Job (Canmore): Stage Manager – The Canmore Summer Theatre Festival

The Canmore Summer Theatre Festival (CSTF) is seeking a stage manager for our production of Twelfth Night as part of our upcoming 2021 festival. The stage manager will work with the director and artistic team to ensure that CSTF rehearsals and performances run smoothly.

This year, the CSTF team are proud to present William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Minotaur by Kevin Dyer. Covid rules permitting performances will take place outdoors at the Stan Rogers Stage in Centennial Park, Canmore from August 11 to 22, 2021. If in-person performances are not possible our backup plan is to film the productions outdoors in small groups.

The CSTF pairs working theatre artists with local volunteers and provides mentorship opportunities. Travelling to Canmore will be required throughout the term of the contract. This is a paid position and we have a budget of $2000 to compensate the successful candidate.

We encourage submissions from diverse artists of all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • schedule and run rehearsals
  • communicate the director’s wishes to designers
  • mark out the dimensions of the set on the floor of the rehearsal hall
  • make sure rehearsal props and furnishings are available for the actors
  • attend all rehearsals
  • notify the designers of changes made in rehearsal
  • complete and circulate rehearsal reports
  • complete and circulate show reports
  • coordinate the work of the stage crew
  • call cues and possibly actors’ entrances during performance
  • oversee the entire show each time it is performed

Requirements

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Good time-management skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong leadership and delegation skills
  • Critical-thinker and problem-solver

Key Dates

  • First Read and design presentation – May 9
  • Rehearsals – Sundays 10-6pm and Thursdays 6-9pm
  • Twelfth Night performances – August 11-21 (no performances on August 16 and 17)

Please submit applications to [email protected]. Please submit a resume, a references document, and a cover letter outlining your theatre experience and how you would be an asset to the festival. The application deadline is midnight Mountain Time on April 30, 2021.

For more information on the CSTF please visit our YouTube channel https://youtu.be/HL6SVRE5Uw8

Job (Canmore): Costume Designer – The Canmore Summer Theatre Festival

The Canmore Summer Theatre Festival (CSTF) is seeking a Costume Designer for our upcoming 2021 festival. The Costume Designer will be responsible for working with the festival directors on the design of costumes for both shows in the festival. This year, the CSTF team are proud to present William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Minotaur by Kevin Dyer. Performances will take place outdoors at the Stan Rogers Stage in Centennial Park, Canmore from August 11 to 22, 2021.

The CSTF pairs working theatre artists with local volunteers and provides mentorship opportunities. Travelling to Canmore will be required throughout the term of the contract.

This is a paid position and we have budgeted $1850 to compensate the successful candidate.

We encourage submissions from diverse artists of all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Examine script in detail in order to understand costume requirements
  • Work with directors on their visions for both shows
  • Work alongside, manage and delegate to local volunteers on the sourcing/creation of costumes
  • Design sketches of costumes
  • Present sketches for approval
  • Execute expenditures and keep budget in check
  • Submit all wardrobe related receipts to producer
  • Plan and supervise costume fittings and dress rehearsals
  • Make arrangements to clean, return, store, and/or dispose of used costumes after production run

Requirements

  • Previous working experience as costume designer
  • In-depth knowledge of design, materials and textiles
  • Ability to work creatively within restrictive budgets
  • Good time-management skills
  • Ability to task manage efficiently
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Critical-thinker and problem-solver

Key Dates

  • 1st Read and design presentation – May 9
  • Rehearsals – Sundays 10-6pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9pm
  • Festival performances – August 11-22

Please submit applications to [email protected]. You are required to submit a resume, portfolio or sample of previous work, a references document, and a cover letter outlining your theatre experience and how you would be an asset to the festival. The application deadline is midnight Mountain Time on April 30, 2021.

For more information on the CSTF please visit our YouTube channel https://youtu.be/HL6SVRE5Uw8

 

Worshop (Online): The Meisner Approach: Awakening Authentic Performance with Sally Cacic

The Meisner Approach: Awakening Authentic Performance with Sally Cacic

*For actors of all levels.

