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November 2014
Theatre Ontario Presents...
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Bridging the Gap
Upcoming Training
Festival 2015
Next Generation Showcase
Managing Your Career Boot Camp
Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival 2015
Profiles of Innovation in Arts and Culture
Ontario Summer Theatre
Upcoming Events
Ontario Off Stage
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Bridging the Gap

Our next exciting initiative from our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is "Bridging the Gap" - a day to share perspectives, knowledge and experiences while connecting, networking and collaborating.  Learn about the YAC and how to get involved in next year's committee!

This event will take place on November 15th at the beautiful Annex Theatre in Toronto, generously donated by Theatre Ontario Board member George Randolph.

The day will include speakers, an option of two workshops, a panel discussion, and a performance piece.

Join us at Theatre Ontario's Bridging the Gap
Upcoming Training from Theatre Ontario

Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp - A one-day session on the necessary skills to produce creative works: business basics, promoting theatre on social media, crowdfunding essentials, and a grant application mock jury - November 15 in Toronto (registration deadline Nov. 12) - each workshop also available separately 


Building Your Brand workshop

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


Tips for Small Budget Arts Organizations - free webinars

  • Facebook: A really useful marketing tool - November 20 at 1pm
  • Anti-Spam Legislation - December 4 at 1pm

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


Launching Your Career, with Erin Keating - Answers to your FAQs about the business of acting - November 24 at 3pm in Toronto 


Unleashing Your Inner Entrepreneur, with Erin Keating - Thinking of producing a show or starting a theatre company? - December 8 at 5pm in Toronto

Join us at Festival 2015

Tickets are now on sale for Theatre Ontario Festival 2015, running May 13 to 17, 2015 in Oshawa.  Our Festival hotel is the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre, and you can now book your accommodations at the Theatre Ontario Festival rate.

Festival is our annual showcase of outstanding community theatre productions, our classroom for passionate, dedicated community theatre artists, our celebration of excellence in community theatre, and our destination bringing together theatre lovers from across the province.  Festival is co-hosted by Theatre Ontario, Oshawa Little Theatre, and the Association of Community Theatres - Central Ontario.

Join us at Theatre Ontario Festival 2015
Save-the-Date for Next Generation Showcase

We're pleased to announce that Theatre Ontario's Next Generation Showcase 2015 will be held on January 18 and 19, 2015 in the Michael Young Theatre at The Young Centre for the Performing Arts.

Theatre Ontario Next Generation Showcase 2014 Theatre Ontario's Next Generation Showcase is our annual industry audition days for graduating students of post-secondary conservatory theatre training programs from across Ontario and the National Theatre School.  Besides the students showcasing their talent, it also features panel discussions and networking parties for students, faculty and industry professionals to meet.

Learn about Theatre Ontario's Next Generation Showcase
Building Entrepreneurial Capacity at the Managing Your Career Boot Camp

Managing Your Career Boot Camp Theatre Ontario held our first "Managing Your Career" boot camp in October, bringing together workshops on building your brand as an artist, social media as a professional tool, contract law for actors, and working with agents. 

Biden Hall attended the boot camp and wrote about what he learned about "representation" on the Theatre Ontario Blog
Congratulations to the 2015 Neil Munro Intern Directors at the Shaw Festival

Congratulations to Esther Jun and Peter Pasyk, who were chosen as the two Intern Directors for the 2015 season at the Shaw Festival.

This announcement also marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival.  Read more about Esther, Peter, and the Directors Project

2014 Neil Munro Intern Directors Day at the Shaw Festival Meanwhile, the 2014 Intern Directors Project wrapped up with the Directors Day presentations by Alistair Newton and Rachel Peake.  Roxanne Joseph writes about the Neil Munro Intern Directors Day on the Theatre Ontario Blog
Profiles of Innovation in Arts and Culture

Sandra Tulloch Award With the nomination deadline for the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture coming up on December 19, we reached out to past recipients of the award to find out what practical initiatives in their work and their communities are exciting them.

Claire Hopkinson, Peter Honeywell, Janis Barlow, and Angela Rebeiro shared their current passion projects on the Theatre Ontario Blog
Building Connections at Ontario Summer Theatre

This past year marked a major overhaul for Ontario Summer Theatre - bringing in a new name, new brand, new logo, new website, and new resolve.

Erin Keating writes about Ontario Summer Theatre on the Theatre Ontario Blog

Ontario Summer Theatre
In Case You Missed It

The municipal elections marked the end of ArtsVote initiatives across Ontario.  How did then-candidates, now-mayors and councillors respond to surveys in Burlington, Guelph, Hamilton, Kawartha Lakes, Kingston, London, Niagara, Ottawa, Peterborough, Thousand Islands, Toronto, and Windsor and Region?  Find out in ArtsVote Across Ontario

Theatre Ontario's Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre is presented annually to an individual for his/her outstanding contribution to community theatre in his/her region over a sustained time.  The award is presented to an individual in the region that is hosting that year's Theatre Ontario Festival.  In 2015, that is the Central Ontario region.  The nomination deadline is January 30.
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 October 31
  • An Oxford-style debate on the intrinsic vs. economic value of the arts
  • It's time to take another look at actor training
  • When theatre-makers have kids
  • The fine art of assistant directing
From October 24
  • "The left, the theatre, and the myths we need to stop perpetuating"
  • Black magical thinking: Artists vs. administrators
  • What if you prioritized the audience you've already lost and never had, rather than the audience you might lose
  • Alameda Theatre Company closes, celebrating the end of an era
From October 10
  • SpiderWebShow and the National Theatre School hosted "From Where I Stand", a live-streamed forum on Canadian theatre
  • The need for culturally-specific theatre companies
  • Changes to smoking by-laws that may find their way to Ontario
  • The Ontario Arts Council has released their new strategic plan
From October 3
  • More perspectives on Factory Theatre's opening night and media night experiments
  • The state of social design in theatre
  • Oshawa Little Theatre kicks off a big season, which includes hosting Theatre Ontario Festival
  • The Premier's Mandate Letter for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport

Plus memorials, migrations, toasts, and much more.  


Read past issues of "Ontario Off Stage" on the Theatre Ontario Blog 

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