Daily Archives: May 31, 2011

Job Posting: Emerging Arts Administrator, New Harlem Productions in partnership with Cahoots Theatre Company

New Harlem Productions in partnership with Cahoots Theatre Company is seeking an emerging arts administrator to work with the company on a one year contract.  This is a training position, suitable for an individual interested in arts administration with ethno-culturally mandated organizations.  The successful candidate will provide administrative support for the company’s artistic, community and professional development activities under the guidance of the Artistic Director.

New Harlem Productions is an intercultural, interdisciplinary organization creating work which advances our craft, elevates our allies and engages with our communities.  Priorities for programming and collaboration include good stories, new stories, true stories, life altering experiences.  Our practises are based on principles of humanity, joyfulness and solidarity.


  • professional, outgoing and personable disposition
  • excellent communication, administrative and time management skills
  • passion for the arts


  • Oversee the day to day operations of the company including maintaining organizational records, statistics, submission deadlines, outcomes and final reports
  • Implement and maintain office procedures for correspondence, filing, computer recordkeeping
  • Engage rehearsal and performance space, prepare performer, designer and crew contracts
  • Maintain personnel, membership and volunteer records;
  • Support the Artistic Director in development of public and private funding proposals
  • Review all written material produced in the office
  • Review and  administer project budgets in conjunction with Project Coordinators
  • Coordinate and support educational and community activities, including  promoting, booking, archiving
  • Prepare and distribute quarterly communications for Advisory Committee
  • Conduct directed and independent research into opportunities for dissemination of work

Start date and hours negotiable.  This position is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  Interested applicants please forward a resume and cover letter outlining your interest by June 30, 2011 to:
New Harlem Productions
c/o Cahoots Theatre Company
388 Queen Street East, Unit 3
Toronto, ON  M5A 1T3


Announcement: Exclusive Audition Process with New Ensemble Studio Competition, Canadian Opera Company

For the first time in the history of the Canadian Opera Company, the final auditions for singers seeking to join the Ensemble Studio training program will be made public through the launch of an annual vocal competition.  The inaugural COC Ensemble Studio Competition takes place on Nov. 28, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, with the winners garnering offers of highly-prized positions in the 2012/2013 Ensemble Studio.

“The COC is committed to developing the next generation of Canadian opera stars,” COC General Director Alexander Neef notes.  “Over its 30-year history, the Ensemble Studio has allowed young Canadian artists to receive internationally competitive training while staying in their home country, which we recognize as crucial to the development of the art form in Canada.  With the creation of the Ensemble Studio Competition, the public is invited to be a part of the singers’ professional journeys from the very beginning as it shines a spotlight on emerging artists in a substantial and significant way.”

The Ensemble Studio audition process, open only to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants, takes COC administrators across Canada and into the U.S. for preliminary auditions in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and New York.  The new COC Ensemble Studio Competition is the final round of auditions, with approximately 10 – 15 singers performing in front of a public audience and COC judges, including Alexander Neef, General Director; Roberto Mauro, Artistic Administrator; Sandra Gavinchuk, Music Administrator; and Liz Upchurch, Head of the Ensemble Studio.  Along with guest panellists, they will deliberate on location and announce the competition winners at the conclusion of the event. Ticket information and other details will be released at a later date.

The COC Ensemble Studio Competition is presented in part by the Estate of Horst Dantz & Don Quick and RBC Foundation.


About the Ensemble Studio
The members of the Ensemble Studio are the COC’s resident artists and are important ambassadors for the company.  Since its inception in 1980, over 150 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first major professional operatic experience through the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio.  Former members include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Wendy Nielsen, David Pomeroy, Joseph Kaiser, Lauren Segal and Krisztina Szabó.

Members of the Ensemble Studio receive a blend of advanced study and practical experience through an individually-tailored, multi-year program, involving understudying and performing mainstage roles, intensive vocal coaching, language and acting studies, and career skills development, as well as participation in masterclasses with internationally-renowned opera professionals.

The Ensemble Studio is generously supported by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, ARIAS (The Canadian Student Opera Development Fund), in loving memory of Mr. George R. Bishop from his family & friends, John A. Cook Young Artist Development Fund, in honour of Earlaine Collins, in honour of Ninalee Craig, Estate of Horst Dantz and Don Quick, Michael & Lora Gibbens, Ethel Harris, Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation, Peter & Hélène Hunt, Patrick & Barbara Keenan, Hal Jackman Fund at the Ontario Arts Foundation, Jo Lander, Ruby Mercer Fund, George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, Roger D. Moore Ensemble Studio Endowment Fund, RBC Foundation, Katalin Schäfer, in honour of Colleen Sexsmith, Slaight Family, John Stratton Trust, William & Phyllis Waters, and an anonymous donor.

About the Canadian Opera Company
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the five largest in North America.  The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America.  The COC celebrates its 62nd anniversary during the 11/12 season.  Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention.  The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists.  The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world.  Designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006, and is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada.  For more information on the Canadian Opera Company, please visit its award-winning website, coc.ca.

Announcement: New Website Launced, Playwrights Guild of Canada

Thanks to project funding received from the Ontario Arts Council, Playwrights Guild of Canada launches a new, user-friendly website to members and the general public – www.playwrightsguild.ca. Says Executive Director of PGC, Robin Sokoloski: “This is a landmark occasion for PGC. Our new website will enhance the services of PGC; and make PGC more accessible to its members and the public.”

A visitor to the website will be able to purchase plays directly online, book Canada Council Playwright Readings, obtain amateur production rights and register for events. Additionally, PGC members will have access to their own profile page, making it easier to update their bio, promote their work, list their upcoming productions and connect with other members.

Playwrights Guild of Canada is a registered national arts service association mandated to advance the creative rights and interests of professional Canadian playwrights, promote Canadian plays nationally and internationally, and foster an active, evolving community of writers for the stage.

Audition: The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Hart House Theatre

Hart House Theatre is now accepting submissions for the Toronto Premiere of
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Music and Lyrics by David Nehls
Book by Betsy Kelso
Directed by Will O’Hare
Musical Direction by Kieren MacMillan
Choreography by Ashleigh Powell

Deadline for Submissions: July 8, 2011
(early submissions are encouraged)

Those contacted for auditions will be seen between July 11 – 22, 2011
Performance run: September 23 – October 8, 2011
Non Union, Non Paying

Please send headshots and resumes to: auditions@harthousetheatre.ca

Only those contacted for an audition will be seen.

We strongly encourage actors of all ethnic backgrounds to audition.

Actors will be asked to perform a two minute comedic monologue and one song from the modern musical era, preferably comedic. (Selections from The Great American Trailer Park Musical are discouraged.)  Please bring sheet music if available.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical is a tongue-in-cheek, rockabilly romp filled with strip clubs, hysterical pregnancies and dreams of the Ice Capades.  Men collude in death-row hijinks and find love in the bottom of tall-boy beer cans.  Women use a whole lot of hairspray while chain-smoking Camels and opening boxes of donuts with their jewel-encrusted, manicured finger nails.  We’re talkin’ trashy – trailer trashy.  For a list of characters, please visit the show page or audition page at www.harthousetheatre.ca.

Hart House Theatre, established in 1919, is the University of Toronto’s Performing Arts Leader.  Since its inception, the theatre’s unique mix of young professionals, alumni, and students has garnered the theatre a reputation as not only a cultural destination for the U of T community but one for all of Toronto.