Scholarship (Alberta): The Leaders in Equality Award of Distinction (LEAD) Program

 

The Leaders in Equality Award of Distinction (LEAD) Program is now accepting applications from students eager to make a difference in their communities.

The new program is supporting students who are working to reduce gender discrimination in their communities or who are studying in fields where their gender is traditionally under-represented. Each successful student will receive $2,500.

The scholarship program consists of two funding streams: the previously announced Women in STEM Award stream, which is open to women under 30 years of age pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and the Persons Case Scholarship stream, for anyone pursuing studies to advance gender equality.

“More than 100 years ago, women were critical in the building of Alberta – shaping its society and economy. The LEAD Program will assist women and gender-diverse Albertans to pursue fulfilling careers that help promote gender equality and change Alberta for the better. It is especially important at this time to support students in pursuing a broad range of careers as we work toward Alberta’s economic recovery.” ~ Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

 

“The Leaders in Equality Award of Distinction scholarship supports students and empowers them to build the skills they need to find success in their chosen career. By providing more opportunities for under-represented Albertans to apply their talents in a wide range of pursuits – from science, technology and trades to the arts – we are helping to build the workforce of the future.” ~ Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education


The Women in STEM award was announced in September 2020. Consolidating the funding with the Persons Case under one program streamlines the application process for students and reduces red tape.

The first intake deadline for the scholarship is Feb. 21. Those who are interested in applying can visit the program website to find the scholarship criteria and application information.

Quick facts

  • Total funding for the program is $225,000.
  • Up to 40 students will receive $2,500 each in the Persons Case Scholarship stream.
  • Up to 50 students will receive $2,500 each in the Women in STEM stream.

Related information

LEAD Program


Le programme LEAD (Leaders in Equality Award of Distinction) accepte désormais les candidatures d’étudiants désireux de faire une différence dans leur communauté.

Le nouveau programme appuie les étudiants qui s’efforcent de réduire la discrimination sexuelle dans leur communauté ou qui étudient dans des domaines où leur sexe est traditionnellement sous-représenté. Chaque étudiant accepté recevra 2 500 dollars.

Le programme de bourses comprend deux volets de financement : le volet « Women in STEM Award », annoncé précédemment et destiné aux femmes de moins de 30 ans qui poursuivent des études en sciences, technologie, ingénierie et mathématiques, et le volet « Persons Case », pour les personnes qui poursuivent des études liées à l’avancement de l’égalité des sexes.

« Il y a plus d’un siècle, les femmes ont joué un rôle essentiel dans l’édification de l’Alberta en façonnant sa société et son économie. Le programme LEAD aidera les femmes et les Albertaines et Albertains de tous les sexes à mener des carrières enrichissantes qui contribueront à la promotion de l’égalité des sexes et à l’amélioration de l’Alberta. Il est particulièrement important en ce moment d’aider les étudiants à poursuivre un vaste éventail de carrières, alors que nous travaillons à la reprise économique de l’Alberta. » ~ Leela Sharon Aheer, ministre de la Culture, du Multiculturalisme et de la Condition féminine

« La bourse “Leaders in Equality Award of Distinction” appuie les étudiants et leur permet de développer les compétences dont ils ont besoin pour réussir dans la carrière qu’ils ont choisie. En offrant aux Albertaines et Albertains sous-représentés davantage de possibilités d’appliquer leurs talents dans un vaste éventail de domaines, allant des sciences, de la technologie et des métiers aux arts, nous contribuons à constituer la main-d’œuvre de demain. » ~ Demetrios Nicolaides, ministre de l’Enseignement postsecondaire


La bourse « Women in STEM » a été annoncée en septembre 2020. En consolidant cette bourse et le volet « Persons Case » au sein d’un même programme, nous rationalisons le processus de mise en candidature des étudiants et réduisons les formalités administratives.

La première date limite de réception des demandes est fixée au 21 février 2021. Les personnes intéressées peuvent consulter le site Web du programme (en anglais seulement) pour connaître les critères d’attribution des bourses et obtenir des renseignements sur la procédure de demande.

