Monthly Archives: May 2009

Workshop: Professional Development Workshop, Theatre Gargantua

Led by core members of the award-winning Theatre Gargantua (TG) ensemble, this workshop offers an exciting opportunity for professional actors and advanced students to experience TGs critically acclaimed method of creating imagistic, physical, music theatre. Participants will be instructed in TG’s distinctive approach to movement, vocal work and text exploration and creation. Actors will be given unique tools to develop original movement and vocal compositions, and will learn how to integrate these creations with text.

“compelling theatre…theatre of the best sort. – Gargantua never ceases to push the boundaries of our imaginations. And beyond those boundaries, it is clear, Gargantua has envisaged a whole new world and called it theatre.” – The Toronto Sun

One of Canada’s leading multi-disciplinary theatre companies, TG has been developing ensemble-based works for over 16 years, garnering 27 prestigious Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations. TG has toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim,

2 Workshop Times Available:
MON JUNE 15 – 10 AM TO 1 PM – AT TARRAGON THEATRE
TUE JUNE 16 – 10 AM TO 1 PM – AT TARRAGON THEATRE

COST $95 ($75 FOR CAEA MEMBERS)

Space is limited to 8 participants. Interested actors should submit their resume to: info@theatregargantua.ca
Please note, this course is physically demanding and participants should be in good physical condition.  www.theatregargantua.ca

Event: Become A Diva For A Day Contest, Canadian Opera Company

The Canadian Opera Company’s popular Diva for a Day contest gives one lucky winner the opportunity to be wined, dined and pampered – Japanese style – with a grand prize package valued at $4,000.

The COC’s interactive contest, which closes at midnight on May 25, invites users to take a cyber journey to the new, eye-catching Madama Butterfly Historical Journey. Visitors travel behind-the-scenes through the COC archives and discover the making of this production of Madama Butterfly.  Once the journey is complete, contestants must correctly answer five COC-related questions to be randomly selected to win one of 12 diva-worthy prize packs.

One Grand Prize Package includes:

  • Grand Ring level seats with on-air personality Alexa Petrenko to the opening night performance of Madama Butterfly
  • An invitation to the Madama Butterfly opening night cast party
  • Accommodations, dinner and breakfast for two at Hilton Toronto
  • A complimentary limousine return trip courtesy of Rosedale Livery
  • Dinner for two at Yuzu Sushi and Sake Bar
  • A LI’TYA Kodo body massage treatment at Elmwood Spa
  • And much more…

One Second Prize Package:

  • A CD/DVD gift package valued at $500 courtesy of Decca

Ten Third Prize Packages:

  • A 15-disc compilation Puccini: The Great Opera Collection, courtesy of Decca

Presented in partnership with Classical 96.3 FM, the contest closes at midnight on May 25, 2009.  For contest details and entry visit coc.ca.

Workshop: ANIMOTION 2009, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s most respected puppetry arts producers, will once again offer a unique training program. Under the auspices of Mermaid’s Institute of Puppetry Arts, the four-week puppetry intensive for performers will run from August 3rd – 28th, 2009.  A limited number of participants will explore a range of puppetry styles, broadening their frame of reference and skill set. Faculty will include an outstanding roster of Atlantic Canada’s leading professionals.

ANIMOTION 2009 will take place at Mermaid’s headquarters in Windsor, NS, which is a 35-minute trip from Halifax.  Cost is $1130 (HST included). 10% discount for ACTRA and CAEA members. For more information or a brochure please contact Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s Institute of Puppetry Arts – 902-798-5841 ext. 7, animotion@mermaidtheatre.ns.ca, or visit our website www.mermaidtheatre.ns.ca.

Volunteer: Canadian Stage TD Dream In High Park, Canadian Stage Company

Toronto’s longest-running outdoor summer theatre event is looking for volunteers. The Canadian Stage Company invites individuals 15 years and older to be a part of the 27th Annual Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park and spend several evenings under the stars volunteering at this year’s production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, June 26 to September 6, 2009.

The Canadian Stage Company is seeking individuals who enjoy theatre, meeting new people and looking for relevant experience to join our diverse team of volunteers. The Company is looking for greeters as well as donation, gate and hill attendants to work five shifts of their choosing, from 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., at the Dream site in High Park. Full training is provided.

