Monthly Archives: August 2010

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 Unpublished, but reading copies are available at Theatre Ontario and the 5th floor Performing Arts desk of the Reference Library.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 or leave a message at 416-364-4170 x 3


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

~ 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!,, 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.

Job Posting: Sales and Accounting Assistant, Prologue to the Performing Arts


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Sales and Accounting Assistant works closely with Customer Service and Sales Representatives and is responsible for assisting with French and English sales and scheduling of performances. He/she also assists the Accountant with specific duties as needed.

Sales and Scheduling Duties

  • Confirm performance bookings and booking changes with artists and buyers
  • Assist clients and artists with booking information
  • Assist in the maintenance of ACCESS database
  • Updating of website content
  • Prepare distribution of brochures to schools across the province
  • Preparation for trade shows, showcases and conferences, as required
  • Participation in staff and sales meetings
  • Provide general support to the sales staff
  • Create and distribute weekly artists’ schedules ensuring accuracy of date, time, location
  • Assist in the distribution of study guide and promotional materials to buyers
  • Create segmented sales reports as needed
  • Other duties as required

Accounting Duties

  • Generating Account Receivables aging reports
  • Systematically following up on outstanding invoices and deposits
  • Responding to enquiries from clients regarding their accounts
  • Creating account statements as required by clients
  • Producing sales receipts as required
  • Processing payments received from clients
  • Preparing bank deposits
  • Filing of invoices, returned contracts and cheque stubs
  • Preparing tax receipts and letters for distribution
  • Maintaining record of tax receipts
  • Assist with preparation for audit

Data Processing

  • Checking booking forms and recording in master excel spreadsheet
  • Recording confirmation of adjustments to accounting records
  • Entering sales invoices in QuickBooks


This position requires excellent communication, organization and time management skills as well as the ability to pay strict attention to details.  Proficiency in oral and written English required; proficiency in oral and written French an asset. Must have experience with Microsoft Programs and comfort with learning new programs as necessary.  An interest in and enthusiasm for the performing arts is essential. Must be willing and able to work as part of a team in a small office environment.

Start Date: September 20, 2010

Salary: $34,000 plus benefits (following probationary period)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Please forward cover letter and resume to:

Patty Jarvis, Executive Director

Fax: 416-591-2023

55 Mill St. Case Goods Building #74, Suite 201

Toronto, ON

M5A 3C4

Workshop: Touring Workshop With Judy Harquail and Lendre Kearns, CCI-Ontario Presenting Network

September 20 – 22 2010, Harbourfront Centre

Presented in association with Harbourfront Centre, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and CCI – Ontario Presenting Network.


Touring Workshop with Judy Harquail and Lendre Kearns at Harbourfront Centre held in conjunction with the Ontario Dances Platform and the CDA’s (Canadian Dance Assembly) 5th national conference, will take place September 20 – 22, at the Harbourfront Centre.

This three-day intensive will provide practical tools and strategies for touring performance in the current context. With participants and guest presenters from across the country, the outcome will not only be increased knowledge for those involved but a new network of colleagues who will no doubt collaborate and support each other in the future.

Please find the registration from here for your convenience! Registration is $100 (snacks, refreshments and lunch included) Accommodation and travel costs must be covered by the applicant.

Sessions will take place both with the full group and in smaller teams, and there will be time set aside for individual consultations with industry guests.

  • Monday, September 20th                 9:00am – 5:00pm          sessions with lunch
  • Tuesday, September 21st                  9:00am – 5:00pm          sessions with lunch
  • Wednesday, September 22nd          9:00am – 5:00pm          sessions with lunch

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY SEPTEMBER 7TH by email (as an attachment) or post to:
Brenda Kahura
CCI – Ontario Presenting Network
125-215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto ON M5T 2C7

Registration Fee ($100, includes HST) due September 15th, to guarantee your space.
Please make CHEQUE payable to CCI – Ontario Presenting Network (must include name of participant)

Successful applicants will be notified by September 10th

For more information call Judy Harquail, (416) 949-7312 or visit

Call for Submissions: Professional Theatre Training Program, Theatre Ontario

Theatre Ontario is now inviting applications for the October 1, 2010 deadline for the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP), funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

The PTTP offers financial support for unique and flexible training with a chosen mentor in any theatrical discipline (except performance.)  One can apply for professional development in his/her own discipline, or a “change of direction” in a career. To apply, applicants must have at least two years of professional experience following their formal education.

Read all about the Professional Theatre Training Program on the Theatre Ontario website and then please contact Tim Chapman,, to inquire further.

Call for Submissions: John Hobday Awards in Arts Management, Canada Council for the Arts

The John Hobday Awards in Arts Management were created to:

  • Recognize the arts management profession
  • Recognize excellence and accomplishment in this profession
  • Contribute to the professional development and revitalization of experienced managers, and
  • Contribute to the transfer of knowledge and experience from established and mid-career managers to the next generation.

Two awards of up to $10,000 each may be given each year.

There are two distinct awards: one for professional development and renewal, and the other for mentorship. The Professional Development and Renewal award allows an outstanding established or mid-career arts manager to take part in a short-term, recognized program, seminar or workshop for professional renewal and revitalization. The Mentorship award allows an exceptional mid-career arts manager to be mentored by an outstanding established or mid-career arts manager.

For more information:

The deadline for arts managers wishing to submit their application is September 30th.

Further Information

Janet Riedel Pigott
Program Officer
Endowments and Prizes Section
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8

Telephone: 1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4116

TTY: 1-866-565-5559

Fax: 613-566-4430

The John Hobday Awards in Arts Management are made possible by a $1 million donation from The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation.

Volunteer: Is your organization in need of volunteers?, Toronto Arts Volunteer Network

Is your organization in need of volunteers? Toronto Arts Volunteer Network can help.

Over the past years, we have developed a large database of enthusiastic and qualified volunteers who are looking to donate their time and energy to interesting projects in the arts.

As part of our mandate to increase the resources available to arts organizations in Toronto, we’d like to share our wealth of volunteers with you. Toronto Arts Foundation sends out a bi-monthly volunteer bulletin to over 500 recipients. In each newsletter we outline various volunteer opportunities including a position description, skills required, time commitment and any other pertinent details. Then qualified volunteers respond to positions that are of interest to them.

If you are interested in reaching our volunteers, please send your listing to

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, August 27, 2010 by 5pm. Volunteer Listings Bulletin will be sent to our volunteer network on Wednesday, September 1st.


In Subject Heading – please indicate “CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS”

In Body of email/attached doc. – Please submit your information in the following format:

  1. Organization name:
  2. Organization description:
  3. Position & responsibilities:
  4. Volunteer benefits or perks:
  5. Date(s) & Location of Volunteer Job:
  6. Contact: (name, phone, email)
  7. Website (or facebook and twitter):

Toronto Arts Volunteer Bulletin is a joint publication of Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation. 416-392-6802,
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