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December 2014
Theatre Ontario Presents...
In This Issue
Music Rights for Your Theatre
PTTP Fall 2014 Recipients
Playwright-in-Person at Festival 2015
Upcoming Training
Bridging the Gap
Honouring Contribution to Community Theatre
Call for Nominations for the Sandra Tulloch Award
Volunteer at Next Generation Showcase
PTTP Project Profiles
Ontario Off Stage
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Music Rights for Your Theatre

Thinking of using music in your performance or creating a musical revue?

Know your obligations for theatre music rights as Craig Brockie, Industry Relations Executive for SOCAN, and Matthew Phillips, Senior Licensing Representative - Re:Sound Music Licensing Company, show you the ins and outs of copyright with SOCAN and Re:Sound.

Learn the difference between these organizations and your performance rights licensing obligations for both.

This webinar is free for members, $20 for non-members, and runs on January 12, 2015 at 7pm.  Join us at Theatre Ontario's "Music Rights for Your Theatre" webinar
Congratulations Fall 2014 Professional Theatre Training Program Recipients

We are pleased to announce the latest recipients of training grants through Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP).  We thank all those who applied to the program.  $32,225 was awarded in total among eight recipients.


Find out about recipients of grants from Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program

This program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
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Welcome to Damien Atkins as Playwright-in-Person at Theatre Ontario Festival 2015

Damien Atkins We are thrilled to welcome Damien Atkins as Playwright-in-Person at Festival 2015 in Oshawa.  Damien will be reading from his work on the afternoon of Friday, May 15.  Read more about Damien Atkins on the Theatre Ontario Blog

For nearly twenty years, Theatre Ontario has been bringing together professional playwrights and passionate community theatre artists at Festival.  Playwright-in-Person is made possible by a grant from Playwrights Guild of Canada, funded by the Canada Council.

Join us at Theatre Ontario Festival 2015
Upcoming Training from Theatre Ontario

Unleashing Your Inner Entrepreneur, with Erin Keating and guest producer Peter Pasyk - Thinking of producing a show or starting a theatre company? Come and have your questions answered - December 8 at 5pm in Toronto

Bridging the Gap at Theatre Ontario

Bridging the GapOur Youth Advisory Committee hosted "Bridging the Gap" this past November in Toronto - a think tank event featuring performance, speakers, panels, and workshops, all around the question of "bridging the inter-generational gap." 

Sarah Siddiqui wrote about Bridging the Gap on Theatre Ontario's blog

We are now inviting applications for volunteers for our 2015 Youth Advisory Committee.  Apply to be part of Theatre Ontario's Youth Advisory Committee
Legendary Commitments to Community Theatre Across Ontario

The Michael Spence Award recognizes outstanding contribution, generosity of spirit, involvement, and legendary commitment to community theatre in a region.  Originally presented every five years on Theatre Ontario's quinquennial anniversaries, the award is now presented annually within the region that is hosting the Theatre Ontario Festival.
Maureen Lukie  
In 2015, the award will be presented to someone in the ACT-CO region of Ontario community theatre.

Meet some of the past recipients of Theatre Ontario's Michael Spence Award, including Maureen Lukie of ACT-CO - honoured in 2007.
Honouring Innovators in Arts and Culture

Sandra Tulloch AwardThe deadline for nominations for the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture is December 19. 

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.

Nominate someone for the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture
Volunteer at Next Generation Showcase

Theatre Ontario Next Generation Showcase 2014We are also looking for volunteers interested in assisting with Next Generation Showcase on Sunday, January 18th and Monday, January 19th.

Find out about volunteering at Theatre Ontario's Next Generation Showcase

Exploring Projects Funded by the Professional Theatre Training Program

Shane Carty Eight individuals were chosen as recipients of Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program grants during our Spring 2014 application round.  Last month we checked-in with three of the projects: Shane Carty (pictured - training in directing), Tim Welham (training in actor training and coaching), and Rachel Penny (training in producing.)  Find out about projects funded by the Professional Theatre Training Program on the Theatre Ontario Blog
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 November 28
  • How is the cultural sector working with Big Data?
  • Debating intrinsic benefits of arts versus economic metrics
  • Perspective on when to close down a theatre company
  • Are stage directions a constraint to creativity or an invitiation to imagine?
  • How do you thank your theatre's donors?
  • Musical theatre-based arts education in China
From November 21
  • When it comes to art funding, can corporate dollars replace government grants?
  • Five random thoughts on stage management
  • Transformation at STAF
  • SpaceFinder Toronto launches for GTA venues that rent performance and rehearsal space
  • Building the TheatreWiki by SpiderWebShow
  • Toasts for the Governor General's Literary Awards, the Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Festival, and the Capital Critics' Circle Awards
From November 14
  • From #CdnCult Times: Exploring the role of theatre in creating a "commons" where society can participate - and how the knucklehead fights get in the way of the important fights
  • In response: Theatre may be healthier today than it ever was
  • Why we need more actors with disabilities on the screen
  • We welcome two new faces to Theatre Ontario: Sandra Paquette, our new Executive Assistant, and Rachel Stableford, our new Development Coordinator
From November 7
  • An Overview of Arts Management in Five Minutes
  • Three American perspectives on what it takes to keep a community theatre running
  • Sudbury Theatre Centre Opening Acts creating space for local playwrights on their mainstage

Plus memorials, 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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