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The Michelle Dias Community Service Award

The Michelle Dias Community Service Award is offered each year in memory of Ms. Dias, a respected colleague and true champion of Canadian theatre, who passed away in 2011. It is awarded to a Rocky Mountain Series participant who demonstrates a selfless commitment to the Alberta theatre community and to sharing their knowledge with colleagues and peers. 

Michelle Dias was deeply involved in Theatre Alberta’s educational programming, having been instrumental in the creation of Safe Stages, our health and safety resource for theatres, as well as working with us frequently as an instructor. In addition to Michelle’s contributions to Theatre Alberta programs, Michelle was Head of Props for Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity from 1996-2004. Michelle worked at Banff during the summer months, the rest of the year she was an integral part of the Citadel Theatre production team. At the Citadel, Michelle was the Head of Scenic Paint from Sept 1995 until her passing in September 2011.

Theatre Alberta thanks the Edmonton Community Foundation for supporting theatre education in Alberta.

THEATRE ALBERTA’S MICHELLE DIAS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD IS SEEKING APPLICATIONS

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 24, 2023

The Michelle Dias Community Service Award is offered each year in memory of Ms. Dias, a respected colleague and true champion of Canadian theatre, who passed away in 2011. For 2023 it will be awarded to three individuals who each demonstrate a selfless commitment to the Alberta theatre community and to sharing their knowledge with colleagues and peers. 

ABOUT MICHELLE DIAS

Michelle Dias was deeply involved in Theatre Alberta’s educational programming, having been instrumental in the creation of Safe Stages, our health and safety resource for theatres, as well as working with us frequently as an instructor. In addition to Michelle’s contributions to Theatre Alberta programs, Michelle was Head of Props for Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity from 1996-2004. Michelle worked at Banff during the summer months, the rest of the year she was an integral part of the Citadel Theatre production team. At the Citadel, Michelle was the Head of Scenic Paint from Sept 1995 until her passing in September 2011.

ABOUT THE AWARD

  • $2,500 for an individual to attend a professional development opportunity relevant to their theatre practice/discipline. May include related travel or personal costs if applicable.
  • Applicants must be a current resident of Alberta and a member of Theatre Alberta.
  • Professional development may occur anywhere (virtual or in-person). 
  • Award is open to theatre artists of all experience levels, disciplines, and backgrounds. Applicants must be adults, over the age of 18. 
  • We encourage applications from artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities.

APPLICATION PACKAGES SHOULD INCLUDE:

  • A theatre resume that outlines experience particularly pertinent to your work in the Albertan theatre community.
  • A cover letter that outlines your commitment to the Alberta theatre community, how you have shared your knowledge with colleagues and peers, what professional development opportunity you plan to pursue using the award, and why it is integral to your ongoing artistic work in Alberta.
  • Confirmation of professional development from training institution, host organization, or mentor.

TO APPLY:

Submit your application package in PDF format to Theatre Alberta’s Program Coordinator Andrew Ritchie at andrew@theatrealberta.com

She was a vibrant personality who was a gifted artist. From creating wood grain to “antiquing” surfaces, texturizing and painting on any and all surfaces, creating gold leaf, wallpaper and also mixing & matching colors. Many designers from across Canada referred to her as “the best scenic artist they had ever had the opportunity to work with.” She was compassionate about children, and animals, and volunteered with many not-for-profit organizations like Big Sisters, the Humane Society and Zebra, which helps abused children. We miss her greatly. She had a wry sense of humour, was well-read , and participated in many staff functions as a volunteer as well.
Cheryl Hoover
Citadel Theatre
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