Friday, 7 September 2012

Ontario Off Stage

  • Brendan Healy’s Facebook note “Four thoughts for my future self (that are not about Ken Gass or the Factory Theatre but that have certainly been affected by Ken Gass and the Factory Theatre)” has been circulated widely, with good reason.  I am grateful that our community has leaders like him
  • Talent Bank Member Lindsay Price reflects on an article about costume designer Jane Greenwood reminding us both how prepared we must be, and how we must also be prepared to throw it all away because things change
  • Marshall Botnivick observes on HowlRound that the theatre community—which “prides itself on progressive values”—is part of the “war against youth” by hoarding resources, exploiting labour through unpaid internships, and getting rich off the high cost of education; thankfully, he also proposes some solutions
Behind The Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres
  • The 2012 Shaw Directors Project is nearing its conclusion, with the Intern Directors deep in rehearsal for their one-act plays; Michael Wheeler shares one aspect of his process as he reflects on his choices for “songs of international brigades” in Brecht’s Senora Carrar’s Rifles
  • Both Canadian Stage in Toronto and the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott reported record audiences this summer—clearly the good Ontario weather this summer has had a positive effect for outdoor theatres
From The Wire
TO Toasts
  • The Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology presented its annual awards—among the honoured were long-time Theatre Ontario members Janet Sellery (the Ron Epp Memorial Award for Professional Achievement) and Peter MacKinnon (the Education Achievement Award), and our peers at Theatre Alberta (Honorary Membership).  These recognitions were all well-deserved!
Assembled by Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

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