The Theatre Alberta Library Introduces More Ways To Read Theatre!

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Theatre Alberta members have already had free access to two incredible online resources for finding and reading plays through Drama Online with the Playwrights Canada Press and Aurora Metro Books collections. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve added three more Drama Online databases for you to browse and enjoy!

OBERON BOOKS COLLECTION
From ground-breaking British plays to the best of international drama and plays in translation, the Oberon Books Collection is a unique and inspiring collection that features a diverse gathering of canonical and contemporary drama.

NICK HERN BOOKS MODERN PLAYS
The Nick Hern Books Modern Plays collection includes over 625 plays from many of the UK and Ireland’s preeminent playwrights, as well as exciting new voices. It offers a wide and varied range of award-winning and widely studied plays, and is continually updated with new works fresh from leading theatres.

CRITICAL STUDIES AND PERFORMANCE PRACTICE
This collection features over 400 academic books from the prestigious Methuen Drama and The Arden Shakespeare imprints. Together they offer invaluable critical, contextual and pedagogic content from leading voices in theatre, performance and Shakespeare studies. The collection also includes 60 actor training videos through PATAZ: Physical Actor Training – an online A-Z.

Members can access these collections using the log-in information that was sent out earlier this year. Can’t find the info? Check in with our Librarian at [email protected] and we’ll get you set up.

Not a member? Individual Theatre Alberta memberships are pay-what-you-can! Join today and take advantage of all the member benefits. FIND OUT MORE HERE.

Event (Online): Broadway Teachers Workshop 2021 Online Conference

Reboot and Revitalize Your Theatre Program! How to prepare fo the post-covid academic year. July12-16, 2021. Recorded sessions available until August 31.

Broadway Teachers Workshop 2021 Online Conference

The 2021 Online Conference will focus on methods to help you rebound in the upcoming academic year. How do you regain your students’ trust, manage their anxiety about returning to the classroom, and inspire them to take on new challenges?

Restart and revitalize your theatre program with workshops including:

  • Creativity, Mindfulness and Managing Anxiety
  • Learning Loss and Recovery
  • Filling the House: How to Reboot Your Audience
  • Integrating Arts into the Curriculum
  • Plus, daily networking sessions with your peers discussing relevant topics. All recorded sessions available to view through August 31, 2021.

$349
July 12 – 16, 2021
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

 

Job (Edmonton): Digital Content & Marketing Coordinator – Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta Digital Content & Marketing Coordinator

Application Deadline: April 9, 2021
Start Date: April 19, 2021
Part Time Permanent Position at The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta – Edmonton
Salary Range: $18,000 – 25,000 annual salaried position with Blue Cross and Health and Wellness benefits.

Submit your cover letter and resume in PDF format to: [email protected]

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta (ATAA) is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all interested applicants; however, we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta is looking for a new Digital Content & Marketing Coordinator to join the staff and board in advocating, promoting, and supporting the touring arts sector in Alberta. This position is for someone creative, team-spirited, technologically savvy, with strong communication and marketing skills, and an appreciation for the performing arts industry in Canada.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate communications through monthly e-newsletters, and social platforms.
  • Using Adobe Creative Suite, compile and design Conference program, professional development brochures, signage, and reports.
  • Maintain membership database, field membership inquiries.
  • Assist Executive Director in the execution of professional development initiatives Update and maintain website and monitor analytics and create reports detailing the successes and failures of communications campaigns and strategies.
  • Stay up to date on arts and culture sector trends and make recommendations for adjustments to communications strategies and practices.
  • Act as ATAA’s liaison for artist application website.

