Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Upcoming opportunities from Theatre Ontario, from our members, and from other arts service organizations.

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

Theatre Ontario's "Ready, Set, Show! Foundation
of Indie Producing" workshop
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Deadline for applications for Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Seed Grants is today.
  • Deadline for applications for Ontario Arts Council’s Indigenous Artists in Communities and Schools Projects is February 22.
  • Drayton Entertainment is hosting auditions for its Youth Training programs in Cambridge on February 25.
  • Paprika Festival’s next Monologue Jam community event for writers under 30 interested in monologue writing is February 27 in Toronto.
  • Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay invites submissions from playwrights 13 to 19 for their Young Playwright’s Challenge. The deadline is February 28.
  • Deadline for applications for Ontario Arts Council’s Arts Service Organizations: Operating, Compass, Touring Projects, and Market Development Travel: Northern Arts grants is March 1.

New on The Bulletin Board

  • The Very Useful Theatre Company invites submissions from playwrights and directors for the York Region Festival of One-Act Plays. The submission deadline is April 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 February 2018

ONstage Openings for the week of February 20

ONstage Now Playing in Central Ontario
The 39 Steps at South Simcoe Theatre (Cookstown)
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Southwestern Ontario

Feb. 20, Don't Mention My Name at actOUT! Kitchener-Waterloo Children's Drama Workshop
Feb. 23, Suburban Standoff at Kincardine Theatre Guild

In Toronto

Feb. 23, [title of show] at East Side Players

In Central Ontario

Feb. 23, The Cripple of Inishmaan at Peterborough Theatre Guild
Feb. 23, Sister Act at Northumberland Players (Port Hope)

ONstage Now Playing in South Central Ontario
Avenue Q at Whitby Courthouse Theatre

In Eastern Ontario

Feb. 23, Rumors at Smiths Falls Community Theatre


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

Friday, 16 February 2018

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

Update on 401 Richmond


Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres


In Case You Missed It

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Upcoming opportunities from Theatre Ontario, from our members, and from other arts service organizations.

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

Theatre Ontario's "Intimacy for the Stage for
Directors" workshop with Siobhan Richardson. 
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Deadline for applications for Ontario Arts Council’s Ontario Arts Presenters Projects grants is February 15.
  • Deadline for application for Toronto Irish Players’ call for a director of their upcoming production of Dancing at Lughnasa has been extended to February 15.
  • Deadline for applications for Great Canadian Theatre Company’s Shannon Reynolds Memorial Endowment Fund Internship (for Canadian artists in the National Capital Region who self-represents as female seeking an internship in any area of design) is February 16.
  • Deadline for proposals for Super Crawl 2018 in Hamilton is February 16.
  • Deadline for applications for Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Seed Grants is February 21.
  • Deadline for application for Ontario Arts Council’s Indigenous Artists in Communities and Schools Projects is February 22.

New on The Bulletin Board

  • Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay invites submissions from playwrights 13 to 19 for their Young Playwright’s Challenge. The deadline is February 28.
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, 13 February 2018

Save the Date for the Theatre Ontario Annual General Meeting

Mark Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:30am on your calendar for Theatre Ontario's Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 1150 Wellington Road South, London.

Learn more about Theatre Ontario's Annual General Meeting

Theatre Ontario is seeking individuals from across the province to serve on our Board of Directors.  Successful applicants will support our mission in promoting a diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible theatre culture in Ontario.

Read the full Call for Nominations for Theatre Ontario's Board of Directors

Monday, 12 February 2018

ONstage Openings for the week of February 12

ONstage Now Playing in Northwestern Ontario
The River at Magnus Theatre (Thunder Bay)
Kevin Hare, Meredith Zwicker
Photo by Scott Hobbs
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In South Central Ontario

Feb. 14, I'll Be Back Before Midnight at Markham Little Theatre

In Southwestern Ontario

Feb. 16, Blind Date at The Grand Theatre (London) [with previews from Feb. 13]
Feb. 16, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at London Community Players [with a preview on Feb. 15]

In Toronto

Feb. 12, Hooking Up: Second Base at The Second City
Feb. 14, The 39th Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Feb. 15, Little Gem at Toronto Irish Players
Feb. 17, One Thing Leads to Another at Young People's Theatre

In Central Ontario

Feb. 16, Trudeau Stories at Theatre Orangeville [with a preview on Feb. 15]
ONstage Now Playing in Central Ontario
Oliver! at Kempenfelt Community Players (Barrie)

In Eastern Ontario

Feb. 14, Dead Accounts at Ottawa Little Theatre
Feb. 16, Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Seaway Valley Theatre Company (Cornwall)


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

Friday, 9 February 2018

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres


TO Toasts


In Case You Missed It

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Celebrate World Theatre Day with Theatre Ontario and Our Colleagues in Suite 350

Save the date for Suite 350’s World Theatre Day Open House on Tuesday March 27th from 3-6pm in Toronto.

