Theatre Ontario Presents...
June 2017
In This Issue...
Summer Theatre Intensive  |  Youth Scholarship  |  Playwright-in-Person  |  Youth Theatre Training Program Grant Recipients  |  Stories from the Professional Theatre Training Program  |  Youth Advisory Committee presents Emergence  |  Festival Award Winners and Honourable Mentions  |  Double Your Donation Challenge  |  Intimacy for the Stage  |  Upcoming Workshops  |  Annual Report  |  Conversation Starters
Summer Theatre Intensive
Join Us at Our Summer Theatre Intensive
Register by June 23 to secure your space in Theatre Ontario's Summer Theatre Intensive. This year's Intensive is Bigger and Better than Ever, with courses for performers, directors, and playwrights of all skill levels.
Summer Theatre Intensive
Youth Scholarship for Summer Theatre Intensive
We invite youth across the province to apply for a scholarship to the 2017 Summer Theatre Intensive in Stratford.

Our Board of Directors has announced a matching campaign aimed at sending one youth artist in Ontario to train at one of our Summer Courses FREE OF CHARGE. We will be providing the course, meals, accommodations and a travel stipend for one lucky participant between the ages of 16-26.

Welcome to our Playwrights-in-Person
Welcome to John Lazarus and Kristen Da Silva, who will be our Playwrights-in-Person at Summer Theatre Intensive 2017 in Stratford.

John Lazarus
Kristen Da Silva
Liza Balkan
Meet Lisa Balkan
We welcome Liza Balkan to the Summer Theatre Intensive for the first time this year. You should probably get to know her too! For a quick look at what she hopes to bring to the Summer Intensive this summer, check out our video  
Congratulations to the Spring 2017 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.  $22,050 was awarded in total among seven recipients.

Learn more about Theatre Ontario's Youth Theatre Training Program Spring 2017 Grant Recipients
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.)

PTTP Valerie Hawkins in rehearsal
PTTP Lisa Van Oorschot View during Butcher
Ontario Arts Council
PTTP and YTTP are funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Youth Advisory Committee
Youth Advisory Committee Emergence venue
Members of Theatre Ontario's Youth Advisory Committee at Beyond Representation
The Youth Advisory Committee presents Emergence

On Sunday, September 24, 2017 Theatre Ontario’s Youth Advisory Committee is taking over the Elgin Winter Garden Theatre Centre for Emergence. Join us for a day of learning where you can meet mentors and develop your own plan to pursue a career in theatre.

Emergence is by youth, for youth. We’re bringing together young theatre makers, performers and storytellers from the province to share what they see as the future of theatre in Ontario.

Stay connected about "Emergence" from Theatre Ontario's Youth Advisory Committee

Learning from Our Network
The Theatre Ontario Youth Advisory Committee has been learning a lot, attending their first conferences as a group and meeting community partners at TAPA's Indie X, the AMY Project, and Modern Times Stage Company's Beyond Representation.

Read more about the Theatre Ontario Youth Advisory Committee's activities on the Theatre Ontario Blog
Celebrating Ontario Community Theatre
Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 in Ottawa was a celebration of outstanding community theatre from around Ontario. Congratulations to Toronto Irish Players, who received the Elsie for Outstanding Production in Festival for Outside Mullingar. Find out all of the Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 award winners and honourable mentions

Festival is also a symposium for dedicated community theatre practitioners, featuring open detailed adjudications, workshops, and playwright readings. Catch-up on the highlights from Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 educational events  
Festival 2017 Toronto Irish Players
Festival 2017 Detailed Adjudication
Support Us
Theatre Ontario's Board of Directors would like to challenge YOU again!
Help us raise $4,500 by June 26th and our board will match every dollar, up to $4,500.  Do the math – together we can turn $4,500 into $9,000!

Join our Members and Donors in funding these initiatives:

Every donation made from the beginning of this campaign, will also help Theatre Ontario qualify to  WIN $10,000 as part of this year’s Great Canadian Giving Challenge taking place during the month of June.

Our Double Your Donation campaign will start on Friday, June 16th and end on Monday, June 26th.

Join Theatre Ontario and help some very special youth Live their Dreams!
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.

Learn the secrets of a successful voice acting career, with Elley-Ray
June 17 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.

Learn the techniques and the language to stage human sexuality in a way that is professional, dynamic and focused on storytelling , with Tonia Sina
June 11 at 2pm in Toronto

Preparing an OAC application? Get the inside scoop in this pre-recorded webinar with Pat Bradley of the Ontario Arts Council
June 15 via pre-recorded webinar

Intimacy for the Stage
Annual General Meeting
Annual Report 2017
Change, Growth, and Looking Forward with Anticipation and Optimism
“The year that has just passed was one of change and growth for Theatre Ontario as an organization, allowing us to look forward to 2017 with anticipation and optimism,” said Mary Jane Boon, Interim President of the Board of Directors, to the members who gathered at Ottawa Little Theatre on May 20 for the Annual General Meeting.  
Conversation Starters
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Ontario Off Stage
In our "Ontario Off Stage" column, we curate conversations and news. Recent highlights:

From June 2
  • The Ontario Summer Theatre blog featured the Gravenhurst Opera House
  • Marlene Smith was interviewed about becoming a producer for Theatre Museum Canada's Legend Library
  • Congrats to Dora Award nominees including Theatre Ontario Board Member Elley-Ray and Summer Theatre Intensive instructor Philip Akin, and Ancillary Award honorees Marjorie Chan, Mitchell Marcus, and Joanna Yu
  • Catch up on this issue
From May 26
  • The Ontario Summer Theatre blog featured the Orillia Opera House and the Foster Festival in Niagara
  • Diversity and appropriation in theatre
  • The history of Canadian musicals on Broadway
  • Catch up on this issue
From May 12
  • A thank-you to stage parents
  • The Ontario Summer Theatre blog featured Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover
  • Catch up on this issue
From May 5
  • Summer Theatre Intensive instructor Donna-Michelle St. Bernard was the keynote speaker at Beyond Representation: Cultural Diversity as Theatrical Practice
  • Carousel Players' show faced cancellations from the Niagara Catholic District School Board
  • Playwrights Guild of Canada opened the Canadian Play Outlet
  • Catch up on this issue
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