Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

  • Preparing an OAC application? Get the inside scoop at our Grant Writing Information pre-recorded webinar with Pat Bradley of the Ontario Arts Council on April 11.
  • Thinking of producing a show or starting a theatre company? Join us at our Ready, Set, Show! Foundations of Indie Producing workshop with Rachel Kennedy and guest TBA on April 19 in Toronto.
  • The ability of directors and dramaturges to work together to help shape meaningful and entertaining theatre is a crucial part of any production process. Learn more at our “Director-Dramaturge Collaborations” workshop with Matt McGeachy on April 24 in Toronto.
  • Need help developing your long-term career goals? Join us at our “Propel Your Professional Career Forward” workshop with Vera N. Held on April 29 in Toronto.
  • Want to improve your tech skills? Camp Tech offers beginner-friendly, hands-on workshops for adults like you who want to learn to use the latest applications and platforms. Taught by leading professionals, upcoming beginner-level workshops at Camp Tech include –HTML and CSS for Beginners (Apr 2); Social Media Basics (Apr 27); Wordpress for Beginners (May 7); Photoshop for Beginners (May 18); Intro to Google Analytics (May 23); Adobe Illustrator for Beginners (May 30); and Intro to Search Engine Marketing with Google AdWords (May 30). Learn more about Theatre Ontario member discounts at CampTech.
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Deadline for applications from producers, directors, and designers for South Simcoe Theatre community theatre’s 2017/18 season is March 31.
  • Deadline for nominations for the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts’ Dora Ancillary Awards is April 1.
  • Deadline for applications to Ontario Arts Council’s Arts Service Project grants is April 6.

New on The Bulletin Board

  • Young People’s Theatre is hosting a free “training social” for post-secondary theatre students on April 24.
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, 28 March 2017

Join Us at our Summer Theatre Intensive

Theatre Ontario is thrilled to be introducing our new Summer Theatre Intensive, partnering with Off the Wall, Stratford Artist Alliance. Through this exciting new collaboration we will join Off The Wall in their home at Factory 163 in the heart of Stratford, Ontario.

This year we will be offering intensives over a two-week period as listed below.

WEEK ONE (Sunday August 6 – Friday August 11th):
  • Sharpening your Actor’s Tool Kit with Tom Diamond
  • Directing for Beginners (or how do I make this play happen?) with Thom Currie
  • Freeing the Body & Imagination - An Introduction to Mask in Performance with Peggy Coffey
WEEK TWO (Sunday August 13 – Friday August 18th):
  • Who the Heck Are YOU?! Creating “Character” with Liza Balkan
  • Building your own Directing Process with Philip Akin
  • How to Tell An “Important” Story with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
This year we are embracing a brand new, choose-your-own-adventure approach to the Summer Theatre Intensive; pick your week, pick your course, pick your digs!

By covering each participant’s course fees, course materials, lunch and dinner only, we hope to allow more flexibility for our guests to choose their own accommodations.

Participants will enjoy catered lunches and dinners as well as other planned theatrical events throughout the week’s evenings in the hometown of North America’s largest Shakespeare Festival.

We hope to see you there!

Monday, 27 March 2017

ONstage Openings for the week of March 27

ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
STUPIDHEAD! at Theatre Passe Muraille
Photo by Michael Cooper
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Toronto

Mar. 28, Crawlspace at Soulpepper Theatre [currently in previews]
Mar. 28, Our Town at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre [currently in previews]
Mar. 29, Spotlight Australia at Canadian Stage
Mar. 30, Niimi'iwe: Indigenous Dance Double Bill: light breaking broken / the NDN way at Native Earth Performing Arts
Mar. 30, Kiss at Canadian Stage [with previews from Mar. 28] 
Mar. 31, Adult Entertainment at Marion Abbott Productions
Mar. 31, Spoon River at Soulpepper Theatre

In Central Ontario

Mar. 30, An Act of the Imagination at Owen Sound Little Theatre
Mar. 30, Waiting for the Parade at Northumberland Players (Cobourg)

In Eastern Ontario

Mar. 28, The Melville Boys at Kanata Theatre (Ottawa) 
Mar. 30, Pride and Prejudice at Belleville Theatre Guild [with a preview on Mar. 28]
Mar. 31, Vigilante at National Arts Centre—English Theatre (Ottawa) [with previews from Mar. 29]

In South Central Ontario

ONstage Now Playing in South Central Ontario
Toronto, Mississippi at Theatre 3x60
Mar. 30, The Little Mermaid at Brampton Music Theatre
Mar. 30, Old Love at Theatre Aurora
Mar. 31, Missing at The Curtain Club (Richmond Hill) [with a preview on Mar. 30]
Apr. 1, Halo at Ovation! Performing Arts Academy (Markham)

In Southwestern Ontario

Mar. 31, The 39 Steps at Theatre Sarnia
Mar. 31, Willow Quartet at Theatre Woodstock

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

Friday, 24 March 2017

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

Conversation Starters

Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres


TO Toasts

In Case You Missed It

You can also receive news from Theatre Ontario every month by email. Our archives are online and the March issue is now available.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Celebrate World Theatre Day with Our Youth Advisory Committee

We are Laura, Alex, Julia, Jason, Davinder, Lara, Sophie and Norah, and we are Theatre Ontario’s 2017 Youth Advisory Committee. 

The YAC is committed to positioning young artists as active decision-makers at theatres across Ontario. We believe in outreach programming designed by youth, for youth. We want to hear from our peers across the province: what do you need to succeed as an artist in your community?

Imagine “network” not as something you do, but as something you have. With the support of Theatre Ontario, the YAC will spend this year activating a network of young creators across Ontario. We want to draw attention to the great work happening in your community.

Do you want to have a career in theatre?  We can help you find entry points into professional work. We believe in youth-led outreach programming that helps connect emerging and established voices. By creating collaborative events, we hope to bridge the gap and create mentorship opportunities to help you navigate the industry. We want to hear from you, learn from you, and see you shine on stage.

Youth are at the centre of our process. We’re planning events that make space for young artists to share and collaborate. We’re crowdsourcing our events based on what you want to learn, and what you want to share with your peers.

To kick off our year of initiatives to unite young theatre artists across the province, we invite you to join us in celebrating World Theatre Day on Monday, March 27. Print out and a post a photo of you with one of our #WorldTheatreDay cards to get involved and join the conversation on Twitter at @theatreontario or on our Facebook page.

If posting on social media is not your thing, we invite you to email us the answers to these questions so we can post on your behalf. We hope to use the answers we collect on #WorldTheatreDay to begin to develop a stronger understanding of how we can support you and your community moving forward. This will be crucial in the next steps for our work as the Youth Advisory Committee.

We hope you will consider joining us on #WorldTheatreDay to kick off our year of empowering and engaging youth in arts across Ontario.

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