Requirements:

  • 2+ years relevant employment experience in marketing, communications, preferably within arts administration.
  • Strong skills in Adobe Creative Suite, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are mandatory
  • Knowledge of email marketing software such as MailChimp.
  • Superior time management and organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional writing and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Proven knowledge of communications and marketing ethics and best practices
  • All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability. At this time, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

About the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta is a Provincial Arts Service Organization works to connect artists and artist’s agencies with presenting organizations; and offer mentorship, education, and advocacy to facilitate a strong performing arts touring industry in Alberta. We do this by producing an annual 3-day conference showcasing artists in front of talent buyers/presenters and to providing professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Job (National): Theatre Nova Scotia is Searching for an Executive Director

The Executive Director is the senior staff member of Theatre Nova Scotia and provides leadership and direction in ensuring the organization’s programming and services. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for organizational effectiveness, working collaboratively with staff, contractors, and the Board of Directors to serve TNS membership and further the organizational vision.

The ED will be an active participant in the Nova Scotian theatre and arts community, and will be engaged in the national conversation, acting as an advocate for the theatre sector within NS and representing NS theatre’s interests on a regional and national level.

This will be a full-time, 40 hour/week position, with a salary range of $45,000 – $50,000.

The Executive Director will lead the organization in:

  • Operations Management – ensuring the efficient administration of day-to-day activities, delegating duties as required
  • Membership Services and Support – development and delivery of services, programming, and
    support for our members and the community, and maintain relationships with current and potential members, providing meaningful support for the community and professional theatre sector in NS.
  • Communications and Advocacy: working with and for its membership, ensuring a strong and united voice on behalf of theatre in Nova Scotia to the public, government, funders, and private sectors and effective communications with and for members.
  • Human Resource Management: Management of staff, contractors and volunteers, creating an effective and collaborative working environment;
  • Financial Management and Revenue Generation – ensuring a financially sustainable organization
    through budget management, as well as diversified earned, private, and public funding streams, including grant writing, donations, and applications to foundations, and sponsors
  • Board Relations and Strategic Direction – working with the Board on strategic planning and policy
    development, recommending appropriate policy issues for the Board’s attention.

The following skills will be considered an asset:

  • Capacity to lead collaboratively, with care, integrity, and vision
  • Passion for theatre and the performing arts
  • Financial acumen and budgeting experience
  • Familiarity with non-profit organizational structures
  • Strong communication skills (speaking, writing, and listening)
  • Ability to think strategically, and set priorities
  • Capable of creating respectful, nurturing, and empowering relationships
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a team, fostering a climate of shared respect

Hiring Values: Theatre Nova Scotia encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including (but not limited to) IBPOC folks, persons with disabilities and LGTBQ2+. Applicants from these or other communities wishing to self-identify may do so in their application. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, candidates will be welcomed and encouraged to contact the TNS office for assistance.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (or any other documents that expresses your interest in applying and outlines your skills and abilities) to [email protected] before April 15, 2021. We are also happy to accept applications via phone, video, or audio file if email or text-based format is not accessible to the applicant. Please get in touch via email or leave a message at 902-425-3876.

CLICK HERE for more details

 

Workshop (Calgary): The Black Arts Development Program – Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre

The Black Arts Development (BAD) Program is centered around cultivating an environment in which our community of Black artists can tell their stories, and allow the African, Caribbean and Black Diaspora culture to thrive and flourish in the theatre sector. Through storytelling and gathering, Black writers and actors will share their lived experiences that would catalyze new works that speak from the African, Caribbean and Black perspective in Calgary. Our ultimate goal is to acclimate and nurture the African Diaspora cache of creative artists.

Why Apply For This Free Program?

The BAD Program was created and designed with Black artists in mind by providing emerging artists the tools and practical knowledge to take the next step in their artistic journey. The BAD Program has teamed up with award winning professional faculty members for a 6 weeks script writing and actors workshops. The benefits for this FREE program includes:

  • Access to professional script writers and actors that will help guide new Black artists
  • Successful applicants will be paid for the 6 week development program
  • Network with other artist on the same path
  • Small class learning
  • Practical and applied skills
  • Introduction to theatre arts organizations in Calgary
  • Collaborative opportunities with other artists and organizations
  • Enhance your professional art career

LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE

Event (Online): Resilience & Reinvention: PACT Management Leaders Retreat

Resilience & Reinvention: PACT Management Leaders Retreat
Taking place wherever you are on Wednesday, May 26, from 12pm to 5:30pm ET

There’s no more business as usual. What principles should guide us as we return to the stage? How can we ensure that our practices are ethical, equitable, and effective as the world changes? Connect with your colleagues to share knowledge and design new solutions to the challenges facing Canadian theatres.

