Theatre Ontario Presents...
March 2018
In This Issue...
Summer Theatre Intensive | World Theatre Day | Michael Spence Award Recipient | Festival | Youth Theatre Training Program | Stories from the Professional Theatre Training Program | Upcoming Workshops | Introduction to Adjudication Course | Annual General Meeting Save-the-Date | Call for Board Nominations | In Memoriam | Conversation Starters
Summer Theatre Intensive
Join Us at Our Summer Theatre Intensive
Building on our partnership with Off the Wall, Stratford Artist Alliance, Theatre Ontario is returning to Stratford this summer! Once again expanding the courses to two possible training weeks in the beautiful building at Factory 163, we are thrilled to offer a mix of classic courses and brand new experiences for this year’s participants.

Sharpening your Actor's Tool Kit
World Theatre Day
Celebrating World Theatre Day
Celebrate World Theatre Day this March 27th with Theatre Ontario!

  • March 20th to 27th - Our 4th Annual Online Auction
  • March 27th - Our Open House with the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and Playwrights Guild of Canada
  • March 27th - Our Social Media Campaign presented by our Youth Advisory Committee
  • March 27th - Our Special Fundraising Dinner in partnership with #KingStreetEats

World Theatre Day logo
Sue Perkins
Congratulations to our Michael Spence Award Recipient
We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre will be presented to Susan M. Perkins of London. This award is presented by Theatre Ontario from the nomination by London Community Players, on the recommendation of WODL, the Western Ontario Drama League.

Join Us at Theatre Ontario Festival
The annual Theatre Ontario Festival is:
  • a showcase of outstanding community theatre productions
  • a symposium for passionate, dedicated community theatre artists
  • a celebration of excellence in community theatre
  • a destination bringing together theatre lovers from across the province

Theatre Ontario Festival 2018 is being hosted by London Community Players, in partnership with Theatre Ontario and the Western Ontario Drama League, running May 16 to 20.

Tickets are now available.

Theatre Ontario Festival 2018
Call for Youth Theatre Training Program Applications
Are you seeking financial support for programs that deliver accessible training to young people (age 14 to 21), led by professional theatre artists?

The deadline for applications for our Youth Theatre Training Program (YTTP) is March 15.

Stories from the Professional Theatre Training Program
PTTP Cole Alvis
PTTP Howard J Davis
Ontario Arts Council
PTTP and YTTP are funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
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.

Launching Your Career workshop with Rachel Kennedy and guest Andre Newell
Answers to your FAQs about the business of acting.
March 14 at 3:00pm in Toronto

Ask an Agent workshop with Robyn Friedman
What does an agent do and why should you have one?
April 3 at 6:00pm in Toronto

Voice Over workshop with Elley-Ray
Want to know the secrets to a successful voice acting career?
April 21 at 11:00am in Toronto

Intimacy for the Stage for Performing Artists workshop with Siobhan Richardson
Learn the techniques and the language to stage human sexuality in a way that is professional, dynamic and focused on storytelling.
April 28 at 12:00pm in Toronto

Voice Over Workshop
Launching Your Career
Intimacy for the Stage workshop
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 Session pre-recorded webinar with Pat Bradley (Ontario Arts Council)
Preparing an OAC application? Get the inside scoop.
April 9

Ready, Set, Show! Foundations of Indie Producing workshop with Rachel Kennedy and guest TBA
Thinking of producing a show or starting a theatre company?
April 18 at 3:00pm in Toronto

Ready Set Show Foundations of Indie Producing
Spaces Still Available in Our "Introduction to Adjudication" Course
"Introduction to Adjudication" is a course for emerging and aspiring adjudicators. Participants will receive training in the principles of adjudication, attend community theatre performances at Theatre Ontario Festival 2018, and practice adjudicating presentation skills in a private setting.

This year's course runs May 16 to 20 in London.

Save the Date for Our Annual General Meeting
Mark Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:30am on your calendar for Theatre Ontario's Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 1150 Wellington Road South, London. It will be immediately following that morning's Theatre Ontario Festival adjudication.

Inviting Nominations for Our Board of Directors
We are seeking individuals from across the province to serve on our Board of Directors. Successful applicants will support our mission in promoting a diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible theatre culture in Ontario.

In Memoriam
Don Herbertson
Don Herbertson, a former Executive Director of Theatre Ontario, passed away on December 12 after a long battle with cancer.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Marble Arts Centre in Actinolite (Tweed) on Sunday April 15th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Don Herbertson
Sandy Macdonald
Sandy Macdonald
Sandy Macdonald, longtime Theatre Ontario Talent Bank adjudicator, passed away on February 28, one day shy of his 78th birthday.

Conversation Starters
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Ontario Off Stage
In our "Ontario Off Stage" column, we share good conversations and news from Ontario's theatres. Recent highlights:
From February 16
  • The Toronto City Council approved the “Creative Co-Location Facilities” tax class for cultural hubs and creative spaces like our home at 401 Richmond
  • The City of Toronto also made a $2 million increase to arts funding in the city, bringing the city to a $25 per capita rate, a target set in 2003 - and with support of deputations from members of our community
  • Catch up on this issue
From February 9
  • The Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services has made arts grants exempt from Ontario Works
  • Looking for a large-cast play written by a Canadian woman? Check out The Pledge Project
  • Meanwhile, the International Centre for Women Playwrights invites nominations for their 50/50 Applause Awards, celebrating theatres that support gender equity
  • Catch up on this issue
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