En bref

  • Le financement total offert dans le cadre de ce programme est de 225 000 dollars.
  • Quarante étudiants seront admissibles à un montant de 2 500 dollars dans le cadre du volet « Persons Case ».
  • Cinquante étudiants pourront recevoir 2 500 dollars dans le cadre du volet « Women in STEM ».

Renseignements connexes

Site Web du programme (en anglais seulement)

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Jupiter Theatre is Seeking New Collaborators – Jupiter Theatre

Jupiter Theatre is always looking to grow and to make new connections. We are currently seeking new collaborations with designers, stage management, and technical theatre practitioners for 2021 and beyond. We want to make relationships and connections in the Calgary theatre community! This is an opportunity for us to meet emerging and established talent that are interested in working with Jupiter Theatre in the future.

We are specifically looking for the following collaborators for various projects in spring and summer 2021 and are seeking submissions of interest for meetings:

  • Assistant Stage Manager
  • Costume Designer
  • Fight Director
  • Head of Properties
  • Intimacy Coach
  • Sound Designer
  • Stage Manager

Artists outside of these disciplines (set designers, projection/video designer, lighting designer, etc.) are welcome to submit as well. We understand that many artists are multi-disciplinary, so please include in your email to us which discipline(s) you work in/you are interested in. At this time, we are not engaging members of CAEA or ADC, but we are still interested in meeting union members and encourage them to apply so we can meet and build a relationship for possible future collaborations.

The meetings will be held online via video call or by phone with artistic producer Andrew G. Cooper. Meetings may also include artistic associate Constantine X. Anastasakis and/or technical and production manager Skylar Desjardin as appropriate.

Performers/actors: hang tight! We are going to be releasing audition announcements for 2021 soon!

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM

MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON:
February 8 – 20, 2021. Times will be scheduled with the submitters availability in mind and may include daytime afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
We want to meet you! To submit for a meeting, please email a resume/CV as a .pdf to artistic producer Andrew G. Cooper at [email protected] with the subject line “COLLABORATOR SUBMISSION”.

Jupiter Theatre encourages submissions from diverse individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of race, colour, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We welcome submitters to inform us of their pronouns if they wish, and to include details about how their identity informs their practice and needs as they feel comfortable.

In accordance with our Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression Declaration and our Response to the 35//50 Initiative, we are actively seeking submissions from IBPOC individuals. With our ongoing commitment to inclusivity and accessibility as part of our mandate, we also strongly encourage submissions from the LGBTQ2+ and disabled communities. At this time, we are only accepting submissions from Calgary-based individuals.

All applicants are encouraged to submit under as many categories as they feel are appropriate. If you are a theatre practitioner who does not feel that they fit into any of the categories outlined in this posting, please contact [email protected] to discuss how we can best get a sense of who you are and what you do. Please also reach out to us if any of these guidelines or the submission process provide a barrier to you and we are happy to discuss alternate ways of submitting and/or meeting with you.

COMPANY INFORMATION:
Jupiter Theatre is an independent theatre company in Calgary, AB.​ Jupiter Theatre creates original works of Canadian theatre that are visual, physical, and moving. We share powerful stories that explore the human condition and challenge audiences with contemporary social issues through visceral and innovative productions.

Jupiter Theatre would like to recognize the lands on which we work, explore, and create: Jupiter Theatre calls Treaty 7 Territory our home, which is the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

More information about the company can be found on our website at www.theatrejupiter.com.

 

Call for Submissions (National): Sound the Alarm: music/theatre

Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre (STA) is looking for exciting and diverse voices for our inaugural 5-episode series of audio-dramas that will feature 5 independent stories by 5 unique writers with 5 different casts and designers.

Please note: Our first episode is currently in production and is written by playwright Gary Mok. Therefore, we will be looking for an additional 4 artists.

Each episode will:

  • Have its own playwright, director and cast.
  • Will be a unique story told by a Canadian writer
  • Merge sound design, text-based performance, and music to create a compelling story and audio narrative that ‘sounds an alarm’ on our environmental and sociological challenges and its effects on human experience.
  • Each playwright will work with our dramaturg assigned to the series as a whole.

