Daily Archives: August 30, 2010

Workshop: Managing Stress for Health and Wellness Increasing creative energy for artistic practice with Dr. Anita Shack, Artists’ Health Centre

Monday September 20, 2010

Artists’ Health Centre Foundation
250 The Esplanade, Suite 500

This clinic will help you manage stress and increase your daily energy and vitality. Participants will explore low impact movements and deep-breathing exercises to help strengthen and rejuvenate the creative process and enhance general health. Special emphasis will be placed on stress management involving:

  • the mind, body, spirit connection
  • how posture and optimal alignment are related to health
  • how to perform a “personal health inventory” to decrease negative effects of stress and increase energy

Dr. Anita Shack B.F.A., D.C., F.A.T.A. uses an integrated approach in her work at the Artists’ Health Centre. She combines chiropractic, craniosacral therapy, and acupuncture, customizing care to the individual artist’s needs and goals. Fascinated with the body/mind/spirit connection, she is concerned not only with the relief of symptoms, but also with getting at the cause to facilitate change and healing. She was an original representative of the Health Care Practitioners meetings at the inception of the Artists’ Health Centre and was founding director of Health Focus, an integrated multidisciplinary alternative health care center in downtown Toronto from 1992-2005.

Dr. Shack performed as an independent modern dancer/choreographer from 1974-1986 in Canada and the United States and was a member of the Dance Music Orchestra. She has experience with Yoga, Pilates, Karate, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, writing, photography, and music which serve to inform her work. She has extensive experience working with artists from many disciplines, including: dance, theatre, film, visual arts, music, and writing. Over the last 22 years she has seen how different modalities enhance each other, maximizing the benefits of care and the achievement of wellness.

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 | Fax: 416.595.0009
Or visit our website to print off and mail in a registration form.

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.


Workshop: Vocal Fitness for Actors and Singers-Preparing the Voice for Performance with Lori Holmes Speech-Language Pathologist and Voice Coach, Artists’ Health Centre

Saturday September 18, 2010

Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre
Toronto Western Hospital (3rd floor, West Wing)
399 Bathurst Street

This full-day workshop will focus on ways to prevent vocal injury and assure longevity by teaching the performer how to protect and prepare the voice. Emphasis will be placed on:

  • Reviewing basic anatomy of voice production
  • Behavioral & environmental influences on the voice
  • Identifying healthy voice strategies
  • Understand the essential elements of an individual warm up

Lori Holmes, M. Sc. is a highly respected speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience, integrating a solid background in science with practical experience in training the voice. Since 2001 she has had the joy of combining her love of theatre with her love of voice at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and has since become an integral part of the coaching team. In London, her private practice, WellSpoken, provides expertise in communication and speaking skill enhancement, accent reduction and rehabilitation for injured voices. A dynamic speaker, she provides workshops in voice care and training for various professionals throughout Ontario.

Lori currently teaches the graduate course in Voice and Voice Disorders to speech-language pathology students at The University of Western Ontario. She regularly lectures to the otolaryngology residents at the Shulich School of Medicine and is the speech-language pathologist at The Vocal Function Clinic, London Health Sciences Centre. She is a guest presenter with the Artist’s Health Centre Foundation in Toronto providing workshops and lectures to professional artists and students in training.

Workshop: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Workshop fee: $40
20% Discount for TAPA Members

To register please contact us at:
Phone: 416.351.0239 | Email:  info@ahcf.ca | Fax: 416.595.0009
Or visit our website to print off and mail in a registration form

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.

Internship: Education and Audience Development Intern, Canadian Stage

Canadian Stage is now accepting applications for the (volunteer) position of EDUCATION AND AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT INTERN.

Led by Artistic & General Director Matthew Jocelyn, Canadian Stage produces and showcases innovative theatre work from Canada and around the world, allowing its audience to encounter daring work guided by a strong directorial vision and a 21st-century aesthetic.

