Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Upcoming opportunities from Theatre Ontario, from our members, and from other arts service organizations.

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

Theatre Ontario's "Director-Dramaturge
Collaborations" workshop with Matt McGeachy
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Deadline for applications for the 2019 International Amateur Theatre Festival, being held in Saint John, New Brunswick, is today.
  • Deadline for applications for Ontario Arts Council’s Compass grants and Theatre Organization: Operating grants (summer theatres only) is November 1, and for Chalmers Professional Development Projects grants is November 8.
  • Studio PAVAS’s Bollywood Dance workshop with Indiana Mehta is on November 2.
  • Deadline for applications for Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Transform Grants is November 7.

New on The Bulletin Board

  • Odyssey Theatre invites applications for their Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators, with a focus on disciplines related to physical theatre, including mask, Commedia dell’Arte, bouffon, clown, puppetry and dance-theatre.
  • Ottawa Little Theatre invites submissions for their 78th National One-Act Playwriting competition.

Check out these items, and other postings from our members.
Theatre Ontario individual members can also access Auditions, Job Postings and Discount Ticket Offers on our Theatre Ontario Individual Member Resources on our website

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

A Fantastic First Week with Theatre Ontario Spent Getting Excited for Ontario Summer Theatre

by Raeburn Ferguson, Professional Theatre and Education Manager

The week of October 15th was not only my first week in my new position with Theatre Ontario, but I also had the pleasure of travelling to Port Dover for the Ontario Summer Theatre AGM. I had never been to Port Dover before and I quickly learned I had been missing out! After a drive through a little rain, that turned to hail, and then to that dreaded white stuff we dare not speak the name of, I found myself looking at a beautiful lake and lighthouse, just steps from my hotel. I can just imagine how beautiful this drive would be in the summer months and have since made plans to make that very road trip—how can you say no to beach and theatre?

Once checked into the hotel overlooking the lake, I headed to meet up with the OST members. Walking through the town I felt very at home, it was reminiscent of the town I grew up in full of little shops, cute restaurants, a stunning theatre and only a few stores selling Friday the 13th memorabilia. I learned that every Friday the 13th, motorcycle enthusiasts meet up in Port Dover to celebrate and connect (but that is a story for another blog.) After only a few minutes of sitting down with members of OST, I could quickly tell there was something special going on here. It seemed as though it was simply a gathering of old friends meeting up for a drink and talking like no time had passed. Nicole Campbell, who was representing our hosts Lighthouse Festival Theatre, had brought us to a warm, cozy restaurant on the main street and filled us in on the great two-day program that lay ahead. After some laughs and snacks we headed to get some rest for the packed first day. 

Bernard Gauthier talks strategic
planning with Ontario Summer Theatre
Thursday morning we gathered in the new and beautiful rehearsal space that Lighthouse recently built just steps up the road from the theatre. With warm coffee and delicious pastries from Urban Patisserie, a local bakery, we settled in for a talk about Board Development led by Richard Davis. His expertise and hands on experience on many different boards led to a collaborative two-hour discussion on how to engage and increase Board involvement. After a little leg stretch and some lunch, we had two back-to-back sessions—the first with Bernard Gauthier who spoke to us about strategic planning; and then we were lucky enough to have a call with the Canada Council for the Arts, who gave us information on the various funding opportunities that were out there for OST as a whole and for the individual companies as well.

Heads full of knowledge but bellies hungry, we were treated to a dinner of local perch and celery bread—which can best be described as a Caesar in bread form, so in short it’s amazing and a perfect side to the fresh perch! Sitting around the large wooden round table it felt as though again I had known these individuals for years. We also had the pleasure of being joined by playwright Rose Napoli and her associates for dinner before heading to the beautiful Lighthouse Festival Theatre for a play reading in their long bar (funded by Playwrights Guild of Canada's Play Connect program.) We were able to see the theatre and the newly-renovated seats (which were very comfortable, I might add) before we got seated with wine and cheese for the reading. Rose treated us to three different excerpts from her plays showing off her vast diversity in writing. 