Participants will be led to the Meisner Technique through a series of short improvised and scripted exercises, designed to awaken authentic and vulnerable performance within the actor.

Whether pursuing stage, film, or television mediums, the Meisner exercises allow actors to tap into their authentic and intrinsic needs in order to drive their performance deeper; to live “truthfully under the imaginary circumstances, moment to unanticipated moment.”

When: April 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Online via Zoom link (will be provided to those registered)
Suggested price: $25
Pay What You Can pricing available.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Feedback from a former student:

“Sally is someone who epitomizes depth. She continually demonstrates her dedication to the craft of acting and her students. I appreciate Sally’s sunny spirit which feeds into her compassionate and straight forward approach to teaching. She has a hunger to grow and share relevant industry knowledge with her students.” – Sandy Lawlor, Rogues Alumni

Instructor Bio:

Sally Cacic

Sally Cacic is a West Australian actor, director, and producer. A graduate of Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio Master Class Program and StageMilk Drama School, Sally trained in acting technique for stage, TV and film, voice and movement, and clown, in the teachings and interpretations of Constantine Stanislavski, Sanford Meisner, and Uta Hagan. Sally apprenticed to teach the Meisner Program under the mentorship of Stacie Harrison, and Film & Television under Joe-Norman Shaw, and is the Lead Instructor of the Meisner Program at Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio. Sally is also the Co-Founder of The Brolly Shelf Production Co. with Lori Bachynski.

Select film credits include Bright Hill Road (Nevermine Films), The Little Things (Shotlist Films), The Hundy (AMPIA Rosie Award Winner 2017), Joy To The World (AMPIA Rosie Award Nominee 2017), Within (Konscious Pictures), The Stalker (Late Night Pictures), The Automation (Late Night Pictures). Select theatre & dance credits include Come Home (Urban Stories Theatre), Laughter (Urban Stories Theatre), How To Almost Be An Adult (Urban Stories Theatre), Late Night At The Plaza (Late Night Productions), and Australian productions A Chorus Line (The Old Mill Theatre), and Beauty & The Beast (The Ballet Company).

What’s Online (Alberta): Mile Zero Dance presents REELING: Dance on Screen

REELING: Dance on Screen is a series of film screenings presented by Mile Zero Dance, every second year. Each time the breadth, scope, and quality improves greatly along with technical knowhow, as the form expands and more filmmakers become aware of dance as a viable medium.

Dancers across the planet have been working within constraints as they make work, alone at home or in vast locations. This year’s curation has a strong theme of cultural representation, and many of the selected pieces carry support for Black Lives Matter or involve dancers existing and occupying city spaces, and are from countries including Brazil, Cuba, Tokyo, Nigeria and more!

With over 1,000 international submissions received in 2021, our judges and curators are very excited to share their favorite selection of dance films that celebrate diverse bodies and abilities, dances that take over buildings and environments, and dances that take minimalism and the body to new artistic levels.

Also as part of the festival, local film maker Shawn Tse will host two open panel discussions on Facebook to discuss the evolving medium of dance on film. Everyone is welcome!

Schedule of Events

MAY 13 at 12PM Panel Discussion
Dance Film Organizer Panel
What is Dance Film and where do organizers think it is going? A discussion about making space with Dance Film.
Join the Event on Facebook.

MAY 20 at 6PM Panel Discussion
Dynamite screening and Conversation
With Creators (Leila Jarman & Maceo Paisley) and Edmonton/Canadian Artists
Join the Event on Facebook.

MAY 14, 21 at 7PM
Screenings | CO-PRESENTED BY METRO CINEMA
Online
Different screenings each day!
Free or by donation

MAY 29 at 10 PM
Finale | CO-PRESENTED BY BONNIE DOON MALL
A socially distanced drive-in movie screening
$25 per car

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Student Show streamed live on the Opera House stage

Rosebud School of the Arts presents For Home and Country. Online tickets only $20. Live streaming beginning on April 30.

Designed by Randall Wiebe

The Rosebud performing arts cohort is excited to share with you Leanna Brodie’s For Home and Country.

