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Contests / Calls for Submissions
Workshops / Professional Development
Jobs / Internships


Predella Open Studio 

The Predella ProjectOur bi-monthly Open Studio Sessions continue. These drop-in sessions aim is to share the tools and provide an open community for writers to experiment with and develop their work. The structure varies, ranging from traditional writer’s workshops to discussions of readings to experimental studio sessions. Participation is free. Everyone is welcome.

Interested? Our next session runs
May 16, 2011
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The Button Factory
25 Regina Street, South
Waterloo, ON N2J 1R8

Future sessions take place every second Monday, so save the following dates:  May 30.
More details about each session will be posted on our website as each date approaches.

Contests / Calls for Submissions

With a regular influx of new subscribers and members, we realize newcomers are be missing some of our Contests / Calls for Submissions with long lead times. So, to ensure you don't miss an opportunity, active calls now remain on the list until they expire. To keep the bulletin from becoming too unwieldy, only new listings include full details (when available), while previously posted calls are excerpted. We're also highlighting the New! items so you can spot them easily.

Compass Points
Deadline: Applications open until all spots are filled.

Compass Points is accepting applications from students and emerging artists from all theatre disciplines.  Held during the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, the Compass Points Program will take place in Ottawa, ON, June 6-10, 2011. The week-long event consists of workshops, panel discussions, and social events designed to inspire participants to chart their own course in Canadian theatre. Applications are reviewed until all spots are filled and space is limited.

For more information: 

Fresh Ideas In Puppetry, Puppetmongers

Deadline: May 6, 2011

PUPPETMONGERS is seeking submissions for the 4th annual
 In Toronto on June 5th, 2011.

FRESH IDEAS IN PUPPETRY is a full-day convivial gathering with a focus on exploring advances in puppetry, such as newly devised technical inventions and improvements, recent research discoveries, original creation processes, or novel ways of integrating puppetry into other artistic disciplines and media.

Submissions for the day-time portion of the event may be papers, presentations (live or video), show-and-tells, panel and round table proposals, or other formats with a suggested length of a half hour to one and a half hours.

For the evening cabaret, with MC Ronnie Burkett, we are seeking showcase length (approx max 15 minute) works in progress or excerpts of recently completed works.  Please note, technical facilities are minimal and there is no opportunity for rehearsal on site.

All presenters will receive a small honorarium, as well as free access to both the daytime and evening portions of the programming (a $100 value).

Submissions should contain a brief, one-paragraph description of your proposal, along with a short bio, as well as complete contact information (name, address, telephone and e-mail address). The deadline for proposals is Friday, May 6th. 
Please submit your idea to Successful applicants will be contacted in early May.

Nothing to propose this time but interested in attending?  Visit for details and to reserve your spot.

FRESH IDEAS IN PUPPETRY is presented by Puppetmongers in collaboration with the Raucous Caucus.

Puppetmongers was founded in 1974 by the brother and sister team of Ann and David Powell. Dedicated to new play development, they have created 10 shows for children, families and adults, earning 5 Citations of Excellence from the Union International de la Marionette and numerous other awards. The Toronto School of Puppetry was founded in 1996, and hosts workshops and classes for children and adults, as well as Masterclasses for experienced puppeteers and interdisciplinary artists.
Raucous Caucus is an umbrella group of artists involved in pageantry, puppetry and participatory arts. Artists involved in Raucous Caucus are: David Powell, Ann Powell, Ruth Howard, Anne Barber, Brad Harley and David Anderson representing Puppetmongers Theatre, Jumblies Theatre, Shadowland Theatre, and Clay & Paper Theatre.

Little Fish Theatre One-Acts/Shorts

Deadline: May/June is best time to submit but August 1st is cutoff.

Little Fish Theatre is accepting scripts for our annual Pick of the Vine production, presented in January/February.  Preferred plays will require no more than 9 actors, a minimal set, and run 20 minutes or less.
There is no pay.  Scripts will not be returned.

Email submissions to or mail hard copy with title and contact info to:
Holly Baker-Kreiswirth
Little Fish Theatre

777 S. Centre Street

San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Submission deadline is August 1.  One play per playwright.
  • Response Time: One month – Letter/email response.
  • Chosen playwrights are notified in October/November.

