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February 2016

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The recently released "Volunteers and Donors in Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada in 2013by Hill Strategies Research Inc. is receiving much airtime on social media. One of the findings in particular is truly remarkable:

“... 900,000 Canadians volunteered the equivalent of 56,000 full-time jobs in arts and cultural organizations in 2013... this volunteer contribution can be valued at nearly $1.9 billion.”

And, another: “The four Western provinces have the highest volunteer and donor rates in arts and culture;” although, to those who work within the Alberta theatre community, this will not be surprising. One click on “Volunteer Opportunities” on our website brings up calls for volunteer ushers, box office, casino helpers, and many others. These are the more formal types of contributions upon which the theatre community depends and is certainly reflected in the statistics above.

We also must acknowledge the more casual kinds of support which are just as important to the health of theatre in the province. We cannot forget the individuals who help us but who may not consider themselves "theatre makers." These are the people who provide festival billeting for out-of-town performers, the parents who act as chauffeurs to and from rehearsals and show calls, the community members who bid on silent auction items, the small businesses who sponsor raffle prizes, and the neighbours and friends who purchase tickets to our shows.

Our thanks go out to all who support theatre in Alberta, whether taking on a job title or simply doing what's needed for friends and family. You, too, are theatre makers!

~ Debbie

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

“Fortune reigns in gifts of the world."

~ William Shakespeare


Artstrek 2016


Earlier this year, Theatre Alberta sent out a call through social media requesting suggestions for an Artstrek 2016 hashtag. We were thrilled with the response. We settled on a combination of @emmawilmott's and @heyitsdaley's submissions and would like to introduce #JustBreatheArtstrek as the go-to hashtag for this year's Artstrek!

Artstrek 2016 - In the Heights

Track us on Instagram for all the Artstrek news!

Use #JustBreatheArtstrek to connect with 2016 Artstrekkers!



Artstrek has been providing summer theatre education for teens for more than 55 years. Community sponsors are integral to the success of the program and a number of organizations consistently step forward to provide Artstrek sponsorships for the youth in their communities.

To help students seeking funding assistance, Theatre Alberta collects and shares information on sponsors with them through our website. If you offer or would like to offer teens community sponsorship funding, please email Debbie MacLeod at to have your organization and program profiled on our Artstrek Community Sponsorship webpage.



Artstrek 2016

Theatre Alberta is seeking applications for Artstrek Supervisors for July 2016. Supervisors (Supers) will need excellent interpersonal skills, strong leadership abilities and experience working with youth, a remarkable work ethic, and a well-cultivated sense of fun. Applicants must have attended Artstrek as a student, been away from the program for at least one year, and be between the ages of 19 and 25 years.

To apply, send Theatre Alberta a cover letter outlining your qualifications, what would make you an asset to the Super team, your theatre and employment resume, and your headshot.

Email all applications to

We thank you in advance for your interest. However, only those applicants shortlisted for the interview process will be contacted.

Application deadline: March 1, 2016.


Workshops by Request


Rocky Mountain Series

To be considered for the 2016/2017 Rocky Mountain Series, master class proposals should be in by midnightFebruary 15!

We are seeking pitches from artists across the province to help form our season of master classes at The Banff CentreWe encourage pitches from both emerging and established artists, educators and community theatres, and from both Group members of Theatre Alberta and ad hoc groups of Individual members.

Question: If you had the opportunity to work with any world-class artist, from across Canada or beyond, who would it be? In what skills or techniques are you especially eager to get intensive training? If you have an answer to either or both of these questions, The Rocky Mountain Series is for you!

Groups whose proposals are accepted will pay a $1,500 fee, will receive presenting partner recognition, and four registration spots for the workshop. Select promotional and administrative duties will be shared by presenting partner groups.

Pitches can be submitted online here. If you have questions about the program, or want to discuss a pitch idea, our Operations & Partnerships Coordinator Morgan Norwich would be happy to hear from you. She can be reached at



Hometown Series

Technical Theatre: High River's Windmill Theatre Players will host a technical theatre workshop for their community on February 27. The session will be taught by Mark Belkie, the Technical Coordinator for Audio at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary.