Our third day was dedicated to the AGM where we discussed how great the professional development had been, how important it is to everyone that this two-day event happens as it keeps all the companies connected, and how helpful it is to have discussion about issues or achievements each company is having. After some great discussion and general housekeeping the meeting adjourned with a rejuvenated spring in our step to take on the next year ahead promoting summer theatre across Ontario.

I could not have asked for a better introduction into my new position as Professional Theatre and Education Manager here with Theatre Ontario, seeing the passion and dedication from these leaders in the Ontario theatre scene was inspiring and got me very excited to jump feet first into this new role and to continue to support the OST team for the next season. I thank all the participating theatres for making my first AGM and not to mention my first few days on the job so welcoming. Port Dover will definitely be a place to return to and I hope to visit each of these wonderful theatres to take in their programing!

Until then, we brave the winter months to prepare for those warm summer days of road trips to the stages of our wonderful province.

Learn more about Ontario Summer Theatre


Monday, 29 October 2018

ONstage Openings for the weeks of October 29

ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
Now You See Her from Nightwood Theatre
at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava, Lisa Karen Cox,
Raha Javanfar, Maggie Huculak, Cheyenne Scott
Photo by Dahlia Katz
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In South Central Ontario

Nov. 2, The Long Road at Durham Shoestring Performers (Oshawa)

In Southwestern Ontario

Nov. 1, A Midsummer Night's Dream at Theatre Tillsonburg
Nov. 1, The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays at St. Marys Community Players
Nov. 2, The Memory of Water at London Community Players [with previews from Nov. 1]
Nov. 2, Murder Most Fouled Up at Elmira Theatre Company

In Toronto

Oct. 30, Dance of Torn Papers at Nowadays Theatre
Nov. 1, Escaped Alone at Soulpepper Theatre [currently in previews]
Nov. 1, The Coarse Acting Show 2 at The NAGs Players
Nov. 2, Oklahoma! at Scarborough Music Theatre [with a preview on Nov. 1]
Nov. 2, Anybody for Murder at The Village Players, Bloor West Village

ONstage Now Playing in Northeastern Ontario
ROAD at Thorneloe Theatre Arts (Sudbury)

In Eastern Ontario

Nov. 1, The Last Five Years at Orpheus Musical Theatre Society (Ottawa)

In Northeastern Ontario

Oct. 31, Arsenic and Old Lace at Gateway Theatre Guild (North Bay)

ICYMI: Check out last week’s openings

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

Friday, 26 October 2018

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

The Musical Stage Company's production
of Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life.
Photo by Dahlia Katz

Conversation Starters


Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres


Migrations


TO Toasts


In Case You Missed It


You can also receive news from Theatre Ontario every month by email. Our archives are online and the October issue is now available.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Upcoming opportunities from Theatre Ontario, from our members, and from other arts service organizations.

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

Jumblies Theatre's Artsfare Essentials workshop
  • Jumblies Theatre’s Artsfare Essentials workshop begins October 28 in Toronto.
  • Deadline for applications for the 2019 International Amateur Theatre Festival, being held in Saint John, New Brunswick, is October 31.
  • Deadline for applications for Ontario Arts Council’s Compass grants and Theatre Organization: Operating grants (summer theatres only) is November 1.

New on The Bulletin Board

  • East Side Players is seeking a volunteer stage manager for their community theatre production of Time Stands Still.

Check out these items, and other postings from our members.
Theatre Ontario individual members can also access Auditions, Job Postings and Discount Ticket Offers on our Theatre Ontario Individual Member Resources on our website

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Stories from the Summer Theatre Intensive: Learning to Love Again

by Cassel Miles

This past summer I learned how to love the craft of acting again. I am a professional actor with more than twenty years experience. I thought that I knew what I was doing. My original intention when signing on for a Theatre Ontario Summer Intensive course was to take a course on teaching drama to children. Apparently I was the only person who had signed up for that class and so it was cancelled. The option to study with Peggy Coffey was presented as an alternative. Would I be interested in a course called ‘Learning to Love Your Monologue’? Hmmm, not really, but “something” said DO IT!!! And I am SOOOOO glad that I did.

