills and passion for the performing arts throughout Alberta! You can contact Patrick about Workshops by Request, Emerge, and the Picks of the Edmonton Fringe touring project at [email protected].
We have more staffing changes to announce, however. After four years (and more than 10,000 tweets), Communications and Marketing Coordinator Aaron Talbot will be leaving Theatre Alberta at the end of September. Aaron will be joing the Alberta Government Arts Branch as its newest Arts Services Consultant - Communications. Aaron will primarily be supporting communications for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Alberta Film Ratings.
Aaron says, "I am excited for this new opportunity, but am also sad to leave my second family at Theatre Alberta. It is a brilliant organization, and I have learned so much about our theatre community across the province. I have had the opportunity to work with incredibly talented artists and administrators here - it's probably the best job I have ever had!"
With that said, we are now accepting applications for the Communications and Marketing Coordinator position at Theatre Alberta - scroll down for more information. Deadline to submit is September 8th.
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THEATRE ALBERTA LIBRARY - BLUE BAG BOOK CLUB
Theatre Alberta's Library is participating in Outside the Lines library awareness week this year, and we want you to join the celebration!
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 are participating this year from September 13-19, 2015.
To celebrate, we've launched the Blue Bag Book Club! Sign up and we'll mail you (free-of-charge) up to 10 randomly selected plays by Canadian playwrights. Once you receive your plays, please email us or tweet us (@TheatreAlberta) a photo of the books. (Selfies are encouraged!) The photo could be taken in your home, or out in your community, or at a popular theatre venue or stage nearby - our intention is to showcase the vastness of Alberta's theatre community!
To sign up: please email [email protected] with "Blue Bag Book Club" in the subject line, and the number of plays you would like us to send you. You must be a Theatre Alberta member to receive books. For this event, we will also mail books to our Edmonton-based members. When you get your books, email us your photo, and we will share on our website and through social media.
Thanks for helping us celebrate this event and our own Canadian playwrights! #GoReadAPlay!
WE'RE HIRING! COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING COORDINATOR - THEATRE ALBERTA
Theatre Alberta is a provincial arts service organization and registered charity that proudly represents more than 1,000 theatre artists, enthusiasts, students, educators, and community and professional theatre companies from across the province.
We are dedicated to encouraging the growth of theatre in Alberta by providing the highest quality programs and services:
- workshops and camps for teens and adults, urban and rural
- Canada’s largest independent fully-circulating theatre library
- online resource sharing services for auditions, employment, and productions
- theatre news, publications, and advocacy
We require a highly motivated and creative Communications and Marketing Coordinator who will be responsible for leading the organization’s communications and promotional activities including, but not limited to:
- the development, execution, and evaluation of a communications plan, including a social media strategy
- marketing for Theatre Alberta’s various programs and services, and promotion of the organization in general
- the creation and publication of Theatre Buzz, a monthly enewsletter
- the creation and publication of The Playbill, an annual listing of Alberta’s theatre season
- management of website and online resource sharing services which includes audition, employment, and other related opportunities
- social media and blogging activities
- liaison with Theatre Alberta’s advertisers, graphic designers, printers, and other suppliers and supporters
- participation in Theatre Alberta’s overall strategic mission and direction
Applicants should be knowledgeable and passionate about theatre, enjoy dealing with people, and able to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent computer/software skills with web and social media experience, as well as exceptional written communication skills, are required. Previous work in the not-for-profit sector, a post-secondary degree or diploma in theatre/drama, and familiarity with WordPress and/or html coding will be considered assets.
This is a full-time position with benefits located in Edmonton. Due to the nature of Theatre Alberta’s work and programs, some evening/weekend hours and travel may be required. Our office environment is pleasant and supportive with some degree of flexibility. Position to commence October 5, 2015. Salary range $33,000 – $35,000.
By September 8, 2015, please forward your resume with a letter highlighting your interest and qualifications to Keri Mitchell, Executive Director. [email protected]
To learn more about Theatre Alberta, please visit us online at www.theatrealberta.com.
Theatre Alberta thanks all applicants for their interest, however,
only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
2015/2016 PLAYBILL AND YOUNG PLAYBILL NOW AVAILABLE
The 2015/2016 Theatre Alberta Playbill and Young Playbill are now available.
We've printed more than 4,000 posters, which will be arriving in our members' and stakeholders' mailboxes this week. Click here to view the Playbill poster online (PDF - 2.8MB). The entire 2015/2016 Alberta season can be found online at theatrealberta.com/playbill.
We have made significant upgrades to the online Playbill service. You can now search for what's on by selecting the actual date you want to go see a show, and further refine your search by region and/or company. Shows that are "dark" (i.e. have a day off) on the date you select will not appear in your search - this will give you a much more accurate picture of what's playing that night. (You can still choose "Select a Month" for a broader list of what's playing.)
