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June 2013
Theatre Ontario Presents...
In This Issue
Summer Courses
Summer Employment Experience
Shaw Directors Project
Proposal Writing
Business Basics
Smart Marketing
Not-for-Profit Corporations Act
Staging The Future
Remembering Dorian Rankin
Community Theatre Discussion Forums
Festival Awards
AGM Panel and Discussion Forum
YTTP Spring 2013 Grants
Ontario Off Stage
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Find out about current productions ONstage across Ontario.

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ONstage Openings on our blog for weekly announcements.

Visit the ASTRO website to find out what's happening on Ontario's summer theatre stages
Auditions are available for individual members of Theatre Ontario on the Auditions page of our website.

Theatres can submit audition notices for posting on our website.
Upcoming Workshops and Training
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Like in the early days of the Theatre Ontario office, The Bulletin Board is a place where the public can browse notices from our theatre members

Check out workshops and seminars, funding opportunities, free community events, calls for submissions, award and recognition opportunities, and more

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InspiraTO Theatre Festival
Theatre Inspirato
May 30 to June 8

Magnetic North Festival
June 7 to 15

Pot Luck Festival
fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company
June 15

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Indulge your Passion for Theatre

Summer Theatre Intensive Experience a week away from all distractions and immerse yourself in a unique theatrical learning experience at Theatre Ontario's Summer Theatre Intensive.

Running August 11 to 17 in Waterloo, you will learn new skills, meet passionate theatre people, enrich your theatre capacity, and flex your creative muscle!

For 2013, we are offering the following courses to choose from:
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Acting, with Tom Diamond
  • Staging the Story: The Why and How of Directing, with Maja Ardal
  • Instant Theatre: The Art of Improvisation, with Herbie Barnes
  • You Got the Part!  Audition and Rehearsal Techniques for the Actor, with Thom Currie
  • Where There's a WILL, There's a WAY- A Path to Acting with Shakespeare, Text Study, and Performance, with Jack Wetherall
Read more about Theatre Ontario's Summer Theatre Intensive on our website
Join Theatre Ontario for a Summer Employment Experience

We are seeking an Education Assistant to assist our Education Coordinator with the preparation of our annual adult summer theatre courses and to support our membership, marketing and fundraising department.

This is a seven-week summer program.  In order to apply you must be currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution or within six months of graduation.  Age requirements are 15 to 24, (and up to 29 for persons with a disability.)  The application deadline is June 12.

This is a Summer Experience Program funded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Read more about Theatre Ontario's Education Assistant position on our website
Apply to be an Intern Director at Shaw

The deadline is approaching to apply for the 2014 Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival.

Each season, the Shaw Festival hires two Intern Directors.  They look for promising professional directors at a point in their career where an extended residency with a company like the Shaw Festival will be of benefit to their professional development.  Applicants should have a good amount of professional experience but will not have had an opportunity to work on the scale of production that is characteristic of the Shaw Festival.

Since its inception in 1988, the project has been sponsored annually by Sun Life Financial and Theatre Ontario.

The application deadline is June 28 at 5:00pm.

Read more about the Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival on the Theatre Ontario website

Shaw Directors Project 2012 Senora Carrar's Rifles directed by Michael Wheeler
Gray Powell, Wendy Thatcher, Wade Bogert-O'Brien, Sharry Flett, Jeremy Carver-James, Kelly Wong, and Ben Sanders in Senora Carrar's Rifles, directed by Michael Wheeler at the 2012 Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival. Photo by Mark Callan.
Creative Approaches to Creative Proposals

Denise Bolduc Change the grant-writing nightmare to a positive creative experience at Theatre Ontario's Proposal Writing: Creative Approaches to Creative Proposals workshop with Denise Bolduc on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 2:00pm in Toronto.

Come learn relevant tools and valuable information to improve your chances of success.  This practical workshop is for individuals and theatre organizations applying for funding and sponsorships.

Read more about Theatre Ontario's Proposal Writing workshop on our website
Planning Your Work and Working Your Plan

Diane Davy Your plan is your future, and whether you are a theatre company or an individual artist-entrepreneur, you will benefit by developing a clear business plan for your organization or your career.

Join us for "Business Basics: An Introduction to Planning for Artists" with Diane Davy on Tuesday, June 11 at 3:00pm in Toronto.

This workshop covers the basics of creating a plan, including practical insights into goal setting, marketing and promotion, management, measuring outcomes, and more.

Read more about Theatre Ontario's Business Basics workshop on our website
Smart Marketing: Adapting to the New Reality

What do people expect from their night at the theatre?  How can you help them meet their expectations?  How do you use your existing audience to find a new audience?  Theatre Ontario is excited to announce our next "Smart Marketing" workshop with Cheryl Ewing on Saturday, June 15 at 9:30am in Toronto.

