Theatre Ontario Presents...
April 2017
In This Issue...
Youth Advisory Committee Celebrates World Theatre Day  |  Summer Theatre Intensive  |  Festival Productions from WODL and QUONTA  |  Stories from the Professional Theatre Training Program  |  Call for Nominations for the Theatre Ontario Board  |  Youth Theatre Festivals  |  Conversation Starters
Youth Advisory Committee
Youth Advisory Committee World Theatre Day How Do You Support Young Artists
For World Theatre Day on March 27, our Youth Advisory Committee celebrated the day by inviting conversation on three ideas:
  • Youth voices are essential because…
  • The biggest challenge for young artists is…
  • We support our young artists by…

Thank you to everyone who participated! We collected many of the tweets in Twitter Moments, and the youth of The Grand Theatre in London made a video.

Summer Theatre Intensive - New Partner, New Home, More Theatre
Theatre Ontario is thrilled to be introducing our new Summer Theatre Intensive, partnering with Off the Wall, Stratford Artist Alliance. Through this exciting new collaboration we will join Off The Wall in their home at Factory 163 in the heart of Stratford. This year we will be offering intensives over a two-week period.

This year's courses are:

WEEK ONE (Sunday August 6 – Friday August 11)
  • Sharpening your Actor’s Tool Kit with Tom Diamond
  • Directing for Beginners (or how do I make this play happen?) with Thom Currie
  • Freeing the Body & Imagination - An Introduction to Mask in Performance with Peggy Coffey
WEEK TWO (Sunday August 13 – Friday August 18)
  • Who the Heck Are YOU?! Creating “Character” with Liza Balkan
  • Building your own Directing Process with Philip Akin
  • How to Tell An “Important” Story with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Join Us at the Theatre Ontario Summer Theatre Intensive
Summer Theatre Intensive
Hot Scenes - Advanced Scene Study
Summer Theatre Intensive
Launching Your Career
Voice-Over Workshop, with Elley-Ray
Career Stream Workshops
The Career Stream of workshops is for those who want to learn and harness the basic tools and resources needed to thrive in the profession.

Need help developing your long-term career goals? Facilitator Vera N. Held will share practical, goal-setting career strategies
April 29 at noon in Toronto 

Answers to your FAQs about the business of acting, with Rachel Kennedy and guest Karen Knox
May 24 at 3pm in Toronto

Learn the secrets of a successful voice acting career, with Elley-Ray
May 27 at 11am in Toronto

Creator Stream Workshops
The Creator Stream of workshops is for anyone looking to produce their own work or start their own theatre company.

Preparing an Ontario Arts Council application? Get the inside scoop with Pat Bradley, Theatre Officer
April 11 via pre-recorded webinar

Thinking of producing a show or starting a theatre company? Get the answers with Rachel Kennedy and guest Scott Dermody
April 19 at 3pm in Toronto

The ability of directors and dramaturges to work together to help shape meaningful and entertaining theatre is a crucial part of any production process. Join Matt McGeachy as he discusses the director-dramaturge collaboration when working on new plays.
April 24 at 3pm in Toronto

Camp Tech
Learn how Google Analytics can help grow your business. Camp Tech’s most popular workshops Intro to Google Analytics (Apr 18 & Jun 14) and Intermediate Google Analytics (May 23) can tell you how your audience is finding you, which content is getting viewed most often and help you configure simple goals for your website.

Other upcoming workshops at Camp Tech are: Intro to Email Marketing with MailChimp (Apr 11); Business Blogging and Content Marketing (Apr 19); Writing Killer Web Content (Apr 20); Social Media Basics (Apr 27 & Jun 6); Digital Marketing on a Shoestring Budget (May 3); Facebook Ads: Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck (May 4); Wordpress for Beginners (May 7); and Social Media Advanced (May 16).

In partnership with the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Theatre Ontario members can receive a 25% discount on workshops led by highly skilled Camp Tech instructors.
Welcome Festival Productions from Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie
Welcome to our first two productions at Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 in Ottawa.

On Thursday, May 18, Ghost Light Players from Windsor will present George F. Walker’s Better Living, representing the Western Ontario Drama League.

On Saturday, May 20, Sault Theatre Workshop will represent QUONTA (the northeastern Ontario community theatre association) with their production of  Lucy  by Damien Atkins.

Festival 2017 Ghost Light Players Better Living
Festival 2017 Sault Theatre Workshop Lucy
Stories from the Professional Theatre Training Program
Professional Theatre Training Program for Lisa Van Oorschot
Professional Theatre Training Program Kevin Matthew Wong at Cahoots Theatre John and Waleed
Ontario Arts Council
PTTP and YTTP are funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Board of Directors
Theatre Ontario is seeking individuals to serve on our Board of Directors who are committed to assisting Theatre Ontario in its mission to advocate for growth, cultivate theatre resources, provide educational opportunities, foster collaboration within the theatre community, and build innovation into everything we do.

The deadline for nominations is April 21.

Learn more about Theatre Ontario's Board of Directors
Youth Theatre Festivals
Paprika Festival Youth Training Day
One of the final projects of last year's Youth Advisory Committee was a two-part series introducing readers to the inner workings of two youth-run theatre festivals.

In Part 1, Annie MacKay profiled Toronto's Paprika Festival

In Part 2, Jocelyn MacNeil profiled Kingston's Juvenis Festival
Conversation Starters
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Ontario Off Stage
In our "Ontario Off Stage" column, we curate conversations and news. Recent highlights:

From March 31
  • "If theatre has a problem, it’s definitely not that some people are paid too well.
  • How do we articulate the benefits of the arts?
  • Catch up on this issue

From March 24

  • Exploring theatrical metaphor
  • The cancellation of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival
  • Catch up on this issue
From March 10
From March 3
  • An exchange of letters between Canadians and Americans about what the new American government means for our artists and our relationships
  • Actors making the transition into directing
  • Catch up on this issue
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