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Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Fantasy Picnic – The Complete Rites & Rituals of Spring Awakening

Mile Zero Dance

Call For Proposals: Fantasy Picnic – The Complete Rites & Rituals of Spring Awakening.

Evacuation minus extraction plus exaltation minus exsanguination plus.
Submissions due by May 7.

Guest curator Mikiki collaborates with Mile Zero Dance in inviting you to consider and submit a project for our upcoming June 12 event;

Some considerations and concerns to be addressed may be included from the following list.

List A:

  • OFF WITH HER HEAD and/or CAKES!
  • Weighted Blanket Bingo
  • Our Fruits of Your Labour
  • Viscosity Drift
  • Entomycolonospology
  • Flowerchitechture
  • Ice Ladders/Ice Lattice/I Say Latrice
  • Summertime Pre-Public Fines Fitness
  • Small Scale Solstice SoloSensuality Seminar
  • Birdsong Breaks Barrier

Please submit proposal for online dance/moving image/performance project to be presented live or if necessary pre-recorded.

Interactivity possible and encouraged, political is inherent.

Artists living with chronic health conditions including LongCovid, HIV, HepC; LGBTQIA2S+; artists living with disabilities; Indigenous artists; Black, POC and racialized artists, artists without citizenship status, Mad & psychiatric survivor artists, and artists living at or below the poverty line strongly encouraged to apply.

Artist fee of $500 for each artist or artist group.

Please include:

  • Written description 500-1500 words
  • Technical rider
  • Artist statement (200 words or less)
  • Bio (200 words or less)
  • Relevant images/video, specifically if the work has been presented before.

Submissions due by May 7.

All interested applicants may apply via google form.

Job (Edmonton): Voice Actor for Narration – Juniper Media

We are seeking voice actors for an audiobook project. The project is set to commence within the next couple of weeks, and features titles that explore a wide variety of subject matter with a focus on Canadian Heritage. Narration experience is an asset.

Please send a resume with any related experience & a demo digital file in mp3 format to ryanb@partnerspublishing.ca.

Remuneration will be commensurate on the qualifications of the applicant.

Survey (National): COVID-19 Impact Survey – One Year On – PACT

Last year PACT conducted a wide-scale survey to find out how your organizations have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was very helpful in advocating for financial support for our sector and in informing policies by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

As the vaccines roll-out we want to find out where we stand so we can plan for a safe re-opening and have a conversation with our partners in government regarding what supports are needed to do so.

This survey is open to Theatre companies that are both members and non-members of PACT. Please ensure that only one person at your organization fills out this survey. The deadline to complete this survey is April 26.

We appreciate your time and need your voices and specific perspectives at this moment.

 

Workshop (Online): Intro to Directing with Jacqueline Russell through Workshops by Request

 

Intro to Directing with Jacqueline Russell

Hosted by the Churchmice Players in Camrose through Theatre Alberta’s Workshops by Request: Hometown Series program.

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 churchmiceplayer@gmail.com.

** Participants should be prepared to do a bit of work outside of class between the Saturday and Sunday session.

What’s Online (Alberta): Playwrights Projects 2021 – Alberta Theatre Projects

Playwrights Projects 2021: First Reading NEXT WEEK!

A series of live virtual workshop readings of new Canadian plays in development
April 16 – May 28

Playwrights Projects 2021 kicks off NEXT WEEK! Seven weeks of concurrent digital workshops (from April 16 to May 28) featuring seven online workshop readings of plays by members of the 2021 Playwrights Unit.

Tickets are only $10 per reading – this is an incredible opportunity to get in on the ground floor of some outstanding new Canadian plays!

The first workshop reading is next Friday, April 16: Ten by Jason Maghanoy!

LEARN MORE AND GET TICKETS

The Theatre Alberta Library Introduces More Ways To Read Theatre!

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Theatre Alberta members have already had free access to two incredible online resources for finding and reading plays through Drama Online with the Playwrights Canada Press and Aurora Metro Books collections. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve added three more Drama Online databases for you to browse and enjoy!

OBERON BOOKS COLLECTION
From ground-breaking British plays to the best of international drama and plays in translation, the Oberon Books Collection is a unique and inspiring collection that features a diverse gathering of canonical and contemporary drama.

NICK HERN BOOKS MODERN PLAYS
The Nick Hern Books Modern Plays collection includes over 625 plays from many of the UK and Ireland’s preeminent playwrights, as well as exciting new voices. It offers a wide and varied range of award-winning and widely studied plays, and is continually updated with new works fresh from leading theatres.