Character Study/AnalysisGrande Prairie Live Theatre has requested a workshop on character development. Brian Dooley, the Artistic Director of Edmonton’s L’UniThéâtre, and Director of New Play Development at the Citadel Theatre, will travel to Grande Prairie on February 27.

Singing for Actors: Morpheus Theatre in Calgary has made arrangements for this workshop, which will be taught by Kim Mattice-Wanat on February 27. Kim is the Artistic Director of Opera Nuova, and teaches singing at the University of Alberta.

Workshops by Request: Hometown Series brings adult education on the theatrical topic of your choice to your community! All Theatre Alberta Group Members can initiate up to 3 days of workshops each season. Click here for more info or email Patrick Beagan, Program Coordinator at


Picks of the Edmonton Fringe Tour


Shangri-La Picks of the Edmonton Fringe is back on the road! SodHouse Theatre’s Shangri-La by Judy Wensel has enjoyed great receptions in Fort McMurray, Peace River, Grande Prairie, and Whitecourt. You can still catch us in Edson at the Red Brick Theatre this Wednesday at 7pm, and in Medicine Hat at the Esplanade Studio on Saturday at 8pm.

Up next is Azimuth Theatre’s Real Time by Matt Alden. We still have dates available in early April for presenters to bring this show to their community, anywhere in Alberta. E-mail for more info.

This touring stimulus project is a joint venture between Theatre Alberta, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, and Fringe Theatre Adventures


Celebrating the Life and Work of Michael Green


Michael Green

To honour the late Michael Green’s influence on the Edmonton arts community, Metro Cinema, Theatre Alberta, and a group of artists are preparing an evening of performances on Monday, February 8th, 7 pm at the Garneau Theatre in Edmonton.

Artistic collaborators include: Pamela Anthony, Michelle Thrush, Kristi Hansen, Sheri-D Wilson, Lyndon Aginias, Michelle Kennedy, Moe Clark, Tippi-a-go-go, Conni Massing, Making Treaty 7 Eya-Hey Nakoda drum group, Nicole Moeller, and other guests TBA.

All proceeds from the event will be in support of One Yellow Rabbit and Making Treaty 7.

Admission is by donation at the door, with a suggested donation of $25. Advance tickets can be purchased online for $25.


CITT Alberta


The Alberta section of the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT) is hosting three days of ETC Ion training for all skill levels. Scheduled prior to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium's 4th Annual Backstage Access Production Expo, CITT is offering reduced rates for CITT Alberta and Theatre Alberta members.


Alberta Playwriting Competition


The 2016 Alberta Playwriting Competition, presented in association with Theatre Alberta, celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To mark this milestone, the Alberta Playwright's Network (APN) undertook a review of the contest rules and, as a result, have initiated a number of changes.

"... the biggest change is that APN jury is going to be awarding just one prize of the full $5000.00 to a single writer. A short-list of 5 finalists will be announced in advance of the winner. We felt that in making the cash prize singular, we will be raising the stakes and thus the profile of the competition and the winning play. The short-list allows us to announce and fete a larger group of Alberta playwrights than just the single winner, which widens the scope and reach of the plays, writers and communities represented in the event..."

Complete contest rules can be viewed on the APN website. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2016.





Theatre Alberta Library

Our sincerest thanks go out to all of you who so generously supported our Gift-A-Play donation campaign. Theatre Alberta received 34 books worth $600 and had to rearrange the shelves to accommodate them all!

Each one of the gifted books has a 2015 Gift-a-Play label affixed to the inside front cover inscribed with the name(s) of the donor(s). Cataloguing of our newest acquisitions is ongoing and the books will soon be available for borrowing by all Theatre Alberta members.