New! Directors for 2011-12 Season, Alumnae Theatre Company
Deadline: May 13, 2011 
Alumnae Theatre Company seeks non-union directors for the four mainstage productions in our 2011-12 season:  Polly Teale’s “After Mrs. Rochester”, A.R.  Gurney’s “Sylvia”, Gwendolyn MacEwen’s translation of the Euripides classic “The  Trojan Women”, and “Cosi” by Louis Nowra.
Because three of the plays deal with madness in various forms, the tag line for the season is “Lunacy.  Sheer, total lunacy.  (Oh, and a dog).”

Interested directors should check the Auditions page of for guidelines and submission instructions.  The deadline to submit a letter of  interest is May 13.

The Next Stage Theatre Festival
Deadline: May 27, 2011 by 5:00 PM

NSTF is interested in projects from emerging and established theatre artists who are developing new work and/or exploring new artistic avenues. Preference will be given to artists who have received artistic or critical success with a previous production and could use this performance opportunity to maintain their artistic momentum. We encourage applications from artists who are including a variety of genres such as movement, musicals, opera, etc.

For details, visit the website.

Call for Apprentices 2011‐12 - Obsidian Theatre Company 
Deadline: May 28, 2011

Obsidian Theatre Company is passionately dedicated to the exploration, development and production of the Black voice. Obsidian Theatre’s Mentor/Apprentice Program provides emerging theatre artists much needed work experience and a deeper understanding of professional practises by working with some of the most sought after theatre practitioners in Canadian theatre, including members of Obsidian Theatre Company. 

Funding by the Department of Canadian Heritage allows us to offer paid apprenticeship positions. Placements will occur between Autumn 2011 and Spring 2012.  Recent partners for this program include: Shaw Festival, Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Canadian Stage Company and Nightswimming. 

Apprenticeships are available in the following fields of interest: Directing, Dramaturgy, Lighting Design, Production Management, Costume Design, Set Design, Producing, Music Directing 

For details visit www.obsidian‐ 

New! Briefs - 2nd Annual LGBT Short Play Festival
Deadline: May 30, 2011

This festival is presented by Theatre Out, Orange County's Gay and Lesbian Theatre located in Santa Ana, CA. Performances run: August 12 – 28. 2011
Submission Guidelines
  • All submissions should deal with an LGBT issue or the LGBT community.
  • All submissions must be original.  Plays that have received previous full-scale productions are ineligible for submission.  Plays that have received workshop productions or public readings are eligible for submission.  
  • Each playwright may submit up to three scripts for consideration.  A separate submission form is required for each play submitted. 
  • Scripts should be in standard script format and should be able to be performed in 15 minutes or less.  The first page should include: title, playwright’s name, address, phone number and e-mail.  
There is NO entry fee for submitting your work. Scripts must be submitted via email to in PDF or Microsoft Word compatible format.

A completed and signed copy of the submission form must be received for each script submitted.  This form may be scanned and emailed or mailed to Theatre Out, PO Box 2989, Anaheim, CA 92814.  Please note, however, that mailed scripts will not be accepted.  Submission forms will be emailed to playwrights submitting scripts.
Successful short plays
  • should utilize no more than 6 actors.
  • are not scenes but, instead, are complete works with fully developed characters and plot.
  • typically do not rely on major scenic elements and are easily adapted into a variety of theatre spaces.
Theatre Out Website:

Pint-Sized Plays (UK)
Deadline: May 31, 2011
Top ten plays are performed in British pubs and considered for possible performance in the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.  It must be possible to stage your 5 - 10 minute play in a pub with 1 - 3 characters. Entry fee: 5.5 British Pounds (paypal)

For details, visit:

London Youth Theatre Education
Deadline: June 1, 2011

London Youth Theatre Education is looking for playwrights to contribute original scripts for this summer’s LYTE camp. 3 plays will be selected as the learning repertoire which will then be presented by our LYTE students for friends, family and the public on the main stage of the Palace Theatre in July and August 2011.

Scripts should be age appropriate for drama students in one of the following age groups: Session 1 (7- 9 years), Session 2 (10-12), Session 3 (13-16), feature inclusive roles for up to 25 students and run approximately 30-40 minutes in length. 
There will be a small honorarium. Writers will be notified of acceptance by mid June and invited to attend the production of their play.

For more information contact: 519-432-1029 Connie Galera, Box Office Manager / LYTE Coordinator

Off Cut 2011
Deadline: June 1, 2011 by 5:00 PM

Off Cut 2011, a festival held by In Company Theatre (London, UK), is accepting short play submissions from new and undiscovered playwrights. Plays must not be more than 15 minutes in length. There are no restrictions on style, topic or genre. Twenty-eight (28) plays will be selected to show in rep at the Riverside Studios over the first two weeks of the festival. During this time, the audience will be voting for their favourite plays. The top eight plays will run for the whole of the third week, with the audience still voting for the ultimate winner. This winner will have a full play produced by In Company at The Riverside Studios.