If you're still having trouble deciding what to see, nearly every event listed in online Playbill has an option to "See More...". Click the "See More..." link to expand the listing and read a short description about the play or festival! We have also included "See More..." option for each theatre company listed in online Playbill - learn more about when each organization was established, what their mission or aesthetic is, or other interesting tibbits. Visit the Theatres by Region or Theatres by Classification pages to view these descriptions.
Nearly 100 plays listed in the 2015/2016 theatre season are available to be borrowed from the Theatre Alberta Library. For each of these plays, a link to the play entry in our Library's online catalogue can be found in the "See More..." description. Borrowing plays from our Library is a free service with your Theatre Alberta membership - we mail items free-of-charge outside of Edmonton. #GoReadAPlay before you #GoSeeAPlay!
We are also pleased to provide new and improved online resources for youth as part of our Young Playbill. We have created an entire section of information dedicated to youth, which includes:
- Youth Theatre Programs - Organized by region, each program is classified and includes links to find out more information. Many listings include descriptions summarizing the activities or mandate of the program.
- Family Friendly Public Performances - As reviewed by Theatre Alberta staff based on information provided by each theatre company, check out what's playing in 2015/2016 that's suitable for youth.
- Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Tours - Our annual list of touring productions designed for youth that are visiting schools and other venues across the province this season.
- Post-Secondary Information - A list of certified post-secondary institutions in Alberta where you can obtain a degree, diploma, or certificate in Acting, Design, Directing, Drama, and/or Technical Theatre.
- Monologues - Helpful hints to illuminate the creative process of monologue exploration, rehearsal and performance.
- Theatre Alberta's Youth Blog - all listings on our RSS feed that provide information and/or opportunities for Alberta's young theatre artists.
We also link to Theatre Alberta's Artstrek page, our Library page, and the Arts Grants for Schools page on the Alberta Foundation for the Arts' website.
We would like to thank our advertisers on the Young Playbill who have helped support this expansion of our online resources and the creation/distribution of the printed Playbill posters. We were very pleased to showcase a wide variety of programs and companies from across the province this year! Advertisers on the 2015/2016 Young Playbill include:
- About Time Productions, Camrose
- Concrete Theatre, Edmonton
- Edmonton Musical Theatre, Edmonton
- Foote Theatre School (Citadel Theatre), Edmonton
- G & S Theatre School (Morpheus Theatre), Calgary
- MacEwan University Theatre Arts, Edmonton
- New West Theatre, Lethbridge
- St. Albert Children's Theatre, St. Albert
- StoryBook Theatre, Calgary
- University of Alberta Department of Drama, Edmonton
- University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge
Every group member of Theatre Alberta, along with hundreds of schools across the province will receive two copies of the poster: please display prominently to showcase the wonderful variety of theatre and theatre opportunities provided by our members and friends in Alberta!
WORKSHOPS BY REQUEST - SEPTEMBER
Workshops by Request 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 Workshop by Request.
Workshops by Request scheduled for September 2015 include:
Dialects in Drayton Valley
On September 19th the River Valley Players Association is hosting a workshop taught by David Ley, a Professor in the University of Alberta Department of Drama who specializes voice, speech, dialects and acting.
Directing in Peace River
On September 19th the Peace Players are hosting a workshop on directing taught by John Hudson, Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Shadow Theatre, and Executive Director of the Varscona Theatre. As a director he has over 80 productions to his credit.
Voice/Accents in Lethbridge
Also on September 19th the Playgoers of Lethbridge have Jane MacFarlane bringing her 20+ years experience to teaching a one day workshop on vocal health, warm-up techniques for actors and an introduction to accents/dialects.
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 Patrick Beagan, Program Coordinator at [email protected].
THEATRE ALBERTA COMPETES IN 2015 BATTLE FOR THE LIMELIGHT
For the second year in a row, Theatre Alberta was pleased to particpate in Northern Light Theatre's Battle for the Limelight fundraising competition on Saturday, August 29th. This year we fielded two teams: The Guys and The Dolls. Thanks to your support, we were able to raise $565 in donation pledges!
While we were unable to retain our 3rd place trophy ("The Bronze Handjob") from 2014, the Dolls did win Best Team Banner during the awards celebration at the end of the night! The Dolls also placed significantly better in the race than than the Guys... (well done, ladies).
Thanks to Theatre Alberta competitors (pictured above, from left) Silve Materi, Patrick Beagan, Aaron Talbot, Dennie Hamaluik, Morgan Norwich, Jake Tkaczyk, and Keri Mitchell. And, thank you especially to the Board and Staff of Northern Light Theatre in Edmonton for organizing this wonderful community event!
For more pictures of the Guys and Dolls accomplishing some ridiculous challenges during the 2015 Battle for the Limelight, click here to view our Facebook post.
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.
Theatre Alberta's Summer Library Schedule is quickly drawing to a close. After the long weekend, we will revert to our Regular Schedule:
Fall/Winter/Spring Schedule: September 8, 2015 to May 28, 2016
Mon: 12-8 pm
Tues/Wed/Thurs: 10 am–3 pm
Sat: 10 am–3 pm
Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will next be closed September 5 - 7 for Labour Day. The Drop Box will be unavailable.