Theatre Ontario Presents...
December 2016
In This Issue...
New Faces at Next Generation Showcase  |  Volunteer Opportunities at Showcase  |  Professional Theatre Training Program Fall 2016 Recipients  |  Celebrating Legendary Commitment to Community Theatre  |  Upcoming Workshops  |  Call for Summer Theatre Intensive Course Proposals  |  Building Community in Ontario Summer Theatre  |  Conversation Starters
Next Generation Showcase
Inviting Applications for "New Faces"
As part of our annual Next Generation Showcase, we invite applications for "New Faces" from recent graduates new to our community.

Also, we are interested in applications from performing artists who are newcomers to Canada, who are outside of our application criteria.

Applicants must:
  • Be graduating or have graduated from a full-time theatre training program within the last 3 years (and not participated previously in Next Generation Showcase);
  • Currently reside, or plan to reside, in Ontario and are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • Presently do not have an agent.
Next Generation Showcase provides graduating theatre students the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of industry professionals, including casting directors, artistic directors, independent directors, producers, and agents.

Next Generation Showcase 2015
Showcase Auditions
Showcase Panel
Volunteer Opportunities at Showcase
We are seeking volunteers to assist with the 2017 Next Generation Showcase, which will take place Sunday, January 15th and Monday, January 16th at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.
Congratulations to the Fall 2016 Professional Theatre Training Program Grant Recipients
We are pleased to announce the latest recipients of training grants through Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP). We thank all those who applied to the program.

$36,094 was awarded in total among the 9 recipients, training in areas such as artistic direction, set and costume design, directing, digital media creation, production management, and lighting design.

Stories from the Professional Theatre Training Program
Our Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) offers financial support for unique and flexible training with a chosen mentor in any theatrical discipline (except performance.)

This month we feature two stories:

The next application deadline for the Professional Theatre Training Program is March 1, 2017.
PTTP Thom Allison training
Theatre Orangeville The Ghost Island Light
Jumblies Theatre
Stories from the Youth Theatre Training Program
Our Youth Theatre Training Program (YTTP) offers financial support to programs that deliver accessible training to young people (age 14 to 21), led by professional artists.

Ontario Arts Council
PTTP and YTTP are funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Michael Spence Award
Celebrating Legendary Commitment to Community Theatre
Our Michael Spence Award recognizes outstanding contribution, generosity of spirit, involvement, and legendary commitment to community theatre in a region. The award is presented annually within the region that is hosting the Theatre Ontario Festival.

In 2017, the award will be presented to someone in the Eastern Ontario region of Ontario community theatre. The deadline for nominations to be received by Theatre Ontario is January 31.

We caught up with three past recipients of the Michael Spence Award from the Eastern Ontario Drama League region - Arlene Watson, Beth McMaster, and Margaret Shearman - to find out how they are active in their communities.

Meet past Michael Spence Award recipients from Eastern Ontario  
Arlene Watson
Beth McMaster
Margaret Shearman
Introducing Our New Workshop Schedule for Winter and Spring
Launching Your Career
Taxes for Theatre Artists
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.

Answers to your FAQs about the business of acting, with Rachel Kennedy and guest
January 30 at 3pm in Toronto

Answers to questions related to filing your tax return, with Sam Marinucci
February 22 at 3pm in Toronto

Are auditions making you feel overwhelmed, underprepared, or simply in need of further training? Join us for this weekend intensive with Anna Migliarisi
February 25 and 26 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
December 13 via pre-recorded webinar

January 10 via pre-recorded webinar

Learn the skills necessary to be a successful and sought after reviewer, critic, blogger and writer of theatre, with Lynn Slotkin
January 18 at 3pm in Toronto

Does your ‘Theatre for Young Audiences’ show need an audience? Learn where you start, with Patty Jarvis
February 8 at 3pm via webinar

De-mystify dramaturgy and do it yourself, with Matt McGeachy
February 15 at 3pm in Toronto

Answers to questions about producing a show or starting a theatre company, with Rachel Kennedy and Ben Blais
February 27 at 3pm in Toronto

Summer Theatre Intensive
Seeking Course Proposals for Summer Theatre Intensive 2017
We are seeking proposals from theatre instructors for courses for our 2017 Summer Theatre Intensive.

The deadline for proposals is December 16.

Ontario Summer Theatre
Ontario Summer Theatre
Building Community in Ontario Summer Theatre
Ontario Summer Theatre was founded in 1985, and acts as a network of professional theatres throughout the province which are committed to cultivating and celebrating great summer theatre.

The companies gather for an AGM each year to foster partnerships, develop collaborative marketing strategies, and share the successes and challenges of their summer seasons with other member theatres.

Conversation Starters
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Ontario Off Stage
In our "Ontario Off Stage" column, we curate conversations and news. Recent highlights:

From November 18
  • Making stages accessible - not just physically, but at a process level
  • The importance of Indigenous arts protocols
  • Catch up on this issue
From November 4
  • "Disruptive behaviour", the rules and "non-rules" in performing in theatre for young audiences
  • An American perspective on new play development in Canada
  • Not-for-profit organizations and foundations joining forces to fund arts criticism
  • Catch up on this issue
Holiday Hours
The Theatre Ontario office will be closed beginning Thursday, December 22, and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
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