Thursday, 21 March 2019

Welcome to Keith Barker as Theatre Ontario Festival 2019 Playwright-in-Person

Theatre Ontario Festival 2019 is excited to welcome Keith Barker as “Playwright-in-Person” at this year’s Festival. Keith will be reading from his work on Friday, May 17 at 1:30pm at The Curtain Club in Richmond Hill.

Keith Barker is an Algonquin Métis playwright, actor, and theatre director from Northwestern Ontario, and the current Artistic Director at Native Earth Performing Arts. He was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for English Drama in 2018 for his play, This Is How We Got Here. Keith received a Saskatchewan and Area Theatre Award for Excellence in Playwriting and a Yukon Arts Award for Best Art for Social Change for his play, The Hours That Remain. Prior to taking the job at Native Earth, Keith served as a Theatre Program Officer for the Canada Council for the Arts.

We are particularly excited to welcome Keith, as This Is How We Got Here will be presented by Gore Bay Theatre on Thursday, May 16 as the Festival entry on behalf of QUONTA, the northeastern Ontario community theatre association. This is the first time since Theatre Ontario Festival 2007 that our Playwright-in-Person has also been the author of an entry chosen from a regional festival.

Playwright-in-Person has been part of Theatre Ontario Festival since 1999. The program brings professional playwrights to Festival communities for script readings, Q&A, and more. Playwright-in-Person is made possible by a grant from the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s “Play Connect” program, funded by the Canada Council. Recent Playwrights-in-Person include Lisa Codrington, Erin Shields, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, and Damien Atkins.

We are also excited to welcome Playwrights Canada Press who will be bringing plays for sale on Thursday through Saturday of Festival, with their usual Festival discount—30% off one or two books, 50% off for three or more.

Theatre Ontario Festival is our annual celebration of community theatre in the province. It’s a showcase of outstanding community theatre productions, a symposium for passionate and dedicated community theatre artists, a celebration of excellence in community theatre, and a destination bringing together theatre lovers from across the province. Festival 2019 is hosted by The Curtain Club, with performances at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Theatre Ontario and the Association of Community Theatres—Central Ontario.

Learn more about Theatre Ontario Festival 2019

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

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 Writing Theatre Reviews that Matter workshop
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Upcoming grant deadline from the Ontario Arts Council include Market Development Projects (today), Multi and Inter-Arts Projects (Mar. 21), and Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour (Mar. 21).
  • ArtsBuild Ontario is hosting a free webinar “Working Together: Multi-Partner Creative Space Projects” on March 27.

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, 19 March 2019

Exploring and Learning Together at Our Summer Theatre Intensive

Theatre Ontario's Summer Theatre Intensive
This year for our Summer Theatre Intensive we head east to beautiful Kingston, Ontario. Our courses will be held at historic Queen’s University and will include a week of incredible training opportunities for you to explore something new or boost your skills.

We have the opportunity to keep all courses, the accommodations and all meals on the premises and we are taking full advantage of the wonderful, modern facilities Queen’s has to offer.

This year’s courses run August 4 to 9, 2019—and include:
  • Fundamentals of Acting with Rosanna Saracino
  • Devised Theatre for Intersectional Artists with Sabah Haque 
  • Playing with Commedia Dell’Arte with Catriona Leger
  • Directions on Directing, an introductory look at directing with Andrew Lamb
  • Digging into Directing with Lezlie Wade
  • Exploring the Art of Adaption with Rosamund Small
  • Music Direction for Community and Regional Theatre with Scott White

Monday, 18 March 2019

ONstage Openings for the week of March 18

ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
The Mousetrap at Scarborough Theatre Guild
Photo by Julie Adams
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Toronto

Mar. 19, Walking on Bombshells at The Second City
Mar. 21, Crying Hands at Theatre Passe Muraille [with a preview on Mar. 20]
Mar. 21, Blue Stockings at Stage Centre Productions
Mar. 22, Wedding at Aulis at Soulpepper Theatre [in previews]

In Central Ontario

Mar. 22, Silent Sky at Northumberland Players (Cobourg)

In Eastern Ontario

Mar. 20, Marvin's Room at Ottawa Little Theatre
Mar. 22, Angélique at National Arts Centre—English Theatre (Ottawa) [with previews from Mar. 20]
Mar. 22, Twelve Angry Men at Brockville Theatre Guild
ONstage Now Playing in Eastern Ontario
Outside Mullingar at Domino Theatre (Kingston)
David Hurley, Geoff Johnson, Sandie Cond

In South Central Ontario

Mar. 22, Tomcat at Durham Shoestring Performers (Oshawa)

In Southwestern Ontario

Mar. 22, August Wilson's Fences at The Grand Theatre (London) [with previews from Mar. 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

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

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 workshop
  • Preparing an OAC application? Get the inside scoop at our free “Grant Writing Information Session” pre-recorded webinar with Pat Bradley of the Ontario Arts Council, available on March 18.
  • Learn about the background and impetus behind the Intimacy for the Stage initiative at our free “What Is Intimacy On Stage?” pre-recorded webinar with Siobhan Richardson of Intimacy Directors International, available on March 28.
  • Learn the skills necessary to be a successful and sought-after reviewer, critic, blogger, and writer of theatre—Join us at our “Writing Theatre Reviews that Matter” workshop with Lynn Slotkin on April 3 at 3pm in Toronto.
  • Learn the techniques and the language to stage human sexuality in a way that is professional, dynamic and focused on storytelling—Join us at our “Intimacy for the Stage for Performing Artists” workshop with Siobhan Richardson of Intimacy Directors International on April 13.
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Upcoming grant deadline from the Ontario Arts Council include Artists in Communities and Schools Projects (Mar. 14), Market Development Projects (Mar. 20), Multi and Inter-Arts Projects (Mar. 21), Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour (Mar. 21).
  • Deadline for nominations for the Mallory Gilbert Award from the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres is March 18.
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