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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.