Particulars:

  • Artists must be legally able work in Canada.
  • It is a priority of STA to create a platform of artists and cultural voices that represent our diverse communities. We will be prioritizing writers from marginalized communities, including Indigenous artists, people of colour, and diverse gender identifications.
  • Depending on the scripts chosen, we will ensure cultural protocols are integrated as well as including additional creative team members (such as designers and casts) that align with the cultural narrative of each particular script.
  • This contract will be paid at or above professional standard.
  • As the series is planned to host 5 episodes, we will be featuring 5 different writers.

Each episode and script will:

  • Be 25 minutes in length
  • Be an audio-drama (no visual mediums integrated)
    Be developed in collaboration with dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, who will support all drafts for the purposes of consistency in style, quality and messaging.
  • Be aimed to adult audiences and cannot include profanity, overtly sexual, or violent/hateful content or themes.
  • Include elements of sound/music to help shape and inform the narrative

Our goal is to create a unique immersive audio listening experience. Depending on how each story progresses, we would like to incorporate binaural sound techniques to aid in this immersive goal. This is however, not a requirement and is dependent on the artistic needs of each story itself. For a better understanding of what binaural recording is, take a look at this video, and it is suggested you wear your earphones.

Timeline:

  • We will be accepting submissions until February 21, 2021
  • We will announce our chosen writers likely by April 1.
  • Scripts will be developed through approximately three drafts, with the final draft due by July 15, 2021.
  • Production will commence in August with the release of the series beginning late October or early November.

Submission needs:

Please submit via [email protected]:

  • your resume
    • samples of existing work of a one-two page story pitch that:
      > speaks to the series focus which is to ‘sound an alarm’ on our environmental and sociological challenges and its effects on human experience.
      > lays out the themes you wish to explore and how they relate to the ‘alarm’ of the series.
      > includes a statement indicating how you cultural and personally identify (such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or however else you feel comfortable stating and publicly speaking to)

Our first (pilot) episode is called Lost Soul Animal Rescue and is written by playwright Gary Mok. For this 25-minute audio experience, Gary has chosen to centre the story around the tradition of Chinese ghost stories which normally expound on the importance of filial piety (duty to your ancestors). In this particular creation, he has added a twist on that concept by using animal “ghosts” to question our duty to nature instead. The story is set in Vancouver.

For more information, head to our website at www.soundthealarm.ca

Volunteers (Edmonton): Board Members – Common Ground Arts Society

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Call for Board Members: Common Ground Arts Society
big news from your fav tiny but mighty arts org getting it done on passion and grit

 

We’re recruiting new board members!
To apply, please e-mail [email protected].
Deadline to apply: February 28, 2021, or until all positions are filled.

No matter who you are, what you look like, how or who you love, where you’re from, how you got here, how you identify, how or if you honour whatever higher power, or how you move through this world, you belong here.

We believe in creating safe(r) spaces that allow for creative risk. We commit to sustaining a safe(r) space by respecting, and even boldly loving, everyone who contributes to it. We acknowledge that in order to truly fulfill that commitment, we must work with community and for community.

If you’re interested in working hard, playing hard, serving community, supporting great art, and developing a healthy forward-thinking board that reflects and supports Edmonton’s diverse arts communities, please reach out. We want to hear from you.

We’re whole-heartedly committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, accessible board with directors varying in age, ability, experience, identity, and gender.

Common Ground Arts Society (CGAS) is a registered charitable organization. We radically invite artists of all disciplines at all stages of their career to wildly experiment with process and craft. We believe in people and process over product: come as you are; create from where you’re at; learn, fail, try again, fail better; tend to your whole self; share art, share kindness, share in community. Mentorship and learning is at the core of everything we do: we’re still learning, we’ll never stop learning, and we want to share in those lessons with you. As the producers of Found Festival, Edmonton’s only found space arts festival, CGAS brings art out of galleries, theatres, and concert halls and directly into the community. We curate creative collisions between audiences and artists. We instigate curious happenings. We foster dialogue about space, place, and all the meaningful moments between.

Active Development of our Board of Directors

We are developing an inclusive board that represents our local community. By 2025, we aim to shift our board makeup to welcome 35% or more members who are Indigenous, Black or People of Colour, and 50% or more members who are women and non-binary people. We welcome individuals who live with disability, people in different age groups, folks who are queer as all heck, and those with an array of lived experiences.

