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].

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].

What’s Online (Edmonton): The Look – Northern Light Theatre

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Northern Light Theatre Presents
The Look by Alexa Wyatt

Directed by Trevor Schmidt
Featuring Linda Grass
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Streaming Online Only
Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24, 2021

Thursday, January 28 – Sunday, January 31, 2021

Tickets $30
Order online: northernlighttheatre.com
By phone: 780.471.1586

A training session for Estelle Cosmetics that threatens to go off the rails…

Marilyn was once a celebrity, the original “Estelle Girl” of the Estelle Cosmetics line. Today she is an aged-out supermodel, giving lectures on cosmetics and demonstrating the various “Looks” and fantasy images that she inhabited as the “Estelle Girl”. Over the course of the lecture Marilyn is forced to confront her real self. But can she cope with this new found awareness?

The Look is a North American premiere by Australian playwright Alexa Wyatt. She is a story consultant, script editor, script writer, and script producer. Her plays have garnered productions at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Stables Theatre, Melbourne Writer’s Festival, Bridewell Theatre, London, and Northern Light Theatre.

Along with Direction, Set & Costume Designs by Trevor Schmidt, the creative team includes Assistant to the Director Bethany Hughes, Original Composition & Sound Design by Darrin Hagen; Lighting Design by Rae Dunn McCallum; Projections & Multi-Media Design by Ian Jackson; Make-up for Multi-Media Design by Kendra Humphrey; Stage Management by Elizabeth Allison; Production Management by Chris Hicks.

Given the rise of COVID-19 cases in Alberta, Northern Light Theatre and the Board of Directors decided the upcoming productions of The Look by Alexa Wyatt and Something Unspoken by Tennessee Williams will stream digitally.

Presenting online allows NLT to keep artists employed while continuing to celebrate the intimacy of their productions with their audience. NLT asked for and received special permission from the province to rehearse and film The Look. All AHS safety protocols are in place for the rehearsal process.

NLT has shifted their performance dates to accommodate filming and editing, and setting up the performance at specific times for viewing through Vimeo.

Booking a ticket to see the streaming presentation of The Look is the same as booking for a live presentation. The ticket buyer chooses the date and time to see the show and NLT sends a link with password to view the performance.

The link for the performance will last 24 hours. If a ticket buyer is unable to watch the play on the date/time chosen NLT will alter the ticket date and time.

 Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of the performance start time to change a ticket.

Auditions (Edmonton): Lobbyist Performing Ensemble

Actors in an indoor green space. Front three are looking dramatically upward.

Photo Credit: Marc J Chalifoux. Performers: Mpoe Mogale, Sarah Feutl, Carmen Nieuwenhuis Osahor, Kendra Shorter, Bridget Jessome

THE CHINOOK SERIES
&
THE EXPANSE FESTIVAL
March 25th to April 4th, 2021
Edmonton, Alberta

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Emerging performers comfortable exploring site specific and highly physical work.

Each year the Expanse Festival brings together a diverse ensemble of artists to create and perform under the collective title The Lobbyists. This year the Lobbyist collective will be working with Andrés Moreno, Natércia Napoleão and Expanse Outreach Coordinator Amber Borotsik to create and perform site specific pieces as a part of the Chinook Series.

We are seeking 2 emerging performers to join us for Expanse 2021. This is an opportunity to join a creative ensemble exploring new creation practices and performing in non-traditional places and spaces (sometimes outside).

AUDITION DATES/TIMES: Thurs, Jan 28th: 4pm to 8pm Sat, Jan 30th: 10am to 2pm

Individual Auditions will be 15 minutes in length and held online via Zoom. Performers will be asked to:

1) Perform something that you love. 1 – 2 mins We encourage applicants to share self-created and/or multidisciplinary work. This could be anything – choreography, a spoken word poem, a song – anything you have made. Don’t have a self-created piece? No worries! Sharing an existing song, monologue or other something is also just perfect. We operate with the spirit of “permission to fail”. Accessibility is important to us – if you would prefer to pre-record this portion of the audition and submit it by email that would also be welcome.

2) Explore a small, physical improvisation. This will be explored in the audition and will be designed to work in small spaces. No need to prepare anything. Just come ready to move and play.