"Learning to Love Your Monologue" at our
Theatre Ontario Summer Theatre Intensive
Peggy was amazing. We were a small group of four and we had an upstairs space (three rooms) where we had the opportunity to explore a whole new world of acting technique in our approach to a monologue. We were four completely different people with vastly differing levels of theatrical experience. We all had at least two monologues prepared. We all expected that we would present these within the first couple of days, at least, but noooooo. What unfolded was the most incredible week of exploration, both personally and character wise.

Peggy teaches the Michael Chekhov technique to which I had never before been exposed. She is one of three accredited teachers of the technique in Canada. By the evening of the first day, through exercises and games, she had successfully alleviated all of our anxieties and expectations. Yet, what had any of this to do with loving our monologues? Everything! What Peggy was doing was taking us on a journey into ourselves as artists and, eventually, into our characters “selves.”

Thanks to Stratford Mazda for donating our shuttle
for Summer Theatre Intensive participants
Each day began at 9am (thank you Rachel for shuttling us so enthusiastically) with a crossing of the threshold that grounded us in the space and ourselves. We played. We laughed. We cried. We supported each other. And I got to know four magnificent women with whom I ate lunch and dinner everyday. Peggy even drove us to a health food store during a thunderstorm. That was a fun adventure for us all. I swear that by the third day, it felt as though we had been playing together for weeks.

Every one of us was transformed. Between the first time that we presented our respective first monologues until the last time that we presented our second one, everything had changed. The second monologue that I had been “doing” for years was also completely transformed. For the first time, I was BEING the character, wearing it like a long cherished overcoat. The feeling was beyond incredible if that is possible. Through the exercises and games we found unimagined depths of emotion, meaning and purpose.

Everything and anything became possible during that week. So energized was I that, beyond the scheduled play reading and Stratford production show, I took myself to see three more productions. Amazingly, I discovered that I was falling in love with acting all over again. As a result of this experience I have enrolled in two upcoming Chekhov workshops. Do yourself a favour and take this course—You will learn to love your monologue and the craft of acting.

Related Reading

Monday, 22 October 2018

ONstage Openings for the weeks of October 22

ONstage Now Playing in Eastern Ontario
The Glass Menagerie at
Prince Edward Community Theatre (Milford)
Adam McGowan, Kirsten Wight
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Northeastern Ontario

Oct. 24, The Gin Game at Sault Theatre Workshop (Sault Ste. Marie)

In South Central Ontario

Oct. 25, Never Swim Alone / This Is a Play at Theatre Aurora
Oct. 26, Jackie Lantern's Halloween Revenge at Beaverton Town Hall Players
Oct. 27, Haunted Hilltop Dinner at Shadowpath Theatre Productions (Richmond Hill)

In Southwestern Ontario

Oct. 24, AMAL at The MT Space (Waterloo)
Oct. 24, Evil Dead The Musical at Theatre Sarnia
Oct. 26, Timothy Findley's The Wars at The Grand Theatre (London) [with previews from Oct. 23]
Oct. 26, The Father at Theatre Aquarius (Hamilton) [with previews from Oct. 24]

In Toronto

ONstage Now Playing in Eastern Ontario
A Murder Is Announced at Belleville Theatre Guild
Oct. 24, Japanese Problem at Soulpepper Theatre
Oct. 26, Durang, Enough Said! at East Side Players
Oct. 28, Escaped Alone at Soulpepper Theatre [in previews]

In Eastern Ontario

Oct. 25,The Drowning Girls at Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa) [with previews from Oct. 23]

ICYMI: Check out last week’s openings

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

Friday, 12 October 2018

Ontario Off Stage

Raeburn Ferguson
by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

From Theatre Ontario


Conversation Starters


Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres

  • Orpheus Musical Theatre’s production of The Last Five Years lost several performances due to the long power outages many in Ottawa suffered following the tornado on September 21. Thanks to the Gladstone who graciously offered their space, the production will go on three more times.