For more info:

2011 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, BMO Financial Group
Deadline, June 10, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

Canada’s largest annual theatre arts award, the 2011 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre will be given to a professional playwright who advances Canadian theatre through a body of work achieved in recent years, while influencing and inspiring younger theatre artists. Completed nominations must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, June 10, 2011.
Click here to learn more or download the nomination form.
For more details visit

New! Anthology for Signature Editions
Deadline: June 30, 2011

Signature Editions is compiling a new anthology, to be titled Out on a Limb: Short Plays by New Writers.  The volume will feature short, complete plays of various lengths (between ten minutes to an hour) by emerging Canadian playwrights who are currently studying playwriting at a Canadian post-secondary institution. Hard copy submissions only.

For more information, contact Kit Brennan:

Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, Miles Nadal JCC
Deadline: June 30, 2011

The Prize is a Professional Play Reading at the MNjcc in 2012.  In addition to a $1000 for the winning playwright.  Generously sponsored by the ShaRna Foundation.

Three previous CJPC winners have been published and professionally produced:
  • Einstein’s Gift by Vern Thiessen
  • Sara’s Cave by Don Molnar
  • Yahrzeit by Alex Poch Goldin.
More info and submission guidelines: Esther Arbeid (416)924-6211 x606

Carol Bolt Award
Deadline: June 30, 2011

The Carol Bolt Award is accepting applications from playwrights who are members of Playwrights Guild of Canada in good standing. The winner will receive $3,000 and the option to be published by Playwrights Canada Press. The play must be 60 minutes or longer and must have been professionally produced between July 1st, 2010 and June 30th, 2011.

For more information, contact Robin:

Kentucky Women Writers Conference
Deadline: July 1, 2011

The Kentucky Women Writers Conference will award a national playwriting prize to bring more scripts by women to the stage, especially those featuring majority-female casts. The winner will receive a production by Balagula Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky (, plus a cash prize of $500. The winning play will be workshopped prior to its world premier for a paying audience in winter 2012.

The competition is open to all women playwrights. There are no restrictions on age, residence or experience. Playwrights previously unpublished are strongly encouraged to submit their work. Co-authored scripts are eligible if at least 50 percent of co-authors are female.
One-act or full-length scripts in English, with a running time between 45 and 90 minutes, that have not been published or commercially produced as of the entry deadline (July 1, 2011) and will not be published or produced before the release of the KWWC production (winter 2012). However, scripts that have been staged in a workshop production or script-in-hand staged readings are eligible.

For more details email

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest
Deadline: July 5, 2011

New Works of Merit is accepting new works that benefit the local and global community by enhancing self-realization, supporting peace and social justice, and building respect for cultural expression and identity. Each script will receive up to four evaluations before three or more finalists are selected. First place prize is $300 and a reading and Q&A in a professional theatre. 

For more information:

University of Oregon's 2012 Earth Matters On Stage Playwrights Festival
Deadline: July 21, 2011

The mission of EMOS’ Ecodrama Playwrights Festival is to call forth and foster new dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis, and that explore new possibilities of being in relationship with the more-than-human world. The Festival is ten days of readings, workshop performance/s, and discussions of the scripts that are finalists in the Playwrights’ Contest. Some readings and workshops will be followed by facilitated talkbacks with the playwrights. In addition, a symposium on the second weekend of the Festival includes speakers, panels and discussions that will advance scholarship in the area of arts and ecology, and help foster development of new works.

For further information:

If you have a question, email:

