Daily Archives: October 21, 2009

Announcement: Official Opening Week Subscription Special, Theatre Passe Muraille

Dear Theatre Community,

This week we opened our smash hit BASH’d! and we are celebrating this fantastic production with a special offer for you.

We have a few limited edition Word of Mouth Subscriptions left and we want you to have them.

The price?

Only $35* for a four play subscription, or

Only $55** for a five play subscription.

All you have to do is call 416.504.7529 before Friday the 23rd of October between the hours of 12:00 to 5:00pm to take advantage this fantastic offer.

*That’s the price of only one regularly priced ticket, and that’s amazing.

**That a little more than the cost of one regularly priced ticket, but come on, five plays for $55.

See passemuraille.on.ca for season details.


Workshop: Feldenkrais Method of Movement-Reducing Strain & Increasing Focus with Karen Bowes-Sewell, GCFP, Artists’ Health Centre Foundation

Monday November 16, 2009

Artists’ Health Centre Foundation
250 The Esplanade, Suite 500

The Feldenkrais Method® is a gentle, whole body approach to moving which helps to enhance artistic practice and support healthier, pain-free activity. This clinic will explore verbally directed movement sequences focusing on freeing the back, neck and shoulders. This practical format is suitable for all disciplines and will focus on:

  • Working with less effort
  • Gentle self-care exercises
  • Relationships between movement & creativity

Karen Bowes-Sewell is an associate professor in Dance at York University, a graduate of the National Ballet School and former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada. Her research focuses on issues of teaching and learning, with an emphasis on non-traditional methods of learning. She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, member of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America and a guest practitioner at Pivot Sport Medicine and Orthopaedics and the Feldenkrais Centre in Toronto. Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method® are registered service marks; Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM is a certification mark of the Feldenkrais of Guild® North America.

Clinic: 6:30 p.m. –  9:00 p.m.
Clinic fee: $15 (20% Discount for TAPA Members)

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

To register please contact us at:
Phone: 416.351.0239
Email: info@ahcf.ca
Or visit our website to print off and mail in a registration form at: http://www.ahcf.ca/feldenkrais.shtml

Sessions involve practical components, so participants are asked to wear clothes that allow ease of movement and warmth. 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.

Call for Submissions: Call for Directors, 2010 Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park

The Canadian Stage Company is pleased to announce the second year of its directors’ initiative, opening its doors to dynamic Canadian directors with a vision for the 28th annual Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park. Matthew Jocelyn, Artistic & General Director is pleased to invite concepts and ideas from professional directors for the 2010 Dream. Deadline for submissions is November 16, 2009.

This initiative is part of the Company’s ongoing strategy to provide vital opportunities for directors to evolve their professional careers toward larger stages. The Dream has a long history of providing training and development opportunities for actors, designers and directors. The Dream runs over the course of the summer in the heart of High Park, and attracts over 20,000 attendees annually, including over 5,000 children under the age of 14. The Dream plays a key role in expanding the theatre-going public in the city by remaining an accessible annual theatre event through pay-what-you-can admission to all of its performances, courtesy of the generosity of the TD Bank Financial Group. Productions must run without an intermission, be under two hours in duration, and be appropriate for families.

Proposals must be limited to one single-sided page, and include:
1.  Which of Wm. Shakespeare’s plays listed below would you direct for the 2010 TD Dream in High Park:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Cymbeline
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor

2.  Your vision for the production
3.  Possible members of the collaborative artistic team
4.  Director and collaborator biographies, and director’s contact information

Applicants must be:
1.  Professional Directors
2.  Canadian citizens, permanent residents or landed immigrants of Canada

Applications must be dropped off or mailed to:
TD Dream in High Park 2010: Call for Directors
The Canadian Stage Company
26 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2W3

Deadline: 5 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2009
Applications must be received by this date. No exceptions.
Selected candidates only will be contacted for an interview by December 1, 2009.

For more information, contact:
Associate Director of Programming Natasha Mytnowych
416-367-8243 x277 or nmytnowych@canstage.com

Nationally and internationally acclaimed, The Canadian Stage Company is Canada’s leading not-for-profit contemporary theatre company. 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. For more information, refer to canstage.com.

Title Sponsor: TD Bank Financial Group
Radio Sponsors: The New Classical 96FM and The New AM740

Job Posting: Interim Managing Director (mat leave), PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

PuSh seeks a bright, experienced Interim Managing Director (mat leave)

About PuSh

PuSh is Vancouver’s mid-winter performing arts festival, presenting acclaimed local, national and international artists and their work. In a spirit of innovation, the PuSh Festival engages and enriches audiences with adventurous contemporary performance, while promoting cultural exchange and development. PuSh’s short history is one of rapid growth and success. The Society’s infrastructure has been carefully and purposefully built on a foundation of senior management (Executive Director, Managing Director, Senior Curator) and includes permanent positions of Communications Manager, Fundraising Manager, Operations Manager and Business Manager. Find out more at pushfestival.ca

About the Interim Managing Director Position

This position is a cornerstone of the Senior Management team. Reporting regularly to the board of directors and working closely with the Executive Director and Senior Curator, the Interim Managing Director (IMD) is responsible for the total management of the Festival’s financial and human resources. The IMD leads the team of 4 permanent staff and 14 contractors, in addition to managing contracts with artists, suppliers, partners and co-presenters and co-producers. The MD oversees writing and submitting grant applications and liaising with funding partners, manages budget preparation and control, and supervises all Festival operations.

