Thursday, 5 May 2016

Thank You to Our Festival Supporters

Theatre Ontario Festival depends on the support of individuals, theatre organizations, and businesses that join us in our celebration of community theatre in Ontario.

Thank you to all of our Festival 2016 sponsors. While all of our Festival awards are now sponsored, opportunities are still available to sponsor performances, workshops, and after-parties.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

Courses and Workshops at Theatre Ontario
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Shaw Festival’s Beyond the Stage for educators is on May 6.
  • Shaw Festival’s Beyond the Stage for youth—a workshop on improvisation for teens—is on May 7.
  • Sudbury Theatre Centre is hosting an “Intro to Musical Theatre – Singing in Character” workshop with Michael Doherty on May 7.
  • Cahoots Theatre is hosting a free community event “ASL Explore” with Joanne Cripps from the Deaf Culture Centre on May 13 at 6:30pm at Theatre Passe Muraille.

New on The Bulletin Board

  • Nightwood Theatre is now inviting submissions from emerging women playwrights for the 2016/17 Write from the Hip program.
Check out these items, and other postings from our members.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

A Unique Learning Adventure at Theatre Ontario’s Summer Theatre Intensive

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

At Theatre Ontario’s Summer Theatre Intensive you can live your passion for theatre in an immersive adventure where you can enrich your skills, flex your creative muscles, and meet friends old and new.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Acting
One of our most popular courses is “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Acting” with Tom Diamond. The course is popular for experience actors who want to get “back to the basics”, but last year, self-described “novice” Gregory Carruthers found his professional responsibilities lightening, finding himself drawn back to acting and in search of good instruction and coaching.

Meanwhile, our “Hot Scenes” scene study course with Brenda Kamino helps you build your acting technique with monologues and scenes and from Canadian and world theatre.

For directors, we’re bringing back “Directions on Directing” with Andrew Lamb. This course is specifically designed for beginner or intermediate directors looking for practical tools to use throughout their directing process. Jo-Anne Pulfer took that course last year, as she wanted to gain further insight into what was expected of a director (in case she got a chance in the future to direct), and to also further her appreciation of directors as an actress. Joseph  Van Veen took our introduction to directing course in 2014, it gave him the confidence to try directing a play for the first time.

Directions on Directing
This year’s advanced directing course is being taught by John P. Kelly. My own first Summer Theatre Intensive course was many years ago with John P., a life-changing experience of trying on dream roles, and exploring characterization and space.

For students interested in backstage training, this year we have a new course with Maria Popoff "Places Please! Stage Management And The Creative Process From Pre-Production To End Of Run."

For many people, it’s the camaraderie with kindred spirits that brings them to Summer Theatre Intensive. Zara Jestadt, our Education Assistant in 2014, was struck by the enduring sense of community that she saw at our summer courses. For Murray Tilson of Timmins, our Summer Theatre Intensive is “the best way I can think of spending a week of my vacation.”

And as the tweeters will tell you (as we’ve seen in past years’ Summer Theatre Intensive on Storify), the dedication and focus of participants can be winding for students and instructors alike


The community coming together at the Theatre Ontario Summer Theatre Intensive

Monday, 2 May 2016

ONstage Openings for the week of May 2

This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Southwestern Ontario

May 3, Macbeth at Stratford Festival, in previews
May 5, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook at Registry Theatre (Kitchener)
May 6, Knickers: A Brief Comedy at Aylmer Community Theatre, with a preview on May 5
ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
Damn Yankees at Scarborough Music Theatre
May 6, Little Women at Elora Community Theatre (Fergus)
May 6, The Music Man at Theatre Sarnia

In Toronto

May 3, Ultrasound at Cahoots Theatre Projects / Theatre Passe Muraille, currently in previews
May 5, The Odd Couple at Soulpepper Theatre, in previews
May 6, The Testament of Mary at Soulpepper Theatre, in previews
May 7, The Really Real Adventures of Scott Free & Will Do at Solar Stage Children's Theatre

In Central Ontario

May 5, The Rhythm of Life at Kempenfelt Community Players (Barrie)
May 6, Stag and Doe at Theatre Orangeville, with a preview on May 5
ONstage Now Playing in Eastern Ontario
Janet Wilson Meets the Queen at GCTC (Ottawa)
Tony Adams, Katie Ryerson
Photo by Andrew Alexander
May 6, BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story at Peterborough Theatre Guild

In Eastern Ontario

May 3, The Mouse House at Ottawa Little Theatre


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

Friday, 29 April 2016

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

Conversation Starters

Reframed from Acting Up Stage Company
at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres


TO Toasts