3) Chat with us. We’ll have a casual and informal chat about the project and answer any questions you may have. Consider this chat as a two-way exploration of partnership.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Artist Statement
  • A brief document (1 page) or video that communicates:
  • Who you are.
  • Why you are interested in this opportunity.
  • What kind of work you like to perform and/or create.

This document could be in the form of a letter, a video, a blog post or whatever is simple and fun for you to create (and easy for us to read/access/download etc. etc.).

**As a part of your submission please also let us know if you have preferred audition times and/or any schedule conflicts you would like us to take into account when scheduling your audition. If there are accessibility obstacles (language, work schedule or any other consideration) preventing you from applying contact Amber Borotsik at [email protected] and we will work with you to overcome them.

WHERE TO SUBMIT:

Please send submissions to [email protected]

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT: Wed, January 27th, 2021. *Although we do recommend submitting in advance of this day because you’ll have more choice in audition times.

PROJECT DATES AND DETAILS:

• Creation/Rehearsals: Part-time throughout March, 2021.
• Performances: March 25th, 26th, 27th & April 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2021.
• Artist Fee: $1,000.00
* Covid 19 Protocols: All rehearsal and performance activities will strictly follow current Azimuth Theatre and AHS protocols in order to keep both performers and audience safe.
* Location: Edmonton, AB. Due to the part-time nature of rehearsals and funds available, this project might be most ideal for Edmonton based performers. However, performers from elsewhere in Alberta are welcome to audition provided they can make all rehearsals and performances.

We support and encourage the sharing of space and stories from all bodies, lands and languages. Many experiences and stories have yet to be experienced and shared on our stages. We acknowledge this and actively strive to change it. All experience levels are welcome, from artists just starting their choreographic practices to established artists in the community, we want to share in your work!

Submissions for this project are open to all. If you have yet to see your story on stage, we are here to listen, learn and create together.

Event (Online): Script Salon – Readings By Albertan BIPOC Playwrights

The next Script Salon event is on Sunday, January 10, 2021. It features readings by BIPOC playwrights from across the province, supported by PlayConnect at the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

To receive a Zoom link for the event please send a request to [email protected].

We’d like to thank the Playwrights Guild of Canada for making these readings possible and warmly welcome the following playwrights to our Script Salon online stage:

Makram Ayache

Makram Ayache is a community-engaged theatre artist and educator who splits his time between Edmonton and Toronto. His playwriting explores meaningful representations of queer Arab voices. He often endeavours to bridge complex and interlocking political struggles to the very intimate and real experiences of the people impacted by them.

Ayache has been nominated for four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards for his plays Harun (2018) and The Green Line (2019). Most recently, Harun won the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada’s annual Tom Hendry Award in the RBC Emerging Playwright Category. In 2020, Ayache completed Factory Theatre’s Mechanicals Actors’ Enhancement Training in Toronto and co-created and performed in Azimuth Theatre’s All That Binds Us in Edmonton.

Currently, his play The Hooves Belonged to the Deer, is commissioned by the Alberta Queer Calendar Project which will be workshopped and recorded for online public viewing, directed by Peter Hinton. In 2021, he will spend his time at the Citadel Theatre developing his skills as a director and he is a participant of Generator’s Artist Producer Training program. He is also excited to join the Musical Stage Company and Prime Mover’s NoteWorthy program to explore musical theatre creation this winter!


Lady Vanessa Cordoba

Lady Vanessa y yo soy Caleña, Colombiana is a visitor here on Treaty 6 Territory, Amiswachiwaskahegan:
“I am committed to honouring the treaty by learning tunderstand it, observing the ways in which we are not honouring it at the moment and listening to the original people of this land on how to protect and take care of this home. I offer my hands and my heart to Turtle Island, Madre Tierra, Abaya Yala, The Caribbean and Namibia (the land that birthed and embraced the poet in me). I am a multi-disciplinary artist choosing to learn from as many mediums to get my messages across. I offer tools for self- healing and community engagement, building and accountability. I am the 2018 ‘Candian’ Individual poetry slam champion. I am a former youth mentor of “Newcomers are Lit”. I am playwright, author and performer of the play Three Ladies and co-creator of Whiteface. I am Founder of Sinergia, Fiesta y Resistencia and “Remix the Ritual”- A Hip Hop theatre collective. I am a crew member of “Los FreeRoosters” in Cali, Colombia. I am a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, a lover, a neice, an auntie, a woman, a human, a future birth worker, a healer, a mentor, a student, an artist, a poet and a prophet always aiming to channel the message of loVe.”

