The Meisner Approach: Awakening Authentic Performance with Sally Cacic
*For actors of all levels.
Participants will be led to the Meisner Technique through a series of short improvised and scripted exercises, designed to awaken authentic and vulnerable performance within the actor.
Whether pursuing stage, film, or television mediums, the Meisner exercises allow actors to tap into their authentic and intrinsic needs in order to drive their performance deeper; to live “truthfully under the imaginary circumstances, moment to unanticipated moment.”
When: April 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Where: Online via Zoom link (will be provided to those registered) Suggested price: $25 Pay What You Can pricing available.
“Sally is someone who epitomizes depth. She continually demonstrates her dedication to the craft of acting and her students. I appreciate Sally’s sunny spirit which feeds into her compassionate and straight forward approach to teaching. She has a hunger to grow and share relevant industry knowledge with her students.” – Sandy Lawlor, Rogues Alumni
Sally Cacic is a West Australian actor, director, and producer. A graduate of Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio Master Class Program and StageMilk Drama School, Sally trained in acting technique for stage, TV and film, voice and movement, and clown, in the teachings and interpretations of Constantine Stanislavski, Sanford Meisner, and Uta Hagan. Sally apprenticed to teach the Meisner Program under the mentorship of Stacie Harrison, and Film & Television under Joe-Norman Shaw, and is the Lead Instructor of the Meisner Program at Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio. Sally is also the Co-Founder of The Brolly Shelf Production Co. with Lori Bachynski.
Select film credits include Bright Hill Road (Nevermine Films), The Little Things (Shotlist Films), The Hundy (AMPIA Rosie Award Winner 2017), Joy To The World (AMPIA Rosie Award Nominee 2017), Within (Konscious Pictures), The Stalker (Late Night Pictures), The Automation (Late Night Pictures). Select theatre & dance credits include Come Home (Urban Stories Theatre), Laughter (Urban Stories Theatre), How To Almost Be An Adult (Urban Stories Theatre), Late Night At The Plaza (Late Night Productions), and Australian productions A Chorus Line (The Old Mill Theatre), and Beauty & The Beast (The Ballet Company).
REELING: Dance on Screen is a series of film screenings presented by Mile Zero Dance, every second year. Each time the breadth, scope, and quality improves greatly along with technical knowhow, as the form expands and more filmmakers become aware of dance as a viable medium.
Dancers across the planet have been working within constraints as they make work, alone at home or in vast locations. This year’s curation has a strong theme of cultural representation, and many of the selected pieces carry support for Black Lives Matter or involve dancers existing and occupying city spaces, and are from countries including Brazil, Cuba, Tokyo, Nigeria and more!
With over 1,000 international submissions received in 2021, our judges and curators are very excited to share their favorite selection of dance films that celebrate diverse bodies and abilities, dances that take over buildings and environments, and dances that take minimalism and the body to new artistic levels.
Also as part of the festival, local film maker Shawn Tse will host two open panel discussions on Facebook to discuss the evolving medium of dance on film. Everyone is welcome!
Schedule of Events
MAY 13 at 12PM Panel Discussion Dance Film Organizer Panel What is Dance Film and where do organizers think it is going? A discussion about making space with Dance Film. Join the Event on Facebook.
MAY 20 at 6PM Panel Discussion Dynamite screening and Conversation With Creators (Leila Jarman & Maceo Paisley) and Edmonton/Canadian Artists Join the Event on Facebook.
MAY 14, 21 at 7PM Screenings | CO-PRESENTED BY METRO CINEMA Online Different screenings each day! Free or by donation
MAY 29 at 10 PM Finale | CO-PRESENTED BY BONNIE DOON MALL A socially distanced drive-in movie screening $25 per car
The Rosebud performing arts cohort is excited to share with you Leanna Brodie’s For Home and Country.
“An unlikely friendship between a modern, urban single mother trying to start a new life and a farmwife in rural Ontario, is highlighted by a patchwork quilt of stories and songs honoring the Women’s Institute of Canada throughout the last century.”
You can stream this performance live from the Opera House stage beginning April 30th.
And by the way, we miss our patrons! Our hearts yearn to gather again and share story. We look forward to the day when we will throw open the doors of our theatre, dining room and small arts town to welcome you back in person! Until then, enjoy this beautiful story, remain hopeful, and stay tuned for our exciting outdoor summer plans.
Saturday, April 17 & Sunday, April 18, 2021 1:00 – 4:00 PM both days
In this hands-on workshop participants will explore the role of the director in taking a production from the page to the stage. Participants will investigate creating a director’s vision, auditioning and casting a show, and developing their own rehearsal process. No previous directing experience is required! Just show up ready to play and have fun.
