Michael Wheeler has been blogging about his experience this year as an Intern Director at the Shaw Festival, as part of the Neil Munro Intern Director’s Project at the Shaw Festival (sponsored annually by Sun Life Financial and Theatre Ontario.) In his latest post, Michael writes about his pre-show audience talks, rehearsal responsibilities, workshops, and preparations for his one-act production for Director’s Day.
Recently I saw Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They describe it as having “a unique Toronto twist, bringing it closer than ever to High Park today.” The “high concept” adaptation of Shakespeare can provoke complaints, but when it works, I think the reason is clear, as explored by Kate Powers in “Action, Meet Word.”
Allie Dunbar, currently appearing in Queen Marie at 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook, reflected on her recent participation in the “Who Is Dorothy?” casting call for the upcoming Wizard Of Oz. That moment of self-awareness in coping with rejection is so significant and vital for every young actor seeking a career in professional theatre.
Howard Sherman kicked off Canada Day celebrations a day early on HowlRound, wondering about the export of Canadian plays onto American stages. He provoked a good conversation there and on Twitter, with voices from both sides of the border joining in.
From The Wire
- TheatreBooks is moving—and their new location is just down the street from Theatre Ontario’s office. This convenience is going to have a devastating impact on my bank account.
- Richard Ouzounian wrote in the Toronto Star about how the Association of Summer Theatres ‘Round Ontario “do their darndest to battle blackflies and keep you entertained on those long summer nights.”
- Susan Ferley, Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre, was this month’s subject of London’s “Favourite Places.”
- Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque is launching an ambitious $10 million campaign to “entrench itself as one of the heavyweights of the Ontario theatre scene.”
- Eric Coates will be leaving the Blyth Festival to become the new Artistic Director of Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa
- Congratulations to the latest appointments to the Order of Canada, with a tip-of-the-hat to Des McAnuff, Sharon Pollock, and Steven Schipper, all recognized for their contributions to theatre
- Congratulations to all of the recipients of the 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Awards in Toronto
- And congratulations to Craig Hall—a 2011 Shaw Intern Director—who won the Outstanding Direction, Large Theatre Award at the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards in Vancouver