About You

You must have management experience in a not-for-profit cultural arts organization. Maybe you are an experienced communications or administrative professional looking for a temporary opportunity to expand your experience and base of knowledge. Perhaps you are an arts producer, looking for steady work for a year with an exciting and innovative organization. You are looking to apply your talents (and develop new skills!) to an organization with attitude and that isn’t afraid to experiment.

You are professional, outgoing, patient and assertive. You must be an excellent writer, a persuasive communicator, a confident presenter, organized and results-oriented. You enjoy the performing arts. You enjoy learning and being part of a passionate, collaborative team. You pay attention to deadlines and have top-notch computer skills (experience in a Mac environment and with Filemaker would be a bonus).


This is a salaried staff position that includes a comprehensive extended benefit plan. Salary offer is in the range of $42-48,000 per annum and will be commensurate with experience of the successful candidate. ***Please note the position will include a 9 week transition/probation period with the current Managing Director, to commence January 18, 2010, on a part-time basis through the Festival, to begin full-time on March 22, 2010 to March 28, 2011.***

Application Process

To apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to search@pushfestival.ca by Friday October 30, 2009, with the subject “PuSh Interim MD.” In your cover letter, please include 250 words on what excites you about this opportunity and answers the question: “What is the PuSh Festival?Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. We intend to carry out interviews during the week of November 9, 2009, with the intent of identifying a candidate and making an offer by Friday November 20, 2009. We look forward to hearing from you.

Class: Drop-In Yoga with Carin Lowerison, Cahoots Theatre


Where: Cahoots Studio, 218 Queen Street East (at Sherbourne)
When: Thusdays 6:00pm-7:15pm starting November 5
How much: $10

email sandra@cahoots.ca for more information.  Please bring your own mat

Carin has been studying Yoga for 9 years and to date has accumulated over 400 hours of teacher training. In 2007 completed her certification in Classical Hatha Yoga under Michael Siddall and Cynthia Cooperstone. In May 2008, she completed her Level I teacher training in Anusara Yoga.

Carin was originally drawn to yoga for its capacity to stabilize and strengthen the body while being a beautiful form of self-expression. Soon thereafter, she was moved by yoga’s potential for teaching empowerment, dignity, grace and awareness.

Each class is structured around a theme and focus of the body. Whether it’s a class all about twists or how to blissfully backbend, Carin will take you through a challenging and fun practice that captures the feel of a workshop.

Call for Submissions: In the Beginning: A Jewish Playwrights Festival, The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company

The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company (HGJTC) is currently accepting submissions from Jewish Canadian playwrights for its inaugural festival of new Jewish work: In the Beginning.

At the HGJTC, we embrace and celebrate the Jewish story. Established in 2006, the HGJTC has quickly grown into one of the leading Jewish theatre companies in Canada. Now entering our third season, we have won 1 Dora Mavor Moore Award, received 6 nominations and continue to be committed to achieving the highest level of artistic excellence. As part of our mandate to support the development of Jewish artists, the HGJTC is thrilled to announce In the Beginning: A Jewish Playwrights Festival.

In the Beginning aims to open the door for groundbreaking Jewish voices that challenge the Jewish perspective. We are committed to expand the current cannon of Jewish Canadian plays and playwrights. The festival will take place from March 1-4, 2010 at the Miles Nadal JCC in Toronto. Four playwrights will workshop their script with professional actors and a director and receive one public staged reading. The festival will be a platform for playwrights to hear their work read in front of an audience.

Our primary goal is to further the development of pieces from In the Beginning and potentially move them forward to a full Mainstage production at the Harold Green Jewish Theater Company.

The Playwright

  • The playwright must be a Canadian citizen
  • The playwright must identify themselves as Jewish
  • We strongly encourage established and emerging playwrights to submit

The Play

  • The play must be a minimum of 60 minutes in length
  • The play must be in English
  • It is preferred that the play consist of Jewish content
  • Plays that have been produced in a full production are not eligible, however plays that have been previously workshopped are welcome

Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit a full script
  • Please submit a letter of intent providing a synopsis of your script, identifying yourself as an established or emerging artist and answering ‘Why you want to be part of In the Beginning’

Our selection committee will read each submission and the chosen participants will be contacted in January 2010

All script submissions must be received by December 15, 2009 by 5:00pm

Send to:

Attn: In the Beginning Script Submission

Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company

2453 Yonge St. Suite 103

Toronto ON M4P 2E8

If you have questions please contact us at info@hgjewishtheatre.com or visit www.hgjewistheatre.com

Workshop: Shadow Puppetry Traditions, Puppetmongers Theatre

This two-day workshop will visit the living traditions of shadow puppetry around the world. As well as hands-on puppet making, participants will build their own small shadow screens. Delve into puppet design, jointing and controls; explore variations in lamp and screen set ups, and of course try out manipulation techniques.
December 5 & 6, 2009: 10 am to 5 pm
Fees:  $190 ($175 if paid before November 21st)

More information