Volunteers are rewarded with tickets to the Canadian Stage Company’s upcoming season, an Appreciation BBQ, a TD Dream in High Park volunteer t-shirt, games and prizes. Volunteering at the Dream is of special appeal to high school students as The Canadian Stage Company is able to offer the opportunity to meet required community service hours.

For more information or to sign up, please visit our website at canstage.com/dream, email bobmccarthy@canstage.com or call 416.367.8243 x 252. http://www.canstage.com/dream

Nationally and internationally acclaimed, The Canadian Stage Company is Canada’s leading not-for-profit contemporary theatre company. Founded in 1987 with the merger of CentreStage and Toronto Free Theatre, the Company is dedicated to programming international contemporary theatre and to developing and producing landmark Canadian works which have been awarded some of the country’s most prestigious literary and performing arts honours, including the Governor General’s, Chalmers and Dora Mavor Moore Awards. The Company presents the richest variety of Canadian and international plays and musicals – from edgy and provocative works at the Berkeley Street Theatre to productions with universal appeal at the Bluma Appel Theatre and a summer of Shakespeare at the Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park. With a long-standing commitment to education and enhancement programs for the public, nurturing theatre professionals, and developing new Canadian plays, Canadian Stage plays an essential role in bringing thought-provoking theatre and high quality entertainment into the lives of millions in Toronto, one of North America’s largest theatre centres.

Event: Take Part in the Creation of The Children’s Crusade, Soundstreams and Luminato

This June, Soundstreams and Luminato present, The Children’s Crusade, a new opera by R. Murray Schafer.

Legendary director Tim Albery (Canadian Opera Company’s Peter Grimes, Gotterdammerung, War and Peace) needs your help staging this show!

Join us on Saturday, May 16th for a FREE tour of the unique manufacturing warehouse in the heart of Parkdale where the show will take place. You will have the chance to be directed by Tim Albery, helping him to determine how a live audience will animate the space and become a part of the journey.

Space is limited. To register for the tour, please visit:
http://behindthescenestourcc.eventbrite.com/

Workshop: The Volcano Conservatory, Volcano Theatre

The Volcano Conservatory provides cutting-edge international alternative training for theatre and dance makers interested in working outside of strict naturalism.

Courses include:

  • Skinner Releasing Technique, taught by dance artist Julia Sasso
  • Lecoq Red Nose Clown taught by France’s Emmanuelle Delpech-Ramey
  • Suzuki Method and Viewpoints with renowned multidisciplinary teacher Michael Greyeyes
  • Physical Scene Study taught by director and theatre maker Leah Cherniak
  • Chekhov Technique taught by Ryerson’s Cynthia Ashperger
  • Extended Voice/Rhythm Training with master teachers Katherine Duncanson, Kathy Armstrong, and Alan Gasser.

For more information please visit Volcano Theatre’s website.

August 22nd—30th, 2009
Limited enrollment
For fees, course descriptions and registration:
linda@volcano.ca / 416-538-4436

Event: An Evening With H.S. Shivaprakash, Rasik Arts

AN EVENING WITH H.S. SHIVAPRAKASH
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
7pm to 9pm – Robert Gill Theatre
214 College Street (use St. George Street Entrance only — 3rd floor)
Admission:  $5 General Public; Students & Art Workers Free
Tickets Available at the Door

Rasik Arts is happy to offer an opportunity to hear and meet H.S. Shivaprakash at the University of Toronto’s Robert Gill Theatre on May 27.  Starting at 7pm, we will present selected scenes from some of his plays; Shivaprakash will read some of his poetry and talk about the current state of Indian drama. There will be some time to mingle and meet as well. The evening’s proceedings will take place in English.

H.S. Shivaprakash is one of the leading poets and playwrights writing in Kannada, with twelve plays, seven anthologies of poems, and several other books to his credit. His works have been widely translated into English, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu. His plays have been performed in Kannada, Hindi, Manipuri and Malayalam. He is currently Dean of the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

Event: 2009 Festival of Ideas and Creation, Canadian Stage Company

The Canadian Stage Company is pleased to announce the second Festival of Ideas and Creation at the Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto, June 8 to 27, 2009. The three-week festival offers public, youth, artist and industry programming and features more than 350 theatre luminaries, emerging artists and youth in over 75 live events, most of them free.

