Theatre Ontario Presents...
April 2019
In This Issue...
Summer Theatre Intensive | PTTP and YTTP Grants | Festival Productions | Festival Playwright-in-Person | Michael Spence Award Recipients | Upcoming Workshops | Annual General Meeting | Got Your Back Canada
Summer Theatre Intensive
Introducing our Summer Theatre Intensive Courses for 2019
This year we head to the East side of our province to beautiful Kingston! Our courses will be held at historic Queen’s University and will include a week of incredible training opportunities for you to explore something new or boost your skills.

This year's courses feature training opportunities for performers, directors, and music directors:

Fundamentals of Acting, with Rosanna Saracino

Devised Theatre for Intersectional Artists, with Sabah Haque

Playing with Commedia Dell'Arte, with Catriona Leger

Directions on Directing: An Introductory Look at Directing, with Andrew Lamb

Digging into Directing, with Lezlie Wade

Music Direction for Community and Regional Theatre, with Scott White

Learning to Love Your Monologue at the Summer Theatre Intensive
Summer Theatre Intensive
Summer Theatre Intensive Directing Course
Funding Mentorships in Professional Theatre
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. Over $28,900 was awarded in total among the 9 recipients.

Our Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) offers financial support for unique and flexible training with a chosen mentor in any theatrical discipline (except performance.) The next application deadline is September 2, 2019.

Funding Accessible Youth Training
We are pleased 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. Over $28,900 was awarded in total among the 4 recipients.

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 theatre artists. The next application deadline is September 2, 2019.

Ontario Arts Council
PTTP and YTTP are funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Festival 2019 Productions Chosen
We are excited to announce the lineup of productions for Theatre Ontario Festival 2019.

This year's participants come from Toronto, Manitoulin Island, Kingston, and Sarnia and features productions that are moving, funny and heartbreaking.

Come celebrate Ontario community theatre with us!

Theatre Ontario Festival 2019
Welcome Playwright-in-Person
We are thrilled to welcome Keith Barker as our Playwright-in-Person at Festival.

Keith will be reading from his work on Friday, May 17th - and coincidentally his play This Is How We Got Here will be the Thursday night presentation at Festival.

Playwright-in-Person is supported by Playwrights Guild of Canada's PlayConnect program.

Keith Barker
Michael Spence Award Recipients
We are excited to announce that the 2019 Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre will be presented at Festival to Chantal Forde and Tim Cadeny of Toronto. This award is presented by Theatre Ontario from the nomination by Burl-Oak Theatre Group, and on the recommendation of ACT-CO, the Association of Community Theatres—Central Ontario.

Chantal Forde and Tim Cadeny
Career Stream Workshops
Social Media for Producers
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.

Upcoming workshops include:

Social Media for Actors - Facebook workshop with Jenna Warriner
Let’s Wow your online presence and define You the way you want!
April 24 at 2pm in Toronto

Video Game Voice Over workshop with Ellen Dubin
Are you looking forward to tap into multibillion video game industry? Be prepared for the auditions when they come!
April 27 at 11am in Toronto

Ask an Agent workshop with Michael Jackson (Seventh House Talent)
What does an agent do and why should you have one?
April 29 at at 3pm 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.

Grant Writing Information pre-recorded webinar with Pat Bradley (Ontario Arts Council)
Preparing an OAC application? Get the inside scoop!
April 23 via free pre-recorded webinar

Want to polish that solo show? Connect with your audience through the art of storytelling
May 4 at 11am in Toronto

The Adjudicator's Voice, with Annette G. Procunier
Festival 2017 Detailed Adjudication
Strengthen your communication skills as an adjudicator! One of the biggest challenges with adjudication is to ensure that comments are not interpreted as criticism—but as critique. Being criticized is always taken negatively, but the art of critique provides room for discussion and learning.
May 18 at 1:30pm in Richmond Hill

Annual General Meeting
Call for Board Nominations
Save the Date! Our Annual General Meeting will be held in the evening of Monday, May 27th in Toronto. We will publishing more details soon!

We now invite nominations for our Board of Directors, electing members for two-year terms beginning in 2019. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 3rd.

Got Your Back Canada
Final Opportunity to Contribute to Got Your Back Canada’s Actor Training Experiences Survey - Due April 15, 2019
Got Your Back Canada wants to hear about your experiences with actor training programs in Canada.

Hundreds of former theatre-school students have shared their experiences through this anonymous survey, but there are still thousands of people whose voices we haven’t heard yet. If you studied in a professional actor training program in Canada (at any time, or for any length of time) we want to hear about it. The more information we have, the better we can advocated to improve the experiences of students and teachers alike. Here are three ways you can help.

1. Fill out our survey, whether you're a former student (, an acting teacher (, or both.
2. Share the surveys with any former acting students (and acting teachers) you know.
3. If you are a professional acting teacher, consider joining us at our Acting Educators Conference May 27 & 28 2019 (

Got Your Back Canada is a grassroots, intersectional, trans-inclusive feminist community of established and emerging artists in the Canadian entertainment industry. We are using our collective energy and voice to challenge the status quo and encourage the pursuit of safe and creative places to work.

Got Your Back is grateful to our community partner Theatre Ontario for helping us spread the word about this important venture.
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