Dale Lee Kwong

Dale Lee Kwong is a Calgary-based poet, playwright, and essayist. She is third-generation Chinese-Canadian. Her work explores Chinese-Canadian history, diversity and inclusion, adoption, and LGBTQ issues. She is passionate about Calgary’s Chinatown, and was a frequent host of pre-pandemic Chinatown walking tours. Dale is a sometime performer under the direction of her border-collie/heeler cross, Fonzarelli.

Mūkonzi Mūsyoki

Mūkonzi Mūsyoki is a writer, director and a dramaturge. He is a second-year PhD student at the University of Alberta in Performance Studies. Mũkonzi graduated from Kenyatta University in Kenya on July 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English, Linguistics and Literature. He later went on to do his Masters in the University of Alberta specializing in Kenyan Theatre. He has been in Canada for four years and has worked with Workshop West, Timms Centre Studio Theatre, the University of Alberta Drama Department, MAA and PAA Theatre and The Citadel Theatre. Mũkonzi has also worked as a dramaturg for Ignite Afrika Trust where he continues to participate in the OSNW (Old Stories in New Ways) Project and TIC (Theatrical Interactions for Change) back in Kenya collaborating with local artists from Kisumu. His research is on Postcolonial Theatre and Performance, Dramaturgy, Urban Discourse and Identity Politics in contemporary East Africa.

Michelle Todd

Michelle Todd is an Edmonton native and has been active in the arts community for over 25 years as an actor, writer, choreographer, director, facilitator, and producer. A graduate of MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program, Michelle most recently performed with Saint Maggie Productions, Shadow Theatre, and Northern Light Theatre. She was Theatre Alberta’s 2020 recipient of the Michelle Dias Community Award.

 

What’s On (Edmonton): Cruising at 30 Kilometers a Second and Attempting Not To Crash

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Cruising at 30 Kilometers a Second and Attempting Not To Crash
A new work by Kevin Jesuino
Presented by Mile Zero Dance

Streaming online through Zoom
February 12, 7 PM Mountain Time
February 13, 2 PM Mountain Time

In a live streaming performance Kevin Jesuino will show new work. In an attempt to not arrive, a queer human finds their own place on Earth hoping someone will dance with them before the last song is played for the night.

The event is free and donations are welcome.

Register in advance to receive the link to the show.

More info can be found on our website.
https://milezerodance.com/

Job (Edmonton): Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts – Voice, Text and Acting

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Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts – Voice, Text and Acting
Department of Theatre
(Full-time, Tenure-Track Position)
Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

MacEwan University inspires students through a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning experiences. Located in culturally enriched, downtown Edmonton, our comprehensive undergraduate university offers over 65 programs to 19,000 full- and part-time students. With a dedication to teaching excellence informed by scholarly research and creative activity, MacEwan provides an exceptional collaborative and supportive learning environment with a commitment to environmental sustainability and opportunities for community engagement. In support of faculty professional development, unique and enhanced services are provided through the MacEwan Office of Teaching and Learning Services.

The Opportunity

The Theatre Department at MacEwan University is seeking a theatre artist and educator specializing in both Voice/Speech and Text and Actor training, to fill a new full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2021. The successful candidate will have a diverse skill set that draws primarily from their area of specialization and their ability to teach additional courses involving acting, interdisciplinary collaboration, and directing. Because the successful applicant for this position will play a key role in planned changes to the program curriculum, working effectively in a student-centred, collegial environment is considered very important. A vision towards developing new approaches to undergraduate music theatre education will also be an asset.

The Theatre Department is situated within the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications of MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. The Department is housed at the new, state-of-the-art Centre for the Arts and Culture, as part of MacEwan University’s main campus in downtown Edmonton. The MacEwan Theatre Arts two-year Diploma has been part of the city’s vibrant arts community since the early 1970’s. In the fall of 2022, MacEwan will launch a new 4-year BFA program in Music Theatre Performance, which will build on its reputation as one of the finest post-secondary music theatre training programs in Canada.

Qualifications

The preferred candidate will hold a minimum of an MFA in theatre, and have teaching experience at the post-secondary level, and a strong record of professional work in their area of expertise.
Applicants will submit a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, a portfolio and/or publications, and the names of three professional references. In addition, applicants will submit a teaching dossier that includes a teaching philosophy, a record of courses taught, and course evaluations. This position offers a full benefits package and commences on July 1, 2021. The review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021, and the competition will remain open until the successful candidate has been found.

