Thursday, 24 July 2014

Announcing Bruce Pitkin as Full-Time Executive Director

Bruce Pitkin
Theatre Ontario is pleased to announce that Bruce Pitkin has been hired as Executive Director; he has been serving as interim Executive Director since March 2014.

“We are very excited to enter this new phase with Bruce Pitkin,” said Joanne Williams, Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors, and a member of the Search Committee. “We are encouraged by Bruce’s determination to bring new initiatives to Theatre Ontario and his attention to the organization’s viability for years to come. With his unique background, he is someone who will strengthen our place in the many vibrant theatrical communities across the province.”

Bruce has been a member of the Theatre Ontario staff since February 2013. He is a trained theatre artist who has performed, directed, produced, and taught in Japan, Germany, the United States, and Canada. Since earning an MFA in Performance from York University, he has worked with the Tadashi Suzuki Company (Japan) and Shakespeare & Company (Boston). He was the Artistic Director at both the Acting Academy (Munich) and the International Michael Chekhov School of Acting (Munich), and taught Shakespeare and Scene Study at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto since 2007. In 2013, he was named in NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Artists to Watch for his directing work.

In addition to his extensive theatre background, his business experience in marketing and digital media has included working with such organizations as TeleFilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, Capital C Communications, Adeo Communications, Digital Media Studios, alleswirdgut—Agency for Creative Direction (Munich), Schaeffler und Partner Multimedia (Munich), BioID AG (Berlin) and Dialog Communication Systems (Taiwan).

“I am thrilled and honoured for the opportunity to lead Theatre Ontario as we continue to serve our existing members, as well as reaching out to new ones,” Bruce said.  “Delivering timely, top quality programs, which are accessible to theatre’s diverse practitioners and aficionados across the province, is a priority and I welcome the valuable input from all. I look forward to continue working with our incomparable staff and talented Board of Directors in keeping Theatre Ontario top of mind.”

Theatre Ontario develops and supports theatre practitioners across the province by providing resources, networking, training and advocacy.  We are a charitable, not-for-profit association serving community, educational and professional theatre organizations and individuals through a range of programs and services.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Browsing The Bulletin Board

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

Last call! Spaces are still available in our Summer Theatre Intensive for performers and directors, starting August 10:
Upcoming on The Bulletin Board
  • Cut-off for applications for Carousel Players’ Shaw Acting Intensive for youth 10 to 13 in St. Catharines is today
  • Canadian Stage's "Make It Yours" workshop with Adam Seelig for emerging directors, writers, and writer-directors is on July 28; application deadline is July 24
  • The Shaw Festival’s Shaw Symposium begins July 25
  • Shadowland Theatre’s Ward’s Island Fire Parade community workshops start July 27
  • Oakville’s West End Studio Theatre’s next Half Day (for ages 4 to 6) and Full Day (for ages 7 to 16) Summer Camps start July 28
  • Deadline to apply for Alameda Theatre Company’s Nueva Voz for Latino Canadian youth 14 to 25 is July 30
    Alameda Theatre Company's Nueva Voz
    for Latino Canadian youth 14 to 25
    Photo by Valentina Saavedra
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre’s Acting ABC’s with D. Morton is on July 30
  • Deadline to apply for undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream with the Ottawa Fringe Festival is August 1
  • Deadline to apply for the Ontario Arts Council’s Theatre Projects grant is August 1
New on The Bulletin Board
  • Register your Ontario Culture Days event by August 5 and you could be featured in the full-page Culture Days ad in the Globe and Mail
  • Ottawa Little Theatre’s next workshop for youth 13 to 17: Adventures in Clowning with Sarah McVie starts August 11
  • Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is inviting applications from queer-identified artists age 25 and under for their Young Creators Unit; deadline is September 5
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, job postings, and volunteer opportunities on our Theatre Ontario Individual Member Resources on our website

Browse for summer training opportunities for youth from our members

Monday, 21 July 2014

ONstage Openings for the week of July 21

ONstage Opening in Southwestern Ontario
A Midsummer Night's Dream: a chamber play
at Stratford Festival
Trish Lindström, Dion Johnstone,
Mike Nadajewski, Sarah Afful
Photo by Michael Cooper
In South Central Ontario
Jul. 25, Sleuth at The Rose Theatre (Brampton)

In Southwestern Ontario
Jul. 24, A Midsummer Night's Dream: a chamber play at Stratford Festival, currently in previews
Jul. 25, Juno And The Paycock at Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake), currently in previews*
Jul. 26, The Mountaintop at Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake), currently in previews*

In Central Ontario
Jul. 23, Do You Take This Man? at Globus Theatre (Bobcaygeon)

In Eastern Ontario
Jul. 22, Radio :30 at Festival Players of Prince Edward County (Milford)
Jul. 24, The Financier at Odyssey Theatre (Ottawa)
Jul. 25, The Importance of Being Earnest at Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque)
ONstage Now Playing in Central Ontario
I'll Be Back Before Midnight at
Drayton Entertainment: King's Wharf Theatre (Penetanguishene)
Andy Pogson, Daniela Vlaskalic, Sandy Winsby
Photo by Gary Moon

Check out last week’s openings

For more information on 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 our discount tickets program

Friday, 18 July 2014

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

Conversation Starters
Behind The Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres
Zara Jestadt
  • Welcome to Zara Jestadt, who will be our Education Assistant at Theatre Ontario in July and August.  Zara is a student at the George Brown Theatre School, and will be providing support for our Summer Theatre Intensive.  This Summer Experience position is made possible through the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport
  • Your next Ontario Fringe Festival stop is in Hamilton, where the Hamilton Fringe Festival kicked off yesterday
In Case You Missed It
You can also receive news from Theatre Ontario every month by email.  Our archives are online and the July issue is now available.

And for a laugh, from Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: “Submission Opportunities for Emerging Playwrights” by Justin Warner

Thursday, 17 July 2014

81 Applicants for the 2015 Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival

We are thrilled to announce yet another highly successful year of applications for the Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival. In June we received an overwhelming response to our call for applications resulting in a total of 81 received from across the country and beyond, including Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Newfoundland, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New York.

Deborah Hay in Cabaret at The Shaw Festival
Photo by Emily Cooper
Since 1988, the Directors Project holds a legacy of igniting the careers of directors who have gone on to shape the culture of theatre within this country.  Over fifty-five individuals have participated in the Project, immersing themselves in the unique environment of the Shaw Festival where they hone their craft with the support of the leading minds in theatre from across the country and around the world.

The announcement of the two candidates selected for the 2015 season will be in the Fall.

Be sure to check out the work of this year’s Intern Directors, Rachel Peake and Alistair Newton, at The Shaw this summer. Alistair wrote about his experience working on Cabaret with Peter Hinton on our blog.

Read more about the Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival