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June 2015
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In This Issue
Summer Theatre Intensive
Social for Emerging Theatre Artists
Reciprocal Agreements CAEA and ACTRA
Playwright-in-Person with Vern Thiessen
Upcoming Workshops and Webinars
New Talent Bank Members
Youth Theatre Training Program Grant Recipients for Spring 2015
Professional Theatre Training Program Project Profiles
Ontario Off Stage
Catch up with News on Our Blog
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How You Can Get Involved in Theatre Ontario
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Sign-Up Today for Our Summer Theatre Intensive

Performers, directors, and playwrights are invited to join us at our annual Summer Theatre Intensive, running August 9 to 15 in Waterloo.  Immerse yourself in a unique theatrical learning experience as you learn new skills, meet passionate people, and flex your creative muscles.  The application deadline is June 26.

Summer Theatre Intensive Joseph van Veen was interviewed on our blog about his experience and how the Intensive gave him the skills and confidence to direct his first show.

Zara Jestadt, our Education Assistant last summer, wrote about the enduring sense of community she observed during the Intensive.

And from our archives, Murray Tilson wrote about how the Intensive was "the best way he could think of spending a week of his vacation."

What Bit You? A Social for Emerging Theatre Artists

We know what it's like. You love the theatre scene and you love meeting people in it. You want to be part of all the action, but sometimes it can be hard to find that connection... Theatre Ontario Next Generation Showcase 2014

This is a chance for youth ages 14+ to get together, hang out, and get to know other like-minded youth who they may not have met otherwise!

Join us Friday, June 19th at 7:00pm at Factory Theatre in Toronto.

The Youth Advisory Committee is also looking to plan other valuable events and initiatives for youth 14 to 29, and are gathering more information about what theatre resources you use, which you have trouble accessing, and what resources you would like to see made available to you.

Take the survey and you can participate in a monthly draw for a surprise pack of 5 free plays!  Take our Theatre Ontario Youth Advisory Committee survey
Theatre Sarnia Awarded Outstanding Production at Festival 2015

Congratulations to Theatre Sarnia whose production of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl was awarded the Elsie for Outstanding Production at this year's Theatre Ontario Festival. The Clean House presented by Theatre Sarnia

Catch-up on all the Festival stories including:
Reciprocal Agreements: CAEA & ACTRA

Attention actors! Are you thinking of signing? Already signed but don't understand the fine print? You don't need to be a lawyer to understand contracts! If you work (or plan to work) in both live performance and recorded media, you must navigate the agreements between different unions - and we're here to help.

Join us on June 25 in Toronto for a joint presentation from Arden R. Ryshpan, the Executive Director of Canadian Actor's Equity Association and Karl Pruner, the Director of Communications for Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists.

This workshop is free for Theatre Ontario members and $20 for non-members.

Playwright-in-Person with Vern Thiessen

Vern Thiessen
We welcome Vern Thiessen as our Playwright-in-Person at our 2015 Summer Theatre Intensive in Waterloo on August 10.

He will be reading excerpts from his plays, followed by a Q&A.

This event is free and open to the public (it is not limited to those who are participating in the Summer Intensive) - but it will especially worthwhile for the playwriting students, studying with Maja Ardal.

Upcoming Training from Theatre Ontario

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

We'll also be announcing our Fall training schedule soon!

Welcome to the New Members of the Talent Bank

The Theatre Ontario Talent Bank of theatre instructors was created as one of the great bridges between the professional, community and educational theatre worlds. Individuals and community theatre groups are thirsty to upgrade their skills.  The wide range of categories available makes the Talent Bank the "go-to" place for these people to seek out quality workshop leaders.

At this time of year, we are pleased to welcome the newest members of the Theatre Ontario Talent Bank.

Congratulations to the Spring 2015 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). We thank all those who applied to the program.  $22,500 was awarded in total among the following recipients.

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

In this past month, we caught up with several recent PTTP projects as they kicked-off:
  • Claire Burns is training in general management with Beth Brown at Nightwood Theatre;
  • Catherine Ballachey is training in dramaturgy with Laurie Steven at Odyssey Theatre;
  • Neil Silcox is training in directing with Matjash Mrozewski at Canadian Stage;
  • Rose Napoli is training in producing with Rona Waddington and Ingrid Bjornson at St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.
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 29
  • #CdnCult Times examined a project that explored and celebrated the Indigenous Body of Work
  • Crowdfunding: Who makes better decisions - the experts or the crowds?
  • Integrating the arts into other school subjects: physics and theatre
  • From the U.S.: the Disability Visibility Project funding projects that employ actors with disabilities in plays about characters with disabilities
From May 22
  • #CdnCult Times looks at three important new studies of the theatre ecosystem and what we can learn
  • It's more than the price of admission that's keeping away poor and less-educated adults away from arts events
  • What are the responsibilities of an artist when presenting something that is offensive?
  • Audience surveys find the venue can have more of an impact on repeat attendance than the performance

From May 8

  • Exploring our appetite for imagined worlds in theatre
  • How smartphones can be one more tool in a creative sound designer's toolkit

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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