Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Artist-Educator training at Young People's Theatre

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Deadline for submissions for Acting Up Stage Company's Syd and Shirley Banks Prize for emerging musical theatre performers is August 29.
  • Deadline to apply for Ontario 150 Community Celebration Program grants is September 2.
  • Deadline to register for Young People’s Theatre Artist Educator training in Toronto is September 2.
Check out these items, and other postings from our members.
Theatre Ontario individual members can also access Auditions, Job Postings and Discount Ticket Offers on our Theatre Ontario Individual Member Resources on our website

Monday, 22 August 2016

ONstage Openings for the week of August 22

This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages
ONstage Now Playing in Eastern Ontario
In a Blue Moon
at Thousand Islands Playhouse
Brett Christopher, Emma Tow, Anita Wittenberg
Photo by David Cooper

In South Central Ontario

Aug. 25, Shakespeare's Will at Beaverton Town Hall Players

In Southwestern Ontario

Aug. 26, The Tempest at Elora Community Theatre

In Toronto

Aug. 27, The Great Canadian Show Tune! at No Strings Theatre

In Central Ontario

Aug. 24, Funny Farmers at Globus Theatre (Bobcaygeon)


For all the theatre playing across Ontario, visit Theatre Ontario’s ONstage theatre listings on our website

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

"Voice-Over" workshop with Elley-Ray at Theatre Ontario
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board


  • Register to apply for Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed Grants by today to ensure review of your eligibility by the September 14 deadline.

New on The Bulletin Board


  • Acting Up Stage Company invites submissions for the Syd and Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists. The prize includes a cash prize, mentorship, and performance opportunities. Submissions are due by August 29.
  • Canadian Stage invites submissions for their RBC Emerging Artist Programs of Company in Residence (for independent theatre companies) and Director Development Residency (for stage directors with at least three years experience.) Submissions are due by September 5.

Check out these items, and other postings from our members.
Theatre Ontario individual members can also access Auditions, Job Postings and Discount Ticket Offers on our Theatre Ontario Individual Member Resources on our website

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Welcome to our Newest Members of the Talent Bank

The Theatre Ontario Talent Bank of Instructors is a program to match organizations (particularly community theatres and educational organizations) with professional theatre teachers and trainers for workshops, adjudications, and short-term consulting contracts.

We are pleased to welcome the newest addition to our Talent Bank for 2016.

Ian Burns (Instructor of Set Design)

Ian Burns is an award-winning set designer who brings an artistic eye to his sets and workshops. From the farmhouse to the classroom, from a plane crash scene to a two story 360˚ rotating set within a set, Burns’ work has been praised for creating instantaneous recognition and establishment of location. A licensed carpenter, he teaches math and construction skills to post-secondary students in Ontario and workshop skills to high school students for theatrical productions. He developed his unique vision in the early stages of his career, mentoring as a scenic artist, and later, as a boat builder. Now, as a mentor himself, his philosophy includes an appreciation for cohesive lines and rich colour palettes that always serve the play and never distract from it. 

Chris Di Staulo (Instructor of Acting and Directing Drama)

Chris Di Staulo is an award-winning director and teacher. Chris has established himself as one of the most exciting directors in the industry. He is known for his focused and intricate work with actors, beautiful cinematography and original narrative work. Chris is a natural-born storyteller, and this is reflected in his internationally distributed films. His unique vision and innovative style have led to awards in film direction at the Cannes International Film Festival, Las Vegas Film Festival, National Screen Institute, Toronto Film Challenge, and many more. His plays have received performances and readings in Los Angeles, Toronto and more.

Zaffi Green (Instructor of Children’s Theatre)

As performance poet and storyteller, Zaffi featured in numerous arts festivals, reading series and benefit concerts throughout Canada and the US. She took up the interdisciplinary tradition soon after the publication of her first chapbook, The Playing Field, fusing words with music, visual arts, video, and creative movement. She published one book of poetry, The Bride of Inglish, a CD recording, The Queen’s Incurable Inglish, and three performance art videos screened in film festivals and television. As an educator she designs arts-based programs for children, youth and adults. She often uses drama structures to foster literacy skills across the curriculum, to nurture creative and critical thinking, and life skills. She creates in multiple forms including songs, character monologues, mini-plays, games, and narrative prose.