How to Apply:

Only applications received electronically will be considered. To apply, go to http://www.macewan.ca/careers and select the job posting (Competition No. 20.12.126).

Thank you for your interest in employment with MacEwan University. We will be reviewing all applications to select the candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet our needs. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

For general inquiries, please contact us at [email protected].

MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and to self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

This position is included under the Faculty Association collective agreement.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Personal Information Collection Notification

Personal information is being collected to determine your qualifications for employment. This information is collected, used and protected under the authority of and in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. It may be provided to non-HR members of a hiring and interview panel if your application advances to that stage of the hiring process. If you have any questions about these arrangements, please contact: Human Resources, University Services Centre, Rm. 10-600, 10700-104 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 4S2 or phone (780) 497-5434.

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Stage Struck! One Act Play Festival – Extended Deadline

Call for Entrants
Stage Struck! 2021

What: ADFA Edmonton Region Adult One-act Play Festival
When: April 16-17, 2021
Where: La Cité Francophone, 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91st Street)

Is there a one-act play you have always wanted to produce? Need an outlet for your own new play? We’ll provide the venue, the audience and the professional adjudication; you provide the talent! The winning play goes to the Provincial Festival May 28-29, 2021.

Entrants must be based in the City of Edmonton. Under the present pandemic conditions, we strongly suggest the following conditions to help ensure the safety of participants and patrons:

  • The number of performers should be limited to three people.
  • Cast and crew (including playwright, director, stage manager and tech) must not consist of more than seven people in total.
  • Though multiple entries are permitted, we require that cast and crew members not be involved in more than one show in the 2021 festival.
  • Social distancing guidelines of 2 meters (6 feet) will be required onstage.
  • La Cité Theatre Tech has provided us with the safety protocols being used in the theatre. If you wish to know about these please contact us

Other requirements:

  • Any scripted play, previously published or new, between 10 to 60 minutes in length, is eligible for production. We are encouraging shows that are 30 to 60 minutes in length for the 2021 festival.
  • Entry fee $50
  • Entries being accepted now. Only 3 spaces still available!

For more information or to request a registration package, contact Cassie at 780.278.2830 or [email protected]. Extended Submission deadline is January 17, 2021.

 

News (Edmonton): Concrete Theatre Welcomes New Artistic Leadership

Concrete Theatre: Rehearsal for Change

It is with great excitement that Concrete Theatre’s Board of Directors announces new artistic leadership for the company, after the departure of Mieko Ouchi as Artistic Director in November. They are thrilled to return once again to a Co-Artistic team leadership model, this time made up of two wonderful and multi-talented Edmonton based artists: Tracy Carroll and Corben Kushneryk.

Both come to the company with long term relationships already built with Concrete, including working previously with the company as directors, stage managers, performers, educators and facilitators.

In particular, Tracy Carroll is well known for her work across the city as a director and dramaturg, and her passionate focus on TYA and new play development. Her background includes work as Artistic Associate at the Citadel in charge of the ATCO KidsPlay @ The Citadel Series, as well as work as the Artistic Associate-North for APN. She currently co-helms Script Salon with Katherine Koller.

“I am thrilled and honoured to be joining Concrete Theatre as Co-Artistic Director with the amazingly talented Corben Kushneryk,” said Tracy. “With a relationship that goes back 20 years starting as a workshop facilitator, then director of the award-winning Lig & Bittle, creator of Concrete’s school residency program Acting Our Colours and writer of many a study guide, I’ve been a part of almost every aspect of Concrete over the years with the great support and encouragement of Mieko Ouchi and Caroline Howarth. I am humbled to be stepping in to a company with such a rich history of high quality Theatre for Young People, and look forward to continuing the development and presentation of new works for children and families.”

Corben Kushneryk is one of the city’s most exciting emerging director/producers, known for his work with his local indie company Impossible Mongoose who have developed and produced the critically acclaimed Prophecy, as well as featured roles as an actor and singer at theatres including the Citadel, the Arts Club, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Concrete Theatre and many others.