About the instructor:
Jacqueline (she/her) is a director, performer, creator and clown. With her co-conspirator Jed Tomlinson she has created and toured two full-length clown shows, The Sama Kutra & Hushabye, to festivals across the country. She was the Artistic Producer of Urban Curvz Theatre from 2011-2015, the 2013-14 RBC Emerging Director at Lunchbox Theatre, and the Artistic Producer for Evergreen Theatre from 2008-2013. She has directed for Evergreen Theatre, Calgary Opera, New West Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, Urban Curvz, Keyano College, Calgary Young People’s Theatre, the University of Calgary, and Inside Out Theatre. She recently completed her MFA in Theatre Studies at the University of Calgary and is currently teaching clown and mask at Ambrose University.
This workshop is FREE to attend and will take place via Zoom. If you are interested in registering for this workshop, please email [email protected].
** Participants should be prepared to do a bit of work outside of class between the Saturday and Sunday session.
The 2021 Online Conference will focus on methods to help you rebound in the upcoming academic year. How do you regain your students’ trust, manage their anxiety about returning to the classroom, and inspire them to take on new challenges?
Restart and revitalize your theatre program with workshops including:
Creativity, Mindfulness and Managing Anxiety
Learning Loss and Recovery
Filling the House: How to Reboot Your Audience
Integrating Arts into the Curriculum
Plus, daily networking sessions with your peers discussing relevant topics. All recorded sessions available to view through August 31, 2021.
Resilience & Reinvention: PACT Management Leaders Retreat Taking place wherever you are on Wednesday, May 26, from 12pm to 5:30pm ET
There’s no more business as usual. What principles should guide us as we return to the stage? How can we ensure that our practices are ethical, equitable, and effective as the world changes? Connect with your colleagues to share knowledge and design new solutions to the challenges facing Canadian theatres.
Programming and schedule information will be announced in April. The day will feature a mix of learning sessions, peer to peer conversations, and more.
Who is this for? This event is designed for current and aspiring Executive Directors, Managing Directors, General Managers, and other administrative leaders at Canadian theatre companies, both within the PACT membership and beyond.
We are using a Pay What You Can Afford pricing structure in recognition of the challenging financial times. You receive the same access to the event no matter which price level you select. Pricing options are $5, $15, $30, or $50.
Join us on Dirty Laundry’s first foray into the world of online improv with our miniseries, Dirty Laundry Goes to Space!
About this Event
Houston, we have a problem! Dirty Laundry is going to space and who knows what that means for the sake of the human race. Our talented Improvisers will be sent out into the black void of space in search for adventure. Will they finally find new life, how many intergalactic battles will be fought and is the moon actually made out of cheese? Whether you’re watching from earth or light years away, you won’t want to miss this.
Dirty Laundry’s launch date is set for April 5th at 7:00 and will be broadcasted across the galaxy through Zoom. Be sure to catch all our episodes every Monday April 5th-May 3rd.
Since we’re testing this format out, we’d love you to join us for any episodes you can make from wherever you are in the universe. Tickets are free or by donation. The Zoom link will be sent to you no later than 1 hour before the event.
Seventh Anniversary Playwright Readings April 11 at 7:30pm
We’re celebrating another year! April is our seventh anniversary, so we’ve gathered the following fabulous Edmonton playwrights to help us celebrate. Please welcome to our online stage: Belinda Cornish, Althea Cunningham, Blaine Newton, Liam Salmon, and the writing team of May Kharaghani and Eric Rice.
In addition we’ll be saying thank you and best wishes to Tracy Carroll, who is leaving Script Salon after four wonderful years. Tracy is now co-Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre. We will miss you, Tracy!
These playwright readings are sponsored by and with thanks to the Play Connects program at the Playwrights Guild of Canada, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Belinda is an actor and playwright based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Her previously produced plays include Little Elephants (Shadow Theatre) and Category E (The Maggie Tree Theatre, The Coal Mine Theatre), both of which won Sterling Awards for Outstanding New Play; Category E was subsequently published by Playwrights’ Canada Press. Her most recent play, The Garneau Block (based on Todd Babiak’s beloved novel) was due to be produced at the Citadel Theatre in March 2020, and is currently on hold – the set is still standing on the Maclab stage, waiting…She is currently working on a new play – Hiraeth – with director Rachel Peake, which will hopefully go into production later this year. Belinda is also the co-Artistic Producer of Teatro La Quindicina. In her spare time, she volunteers with WILDNorth wildlife rescue, and encourages you to check out their website – wildnorth.ca – they do amazing work!