Please mark your calendars to join Theatre Ontario, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Playwrights Guild of Canada, and the rest of Suite 350 at 401 Richmond Street West as we celebrate World Theatre Day 2018 with special guests, cocktails, appetizers and more.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information coming soon about the 2018 Youth Advisory Committee’s social media campaign for World Theatre Day. Building off the success of last year’s initiative, the YAC will be collecting even more thoughts, perspectives and insights about the importance of theatre and emerging artists in our communities!

And join us in the kickoff of our 4th Annual Online Auction in celebration of World Theatre Day.

Full details of all of these events coming in March.


Related Reading

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Upcoming opportunities from Theatre Ontario, from our members, and from other arts service organizations.

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

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

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Drayton Entertainment is hosting auditions for its Youth Training programs in Penetanguishene (Feb. 10), Grand Bend (Feb. 11), and Cambridge (Feb. 25).
  • Deadline for applications for Toronto’s East Side Players’ call for directors for the 2018/19 season (non-paying community theatre) is February 11.
  • Deadline for applications for Ontario Arts Council’s Ontario Arts Presenters Projects grants is February 15.
  • Deadline for application for Toronto Irish Players’ call for director of their upcoming production of Dancing at Lughnasa has been extended to February 15.
  • Deadline for applications for Great Canadian Theatre Company’s Shannon Reynolds Memorial Endowment Fund Internship (for Canadian artists in the National Capital Region who self-represents as female seeking an internship in any area of design) is February 16.
  • Deadline for proposals for Super Crawl 2018 in Hamilton is February 16.

New on The Bulletin Board

  • The Paprika Festival in Toronto is holding Paprika Monologue Jams for writers under 30, looking to play with and develop monologue-writing. The next PMJ is on February 27. 
  • Scarborough Theatre Guild in Toronto invites applications for directors for their 2018-2019 season (non-paying community theatre). The deadline is March 15.

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, 6 February 2018

Stories from Next Generation Showcase: A Future Bright with Possibility

By Kiana Woo (University of Alberta)

When I flew to Toronto with my classmates, I had no idea what would be in store for me. Coming from Edmonton, Alberta, meant that we had very little idea of what to expect when we visited this city. We had been planning to come to the Theatre Ontario Next Generation Showcase since our first year in the program, so it was a bit surreal to already be sitting on a plane to Toronto after what felt like no time at all. 

I was raised in Calgary and I have always had a love for performance. I started out doing competitive Ukrainian dance, but as I got older I was drawn towards the theatre. I started taking drama in junior high and my love for it grew steadily from there. Once I graduated from high school I moved to Edmonton to study Drama at the University of Alberta. My goal was always to train in the BFA Acting program and after three auditions attempts I was admitted. This program has challenged me in ways I never expected and offered me opportunities and experience I could have never even have dreamed of, alongside an incredible ensemble and wonderful professors. I have been studying drama and acting at the University of Alberta for six years now and, as I head into the final months of my acting training, I find myself nervous and excited for what the future brings. 

We landed in Toronto full of excitement. I had visited before but never with this sense of buzz and electricity. The idea that we would get the chance to perform in this city sent that familiar thrill down my spine. When we landed in the city, we were all overjoyed. 

