I was directing Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball for Canmore’s Pine Tree Players when the second round of COVID restrictions hit Alberta. Even though there were bigger-picture things to get worked up about, I was upset.
Tag: Community Stories
We are children of the wind, we are children of the water, the fire, and the light. These are the things that make us who we are. Our voices sing the memories. The sound of mahbash – coffee ground by a father’s hand and the smell of khubz – bread kneaded with a mother’s heart.
The following essay was brought to our attention by University of Calgary School of Performing Arts Sessional Instructor Léda Davies. We’re thrilled to get this insight into what post-secondary theatre students are thinking about, researching, and writing about right now. Thank you Sofia Huarte Aguilar for sharing this excellent essay!
MOVING TO A BIGGER STAGE – Chris Dodd Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses
WHAT I WOULD LEAVE AND WHAT I WOULD KEEP I’m a designer during a pandemic. I’ve been trying to write an essay about the experience of designers, technicians, and production staff during COVID, but admittedly (and unsurprisingly) it’s not easy. There is no succinct phrase or line of dialogue to
LOOKING TO THE PAST TO SEE THE FUTURE: A LEBANESE-CANADIAN MANIFESTO – Luay Eljamal The following essay pulls from research I conducted in 2016 for a paper entitled “The Manipulation of Collective Memory Through Art in Post-Civil War Lebanon”, which can be read in its entirety here. When I first
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
FORGING A NEW PATH – Suzanne Hermary The thoughts herein are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations with whom I work. I’m fairly new to the Board of the group I work with, so most observations are coming from the perspective of a community
Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre is looking for new tenants!
WHO ARE WE NOW, AND WHERE ARE WE GOING – Lebogang Disele Pandemic Round 1: NextFest goes online. I submit my performance in the form of a video excerpt. Pandemic Round 2: Antidote to Violence as Care, a collaborative project led by Brandon Wint, shifts from a live performance to
FACING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK A Letter To (and From) Sue Goberdhan, for you Well Homeslice, we made it. 28. Holy shit. Almost don’t have the audacity to believe it, but we’re here. When you really stop and think about it, it’s kind of a miracle, isn’t it? Our dumb ass
FROM THE DESK OF AN APOCALYPSE DOULA – Jacquelyn Cardinal One of the clearest varieties of memory I have of my childhood were the nights when Hunter, my younger brother, and I were treated to myth-sharing by our Dad. Rather than reading the usual storybook chosen from our shared collection,
THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB – Makram Ayache When a friend of mine shared the news of the new Alberta Artist in Residence on social media, they were understandably leery of the decision. The current government hasn’t exactly been discreet about some faith-based motivations underlying their legislative decision making.
By Lynda Adams | October 8, 2019 I was recently posed with the question: What is the importance of community theatre in the theatre ecosystem? I didn’t think I had enough experience to formulate an opinion and isn’t ecosystem a scientific concept? Science was never one of my strengths.
Scott Strasser | Rocky View Weekly | January 15, 2019 A new musical theatre company in Bragg Creek is offering locals the chance to learn the ins and outs of performing onstage. Swamp Donkey Musical Theatre Society (SDMTS) formed last summer as the brainchild of Trisha
(EDMONTON) Edmonton’s arts and culture communities continued to show steady growth over the past decade, according to a new economic impact assessment commissioned by the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE). The new study was conducted by the Edmonton firm of Nichols Applied Management, Inc., with funding from the
Anne Marie Szucs, Artistic Director of Walterdale Theatre in Edmonton, was recently featured in Edmonton Woman Magazine, in their feature The Cutting Edge. Anne Marie Szucs’s new role as Artistic Director of the Walterdale Theatre is only the latest in a series of challenging ventures. This is her first year
Congratulations to long time Theatre Alberta member and supporter, James Hutchison, whose one act comedy Death and the Psychiatrist, won second place in the 2015 Frostburg One-Act Playwriting Competition! Death and the Psychiatrist is the story of Mortimer Graves who shows up at Psychiatrist Dr. Donna Thompson’s office claiming to