Again, special thanks to:

Deborah Ferguson

Doug Mertz

Stefano Muneroni

Trevor Rueger

Beth Graham

Julie Sinclair

Kristen M. Finlay

Ryan Godfrey

Morgan Norwich

Morris McClelland

Aaron Talbot

Patrick Beagan

If your purchase of scripts or donation of gift cards totaled more than $20, you are eligible to receive a tax receipt. Please forward your Amazon purchase receipt to

Our Gift-A-Play donation campaign is ongoing. View our Wish List here.


Next Closure: February 13-15, 2016. The Drop Box will not be available on these days.

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Lord of the Flies

Book Club

Village of Idiots


Boeing Boeing

The Gay Heritage Project

Alice Through the Looking-Glass

The Tempest

Mass Appeal

My Fair Lady

What's On in Alberta

Opening in February

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


Sarah and the Dinosaur
Feb 3 - 7, Fire Exit Theatre

House Canadian work
Feb 4 - 6, Seadreamer

Lord of the Flies
Feb 5 - 20, StoryBook Theatre

Book Club Albertan work
Feb 8 - 27, Lunchbox Theatre

Just Acts Play Festival: Examining Sexuality Albertan work
Feb 9 - 14, Urban Stories Theatre with Knox Theatre Collective

Feb 10 - 13, New York City Players with Theatre Junction GRAND

Village of Idiots Canadian work
Feb 11 - Feb 20, Calgary Young People's Theatre

Summer on Fire
Feb 12 - 20, Scorpio Theatre

Suite Surrender
Feb 12 – April 17, Stage West Theatre Restaurant

The Learned Ladies
Feb 16 - 27, University of Calgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts

Star Warz: A Galactic Rock Comedy Albertan work
Feb 19 – April 24, Jubilations Dinner Theatre Calgary


New Works Festival Albertan work
Feb 1 - 28, U of A Deparment of Drama

Klondykes Albertan work
Feb 2 - 21, Guys in Disguise at The Roxy on Gateway

Boeing Boeing
Feb 3 - 13, Walterdale Theatre

We're Not Afraid: An improv homage to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Albertan work
Feb 4 - 6, Produced by Amy Shostak, Ben Gorodetsky, & Rapid Fire Theatre

Feb 4 - 13, MacEwan University Theatre Department

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Feb 4 - 13, U of A Studio Theatre at Timms Centre for the Arts

Sex Please, We're Sixty
Feb 4 - 20, St. Albert Theatre Troupe

Almost, Maine
Feb 5 - 13, Leduc Drama Society

Michael Jackson Is: Back From the Future Albertan work
Feb 5 – April 10, Jubilations Dinner Theatre Edmonton

WildFire Teen Improv Festival Albertan work
Feb 9 - 27, Rapid Fire Theatre

The Gay Heritage Project Albertan work
Feb 10 - 27, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Feb 12 - 13, Rare Form Theatre at the Dow Centennial Centre

La Voix Humaine Canadian work
Feb 12 - 20, Co-produced by Opera NUOVA & L'UniThéâtre

In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play
Feb 18 - 28, A Trunk Theatre production at the Varscona Theatre

Alice Through the Looking-Glass Canadian work
Feb 27 – March 20, Citadel Theatre


The Tempest
Feb 4 - 13, Red Deer College

The Amorous Ambassador
Feb 5 - 20, Kelsey Dinner Theatre

Noises Off!
Feb 5 - 20, Medicine Hat Musical Theatre

Mass Appeal
Feb 5 - 20, Red Deer Players Society

The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Feb 9 - 13, University of Lethbridge

Boeing Boeing
Feb 10 - 13, Playgoers of Lethbridge

Into the Woods
Feb 12 - 20, Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre, Fort McMurray

Wildwood Fire Albertan work
Feb 13 - 13, Rosebud Theatre

Pretty, Witty & GAY Festival
Feb 19 - 27, Theatre Outré, Lethbridge

Late Company Canadian work
Feb 22 - 26, Theatre Outré, Pretty, Witty & Gay Festival

THAT'S DANGER! Albertan work
Feb 22 – May 1, Alberta Workers' Health Centre, Alberta wide tour

The Legend of Four: A Science Fantasy Albertan work
Feb 22 – June 10, Evergreen Theatre, Alberta wide tour

My Fair Lady
Feb 25 - 28, Churchmice Players

Something's Afoot
Feb 25 – March 12, Grande Prairie Live Theatre

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Theatre News

Artistic Director Bob Baker to Step Down after 17 Stunning Years

After 17 years at the creative helm of Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, Artistic Director Bob Baker is stepping down, and the search for his replacement is underway.