“I am absolutely delighted to return to Concrete Theatre, this time in the exciting new position of Co- Artistic Director! I couldn’t be happier to team up with the warm-hearted and sharp-minded Tracy Carroll, as we continue dreaming up relevant and engaging theatre for young audiences,” said Corben. “For Concrete, I’ve worn the hat of performer, facilitator, stage manager, and director, and each new experience has provided me an opportunity for personal and professional growth. I am grateful for the guidance of outgoing AD, Mieko Ouchi, and I am happy to have her join the ever-supportive Caroline Howarth as one of our Artistic Associates. As we continue to grapple with so many social and public health issues, I look forward to connecting with more world-class artists and helpers in our community.”

The Board and Staff at Concrete are absolutely thrilled to welcome Corben and Tracy to the Concrete Theatre family, and will be working alongside Mieko Ouchi on the transition of leadership over the upcoming few months.

www.concretetheatre.ca

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Mile Zero Dance

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Cruising at 30 Kilometers a Second and Attempting Not To Crash

Call for Participants, deadline January 15

Multidisciplinary artist, facilitator, teacher, arts producer and community organizer Kevin Jesuino is seeking LGBT & BIPOC community members and emerging artists to participate in an upcoming community-based workshop and participation-based performance, Cruising at 30 Kilometers a Second and Attempting Not To Crash.

Just like in nature, there is no right or wrong for this project and all individuals and bodies (18+) are encouraged to sign up to participate!

The goal of this experimental work is to explore how queer bodies relate to nature, create a safe space for discussion, and loose to interpret and create!

This is a workshop based project that requires two types of participants:

  1. Pre-recorded participants will receive a score (a series of prompts) that participants will interpret in a public green space. All scores/prompts are different. Participants must have a smartphone with video capturing capability. All scores are filmed outside and no longer than 30 minutes. Videos will be submitted via wetransfer.com.
  2. Live performance participants will receive a score (a series of prompts) that they will interpret live on Feb 12 – 7pm or Feb 13 – 2pm. Participants must have a laptop or smartphone. You may be asked to film inside or in your backyard at times. For no longer than 60 minutes.

All participants will receive:

  • An invitation to a virtual collaboration dinner with various multidisciplinary artists;
  • Credit for participation in the show and for any future use of its content; and
  • $50 in compensation for their participation and 30 minute performance.

Requirements:

  • 18+
  • Available to attend:
    • A virtual collaboration dinner on January 23 at 7PM MST; and
    • The live performance(s) on February 12 – 7PM and/or February 13 – 2 PM.
  • Access to a smartphone to record or ‘witness’ to your experience.
  • Performance experience is not required.

All expressions of interest to participate can be submitted online. See link below.
https://docs.google.com/forms

For more information about the project, visit www.kevinjesuino.com/participate.

 

What’s Online (Edmonton): Grindstone Christmas Comedy Special

We’re working hard to save Christmas! If you can’t be with your family, at least you can be with us!

On Christmas Day, the Grindstone Theatre presents a Christmas Comedy Special that will bring the holiday spirit to Alberta audiences online.

The Grindstone Comedy Christmas Special is a 45 minute(ish) original sketch comedy special Hosted by Kathleen McGee with musical guest Aladean Kheroufi, featuring an exclusive update from ‘Deena Hinshaw’ and ‘Jason Kenney’, and an amazing cast of some Edmonton’s favourite comedians, performers and local celebrities. Join us December 25th at 8pm for the premiere event – a live streamed performance from our home to yours. Watch live, join the chat and share your virtual lols with fellow viewers.

If you can’t make our live showing on December 25th, have no fear! The show will be available for download starting December 26th for you to stream on your own time.

Featuring: Byron Martin, Derrick Johnson, Malachi Wilkins, Kyle Canniff, Donovan Workun, Ruth Alexander, Benjamin Blythe, Abby Vandenberghe, Natasha Lynn Myles, Lee Boyes, Rich King, Clayton Plamondon and more!

Click this link for tickets! 

What’s Online (Edmonton): Varscona Theatre Virtual Holiday Gala

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Varscona Theatre luminaries gather together in seasonal style for their first ever virtual Holiday Gala, made possible in part through support from the Heart + Soul Fund by EPCOR.

Filmed on location in Old Strathcona and in living rooms across the city, this online fundraiser premieres December 20, 2020 on Youtube at precisely 7:30 PM.

Tickets are free; donations are suggested.

Find out more at https://www.varsconatheatre.com/gala
Watch on https://www.youtube.com/channel