Reporting to the Education Manager and the Audience Development Manager, this Intern position offers an opportunity to gain knowledge about developing and leading the education, audience development and outreach programs associated with Canadian Stage’s 10.11 season. The successful candidate will develop experience in areas of administration, marketing and communications, program planning and implementation.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting with the administration and execution of Education initiatives, including Educator Preview Nights and the annual promotional School Tour
  • Assisting with the promotion and administration of Audience Development initiatives including C-Stage, Youth Nights and talkbacks
  • Compiling copy for and distributing various communication pieces
  • Research for and creation and maintenance of company contact lists and databases

Start Date: September 7 – End Date: December 18, 2010

The Education and Audience Development Intern must commit to 12 – 16 hours work per week. Schedule can be flexible. Candidates must be available for occasional evening and weekend work.

Ideal personal qualities:

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Interest in youth arts and educational programming, communications and outreach
  • Experience in leadership roles and a desire to improve leadership skills
  • Ability to work well individually and as part of a team
  • Previous office administration experience and previous creation experience are an asset
  • A background in education is an asset but is not required
  • Self-starter. Full training will be provided but in some cases the successful candidate will be asked to work independently on assigned projects
  • Computer proficiency (MS Word & Excel experience preferred, e-mail and internet)
  • Being enrolled in a course of study that involves interning at an arts organization is considered an asset, but is not required

The Education and Audience Development Intern will have a chance to participate in information sessions with Canadian Stage staff members of their choice. The intern will also receive free tickets to Canadian Stage productions and will be invited to readings, workshops and other artistic development initiatives.  We strive to make our intern positions as valuable an experience as possible.

Please submit a cover letter, résumé and 3 (phone) references by September 2, 2010 by email only, (attach documents in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat)


Canadian Stage

e-mail: jcloutier@canadianstage.com

Interviews will be held on Friday, September 3.

Please note in your cover letter where you saw this intern posting. We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview are contacted. No telephone inquiries please. All applications are considered confidential.

Canadian Stage is an equal opportunity employer.

Auditions: Hedda Gabler, Alumnae Theatre Company

By Henrik Ibsen, translated & adapted by Judith Thompson

Directed by Jane Carnwath

PERFORMANCE DATES: November 12 to 27, 2010

Ibsen’s classic drama of a desperate woman driven to destruction, ground-breaking in its day, is given a sharply contemporary perspective in Judith Thompson’s boundary-pushing adaptation.  Characters teeming with rich, contradictory life fight their wars of deception and manipulation in a battlefield of physical and emotional extremes.  An actor’s play if there ever was one.


  • Hedda Gabler F, Late 20s, early 30s.  Wife of George Tesman
  • George Tesman M, Mid to late 30s.  Academic.
  • Thea Elvsted F, Late 20s.  Country mouse.
  • Eilert Lovborg M, Mid-30s to mid-40s.   Intellectual.
  • Judge Brack M, Mid to late 40s.  Sophisticate.
  • Aunt Juliana F, 60s.  Aunt to Tesman.
  • Berthe F, 60s.  Longtime servant, opinionated and observant.


  • Wed. Sept. 8:  6 – 10 pm
  • Thu. Sept. 9: 6 – 10 pm
  • Sat. Sept. 11: 10 – 6 pm

Auditions will be held at the Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street (on the south west corner of Berkeley and Adelaide).  Please prepare a short monologue and be prepared to do a cold reading.

Please bring an acting résumé and a hard copy of a current photo (headshot) that we may keep.

It’s strongly advised that you make every effort to read Judith Thompson’s script. Unpublished, but reading copies are available at Theatre Ontario and the 5th floor Performing Arts desk of the Reference Library.

Please be available for call backs on Thursday September 16, 6 – 10 pm

To book your audition, please email hgauditions@gmail.com or leave a message at 416-364-4170 x 3


70 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON  M5A 2W6.  416-364-4170   www.alumnaetheatre.com

~ Alumnae Theatre is a non-union, non-professional theatre company ~


Event: 2010 Reading Series, Foundry Theatre Company Inc.

Monday, September 27, 2010: Spadina Monologues, by Christine Estima

King is African; Queen is Portuguese/ Lebanese.  Their first date is on the Spadina Streetcar.  Told through random anecdotes, monologues, experiences and observations, their date plays out like a consumer contemplating a new car.