Migrations


In Case You Missed It

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Stories from the Summer Theatre Intensive: Plot – It Builds Character

by Jackie Mahoney

For a week this August, I had the privilege of attending the Creation Lab as a part of Theatre Ontario’s Summer Theatre Intensive. Before taking the course, I had been feeling a little disillusioned with my writing, but having five days to escape from the hubbub of everyday life was exactly what I needed, both as a writer and a person!

When I arrived at Factory 163, everyone (the majority of whom had never met before) was mingling, laughing and getting to know their peers for the next week. When the Creation Lab group went upstairs to our delightfully creepy room (Factory 163 was an office furniture warehouse built in 1903 that is said to be VERY HAUNTED! Ooo, that sounds like the start of a great play, I’ll be right back...) and had some alone time, I was so excited to get to work.

The Creation Lab at Theatre Ontario's Summer Theatre Intensive
Our instructor, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, was unlike any teacher I had ever encountered in theatre school, in the best ways possible. I have never felt as encouraged or supported as she made us feel. She was a phenomenal facilitator in that she managed to perfectly balance time spent teaching, writing, sharing and giving feedback. She is a wealth of knowledge, both in terms of writing and life experience in general. In addition to learning about play creation, our group really bonded through sharing our personal stories with each other. She encouraged us all to, “Just write it!” and see what comes out, then place editing/necessary judgement on it later.

Our group consisted of possibly the loveliest collection of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning with. We each brought our own unique interests, writing styles, goals for the week, perspectives and life experiences, but it was these differences that made our group so strong. I will never forget the fun we had ‘reading each other’s tea leaves’ after drawing out our ideas for a play we were working on. Donna-Michelle gave all of us so many useful tools for writing, including an incredible collection of writing prompts and ways to get ‘unstuck’, which I’m sure we will all use for the rest of our writing careers.

Playwright-in-Person with Kat Sandler
at Theatre Ontario's Summer Theatre Intensive
We were also lucky enough to attend a play reading by Kat Sandler, which was one of the highlights of my week. Sitting in the Stratford Perth Museum, listening to a playwright who had met with success and who seemed to have a similar sense of humor was unreal. It felt like confirmation that yes, I could write my bad puns and dad jokes into a show and people might actually come see it and find it funny. Maybe.

My favourite exercise that we did involved going out into the community of Stratford, finding an intriguing looking individual and creating a character profile and scene based on our observations. The first time I tried to do this exercise I failed miserably: I was bored of my character two lines into writing my scene. However, on the very last night of the course I was parking my car in Waterloo when a gentleman who looked like he had just walked off the set of a 70's buddy cop film, carrying two XL Tim Horton’s coffees and a half-eaten birthday cake went into the back door of The Love Shop. I have never been so excited to write a character-driven scene in my life. I put all of my week’s learning together (2 prompts from Donna-Michelle, my classmates’ feedback, the affirmation of my comedy style courtesy of Kat Sandler etc.) and created a 15 minute play that I am quite proud of which is currently called Walter Wall Carpet.

So many wonderful people worked so hard to make this week unforgettable for everyone. Thank you Rachel, Emily, Donna-Michelle, Camille, Mackenzie, Tim, Shelley and everyone else who had a hand in the Summer Theatre Intensive. And don’t forget, if anyone ever questions your style of creation, just tell them, “It’s all a part of my process.”

Related Reading

Playwright-in-Person is made possible by a grant from the Playwrights Guild of Canada's "PlayConnect" program, funded by the Canada Council.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Upcoming opportunities from Theatre Ontario, from our members, and from other arts service organizations.

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

Theatre Ontario's "Voice Over" workshop with Elley-Ray
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Deadline for applications for Ontario Arts Council grants include Deaf and Disability Arts projects (October 11), Touring projects (October 16), Multi and Inter-Arts Projects and Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour (Oct 17)
  • Deadline for nominations for the WorkInCulture Bob Johnston Award is October 12.
  • Deadline for applications for Thousand Islands Playhouse’s Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators is October 15.
  • Deadline to register to apply for Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Transform Grants is October 17.
  • Shaw Festival’s next Teachers Day workshop is October 19.
  • George F. Walker’s next Acting Workshop series begins on October 22.

