Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

  • Last call! Actors, directors, playwrights of all skill levels—experience a week away from all distractions and immerse yourself in a unique theatrical learning experience. You will learn new skills, meet passionate theatre people, enrich your theatre capacity, and flex your creative muscle! Join us at our Summer Theatre Intensive, August 9 to 15 in Waterloo. Spaces are still available for registration until July 31.
  • Playwright-in-Person with Vern Thiessen on August 10 in Waterloo: Vern reads from his works and participates in a Q&A in this free event open to the public.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Deadline for submissions for Ottawa’s undercurrents Festival is July 31.
  • Deadline for submissions for the 2016 World Festival of Children’s Theatre in Stratford is August 1.
  • The Shaw Festival and Carousel Players Shaw Acting Camp for youth 10 to 13 in Niagara starts August 4.
  • Shadowpath Theatre Productions workshops for seniors in Vaughan start August 4 (Drama Games and Improv) and August 6 (Family History and Storytelling.)
  • Deadline for applications for Ontario Arts Council’s Theatre Projects grants is August 5.
  • The next Shaw Seminar for Shaw Festival audiences start August 6.
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, 28 July 2015

Funding Professional Theatre Mentorships

Do you need financial support for professional development or a "change of direction" in your career? We are now inviting applications for the October 1, 2015 deadline for Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP).

The Professional Theatre Training Program offers financial support for unique and flexible training with a chosen mentor in any non-performance theatrical discipline. One can apply for professional development in his/her own discipline, or a "change of direction" in a career.

Please note that there have been a few key enhancements to the program guidelines:
  • Theatre Ontario will be following the Ontario Arts Council’s definition of a professional artist, as someone who “has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for her or his work and actively practices his or her art.” This means that applicants no longer need to wait two years after graduating from a post-secondary or other training institution before applying for a PTTP grant, but should refer to this definition when gauging eligibility.
  • Training programs must be completed within twelve months of the grant being awarded.
Please contact Rebecca Ballarin, Professional Theatre and Education Manager with any questions, especially if you are a first time applicant.

Read more about Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program

Read profiles of recent Professional Theatre Training Program projects

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

Monday, 27 July 2015

ONstage Openings for the week of July 27

This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Southwestern Ontario
Jul. 30, Snow White: The Panto at Drayton Entertainment: Huron Country Playhouse (Grand Bend), with previews from Jul. 29
Jul. 30, The Last Wife at Stratford Festival, in previews
Jul. 30, Love's Labour's Lost at Stratford Festival, in previews
Jul. 31, Fury at Blyth Festival, with previews from Jul. 29*
Aug. 1, The Alchemist at Stratford Festival, in previews

In Toronto
Jul. 30, Spring Awakening at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts
Jul. 31, Ward's Island Fire Parade from Shadowland Theatre

In Central Ontario
Jul. 27, Nunsensations at Highlands Summer Festival (Haliburton)
Jul. 30, The Ladies Foursome at Orillia Opera House*
Aug. 2, Ralph + Lina at Highlands Summer Festival (Haliburton)

In Eastern Ontario
Jul. 29, SHIPWRECKED! at Theatre Kingston

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

Friday, 24 July 2015

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

Conversation Starters

Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres


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.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Staging Our Future - A New Strategic Plan and Staffing Changes

by Bruce Pitkin, Executive Director

Theatre Ontario is pleased to unveil our new strategic plan that will provide direction for the next four years by establishing long range objectives for the organization. This plan will provide information for our members, funders and Ontario’s theatre community, as well as guide our staff and volunteers in creating annual business plans, initiatives and budgets. It will also allow us to measure progress in meeting our objectives of serving theatre in Ontario.

You may review Theatre Ontario’s Strategic Plan 2015-2018 here. Theatre Ontario relies on the feedback of the community and I welcome your comments.

I am also very pleased to announce two staffing changes. Brandon Moore will be taking on the role of Community Theatre and Communications Manager and Rebecca Ballarin will be assuming the role of Professional Theatre and Education Manager.

Please join me in wishing Brandon and Rebecca well in their new roles and don’t hesitate to reach out to them.