CRITICAL STUDIES AND PERFORMANCE PRACTICE
This collection features over 400 academic books from the prestigious Methuen Drama and The Arden Shakespeare imprints. Together they offer invaluable critical, contextual and pedagogic content from leading voices in theatre, performance and Shakespeare studies. The collection also includes 60 actor training videos through PATAZ: Physical Actor Training – an online A-Z.

Members can access these collections using the log-in information that was sent out earlier this year. Can’t find the info? Check in with our Librarian at library@theatrealberta.com and we’ll get you set up.

Not a member? Individual Theatre Alberta memberships are pay-what-you-can! Join today and take advantage of all the member benefits. FIND OUT MORE HERE.

Event (Online): Broadway Teachers Workshop 2021 Online Conference

Reboot and Revitalize Your Theatre Program! How to prepare fo the post-covid academic year. July12-16, 2021. Recorded sessions available until August 31.

Broadway Teachers Workshop 2021 Online Conference

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.

$349
July 12 – 16, 2021
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

 

Job (Edmonton): Digital Content & Marketing Coordinator – Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta Digital Content & Marketing Coordinator

Application Deadline: April 9, 2021
Start Date: April 19, 2021
Part Time Permanent Position at The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta – Edmonton
Salary Range: $18,000 – 25,000 annual salaried position with Blue Cross and Health and Wellness benefits.

Submit your cover letter and resume in PDF format to: kennedy@artstouring.com

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta (ATAA) is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all interested applicants; however, we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta is looking for a new Digital Content & Marketing Coordinator to join the staff and board in advocating, promoting, and supporting the touring arts sector in Alberta. This position is for someone creative, team-spirited, technologically savvy, with strong communication and marketing skills, and an appreciation for the performing arts industry in Canada.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate communications through monthly e-newsletters, and social platforms.
  • Using Adobe Creative Suite, compile and design Conference program, professional development brochures, signage, and reports.
  • Maintain membership database, field membership inquiries.
  • Assist Executive Director in the execution of professional development initiatives Update and maintain website and monitor analytics and create reports detailing the successes and failures of communications campaigns and strategies.
  • Stay up to date on arts and culture sector trends and make recommendations for adjustments to communications strategies and practices.
  • Act as ATAA’s liaison for artist application website.

Requirements:

  • 2+ years relevant employment experience in marketing, communications, preferably within arts administration.
  • Strong skills in Adobe Creative Suite, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are mandatory
  • Knowledge of email marketing software such as MailChimp.
  • Superior time management and organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional writing and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Proven knowledge of communications and marketing ethics and best practices
  • All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability. At this time, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

About the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta is a Provincial Arts Service Organization works to connect artists and artist’s agencies with presenting organizations; and offer mentorship, education, and advocacy to facilitate a strong performing arts touring industry in Alberta. We do this by producing an annual 3-day conference showcasing artists in front of talent buyers/presenters and to providing professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Job (National): Theatre Nova Scotia is Searching for an Executive Director

The Executive Director is the senior staff member of Theatre Nova Scotia and provides leadership and direction in ensuring the organization’s programming and services. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for organizational effectiveness, working collaboratively with staff, contractors, and the Board of Directors to serve TNS membership and further the organizational vision.

The ED will be an active participant in the Nova Scotian theatre and arts community, and will be engaged in the national conversation, acting as an advocate for the theatre sector within NS and representing NS theatre’s interests on a regional and national level.

This will be a full-time, 40 hour/week position, with a salary range of $45,000 – $50,000.

The Executive Director will lead the organization in:

  • Operations Management – ensuring the efficient administration of day-to-day activities, delegating duties as required
  • Membership Services and Support – development and delivery of services, programming, and
    support for our members and the community, and maintain relationships with current and potential members, providing meaningful support for the community and professional theatre sector in NS.
  • Communications and Advocacy: working with and for its membership, ensuring a strong and united voice on behalf of theatre in Nova Scotia to the public, government, funders, and private sectors and effective communications with and for members.
  • Human Resource Management: Management of staff, contractors and volunteers, creating an effective and collaborative working environment;
  • Financial Management and Revenue Generation – ensuring a financially sustainable organization
    through budget management, as well as diversified earned, private, and public funding streams, including grant writing, donations, and applications to foundations, and sponsors
  • Board Relations and Strategic Direction – working with the Board on strategic planning and policy
    development, recommending appropriate policy issues for the Board’s attention.