New on The Bulletin Board

  • Jumblies Theatre invites submissions for their Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators. Their funding priority is community-engaged art.
  • Nightswimming is inviting submissions for their next 5x25 commissions of new work by artists born in 1995.

Check out these items, and other postings from our members.
Theatre Ontario individual members can also access Auditions, Job Postings and Discount Ticket Offers on our Theatre Ontario Individual Member Resources on our website

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

ONstage Openings for the weeks of October 8 and October 15

ONstage Now Playing in Central Ontario
Mary's Wedding at Northumberland Players (Cobourg)
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Eastern Ontario

Oct. 11, A Murder Is Announced at Belleville Theatre Guild
Oct. 11, Queen Milli of Galt at Studio Theatre Perth
Oct. 11, Dean and Jerry: What Might Have Been at Upper Canada Playhouse (Morrisburg)
Oct. 12, A Murder Is Announced at Smiths Falls Community Theatre
Oct. 14, Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical at Rural Root Theatre Company (Constance Bay)
Oct. 17, Cliffhanger at Ottawa Little Theatre
Oct. 18, The Mouse House at Domino Theatre (Kingston)
Oct. 19, Silence at National Arts Centre—English Theatre (Ottawa) [with previews from Oct. 17]
Oct. 20, The Glass Menagerie at Prince Edward Community Theatre (Milford)

In South Central Ontario

Oct. 19, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Etobicoke Musical Productions (Mississauga)

In Southwestern Ontario

Oct. 11, Ordinary People at Guelph Little Theatre
Oct. 11, An Undiscovered Shakespeare at The Grand Theatre (London)
Oct. 12, Man of La Mancha at Drayton Entertainment: Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge [with previews from Oct. 10]
Oct. 12, I'll Be Back Before Midnight at Theatre Woodstock

In Toronto

Oct. 10, What If Romeo and Juliet... at Young People's Theatre
Oct. 12, Pearle Harbour's Chautauqua at Theatre Passe Muraille [with a preview on Oct. 11]
Oct. 18, The Royale at Soulpepper Theatre [with previews from Oct. 12]
Oct. 18, Now You See Her from Nightwood Theatre at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre [with previews from Oct. 16]
Oct. 19, Dancing at Lughnasa at Toronto Irish Players [with a preview on Oct. 18]
ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
Noises Off at Scarborough Players
Photo by Thomas Kowal

In Central Ontario

Oct. 12, Lunenburg at Theatre Orangeville [with a preview on Oct. 11]
Oct. 16, The Shadow Walk of Millbrook at 4th Line Theatre (Millbrook)
Oct. 18, Last Day, Last Hour at Northumberland Players (Cobourg)
Oct. 18, Wait Until Dark at Cameco Capitol Arts Centre (Port Hope)
Oct. 19, Sexy Laundry at Northumberland Players (Cobourg)


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

Friday, 5 October 2018

Ontario Off Stage

Mikaela Davies and Elissa Horscroft in conversation with
Keira Loughran at foldA from the Stratford Festival.
Photo by Michael Wheeler
Image from spiderwebshow.ca
by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

Conversation Starters


Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres


Migrations


TO Toasts


In Case You Missed It


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Meet Our Youth Advisory Committee’s Emergence 2.0 Mentors

Theatre Ontario’s Youth Advisory Committee is super excited for the awesome lineup of mentors who will be at Emergence 2.0 for our Coffee Dates Sessions. We believe that speed networking is just too short to really get what you need out of a conversation. Coffee Dates will include longer mentorship sessions, where a young artist will get to speak with another artist one-on-one for 20-minutes. We are bringing in the following awesome artists who work in a variety of different disciplines within the theatre industry.

So, who are our mentors for Emergence 2.0?

