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January 2013
Theatre Ontario Presents...
In This Issue
Proposal Writing Workshop
Grant Writing Information Session in Burlington
Taxes for Theatre Artists
Maggie Bassett Award Call For Nominations
Fall 2012 YTTP Recipients
Spring 2013 Call For PTTP
Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre Deadline
Upcoming Workshops
Annual Meeting Save-the-Date
Ontario Off Stage
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Next Stage Festival
January 2 to 13
Toronto Fringe Festival

PlayWrights Cabaret
January 25 to 26
The Grand Theatre

February 5 to 17
Great Canadian Theatre Company

Rhubarb Festival
February 20 to March 3
Buddies in Bad Times

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Still time to RSVP for Showcase

It's not too late to RSVP to attend Theatre Ontario Showcase 2013 on January 20 and 21.

Our 19th annual Showcase features theatre school graduates from across Ontario, and the National Theatre School in Montreal.  Join us for two days of talent, with over 235 graduates, at the Jane Mallett Theatre in the St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto.

We invite artistic directors, freelance directors, producers, casting directors, and agents who are signed to the EIC or members of TAMAC.  Please RSVP either at or call 416.408.4556 x.10.

Read more about Theatre Ontario's Showcase
The art of proposal writing for your art

Do you want to learn how to write proposals that place the reader in a position where they have an overwhelming desire to fund, promote, or collaborate with you?  Theatre Ontario's "Proposal Writing Workshop" is for you.

Wanda Nanibush leads this practical workshop for individuals and theatre organizations applying for funding and sponsorships, and runs on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30pm.

Read more about Theatre Ontario's Proposal Writing workshop
Grant Writing Information Sessions in your community

We're pleased to announce two more Grant Writing Information Sessions for Playwrights and Theatre Artists. 

Pat Bradley, Theatre Officer of the Ontario Arts Council, will share information, perspective, and tips about project grants, particularly the OAC's three professional theatre project programs - Theatre Projects, Playwright Residency, and Theatre Creators' Reserve.

The new sessions will be held at Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay on Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30pm, and at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa on Thursday, March 21 at 6pm.

Read more about the Information Session in Thunder Bay
Read more about the Information Session in Ottawa

We are also still taking reservations for our session in Burlington on Thursday, January 24 at 2pm, hosted by Theatre Burlington.  Read more about the Information Session in Burlington
It's tax time - Do you know what to do?

Theatre Ontario's "Taxes For Theatre Artists" workshop will help answer questions on many issues affecting individual theatre artists.  Led by chartered accountant Sam Marinucci, the workshop will cover issues such as employment versus self-employment, employment expense deduction, reasonable expectation of profit, grants, workspace in the home, and more.

The workshop runs on Thursday, March 7 at 3pm.  Read more about Theatre Ontario's Taxes For Theatre Artists workshop
Honouring sustained and significant contributions to the development of Ontario theatre

Maggie Bassett AwardThe Maggie Bassett Award is presented annually by Theatre Ontario to an individual who has made a sustained and significant contribution to the development of theatre in Ontario.  We are now inviting nominations for the 2013 award.

Do you know someone who has made a significant, sustained, unselfish, and involved contribution?  Nominations are now open!  The deadline is February 28.

Read more about Theatre Ontario's Maggie Bassett Award
Congratulations Youth Theatre Training Program grant recipients

We are thrilled to announce the latest recipients of training grants through Theatre Ontario's Youth Theatre Training Program (YTTP).  $23,500 was awarded in total.

Read more about the Fall 2012 recipients of Theatre Ontario's Youth Theatre Training Program

This program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Funding professional theatre mentorships

We are now inviting applications for the March 1, 2013 deadline of Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP), funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

PTTP offers financial support for unique and flexible training with a chosen mentor in any theatrical discipline, except performance.

Read more about Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program
Deadline to honour an outstanding contributor to community theatre in Eastern Ontario is approaching

As part of our 2013 Theatre Ontario Festival in Kingston, we will be honouring an outstanding contributor to community theatre in the Eastern Ontario region.  Theatre Ontario's Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre recognizes sustained contribution, generosity of spirit, involvement, and commitment to the sector.  In 2013, the award will be presented to someone in Eastern Ontario.

The deadline for nominations is January 31.  Read more about Theatre Ontario's Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre
Space available in upcoming workshops

We still have spaces available in our upcoming workshops:

Auditions - Preparation, Etiquette, Expectations, a talk back session on Wednesday, January 16 with our panel Elley-Ray Hennessy, Andrew Lamb and Renna Reddie

Getting Started For Actors, on Wednesday, January 30 with Tim Chapman, answering the most frequently asked questions about the business of acting for people beginning their professional careers

Self-Start: The Basics of Producing, on Wednesday, February 6 with Tim Chapman - If you want to do a show but have never produced professionally before, and if you want to know what questions to ask first, this session is for you!
Save the date for our Annual Meeting

Mark Saturday, May 25, 2013 on your calendar for Theatre Ontario's Annual General Meeting.  Location, time, and further details to be announced.

Many people see a new year as an opportunity for new beginnings.  If you're looking for new challenges, how about thinking back to Autumn Smith's challenge from the keynote at last year's Annual Meeting?
Ontario Off Stage

Curating online theatre conversations from around the province and beyond, including:
  • There was a lot of talk about how the U.S. averted going over "the fiscal cliff" - the metaphor may have been over-used, but it also triggered talk about other "cliffs" in the arts: the arts education cliff, the diversity cliff, the professionalism cliff, and the leadership cliff
  • Steal this idea: Studying new play development models from Britain
  • Statistics on arts patrons' mobile preferences
  • Migrations at the Prix Rideau Awards 

Read more about all these items in "Ontario Off Stage" on the Theatre Ontario Blog 

From Our Blog

Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator, reflects on the amazing abundance in Ontario theatre, and encourages us to seek out that abundance rather than succumbing to black magical thinking.

Carol Beauchamp, Executive Director, shares updates on the Accessibility Standards in Customer Service, the Not-for-Profit Corporation Act, and her observations on what she saw in Ontario theatre in 2012.

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Brandon MooreQuestions?  Please contact
Brandon Moore
Communications Coordinator, Theatre Ontario
416.408.4556 x.15

We acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), an agency of the Government of Ontario, which last year funded 1,681 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 216 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.8 million.