Monday, 30 November 2009

Theatre Ontario Launches New Fringe Connection

Theatre Ontario is excited to announce a new partnership with the Toronto Fringe Festival.  Theatre Ontario is now the online home of the Toronto Fringe Connection, a forum to connect Toronto Fringe producers, performers, and audiences.

What began six years ago in our Toronto office as an initiative to connect producers and performers for the Fringe season has had a technological update. Now fully accessible online, the Fringe Connection will be the central source for audition postings, job notices, discussions, and information sharing.

Theatre Ontario Announces Showcase 2010

Theatre Ontario is pleased to announce our 15th annual Showcase of theatre school graduates from across Ontario, and the National Theatre School in Montreal, on January 17 and 18, 2010 at the Jane Mallet Theatre in the St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto.
The participating schools (in alphabetical order) are:
  • Canadore College
  • Centre for Indigenous Theatre
  • George Brown Theatre School
  • Humber College, Theatre Performance Program
  • National Theatre School of Canada
  • Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts
  • Ryerson Theatre School
  • Sheridan Institute, Music Theatre - Performance
  • Sheridan/UTM Theatre and Drama Studies
  • St. Clair College, Musical Theatre Performance
  • St. Lawrence College Musical Theatre Performance
  • University of Windsor, School of Dramatic Art
  • York University
We invite artistic directors, freelance directors, casting directors, and talent agents only. Please reserve either at or 416.408.4556 x.10.

To inquire, contact Tim Chapman,

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Theatre Ontario Announces Marketing Training Course

Theatre Ontario is pleased to announce that we will be holding a Weekend Theatre Intensive in May 2010 on the subject of marketing.  "Bums In Seats: How to make the most of a limited advertising budget" offers community theatre administrators the opportunity to immerse themselves in a focused training experience.

Times, they are a changing and how do we survive as resources—both human and financial—shrink?  Our instructor, Cheryl Ewing, will guide you through a review of what you are currently doing and help you adapt it to the new reality–a world where we are increasingly crunched for time, bombarded with messages and feeling isolated. Taking a look at recent advances in values-based marketing and relationship building, we will consider how we can encourage people to invest in their mental health and attend your theatre.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Theatre Ontario Announces PTTP Grant Recipients (Fall 2009)

This program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

Theatre Ontario is pleased to announce the latest recipients of training grants through Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP). $40,030 was awarded in total among the following recipients:

  • David DeGrow to train in general management with Hugh Neilson at Theatre Passe Muraille;
  • Linda Garneau to train in directing musical theatre with Adam Brazier at Talk Is Free Theatre in Barrie and Birdland Theatre in Toronto;
  • Ramona Gilmour-Darling to train in directing with Kathryn Mackay for Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Orangeville and Port Dover;
  • Varrick Grimes to train in directing with Sarah Stanley for Theatrefront in Toronto;
  • Shawn Henry to train in production management with Aaron Kelly at Factory Theatre;
  • Shari Hollett to train in directing with Joel Greenberg for Studio 180;
  • Carin Lowerison to train in general management with Richard Lee at fu-GEN Theatre Company;
  • Toby Malone to train in dramaturgy with Robert Blacker at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival;
  • Anne Meighan to train in directing with Daniel MacIvor at Tarragon Theatre;
  • Mayahuel Tecozautla to train in directing, project management and the personal legacy method with Diane Roberts with Urban Ink in Vancouver and the Backforward Collective in Toronto;
  • Naomi Tessler to train in producing with David Anderson at Clay and Paper Theatre in Toronto;
  • Michael Wheeler to train in directing with Liesl Tommy for Volcano Theatre;
  • Alex Wolfson to train in producing/curating with Erika Hennebury at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
The next application deadline for this program is March 1, 2010.

Read more about the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) on the Theatre Ontario website.