Thursday, 22 June 2017

Save the Date for Theatre Ontario Festival 2018 in London

Theatre Ontario Festival is a destination for theatre-lovers from across the province.  Mark your calendar now to join us on May 16 to 20, 2018 as we travel to London for Theatre Ontario Festival 2018.

Co-hosted by Theatre Ontario, London Community Players, and the Western Ontario Drama League, the Festival will be a return to the community that last hosted our Festival in 2010.

Theatre Ontario Festival showcases outstanding community theatre productions from across the province, and celebrates outstanding achievements in community theatre with artistic awards, and the Michael Spence Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Theatre.

With thought-provoking detailed adjudications open to all attendees, workshops, and play readings bringing together Canadian playwrights and communities, Festival is also a symposium for passionate and dedicated community theatre artists.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

We are at the halfway point in our Double Your Donation challenge, and I am asking you to go the distance!  Theatre Ontario’s Board of Directors has challenged supporters like yourself to help us raise $4,500 by June 26th.

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

Theatre Ontario's Summer Theatre Intensive
  • Register by June 23 to secure your spot in our Summer Theatre Intensive 2017.  Week-long courses starting August 6 and August 13 for performers, directors, and playwrights, in partnership with Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance.
  • We invite youth across the province to apply for a scholarship to the 2017 Summer Theatre Intensive. Our Board of Directors has announced a matching campaign aimed at sending a youth artist in Ontario to train at one of our Summer Courses free of charge for one lucky participant between the ages of 16-26.
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Deadline to apply for Ontario Arts Council’s Touring grant is Jun. 22.
  • Upcoming Shaw Festival “Stage Skills for Adults” workshop is “Dance and Movement” (Jun. 25) and “Scene Study Sunday” is June 25.
  • Deadline to apply for Ontario Trillium Foundation “Grow Grants” is Jun. 28.
  • Deadline for submissions for Ottawa Fringe Festival’s undercurrents is Jun. 30.
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, 20 June 2017

Save the Date for the Theatre Ontario Adjudicators Symposium

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

Mark your calendars!  We've booked the date for our next Theatre Ontario Adjudicators Symposium – it will be Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 10:00am to 3:30pm at the Theatre Ontario office in Toronto.

Registration will open in July, and I will be soliciting proposed topics for both the "Techniques Roundtable" (where adjudicators discuss approaches and strategies they use in public and detailed adjudications) and “Issues in Adjudication” conversation starters for breakout sessions. Adjudicators also discuss their experiences during the past year.

Monday, 19 June 2017

ONstage Openings for the week of June 19

ONstage Now Playing in Southwestern Ontario
Legally Blonde: The Musical
at Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre
Photo by Angela Clayfield
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Southwestern Ontario

Jun. 23, Dancing at Lughnasa at Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake)
Jun. 23, Screwball Comedy at The Foster Festival (St. Catharines) [with previews from Jun. 21]
Jun. 24, Wilde Tales at Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake)
Jun. 24, Androcles and the Lion at Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

In Toronto

Jun. 23, VideoCabaret's Confederation Part II: Scandal and Rebellion at Soulpepper Theatre [in previews]
Jun. 25, Confidential Theatre Project at Marion Abbott Productions

In Central Ontario

ONstage Now Playing in Central Ontario
Old Wives' Tales at Gravenhurst Opera House
Allie Dunbar, Robin Clipsham
Jun. 22, Million Dollar Quartet at Drayton Entertainment: King's Wharf Theatre (Penetanguishene) [with previews from Jun. 21]

In Eastern Ontario

Jun. 21, Perth through the Ages at Classic Theatre Festival (Perth)
Jun. 24, Same Time, Next Year at Classic Theatre Festival (Perth), with a preview on Jun. 23

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

Friday, 16 June 2017

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

From Theatre Ontario

Conversation Starters

Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres


TO Toasts

  • ... to the recipients of the Hamilton Arts Awards: Claire Calnan (Executive Director of the Hamilton Fringe) who won the Arts Innovation Award, Anna Chatteron who won the Theatre Award (with Rex Emerson Jackson selected as Emerging Artist.)

In Case You Missed It

  • The Importance of Supporting Youth—Youth Advisory Committee member Julia Vodarek Hunter profiles The AMY Project (Artists Mentoring Youth).
  • Browsing Our Bulletin Board featuring opportunities across the province including Ontario workshops on grant writing and voice-over, our Summer Theatre Intensive and a youth scholarship, and grant deadlines.
  • ONstage Openings this week in Stratford, Port Dover, Drayton, Toronto, Gravenhurst, Smiths Falls, Cornwall, Gananoque, and Sault Ste. Marie.

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