Sussex Playwrights' 2011 Radio Play Competition
Deadline: July 31, 2011
This year's competition is for a Radio Play. The competition is open to any author, regardless of nationality or country of residence and must be an original play, written in English and not previously broadcast, produced before a paying audience or read at a club meeting.
  • First Prize: £150 plus a reading of the play at a Club Meeting.
  • Second Prize: £100 plus a reading of the play at a Club Meeting.
  • Third Prize: £ 75. plus a reading of the play at a Club Meeting.
  • The play should be last between  30 - 45 minutes 
  • Entry fee is £7 (with one free entry for Sussex Playwrights' Club members)
  • Judge's announcement will be mid-December 2011
  • Plays, which must be clearly typed and securely bound, should be sent to: Mr Nicholas Quirke, 24 Highcroft Villas, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 5PS to arrive no later than the 31st July 2011.
  • Entries via the internet and email address will not be accepted
  • All plays must be entered under a pseudonym and all entries should include a sealed envelope with the play's title and the pseudonym on the cover. This envelope should contain a card with the author's real name and address, plus sufficient postage for return of the manuscript.
  • Sussex Playwrights' Club members are entitled to one free entry but all other entries must be accompanied by the entry fee of £7. Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged. It is hoped that the results will be announced by Mid-December 2011.
  • The decision of the judges is final and we cannot enter into any correspondence concerning the results. The judges reserve the right not to award a prize if the number or standard of the entries is deemed to be insufficient.
  • Winning Authors must agree to their plays being given a reading at a club meeting
  • Enquiries can be directed to us by using the contact form on our website or alternatively should be addressed (with a SAE please) to:- 
Mr Nicholas Quirke
24 Highcroft Villas
Brighton, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN1 5PS

Yale Drama Series for Emerging Playwrights
Deadline: August 15, 2011

Yale University Press and Yale Repertory Theatre are seeking submissions for a major new playwriting competition, The Yale Drama Series. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Yale Rep. The winning play will be selected by series judge John Guare.

There is no application form or entry fee. Submissions for the 2012 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, and no later than August 15, 2011.

For details visit:
Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest
Deadline: August 31, 2011

Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest is now accepting submissions from all Canadian playwrights regardless of geographic location. The playwriting competition, sponsored by Samuel French, Inc., was established to encourage awareness and growth of Canadian playwriting. Writers are invited to submit their full-length stage plays that are original and have never been published. The winning play will receive publication and representation from Samuel French. 

For details:

New! Call for Papers: Asylum and Displacement in the Twenty-First Century: Performing Community, Crisis and Belonging
Submissions Deadline: August 31, 2011
Conference registration deadline: December 16, 2011
This two-day conference on performative responses to asylum and displacement is currently accepting abstracts for papers or practical presentations.The vast populations of asylum seekers, refugees and other unauthorised or irregular migrants represent the vanguard of some of the most pressing challenges in a globalised world: conflict, crisis, poverty, security, human rights, environmental degradation and climate change. The conference will facilitate scholarly and creative exchange, investigating ways in which performance might witness, respond to and intervene in these challenges.
Performance in this context may include professional and amateur theatre, community, youth and applied performance, film, protest and activism, site-specific work, and more broadly, the "enactment" of citizenship and belonging.
Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor James Thompson (University of Manchester) and Assoc. Professor Prem Kumar Rajaram (Central European University).
Researchers, artists and other stakeholders are invited to submit 250-word abstracts for papers or practical presentations in response to any of the following topics:
Applied, participatory and community performance
  • Education and youth theatre
  • Verbatim, testimonial or tribunal theatre
  • Intercultural and multilingual performance
  • Cinematic representations of asylum and displacement
  • Protest and activism
  • Site-specific performance
  • Borders, border-crossings and territoriality
  • Biopower, security, incarceration and human rights
  • Sovereignty, citizenship and belonging
  • Cosmopolitanism, globalisation and the ethics of hospitality
  • Ecology, climate change and displacement
  • Indigeneity and displacement
Please forward abstracts to the conference organiser: Dr Emma Cox, Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway:

New! 15th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
Deadline: September 30, 2011

THEATRE THREE, Port Jefferson, New York, is now accepting submissions for its 15th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays to be held on its Second Stage, the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, during March 2012.
Submission Guidelines
  • Only unproduced works will be accepted.
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations, musicals, or children's plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 8.
  • Length: 40 minutes maximum, no minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions.  They need not be made under separate cover.
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
  • Scripts must be postmarked by September 30, 2011.
Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover sheet of play should have title, author, author's address, author's telephone number, and author's email address (if available). Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left-hand corner (no loose pages and no binders, please). All submissions must include a standard SASE for correspondence. Or, if playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.
Selected plays will be presented for 10 performances. Playwrights will receive a small stipend.
Plays should be submitted to
The 15th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
Attn: Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director,
Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512.

We do not accept electronic (email) submissions. Please do not call or stop by the theatre. Final selection of plays will be in late 2011.