Past participants have praised this workshop as a "wonderful, instructive, and energizing seminar." 


Read more about Theatre Ontario's Smart Marketing workshop on our website 

Are You Meeting Accessibility Standards?

Sarah FarrellConfused by the Accessibility Standards set out in the Ontarians with Disabilities Act?  Want to know what this means to your organization?  Do you need some practical tips that could help you comply with the Act and avoid costly penalties?  Read about your obligations to employees and audiences on Theatre Ontario's Blog

Join us on Thursday, June 27 at 6:00pm for "Ontarians With Disabilities Act: Are You Meeting Accessibility Standards?" with Sarah Farrell.  Read more about Theatre Ontario's Ontarians With Disabilities Act workshop on our website
Staging The Future with the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Theatre Ontario is pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for "Staging The Future: Advancing Leadership to Ontario's Theatre Community."   This project is the next step in our comprehensive strategic branding and organizational review.


Read more about Theatre Ontario's Staging the Future with the Ontario Trillium Foundation on our website

Remembering Dorian Rankin

Dorian and Bill Rankin Theatre Ontario was honoured and grateful to receive a bequest from Dorian Rankin (1926-2011).  As reported at our 2013 Annual Meeting, this incredible gift will enable us to develop our webinar program which will benefit theatre groups and individuals across the province.

Margaret Shearman shared some recollections of Dorian on the Theatre Ontario Blog
Join Our Community Theatre Conversation

Community Theatre Discussion Forums We have scheduled our third Community Theatre Discussion Forum for June 17, 2013 at 7pm at Georgetown Little Theatre, in partnership with ACT-CO, the Association of Community Theatres--Central Ontario.  The session will be co-facilitated by Executive Director Carol Beauchamp, and Lucy White, Executive Director of PACT, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.

The objective of these sessions is to gain insight into the key challenges and areas of opportunity that face community theatre in Ontario.  Read about our first Forum on the Theatre Ontario Blog

Read more about Theatre Ontario's Community Theatre Discussion Forums on our website
Espanola Little Theatre wins Elsie for Outstanding Festival Production

Espanola Little Theatre presents Looking by Norm Foster
(clockwise) Jason Morrow, Dario Laurenti, Theresa Laurenti, and Kathy Carré in Looking.
Congratulations to Espanola Little Theatre who were awarded the Elsie for Outstanding Production at the 2013 Theatre Ontario Festival for their production of Norm Foster's Looking.  As Adjudicator John P. Kelly said, "The interplay was of a high order, but it was Walter Maskel's inventive direction which glued it all together.  It was a lesson in fine motor movement and the laughs flowed.  It even had me laughing at times and I assure you that is no mean feat for me as an adjudicator."

Read the complete list of Theatre Ontario Festival Awards recipients and nominees on the Theatre Ontario website

Read the Theatre Ontario Festival Awards live-blog transcript

Read the Theatre Ontario Festival tweets on Storify

Catch up on Theatre Ontario Festival blog posts, including highlights from the adjudications and workshops, and "the Stage Manager's Nightmare, or the Night the Lights Went Out in Kingston"

Thanks to everyone who made Theatre Ontario Festival 2013 a success -- and save-the-date for the next Theatre Ontario Festival, opening in Sarnia on May 14, 2014.
Nurturing Inclusiveness

Theatre Ontario members came together on May 25 to hear good stories at our Annual Meeting.  Our outstanding panelists - Ravi Jain, Yvette Nolan, Soheil Parsa, Trevor Schwellnus, and facilitated by charles c. smith - shared their success in nurturing inclusiveness to engage communities, foster collaboration, and develop audiences.

Read the full Theatre Ontario Annual Meeting and Panel Liveblog transcript on our website
Funding youth training programs across Ontario

Theatre Ontario is pleased to announce the latest recipients of training grants through Theatre Ontario's Youth Theatre Training Program (YTTP).  $22,100 was awarded in total.

Read about the Theatre Ontario YTTP Spring 2013 grant recipients

The next application deadline for this program is October 15, 2013.
This program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Ontario Off Stage

Our biweekly column Ontario Off Stage curates online theatre news and conversations from around the province and beyond.  Highlights from the past month include:
  • Remembering when the work of marketing takes place
  • Why theatre organizations can't really "evolve"
  • What is "authenticity" in theatre
  • The value of fight directors
  • Profiling Drayton Entertainment's new venue, the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge
  • Stage West in Mississauga is closing after 27 years
  • Toronto Arts Council unveils artsVest Toronto
  • Migrations at the Toronto Fringe Festival
  • Toasts for the Harolds, the Mississauga Arts Council's MARTYs, the Canada Council's Victor Martyn Lynch-Stauton Awards, and more

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

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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.


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