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January 2015
Theatre Ontario Presents...
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New Faces
Next Generation Showcase
PASO Coalition Meets with Ontario Arts Council
Michael Spence Award
Talent Bank Call for Applications
Upcoming Training
Funding Professional Theatre Mentorships
Project Profiles from the Professional Theatre Training Program
Congratulations Youth Theatre Training Program Grant Recipients
Save-the-Date for Our Annual Meeting
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Spaces Available in New Faces at Next Generation Showcase

Next Generation Showcase Have you graduated from a full-time theatre program in the past three years? Don't have an agent? Never been part of our Next Generation Showcase?

We have a few New Faces spaces available on January 19. The application deadline is Monday, January 12.

Apply for New Faces as part of Theatre Ontario's Next Generation Showcase

We are also seeking volunteers for Next Generation Showcase.
Find out about how you can volunteer
Join Us at Next Generation Showcase

We warmly invite Directors, Artistic Directors, Producers, Casting Directors, Agents EIC signed or TAMAC members, and other Industry Professionals to join us for our annual showcase of graduating student talent, on January 18 and 19 in Toronto.  Find out about RSVPing Theatre Ontario's Next Generation Showcase

Theatre Ontario Next Generation Showcase 2014
PASO Coalition Meets with Ontario Arts Council Senior Staff to Discuss Cuts to Arts Sector

Executive Directors representing the Coalition of Provincial Arts Service Organizations (PASO), met with senior staff at the Ontario Arts Council to better understand the nature of forthcoming cuts to arts funding that were announced in a letter sent by the OAC to operational clients dated October 22, 2014.

Read more about this meeting on the Theatre Ontario website

Honouring Contributions to Community Theatre in Central Ontario

The deadline for nominations for Theatre Ontario's Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre is January 30.  This year's award is presented to someone within the ACT-CO region: Toronto, Durham, York, Peel, Halton (excluding Burlington), Simcoe, Dufferin, and Muskoka.

Nominate someone for Theatre Ontario's Michael Spence Award

ICYMI: Meet past recipients of the Michael Spence Award
Connecting Theatre Instructors and Community Organizations

Looking to bring your skills as a professional theatre trainer to community theatres and educational organizations?

Join Theatre Ontario's roster of skilled theatre trainers and workshop leaders by becoming a member of the Theatre Ontario Talent Bank.  The application deadline is February 15.

Read more about applying to Theatre Ontario's Talent Bank
Upcoming Training from Theatre Ontario

WEBINAR: Music Rights for Your Theatre, with Craig Brockie (SOCAN) and Matthew Phillips (Re:Sound) - Using music in your performance, or thinking of creating a musical revue?  Join us January 12 at 7pm (free for Theatre Ontario members)


WEBINAR: Launching Your Career, with Erin Keating and guest actor TBA - Answers to your FAQs about the business of acting.  Join us February 2 at 2pm (free for Theatre Ontario members, not including a materials fee)


WEBINAR: Grant Writing Information Session for Theatre Individuals and Groups, with Pat Bradley (Ontario Arts Council) - Tips and must-dos for preparing an application to the OAC.  Join us February 2 at 5pm (free)


Unleashing Your Inner Entrepreneur

WEBINAR: Unleashing Your Inner Entrepreneur, with Erin Keating and guest producer Scott Dermody - Thinking of producing a show or starting a theatre company?  Join us February 9 at 2pm (free for Theatre Ontario members, not including a materials fee)  


WORKSHOP: Business Basics: Planning for Artists, with Diane Davy (Work In Culture) - Planning your work and working your plan.  Join us February 11 at 4pm in Toronto


WORKSHOP: Building Your Brand as an Artist, with Edward Power - Join us February 21 at 2pm in Toronto


WORKSHOP: Ask an Agent! Everything you've always wanted to know..., with Alicia Jeffery - Join us February 21 at 2pm in Toronto 


WORKSHOP: Taxes for Artists, with Sam Marinucci, Chartered Accountant - Have questions related to filing your tax return?  Join us February 24 at 4pm in Toronto 

Funding Professional Theatre Mentorships

Do you need financial support for professional development or a "change of direction" in your career?  The next deadline to apply for our Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) is March 2.

The Professional Theatre Training Program offers financial support for unique and flexible training with a chosen mentor in any theatrical discipline (except performance.)  Applicants must have at least two years of professional experience following their formal education.

This program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
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Apply to Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program
Project Profiles from the Professional Theatre Training Program

PTTP Profiles The MT Space Last month we checked in with three projects: Pam Patel who is training in Artistic Direction with Majdi Bou-Matar at MT Space in Kitchener,  Madeleine Donohue who trained in Producing and General Management with Monica Esteves and Eric Goldstein at Crow's Theatre in Toronto, and Shane Carty who trained in Directing with Douglas Beattie at Pie in the Sky Theatre in Stratford.

Learn more about these Professional Theatre Training Program projects on the Theatre Ontario Blog
Congratulations Fall 2014 Youth Theatre Training Program Grant Recipients

We are excited to announce the latest recipients of training grants through Theatre Ontario's Youth Theatre Training Program (YTTP). $22,500 was awarded in total among the recipients.

This program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Find out about the latest Theatre Ontario Youth Theatre Training Program grant recipients
Save-the-Date for Our Annual Meeting

Theatre Ontario's Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 16 at 2pm in Oshawa, as part of this year's Theatre Ontario Festival.

Proper Notice of Meeting, Call for Nominations, and more will be issued in accordance with the Theatre Ontario By-Laws.
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 December 19
  • "The death of the serious musical" and reconciling artistic ambition with consumer preferences
  • Changing your theatre's mindset about donor retention
  • There is no such thing as "non-profit sustainability"
  • How using unusual performance spaces increases audience engagement
  • Cellphone pictures during curtain calls
  • The Dr. David E. Gardner Apprentice Director Program at Hart House Theatre
  • A new safety training standard for working at heights
  • Migrations at Theatre 20 and Tarragon Theatre
From December 12
  • What are we really talking about when we debate the value of the arts?
  • Musical theatre obsessions from high school
  • Jordan Tannahill's acceptance speech for the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama (English)
  • Building partnerships in Hamilton
  • Creating devised theatre with theatre students and science students
  • A new storefront theatre in Port Hope
  • "The New Factory" theatre in Toronto

Plus memorials, migrations, toasts, and much more.  


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

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