Daily Archives: August 18, 2011

Job Posting: T.O. TIX Booth Manager, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts –TAPA

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts –TAPA – is an arts service organization that represents 178 professional theatre, dance and opera companies in
the City of Toronto. TAPA is committed to providing services, externally and internally, that will ensure a culturally healthy and robust future for our members.

TAPA believes that a city is enriched by public participation in culture, and has a key role to play in linking the public to the experience of the performing arts. We achieve this in part, through our services at T.O.TIX Toronto’s One-Stop Ticket Shop.

TAPA owns and operates T.O. TIX Toronto’s One-Stop Ticket Shop, which is located at Yonge-Dundas Square in the heart of downtown Toronto, just opposite the Eaton Centre.  T.O.TIX, sells full price and discount performing arts tickets, 5 STAR EXPERIENCE Theatre & Dining Packages, as well as a wide range of local Toronto attractions including sports, music and special events. T.O.TIX is also a TicketKing and Ticketmaster outlet and last year continued to rank as the 3rd top location for Ticketmaster sales in downtown Toronto.  T.O. TIX has the potential to be the performing arts industry’s most visible and valuable program as it provides TAPA members with an important marketing tool to expand their individual audience base beyond regular audience patrons and results in direct ticket sales revenues.

TAPA is seeking a T.O.TIX Booth Manager to manage the business operations at the T.O.TIX Booth.  The successful applicant will have the following skills:

  • Leadership and professionalism
  • Ability to maintain a positive and healthy working environment
  • Excellent box office skills
  • Proficiency and understanding of working in a Windows environment
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Able to multi-task and prioritize
  • Able to work well in a small team environment
  • Understanding of web development and technologies
  • Knowledge of the performing arts community and its members
  • Able to enhance and contribute to existing marketing plans for T.O.TIX
  • Additional languages are considered an asset

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Financial:

  • Supervise daily balancing and reconciliation of T.O. TIX cash & regular bank deposits;
  • Preparation of weekly payment reports to TAPA Business Manager;
  • Ensure that weekly ticketing and inventory reports are created for the Executive Director, including monthly summaries;
  • Management of online ticketing systems

Membership:

  • Liaison with theatrical producers and box office personnel of TAPA member companies in acquisition of daily ticket inventory;
  • Daily monitoring of online tickets and at Booth tickets;
  • Create and sustain ongoing dialogue with TAPA box office managers through regularly facilitated meetings (minimum twice per year);
  • Ongoing recruitment and expansion of ticket inventory within TAPA membership;
  • Liaise with Executive Director to continue promotion and publicity of established and emerging initiatives with members;
  • Work closely with the Marketing Manager and the Membership Manager on maintaining accurate and clear information on TAPA web services specifically related to T.O. TIX.

Outreach & Public:

  • Provide superior customer service to T.O. TIX patrons;
  • Ongoing recruitment/relationship-building and expansion of ticket inventory outside TAPA membership;
  • Ongoing recruitment/relationship-building and expansion of ticket inventory with Toronto attractions;
  • As required, assist in the coordination and participation of off-site TAPA activities including but not limited to the AGM & Dora Mavor Moore Awards;
  • Generate Daily recording of T.O. TIX phone info line & weekly T.O. TIX online e-bulletin;

Administrative:

  • Responsible for T.O. TIX staff recruitment, training and supervision;
  • Responsible for T.O. TIX staff scheduling;
  • Train co-op students at T.O. TIX as required;
  • Ensure adherence to TAPA HR policy manual by all T.O. TIX personnel;
  • Liaise with security staff at Yonge Dundas Square;
  • Attend and participate at bi-weekly/monthly TAPA staff meetings;

TAPA is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages qualified individuals from diverse background. We thank all those who apply, however only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please send 1 page cover letter, resume and references to:

Ms. Jacoba Knaapen, Executive Director, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts jacoba@tapa.ca

Application deadline is August 26, 2011

Call for Submissions: Rhubarb 2012 Special Project Calls, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre

MOBILE WORKS DEADLINE: 5PM Friday September 2, 2011
Building on the success of last year’s Mobile Works series, which reached over 10,000+ viewers, Rhubarb 2012 invites a new round of proposals for performances that begin elsewhere in the city and converge at Buddies (12 Alexander Street, Toronto).  Performance interventions, audio led experiences, performances that intersect public and private space, performances on public transit, flash mobs, etc. that eventually end at Buddies are encouraged.  Participatory projects and online performances that are developed in the lead up to Rhubarb and culminate in another form of presentation at Buddies are also welcome.  The proposal should take into consideration not only the festival audiences but also the general public, those unsuspecting and accidental audiences who may stumble upon or intersect with the work.