Kevin Matthew Wong - performer, performance creator, arts facilitator, producer, environmentalist

Kevin Matthew Wong is a performer, performance creator, arts facilitator, producer and environmentalist. Kevin is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Broadleaf Theatre, a company that creates multidisciplinary performances exploring Canada’s relationship with environmentalism. His on-going work The Chemical Valley Project is a documentary theatre solo-performance that investigates Canadian colonization and environmental racism. The show is created in collaboration with Aamjiwnaang First Nation Water Protectors Vanessa Gray and Lindsay Beze Gray, and co-creator Julia Howman. The project makes its full-length Toronto debut at Theatre Passe Muraille in April 2019. Kevin is a graduate of the U of T Drama Centre and Generator’s inaugural Artist-Producer Training Program, and he is a fellow of the American social-justice arts residency The Gardarev Center. As a creator, Kevin was recently part of fu-Gen’s Interdisciplinary Kitchen XV, and has recently worked with Carousel Players, Cahoots Theatre, Music Picnic, the Koffler Centre and others.

Aimee Bouchard - Community Programs Manager, Young People’s Theatre

Aimee Bouchard currently works as the Community Programs Manager at Young People’s Theatre, where she manages community programs and residencies as well as access and inclusion initiatives.

She is an arts administrator, artist educator and Ontario Certified Teacher, and holds a BAH in Drama and BEd with a focus in Artist in Community Education from Queen’s University. She has developed and facilitated drama programming for schools, festivals and arts organizations across Ontario, including for Young People’s Theatre, Theatre Direct and the WeeFestival, the Kick & Push Festival in Kingston, and the Luminato Festival.

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah - actor, writer, producer, chef

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah is a Dora nominated and My Entertainment Award winning actor, a writer, producer and chef. Notable credits include; Geschwitz in Red Light District’s LULU V.7 //aspects of a femme fatale, Lila in Kat Sandler’s Bang Bang, Jessica in Danny Pagett’s Cloud, Laertes in Ravi Jain’s The Prince Hamlet, Claudette in How Black Mothers Say I Love You, Queen Elizabeth I in The Queen’s Conjuror, Black Woman in We Are Proud to Present..., St. Monica in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Othello in Go Play Producing's Othello. Checkout what Khadijah is up to next or look at pictures of what she’s eating by following her on Instagram @dijyro or Twitter @DijyRoberts

Rosamund Small - playwright

Rosamund Small is the Dora-Award winning playwright of Sisters (Soulpepper, 2018), TomorrowLove, Vitals (Outside the March, 2016/ 2014), and other theatre works including documentary, solo show, and large-scale immersive projects. She is interested in finding humour, joy, and excitement to stories about both the darkest and brightest moments in life. In addition to playwriting, Rosamund is story co-ordinator of Workin’ Moms Season 3 on CBC, and also collaborates on dance-narrative work with Robert Binet and the National Ballet of Canada.

Christina Cicko - stage manager

Christina Cicko is currently stage managing the Dora nominated Gertrude and Alice (Buddies In Bad Times Theatre). Most recent credits include; assistant stage manager of The 27 Club (Soulpepper) stage manager for Stones (Aluna Theatre and The Stones Project), Mikveh (The Harold Green Jewish Theatre), the world premier of Calpurnia (Nightwood Theatre), Dora nominated Unholy (Nightwood Theatre), and Dora winning Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). Other selected credits include The Youth & Elders Project (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), Quiver (Nightwood Theatre), and two seasons as assistant stage manager at the Blyth Theatre Festival. She was also a Pauline McGibbon Award Nominee for Lighting Design and is currently teaching stage management for the theatre department at York University.

