Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Stories from the Summer Theatre Intensive: “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Acting…and then some!” with Tom Diamond

by Anne Evanoff (Dundas, Ontario)

I was active in the Drama Club during my high school years in Timmins, Ontario and was passionate about acting—especially dramatic plays. For a long time, I lived out my desire to act through storytelling and hooking kids on 'great stories' that they could identify with and relate to in some personal way.

Recently, I retired from a long career in education that took me to many exotic places in the world and expanded my experience of the many different ways to be in the world. Retired and living in Florida for a few winter months, I found Actors' Studio and Improv Groups that whetted my appetite and by accident, I found myself playing the role of Blaze in The Fat Man Sacrifice directed by Dr. Peter Irwin. Needless to say, I was hooked once again.
Since returning home, I have been looking for resources and workshops in Ontario to hone my skills and grow my craft. I find it to be an exciting way to continue the learning and the growing. Enter Theatre Ontario!

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About
Acting... and then some! with Tom Diamond
It was a privilege for me to spend a whole week at Trent University in Peterborough learning from a master like Tom Diamond. Through improv exercises and team-building activities, he created a safe environment where I could step out of my comfort zone and hone my craft/toolbox as an actor. I valued his feedback and his ability to hone in on the areas that needed work. We also did partnered scene work where I was totally impressed and amazed by his ability to identify how to move us to an authentic place to fulfill a role. It is still difficult for me to grasp the depth to which he led us—a truly gifted director, a rare find and I am grateful to have spent the time with him at Trent!

Tom also helped to create "team spirit" in the group, where we could work in a way that was fun and playful! I feel like I now have another family in the acting community. This intensive far exceeded my expectations and I am thankful for the experience. Wow! Keep up the great work, Theatre Ontario!

Monday, 29 August 2016

ONstage Openings for the week of August 29

This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages
ONstage Now Playing in Eastern Ontario
An Inspector Calls at Classic Theatre Festival (Perth)
Elana Post, Greg Campbell, Sean Jacklin,William Vickers
Photo by Jean-Denis Labelle

In Toronto

Aug. 30, Come What Mayhem! at The Second City
Sep. 3, Ashkenaz Festival at Shadowland Theatre

In Eastern Ontario

Aug. 31, An Evening of One-Act Plays at Belleville Theatre Guild

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

Friday, 26 August 2016

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

Conversation Starters

Peter Fernandes and Dion Johnstone in Soulpepper Theatre's
production of Father Comes Home from the Wars.
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

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 August issue is now available.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Welcome Annette G. Procunier at Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 Adjudicator

Theatre Ontario is thrilled to welcome Annette G. Procunier as adjudicator for Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 in Ottawa. Annette most recently adjudicated the Eastern Ontario Drama League Festival in 2016, and last adjudicated Theatre Ontario Festival in 2012 in Sault Ste Marie.

Annette has worked in community, educational and professional theatre for over 45 years. She is a director, stage manager, play polisher, adjudicator and workshop leader. As an adjudicator Annette has participated in festivals in Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States having judged more than 125 festivals in 30 years. She has adjudicated the world theatre festival in Monaco for IATA and the national festival for the American Association of Community Theatre four times. No other adjudicator has been invited more than once. She is the author of the only book on adjudication Do You See What I See? and is a fellow of AACT—this honor was bestowed for “single-handedly raising the level of community theatre in America.” She is the only non-American to hold the distinction.

Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 will be held in Ottawa from May 17 to 21, 2017 and is co-hosted by Theatre Ontario, Ottawa Little Theatre, and the Eastern Ontario Drama League.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Artist-Educator training at Young People's Theatre

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Deadline for submissions for Acting Up Stage Company's Syd and Shirley Banks Prize for emerging musical theatre performers is August 29.
  • Deadline to apply for Ontario 150 Community Celebration Program grants is September 2.
  • Deadline to register for Young People’s Theatre Artist Educator training in Toronto is September 2.
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