Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Theatre Ontario Welcomes Ron Cameron-Lewis as Festival 2015 Adjudicator

Theatre Ontario is thrilled to welcome Ron Cameron-Lewis as adjudicator for the 2015 Theatre Ontario Festival in Oshawa.  The Festival will be Ron’s penultimate appearance as an adjudicator in Ontario, leading to his “swan song” appearance as adjudicator of the 2016 Western Ontario Drama League Festival (although he will continue with some international theatre work.)

“I am honored to be invited to adjudicate the Theatre Ontario Festival in Oshawa,” said Ron Cameron-Lewis.  “This marks the fifth time in the past 29 years that I have been asked to adjudicate the top productions from around the province. Having attended many more Theatre Ontario Festivals as well, I look forward to reconnecting with many friends from all aspects of my half century of experience in community theatre.”

Ron is well known to community groups across the province as a teacher, adjudicator and workshop leader.  He has adjudicated well over 2,000 productions throughout Ontario for community and educational theatre festivals, as well as in the USA at state, regional, national and international levels. Since 2010, he has taught the art of adjudication to 50 people, three times at Theatre Ontario Festivals and twice at AACT national festivals in Rochester, New York, and Carmel, Indiana.  In 2010, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning appointed him Professor Emeritus, and in 2013, Ron was elected as Member-at-Large for the American Association of Community Theatres for a three-year term.

Theatre Ontario Festival 2015 will be held in Oshawa from May 13 to 17, 2015 and is co-hosted by Theatre Ontario, Oshawa Little Theatre, and the Association of Community Theatres—Central Ontario.

For more information about the Festival, please visit the Theatre Ontario website

Monday, 29 September 2014

ONstage Openings for the week of September 29

ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
Escape from Happiness at Alumnae Theatre Company
Lesley Robertson, Andrea Brown, Renée Haché
Photo by Scott Gorman
In Southwestern Ontario
Oct. 1, Broadway Heroes at Drayton Entertainment: Dunfield Theatre Cambridge
Oct. 3, Murder Mystery at the Museum at Elora Community Theatre (Fergus)

In Toronto
Sep. 30, Life, Death and The Blues at Theatre Passe Muraille, currently in previews*
Oct. 1, QueerCab at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Oct. 1, Kiss and Cry at Canadian Stage*
Oct. 5, What Makes a Man at Canadian Stage, in previews*

ONstage Now Playing in Central Ontario
The Curious Savage at Peterborough Theatre Guild
In Central Ontario
Sep. 30, Country Jukebox – The Best of Country Duets at Theatre Collingwood

In South Central Ontario
Oct. 2, Beau Jest at Burl-Oak Theatre Group (Oakville)
Oct. 2, The Odd Couple at Oshawa Little Theatre
Oct. 3, This Is War (staged reading) at Theatre 3x60 (Durham Region)

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 our discount tickets program

Friday, 26 September 2014

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

This week's hot topic in the Twitterverse has been the news that Factory Theatre and Quiptake in Toronto will be holding the media night for The Art of Building a Bunker at the fifth performance after opening.
My own reflections so far: this is an experiment.  Applying some "scientific method" to the experiment - Factory/Quiptake have not shared their hypothesis with us, and so we are making assumptions about that hypothesis.  And unfortunately, I think the "observer effect" of those assumptions is going to affect the experiment.

Conversation Starters

Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres
In Case You Missed It

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Theatre Ontario welcomes Erin Keating as our new Program Coordinator

We are thrilled to welcome Erin Keating as the new Program Coordinator of Theatre Ontario.  Erin is an arts administrator and playwright who recently relocated to Toronto from the Maritimes.

“I’ve had a lifelong passion for the arts, none more so than theatre, and made the move to Toronto to become a part of the diverse and robust theatre community this city and province have to offer,” said Erin.  “I could not be more thrilled to be welcomed onto the Theatre Ontario team and have the opportunity to facilitate, advocate and support the already thriving theatre industry of this province.”

Passionate about both theatre and music, Erin previously worked as Operations Manager of Theatre New Brunswick, the province’s only English-speaking professional theatre company, and as Music and Marketing Coordinator of Fredericton’s Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, the biggest music festival on Canada’s east coast.  While with Theatre New Brunswick, Erin served as Secretary for PACT’s Regional Theatre Caucus.

As a playwright, Erin’s plays have been produced by the NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival, Saint John Theatre Company, Theatre on the Edge Festival, and TNB New Voices. She also had the opportunity to co-adapt Miracle on 34th Street for Theatre New Brunswick’s Main Stage last Christmas, which will be remounted at Sudbury Theatre Centre, and the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia this Christmas. She has also acted as dramaturge on several scripts, most recently David Adams Richards’ Beaverbrook.

Erin holds a degree in Journalism and Communications from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB, and has developed her playwriting by working with, and learning from, such notable playwrights as Mieko Ouchi, Jeffrey Hatcher, and Walter Learning, and through her involvement with the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre.

“We are very excited to have Erin join the Theatre Ontario team and add her authentic voice to serving our membership,” said Bruce Pitkin, Executive Director.  “Erin brings a discerning perspective and keen insight, which will enrich the vitality of our programs and services for all of our professional and educational supporters. Please join me in welcoming Erin!”

Erin will be starting at Theatre Ontario on September 29, 2014.

ArtsVote Across Ontario

by Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

With the province’s municipal elections now just a month away, many of the province’s ArtsVote coalitions are hosting events, surveying candidates, and making sure that arts and culture are part of the election conversation.

What’s happening in your community?  Here are a few updates from active ArtsVote communities.

Kawartha Lakes: Mayoral and council candidates were surveyed, and results will be compiled on the Kawartha ArtsVote website.

Kingston: The official launch of the Kingston ArtsVote campaign was on Saturday, September 13 at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.  They’re surveying candidates, and launched a video talking about the arts in Kingston.


Mississauga: The Mississauga Arts Council held a Mayoral forum in early September; the event will be re-broadcast on Rogers Cable on October 4, 5, and 8.

Niagara: September 18 featured the launch of a new website in Niagara and supporters are pledging support through a picture campaign.  They have also issued surveys to candidates for ArtsVote report cards.

Peterborough: ArtsSpace hosted an event for mayoral and town ward candidates to speak about Arts and Culture in Peterborough.  The event was live-streamed, and the recording is available on ArtsSpace’s Ustream channel.

Toronto: The ArtsVote Toronto mayoral debate is on September 29 at the Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox, moderated by Damian Abraham, the lead vocalist of the band Fucked Up.  ArtsVote report cards from candidate surveys will be shared in October.

Windsor and Region: The Arts Council of Windsor and Region has been collecting proposed questions from the community, and are now issuing surveys to local municipal candidates in Windsor, Essex, Lakeshore, LaSalle, Tecumseh, Leamington, Kingsville and Amherstburg.