New! 9th Women Playwrights International Conference
Application deadline: October 1, 2011

The 9th Women Playwrights International Conference (WPIC) will be hosted by Riksteatern in Stockholm, Sweden from August 15 to 21. The theme will be "The Democratic Stage". Submissions of scripts are now being accepted. Approximately 100 scripts will be presented at the conference.
They are looking for scripts within these six themes:
  • The individual and society
  • Sexuality
  • War
  • Social equality and poverty
  • Work and career
  • God/divinity
For more information visit:

Bottle Tree One-Act Play Competition for Writers 2011
Deadline: November 30, 2011

This international competition is for English-speaking playwrights with a top prize of $1,000.

For more details, visit:

Canadian Stage
Deadline: Submissions are ongoing

Canadian Stage accepts unsolicited scripts and previously produced projects for consideration for production. The company prides itself on presenting trans-disciplinary work and work in translation that pushes the boundaries of form and style. Submission is ongoing. For more details:

One Big Umbrella
Deadline: Submissions are ongoing

One Big Umbrella is looking for playwrights to participate in their Umbrella Talks series. They need playwrights who have had two shows professionally produced (not including student productions or workshops). Submission is ongoing.  For more information:

Ryga Journal of Provocation
Deadline: Submissions are ongoing
Ryga, a new quarterly dedicated to honouring the legacy of George Ryga, is seeking plays for upcoming issues. Submission is ongoing. Details may be found at and questions can be emailed to Sean Johnston, editor at

Studio 180 Theatre
Deadline: Submissions are ongoing

Studio 180 Theater, The Toronto theatre company that produced works like The Arab-Israeli Cookbook and Offensive Shadows, is now seeking pieces of socially relevant theatre fitting with its mandate. Established and emerging playwrights alike are invited to submit their plays for consideration. Visit for more information.

Workshops / Professional Development
Rise to New Heights Weekend Intensive, Shakespeare & Company
May 6 – 8, 2011

Location: Tarragon Theatre Studios
30 Bridgman Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 1X3

The world renowned SHAKESPEARE &  COMPANY Centre for Actor Training in Lenox, Massachusetts will be bringing their “Rise to New Heights” Weekend Intensive to Toronto, May 6 – 8, 2011.  Registration Fee Reduced to $300.00!

The Toronto Weekend Intensive is the ideal introduction to Shakespeare & Company’s renowned actor training methods. It integrates voice,    movement, and monologue work as participants explore ways to unlock the emotional and intellectual content inherent in Shakespeare’s       language, revealing the direct relationship between the actor and the text.

Participants come prepared with a 15-20 line monologue, learned by heart, and work both individually and as part of a group. The workshop    begins with an introductory session on Friday evening, continues all day Saturday, and concludes with a wrap-up on Sunday afternoon. In all, twenty hours of intense focus on the actor’s personal connection to the text.

Contact: Erin Ouellette, Training Assistant Shakespeare & Company
Phone:  413-637-1199  Ext. 114

Festival of Ideas and Creation Artist Intensives, Canadian Stage

This artist- and industry-only series is led by acclaimed artists and features an in-depth and exploratory look at various facets of the creative process. Programming is subject to change. Due to limited capacity and class-preparation requirements, advance registration by application is required. Applications will be accepted until each Artist Intensive reaches its maximum capacity.  All application information can be found at

The Multi-Media Stage with Atom Egoyan – $50

Led by one of Canada’s most renowned film and stage directors, this intensive will look at the adaptation and directorial process for a production of Salome, an interdisciplinary opera project. Participants will have preparation requirements.

Musicality in Performance with Patrice Naiambana and Surahata Susso – $50
In Partnership with Equity Showcase Theatre

Led by acclaimed international artists based in the UK, this four-day workshop is inspired by African Diaspora Performance aesthetics and the raison d’etre of The Griot, and will use Verse Text from Shakespeare’s Othello, discovering choric and personal responses to the action and themes of the play. Participants will develop a performance language that integrates text, movement and music (kora, djembe, flute, song and percussion). This workshop will culminate in a public showing and discussion. Participants will have preparation requirements.


Dynamics of Language and Movement: Hip Hop and the Creator/Performer with Will Power – $50
In Partnership with Equity Showcase Theatre

Hailed as “The best verse playwright in America,” (New York Magazine), whose work “…combines the complexity of serious drama with the visual and sonic arsenal of MTV,” (The New York Times), Will Power is an award-winning playwright and performer. As one of the theatre world’s shining stars, his recent plays include Fetch Clay, Make Man (McCarter Theatre, Directed by Des McAnuff), Five Fingers of Funk (Children’s Theatre Company, Directed by Derrick Sanders), and the nationally and internationally acclaimed solo show FLOW. This 4-day practical intensive will look at the creator/performer’s approach to cross-disciplinary projects incorporating the urban arts, opening up new possibilities exploring physicality, language and source materials for artists who create and perform new works.

