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February 2012
Theatre Ontario Presents...
In This Issue
Summer Courses
40 Years of PTTP
Festival Tickets
Showcase Panels
Thank You Donors
Call For Board Nominations
From Our Blog
Find out about current productions across Ontario.

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Auditions are available for individual members of Theatre Ontario on the Auditions page of our website.

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Workshops and Training
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Upcoming Deadlines
Nominations for the
Maggie Bassett Award
February 29

Applications for the

Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) 

March 1 


Applications for the

Youth Theatre Training Program (YTTP) 

March 15 

Festivals and Conferences
Great Canadian
Theatre Company
February 7 to 19

The Rhubarb Festival
Buddies In Bad
Times Theatre
February 8 to 19

Paprika Festival
March 1 to 10

New Ideas Festival
Alumnae Theatre
March 14 to April 1
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Indulge your passion for theatre at our Summer Theatre Intensive

Experience a week away from all distractions and immerse yourself in a unique theatrical learning experience.  You will learn new skills, meet passionate theatre people, and flex your creative muscle!

We have an exciting line-up of courses planned for our 2012 Summer Theatre Intensive in Waterloo.  This year features returning favourites like Tom Diamond's "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Acting" and Brenda Kamino's "Hot Scenes", and new courses from Jim Warren, Stewart Arnott, and Virginia Reh.

Funding youth training

Theatre Ontario is now inviting applications for the March 15, 2012 deadline for the Youth Theatre Training Program (YTTP), funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

The YTTP provides training dollars to fund accessible theatre programs involving youth aged 14 to 21. YTTP assists Ontario organizations that wish to undertake projects providing training to youth in various theatrical skills and disciplines, lead by professional theatre artists.

Read more about Theatre Ontario's Youth Theatre Training Program

Attention returning YTTP applicants: Please note that there are new requirements regarding Vulnerable Sector Screening under "Requirements For The Grant" in the YTTP Guidelines.

Ontario Arts Council
PTTP Deadline Reminder

And don't forget the deadline for the Professional Theatre Training Program - providing financial support for mentorships - is on March 1.  Read more about Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP)
Celebrating 40 Years of Professional Mentorships

As Theatre Ontario celebrates our 40th anniversary, we're looking at the impact we've had on theatre in Ontario (and beyond) with a lot of pride.  The Professional Theatre Training Program was one of Theatre Ontario's first programs.  Since 1972, we estimate over a thousand theatre professionals have benefited from mentorships funded by this program, and many have gone on to become mentors themselves.

Our archive of past recipients is not complete (particularly for the 1970s and 1980s.)  Help us fill in any gaps and share your stories and photographs for our retrospective.  Check the listing of past Theatre Ontario Professional Theatre Training Program recipients
Festival 2012 Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the 2012 Festival in Sault Ste. Marie are now on sale.  Tickets can be ordered from the Theatre SMC website, your online Festival destination.

We're pleased to welcome Jack Wetherall as our Festival Honourary Chair and Tianna Nori as our Festival Event Emcee.  Read more about Jack and Tianna

The annual Theatre Ontario Festival showcases and celebrates outstanding community theatre productions.  It's also a week of theatre education featuring adjudications, workshops, networking and play readings.  Theatre Ontario Festival 2012 runs from May 15 to May 20.   Read more about the Theatre Ontario Festival 

Thank You Showcase Panelists

As part of Theatre Ontario Showcase, our annual event presenting the graduating classes of conservatory theatre programs, we held professional panels to give the graduates a chance to talk to industry professionals about the realities of the business from a variety of perspectives.

Thank you to Jason Knight, Celia Chassels, Brendan Healy, Claire Calnan, Martin Julien, Nancy Palk and Cara Ricketts for sharing their experiences.

Read more about Theatre Ontario Showcase
Thank You To Our Donors 

Thanks to everyone who has supported us with donations as we launched our 40th Anniversary celebration.  Your contribution creates and sustains a vibrant and dynamic theatre community in our province, through Theatre Ontario.

It's not too late to join in!  We invite you to be part of our milestone "40 for 40" celebration, where your donation will create mentorships, workshops, networks, and resources that develop our communities now and in the future.  Make your donation to Theatre Ontario today!
Call For Nominations for our 2012-2013 Board

Theatre Ontario seeks Board Members who are committed to supporting Theatre Ontario's mission to develop and support theatre practitioners across the province by providing resources, networking, training, and advocacy.

Read our full Call For Nominations on the Theatre Ontario website
From Our Blog

Anne Mooney, Community Theatre Coordinator, looks at celebrating community theatre milestones.

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Ontario Off Stage

Highlights from January:
  • Speculation about the new Artistic Director at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival
  • Comparing municipal cultural investments in five Canadian cities, including Toronto and Ottawa
  • Opening of a new venue for Domino Theatre in Kingston
  • Mississauga Arts Council launching the Limelight Association of Young Artists for artists under 30 
  • The York Region District School Board considering cutting specialized elementary arts programs because they are "elitist"
  • A Toronto study of how performing arts companies ensure young people experience the arts
  • The European Union Culture Programme is funding collaborations between European and Canadian arts organizations
  • Top 10 lists for 2011, featuring the Top 10 "Top 10 Lists" from Praxis Theatre
  • Debate about singing the national anthem before theatre productions
  • New leadership at Tarragon Theatre and the Summerworks Festival

Read all the news in "Ontario Off Stage" on the Theatre Ontario Blog 

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Brandon Moore
Communications Coordinator, Theatre Ontario
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