Programming and schedule information will be announced in April. The day will feature a mix of learning sessions, peer to peer conversations, and more.

Who is this for? This event is designed for current and aspiring Executive Directors, Managing Directors, General Managers, and other administrative leaders at Canadian theatre companies, both within the PACT membership and beyond.

We are using a Pay What You Can Afford pricing structure in recognition of the challenging financial times. You receive the same access to the event no matter which price level you select. Pricing options are $5, $15, $30, or $50.

REGISTER HERE

 

Call for Submissions (National): Grand Acts of Great Hope – NAC English Theatre

NAC English Theatre invites proposals for our next round of Grand Acts of Theatre, entitled Grand Acts of Great Hope. With the original iteration of Grand Acts, commissioned companies were invited to create a short, large-scale public outdoor work that brought artists and audiences together for a brief,impactful moment of theatre, full of beauty and meaning, prompted by the call to create a work that “speaks to our times.” For this new iteration, we invite companies from across the country to propose their own Grand Act; this time with the artistic prompt to create a piece that offers audiences a hope for the future; your own, Canada’s or the world’s. A maximum of four selected companies or collectives will receive funds (up to $60,000) to produce and film the works in their own communities, with the short videos then delivered to the NAC to be promoted nationally and internationally on the NAC’s website and social media channels, and potentially screened at the NAC.

We invite you to submit a proposal for something broad-thinking and exciting, something that places art at the forefront of a hopeful vision for the future. Movement, image, music, design, technology and minimal text are all welcome. Surprise us with your imagination and invention! Make something that your community will talk about for years to come.

Selections will be curated by NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley and Co-Curator Sherry Yoon.

Submission Guidelines

Local events will be funded up to a maximum $50,000, depending on the budget required. A financial supplement of up to $10,000 will be made available for the creation of the video (filming and postproduction).

The NAC encourages you to consider creating a training opportunity for an emerging artist within your project. Additional funding can be made available for this position, up to $1,500.

The NAC intends to make the videos accessible with tools such as ASL interpretation and captioning. We encourage you to likewise consider accessibility in the execution of your live event. Any spoken text (in
any language) will be captioned in both official languages, as per the NAC’s Official Languages Policy.

Ideally the piece engages with your community and your local environment in a unique way. The event must be free to attend and accommodate a live, physically-distanced audience, in accordance with your local health regulations.

Eligibility Criteria

Any professional Canadian theatre or performance company or collective is eligible to submit a proposal.

Key dates

  • Submission Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern
  • Selected companies will be notified by Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5pm Eastern.
  • Local performances must take place no later than Sunday, July 11, 2021.
  • Final videos must be delivered to the NAC no later than Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

Please click here for the submission form.
Please direct any questions regarding your submission to [email protected]

MORE INFO AND FAQS

News (Fort McMurray): Theatre; Just Because Announces New Artistic Director

Bailey Yarkie

Theatre; Just Because, Fort McMurray’s independent theatre company, has appointed Bailey Yarkie as Artistic Director. Yarkie will be taking over for Hanna Fridhed, who has been in the role since 2019.

Theatre; Just Because has been operating in Fort McMurray for seven years. Throughout this time the company has run youth programming, theatre-based workshops and development programs, and many productions, including the annual fundraising dinner theatre for Waypoints, in multiple venues across the city.

Fridhed joined the company in 2016 and served in a variety of roles before taking on the position of Artistic Director near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. During her tenure as Artistic Director, Fridhed was instrumental in ensuring safe theatre programming continued to be available during the pandemic.

“Being a part of Theatre; Just Because over the past years has been a wild and wonderful journey,” says Fridhed. “This community is rich in creativity and talent and will continue to grow stronger as new voices emerge. Even after this past challenging year, I’m confident that the Wood Buffalo theatre and Theatre; Just Because have a bright future ahead.”

