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October 2014
Theatre Ontario Presents...
In This Issue
Welcome Erin Keating
Upcoming Training
Festival 2015 Adjudicator
ArtsVote Across Ontario
Bridging the Gap, from the Youth Advisory Committee
Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre
Professional Theatre Training Program Project Profiles
Adjudicators Symposium
Upcoming Events
PASO - Provincial Arts Service Organization Coalition
Ontario Off Stage
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DeColores Festival of New Works
Alameda Theatre Company
October 23 to 24

Global Cabaret Festival
Soulpepper Theatre
October 24 to 26

Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival of New Works
Native Earth Performing Arts
November 12 to 22

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Welcome Erin Keating

Erin Keating We are thrilled to welcome Erin Keating as the new Program Coordinator of Theatre Ontario.  Erin is an arts administrator and playwright who recently relocated to Toronto from the Maritimes.


"I've had a lifelong passion for the arts, none more so than theatre, and made the move to Toronto to become a part of the diverse and robust theatre community this city and province have to offer," said Erin. 


Meet Erin Keating
Upcoming Training from Theatre Ontario

Tips for Small Budget Arts Organizations - webinars
  • Accessibility Ontario (AODA) - October 15 at 1pm
  • Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act - October 30 at 1pm
  • Facebook: A really useful marketing tool - November 20 at 1pm
  • Anti-Spam Legislation - December 4 at 1pm
Managing Your Career: The Boot Camp - Building Your Brand workshop October 18 in Toronto: Learn the business of being an artist in a one-day session made up of:

You can also register for individual sessions from the Boot Camp.  


Grant Writing Information Session, with Pat Bradley - Looking for tips and must-dos for preparing an application to the Ontario Arts Council? - October 28 at 7pm in London


Audition Talk Back: How to Get It Right, with our panel of Joanne Williams, Elley-Ray, and Andrew Lamb - Preparation, etiquette, and expectations - November 3 at 6pm in Toronto


Grant Writing Information Session, with Pat Bradley - Looking for tips and must-dos for preparing an application to the Ontario Arts Council? - November 18 at 6pm in Barrie 


Financial Basics for Artists, with Vernal Banton - What artists should know! - November 24 at 10am in Toronto 

Welcome Ron Cameron-Lewis as Festival Adjudicator

Theatre Ontario is thrilled to welcome Ron Cameron-Lewis as adjudicator for the 2015 Theatre Ontario Festival in Oshawa.  The Festival will be Ron's penultimate appearance as an adjudicator in Ontario.

Find out more about Ron Cameron-Lewis and Theatre Ontario Festival 2015
ArtsVote Across Ontario

ArtsVoteWith municipal election day coming up on October 27, we checked in with Arts Vote coalitions in Kawartha Lakes, Kingston, Mississauga, Niagara, Peterborough, Toronto, and Windsor & Region.

Find out about ArtsVote coalition initiatives across Ontario
Bridging the Gap

Join us on Saturday, November 15 in Toronto as the Youth Advisory Committee hosts "Bridging the Gap."  Sharing perspectives, knowledge and experiences.  Connecting, networking and collaborating. Youth Advisory Committee Bridging the Gap

The day will consist of speakers, breakout workshop sessions, and performance pieces that consider how different generations of theatre patrons and practitioners can create the future of theatre in Ontario together.

Join us at Theatre Ontario's Bridging the Gap
Honouring Contributions to Community Theatre in the Central Ontario Region

Do you know someone whose sustained contribution, generosity of spirit, involvement, and commitment within his/her region has helped community theatre flourish? Theatre Ontario is now inviting nominations for the 2015 Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre.


This award is presented annually to an individual from the region that is hosting the Theatre Ontario Festival - which in 2015 is central Ontario.


Nominate someone for Theatre Ontario's Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre
Project Profiles from the Professional Theatre Training Program 

Eight individuals were chosen as recipients of Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program grants during our Spring 2014 application round.

This month, we check in with three projects: one at the beginning (Tim Welham training in Actor Training and Coaching with Ian Watson at Ryerson University and the National Theatre School); one in the middle (Madeleine Donohue is training in Producing and General Management with Monica Esteves and Eric Goldstein at Crow's Theatre); and one that has finished (Joseph Recinos trained in Producing with Marilo Nunez at Alameda Theatre Company in Toronto).

Find out more about these Professional Theatre Training Program projects on the Theatre Ontario Blog

Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
A Roundtable on Richmond

Adjudicators SymposiumWhat happens when you fill a room with a group of seasoned theatre professionals, who all serve as Theatre Ontario adjudicators? When everyone sitting around the table is used to having the floor, giving opinions and guiding the discussion, you might think dialogue impossible.  But it isn't. 

Carolee Mason writes about our Adjudicators Symposium on the Theatre Ontario Blog
In Case You Missed It

The Theatre Ontario's Youth Theatre Training Program offers financial support to programs anywhere in Ontario, led by professional theatre artists, which deliver accessible training to young people (age 14 to 21) in theatrical skills.  The program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.  The application deadline is October 15.

The Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture is presented annually to an individual or a collective whose leadership, activism, and service has contributed to the development and strengthening of arts and culture in Ontario through innovative and practical initiatives.  While Theatre Ontario administers this award, it recognizes achievements in all artistic and cultural disciplines.  The nomination deadline is December 19.
Strengthening the Arts Environment

Theatre Ontario is a member of PASO, a coalition of Provincial Arts Service Organizations that strives to strengthen the environment for the individuals and institutions that create and disseminate the arts in this province and for public access to the arts.

PASO has been extending a welcome to the new Government of Ontario, with responses from three ministries (so far.)

Find out more about the work of PASO

Ontario Off Stage

In "Ontario Off Stage" on our blog, we curate theatre conversations and news from around the province and beyond.  Highlights from last month include:

From September 26
  • Opinions on the news that Factory Theatre and Quiptake would be holding their media night at the fifth performance after opening
  • Perspectives from the other side of the audition table
  • Does Hamilton have a grant-seeking culture?
  • Equity in Theatre launches
From September 19
  • Theatre professors committing to teaching one class period per semester on historic women playwrights
  • Does the "intern culture" mean that working-class talent is being priced out of acting?
  • The ethics of using animals on stage
  • Building relationships with student theatre practitioners at Peterborough Theatre Guild
  • Backstage at Festival Players of Prince Edward County
From September 12
  • An "ice bucket challenge" for theatre
  • Why we need to understand "change management" in the arts
  • Mentoring and paying it forward
From September 5
  • Learning to define "success" in a professional theatre career
  • Podcasting for theatres, and radio play resources from Playwrights Guild of Canada
  • The Ontario Summer Theatre blogger visits the Blyth Festival and Drayton Entertainment's Dunfield Theatre Cambridge

Plus migrations, toasts, and much more. 

Read past issues of "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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