To reserve tickets for public and youth events, call The Canadian Stage Company Box Office at 416-368-3110 or email festival@canstage.com.

To register for artist and industry events, registration is by application. Artist and industry applications available on canstage.com/festival. Information is available online at canstage.com/festival, via email festival@canstage.com or by phone 416-860-4685.

The Festival of Ideas and Creation features: a dynamic line-up of public readings and rehearsals of exciting new theatrical works by senior and emerging artists from across Canada such as two-time Governor General’s Award-winner Judith Thompson, Chalmers Award-winner Ed Roy, many other award-winners and nominees and up-and-coming artists; an In Conversation Series with stalwarts in the world of live theatre such as two-time Tony Award-winner William Finn and Governor General’s Award and Siminovitch Prize-winner Daniel MacIvor; book launches; backstage tours; youth programming; and artist/industry masterclasses, forums and conferences.

The Festival focuses on artistic process and exchange. It offers professional development opportunities for local and national artists to present new works and evolve their creative processes while offering audiences the opportunity to explore art behind the scenes and participate in the development of new work.

First established in 2006, the Festival is slated to become an annual event. Programmed by Festival Director Natasha Mytnowych, it integrates the Company’s year-round artistic development initiatives and is programmed in collaboration with an array of artists and arts organizations.

The Canadian Stage Company is nationally and internationally acclaimed and Canada’s leading not-for-profit contemporary theatre company. Founded in 1987 with the merger of CentreStage and Toronto Free Theatre, the Company is dedicated to programming international contemporary theatre and to developing and producing landmark Canadian works which have been awarded some of the country’s most prestigious literary and performing arts honours, including the Governor General’s, Chalmers and Dora Mavor Moore Awards. The Company presents the richest variety of Canadian and international plays and musicals – from edgy and provocative works at the Berkeley Street Theatre to productions with universal appeal at the Bluma Appel Theatre and a summer of Shakespeare at the TD Dream in High Park. Canadian Stage has a long-standing commitment to education and enhancement programs for the public, nurturing theatre professionals, and developing new Canadian plays, while producing thought-provoking theatre and high quality entertainment in Toronto, one of North America’s largest theatre centres. For more information, refer to canstage.com.

Workshop: Master Class With Tanja Jacobs-Bravura Acting, Crow’s Theatre

An exploration of two masterpieces by Bertolt Brecht and Howard Barker.

Both plays are ideally structured for studio investigation as each work is a series of short plays. Actors will be gratified by having worked on a complete piece. Participants work will culminate in a presentation for an invited audience at the end of the session. The class will be structured around the exploration of two works:

THE POSSIBILITIES
by Howard Barker

FEAR AND MISERY OF THE THIRD REICH (sometimes called THE PRIVATE LIFE OF THE MASTER RACE)
by Bertolt Brecht.

Dates and times:
May 26, 27, 28 – 7 to 10pm
June 2, 3, 4 – 7 to 10pm
June 5 – 12:00 to 3pm,
June 6 – 10 am to 4pm,
June 7 – presentation time TBA.

Cost: $350.00

Contact mark@crowstheatre.com to register

Scripts are available at Crow’s Theatre office when payment is made.

Tanja Jacobs is an award winning actress, director and teacher. She has recently returned from the National Theatre School where she directed a stunning version of Howard Barker’s controversial take on UNCLE VANYA, a reconstruction of Chekhov’s classic text. Tanja has a great interest in the work of Howard Barker and a long history of working on his plays as a performer and a director. She also has a lifelong interest in the work of Bertolt Brecht. Tanja has participated in The Ark, a prestigious theatre research project directed by Peter Hinton for the National Arts Centre which devoted its most recent program entirely to the work of Brecht. Tanja is preparing to tackle one of Brecht’s greates roles, possibly one of the greatest roles written for a woman in the 20th century: Mother Courage.