ONE-TO-ONE PERFORMANCE DEADLINE: 5PM Friday September 2, 2011
New this year!  Considering notions of intimacy and personal interaction in performance and everyday life, Rhubarb seeks proposals for short one-to-one works, crafted for one performer and one audience member at a time.  Of particular interest are projects investigating sensory experience, contemporary forms of communication, the vulnerability of the body, unique spatial configurations and audience as co-author/ participant.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Only submissions delivered by or post-marked by the deadline dates will be accepted. Works submitted must be new and original. Submissions must be submitted in hard copy only and must be accompanied by the 2012 Rhubarb Festival Application Form (available online at http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com) and the $20 non-refundable reading fee (payable to: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). Fax or email submissions will not be accepted and late submissions will not be considered.

PLEASE MAIL OR DROP OFF SUBMISSIONS TO:

Laura Nanni, Rhubarb Festival Director
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street, Toronto ON M4Y 1B4

For further information please contact: Laura Nanni, laura@buddiesinbadtimes.com or 416-975-9130 x58

Call for Submissions: 33rd Annual Rhubarb Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

THE 33rd RHUBARB FESTIVAL
Toronto’s Annual Convergence of Contemporary Performance
February, 8 – 19, 2012
Festival Director Laura Nanni

DEADLINE: 5PM, Friday September 2nd 2011

Produced by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre for over 30 years, the Rhubarb Festival has offered artists a critic-free environment to experiment with new explorations in performance. Rhubarb continuously reconsiders the possibilities for performance – how we create it, how we present it and how we experience it. It is an invitation for artists to take risks, investigate new directions and challenge conventions. It is an opportunity for adventurous audiences to journey off predictable paths. Rhubarb provides artists with a rare opportunity to present work to a large and enthusiastic audience. Many Rhubarb shows have gone on to be further developed and presented in Toronto, across Canada and internationally.

Rhubarb seeks proposals for new, not previously produced performances (30 minutes or less) for the 33rd Annual Rhubarb Festival. Submissions are encouraged from both established and emerging artists working in the areas of contemporary theatre, performance art, dance, music, interdisciplinary and hybrid forms. Of particular interest are projects, approaches and ideas that are new territory for the artist and the medium.

Selected projects will be featured during the festival (February 8-19, 2011) and will receive technical, production, administrative, promotional and artistic support. Invited companies will have the opportunity to access free rehearsal space leading up to Rhubarb. In addition to an honorarium, festival artists also receive an unlimited artist pass, allowing them to see work for free by local, national and international artists over the course of two weeks.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Only submissions delivered by or post-marked by the deadline dates will be accepted. Works submitted must be new and original. Submissions must be submitted in hard copy only and must be accompanied by the 2012 Rhubarb Festival Application Form (available online at http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com) and the $20 non-refundable reading fee (payable to: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). Fax or email submissions will not be accepted and late submissions will not be considered.

PLEASE MAIL OR DROP OFF SUBMISSIONS TO:

Laura Nanni, Rhubarb Festival Director
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street, Toronto ON M4Y 1B4

For further information please contact: Laura Nanni, laura@buddiesinbadtimes.com or 416-975-9130 x58

Workshop: Clowning Around: play two, creative thinking, Fiona Griffiths

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.’  ~Victor Borge

This course will provide an opportunity to reconnect with your imaginative, creative self, through the joy of playing with others.  Both imagination and intuition are inspired with play. This series will emphasise partner work. Improvise and think on your feet as you and a partner experience the give and take of creating scenes together.

Oct 17- Nov 28, Mondays 8-10pm
$190.00 (U of T students and staff); $280.00 (non-members)
Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto.

For registration please contact Hart House at http://www.harthouse.utoronto.ca/classes.

For information on the course please contact Fiona at filogriff@yahoo.ca

‘Laughter is an orgasm triggered by the intercourse of sense and nonsense.’  Author Unknown

Fiona Griffiths (MFA, MA),  is an acclaimed multimedia artist with an extensive performing & touring experience in dance, theatre and clown. A graduate of Concordia University and The University of London, UK; Fiona has taught in many university theatre programs including the graduate programs of York and Yale Universities. She studied and taught with Richard Pochinko, and has coached many clowns including Mump and Smoot, Pochsy and Christel Bartelse. Recently Fiona has performed with the Intersection Project and 24 hours of Butoh…or not. As well as running independent workshops, Fiona currently teaches at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, University of Toronto, Hart House & the Clown Farm.

Classes: SOMA LABORATOIRE: rivers, Fiona Griffiths

Ongoing classes in movement and body/mind research with Fiona Griffiths
Sept 23- Dec 9,  Fridays 6:30 -8:30pm,
Bavia Arts Studio, 898b St Clair W. (TTC: St Clair WEST)
Full series: $185.00 (students $140.00)
4 class card: $100.00 (Students $80.00),

Registration deadline:  Sept 15 at filogriff@yahoo.ca
For information on the course please contact Fiona at filogriff@yahoo.ca

This series is an introduction to the river work of Linda Putnam. Rivers are improvisational structures to enable the performer to train up all aspects of their craft; image, action and text.  The first 4 classes will prepare the moving body.  The second set explores the expressive body, creating movement that embodies feeling, texture and narrative. This second set is a prerequisite for the last 4 classes. The third set begins the training rivers and builds on the 9 principles of a river. Featured rivers will be dictated by the needs of the group.

