by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager
|Jamie Hunt in Northumberland Players'|
production of Boeing Boeing from
Theatre Ontario Festival 2016
- Ali Joy Richardson is one of the members of the Paprika Festival’s Director’s Lab—being mentored by Clare Preuss. She shares her experience developing and directing O at Paprika.
- Meanwhile, Bilal Baig shares his process and mentoring experience in creating Plum BOMB for Paprika.
- Edition 2 in the latest volume of #CdnCult Times from Spiderwebshow is all about “Sexuality as Activism”—“Each of the artists writing for this edition are engaged with elements of their own or others’ sexuality. They consider how the act of staging aspects of sexuality, sex work or dating proposes alternatives to conventional narratives. Because this is often connected to who they are as people, does it then mean that they are in fact activists by staging this work?”
- From the Guardian: What minor characters deserve the spotlight?
- Many of you will know Ken Stephen, a past Board member and a long-time supporter of Theatre Ontario and of Festival. He was in attendance again this year, and wrote his traditional reviews about this year’s Festival productions.
Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres
- Next opening in the Ontario Fringe Festival season: the London Fringe Theatre Festival opens May 31.
- The World Festival of Children's Theatre opens on June 5 in Stratford.
- STAF in Toronto unveiled their new name for the organization as part of their organization transformation: Generator.
- New season announcements from Carousel Players (St. Catharines), Young People’s Theatre [PDF], and Nightwood Theatre (Toronto).
- Glenvale Players in Toronto took a hiatus in 2011, but they are now reviving and eager to connect with new members. Glenvale is a non-profit, non-unionized theatrical group comprising blind, vision impaired, sighted members as well as persons with other disabilities, who share an interest in theatre arts. (I had the pleasure of operating lights on one of their productions in the late 1990s—and am thrilled to see them back in production.)
- ... to Young People’s Theatre who received the Toronto Arts Foundation’s “Arts for Youth” Award.
In Case You Missed It
- Theatre Ontario Festival is a classroom for passionate dedicated community theatre artists—check out some of the detailed adjudications and workshops from last week’s Festival.
- You can also browse the photos from the Festival Awards presentation.