Behind The Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres
and Katya Senyshyn
- We’re thrilled to welcome two new faces to Theatre Ontario this week: Roxanne Joseph, our new Fundraising Coordinator, and Katya Senyshyn, our new Development Coordinator. We also bid farewell to Aeriol Fitzgerald, who has been our Membership Coordinator for the past year.
- Hamilton’s theatre community is gathering tomorrow (March 1) for “Stage Directions: Imagining the Next Steps for Theatre in Hamilton”...
- ...and hear about community collaboration in London.
- #thesummit was a conversation of Washington, DC-area artistic directors about the representation of women and people of colour on American stages that blew up Twitter on Family Day evening.
- You can read the Storify on 2amtheatre.com for background.
- The only recent Canadian statistics that I’ve seen so far (and can share with a link) were gathered for Vancouver by local stage manager Lois Dawson; Playwrights Guild of Canada reported a 5% regression in the rate of female representation in playwriting from 2006 (PDF) to the 2012-2013 season.
- #CdnCult Times on SpiderWebShow followed up with a second Feminist Edition, with writing from Keavy Lynch, Alexander Offord, and Lisa C. Ravensbergen
- Elissa Goetschius, Artistic Director of Strand Theater in Baltimore was one of the attendees, and she reflected on what was said at 2amtheatre.com in Climbing #TheSummit.
- Andrew Taylor wrote some good analysis on a “risk-informed organization (and what values are non-negotiable)” on the Artful Manager.
- I’m also enjoying proposals for tangible actions: “Next Steps” from Tamara Winters and “Seven Initiatives” from Brett Steven Abelman are two that have piqued my interest so far.
- Mike Lew reminds us that “arts education won’t save us from boring, inaccessible theatre”
- Congratulations to the nominees of the 2013 Prix Rideau Awards
- Congratulations to the recipients of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association’s honours. Among the honours were the CAEA Award of Distinction to Stage Managing the Arts (S.M. Arts) – founded by Winston Morgan (who was also recognized in 2010 with the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture for his work on S.M. Arts) and lifetime membership for Philip Akin (former Theatre Ontario Youth Theatre Training Program juror), Kenneth Welsh, and Janet Irwin—a past President of Theatre Ontario.
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