ACTRA: How to Avoid Scams

Save your money and your time, get a reputable talent agent and earn your chops working and making money rather than funding these types of organizations…

James Hutchison Premieres Play at Write to the Heart Play Festival

Perfect Match, a one act comedy by Calgary playwright James Hutchison is one of six plays being presented at this year’s Därkhorse Drämatists Write to the Heart – Plays on Love Festival in Binghamton New York on February 19 and 20, 2016 at Cider Mill Playhouse.

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YOUTH Program – Torchlight Theatre - February 12

Performers - Fort Steele Heritage Town - February 28

Character Interpreters – Heritage Park - Deadline for Applications, March 11


Murder at the Howard Johnson's – St. Albert Theatre Troupe - February 8 & 9

Golden Girls Tribute Show – Independent - Deadline to submit is February 18


Steel Magnolias - Keyano College - February 19 - 21

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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.


Lighting Designer - Imagine Performing Arts - Deadline for Applications, February 15

Wardrobe/Hair Coordinator - Imagine Performing Arts - Deadline for Applications, February 15

Artistic Associate – Verb Theatre - Deadline for Applications, March 1

Rehearsal Pianists – StoryBook Theatre - 2016/17 Season


Assistant Professor, Canadian Theatre Studies, Faculty of Arts - University of Alberta - Deadline for Applications, February 29

Artistic Director - Citadel Theatre - Currently accepting applications.


Assistant Directors (Drumheller) - The Canadian Badlands Passion Play - Deadline for Applications, February 15

Head of Props (Drumheller) - The Canadian Badlands Passion Play - Deadline for Applications, February 26

Assistant Production Crew (Drumheller) - The Canadian Badlands Passion Play - Deadline for Applications, February 26

Marketing and Development (Rosebud) - Rosebud School of the Arts - Deadline for Applications, February 28

Supervisors for Artstrek 2016 (Red Deer) - Theatre Alberta- Deadline for Applications, March 1

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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 - Die Vampire Die – Birnton Theatricals - February 13

Early Bird Discount, Spring Break Day Camp - Pumphouse Theatre Society - Early-bird Deadline is February 21

Workshop - 3 Day Console Training Session – CITT Alberta & Theatre Alberta - February 27 - 29

Workshop – Summer Lab Intensive – One Yellow Rabbit - Deadline, June 1


Classes (Edmonton): Winter Film Acting – Freedom Tech Production - February 2016

Workshop - New Works for Young Audiences – Kompany Family Theatre - Deadline to apply, February 11

Classes - Improv, Acting & Stand-up – Grindstone Theatre - Classes begin February 21


To check all Alberta workshop listings, please click here.

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Events / Fundraisers

Event (Edmonton) - A Celebration of the Life and Work of Michael Green – Theatre Alberta and Metro Cinema - February 8

Event (Calgary) - Industry Night – Theatre Calgary - February 8

Event (Calgary) – Promo code for Conference - The Art of Leadership for Women - Promo Code expires February 12; Deadline to Register is March 3

Fundraiser (Edmonton) - Grease! Sing-A-Long Event – Opera NUOVA - Indiegogo campaign ends February 19

Event (Calgary) - It's Getting Drafty In Here – Loft 112 & Third Street Theatre - February 19 & March 18

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Space (Calgary): Motel Theatre - Are you in search of an intimate theatre for your next show? Do you want to be in the heart of Downtown, in Arts Commons? If so, Downstage Theatre Society can help. Select prime dates still available. Please contact Tuled Giovanazzi at

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunity (Calgary): Box Office and Ushers - Scorpio Theatre - February 11 - 20