An unlikely friendship between a modern, urban single mother trying to start a new life and a farmwife in rural Ontario, is highlighted by a patchwork quilt of stories and songs honoring the Women’s Institute of Canada throughout the last century.”

You can stream this performance live from the Opera House stage beginning April 30th.

Check out rosebudtheatre.com or rosebudschoolofthearts.com for more information.

And by the way, we miss our patrons! Our hearts yearn to gather again and share story. We look forward to the day when we will throw open the doors of our theatre, dining room and small arts town to welcome you back in person! Until then, enjoy this beautiful story, remain hopeful, and stay tuned for our exciting outdoor summer plans.

What’s Online (Alberta): Sticks & Stones; Devised Movement Show – Rosebud School of the Arts

Designed by Randall Wiebe

Sticks and Stones – The Stories We Carry Beneath Our Skin, a devised movement show with live music. This collaborative offering features our first year students and their original choreography.

Catch the live-stream, April 22-24, or see it on demand between April 27 – May 1. More information at: Rosebudschoolofthearts.com

Fundraiser (Rosebud): Online Spring Concert – Rosebud School of the Arts

Students gathered around a banner that says Rosebud Alive! Streaming live from the Rosebud Opera House on April 14 at 7:30pm. 1-800-267-7553 or rosebudtheatre.com/support-us

Designed by Randall Wiebe

Rosebud Alive!, features the Rosebud School of the Arts choir and will be live-streamed Wednesday, April 14th at 7:30pm. In addition to lively choral music, this event will include small ensembles, dance, and story to bring joy and reflection in this transitional time. Join us by going to rosebudtheatre.com and clicking “support-us”. All proceeds are tax deductible and go directly to supporting Rosebud School of the Arts.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Job (Alberta): 2021 IGNITE Festival of Emerging Artists – Festival Producer

Every year in June, Sage Theatre presents the IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists – a multi-disciplinary, 4-day festival of emerging art and artists. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s beautiful! With about 100 artists programmed each year, IGNITE! is a fantastic development, networking, and presentation opportunity for Calgary’s artists. The 2021 festival runs June 16 – 19, 2021.

IGNITE! is a festival dedicated to supporting, mentoring and presenting early career artists of all disciplines. IGNITE! allows artists to embrace risks in a supportive environment while providing resources, a bridge to the professional arts community, and meaningful opportunities for collaboration and community building with their peers.

As we are still anticipating COVID-19 to be impacting public gathering and arts presentations this spring, we are planning an adaptive festival format that allows us to weather a changing pandemic landscape.

Specifically, the festival will be presented digitally, and each project will be shown in a 10 minute segment scheduled across the four days of the festival.

We are also open to presenting a physically distanced project, but we recognize that a changing pandemic landscape may affect our ability to support and present this work.

Festival Producer Role

Sage Theatre is hiring a Festival Producer to facilitate the production and management of the IGNITE! Festival! This is a project-based contract position, running from the hiring confirmation to June 30, 2021.

The role would manage both the digital and distanced sections of the festival. (We are also open to splitting the role between for separate digital and distanced producer roles.)

We are looking for an energetic, highly organized and motivated problem-solver. Because the festival supports and manages emerging artists from a wide range of arts practices, experience levels, and personal backgrounds, this role also requires interpersonal skills and patience in managing flow of communication between artists, staff, and production contacts.

The Distanced section of the festival should include some in-person but distanced events during the festival week, at the ContainR outdoor venue. They have experience in managing distanced events. It would also be a smaller percentage of our overall festival output of artists.

Experience in our digital tools is an asset. We use the Google Suite of collaborative office tools, Slack for group communication, and Zoom.

This role reports to the Festival Director. Contracting is managed by the board of Directors.

The role is supported by:

  • The Festival Director, who has extra administrative capacities to support production requirements, as well as historical knowledge of the festival and previous contacts.
  • The Board of Directors, who have individual skills to apply based on necessary tasks
  • Sage Theatre Volunteers / linked work capacity interns, either on individual tasks or assisting in administrative efforts
  • The Sage Theatre Artistic Associates, applying individual skills and extra support

Compensation

The range for this role is between $2500 and $3500, based on the experience and skills of the producer, and if the role is being split between digital and distanced production management.