Yarkie has been a theatre artist in Fort McMurray since 2015 and has filled many roles during this time. She has acted, stage managed, improvised, and coordinated the Theatre; Just Because Youth Players program.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to step into the Artistic Director position and continue Theatre; Just Because’ mission to empower local artists,” says Yarkie. “Our region has so many incredible artists, and I look forward to working with them to create theatre we can call our own.”

Fridhed will remain with the company as Outgoing Director to ease the transition. She will also be directing the company’s upcoming production of Purge by Sofi Oksanen.

 

Audition (Edmonton): Hansel & Gretel – Alberta Musical Theatre Company

Alberta Musical Theatre Company is inviting emerging musical theatre performers to audition for the upcoming season. AMTC is currently considering casting for a one-person musical adaptation of Hansel and Gretel that will live-stream to elementary schools as early as this spring and, if restrictions allow, a full-cast tour (3 performers and 1 piano player) of an in-person school tour of Hansel and Gretel in the winter 21/22.

How to submit:

To submit, please send an email containing your contact information, a description of your experience and training (a resume is not necessary), and a link to your audition material to [email protected] before or by the deadline: 11:59 pm on April 24th, 2021.

Videos will be viewed and appraised by
Artistic Director, Farren Timoteo,
General Manager, Mackenzie Tennessen,
and Musical Director, Stephanie Urquhart.

What to Submit:

We request that audition participants prepare and perform one full musical theatre ballad under four minutes, as well as a comedic monologue. We also request a short introduction that describes a bit about who you are, including your training and experience.

Farren Timoteo is available for questions and consultation regarding the audition. Additionally, the audition rubric being used to appraise audition participants is available upon request.

Before the pandemic, AMTC would perform for more than 90,000 Albertan students each season. We are devoted to proudly representing the enormous diversity of our magnificent audiences in the creation of our work. We strongly encourage and enthusiastically welcome artists of all cultures and ethnicities, LGBTQIA2S+ artists, and artists with disabilities to express interest in our auditions. Our work does not have pre-defined gender restrictions and hopes to come to beautiful life by embracing your unique personality, experience, and body. So please feel comfortable in applying to audition, and please feel free to be exactly you are! We cannot wait to meet you!

 

Audition (Lethbridge): Seeking Queer IBPOC Actor for New Queer Canadian Play – Theatre Outré

Production Name: 333 by Jay Whitehead
Production and Rehearsal Dates: September 2021
Production Location: Lethbridge, AB.

Theatre Outré, Southern Alberta’s destination for Queer Theatre, is seeking an actor (age range 20 – 30 years old) to play the role of “Teddy” in the world premier workshop and production of the new play 333 by Jay Whitehead. 333 tells the story of the Toronto Bathhouse Raids which took place in 1981 and are often cited as the catalyst for Canada’s Pride movement.

We are accepting submissions of interest from IBPOC actors only at this time and preference will be given to those that identify under the Queer umbrella (LGBTQ2+). Please be advised that the role of “Teddy” requires nudity.

IBPOC actors from across Alberta are encouraged to submit. Interested artists should submit a recent headshot and theatre CV to co-Artistic Directors Jay Whitehead and Kathy Zaborsky at [email protected].

*This production is dependent upon COVID restrictions being such that we can safely meet and work together. It will be expected that all artists engaged in this show be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first rehearsal.

 

What’s Online (Alberta): Improvised Mini Series: Dirty Laundry Goes To Space

Join us on Dirty Laundry’s first foray into the world of online improv with our miniseries, Dirty Laundry Goes to Space!

About this Event

Houston, we have a problem! Dirty Laundry is going to space and who knows what that means for the sake of the human race. Our talented Improvisers will be sent out into the black void of space in search for adventure. Will they finally find new life, how many intergalactic battles will be fought and is the moon actually made out of cheese? Whether you’re watching from earth or light years away, you won’t want to miss this.

Dirty Laundry’s launch date is set for April 5th at 7:00 and will be broadcasted across the galaxy through Zoom. Be sure to catch all our episodes every Monday April 5th-May 3rd.