CGAS’s Board of Directors is a vibrant team who work in tandem with contract staff in a variety of areas including but not limited to fundraising, governance, policy, sponsorship and community building. Directors are elected by CGAS membership at the Annual General Meeting each year. We aim to create a Board of Directors to help CGAS dream big, make waves, and smash goals.

Expectations – Board Members:

  • Should have a passion for art;
  • Will attend monthly Board meetings;
  • Serve a two-year term;
  • Are volunteers and therefore do not receive compensation, but may be reimbursed for reasonable and authorized expenses while undertaking duties of CGAS;
  • Will volunteer for Found Festival;
  • Will support all other CGAS events including but not limited to shows, workshops, fundraising events, and silent auctions; and
  • Will work with at least one (or more!) Committee(s).

Skills

All skills are welcome. Previous board experience is an asset but not necessary. We are currently looking for individuals with skills beyond the arts, including but not limited to:

  • Interest in cultivating community and connection;
  • Legal skills;
  • Business, accounting, or savvy financial skills;
  • Fundraising or a keen interest in fundraising;
  • Social media influencing;
  • Hospitality, small business, and
  • Technology/web/vr/gaming.

If you are interested or would like more information, please e-mail [email protected].
Deadline to apply: February 28, 2021, or until all positions are filled.

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Workshop (Edmonton): Live Performance for the Virtual Stage – Edmonton Arts Council

Laptop computer set up as a stage. Text: Live Performance for the Virtual Stage - Tuesday, February 23 1-3pm. RSVP to grants @edmontonarts.ca. Limited participation - book early.

Live Performance for the Virtual Stage
Tuesday, February 23, 1:00-3:00pm

Limited Participation – Book early!

Live Performance for the Virtual Stage is a two hour online workshop designed to provide technical information and inspiration for creating live online entertainment using the resources you have available. The workshop is for individuals or groups who usually create art for live performance and are interested in learning how to transfer live performance to an online medium. This includes theatre makers, dancers, solo performance artists, variety artists, magicians, etc. It is also designed to cater to a wide range of budgets, technical know-how, and equipment. To register for this free session, email [email protected].

Workshop (Online): Voice Over Classes for All Levels – VoiceSpot

VoiceSpot Presents…
Online Voice Over Classes for All Levels

Celebrating 25 years in support of your voice over community, VoiceSpot offers classes for everyone from raw beginners to those who have plenty of experience and wish to extend their skills and brush up on the basics.

If you’re just starting out in voice over, why not start with our Level 1 class for a great introduction to the industry?

Level 1 – The Voice Over Adventure with Scott Roberts
Saturdays and Sundays, January 23rd to February 6th
Start Time: 12pm Mountain time
www.voicespotwcs.com

For those who have experience, you can brush up on your existing voice over skills and take the next logical step in your voice over career with Level 2, open to those who have taken our Level 1 class OR those who have a performance background.

Level 2 – Performance for Microphone with Doug de Nance
Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 9th to 25th
Start Time: 6pm Mountain time
www.voicespotwcs.com

Interested in extending your skillset into Audiobooks? We have classes to teach you the basics of audiobook narration, as well as the business side of that industry. Our first full class starts in April, but why not get a taster of it before then with one of our Audiobook Performance Workouts?

Audiobooks Performance Workout with Dawn Harvey
Friday February 19th
Start time: 5pm Mountain time
www.voicespotwcs.com

For other classes, including further Level 1s and 2s, Levels 3 and 4, Audiobooks and Voice Gyms, see our full Class Schedule.

Come have some fun!

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VoiceSpot – Since 1996
“25 Years – Building Your Voice Over Community”
(403) 277-6767 Calgary
(780) 628-2930 Edmonton
[email protected]
www.voicespotwcs.com
Be Yourself, Be Real, Be Extraordinary!

Workshop (Online): Intro to Magic with Byron Martin

Byron Martin (instructor) performing a card trick

Intro to Magic: Beginner Card Technique – ONLINE

Do you like card tricks? Ever wanted to try your hand at magic? This class will show you behind the scenes and give you the tools to amaze your friends and family with awesome card tricks! Beginner Card Technique will cover things like false shuffles, forces, controls and other essential card magic repertoire for anyone interested in performing card magic.

