The New Play Lab of the 36th William Inge Theater Festival and Conference offers playwrights who are attending the Festival an opportunity to have their work seen by professional writers, directors, and actors from around the country. In addition, all play lab playwrights work directly with elite writers in hands-on writing workshops.
Theatre East is now accepting submissions for our upcoming 5x5 Drama Series! The 5 x 5 Drama Series brings performances beyond the footlights and into non-traditional spaces like breweries, rooftops, apartments, and more in a unique immersive audience experience. Each of the 5 performances will consist of 5 short plays, performed by 5 casts, throughout all 5 boroughs. Fulfilling one of our core beliefs of making theatre accessible to all, 5 x 5 brings the stage directly to the people. And best of all, tickets are available on a suggested donation basis.
We are now accepting submissions for our Bacchanalia 2017 New Play Readings Festival!
One play from the festival will be selected for a full production
This year’s theme is Protest Plays.
Show us your discontent and artistic ire with the coming regime! All new plays adhering at least broadly to the theme will be accepted, but preference will be given to plays with:
Five or less actors required
Multiple speaking roles for women
Less than an hour running time
*** FOR MORE INFORMATION about these and other opportunities see the web site at http://www.nycplaywrights.org ***
*** O CANADA ***
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recites from THE TEMPEST
CANADA (population approx. 33 million)
Direct Culture and Arts Funding At the Federal or National Level
The Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for public funding of culture in Canada at the federal level. Total spending on culture by governments at all levels stood at CAN$7.3 billion, of which $3.4 billion was from the federal government. 7% of the federal government’s spending on culture (approx. CAN$243 million) went to the arts.
Other Levels of Government
Provincial and municipal arts councils and culture departments provide a significant amount of arts funding, particularly in Québec. Provincial governments spent $283 million on the arts, while municipal governments spent $24 million.
Theatre of Canada
Canada's contemporary theatre reflects a rich diversity of regional and cultural identities. Since the late 1960s, there has been a concerted effort to develop the voice of the 'Canadian playwright', which is reflected in the nationally-focused programming of many of the country's theatres. Within this 'Canadian voice' are a plurality of perspectives - that of the First Nations, new immigrants, French Canadians, sexual minorities, etc. - and a multitude of theatre companies have been created to specifically service and support these voices.
Canada's Hamilton Theatre inundated with angry Americans mistaking it for 'Hamilton'
Fact-checking only takes a second, but a second was apparently too long for some Americans tweeting about the musical 'Hamilton.'
Ontario's oldest theater, the Hamilton Theatre, has been slammed with angry tweets sent by people upset about last week's speech by the cast of the Broadway musical 'Hamilton.' The tweets started on Friday and, as CBC TV reports, first delighted Hamilton Theatre's social media manager Riane Leonard, who saw the notifications without initially reading the tweets.
"Oh, this is great!" Leonard told CBC. "People are tweeting about the show."
Professional Association of Canadian Theatres
PACT is the collective voice of professional Canadian theatres, a leader in the national performing arts community, and a devoted advocate for the value of live performance. Since 1979 PACT has focused on providing a community where theatre practitioners (both artistic and administrative) can come together to discuss important issues of the day and work together to create innovative solutions.
Since its creation PACT has evolved into a responsive organization, cognizant of the needs of our members and offering programs and services that benefit our community such as the Human Resources in Canadian Theatre, and our annual Professional Development programs.
The Stratford Festival, formerly known as the Stratford Shakespearean, Shakespeare Festival and then Stratford Shakespeare Festival, is an internationally recognized annual repertory theatre festival running from April to October in the Canadian city of Stratford, Ontario. Theatre-goers, actors, and playwrights flock to Stratford to take part — many of the greatest Canadian, British, and American actors play roles at the Stratford festival. It was one of the first and is still one of the most prominent arts festivals in Canada and is recognized worldwide for its productions of Shakespearean plays.
SLINGS & ARROWS
Slings & Arrows is a Canadian TV series set at the fictional New Burbage Festival, a Shakespearean festival similar to the real-world Stratford Festival. The program stars Paul Gross, Stephen Ouimette and Martha Burns.
The darkly comic series first aired on Canada's Movie Central and The Movie Network channels in 2003, and received acclaim in the United States when it was shown on the Sundance Channel two years later. Three seasons of six episodes each were filmed in total, with the final season airing in Canada in the summer of 2006 and in the United States in early 2007.
OH CANADA EH? PRODUCTIONS
THE ORIGINAL ALL-CANADIAN MUSICAL DINNER MUSICAL!
Located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, our award-winning theatre has been entertaining guests since 1994. The Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show performs annually from April through mid October. Meet our singing Mounties, Lumberjacks, Anne of Green Gables and even a Hockey Player as we present a Canadian inspired performance, paying tribute to over 30 of Canada’s professional recording artists. The Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show returns to our log cabin theatre on April 27, 2017!
Theatre review: Brooke Johnson's Trudeau Stories ring true
Brooke Johnson’s crush on Pierre Trudeau is still going strong. Although the Canadian actor never openly admits to it in Trudeau Stories, her one-woman production running until Jan. 29 at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the evidence of her fan-girl love is scattered through the 75-minute performance: the gushing letters, the poetry, the surprise visits, the fact that she kept every word she wrote about him in her diaries and every letter he sent her. She even squirrelled away a cassette tape of the phone messages he left her more than 20 years ago.
The play chronicles the friendship Johnson had with Canada’s 15th prime minister begun when she was a twenty-something theatre student in Montreal. It was 1985, and he was no longer prime minister. They met at a gala at the theatre school she attended. She wore a borrowed dress and shoes that were two sizes too big.
Trudeau, as the story goes, spotted her across the room and made a beeline to introduce himself. With a self-deprecating sense of humour, she recalls the night as a series of awkward moments, her mobility limited by the toilet paper stuffed in her shoes. Trudeau was the elegant, well-travelled gentleman who urged her to save him a dance, and gave out his office number at the end of the night.
Intermission is a new online theatre magazine based in Toronto.
Created by The Company Theatre, it exists for people who leave a play wishing they could have a drink with the actors, playwright, director, or stage crew to get a sense of who they are, what they think about, why they do what they do.
Our content is created by theatre artists and professional arts journalists. Our mission is to tell the stories behind the stories on stage. At Intermission, you’ll find personal essays from artists about their work, in-depth articles about all aspects of the industry, revealing interviews with top names in Canadian theatre, and fun and creative editorial pieces. We’ll connect you to reviews on shows from the Greater Toronto Area and to other stories from around the world. Aside from the theatres themselves, we’re the place to go for your theatre fix.
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