Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Congratulations to the Spring 2014 Professional Theatre Training Program Recipients

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

$29,000 was awarded in total among the following recipients:
  • Shane Carty to train in Directing with Douglas Beattie at Pie in the Sky Theatre (Stratford)
  • Madeleine Donohue to train in Producing and General Management with Monica Esteves and Eric Goldstein at Crow’s Theatre (Toronto)
  • Kat Horzempa to train in General Management and Tour Coordination with Natalie Ackers at Roseneath Theatre (Toronto)
  • Rob Kempson to train in Directing with Ashlie Corcoran at Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque)
  • Pam Patel to train in Artistic Direction with Majdi Bou-Matar at MT Space (Kitchener)
  • Rachel Penny to train in Producing with Aislinn Rose (Toronto)
  • Joseph Recinos to train in Producing with Marilo Nunez at Alameda Theatre Company (Toronto)
  • Tim Welham to train in Actor Training and Coaching with Ian Watson at Ryerson University and the National Theatre School (Toronto and Montreal)
The next application deadline for this program is October 1, 2014.

Read more about Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program on our website

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

Monday, 14 April 2014

ONstage Openings for the week of April 14

In South Central Ontario
Apr. 17, On Golden Pond at Whitby Courthouse Theatre
Apr. 18, Who's in Bed with the Butler? at Georgetown Little Theatre

ONstage Opening in St. Catharines
Spelling 2-5-5 at Carousel Players
Ryan Bondy and Kerry Ann Doherty
Photo by Claus Andersen
In Southwestern Ontario
Apr. 16, Run For Your Wife at Drayton Entertainment: Dunfield Theatre Cambridge
Apr. 19, Spelling 2-5-5 at Carousel Players (St. Catharines)

In Toronto
Apr. 15, Of Human Bondage at Soulpepper Theatre, in previews
Apr. 16, A God In Need of Help at Tarragon Theatre, in previews
Apr. 16, Mother at Humber Theatre
Apr. 17, Beatrice and Virgil at Factory Theatre, currently in previews*

In Northwestern Ontario
Apr. 17, Same Time, Next Year at Magnus Theatre (Thunder Bay)

ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
Soliciting Temptation at Tarragon Theatre
Miriam Fernandes and Derek Boyes
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann
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, 11 April 2014

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

Behind The Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres
Floyd Collins at Talk Is Free Theatre
Krystin Pellerin, Kevin McNulty, Daren A. Herbert,
Michael Torontow, Katey Wright
Photo by David Cooper
  • Talk Is Free Theatre in Barrie was facing a challenging opening for Floyd Collins: their shipping company failed to deliver the sets, costumes and props.  But the show is opening tonight with slight modifications.
  • The Ottawa Fringe will host a winter festival at Arts Court as “undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream” crosses town from Hintonburg to Downtown Rideau.  undercurrent is Ottawa’s winter festival of independent theatre showcasing the best indie theatre from Ottawa and across the country.
  • With much sadness, we share the news of the death of Anne Wilson of Woodstock.  Anne was "a card-carrying member" of Theatre Ontario from the beginning, a former chair of our Board of Directors, and a past recipient of the Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre.  I had the pleasure of meeting Anne back in 1999 - I was Theatre Ontario Festival Stage Manager that year, she was the Stage Manager of Woodstock Little Theatre's acclaimed production of Orphans.  She and her team received an Adjudicator's Award for a memorable intermission transformation of the set that garnered tremendous applause when the curtains opened for the second act of the show.  She was one-of-a-kind.
Conversation Starters
We’re off next Friday for the Easter long weekend—but this column returns on April 25

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Thank You to Our Volunteers

In honour of National Volunteer Week, Theatre Ontario would like to thank all of our volunteers for their contribution and dedication to helping us support theatre practitioners across the province.

National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014), now in it’s 11th year, is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s many volunteers, hosted by Volunteer Canada.

Theatre Ontario is looking for volunteers to help out at our Annual General Meeting and Celebration May 5th, 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

This will be a great networking opportunity for individuals interested in theatre and/or the performing arts and volunteers will receive a gift card at the end of their shift.

If you would like to be apart this event or any of our other upcoming events at Theatre Ontario please contact Ashleigh at outreach@theatreontario.org or visit our website.

Learn more about National Volunteer Week

We value your commitment and we couldn’t do it without you!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Browsing The Bulletin Board

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario
Check out all of our upcoming courses and workshops, including Getting Started for Actors, Playwriting: Idea to First Draft, and Playwriting: How to Self-Edit and Critique

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board
Patrick Conner.
Deadline for nominations for the Patrick Conner Award
honouring individuals for integrity in the arts
and environment is April 15
  • Ottawa Little Theatre Workshop on “Building a Character – Inside and Out” with Andy Massingham is April 12
  • Deadline for the City of Toronto’s Culture Build Investment Program, funding state-of-good repair capital projects and feasibility studies is April 14
  • Deadline for Canada Council grant programs “Grants to Theatre Artists: Individual Creation, Artists-in-Residency, Playwriting Residency and Professional Development” and “Theatre International” is April 15
  • Deadline to apply for Ontario Contact’s 2014 Showcase of touring performing arts is April 15
  • Deadline for nominations for the Patrick Conner Award, honouring individuals for integrity in the arts and environment, is April 15
  • Deadline for the Arts and Letters Club’s 2014 New Playwrights Award (for full-time secondary or post-secondary students) is April 15
  • Deadline for three Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Dora Ancillary Awards (Silver Ticket Award, Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Outstanding Leadership in Administration, and the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award) is April 17
New on The Bulletin Board
  • Theatre Passe Muraille is accepting applications from artists of all disciplines and backgrounds to "Pitch Andy"; application deadline is April 18
  • The Toronto Fringe Festival’s next Tent Talk in the Lab is “How to Create Your Own Dream Show with $7” on April 30.  The Tent Talk is free so it should fit into that defined budget
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