Althea Cunningham is a seasoned performer and graduate of the Theatre Arts Program at Grant MacEwan University. She is an established actor with appearances in theatres across Canada. She also does television and film. She is interarts and works in; writing, acting, producing and music.
Sunkiss To Death, the (full length) version of Sunkiss. Sunkiss, was produced in Chicago at the Snapshots 10 minute play Festival in the summer of 2017. Sweet An Nice, is her other full- length work currently in development it’s had two readings. The first reading was at DaPoPo Script Series in Halifax, and the second reading was at Script Salon in Edmonton in 2017.
Her short plays Brown Suga and Colour Blind have been produced by Workshop West Playwrights Theatre. Excerpts from Sweet An Nice and The System have been produced by Sarasvati Productions in Winnipeg between 2017 and 2019. The System is a (one act) play; the themes are marginalized youth and child care services. The System employs spoken-word poetry and hip hop as part of the narrative and is in development. Althea is also a contract playwriting and acting instructor.
2020 was the year of her first commissioned (2 Metres) play by Hip Hop In The Park. 2 Metres is about our global pandemic.
In 2010, she independently released a debut soul music ep On The Verge,which received international airplay and critical acclaim. You can visit her at nappyrootsconsolidated.ca.
May Kharaghani and Eric Rice
The Dance is the second play completed by playwriting and life partners Hengameh (May) and Eric Rice. Their first play, Anahita’s Republic, received professional development through Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, and was read at Script Salon in Edmonton and Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Cross-cultural awareness is a critical part of their life and their writing projects, and both are deeply involved in a variety of theatre projects that promote inclusion and equity in theatre.
A playwright, sketch writer, actor, improvisor and sometime engineer, Blaine’s plays have been seen by well under a million people. Recent productions include Bravo (Shadow Theatre); The Thin Grey Line, (Cursive Writing Productions); Oral Fixations – co-written with Leslie Greentree (Ignition Theatre) and Five Stages of Death (Cursive Writing Productions). Several of his plays have also received readings through the Script Salon series.
As a performer, he is currently with the cast of Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre, although his most recent appearances have been at Safeway for the early-morning shopping, and in vaccine line-ups.
His writing has been described by the late Pope Benedict as “filled with warmth, particularly when burned.” His subtle “windmill” approach to physical comedy has won him the much coveted “Ichabod Crane of the Stage” award three years running.
Liam Salmon is a queer playwright, dramaturge, producer, and educator based out of Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) (He/Him, They/Them). They are a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and their works have been performed across the country. Most recently, Liam worked as a producer on the Alberta Queer Calendar Project (queercalendar.ca). Currently, Liam is playwright in residence at Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre working on the new works: Subscribe or Like, ARKANGEL, and others. (salmliam.com)
FREE STAGES: THE UNSEEN FUTURE OF THEATRE FREE ONLINE SEMINARS FOR THEATRE PRACTITIONERS OF ALL KINDS
On three Sundays in April, playwright Scott Sharplin will host Zoom-based workshop/seminars exploring the post-pandemic future of live theatre.
Free Stages: The Unseen Future of Theatre is a three-hour event for directors, designers, playwrights, and other theatre practitioners. On Zoom, groups of 12 will discuss adapting to post-COVID practices, with questions about aesthetics, audience dynamics, and delivery methods. Transcripts of the conversations will be available.
The seminars occur at the following times in Atlantic Daylight Time (GMT-4):
Sunday, April 11 (2-5pm)
Sunday, April 18 (2-5pm)
Sunday, April 25 (2-5pm)
Scott Sharplin is a Canadian playwright, director, and theatre educator based in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. His thirty years of experience includes Fringe festivals, community theatres, professional and semi-professional companies, play development centres, applied theatre, and post-secondary teaching. In Sep. 2020, Scott also had a taste of online theatre when he curated Paths Less Traveled, a verbatim theatre project delivered through Zoom. Since then, he has been pondering how our collective experience of “pandemic culture” will affect our industry’s writing, producing, and spectating.
Theatre in Fort McMurray, a TELUS documentary produced by Bamboo Shoots, celebrates the local theatre scene and the companies and venues that make it possible. The documentary profiles three companies: Keyano Theatre, the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, and Theatre; Just Because. Theatre in Fort McMurray premiered on March 27, in celebration of World Theatre Day.
“This documentary emphasizes the crucial role theatre plays in our community and the incredible impact it has to transform this region from a transient place you move to for work, to a home,” says the Artistic Director for Theatre; Just Because, Hanna Fridhed. “The theatre here is a vibrant tapestry of voices and stories from all walks of life and corners of the world. Together, it tells the story of where we have been and where we are going. Performing Arts are crucial to the Wood Buffalo region, and we are proud to be able to share the journeys of local artists in this documentary.”
Theatre in Fort McMurray premiered over one year into the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdowns, which have taken a toll on the entertainment industry, both locally and across the globe. In September 2020, entertainment venues across Canada lit up with red lights to raise awareness for the impact COVID-19 has had on the industry. #LightUpLiveCanada included participation from three local venues and occurred the same week as interviews for Theatre in Fort McMurray.
Theatre in Fort McMurray is available for viewing on the Theatre; Just Because Facebook page and YouTube channel.
As a part of our World Theatre Day celebration, NLT is pleased to announce extra streaming dates for our production of THE LOOK by Alexa Wyatt, staring Linda Grass. Now you can catch the show for yourself — all from the comfort of your own living room! Streaming tickets are available for $30 per household.
THE LOOK Streaming Dates
Friday March 26 at 7pm Friday March 26 at 8:30 pm
Saturday March 27 at 1 pm Saturday March 27 at 3 pm Saturday March 27 at 7 pm Saturday March 27 at 8:30 pm
Sunday March 28 at 1 pm Sunday March 28 at 3 pm
Wednesday March 31 at 7 pm
Thursday April 1 at 7 pm
Friday April 2 at 7 pm Friday April 2 at 8:30 pm
Saturday April 3 at 1 pm Saturday April 3 at 3 pm Saturday April 3 at 7 pm Saturday April 3 at 8:30 pm
Sunday April 4 at 1 pm Sunday April 4 at 3 pm Sunday April 4 at 7 pm
HOW TO BOOK YOUR TICKET
Booking your ticket to see the performance online is the same as booking for a live presentation.
Choose the date and time you would like to see the show, and NLT will send you a link with password to view the performance.
Going online allows NLT to keep our artist employed while still being able to celebrate the intimacy of our productions with you – our audience. And there are some small benefits – being able to watch from the comfort of your own home, not having to find parking, and being able to hit pause for bathroom breaks.
The link for the performance will only last until midnight, so if your plans change, and you are unable to watch the play or “attend” on the date/time you chose, just let us know and we can update your reservation.
If you need to rebook we request that you cancel your reservation at least 24 hours in advance.
Digital tickets are available now. Streaming tickets are available for $30 per household.
The RAFT program is for those who have been working or volunteering for an arts organization and are looking to build their knowledge, individual artists of all disciplines who want to learn about organizational structures, and board members at arts organizations seeking to deepen their governance knowledge. Learn more and apply at www.rozsafoundation.org/raft.
Upon successful completion of the Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training (RAFT) program, you will be able to:
Explain the real-life challenges and opportunities of being a not-for-profit arts organization
Review a financial statement presented at a not-for-profit board
Evaluate an organization’s mission, vision, and value statement
Identify the main components that make up a strategic plan
Discuss the importance of doing evaluations
Construct a project plan based on answering the questions who, what, where, when, why, and how much
RAFT is a 22-hour program that will be delivered online through Zoom, covering the basics of arts management theory and practices. 20 hours will be in real time (synchronous) and 2 hours will be asynchronous (self-directed homework/group work).
Who should apply?: Artists, arts administrators, and board members are all welcome. Early career staff, or volunteers of arts organizations, with 0-3 years of work or volunteer experience.
When is RAFT?: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from May 4 – 24, from 10:30am – 12:30pm MT.
*The Rozsa Foundation acknowledges that systemic barriers to equity exist when it comes to the Arts Leadership application process and program experience. We also recognize that the tuition fee may present a barrier to participation. We invite you to email Program and Granting Manager, Ayla Stephen at [email protected] and we will provide additional or alternative support that suit your individual needs.
Nuestras Voces/ Nossas Vozes A Conversation with Latinx Artists
Sunday, March 28 at 5:30pm MST LIVE on Zoom (link to be provided)
Come join an in-depth conversation with Latinx artists based in amiskwacîwâskahikan, Treaty 6 Territory. This panel will discuss practices and contributions to the local arts scene, the challenges faced with identities and industry, and our future vision for the Latinx community.
Co-curated and facilitated by Andrés Moreno and Natércia Napoleão.