Attendees at the Showcase Panel
This was one of the first steps out of education and into the profession and it was very exciting to be on this journey with my classmates of three years. It felt like we had come to accomplish something. I spent the first day rediscovering my love for the city. Roaming the streets of a city that seemed to buzz with possibility. That night, we went to attend the first of the networking parties. The room was full of recent grads or about-to-be grads. Some had performed that day and some were like us—waiting for their moment, wanting to scope things out and get the lay of the land for tomorrow. It was amazing to see a room full of people all filled with the same drive and passion for the arts as me. We then went to the panel discussion, and were able to see the stage that we would perform on the next day. The theatre was vast but rapidly became filled with an upbeat and hopeful energy as all the other graduates poured in. It made me excited to take the stage tomorrow. The panel was wonderful. It made this wild crazy profession we’ve chosen, seem not so impossible. The way the panelists talked about everything with such authenticity and sincerity was inspiring. It was extremely refreshing to have a panel of professionals and artists speak with such honesty. It made the reality of this profession and this kind of work sink in, made it seem like this city could become a place where I could come practice the craft I’d worked to train in all these years. 

I went to sleep that night looking forward to the morning and what possibilities it could bring. Before I knew it, it was our turn to take the stage, I remember looking out into the house and feeling ready. I could see all the possibilities that lay before me, and I was still full of inspiration from the night before. I was proud to share my work, and to allow myself to be able to take the space and own the room. I remember the joy of that morning carried us all the way to the networking party that evening where we were able to make some many new friends and amazing connections. I was extremely proud of our little group for coming so far and thriving at this event. 

Showcase Students from the University of Alberta
Since we are still in school our turnaround was incredibly quick, the next morning we were on a plane back to Edmonton to make it back in time for our final dance performance that afternoon. I remember dragging my body back to school, feeling so tired but incredibly happy and proud of what we managed to accomplish. The Theatre Ontario Next Generation Showcase was an eye-opening and joyful experience, that made me believe that my future is bright with possibility. I am so grateful for the opportunity to perform and demonstrate what I have been working towards all these years. As I continue the final semester of my studies, I feel just a little less overwhelmed by what the future might bring.

Related Reading 

Monday, 5 February 2018

ONstage Openings for the week of February 5

ONstage Now Playing in South Central Ontario
I'll Be Back Before Midnight at Theatre Burlington
D'Arcy Wilson, Terri Brunsting, Julian Nicholson, Jenn Helsdon
Photo by Rob Thorne
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Eastern Ontario

Feb. 6, Sleuth at Kanata Theatre (Ottawa)

In Northeastern Ontario

Feb. 7, Other Desert Cities at Gateway Theatre Guild (North Bay)
Feb. 9, The Invention of Romance at Sudbury Theatre Centre [with a preview on Feb. 8]

In South Central Ontario

Feb. 8, Avenue Q – The Musical at Whitby Courthouse Theatre
Feb. 9, Casting for Murder at Georgetown Little Theatre

In Southwestern Ontario

Feb. 6, What a Young Wife Ought to Know at The Grand Theatre (London)
Feb. 9, The Dining Room at Aylmer Community Theatre [with a preview on Feb. 8]
Feb. 9, Steel Magnolias at Theatre Woodstock
Feb. 10, The Show Must Go On at Oh Canada Eh? Productions (Niagara Falls) [with a preview on Feb. 9]
Feb. 10, This Will Be Excellent at Carousel Players (St. Catharines)

In Toronto

Feb. 6, Acha Bacha at Theatre Passe Muraille with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre [currently in previews]
Feb. 7, Candide at George Brown Theatre School
Feb. 9, Prohibition, the Concert at Soulpepper Theatre
Feb. 10, The Secret Garden at Young People's Theatre [with previews from Feb. 5]
ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
A Delicate Balance at Soulpepper Theatre
Oliver Dennis, Kyra Harper, Laura Condlin,
Brenda Robins, Nancy Palk, Derek Boyes
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

In Central Ontario

Feb. 8, The 39 Steps at South Simcoe Theatre (Cookstown)
Feb. 8, Oliver! at Kempenfelt Community Players (Barrie)
Feb. 9, The Spitfire Grill at Huronia Players (Midland)


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

Friday, 2 February 2018

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

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Funding Youth Theatre Training Projects

Does your organization want to undertake a unique youth training project, led by professional theatre artists?

We are now inviting applications for the March 15, 2018 deadline for our Youth Theatre Training Program (YTTP).

YTTP offers financial support to programs anywhere in Ontario, led by professional theatre artists, which deliver accessible training to young people (age 14 to 21) in theatrical skills such as:
  • Technical production and design
  • Theatre administration and producing
  • Performance skills and play creation

The program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.