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July 2015
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In This Issue
Artist-Producer Training
Summer Theatre Intensive
Fall Workshops
Adjudicators Symposium
Youth Advisory Committee Social
Professional Theatre Training Program Project Profiles
Playwright-in-Person with Vern Thiessen
Festival 2016
Meet John P. Kelly
World Festival of Children's Theatre
Ontario Off Stage
Problems Contacting Theatre Ontario?
The Bulletin Board
How You Can Get Involved in Theatre Ontario
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APT - Artist-Producer Training

STAF, in partnership with Theatre Ontario, is proud to present APT - the Artist-Producer Training program. STAF

The goal of the APT Program is to train a new generation of artist/ producers of independent theatre. Successful applicants will receive comprehensive, innovative, hands-on training with top industry professionals as they create and implement strategies and projects.

The APT program is an investment in improving the independent theatre ecology. Therefore each participant will receive $1000 for successful completion of this FREE training program. The application deadline is July 13.

Spaces Still Available in Our Summer Theatre Intensive

Spaces are still available in this year's Summer Theatre Intensive. Courses are available for actors, directors, and playwrights of all experience levels. Spend a week with other passionate theatre people in a university residential setting and learn new theatrical skills.

Registrations must be received by July 31.

Get Ready for a Fresh Season of Workshops with Theatre Ontario

Managing Your Career Boot Camp We are currently gearing up for our fall workshops! If you want to upgrade your skills, get the inside scoop on how to succeed, and learn how to navigate the theatre world, these workshops are for you!

Take a sneak peek at some of our course offerings for 2015-2016, and start thinking about how Theatre Ontario can help take you to the next level.

Next Adjudicators Symposium Coming in September

Adjudicators - Save-the-date of Saturday, September 26 for our next Theatre Ontario Adjudicators Symposium.
Adjudicators Symposium
The Symposium is an opportunity for adjudicators to benefit from networking and professional development.

Creating an Inclusive Environment for Young Artists at our Youth Advisory Committee Social

Youth Advisory Committee What Bit You
The Youth Advisory Committee of Theatre Ontario hosted a social at Factory Theatre in Toronto on June 19.

The event was an inclusive environment for youth to meet their peers, socialize, and bond over a shared appreciation of what life in theatre has to offer.

Project Profiles from the Professional Theatre Training Program

In June, we caught up with a few PTTP projects:
  • Alysse Rich is training in dramaturgy with Brian Quirt at Nightswimming; Nightwsimming Why We Are Here
  • Rose Napoli is training in producing with Rona Waddington and Ingrid Bjornson at St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival;
  • Neil Silcox is training in directing with Matjash Mrozewski at Canadian Stage.
Playwright-in-Person with Vern Thiessen

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

This event is free and open to the public (it is not limited to those who are participating in the Summer Intensive.)

Save the Date for Festival 2016

Festival 2016 North Bay
Theatre Ontario Festival is a destination for theatre lovers from across the province. Mark your calendar now to join us on May 18 to 22, 2016 as we travel to North Bay - "the gateway of the north" - for Theatre Ontario Festival 2016.

Member Profile: Meet John P. Kelly

John P. Kelly
John P. Kelly is an Ottawa-based director, and adjudicator and workshop leader in Theatre Ontario's Talent Bank.

In this profile, he shares his experience coming to Canada, joining the Ottawa theatre scene, and his feelings about directing, running workshops, and adjudicating.

World Festival of Children's Theatre

14th World Festival of Children's Theatre The World Festival of Children's Theatre is coming to Stratford in June 2016, and invites applications for Ontario and Canadian-based theatre groups.

The deadline is August 1.  Learn more at
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 June 26
  • Jacob Zimmer explores the new Canada Council funding structures on Mangle (the Small Wooden Shoe theatre blog) and parses the potential in "Explore and Create"
  • ted witzel reflects on the Buddies in Bad Times blog on the theatre class system that found him moving from Rhubarb to Stratford
  • Catch-up on these conversation starters
From June 12
  • Wayne Burns from our Youth Advisory Committee explores what "success" looks like
  • SpiderWebShow explores issues for artists and climate change and the ethics of corporate arts sponsorship
  • Equity in Theatre and its partners proposed seven steps for gender parity in theatre
  • Catch-up on these conversation starters
From June 5
  • Soulpepper announced a new five-year strategic initiative to build a "National Civic Theatre"
  • Canada Council introduced changes to its funding model of granting programs
  • Catch-up on these conversation starters

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

Problems Contacting Theatre Ontario?

Theatre Ontario's email and file server went down on the evening of Wednesday, June 3 and we were without service until Tuesday, June 16. Unfortunately we appear to have lost some emails during that period.

If you have not received a response to an inquiry, please re-send your message to us. Thank you for your patience!
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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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