Monthly Archives: October 2008

Workshop: Vocal Fitness for Actors and Singers, Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre

with Lori Holmes Speech-Language Pathologist and Voice Coach

Saturday October 25, 2008 at the Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, Toronto Western Hospital (3rd floor, West Wing), 399 Bathurst Street

This half-day workshop will focus on ways to prevent vocal injury and assure longevity through voice protection and preparation. By the end of the workshop the vocal performer will:

  • Understand the basic anatomy of voice production
  • Determine behavioral & environmental influences
  • Identify healthy voice strategies
  • Develop an individual warm-up program

Lori Holmes, M. Sc. graduated with a Masters degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Western Ontario in 1998, completing her thesis in the area of aging changes in voice. Lori has extensive experience in voice rehabilitation – especially for the professional and occupational voice user. After 10 years with Victoria Hospital, London Health Sciences, she moved full-time into private practice (begun 1996). Currently, her private practice, Well Spoken, has a focus on voice development, voice rehabilitation, accent modification and communication and speaking skill enhancement. By request she returned one day per week to London Health Sciences Centre in 2000 where she and a physician provide state of the art voice assessment in the Vocal Function Clinic. Additionally, she has combined her love of theatre with her love of voice as part of the coaching team at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Stratford Ontario) for the past seven seasons. She regularly conducts workshops in voice care for a variety of professional groups including teachers, actors and auctioneers.

Workshop: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Workshop fee: $30 / Students & Seniors: $15

20% discount for TAPA members

To register please contact us at:
Phone: 416.351.0239 | Email: info@ahcf.ca orr visit our website to print off and mail in a registration form at: www.ahcf.ca. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

For your comfort, this is a scent-free workshop. Please refrain from wearing any perfume, cologne, aftershave or scented products. Thank you.

The Artists’ Health Centre Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Job Posting: Arts Management Intern, Meredith Potter Arts Management

Posting for applications from recent Arts Management Graduates available to intern f/t for 12 months, from Jan 2009 – Dec 2009

Meredith Potter Arts Management is seeking a highly motivated person interested in on-the-job training in managing theatre and dance companies. Working with the company’s client base – Volcano Theatre (director, Ross Manson), Peggy Baker Dance Projects and Ipsita Nova Dance Projects (director, Nova Bhattacharya) – the intern will follow a work plan that covers areas such as:

  • Producing and Touring
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Marketing and Fundraising
  • Governance, Board Management and Liaison
  • Financial Management

This is a paid, full-time position commencing in January 2009. Interested candidates should immediately forward a copy of their CV and a cover letter to meredith.potter@sympatico.ca. outlining their experience and/or studies in arts management or other areas of the performing arts to date, and the learning outcomes they would seek from a 12 month internship.

APPLY ATT: INTERNSHIP
Meredith Potter Arts Management
Fax: 416 538 5619
e-mail: meredith.potter@sympatico.ca

Announcment: Goodness Needs Your Help and Your Aeroplan Miles, Volcano

The elimination of Foreign Affairs international tour funding (ProMart) has affected Volcano’s ability to accept an invitation to tour Goodness, by Michael Redhill, to Rwanda, as the sole Canadian arts representative at the 15th anniversary commemoration of the Rwandan genocide.

In the letter of invitation, the Rwandan Arts Azimut artistic director, Odile Gakire Katese, wrote: “In a country like Rwanda cultural expression has a major role to play in holding up hope for the future by opening up difficult topics and breaking stereotypes and taboos.”

One of the ways that Volcano can get to Rwanda next September is donations of aeroplan air miles. Aeroplan miles donations could also be put towards Volcano’s Africa Trilogy – a project inspired and actively supported by Stephen Lewis (http://www.volcano.ca/productions.html), but the main concern, right now, is getting to Rwanda (2 cities: Kigali and Butare) in September 09.

So far, $38,000 of the $88,000 Volcano needs ($30,000 of this comes from Rwanda – amazingly generous for such a poor country) has been raised. That means there’s $50,000 to go from arts councils and philanthropy. It’s a steep goal. But nearly $12,000 of this is flights, so air miles would help. For more information please visit http://www.volcano.ca/home.html

Job Posting: Managing Director, Factory Theatre

Reporting equally with the Artistic Director to the Board of Directors, this position has the chief administrative and producing responsibility of Factory Theatre (www.factorytheatre.ca) This key position is responsible for all of the theatre’s operational and producing functions. This position is suitable for an experienced arts manager and leader passionate about producing new Canadian theatre and ready to bring the theatre into a renewed physical environment.

Established in 1970 by current and founding Artistic Director Ken Gass, Factory Theatre was the first company in the nation to devote itself exclusively to producing Canadian plays. Entering into its 40th anniversary season in 2009-2010, Factory produces a full season of Canadian plays and maintaining a heritage facility that also serves a host of independent artists and companies.

Specifically, this position has the following objectives:

  • Producing: overseeing the creation, production, and audience development necessary for all shows produced at Factory, including festivals and partner productions
  • Operations and Administration: leading the administrative, facility, marketing, development, and audience relations departments in annual operational and strategic plans which serve to increase audiences, supporters and various stakeholders
  • Capital Management and Development: with the artistic director, board executive and project consultants, create and execute a capital development plan for the theatre to be implemented over the next 5 years, while continuing with ongoing smaller renovations.