Suggested Experience

The successful candidate will have previous experience and training in general festival production, performing arts production, or both!

Post Secondary education is welcome but not required. Experience will be evaluated in relation to the festival project itself.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume/CV to [email protected]

We are looking for the position ASAP. This posting will remain open until we hire a candidate. Upon hiring, we will delete or edit this posting to indicate the position has been filled.

Only those applicants that we are interested in will be contacted for an interview, though we will endeavour to let all applicants know that their application has been received. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we will not be able to offer extended feedback to those candidates we were unable to interview.

Sage Theatre is an equal opportunity employer who hires without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical, and/or mental abilities.

Festival Producer Overall Duties

  • Manage festival production schedule
  • Schedule includes pre-production, rehearsal, load-in, recording of performances, changeovers & COVID-cleaning, strike, load out, wrap-up / returns
    • Detailed schedule tasks for each section will be sent to each applicant.
  • oversight of the festival logistics
  • oversee festival budget spending with Festival Director
  • liaise with and supervise
    • festival artists
    • staff
    • curators
    • festival partners
    • Arrange festival meetings
  • Manage flow of production information to Sage Board
  • Liaise with:
    • Sage board members for contracts, payables, receipts, and other authorizations
    • Digital Streaming Producer: deliver all recorded content, managing flow of information for relevant updates affecting the streaming event.

Workshop (Online): Intro to Directing with Jacqueline Russell through Workshops by Request

 

Intro to Directing with Jacqueline Russell

Hosted by the Churchmice Players in Camrose through Theatre Alberta’s Workshops by Request: Hometown Series program.

Saturday, April 17 & Sunday, April 18, 2021
1:00 – 4:00 PM both days

In this hands-on workshop participants will explore the role of the director in taking a production from the page to the stage. Participants will investigate creating a director’s vision, auditioning and casting a show, and developing their own rehearsal process. No previous directing experience is required! Just show up ready to play and have fun.

About the instructor:

Jacqueline (she/her) is a director, performer, creator and clown. With her co-conspirator Jed Tomlinson she has created and toured two full-length clown shows, The Sama Kutra & Hushabye, to festivals across the country. She was the Artistic Producer of Urban Curvz Theatre from 2011-2015, the 2013-14 RBC Emerging Director at Lunchbox Theatre, and the Artistic Producer for Evergreen Theatre from 2008-2013. She has directed for Evergreen Theatre, Calgary Opera, New West Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, Urban Curvz, Keyano College, Calgary Young People’s Theatre, the University of Calgary, and Inside Out Theatre. She recently completed her MFA in Theatre Studies at the University of Calgary and is currently teaching clown and mask at Ambrose University.

This workshop is FREE to attend and will take place via Zoom. If you are interested in registering for this workshop, please email [email protected].

** Participants should be prepared to do a bit of work outside of class between the Saturday and Sunday session.

What’s Online (Alberta): Playwrights Projects 2021 – Alberta Theatre Projects

Playwrights Projects 2021: First Reading NEXT WEEK!

A series of live virtual workshop readings of new Canadian plays in development
April 16 – May 28

Playwrights Projects 2021 kicks off NEXT WEEK! Seven weeks of concurrent digital workshops (from April 16 to May 28) featuring seven online workshop readings of plays by members of the 2021 Playwrights Unit.

Tickets are only $10 per reading – this is an incredible opportunity to get in on the ground floor of some outstanding new Canadian plays!

The first workshop reading is next Friday, April 16: Ten by Jason Maghanoy!

LEARN MORE AND GET TICKETS

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.

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 (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

 

What’s Online (Alberta): Script Salon Seventh Anniversary Play Readings

Seventh Anniversary Playwright Readings
April 11 at 7:30pm

We’re celebrating another year! April is our seventh anniversary, so we’ve gathered the following fabulous Edmonton playwrights to help us celebrate. Please welcome to our online stage: Belinda Cornish, Althea Cunningham, Blaine Newton, Liam Salmon, and the writing team of May Kharaghani and Eric Rice.