Christine Estima is a playwright, novelist and arts journalist.  Her writing has appeared in many local and online publications such as Now Magazine, Exclaim!, TorontoPlus.ca, and The Canadian Theatre Review.

Monday, October 25, 2010: Nobody’s Angel, by Douglas Beattie

Set in an out-of-the-way restaurant not far from Rome during the dark days of the German occupation, love blossoms uncertainly amongst the soldiers and bystanders caught up in the terrifying machinery of war.

Douglas Beattie is best known as the producer and director of the Wingfield Plays by Dan Needles.  His first professionally produced play, Blessings in Disguise, was premiered by the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and later produced by Thousand Islands Playhouse and Touchmark Theatre in Guelph.

Monday, November 29, 2010: The Heretic, by Lea Daniel

Religious extremism rules in the Middle Ages, and Béatrice and her lover struggle to live as they choose.  Betrayed confidantes, and with the Bishops men circling closer, they must decide where their loyalties lie.

Lea Daniel is a founding member of Pat the Dog Playwright Centre and Theatre & Company’s Writers Bloc.  She was a resident artist at Theatre & Company from 2005 – 2007, and has written an illustrated award-winning material for children.

Monday, January 31, 2010: Little Crickets, by Douglas Campbell

Set one night in 1990, a year after the Romanian revolution, two teenage sisters, Cristina and Rodica arrive in Paris where they are picked up by Mr. Smith, a middle-aged Canadian expat.  This quirky tale spirals into an eccentric examination of sisterhood and strangers.

Douglas Campbell is a playwright and software developer in Waterloo, Ontario.  His first full-length play, Yes or No!, was produced by MT Space Theatre in 2006.

Monday, February 28, 2010: Unstuck, by Evan Tsitsias

They have become stuck.  In an effort to reignite the spark, Matt & Tim invite Jared into their relationship for one night.  The impact of this action resonates far deeper than expected.

His critically acclaimed play, Aftershock, was hailed in the 2010 SummerWorks festival.  Evan Tsitsias works as a performer, director, producer and writer.  Successes include direction for Talk Thirty to Me, which had a sold-out run during the Fringe Festival in 2007.  He has co-created two new musicals, Fear Knot and A Voice in the Dark.

Monday, March 28, 2010: The Hours that Remain, by Keith Barker

Haunted by the disappearance of her Métis sister five years ago, Denise desperately seeks answers where she can.  Appearing in a series of visions, her sister causes her to question her sanity, while Denise’s husband hides a secret.

Keith Barker is a Métis artist from North Ontario and a graduate from the George Brown Theatre program, and was recently seen onstage in the controversial play, Homegrown, at this year’s SummerWorks festival.  He is a former Artistic Associate at Native Earth Performing Arts.  He has worked for Dufflebag Theatre, Convergence Theatre, and Native Earth Performing Arts, among many others.

Monday, April  25, 2010: Heather’s String Theory, by Barry “Jack” Jenkins

Using the language of the string theory in particle physics, Leonard Johnson, a 17 year old high school student, expresses his thoughts and feelings as he transitions to female.  Along the way, Leonard/ Heather meets and falls in love with Freddy, the friend of a homophobic classmate.  Their relationship deepens as warning signs appear.

Barry “Jack” Jenkins grew up in Labrador City, and has lived in the GTA, Newfoundland, and is currently in Whitehorse, Yukon.  His play won the 2005 Nakai Theatre 24 Hour Playwriting Contest and had a staged reading (with North Country Girl) at the 2006 HomeGrown Festival in Whitehorse.

Monday, May 30, 2010: Pullyupullus, by Tololwa M. Mollel

Inspired by the characters in African/ Tanzanian folktales, an unlikely friendship is struck between the trickster hare, a land creature, and the dupe hippopotamus, a water creature.  Together, they cleverly get rid of their respective rulers and work to resolve the differences of the land and water creatures to live in harmony.   This is the first time a children’s play has been featured by Foundry Theatre Company.

Tololwa Mollel is a storyteller, actor, dramatist, and award-winning author of over fifteen children’s books, including The Orphan Boy, Big Boy, and My Rolls and Piles of Coins.  He has worked in theatre as an artist in both Tanzania and Canada.