Fiona Griffiths (MFA, MA),  is an acclaimed multimedia artist with an extensive performing & touring experience in dance, theatre and clown. A graduate of Concordia University and The University of London, UK; Fiona has taught in many university theatre programs including the graduate programs of York and Yale Universities. She studied and taught with Richard Pochinko, and has coached many clowns including Mump and Smoot, Pochsy and Christel Bartelse. Recently Fiona has performed with the Intersection Project and 24 hours of Butoh…or not. As well as running independent workshops, Fiona currently teaches at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, University of Toronto, Hart House & the Clown Farm.

Audition: Dancers, Limitless Productions – An Indo-Contemporary Dance Theatre Company

Limitless Productions – An Indo-Contemporary Dance Theatre Company
www.limitlessproductions.ca

Limitless is seeking dancers who can act for upcoming Limitless Production’s new choreographic work.  New work will be performed in the 2011 fall season.

Limitless Productions has recently been shown at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Dusk Dances, Dance in my Hood initiatives, IIFA awards and other community initiatives.

Limitless Productions has been featured in a variety different newspapers and publications including The Toronto Star.

Dancers must:

  • Have at least one year experience in dancing in any dance form
  • Be passionate about performing and learning a new style
  • Have a strong interest in developing and potentially being involved in other artistic professional development opportunities within the company

Assets

  • Contemporary dance background
  • Indian classical dance background
  • Having an understanding of community/social issues / building capacity in community

To apply:

  • Send in resume/bio
  • Send in headshot
  • Send in a paragraph on your interest in working with Limitless

Please send in application to limitlessdance@gmail.com

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Auditions are on Saturday August 27th at 6:30pm in Central Toronto.

Limitless Productions strongly encourages all dancers of different disciplines, cultures and backgrounds to apply.

Workshop: Imagining Memories & Writing Dreams with award-winning playwright Migdalia Cruz, Alameda Theatre Company

A two-day workshop using sense-memory, breathing, and remembering to help find and fuel the dramatic voice.

Saturday, September 10th & Sunday, September 11th, 2011
10:30am – 3:30pm
at Theatre Direct’s Christie Studio

Imagining Memories & Writing Dreams is a rare workshop opportunity for serious early-career, emerging and/or established playwrights. This two-day masterclass concentrates on developing the individual voice of the playwright in an atmosphere that is open to diverse ideas and approaches. Come and write with Migdalia as she teaches you to reclaim your history and use your ancestors and memories to ground your characters in the truth as only you know it—in a voice that is fiercely unique. The successful student will be open to writing in a group, and sharing her or his raw voice with the group, thereby honoring the sacred space created. We are all children of Salt , and writing/recording/remembering is how we complete ourselves.

Registration
Cost for the 2 day workshop is $195 + HST. Registration will be limited. Payment can be made online by credit card using PayPal, Mastercard, Visa or Amex. To pay by credit card please call 416-652-5442. To make payment by cheque please contact us directly. (The paypal button is on our website)

Regular cost for this workshop is $375, but we really want members from our community who can’t afford this opportunity to be able to be a part of it!

For those of you who don’t know who she is, she is one of North America’s most respected Latina playwrights, known for her spirited and multidimensional approach to writing for the theatre. She has written more than forty plays, operas, screenplays, and musicals including: Fur, El Grito Del Bronx, Miriam’s Flowers, and Another Part of the House, produced in venues as diverse as the National Theater of Greece/Athens, Old Red Lion/London, Houston Grand Opera, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, & Latino Chicago Theater Company where she was writer-in-residence from 1991 to 1998.

She has also translated three plays through the Lark’s Mexico/US Word Exchange. She is an alumna of New Dramatists, was mentored by Maria Irene Fornés at INTAR, and her play, El Grito Del Bronx, was seen at NYU (4/08), at Milagro Theater (4/09, Portland, OR), and opened in Chicago at the Goodman Theater in a co-production of Teatro Vista and CollaborAction (7/09). TWO ROBERTS: a Pirate-Blues Project commissioned by the Lark with a NYSCA grant received a studio workshop in February 2011. Her collection of plays published by NoPassport Press, entitled “El Grito Del Bronx,” features: El Grito Del Bronx, Yellow Eyes, Salt, and Da Bronx Rocks—a part of “Song For New York: What Women Do While Men Sit Knitting” presented by Mabou Mines. Migdalia was born and raised in the Bronx.