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January 2016

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Over the holidays, I received an email with a link that is worth sharing. It is from the letters section of the Ponoka News and is in reference to the Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society's production of Mary Poppins. I have quoted only a portion of it below due to space constraints, however, the entire letter is worth a read.

"Klaglahachie... has changed the lives of young actors. Shy kids have turned into outgoing, boisterous individuals. The confidence the young people gain by being on stage will be with them the rest of their lives. What a contribution Klaglahachie gives those that take part in this wonderful production!"

This is a powerful message, especially when it comes unsolicited! Theatre Alberta exists to help you, your theatre company, or your organization generate stories like this one. Use our Classifieds, submit your listings, and let us share your news with our network. Contact our office with your questions; use our Library's reference books; find resources on our website. We are here to help!

All of us at Theatre Alberta wish the entire theatre community a productive and inspirational 2016. Happy New Year!

~ Debbie

Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Theatre Alberta

“Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.”

~ Arthur Miller




Gift A Play Theatre Alberta would like to thank all of our supporters who so generously contributed to our Library's Gift-a-Play donation campaign. Our Wish List has shrunk appreciably and we are very grateful. Once the books have been labeled as 2015 Gift-a-Play donations, and catalogued, they will be available to all of our members throughout Alberta.

Please note that our Wish List will remain online for the next few weeks. Books do not have to be purchased new to be donated. If you, a friend, or a family member have any of the items listed online, and you are willing to part with them, we will gladly accept them!

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 receipt to


Artstrek 2016:


We have just received notice from Artstek Director Marie Gynane-Willis that the 2016 Instructor Team is in place! We are very proud to announce that the following theatre educators and professionals have signed on for our 20th summer at Red Deer College!

We are happy to welcome returning instructors Caitlin Gallichan-Lowe, Valmai Goggin, Simon Mallett, Ryan Sigurdson, and Linette Smith and to introduce Artstrek students to Alyson Connolly, Braden Griffiths, Jordan Mah, Jessica Nottell, and Julia Wasilewski. We also welcome back Karen Johnson-Diamond, Administrative Director, and Glenda Stirling, Curriculum Director.

Track us on Instagram for all the Artstrek news!

#artstrek2016  #intheheights



Theatre Alberta is seeking applications for 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 the following:

  • Your qualifications
  • What would make you an asset to the Super team
  • Your theatre and employment resume
  • 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:


Compelling Telling WorkshopNineteen artists from across Alberta and Canada (as far away as Nova Scotia!) gathered at The Banff Centre from December 4-6 for Compelling Telling, our inaugural master class in the Rocky Mountain Series. Representing a variety of artistic practices, participants explored Mammalian Diving Reflex’s ‘social acupuncture’ method of performance creation, led by Darren O’Donnell.

The class culminated with quick, rough performance inventions, which involved citizens in the town of Banff who generously welcomed the group into their homes and businesses. Performances ranged from filling a woman’s house with Christmas carols, to throwing an anniversary party for a local market, to engaging citizens in conversations about tattooing, family, basketball, and STIs! Photos of the group’s adventures in social acupuncture can be found here.

We look forward to seeing how the participants use the tools they’ve acquired to create site-specific and social-specific performances in their own communities. Compelling Telling was initiated by Calgary’s Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre. It was our partnership with them, as well as the support of The Banff Centre, which allowed the master class to be the success it was.

We are currently accepting proposals from groups wanting to initiate master classes for the 2016/2017 season of the Rocky Mountain Series. This is your chance to attend the master class of your dreams at The Banff Centre!

For all the details regarding Workshops by Request: Rocky Mountain Series, please visit our websiteIf you have questions about the program or a rough idea for a class but need help shaping a proposal, contact Morgan Norwich at

Application deadline: February 15, 2016.


Jeffrey Olynek On January 10, Medicine Hat Musical Theatre hosted Hand-to-Hand Stage Combat/Physical Comedy taught by Jeffrey Olynek. Jeffrey is an actor, special skills performer, and fight director.  His fight directing credits include Head over Heels (Caravan Farm Theatre), Night of the Living Dead (Workshop Theatre), The Wasp (IGNITE! 2013), and Romeo and Juliet (The Shakespeare Company touring production).