The following skills will be considered an asset:

  • Capacity to lead collaboratively, with care, integrity, and vision
  • Passion for theatre and the performing arts
  • Financial acumen and budgeting experience
  • Familiarity with non-profit organizational structures
  • Strong communication skills (speaking, writing, and listening)
  • Ability to think strategically, and set priorities
  • Capable of creating respectful, nurturing, and empowering relationships
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a team, fostering a climate of shared respect

Hiring Values: Theatre Nova Scotia encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including (but not limited to) IBPOC folks, persons with disabilities and LGTBQ2+. Applicants from these or other communities wishing to self-identify may do so in their application. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, candidates will be welcomed and encouraged to contact the TNS office for assistance.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (or any other documents that expresses your interest in applying and outlines your skills and abilities) to board@theatrens.ca before April 15, 2021. We are also happy to accept applications via phone, video, or audio file if email or text-based format is not accessible to the applicant. Please get in touch via email or leave a message at 902-425-3876.

CLICK HERE for more details

 

Workshop (Calgary): The Black Arts Development Program – Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre

The Black Arts Development (BAD) Program is centered around cultivating an environment in which our community of Black artists can tell their stories, and allow the African, Caribbean and Black Diaspora culture to thrive and flourish in the theatre sector. Through storytelling and gathering, Black writers and actors will share their lived experiences that would catalyze new works that speak from the African, Caribbean and Black perspective in Calgary. Our ultimate goal is to acclimate and nurture the African Diaspora cache of creative artists.

Why Apply For This Free Program?

The BAD Program was created and designed with Black artists in mind by providing emerging artists the tools and practical knowledge to take the next step in their artistic journey. The BAD Program has teamed up with award winning professional faculty members for a 6 weeks script writing and actors workshops. The benefits for this FREE program includes:

  • Access to professional script writers and actors that will help guide new Black artists
  • Successful applicants will be paid for the 6 week development program
  • Network with other artist on the same path
  • Small class learning
  • Practical and applied skills
  • Introduction to theatre arts organizations in Calgary
  • Collaborative opportunities with other artists and organizations
  • Enhance your professional art career

LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE

Event (Online): Resilience & Reinvention: PACT Management Leaders Retreat

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.

REGISTER HERE

 

Call for Submissions (National): Grand Acts of Great Hope – NAC English Theatre

NAC English Theatre invites proposals for our next round of Grand Acts of Theatre, entitled Grand Acts of Great Hope. With the original iteration of Grand Acts, commissioned companies were invited to create a short, large-scale public outdoor work that brought artists and audiences together for a brief,impactful moment of theatre, full of beauty and meaning, prompted by the call to create a work that “speaks to our times.” For this new iteration, we invite companies from across the country to propose their own Grand Act; this time with the artistic prompt to create a piece that offers audiences a hope for the future; your own, Canada’s or the world’s. A maximum of four selected companies or collectives will receive funds (up to $60,000) to produce and film the works in their own communities, with the short videos then delivered to the NAC to be promoted nationally and internationally on the NAC’s website and social media channels, and potentially screened at the NAC.

We invite you to submit a proposal for something broad-thinking and exciting, something that places art at the forefront of a hopeful vision for the future. Movement, image, music, design, technology and minimal text are all welcome. Surprise us with your imagination and invention! Make something that your community will talk about for years to come.

Selections will be curated by NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley and Co-Curator Sherry Yoon.

Submission Guidelines

Local events will be funded up to a maximum $50,000, depending on the budget required. A financial supplement of up to $10,000 will be made available for the creation of the video (filming and postproduction).

The NAC encourages you to consider creating a training opportunity for an emerging artist within your project. Additional funding can be made available for this position, up to $1,500.

The NAC intends to make the videos accessible with tools such as ASL interpretation and captioning. We encourage you to likewise consider accessibility in the execution of your live event. Any spoken text (in
any language) will be captioned in both official languages, as per the NAC’s Official Languages Policy.

Ideally the piece engages with your community and your local environment in a unique way. The event must be free to attend and accommodate a live, physically-distanced audience, in accordance with your local health regulations.

Eligibility Criteria

Any professional Canadian theatre or performance company or collective is eligible to submit a proposal.