  • Dates: Sundays, 2:00pm – 4:00pm on ZOOM
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites: None (Ages 18+)
  • INSTRUCTOR- BYRON MARTIN

Byron is the Artistic Director of Grindstone Theatre and has been performing magic professionally since 2015. As a magician Byron has performed as part of the Amplify Festival, Winnipeg Fringe and Edmonton Fringe Festivals. He has worked for several years doing street magic as well as corporate shows and walk around magic for companies like Fort Edmonton Park, Theatre Network, The University of Alberta, Mile Zero and The Art Gallery of Alberta. Byron is a member of the Edmonton Magic Club and in 2019 Byron travelled to Spain to study under Dani DaOrtiz which inspired his one hour solo card magic show Almost Magic.

For more information and to register visit Grindstonetheatre.ca or email Monica Gate at [email protected]

Call for Submissions (National): Europa New Works Incubator – Jupiter Theatre

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Jupiter Theatre’s Europa New Works Incubator Call for Submissions

What is it?

The Europa New Works Incubator (formerly the New Play Development Series) is an opportunity for established and emerging Canadian playwrights and theatre makers to workshop and receive dramaturgical support on new works that are currently in development.

Europa is among the first of Jupiter’s seventy-nine moons to be discovered, and is one of the few celestial masses in our solar system outside of earth with the potential to support life. Europa’s surface is sheeted with a thick outer crust of ice harbouring a vast ocean underneath with adequate conditions to sustain living organisms. Hemingway’s ‘iceberg theory’ offers an insight into the writer’s use of subtext and the implicit deeper meaning often found below the surface of his minimalist style of writing. Europa’s frozen exterior gives Hemingway’s iceberg metaphor an entirely new context.

With the Europa New Works Incubator, Jupiter Theatre seeks to discover new life in the unfathomable depths of Canadian playwrights and theatre makers.

What does it offer?

As part of the Europa New Works Incubator, Jupiter Theatre will offer the playwright/theatre maker feedback and support from a dramaturg hand-chosen to suit the specific stylistic and developmental needs of the project Following this one-on-one workshopping, Jupiter Theatre will facilitate a table or staged reading as part of its season to showcase the piece in its current stage of development and provide the playwright with the opportunity to hear the script read aloud. At the end of this process, the playwright will emerge with a more thoroughly realized draft of their play. We intend for the workshop to be a stepping-stone for the script to be brought to life in a future season as one of Jupiter Theatre’s MainStage productions.

Future submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year, though Jupiter Theatre will only commit to as many as three projects per season.

The Europa New Works Incubator aims to provide playwrights and theatre makers with the space, tools, and support to create the best possible version of their work, and encourage the creation of new Canadian theatre.

What are we looking for?

The Europa New Works Incubator is looking for bold, contemporary works that engage with or push against the genres of science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, and mythology. We are looking for new plays that explore the ‘what ifs’ of human potential, challenge the status quo, envision a new future, offer an alternative present, or that have something meaningful to say about the world we live in. We are open to projects in all stages of development and are only accepting plays that have not as of yet received a full production or publication.

Jupiter Theatre creates bold original works of Canadian theatre that are visual, physical, and moving. We seek to share powerful stories that explore the human condition and challenge audiences through visceral and innovative productions.

How to submit?

Playwrights and theatre makers interested in submitting their work are asked to send:

  • A PDF draft of the work-in-progress script or project outline. Note: this draft may manifest itself as a full-length manuscript, as a collection of unfinished scenes, or as a preliminary scene breakdown for future writing or creating. If your project is not entirely text-based, we encourage you to get creative with how you present it to us!
  • A one-page proposal outlining the creator’s intentions with the piece, the creative questions that are being explored in the writing, an overview of the story, why you believe it to be a good fit with Jupiter Theatre, and a brief development history of the work (if applicable).
  • A current resume or CV for the leading artist(s).
  • Artists involved in the Europa New Works Incubator will be paid an honorarium.

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to promote equity and representation within our community, we strongly encourage and specifically welcome submissions from IBPOC, LGBTQ2IA+, female-identifying, and non-binary artists.

Deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2021 at 11:59pm. If you have a new work that you are developing and hoping to submit but meeting the deadline or fulfilling the submission criteria is, for whatever reason, an obstacle for you, we strongly encourage you to reach out to us and we will do what we can to accommodate and support you in this process.

To submit, or for more information, email Artistic Associate Constantine X. Anastasakis at [email protected].

Audition (Edmonton): Junior/Senior Comedy Troop Members – Maple Syrup Comedy

BRAND NEW COMEDY TROOP IN EDMONTON, ALBERTA!

Who are we?

We are Maple Syrup Comedy, a brand-new comedy troop located in Edmonton. Our goal is to create and put-on unique improv shows. Hopefully something people haven’t seen before. We will also be producing filmed sketches that will be placed on our website and YouTube channel with the goal of producing television/feature films.

How do I fit in?

The troop will be split into two members. Junior members and Senior members. Junior membership will consist of people with little to no improv experience. We are looking for newbies!!!

Senior membership will require a background in improv/theatre. A background in film and comedy are also required to audition.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment is quite heavy, please consider this before applying

  • One rehearsal a week (two when we are close to a show)
  • One script writing day a month.
  • Time during the month to appear in sketches

How to I audition?

Auditions are open to anyone 18+. During this unprecedented time, we will be doing auditions virtually. Send all info to [email protected] with yourname/audition in the subject line. Please address which membership you will be auditioning for in the body of the email.

  • Please attach resume/headshot
  • Perform a comedic monologue of your choice, no more than 3 minutes in length. (Attach Youtube/Vimeo link)
  • Attach a YouTube/Vimeo link to your demo reel (optional)
    *Please do not submit any content that needs to be downloaded.

Pay?

Profit sharing will be the method of payment to our performers.

Auditions (Edmonton): New Works Festival – University of Alberta

New Works Festival 2021 - January 25-29 from 6:30-9pm daily. Sign up for auditions today! No acting experience needed.

Actors, performers, and theatre babies of all levels of experience are all welcome! The auditions will take place January 25th – 29th with time slots available between 6:30 PM – 9 PM every day! They are being held entirely online through Google Meet. We will be holding callbacks that weekend (January 30 + 31) so keep that in mind as well.

If you are interested in auditioning for this year’s Virtual Mainstage productions of 2021, please check out our google form and sign up for an audition slot! Of course, all questions are welcome so never hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected].

Workshop (Edmonton): Taxes for Artists – Edmonton Arts Council

Taxes for artists - Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00pm. RSVP to grants@edmontonarts.ca

Taxes for Artists
Tuesday, January 26, 6:00pm

In this year of COVID and assorted weirdness, it’s more important than ever to understand your rights and obligations for the upcoming taxes deadline. Accountant Janis Richards guides you in organizing your records and understanding how to report income and what expenses you can claim, including any CERB repayments. To register for this free session, email [email protected].

Workshop (Online): Inner and Interpersonal Wellness on Set and Stage

Inner and Interperonsal Wellness on Set and Stage - facilitated by Emma Chahal and Megan Gilron

Sunday February 21, 2021
10am-1pm PST/11am-2pm MST/ 1pm-4pm EST
Platform: Digital workshop
Eventbrite link: www.eventbrite.com
Workshop access information will be sent out 24hrs. prior to workshop.

This workshop will provide practical, experiential information about navigating wellness and self care for professionals working in performance. We will specifically cover self-care and self-regulation in the context of intimacy coordinators and directors, but anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

Using a trauma-informed lens, we will explore: embodiment techniques to soothe the nervous system, holistic strategies for moving through emotions, and how to stay centered during difficult moments. This workshop is an incredibly valuable tool to avoid burnout, promote body/mind wellness in performance spaces, and work sustainably.

 

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Page to Stage – Theatre Calgary

Theatre Calgary is seeking play submissions for the inaugural Page to Stage New Works Festival, taking place (online) March 9 – 14, 2021. (More information on this festival will be announced in the near future.)

Theatre Calgary’s new, annual Page to Stage New Works Festival will provide resources for writers to have their work developed towards a next step opportunity at Theatre Calgary. The next step opportunity could be an additional reading, a more focused workshop, an exploratory workshop production, or an actual production.