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


Celebrating the Life and Work of Michael Green:


Michael Green

To honour Michael Green's impact on the Edmonton arts community, Metro Cinema and Theatre Alberta are preparing an evening of tributes and performances on Monday, February 8, at the Garneau Theatre in Edmonton. The line-up will be announced soon.

"... a loving, anarchic and passionate celebration of Michael’s life and work." - Metro Cinema

Entry by suggested donation: $25


CITT Alberta


The Alberta section of the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT) is hosting 3 days of ETC Ion training for all skill levels. Scheduled prior to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium's 4th Annual Backstage Access Production Expo, the workshop is offering reduced rates for CITT Alberta and Theatre Alberta members. For more information or to register, please visit their website.


Alberta Playwriting Competition


The Alberta Playwrights' Network (APN) is accepting submissions for the 2016 Alberta Playwriting Competition, presented in association with Theatre Alberta.

The longest running provincial playwriting competition with the largest cash prize of any playwriting contest in Canada is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. The competition is open to all playwrights who reside in Alberta.

2016 contest rules and a 50th Anniversary announcement are coming soon. Check APN's website updates. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2016.




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

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High Performance Rodeo







What's On in Alberta

Opening in January

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



High Performance Rodeo
Jan 7 - 31, High Performance Rodeo / One Yellow Rabbit

The Who's Tommy
Jan 8 - 23, Front Row Centre Players

Paddle Song Canadian work
Jan 11 - 23, Lunchbox Theatre, High Performance Rodeo

Ray Bradbury's Tomorrow's Child Albertan work
Jan 12 - 17, Ghost River Theatre at Vertigo Theatre, High Performance Rodeo

Calgary I Love You, But You're Killing Me Albertan work
Jan 12 - 23, One Yellow Rabbit Performance Ensemble, High Performance Rodeo

The Little Prince - The Musical
Jan 19 - Feb 28, Theatre Calgary with Lamplighter Drama

Life, Death and the Blues Canadian work
Jan 22 - 31, Theatre Passe Muraille with Hope and Hell Theatre Co at Alberta Theatre Projects, High Performance Rodeo

The Dinner Party
Jan 22 - Feb 6, Morpheus Theatre

Calamity Town
Jan 23 - Feb 21, Vertigo Theatre

Soulocentric Contemporary Performance Showcase 2016 Canadian work
Jan 27 - 29, Soulocentric Performing Arts Society

My Family and Other Endangered Species Albertan work
Jan 28 - Feb 7, Downstage Theatre at Vertigo Theatre

Die Tote Stadt - The Dead City
Jan 30 - Feb 5, Calgary Opera


Chelsea Hotel Canadian work
Jan 13 - 24, Firehall Arts Centre Production at The Citadel Theatre

Flora and Fawna's Field Trip (with Fleurette!) Albertan work
Jan 15 - 23, Northern Light Theatre

Bravo Albertan work
Jan 20 - Feb 7, Shadow Theatre

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Jan 23 - Feb 13, The Citadel Theatre

The Early Bloomer Albertan work
Jan 25 - Feb 13, Concrete Theatre, touring Edmonton area

Chinook Series Canadian work
Jan 27 - Feb 7, Canoe Theatre Festival, Edmonton Fringe & Expanse Festival

Confessions of a Sex Worker Albertan work
Jan 27 - Feb 7, Azimuth Theatre, Chinook Series

Ursa Major Albertan work
Jan 27 - Feb 7, Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre & A Catch the Keys Production, Chinook Series

Krystle Dos Santos 'Blak: An Artistic Exploration of black culture in Western Canada Albertan work
Jan 28 - 30, The Citadel Theatre

Jan 30 - Feb 4, Edmonton Opera

Edgar Allan
Jan 31 - Feb 7, Fringe Theatre Adventures, Chinook Series


Cinderella - A Pantomime Albertan work
Jan 15 - 30, Dewdney Players, Okotoks

Gladys in Wonderland
Jan 15 - Feb 6, Central Alberta Theatre, Red Deer

The Dining Room
Jan 21 - Feb 6, Grande Prairie Live Theatre

Out Innerspace Dance Theatre
Jan 23, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre at The Banff Centre

Snow Angel Albertan work
Jan 25 – March 13, Quest Theatre, touring province-wide

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Theatre News

Calgary Playwright James Hutchison Receives Australian Premiere

Blood of a Thousand Chickens, a ten minute comedy about the classic Greek tale of Oedipus by Calgary playwright James Hutchison, is being given its world premiere at the Short+Sweet Short Play Festival in Sydney Australia from January 20th to 24th, 2016.