Anna Migliarisi (Instructor of Acting)

Born in Italy and raised in Toronto, Anna Migliarisi has worked professionally as an actor, producer, dramaturge and writer for over 25 years.  She’s also an accomplished and experienced teacher and private acting coach.  She’s a proud graduate of the School of Dramatic Art, University of Windsor and has an MA and PhD in Drama from the University of Toronto. Anna has been mentored by some wonderful people, including veteran Actors’ Studio members Janine Manatis and the late Gene Lasko.  In addition, Anna has written books and articles on theatre, and is the recipient of Dora nominations and numerous grants and awards.

Douglas Rice (Instructor of Directing Opera and Voice)

Canadian Lyric Tenor, Douglas Rice, received his education and training from several prestigious institutions including England’s Britten-Pears School, Boston’s New England Conservatory, Hamburg and Cologne Hochschule fuer Musik as well as Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. Known for his role portrayals from the Handelian and Mozart operas, Doug’s versatility encompasses a vast array of operatic literature. Furthermore, his interpretive finesse in oratorio and concert repertoire embodies works by Bach to Beethoven and beyond. Mozart roles such as Tamino and Belmonte delineate his vocal flexibility and ease that he is praised for by press and public alike.

Karen Rickers (Adjudicator – prior Talent Bank member returning after a sabbatical)

A passionate teacher and adjudicator, Rickers is a former Artistic Director of Gryphon Theatre, and alumnus of the Shaw Festival Directors Project. Directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Motus O Dance Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest with Gryphon Theatre and Venus of Dublin with Newer World Theatre. In 2005, she earned a M.A. with Distinction in Staging Shakespeare from The University of Exeter, during which she had the privilege of performing on the stage of the new Globe Theatre in London.  In 2013, she completed a PhD in Drama, also at Exeter, She has adjudicated for ACT-CO, QUONTA, EODL, WODL, Sears Drama Festival, and Acting Irish International Theatre Festival, and taught in the adult and students streams at Theatre Ontario Summer Courses.

Caroline Smith (Adjudicator – already a Talent Bank member as Instructor of Directing Drama, Directing Musicals, and Creative Writing)

After graduating from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Caroline Smith enjoyed a successful professional career as a freelance performer, choreographer, director and playwright before moving to Stirling, Ontario in 1996 to form the Stirling Festival Theatre. Under Caroline’s leadership as Artistic and Managing Director, the Stirling Festival won three Lieutenant Governor's Awards and numerous business achievement awards. Caroline was also presented with an honorary Arts degree from Loyalist College in 2001. A published playwright, Caroline's play The Kitchen Witches was the winner of the 2005 Samuel French Best Canadian Play Award. In 2009, Caroline formed her new company Moonpath Productions, which creates professional theatre events throughout Ontario. She also leads workshops in Play Development with Gaslight Tours in Collingwood and is a Guest Director at the Toronto Film School.

If you are interested in hiring an adjudicator or workshop leader from Theatre Ontario’s Talent Bank, you can browse our listings online and contact us to be connected with the right instructor for your needs.

Monday, 15 August 2016

ONstage Openings for the week of August 15

ONstage Opening in Southwestern Ontario
Bunny at the Stratford Festival
Maev Beatty, David Patrick Flemming
Photo by David Hou
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Southwestern Ontario

Aug. 18, Bunny at Stratford Festival, currently in previews
Aug. 18, The Hypochondriac at Stratford Festival, currently in previews
Aug. 18, The Birds and the Bees at Port Stanley Festival Theatre, with previews from Aug. 17
Aug. 18, Jonas & Barry in the Home at Lighthouse Festival Theatre (Port Dover), with previews from Aug. 17
Aug. 18, Unnecessary Farce at Drayton Entertainment: Dunfield Theatre Cambridge, with previews from Aug. 17
Aug. 19, The Aeneid at Stratford Festival, currently in previews
Aug. 19, John Gabriel Borkman at Stratford Festival, currently in previews
Aug. 19, Smokey Joe's Café at Drayton Entertainment: Drayton Festival Theatre, with previews from Aug. 17

ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
Father Comes Home from the Wars at Soulpepper
Lisa Berry, Daren A. Herbert
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

In Eastern Ontario

Aug. 19, Bridge to Terabithia at Smiths Falls Community Theatre
Aug. 20, An Inspector Calls at Classic Theatre Festival (Perth), with previews from Aug. 19
Aug. 20, A Grand Time in the Rapids at Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque), with a preview on Aug. 19

ICYMI: Check out last week’s openings

For all the theatre playing across Ontario, visit Theatre Ontario’s ONstage theatre listings on our website