Theatre Ontario Presents...
March 2017
In This Issue...
Michael Spence Award  |  Festival Tickets  |  Festival Playwright-in-Person  |  Stories from the Professional Theatre Training Program  |  Making the Most of Your Mentorship  |  Stories from the Youth Theatre Training Program  |  Call for Youth Theatre Training Program Applications  |  Upcoming Workshops  |  Stage Management Weekend Intensive  |  Annual General Meeting  |  Conversation Starters
David Parry to Receive Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre
The 2017 Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre will be presented to David Parry of Perth. This award is presented by Theatre Ontario from the nomination by Studio Theatre Productions, and on the recommendation of EODL, the Eastern Ontario Drama League.

The award will be presented at the Awards Brunch at Theatre Ontario Festival.

Learn more about David Parry, Theatre Ontario Michael Spence Award recipient
David Parry
Theatre Ontario Festival 2017
Festival Tickets
Tickets are on sale for Theatre Ontario Festival 2017, hosted by Ottawa Little Theatre from May 17 to 21. Festival is co-hosted by Theatre Ontario and the Eastern Ontario Drama League.

The annual Theatre Ontario Festival is:
  • a showcase of outstanding community theatre productions
  • a classroom for passionate, dedicated community theatre artists
  • a celebration of excellence in community theatre
  • a destination bringing together theatre lovers from across the province
Welcome Erin Shields as Playwright-in-Person
Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 is excited to welcome Erin Shields as “Playwright-in-Person” at this year’s Festival in Ottawa.

Erin is a playwright and actor who won the Governor General's Award for her play If We Were Birds. She will be reading from her work on Friday, May 19 at 1:30pm at Ottawa Little Theatre.

Erin Shields
Stories from the Professional Theatre Training Program
PTTP Jennifer Stewart Libertine Rehearsal
PTTP Kevin Matthew Wong
Making the Most of Your Mentorship
Last fall we were able to grant funding to nine of our PTTP applicants, thereby creating professional development opportunities in Artistic Direction (x2), Classical Theatre Direction, Set and Costume Design, Theatrical Digital Media, Direction, Production Management and Lighting Design. With so many diverse skills coming into play with the new round of mentorships, we decided to have an event where everyone could get together for a round-table discussion to learn about each other and what they could expect from the PTTP.

Learn more about Theatre Ontario's Making the Most of Your Mentorship
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.

Paprika Festival
Apply to the Youth Theatre Training Program
Are you seeking financial support for a youth theatre training programs? Apply for our Youth Theatre Training Program grants by March 15.

Ontario Arts Council
PTTP and YTTP are funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Summer Theatre Intensive
Summer Theatre Intensive
Summer Theatre Intensive - Bigger and Better than Ever
This is going to be sesqui-sensational!

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, Ontario.

This year we will be offering intensives over a two-week period.

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
March 7 via pre-recorded webinar

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 TBA
April 19 at 3pm in Toronto

Voice-Over Workshop, with Elley-Ray
Launching Your Career
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
March 18 at 11am in Toronto

Answers to your FAQs about the business of acting, with Rachel Kennedy and guest TBA
March 20 at 3pm in Toronto

Places Please! Stage Management and the Creative Process from Pre-Production to End of Run
In this weekend intensive, we will examine the Stage Management process from the pre-production period through to the end of show responsibilities. An overview of specific stage management fundamentals such as creating paperwork, building a prompt book, and taking blocking notation will be provided.
March 25 and 26 in Kingston
Preferred hotel rates are available for this intensive

Camp Tech
Want to improve your tech skills? Camp Tech offers beginner-friendly, hands-on workshops for adults like you who want to learn to use the latest applications and platforms.

Taught by leading professionals, upcoming beginner-level workshops at Camp Tech include – Microsoft Excel Made Easy (Mar 8); Photoshop for Beginners (Mar 9 and May 18); Intro to Podcasting (Mar 26); Intro to Google Analytics (Mar 28 and May 23); HTML and CSS for Beginners (Apr 2); Social Media Basics (Apr 27); Wordpress for Beginners (May 7); Adobe Illustrator for Beginners (May 30); and Intro to Search Engine Marketing with Google AdWords (May 30).

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.
Celebrating Theatre Auction
Immerse Yourself in Theatre
3rd Annual Online Auction in celebration of World Theatre Day
Monday, March 20th (9am) through Monday, March 27th (6pm)

All of our auction items and packages will entice you to get out and experience Ontario's unique Theatre landscape and enjoy a full night out. And, by popular demand, we have brought back past auction items to enhance your development and career path, or to simply help you (or a loved one) explore an artistic side!

Continue your support for Theatre Ontario, and in the process help us reach this year's goal in benefit of our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).

More details to come on our website!
Annual General Meeting
Save the Date for our Annual General Meeting
Save-the-date for Theatre Ontario's Annual General Meeting, coming up on Saturday, May 20 at 1:30pm in Ottawa.
Learn more about Theatre Ontario's Annual General Meeting

Nominations are now open for our 2017-2018 Board of Directors. At least eight positions will be available for election.
Conversation Starters
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Ontario Off Stage
In our "Ontario Off Stage" column, we curate conversations and news. Recent highlights:

From February 24
  • "Confessions from Theatre School" and the experiences that shape people coming into our industry
  • Celebrating Cahoots Theatre's 30th anniversary in conversation with Jovanni Sy
  • Catch up on this issue
From February 3
  • "Acting normal" in times of emotional distraction
  • An English/ASL bilingual production of Chekhov's The Three Sisters
  • Four "pillars" that need to be in alignment as an independent artist
  • Catch up on this issue
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