"Rabbits and Rodeos" Featured in Avenue Magazine

The feature article in the January edition of Avenue Magazine – Calgary identifies 20 decisions from the city’s past that have shaped the modern urban centre we know now. One story that will resonate with the theatre community is a decision made by Blake Brooker, Denise Clarke and Michael Green in the 1980s.

Elizabeth Hobbs, Artistic Director of Punctuate! Theatre, Resigns

As Artistic Director of Punctuate! Theatre, Elizabeth Hobbs developed the Punctuate! Performance Series and led the company to produce George F. Walker’s The Suburban Motel Series, receiving three Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award nominations.

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General Auditions – Theatre Calgary - Submit by January 24

I Ain't So Tough – Urban Stories Theatre - January 27 & 28

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


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – The Citadel Theatre & MTC - Submit by January 13

Ages 8 - 19 Years & SACT Alumni – St. Albert Children's Theatre - January 24


The Wedding Singer - Leduc Drama Society - January 13

The 39 Steps - Dewdney Players Group Theatre - January 14

Run For Your Wife - Keyano College - January 15 - 17

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.


Rehearsal Pianist – Imagine Performing Arts - Deadline for Applications, January 25

Assistant Professor, Department of Drama – University of Calgary - Deadline for Applications, January 25


Administrative Assistant - Alberta Opera Touring Association - Applications accepted until position filled.


Artist-in-Residence (Rosebud) - Rosebud School of the Arts - Deadline for Applications, January 31

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.


Classes - Drama Classes for Ages 6 - 16 – Theatre A Go-Go - Classes begin January 2016

Workshop - Year of the Monkey – Puppet Pop-up Studio - January 16

Workshop - Die Vampire Die – Birnton Theatricals - February 13

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

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


Classes - Foote Theatre School Winter Term – Citadel Theatre Robbins Academy - Classes begin January 2016

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

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


Sessions - Fine Arts Day 2016 Professional Development - Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School Fine Arts Department - Deadline to register, extended

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Events / Fundraisers

Event (Calgary) - It's Getting Drafty In Here – Loft 112 & Third Street Theatre - January 22, February 19 & March 18

Info Session (Calgary): Hiring International Performing Artists – CADA, Field Law & Mount Royal University - January 27

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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

Space (Edmonton): Registered 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

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunity (Calgary): Casino Workers - Sage Theatre - January 27 & 28

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

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

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Calls For Submissions

Call for Participants (Calgary): 2016 CATR Conference Curated Panel – Canadian Association for Theatre Research - Submission deadline is January 15

Call for Proposals (Calgary): containR Art Park 2016 Season Programming – Springboard Performance - Submission deadline is January 15

Call for Nominations (Edmonton): Mayor's Celebration of the Arts – Mayor Don Iveson & PACE - Nomination deadline is January 25

Call for Nominations (National): Canadians Arts and Business Awards – Business for the Arts - Nomination deadline is January 29

Call for High School Submissions (Edmonton): NEXTNextfest 2016 – Nextfest - Submissions deadline is February 1

Call for Registrations (Calgary): Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival – Pumphouse Theatre - Registration deadline when slots are filled or February 1

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

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

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.


Ian Bamford, Theo Thirsk, Sally Hunt, Jeremy Mason, Wildwind, Maureen Ference, and Theatre Alberta Library Patrons from the office donation jar.

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



Jamie Pratt, Adam Reiling, and Silverius Materi


Mile Zero Dance Society



Ken Agrell-Smith, Roberta Mauer Phillips, Theo Thirsk, Joan Hawkins, Cole Humeny, John McIver, Myles Corbett, Jane Heather, Dave Horak, Vivian Mayne, Allison Ference, Naomi Esau, Alysa Glenn, Brynn Linsey, Geordie Cowan, Stuart Giesbrecht, Caleb Gordon, Meghan Hanet, Jocelyn Jay, Sarah Robertson, and Kaitlyn Sloboda


Theatre 75, Free Will Players Theatre Guild, New West Theatre, Pine Tree Players, St. Albert Theatre Troupe, and Calgary International Fringe Festival

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