As Southern Alberta’s largest, professional theatre company, Theatre Calgary is committed to amplifying and developing voices and stories that reflect the vast and ever-changing landscape of Albertan identity. Our company is dedicated to nurturing brand-new works, ensuring that these new works, new voices, and new stories are given a platform to be seen, heard, and discovered.

Each year, our Page to Stage New Works Festival will highlight a different theme. In this, our inaugural year, Theatre Calgary is reaching out to Southern Alberta based writers, who explore the landscape and expression of queer identity (LGBTQ2S+). This is an opportunity for Theatre Calgary to provide high visibility, and focused attention to the continued development of Alberta’s queer theatre canon.

Three (3) selected works will receive dramaturgy, and workshopping, which will culminate in one, online public reading within the festival. One (1) of the selected works will receive further development that will lead to a next step opportunity (as listed above). The eventual goal for this work is a full production, produced by Theatre Calgary in a future season.

Submission package should include:
• A 10-page excerpt of:
• an unproduced play (full-length or one-act)
     OR • a play that you are currently writing
     OR • a one-page description of a play you’re inspired to write.
• An artist bio (100 words or less)
• An artist résumé

Submissions are open to all writers who identify as LGBTQ2s+, regardless of age or playwriting experience, prioritizing Southern Alberta. Compelling stories come in all forms and expressions, so if you have an unproduced play, are currently working on a new piece, or have an idea for an exciting story that reflects a queer experience, we want to hear from you!

The deadline for entry is 5:00pm (MST) on Friday February 5, 2021.

RULES AND ELIGIBILITY:
• The festival is open to permanent residents of Canada, prioritizing those who live in Southern Alberta.
• The script must be original. Adaptations of other works will not be accepted — except for works that are in the public domain, or adaptations of works to which the author holds sole copyright.
• Scripts that have been entered in other playwriting competitions, or that have been through previous workshops or public readings are eligible.
• Any scripts or works that have been professionally produced at a theatre are not eligible.
• Chosen writers agree to allow Theatre Calgary to use their names, and play titles in promotional, marketing and communication materials.

SUBMISSION POLICIES:
• Entries must be submitted to Zach Running Coyote (Theatre Calgary’s Artistic Associate) via email as a PDF or Word document.
• Text should be in 12 pt. font.
• Speakers’ names should be isolated from their dialogue.
• Stage directions need to be clearly distinguishable from dialogue by the use of italics or other similar manner.
• The deadline for entry is 5:00pm (MST) on Friday February 5, 2021.

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Workshop (Online): Embodied Voice and Text – Morpheus Theatre

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EMBODIED VOICE & TEXT

Start off your New Year by refreshing your approach to the sounds of speech. In this 2-hour workshop, the origin of sound impulses will be planted firmly in the body, rather than in the mouth. After playfully physicalizing our way through the vowel and consonant sounds of English, we will put them back together again in the form of a short piece of text and use our playful curiosity to discover fresh insights.

When: January 27 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.

To purchase tickets online:
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Instructor Bio:
Laurann Brown headshotLaurann J Brown recently returned to her hometown of Calgary after 10+ years working as a voice and dialect expert in London, UK. She specializes in practical voice, dialect coaching, accent softening for EFL speakers, and mindfulness through breath and voice.

In London, Laurann taught in many drama schools including, three years as Head of Voice at The Urdang Academy; and five years as Senior Voice Tutor for the BA Hons Musical Theatre at ArtsEd. Many of her students went on to win roles in leading West End musicals such as Les Misérables, Wicked, Hamilton, Matilda, Romeo & Juliet, Heathers, Waitress, and many more. In addition she worked widely as an accent coach in professional theatre and film around the UK, and maintained links to Canada as an Associate Coach at the Shaw Festival.

Her accent specialisms include Canadian, General American, American regional dialects (Southern, New York, Midwest and others), Standard English, Received Pronunciation, Cockney, Irish (Dublin), Yorkshire, French, Italian. Other dialects can be coached on request.

Additional professional training in massage therapy, yoga, meditation, 5 Rhythms Movement and Mental Health First Aid give her great insights into physicality and nervous system regulation and she is equally in demand teaching body language, vocal confidence and public speaking skills.

 

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