To receive a Zoom link for the readings email: [email protected].

In addition we’ll be saying thank you and best wishes to Tracy Carroll, who is leaving Script Salon after four wonderful years. Tracy is now co-Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre. We will miss you, Tracy!

These playwright readings are sponsored by and with thanks to the Play Connects program at the Playwrights Guild of Canada, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Belinda Cornish

Belinda is an actor and playwright based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Her previously produced plays include Little Elephants (Shadow Theatre) and Category E (The Maggie Tree Theatre, The Coal Mine Theatre), both of which won Sterling Awards for Outstanding New Play; Category E was subsequently published by Playwrights’ Canada Press. Her most recent play, The Garneau Block (based on Todd Babiak’s beloved novel) was due to be produced at the Citadel Theatre in March 2020, and is currently on hold – the set is still standing on the Maclab stage, waiting…She is currently working on a new play – Hiraeth – with director Rachel Peake, which will hopefully go into production later this year. Belinda is also the co-Artistic Producer of Teatro La Quindicina. In her spare time, she volunteers with WILDNorth wildlife rescue, and encourages you to check out their website – wildnorth.ca – they do amazing work!

Althea Cunningham

Althea Cunningham is a seasoned performer and graduate of the Theatre Arts Program at Grant MacEwan University. She is an established actor with appearances in theatres across Canada. She also does television and film. She is interarts and works in; writing, acting, producing and music.

Sunkiss To Death, the (full length) version of Sunkiss. Sunkiss, was produced in Chicago at the Snapshots 10 minute play Festival in the summer of 2017. Sweet An Nice, is her other full- length work currently in development it’s had two readings. The first reading was at DaPoPo Script Series in Halifax, and the second reading was at Script Salon in Edmonton in 2017.

Her short plays Brown Suga and Colour Blind have been produced by Workshop West Playwrights Theatre. Excerpts from Sweet An Nice and The System have been produced by Sarasvati Productions in Winnipeg between 2017 and 2019. The System is a (one act) play; the themes are marginalized youth and child care services. The System employs spoken-word poetry and hip hop as part of the narrative and is in development. Althea is also a contract playwriting and acting instructor.

2020 was the year of her first commissioned (2 Metres) play by Hip Hop In The Park. 2 Metres is about our global pandemic.

In 2010, she independently released a debut soul music ep On The Verge,which received international airplay and critical acclaim. You can visit her at nappyrootsconsolidated.ca.

May Kharaghani and Eric Rice

The Dance is the second play completed by playwriting and life partners Hengameh (May) and Eric Rice. Their first play, Anahita’s Republic, received professional development through Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, and was read at Script Salon in Edmonton and Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Cross-cultural awareness is a critical part of their life and their writing projects, and both are deeply involved in a variety of theatre projects that promote inclusion and equity in theatre.

Blaine Newton

A playwright, sketch writer, actor, improvisor and sometime engineer, Blaine’s plays have been seen by well under a million people. Recent productions include Bravo (Shadow Theatre); The Thin Grey Line, (Cursive Writing Productions); Oral Fixations – co-written with Leslie Greentree (Ignition Theatre) and Five Stages of Death (Cursive Writing Productions). Several of his plays have also received readings through the Script Salon series.

As a performer, he is currently with the cast of Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre, although his most recent appearances have been at Safeway for the early-morning shopping, and in vaccine line-ups.

His writing has been described by the late Pope Benedict as “filled with warmth, particularly when burned.” His subtle “windmill” approach to physical comedy has won him the much coveted “Ichabod Crane of the Stage” award three years running.

Liam Salmon

Liam Salmon is a queer playwright, dramaturge, producer, and educator based out of Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) (He/Him, They/Them). They are a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and their works have been performed across the country. Most recently, Liam worked as a producer on the Alberta Queer Calendar Project (queercalendar.ca). Currently, Liam is playwright in residence at Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre working on the new works: Subscribe or Like, ARKANGEL, and others. (salmliam.com)