Since we’re testing this format out, we’d love you to join us for any episodes you can make from wherever you are in the universe. Tickets are free or by donation. The Zoom link will be sent to you no later than 1 hour before the event.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

 

Classes (Edmonton): Spring Classes are BACK! – Grindstone Theatre

Spring is hare, and IN-PERSON classes are back for ONLY $275! Thank goodness, and fingers crossed.

We’ve lowered the price because Covid sucks, and YOU deserve affordable and accessible training. We’re offering a plethora of tasty classes with improv, musical improv, sketch, magic, stand-up, acting, and burlesque all on the table and up for grabs.

FIND OUT MORE HERE

 

Job (Edmonton): Director of Theatre Arts for Children and Youth – Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts

The director of VCPA’s Theatre Arts Department will oversee all aspects of our musical theatre production and acting programs for children and youth. The organized and creative person we are looking for would enjoy teaching private and group musical theatre, voice and acting classes for ages 5- teens and feel qualified to direct and oversee a team responsible for producing two musical theatre productions each year as well as oversee the development and execution of year round programs. VCPA has locations in St. Albert as well as South Edmonton so the director of TAD will be working at both studios.

Duties to include:

  • Oversee Theatre Arts Department at VCPA
  • Provide private and group instruction in musical theatre, voice and acting
  • Direct and organize all aspects of 2 Junior musicals to be presented in May 2022 (in a theatre or live streamed)
  • Communicate and provide leadership to instructors in the department
  • Communicate with families in Theatre Arts Department
  • Contribute to the development of programs
  • Provide online lessons if required by AHS

Successful candidate must be available to work evenings and possibly weekends.

This is a full time contract position involving a 40 hour work week.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in Music (Voice), Theatre or Musical Theatre
  • Experience teaching children and youth
  • Voice teaching experience
  • Directing experience
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience teaching and/or directing children
  • Strong organizational skills

Piano or dance/choreography skills is an asset

At Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts, we are committed to creating a positive environment that builds confidence and inspires our students to excel in the performing arts.

Our team members are passionate about performing arts education and collaboration. We are constantly striving to improve and better ourselves so that we can better support our students. If you have growth mindset and you thrive under pressure, you are probably a great fit for our team!

Renumeration:
$47,000-$50,000 Annually

Start Date:
September 2021

Submit applications to Martha Livingstone at [email protected].

 

Fundraiser (Edmonton): Grindstone Theatre Society 3rd Birthday Fundraiser

Grindstone Theatre Third Birthday Fundraiser. Join us as we celebrate our 3rd birthday and raise money to reignite our theatre programming, reimagine our education classes, and invest in our community.

Come celebrate… The Grindstone’s 3rd Birthday!

Can you BELIEVE it has been three years of the Grindstone? On April 5, 2018, we dramatically cut the red ribbon on the Grindstone stage and have been bringing quality entertainment to Old Strathcona ever since!

To celebrate our birthday month, we’re hosting a fundraiser! Our goal is to raise $20,000 to reignite our arts programming, re-imagine our education classes, and reinvest in our community. From April 1-30, we will be hosting a 50/50 raffle, sharing Birthday videos submitted by our friends and colleagues on social media and looking to our community to put their noses to the Grindstone and help us reach our fundraising goal.

Save the date for a virtual birthday celebration on April 30th at 7:00pm! We’ll be putting together a live streamed socially distanced variety show, celebrating the top notch artists and producers that make up the Grindstone community. 

For more information visit our website

Resource (International): Adapting in Crisis – Case Studies of Resilience in the Arts

Adapting in Crisis: Case Studies of Resilience in the Arts

The Knight Foundation has just published a new set of case studies, focusing on four disparate arts groups that took part in the program Building the Capacity to Innovate and Adapt, designed and facilitated by EmcArts. Research and reporting by WolfBrown.

The work with EmcArts was started before COVID-19, but the profiles show how well it prepared the groups to tackle the complexities of the pandemic in new and productive ways, facilitating the resilience of the sector.

READ THE STUDY