Luke Reece - producer, playwright, poet, educator

In a failed attempt to escape Presto, Luke left his hometown of Mississauga under the guise of becoming a Toronto-based artist. He strives to share authentic and engaging stories with audiences through his work as a producer, playwright, poet and educator. He is the Producer for Canada’s leading culturally-specific theatre company Obsidian Theatre, along with being the Co-Creator and Operations Manager of Dark Nights conversation series. He continually seeks opportunities to empower and support young-in-craft artists with his collective Little Black Afro Theatre, creating spaces for artists to develop work with and for the communities they come from. After becoming the Toronto Poetry Slam (TPS) Grand Champion in 2017, Luke went on to captain the 2017 TPS team that competed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and placed first in the country. He also competed in Vancouver in 2018 at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam and placed 2nd. He has facilitated workshops, performed, and hosted events for Young People’s Theatre, Crow’s Theatre, The Paprika Festival, CANVAS Arts Action Programs, Union Station, Playwrights Guild of Canada and the International Festival of Authors.

Maddie Bautista - theatre maker and performance artist

Maddie Bautista is a Saudi Arabia-born Filipino theatre maker and performance artist. Selected Acting Credits: Izzy in This Will Be Excellent (Carousel Players); The Girl in My Nightmares Wear White (SummerWorks 2016 Spotlight Award for Performance). Selected sound design credits: bug (Luminato 2018), Stones (Aluna Theatre) CAKE (Theatre Passe Muraille). Choir composition and direction: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in the Ruff). Half of xLq with Jordan Campbell: an award-winning POP performance art duo. Co-creators and performers of 4inXchange (Winner of NOW Magazine’s Audience Choice Award at SummerWorks 2018, selected by Nightswimming for the 5x25 2017 Commission) - a facilitated experience around $1000 cash for four participants at a time. xLq is also part of Theatre Direct’s New Creation Unit developing Inside the Outside - an interactive and accessible theatrical experience for one young participant at a time. She is an alumni of Generator TO’s 2016/2017 Artist Producer Training program and Paprika Festival’s Writer’s Circle 2017. She is committed to creating work for survivors of sexual assault through her solo show Jeddahwi - in development with Rare Theatre.

Augusto Bitter - performer and theatre creator

Augusto Bitter is a Venezuelan-born performer and theatre creator based in Toronto. He has a Specialist in Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies from the University of Toronto and was named one of NOW Magazine’s Top 10 Theatre Artists of 2017. He has trained with Manifesto Poetico (Paris), Teatro delle Radici (Lugano, Switzerland), Factory Theatre's Mechanicals, and Canada's National Voice Intensive. Augusto is a part of Aluna Theatre's Interpretation Lab and a Youth Link Artist Educator at Soulpepper Theatre Company. Select performance credits include The Monument (Factory Theatre), Lear (Groundling Theatre Co.), El Retorno/I Return (Theatre Aquarius), Rope Running Out (lemonTree creations), and Our Town (Theatre Rusticle). His solo show, CHICHO, premieres at Theatre Passe Muraille March 2019, co-presented with Pencil Kit Productions with support from Aluna Theatre. More at www.augustobitter.com

Rachel Forbes - set and costume designer

Rachel is a Toronto based Set and Costume Designer creating for theatre and dance. She loves making her way across the country to design for a variety of communities. Some of the companies she has had the pleasure to design for include: the Shaw Festival, Obsidian Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Factory Theatre, Theatre Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille,Watah Theatre, Charlottetown Festival, and Video Cabaret. Some recent credits include: Risky Phil (Young People's Theatre), Speaking of Sneaking (Riser Project), Other Side of the Game (Obsidian Theatre/Cahoots), Lukumi: a dub opera, Bleeders, Bloodclaat (Watah Theatre), The Dream Catchers (Charlottetown Festival), 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt (Shaw Festival), Black Boys (Saga Collectif/Buddies in Bad Times), How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre/Trey Anthony Productions).

We are so excited about Emergence 2.0 and cannot wait to see you there!  Emergence 2.0 is on October 15, 2018 in Toronto.

Join Us at Emergence 2.0

We thank The Second City and the Associated Designers of Canada for their generous support of this event.

This event is in partnership with the Siminovitch Prize.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Upcoming opportunities from Theatre Ontario, from our members, and from other arts service organizations.

