Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) presents a new play reading series Craft Bites to be streamed online beginning on Monday, January 25, 2021.
Craft Bites is an online reading series, exploring the talents of Canadian playwrights and theatre artists. Each of the live events in the series features a cooperative session wherein two playwrights meet through a Zoom meeting to each perform a short reading of their work for an audience. Following the readings, the playwrights engage in a conversation about their written work and theatre practice. The web series highlights Canada-wide talent, featuring playwrights Lucia Frangione, Frances Koncan, Beau Dixon, and many more. Craft Bites connects interested and creative individuals from varied backgrounds in a collaborative and interactive play reading experience.
This web series builds on the success of previous projects presented by Playwrights Guild of Canada such as the Playwright to Playwright series, A Pinch of Creativity, and several International Webinars. Funding for Craft Bites is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts through the PlayConnect Program.
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].
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!
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!
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 teens who self-identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community in grades 9 – 12.
Growing up in a small town is a challenging event, but it is a survivable one. And there is strength in numbers, even when those numbers are scattered across the prairies. Join Luc Tellier for a free virtual conversation about growing up as a LGBTQIA+ teen in rural Alberta.
The event is totally free to attend, but advance registration is required through this link: www.eventbrite.ca
About Luc Tellier
Luc is a theatre actor, director, educator, and LGBTQ+ community activist. Having grown up in rural Alberta as a queer teen, Luc has an unbridled passion for the promotion of LGBTQ+ visibility, inclusivity, and community for youth. Luc recently taught at the Alberta Provincial GSA Conference, exploring how theatre can be used to animate difficult conversations in the classroom. Additionally, Luc is the program coordinator for YouthRiot YEG (a playwriting program for queer teens), and has provided Queer dramaturgy and outreach for productions at MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts Program, Fort Edmonton Park’s Capitol Theatre, and the Citadel Theatre Young Acting Company. As an actor, Luc has been seen in over 25 professional productions across western Canada, and recently received the Lieutenant Governor Award for Emerging Artist and a Sterling Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre For Young Audiences.
Script Reading of Maybe A Live Virtual Performance presented by WOEZO AFRICAN MUSICS & DANCE THEATRE INC. Based on the story IRREPLACEABLE by JAY SANNI
FEBRUARY 27th at 6pm Live from the Beddington Theatre Arts Centre Tickets are just $10 to support this incredible company of artists!
Premiering on February 27th, 2020 is the 2021 UNGANISHA Script Reading of MAYBE. The live virtual performance features a script written by Misha Maseka based on the short story Irreplaceable written by the winner of our 2020 UNGANISHA Story Writing Competition, Jay Sanni and directed by Omatta Udalor.
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].
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.
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.
Instructor Bio: Laurann 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Trans-Inclusive Casting Workshop January 20, 2021 at 7:00pm ET on Zoom
PRICE: Pay What You Want ($30-$70)
For transgender and non-binary actors, the casting process is full of potential land mines. And many casting directors continue to make the same mistakes. From writing character descriptions, to deciding who to call in, to navigating pronouns, to setting up the room – not to mention dance calls and casting of trans roles – there is much to consider. Gender Consultant Josephine Kearns will guide casting directors through ensuring your actors feel welcome, while also getting you the information you need and staying within legal boundaries.
BIO: Josephine Kearns (she/her) is a gender consultant, dramaturg, and educator who specializes in queer, transgender, and intersex identities. She has worked in theatres across the US and Canada as a pioneer in the field of gender consulting, supporting every aspect of productions from script and casting to marketing and production. Her experience spans fifteen years in professional theatre, staff positions at multiple trans-supporting organizations, and over 150 gender inclusivity trainings for schools, hospitals, government institutions, and arts organizations.
Meet new people who also work in and understand the entertainment industry;
Explore what you are feeling in a safe, welcoming environment;
Share ideas about how you or other people you know remain creative during this time.
DST is not:
One-on-one counselling or therapy;
A crisis support group (if you are in crisis and need help right away, please call 911 or go to your local hospital).
Our first DST is on Thursday, January 14, 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm (EST) and after that will take place bi-weekly on Thursdays. Register NOW – space is limited! Participants are not obligated to join every session.
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.