Volunteer Opportunity (Edmonton): Ushers, Box Office, 50/50 Sellers, and More - SkirtsAfire herArts Festival - Deadline to sign up: February 17

Volunteer Opportunity (St. Albert): Front of House, Dishwashing, and Ushers - St. Albert Theatre Troupe - Deadline to sign up: February 20

Volunteer Opportunity (Edmonton): Board Member/Treasurer - Freewill Shakespeare Festival - For more information, please email

Volunteer Opportunity (Calgary): Board Members - WP Puppet Theatre - For more information, please visit

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Calls For Submissions


Call for Applicants (National): Audition Coaching – National Arts Centre English Theatre Ensemble - Deadline to Submit is February 12

Call for Participation (Banff): New Directions in Arts Leadership – Canadian Arts Summit - Deadline to Submit is February 12

Call for Submissions (Beyond): PITCH Applications – Whitehorse, YT - Magnetic North Festival - Deadline to Submit is February 15

Call for Nominations (Edmonton): Halls of Fame & Awards of Distinction – The City of Edmonton - Nomination deadline is February 16

Call for Submissions (Calgary): IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists – Sage Theatre - Nomination deadline is February 17

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Soul Step Festival of Dance-Theatre – Soulocentric Performance Society - Nomination deadline is February 19

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Harry and Martha Cohen Award – Cohen Family and ATP - Nomination deadline is February 19

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Emerging Visual Artists Exhibit – Pumphouse Theatre Art Gallery - Submissions deadline is February 19

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Stage One Festival of New Work – Lunchbox Theatre - Submissions deadline is February 26

Call for Submissions (Spruce Grove): Directors for 2016/2017 Season – Horizon Players - Submissions deadline is February 26

Call for Applications (Edmonton): Improvaganza – Rapid Fire Theatre - Application deadline is February 29

Call for Nominations (Alberta): 2016 Excellence in Teaching Awards – Alberta Education - Submissions deadline is March 4

Call for Submissions (National): Governor General's Literary Awards – The Canada Council for the Arts - Submissions deadlines begins March 15

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Wildfire National Playwriting Competition – Major Matt Mason Collective and Sage Theatre - Deadline for Submissions is March 20

Call for Nominations (National): 2016 CITT/ICTS Awards – Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology - Nominations deadline is March 31

Call for Submissions (Alberta): North Zone One Act Play Festival – Alberta Drama Festival Association North Zone - Submissions deadline is March 31

Call for Nominations (National): Lifetime Achievement, Volunteerism and NAC – Governor General's Performing Arts Awards - Deadline to Submit is April 29

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Great Notions in Small Rooms - L'UniTheatre - Submissions deadline is June 3


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Donors, New & Renewing Members

Donations and members listed below were processed during December 2015.


Alyson Dicey, Diego Arciniega, Beverly Brilz, Rosemary Klassen Lewetz, Anna Marie Lea, William Cramer, Jan Taylor, and Theatre Alberta Library Patrons from the office donation jar.

Click here to view our 2015 Gift A Play donors so far!



Vina Nguyen, Vick Malcolm, Tomas Andel, Derek Olinek, Alan Segal, Kirsty Ball, William Cramer, William Thomas, Desiree Klause, and Deanna Krol.


Cow Patti Theatre Company, Goodger-Pink Productions, Silver Stars Musical Revue, The Theatre Garage, and Wyvern Player.



Jan Taylor, Andrea Martinuk, Beverly Brilz, Terri Mort, Sherry Koehler, Wendy Doerksen, Cathy Larson, Trevor Hildebrand, Curtis Knecht, Kandice Laurie, April Banigan, Liana Shannon, Barry Bilinsky, Alyson Dicey, James Hutchison, Wayne Paquette, Cyril Cook, Philip Zyp, Devona Reid, and Diego Arciniega.


Horizon Players, Leduc Drama Society, ELOPE Musical Theatre, Central Alberta Theatre Society, Windmill Theatre Players, Carriage House Theatre, Rural Route Actors Troupe, Third Street Theatre, Alberta Drama Festival Association, and Grindstone Theatre.

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