Friday, 22 May 2015

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

Conversation Starters
STAF's Open Source Brainstorm as they develop a
plan for a new Shared Platform.
Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres
You can also receive news from Theatre Ontario every month by email.  Our archives are online and the May issue is now available.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Congratulations to Spring 2015 Youth Theatre Training Program Recipients

We are excited to announce the latest recipients of training grants through Theatre Ontario’s Youth Theatre Training Program (YTTP).  We thank all those who applied to the program.

$22,500 was awarded in total among the following recipients:

  • CultureLink – Newcomer Youth Summer Theatre (Toronto)
  • expresARTE – voZifor@s for Panamerican youth (GTA)
  • Jumblies Theatre – Youth Theatre Workshop Series (Toronto)
  • Mashed Collective – Youth Improv Program (Toronto—East York and South Parkdale)

Over $86,000 was requested during this application round.  The next application deadline for this program is October 15, 2015.

Find out more about the Theatre Ontario Youth Theatre Training Program

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



Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops, and our Summer Theatre Intensive for actors, directors, and playwrights.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board
  • PACTCON 2015: Outside Looking In conference from the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres opens today.
  • Upcoming Ontario Culture Days information sessions are in Greater Napanee (May 21), Belleville (May 22), Sault Ste. Marie (May 25), Toronto/East (May 26), Windsor (May 27), and Toronto/Downtown (May 28).
  • Deadline for applications for the Ruth Harcort Memorial Scholarship for graduating secondary school students in Northumberland County who have shown dedication to the arts is May 21.
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre is holding a Sewing and Costume Building for Theatre workshop on May 24.
  • Shaw Festival’s Play by Play, an enriched theatre-going experience for audiences, runs May 27 to May 29.
  • Deadline for submissions for the Arts and Letters Club Foundation’s Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights for GTA students is May 29.
Check out these items, and other postings from our members of funding opportunities, workshops, calls for submission, awards, and more—on Theatre Ontario’s Bulletin Board on our website

Theatre Ontario individual members can also access auditions and job postings on our Theatre Ontario Individual Member Resources on our website

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

ONstage Openings for the week of May 19

In Southwestern Ontario
May 20, Crow Hill at Goderich Little Theatre
May 20, The Daughter of the Regiment (La Fille du Regiment) at London Community Players
May 22, Talley's Folly at London Community Players, with a preview on May 21
May 22, Aida at Theatre Woodstock
ONstage Opening this week in Woodstock
Aida at Theatre Woodstock
May 22, An Inspector Calls at Guelph Little Theatre
May 23, Top Girls at Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake), in previews*

In Toronto
May 19, Eurydice at Soulpepper Theatre, in previews
May 20, Durango at fu-GEN Theatre Company / Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, currently in previews
May 21, The Dybbuk, or Between Two Worlds at Soulpepper Theatre, currently in previews
May 21, Quartet at East Side Players

In Central Ontario
May 22, Squabbles at Huronia Players (Midland)

In Eastern Ontario
May 21, Jesus Christ Superstar at Suzart Productions (Ottawa)

ONstage Now Playing in Gananoque
Closer than Ever at Thousand Islands Playhouse
Photo by Murray Mitchell, provided by Western Canada Theatre
ICYMI: Check out last week’s openings

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

Theatre Ontario individual members can access discount ticket offers for shows marked with an * asterisk

Read more about Theatre Ontario’s Discount Tickets program

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Theatre Sarnia Awarded the Elsie for Outstanding Production at Festival

Congratulations to Theatre Sarnia, whose production of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl was awarded the Elsie as Outstanding Production at Theatre Ontario Festival 2015 in Oshawa.

The production received three awards and ten nominations from adjudicator Ron Cameron-Lewis.

Theatre Sarnia last won the Elsie in 1995 for their production of The Melville Boys by Norm Foster.  This was their fifth time participating at Theatre Ontario Festival, representing the Western Ontario Drama League.

Peterborough Theatre Guild represented the Eastern Ontario Drama League at Festival, presenting Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin, and received four awards and nine nominations.

Oshawa Little Theatre represented the Association of Community Theatres--Central Ontario, presenting Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, and received four awards and six nominations.

Gore Bay Theatre represented QUONTA (the northeastern Ontario community theatre association), presenting Agnes of God by John Pielmeier.  They received three awards.

The annual Theatre Ontario Festival is a showcase of outstanding community theatre productions, a classroom for passionate, dedicated community theatre artists, a celebration of excellence in community theatre, and a destination bringing together theatre lovers from across the province.

Read the full list of Theatre Ontario Festival 2015 Award Winners and Nominees on the Theatre Ontario website and check out the transcript of the Theatre Ontario Festival Awards Brunch Live-Blog