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May 2015
Theatre Ontario Presents...
In This Issue
Education Assistant
Community Theatre Coordinator
Annual General Meeting
International Creators Scholarship Recipient
Professional Theatre Training Program Grants
PTTP Project Profiles
Ontario Summer Theatre
Member Profile
Sponsorship Tutorial Series
Upcoming Workshops and Webinars
Volunteer Week across Canada
Ontario Off Stage
Catch up with News on Our Blog
The Bulletin Board
How You Can Get Involved in Theatre Ontario
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Join Us at Theatre Ontario Festival 2015

The final two shows have been chosen to complete our showcase of outstanding community theatre beginning May 13 in Oshawa.

With four plays from the 1940s, 1960s, 1980s, and 2000s, from community theatres in Oshawa, Manitoulin Island, Peterborough, and Sarnia brings together passionate community theatre lovers from across our province.

We also have exciting educational events, including detailed adjudications with Ron Cameron-Lewis, Playwright-in-Person with Damien Atkins, our "Canadian Plays in Community Theatres" events with Playwrights Guild of Canada, and "Cultivating Tomorrow's Artists" with our Youth Advisory Committee.

Festival also celebrates outstanding achievements, including the presentation of the Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre to John Storey, and the Festival Awards - which you can follow along on our Live-Blog.

Theatre Ontario Festival 2015
A Summer Experience at Theatre Ontario

Theatre Ontario is seeking an Education Assistant to assist our Program Coordinator with the preparation of our annual adult Summer Theatre Intensive, and to support our membership, marketing and fundraising departments.  This position is for secondary and post-secondary students within six months of graduation.

Seeking Community Theatre Coordinator

As previously announced, Anne Mooney is retiring from Theatre Ontario at the end of June. We are now seeking a Community Theatre Coordinator. This is a part-time employee position.

Join Us at Annual General Meeting

We look forward to seeing you at our Annual General Meeting on May 16 in Oshawa at 1:30pm at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre.

RSVPs are appreciated so we can plan for appropriate numbers.  Please note the new requirements for proxies and for organization or family membership voter designations.

And following our Annual General Meeting, stay for "Cultivating Tomorrow's Artists" from our Youth Advisory Committee.

Congratulations to Lisa Cox

Lisa Cox
Theatre Ontario and Why Not Theatre congratulate Lisa Cox, who has been chosen as the recipient of the International Creators Scholarship this year. The Scholarship allows for an emerging artist to train with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company for one month in Suzuki, Viewpoints, and directing and devising new work.

Congratulations Professional Theatre Training Program Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the Spring 2015 recipients of training grants through Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP).  We thank all those who applied to the program.

$51,780 was awarded in total among thirteen recipients.

Find out about Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program grant recipients for Spring 2015

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

Three of last fall's Professional Theatre Training Program projects have come to an end, and the grant recipients have shared their experiences on our blog.

Professional Theatre Training Program project with Julia Hune-Brown
Alexis Scott trained in artistic producing with David Whiteley at Plosive Productions, Mariel Marshall trained in directing with Ross Manson at Volcano Theatre, and Julie Hune-Brown trained in artistic directing with Ruth Howard at Jumblies Theatre. These projects are funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

Explore Theatre in Ontario This Summer

Ontario Summer Theatre
Whether you're looking to learn something new about Ontario's unique and colourful history, hoping to share some laughs with family and friends, or ready to sing along to some catchy tunes, the 2015 season from Ontario Summer Theatre has something for you.

Member Profile: Meet Joanne Williams

Joanne Williams
Joanne Williams is a member of our Board of Directors and the Interim General Manager of the Toronto Fringe Festival.

In this profile, she shares her own experience getting into the Toronto theatre scene.

Sponsorship Tutorial Series

It's coming back! Theatre Ontario is pleased to announce that Business for the Arts online Sponsorship Tutorial Series will be available for purchase later this May. Be the first to know!
Sponsorship Tutorial Series
Sign up to be on Theatre Ontario's wait-list. Once the eLearning series becomes available for purchase, a Theatre Ontario representative will contact you directly.

Upcoming Training from Theatre Ontario

WORKSHOP: Unleashing Your Inner Entrepreneur, with Rebecca Ballarin and guest producer TBA - Thinking of producing a show or starting a theatre company? - Join us May 27 at 4pm in Toronto


WORKSHOP: Launching Your Career, with Rebecca Ballarin and guest actor TBA - Answers to your FAQs about the business of acting - Join us June 10 at 4pm in Toronto

COURSES: Summer Theatre Intensive - Experience a week away from all distractions and immerse yourself in a unique theatrical learning experience. You will learn new skills in acting, directing, or playwriting, meet passionate theatre people, enrich your theatre capacity, and flex your creative muscle!  Join us August 9 to 15 in Waterloo


Register for Theatre Ontario's Courses and Workshops  


You can also check out recordings from the Small Budget Arts Organizations webinar series. 

Volunteer Week Across Canada

April 13 marked the beginning of Canadian Volunteer Week.  We express thanks to all of our volunteers who contribute in every way possible to our success.

Youth Advisory Committee Festival Volunteers
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 May 1
  • Equity in Theatre: Panel livestreams and their research report
  • One of our Youth Advisory Committee members shared his experience at the Banff Playwrights Colony
  • The impact on the community of the closure of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre three years ago
  • How technology is transforming the relationships between artists, audiences, and arts organizations
  • What does your mission statement tell artists (and what doesn't it tell?)
From April 24
  • Celebrating the artistry of stage management
  • The advocacy our industry needs: It's okay for people to like things you don't
  • Theatre in the age of climate change
From April 17
  • The value of community theatre festivals - from a theatre that didn't enter
  • The responsibilities of "senior" producing theatres to support smaller, emerging production companies
  • What can Meerkat and Periscope do for theatres
From April 10
  • Strategies for audience engagement with millennials
  • Designing for interactive theatre
  • "The show that changed my life"
  • Exploring the relevancy of theatre criticism

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

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Brandon MooreQuestions?  Please contact
Brandon Moore
Communications Coordinator, Theatre Ontario
416.408.4556 x.13

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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