Western Ontario Drama League
Newsletter May 2022
In this issue:
  • Update from the President of WODL
  • WODL-Sponsored Workshops022
  • Community Theatre in the WODL Region
  • Guelph Little Theatre
  • Off the Wall - Summer Workshops
  • New Plays from the Playwrights Canada Press
  • Playwrights Guild of Canada - Canadian Play Outlet
  • If you are producing Canadian Plays this Season - Check This Out
  • Is your WODL Membership Information Up-to-date?
  • Dates for your Diary
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Update from the President of WODL
By Mona Brennan Coles, WODL President, president@wodl.on.ca
Though our April showers were often snow showers, I am looking forward to May flowers and warmer weather.
I am excited to let you all know that WODL will be hosting hybrid meetings beginning with the WODL Board meeting in June 2022. While we are all looking forward to meeting in person, it isn’t always possible for people to travel to WODL meetings for a variety of reasons e.g., rehearsals, family gatherings, distance. Hybrid meetings will give us all more opportunity to participate.   
Thank you to London Community Players for hosting the WODL AGM 2022 in their main auditorium. With their capacity of ~350 seats, there will be lots of room for all of us. And London is relatively central in the WODL region. 
Keep reading for more information about the AGM, Travelling Adjudications and Festival 2023.
WODL in 2022-2023 and Beyond

Sunday, August 7, 2022, time to be determined.
Zoom and the Palace Theatre in London, ON. You can attend in person or via Zoom.
London Community Players.
From Pam Niesiobedzki-Curtis, our secretary (secretary@wodl.on.ca) in late June/early July.
We anticipate the travelling adjudications will start mid-October (after Thanksgiving) and continue into April 2023.
Wherever member groups requesting an adjudication perform.
From Ken Menzies, our Adjudications Chair (adjudications@wodl.on.ca) in late June/early July.
Victoria Day Long Weekend (May 20-23, 2023).
TBD. We are still considering options e.g., theatre weekend with workshop(s) and an Awards Gala based on the travelling adjudications, OR 3 or 4 play Festival with an Awards Gala for both out-of-Festival and in-Festival-awards.
TBD. Location will be influenced by format.  
Please reach out to your area VPs to contribute to our decision making. The contact information for the area VPs is:

Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk: Nikole Beda, nikole@wodl.on.ca.
Bruce-Grey-Huron: Linda Lloyd-McKenzie, lindalm@wodl.on.ca.
Elgin-Middlesex-Perth-Oxford: Rob Coles, rob@wodl.on.ca.
Essex-Lambton-Kent: Renata Solski, renata@wodl.on.ca.
Lincoln-Wentworth: Michelle Spanik, michelle@wodl.on.ca.
Waterloo-Wellington: Bev Dietrich, bev@wodl.on.ca.
WODL-Sponsored Workshops
Free Grant Writing Workshop - Saturday 7 May 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Zoom

Presented by Sam Varteniuk 

Writing Grants: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome and (Hopefully) Get the Money
When you sit down to write a grant, do you quickly start to feel like you’re in over your head? Does successful grant-writing feel like something that someone else might do: someone with more experience or connections or intimate knowledge of the granting process? 
You’re not alone! In this workshop we’ll try to demystify the process, establish a methodical approach, and humanize those gatekeepers who stand between us and the projects of our dreams.
To attend this workshop, contact workshops@wodl.on.ca.
About Sam Varteniuk 
Sam Varteniuk has spent over 25 years writing, directing, producing, and starring in stage plays, short films, and sketch comedy. His company Mostly Water Theatre was a staple of the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, and he was a regular contributor to CBC Radio's The Irrelevant Show.

His history of community creation and education stretch from academia (graduate degree in Drama from the University of Alberta) to institutions like Edmonton's Citadel Theatre and Kitchener's JM Drama Alumni. He has worked extensively in the world of Drama Therapy/Theatre for Social Change, collaborating with mental health organizations, seniors’ communities, and newcomers to Canada to tell their stories.

He is a founding member of Lightning Banjo Productions, a Theatre for Young Audiences company. For the past 11 years Sam has served as Executive Director of The Registry Theatre, pursuing a mandate to support and develop the arts in Waterloo Region through professional arts presenting, rentals, and community theatre.
Community Theatre in the WODL Region
A good place to find out about what other WODL groups are doing is the WODL Facebook page, WODL | Facebook. Most of the announcements are at fairly short notice, so check in often!

If your group is putting on an event that you would like included in the May newsletter, please send the information to communications@wodl.on.ca.
Guelph Little Theatre
Off the Wall - Summer Workshops
By Michele Boniface, Chair, Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance, mboniface@cyg.net
Facebook @offthewallstrat
Hashtags: #stratfordoffthewall #theatreproduction #backstage
New Plays from the Playwrights Canada Press
By Jessica Lewis, Sales & Marketing Manager, Playwrights Canada Press, jessica@playwrightscanada.com 
Check out these new books from Playwrights Canada Press!
a million billion pieces by David James Brock, music by Gareth Williams
Two teens isolated by life-threatening genetic disorders decide to meet.
Successions by Michaela Di Cesare
An Italian Canadian family dramedy about legacy, expectations, and relationships.
Let’s Run Away by Daniel MacIvor
A man searches for absolution while presenting a family memoir. 

See what else is  coming soon.

Did you know you can browse our plays by subjects and casting? 

Want to hear more about sales and upcoming events? Sign up for our newsletter!
You can find more new releases, a blog full of interviews and excerpts, and more on playwrightscanada.com!
Playwrights Guild of Canada - Canadian Play Outlet
The Canadian Play Outlet has over 2000 Canadian Plays right at your fingertips. Looking for something specific? Check out the curated Collections.

Every month you can take a look at the newest unpublished and published plays available!

If you are Producing Canadian Plays this Season - Check This Out
The Playwrights Guild of Canada publicises productions of Canadian-written plays through its website, www.playwrightsguild.ca.

If you want to perform a Canadian play but cannot figure out where to obtain the amateur performance rights, view this presentation from PGC.
Is your WODL Membership Information Up-to-date?
Are you on the board of a theatre group that belongs to WODL? If your group has:

  • A new President
  • New WODL delegates
  • A new Treasurer

Please let our membership chair, Tim Dawdy, know at membership@wodl.on.ca
Dates for your Diary:
31 May 2022
Deadline for submissions for the June newsletter
7 August 2022
WODL Annual General Meeting, London
Victoria Day Long Weekend, May 20-22, 2023
WODL Festival 2023
WODL Festival 2024, Leamington
This newsletter was prepared by:
Tricia Ward
Communications coordinator

Western Ontario Drama League  | communications@wodl.on.ca | www.wodl.on.ca

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