Behind The Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres
|The Theatre Centre's New Permanent Home|
Photo by Zoe Sweet
- On Wednesday, I attended the grand opening of The Theatre Centre’s new permanent home in Toronto. At arts organizations, we talk a lot about “how do we demonstrate the impact of what we do?” Walking through the new building, seeing all of the people in attendance excited for the celebration, being part of an audience rising to its feet to give a standing ovation to Franco Boni as he walked up to the podium and before he said a single word—for me, that’s what impact looks like. That’s showing, not telling. Congratulations to everyone at The Theatre Centre who made it possible.
- Shaista Latif received a Professional Theatre Training Program grant to train in directing with Nina Lee Aquino. She writes on the Buddies In Bad Times blog about her own story of migration and adaptation.
- Michael Wheeler wrote a terrific piece about the significance of The Theatre Centre’s new home on #CdnCultTimes. “Success is possible without compromising values.”
- In The Greenroom has published another installment of “Start, Stop and Continue” inviting writers to identify what the Toronto theatre scene needs to prosper—contributors include D. Jeremy Smith of Driftwood Theatre (and Treasurer of Ontario Summer Theatre—formerly ASTRO), Tina Rasmussen, Holger Schott Syme, Claire Armstrong, Nina Kaye, and Drew O’Hara & Jade Douris
- As theatre companies announce seasons, and playwrights anxiously await telephone calls and emails, Gwydion Suilebhan suggests a way to think about this time not as “Rejection Season” but as “Acceptance Season”
- Diane Ragsdale wonders if arts organizations can be both art-focused and community-focused?
- A different approach for the post-show discussion with the playwright, from Douglas Howe on HowlRound
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