Description of specific responsibilities:

  • Developing and implementing financial and business strategies to keep the theatre in sound financial health, and to build a base for future growth and specific strategic objectives approved by the Board of Directors
  • Working with Artistic Director to develop long term strategies over several years to ensure the continuation and expansion of Factory’s work and mandate
  • The creation and monitoring of all operational, project and capital budgets, cash flow and investments for each season
  • Overseeing all capital additions and improvements as they relate to capital asset management
  • Understanding of union/association agreements union issues and any other relevant legislation
  • Completion of union agreements as specified, negotiation of any required changes through the union, PACT or artist’s agent
  • Negotiation and contracting of all staff and employees, with attention to implementation of employment legislation and issues, and management of benefit and retention strategies
  • Act as liaison to various government agencies, including arts councils
  • Act as Factory representative to all related service organizations
  • The creation and implementation of all office systems (including procedures and equipment)
  • Help ensure that Factory Theatre’s spaces function appropriately, and, in particular that audiences are provided with an amenable experience, and, further that the facilities are conducive to the creation of new theatre works.
  • The identification and development of potential new funding sources
  • Act as liaison to Board of Directors regarding the business and producing affairs of Factory

Necessary professional skills:

  • Producing ability
  • Understanding the necessary steps to fully create a production from contracting and negotiating to supporting the rehearsal process, creating marketing design, audience development strategies and soliciting financial support for the projects
  • Experience in community, partnership and stakeholder development
  • Leading the team to develop innovative new resources and ideas to work with local and regional groups to grow new audiences for play development activities and promoting Canadian playwrights
  • Artistic sensitivity and understanding
  • Developing an understanding of the creative process of planning a season
  • Understanding how an organization aligns itself to and follows through on its artistic values when undertaking outreach and community development activities

Candidate profile

  • A creative manager and strategic planner with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Experience in operating, owning or running a facility is necessary
  • Committed to the development of Canadian playwrights and the production of Canadian plays
  • Eager to work collaboratively with a 12+ person staff and a 12-person Board of Directors
  • A skillful communicator, in person and in writing, who is willing and able to represent the theatre to its audience and the wider public
  • Prepared to share responsibility with the Artistic Director and jointly report to the Board of Directors

Candidates should send a c.v., in addition to a statement of salary expectations, by Friday, November 7th to:
MANAGING DIRECTOR SEARCH
The Factory Theatre
125 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2R2
colleen@factorytheatre.ca

Event: Roundtable Rading of Rafta, Rafta, Rasik Arts

October Roundtable on Monday – October 27 at 7pm in the back room of the 5th Elementt (1033 Bay St.). Rafta, Rafta by Ayub Khan-din is about the trials and tribulations of a newlywed couple trying to consummate their marriage in the midst of a meddlesome extended family. The script is based on “All in Good Time” by Bill Naughton and won the Olivier award in London for the best comedy of 2007. It was most recently produced in NYC this spring (And if you remember Sean Tagore from “Nagamandala” – he was in it, too! You can read a review of that production at http://theater2.nytimes.com/2008/05/09/theater/reviews/09raft.html)

Ayub Khan-din has also written “East is East.”

A ROUNDTABLE is an informal gathering where Rasik Arts provides script copies, and we sit around the table in the back of the 5th Elementt reading the play out loud, followed by a discussion. This year, Artist-in-Residence Janice Goveas is moderating. It’s free. Anyone can read a part. Tea and coffee are provided by MyBindi.

Monday, October 27 
Rasik Arts Roundtable supported by BMO and sponsored by MyBindi.com your online destination for cool South Asian stuff!

7-9:30pm
 5th Elementt, 1033 Bay St. (South of Bloor – on the East side, corner of Irwin & Bay – across from St. Mary and St. Joseph streets)

Script: “Rafta, Rafta” by Ayub Khan-din

No admission charge. All are welcome to participate.

www.rasikarts.com

Space for Rent: Office/programming space available at the Artscape Liberty Village, Artscape

The office space at Artscape Liberty Village is available as soon as Dec. 1, 2008

  • 1304 Useable square feet , 1st Floor, west facing
  • Divided into 7 work/office spaces with 2 dedicated entrances to the office
  • 24 hour access – with public building hours
  • 2009 monthly rent approx $1915.00

Located at 60 Atlantic Ave. in the neighbourhood of Liberty Village. Liberty Village is an accessible and newly revitalized community. It is the home of approximately 500 businesses, employing 6,000 full and part time employees. http://www.lvbia.com/home.asp

http://www.torontoartscape.on.ca/60atlantic/

To be eligible for this space, your organization must be a not-for-profit arts organization. You will be required to provide a description of your organization and proof of not-for-profit status.

If your organization, or an organization that you know of, is interested, please contact Wendy Campbell, Assistant Manager of Tenant Services for information – wendy@torontoartscape.on.ca or at 416-392-1038 x 27, to arrange a tour of the space.