Key dates

  • Submission Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern
  • Selected companies will be notified by Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5pm Eastern.
  • Local performances must take place no later than Sunday, July 11, 2021.
  • Final videos must be delivered to the NAC no later than Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

Please click here for the submission form.
Please direct any questions regarding your submission to judi.pearl@nac-cna.ca

MORE INFO AND FAQS

News (Fort McMurray): Theatre; Just Because Announces New Artistic Director

Bailey Yarkie

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 youth programming, theatre-based workshops and development programs, and many productions, including the annual fundraising dinner theatre for Waypoints, in multiple venues across the city.

Fridhed joined the company in 2016 and served in a variety of roles before taking on the position of Artistic Director near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. During her tenure as Artistic Director, Fridhed was instrumental in ensuring safe theatre programming continued to be available during the pandemic.

“Being a part of Theatre; Just Because over the past years has been a wild and wonderful journey,” says Fridhed. “This community is rich in creativity and talent and will continue to grow stronger as new voices emerge. Even after this past challenging year, I’m confident that the Wood Buffalo theatre and Theatre; Just Because have a bright future ahead.”

Yarkie has been a theatre artist in Fort McMurray since 2015 and has filled many roles during this time. She has acted, stage managed, improvised, and coordinated the Theatre; Just Because Youth Players program.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to step into the Artistic Director position and continue Theatre; Just Because’ mission to empower local artists,” says Yarkie. “Our region has so many incredible artists, and I look forward to working with them to create theatre we can call our own.”

Fridhed will remain with the company as Outgoing Director to ease the transition. She will also be directing the company’s upcoming production of Purge by Sofi Oksanen.

 

Audition (Edmonton): Hansel & Gretel – Alberta Musical Theatre Company

Alberta Musical Theatre Company is inviting emerging musical theatre performers to audition for the upcoming season. AMTC is currently considering casting for a one-person musical adaptation of Hansel and Gretel that will live-stream to elementary schools as early as this spring and, if restrictions allow, a full-cast tour (3 performers and 1 piano player) of an in-person school tour of Hansel and Gretel in the winter 21/22.

How to submit:

To submit, please send an email containing your contact information, a description of your experience and training (a resume is not necessary), and a link to your audition material to farren@albertamusicaltheatre.ca before or by the deadline: 11:59 pm on April 24th, 2021.

Videos will be viewed and appraised by
Artistic Director, Farren Timoteo,
General Manager, Mackenzie Tennessen,
and Musical Director, Stephanie Urquhart.

What to Submit:

We request that audition participants prepare and perform one full musical theatre ballad under four minutes, as well as a comedic monologue. We also request a short introduction that describes a bit about who you are, including your training and experience.

Farren Timoteo is available for questions and consultation regarding the audition. Additionally, the audition rubric being used to appraise audition participants is available upon request.

Before the pandemic, AMTC would perform for more than 90,000 Albertan students each season. We are devoted to proudly representing the enormous diversity of our magnificent audiences in the creation of our work. We strongly encourage and enthusiastically welcome artists of all cultures and ethnicities, LGBTQIA2S+ artists, and artists with disabilities to express interest in our auditions. Our work does not have pre-defined gender restrictions and hopes to come to beautiful life by embracing your unique personality, experience, and body. So please feel comfortable in applying to audition, and please feel free to be exactly you are! We cannot wait to meet you!

 

Audition (Lethbridge): Seeking Queer IBPOC Actor for New Queer Canadian Play – Theatre Outré

Production Name: 333 by Jay Whitehead
Production and Rehearsal Dates: September 2021
Production Location: Lethbridge, AB.

Theatre Outré, Southern Alberta’s destination for Queer Theatre, is seeking an actor (age range 20 – 30 years old) to play the role of “Teddy” in the world premier workshop and production of the new play 333 by Jay Whitehead. 333 tells the story of the Toronto Bathhouse Raids which took place in 1981 and are often cited as the catalyst for Canada’s Pride movement.

We are accepting submissions of interest from IBPOC actors only at this time and preference will be given to those that identify under the Queer umbrella (LGBTQ2+). Please be advised that the role of “Teddy” requires nudity.

IBPOC actors from across Alberta are encouraged to submit. Interested artists should submit a recent headshot and theatre CV to co-Artistic Directors Jay Whitehead and Kathy Zaborsky at theatreoutre.lethbridge@gmail.com.

*This production is dependent upon COVID restrictions being such that we can safely meet and work together. It will be expected that all artists engaged in this show be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first rehearsal.