Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Upcoming opportunities for theatre artists from Theatre Ontario, from our members, and from other arts service organizations

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

"Ask an Agent" workshop with Alicia Jeffery, part of our
"Take Control of Your Career" boot camp
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Great Canadian Theatre Company’s next “The Hive @ GCTC” workshop for students is on “Lighting Design” today in Ottawa.
  • Deadline to apply for Ontario Trillium Foundation “Capital Grants” program is October 25.

New on The Bulletin Board

  • Submissions are now open for the Ellen Ross Stuart Award, for playwrights 21-30 with some production credits who have graduated from post-secondary training or outgrown other programs that nurture young artists. The deadline is December 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

Monday, 16 October 2017

ONstage Openings for the week of October 16

ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
Bello at Young People's Theatre
Morgan Yamada, Gabriel Gagnon, Nicole St. Martin
Production Design by Patrick Beagan
Photo by Ali Sultani.
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Central Ontario

Oct. 20, Sugar Road at Theatre Orangeville [with a preview on Oct. 19]
Oct. 20, The 39 Steps at Northumberland Players (Cobourg)

In Eastern Ontario

Oct. 19, On Golden Pond at Domino Theatre (Kingston)
Oct. 20, Fight the Moonlight at Tweed & Company Theatre

In South Central Ontario

Oct. 19, Death of a Salesman at Theatre Aurora
Oct. 20, South Pacific at Etobicoke Musical Productions (Mississauga)

ONstage Now Playing in Southwestern Ontario
The Gondoliers at Guelph Little Theatre
Ben Wallace, Arthur Harkins
Photo by Dean Palmer

In Southwestern Ontario

Oct. 20, Once at The Grand Theatre (London) [with previews from Oct. 17]
Oct. 20, Outside Mullingar at Aylmer Community Theatre [with a preview on Oct. 19]
Oct. 20, Death of a Salesman at Drayton Entertainment: St. Jacobs Country Playhouse [with previews from Oct. 18]
Oct. 20, The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Theatre Sarnia

In Toronto

Oct. 16, Huff at Soulpepper Theatre
Oct. 19, Other Side of the Game at Cahoots Theatre [currently in previews]
Oct. 20, Thirteen Hands at Alumnae Theatre Company
Oct. 20, The Valley at East Side Players


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

Friday, 13 October 2017

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

Conversation Starters


Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres

Lighthouse Festival Theatre is giving away seats

Migrations


TO Toasts


In Case You Missed It

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Stories from the Summer Theatre Intensive: Sharpening Your Actor’s Tool Kit

by Michelle Cho

As a newbie, I was nervous about registering for “Sharpening Your Actor’s Tool Kit.” It was a course pitched to experienced actors and frankly, I had no ‘tool kit’ so nothing to sharpen. But after some back and forth with the lovely Rachel Kennedy, she convinced me that Tom Diamond was well-equipped to work with actors of varying levels. I was still a bit skeptical but when I learned it was going to be a small class, I decided to stick to my guns and just go for it. I'm so glad I did.

Tom asked his participants to come prepared to do a couple monologues. I admit, when I stood up to do mine I really had no clue what I was doing. I was shaking in my boots. I spewed out lines that I memorized. I didn’t know where to look…the wall, the audience? I never really thought about whom I was talking to.  What fourth wall?

By the end of Day 1, I learned that acting isn’t about memorizing lines. It’s about ideas, notions and investigating them. Asking questions like: Who am I? Where am I? What’s going on? What do I want? Or what’s my intention?

"Sharpening Your Actor's Tool Kit"
Over the course of the week, Tom helped the six of us explore those ideas through scene study work, improvisation, script analysis and working and re-working our monologues. Of course an honest day’s work didn’t begin without a good game of Twizzle (another great reason to take Tom’s course!)

It's now been more than a month since taking Tom’s workshop and I want to say that everything I learned in his class stuck with me, but I’d be lying. 

Do I always remember to act as though everything’s happening right now? No. Will I remember what I said that had my classmates laughing in an improv scene? Probably not. How ever did I pull off that southern accent while playing Mrs. Wire in Tennessee Williams’ The Lady of Larkspur Lotion? Dunno.

What has stuck and is something I find incredibly useful—not just in acting but in my every day life—is the ability to re-frame the idea of nervousness. Tom encouraged us to learn to embrace our ‘butterflies’, putting a positive spin on it. He calls this ‘life force’ and told us to make it work for you. Don't try to run from it or get rid of it. Use it. Become acquainted with that energy. Be its friend. That 'life force' can be so vibrant and alive.

The other day I could feel the butterflies starting to well up in my belly before an audition. I looked down at my stomach and said, “Oh, there you are” and smiled.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Upcoming opportunities for theatre artists from us, from our members, and from other arts service organizations

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

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

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Work In Culture’s “Take the Lead: Principles for Administrative Leadership in the Arts” is on October 12 and 13 in Toronto.
  • “From Schtick to Script: Original Sitcom Pilot Writing Intensive” with Daniela Saioni begins on October 14 in Toronto.
  • Shaw Festival’s “Grown Up Theatre Club” for adults begins October 15 in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Deadline for Ontario Arts Council “Multi and Inter-Arts Projects” and “Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour” is October 17.
  • Great Canadian Theatre Company’s next “The Hive @ GCTC” workshop for students is on “Lighting Design” on October 18 in Ottawa.
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