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

Theatre Ontario's "Ready, Set, Show!
Foundations of Indie Producing" workshop
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

  • Deadline for applications for the Ontario Arts Council’s Théâtre – projets francophones is today.
  • Deadline for applications for Thousand Islands Playhouse’s OAC Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators is October 5.
  • Deadline for applications for Alumnae Theatre’s call for directors (community theatre non-paying) is October 5.
  • Deadline for registrations for Grey Wellington Theatre Guild’s SPARC Regional Hub Mini-Symposium in Harriston is October 9.
  • Deadline for applications for the Ontario Arts Council’s Deaf and Disability Arts projects is October 11.
  • Deadline for nominations for the WorkInCulture Bob Johnston Award is October 12.

New on The Bulletin Board

  • George F. Walker’s next Acting Workshop series begins on October 22.

Check out these items, and other postings from our members.
Theatre Ontario individual members can also access Auditions, Job Postings and Discount Ticket Offers on our Theatre Ontario Individual Member Resources on our website

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Honouring Contribution to Community Theatre in Central Ontario

Do you know someone whose sustained contribution, generosity of spirit, involvement, and commitment within the Central Ontario region has helped community theatre flourish?

Theatre Ontario is now inviting nominations for the 2019 Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre. The award is presented annually to an individual from the region that is hosting the Theatre Ontario Festival—which in 2019 is Central Ontario.

The 2018 Michael Spence Award presentation to Sue Perkins
Past recipients of the award are Joan McRae, Anne Wilson, Lillian Sievanen, Sharon Sproule, Betty Coates, Arlene Watson, Vince Mathewson, David Glover, Harry Houston, Hans Warmenhoven, Beth McMaster, Val Hadley, Maureen Lukie, Ken Stephen, Gabe Ferrazzo, Margaret Shearman, Lawrie Bonanno, Jo-anne Spitzer, Walter Maskel, Joe O’Brien, Bev Dietrich, John Storey, Murray Finn, and David Parry. The 2018 award was presented to Susan M. Perkins of London.

The 2019 award will be presented to an individual from the Central Ontario community theatre region, which includes the City of Toronto, Durham Region, Halton Region (except the City of Burlington), Peel Region, York Region, Dufferin County, Simcoe County, and the District of Muskoka.

The award was established in 1997 by Theatre Ontario on the occasion of Theatre Ontario's 25th Anniversary. Multiple awards were presented on the quinquennial anniversaries of Theatre Ontario until 2012, when it became an annual award. The award is named in honour of Michael Spence, the founding President of Theatre Ontario.  Michael was active in community theatre at Hart House Theatre, London Little Theatre, and the University Alumnae Dramatic Club (now known as Alumnae Theatre.)  He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Dominion Drama Festival, a past President of Arts Etobicoke, and continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of Theatre Ontario.

The nomination deadline is January 31, 2019.

Monday, 1 October 2018

ONstage Openings for the week of October 1

ONstage Now Playing in Southwestern Ontario
Spider's Web at Theatre Aquarius
Mairi Babb, Valerie Boyle, Robin Ward
Set and Costumes by Patrick Clark
Lighting Design by Siobhan Sleath
Photo by BankoMedia
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In South Central Ontario

Oct. 4, Steel Magnolias at Oshawa Little Theatre

In Southwestern Ontario

Oct. 4, Kings and Queens of Country at Drayton Entertainment: Drayton Festival Theatre [with previews from Oct. 3]
Oct. 5, A Red Plaid Shirt at Aylmer Community Theatre [with a preview on Oct. 4]
Oct. 5, Ghost: The Musical at Drayton Entertainment: St. Jacobs Country Playhouse [with previews from Oct. 3]
ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
Exit Laughing at Stage Centre Productions

In Toronto

Oct. 4, Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape at Soulpepper Theatre [with previews from Oct. 2]
Oct. 4, Krapp's Last Tape at Theatre Passe Muraille
Oct. 4, Talking Treaties at Jumblies Theatre
Oct. 5, Noises Off at Scarborough Players

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