It was forty years ago today...
On June 10, 1971, the Ontario Theatre Conference opened in Geneva Park on Lake Couchiching in Orillia. It was a four-day event focused on "education, youth theatre, community theatre, and the theatre professional." By the end of the conference, a new central organization had been proposed, a steering committee had been struck, and - after much debate - the participants had agreed upon a name: Theatre Ontario. Forty years later, we're thankful for their legacy, and look forward to continuing that proud tradition of serving Ontario's theatre artists.
- If you didn’t know former Senate page Brigette dePape’s previous performance work or her TEDxtalk, here is an opportunity - and read Kris Joseph's reflection on truly political theatre
- Pleased to see the return of 2AM Theatre’s Follow Friday which brings many great discussions together in one place
- More sad news as we heard of the passing of Janet Short of Sault Ste. Marie earlier this week; she was a Life Member of Theatre Ontario and a former member of our Board of Directors; recently she had established with Theatre Ontario the Perry Short Award, a legacy in honour of her late husband, which promoted training and development for set designers through our Festival, Summer Courses and Talent Bank. For those who wish to remember Janet, here is her online memorial guest book.
- The Toronto Arts Council’s “Arts In The Park” handbook helps arts organizations navigate event programming in Toronto’s parks – check it out!
- Bloor West Village Players in Toronto are holding evening workshops in August 15, 16, and 17 on the disciplines of sound operator, stage manager, and lighting operator
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