THURSDAY, May 19, 5PM – 7PM
Improv for Actors with Chris Earle – $20
In collaboration with The Second City

The Second City has been teaching Improvisational Technique for Theatre in Toronto for over 38 years. This 2 hour workshop with Chris Earle will introduce actors to the Second City “method” based on the work of Viola Spolin and Keith Johnstone. The exercises will introduce techniques that can be directly tied to work “with” and “without” scripts. Learn what makes Second City Alumni so successful.

Please visit:  for more information about the Festival of Ideas and Creation and the Artist Intensive Application Form with instructions for support materials as required.

Upcoming Playwrights Guild of Canada Workshops

How to Do Exceptional Readings of Your Own Scripts
With Judith Thompson
May 16, 2011
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Drop In Rates
$25 for PGC members per class
$35 for non-members per class

 For more details and to register for any of these workshops, contact

Playwrights Getting Down to Business

Friday, June 3, 2011
215 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON
9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

A full day of workshops with the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Sessions include:

First We Take Manhattan:
 the ins (and outs) of promoting your work internationally
Facilitator: Michael Petrasek

Getting It Done! How self-producing contributes to Canadian theatre ecology
Facilitator: Maja Ardal

Ask Annie: Sit down one-on-one with Annie Gibson, Publisher of Playwrights Canada Press

Dancing Lessons: writers and writing in collaborative creation and devising
Facilitator: Bruce Barton

The Dramaturg/Playwright Relationship: from first date to life-long relationship
Facilitators: Joanna Falck, Stephen Colella & Erica Kopyto

Social Media and the Arts
Facilitator: Michael Wheeler

Have a Script? Have a Seat. The role of the playwright development centre
Facilitator: Lisa O’Connell

To register for the workshop, click here.

The Volcano Conservatory, Volcano Theatre
July 22 to 31, 2011
International alternative training for actors, dancers and theatre-makers.
Courses include:
  • Physicalizing Thought / Daniel Brooks
  • Movement for Actors / Peggy Baker
  • Fitzmaurice Voicework / Noah Drew
  • Something From Nothing: Devised Theatre / Quinn Bauriedel (Pig Iron Theatre)
  • Michael Chekhov Technique / Cynthia Ashperger
  • Viewpoints and Suzuki Technique / Michael Greyeyes
  • Bharatanatyam and Beyond / Nova Bhattacharya
Registration is now open! For more information, visit our website at
All courses will be held at the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement in Toronto.
Volcano Theatre / 416.538.4436 /

Summer Theatre Courses for Adults, Theatre Ontario
Deadline for registration: June 17, 2011
August 7 to 13, 2011

Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University
Theatre Ontario’s Summer Theatre Intensive for adults will be offered in Waterloo at Wilfrid Laurier University from August 7-13, 2011.  Your week includes: one course, accommodation, meals, and a selected performance of Twelfth Night at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
In 2011, we are offering the following courses:
  • When I’m on Stage….Who am I?  – Terry Tweed
  • Shakespeare Conservatory – Andrew Tidmarsh (returning from England)
  • Now What Do I Do? (Beginner Directing) – Brenda Bazinet
  • Director’s Symposium – Guest Directors:  Christopher Newton, Eda Holmes, Dean Gabourie, Yvette Nolan and Richard Rose.  Facilitated by John Goddard.
  • Curtain’s Up – David Warrack – A musical experience!
And a special 1-day workshop, Marketing on a Shoestring with Cheryl Ewing for community theatres, on Wednesday August 10th, 2011.
More detailed information available on Theatre Ontario’s website:  

Jobs / Internships

Apprentice Puppeteer (2), 4th Line Theatre
Deadline: May 16, 2011
4th Line Theatre, an outdoor theatre company located in Millbrook, Ont., is currently looking for two (2) Apprentice Puppeteers for the 2011 summer season.
Start date: Tuesday June 7, 2011
End date: Saturday July 23, 2011 (7 weeks)
Responsibilities of this position will include:
  • Assisting the principle Puppeteer during rehearsals and performances
  • Assisting with setting up and operating puppet during rehearsals and performances
  • Assisting with puppet maintenance and repairs where needed
  • Helping operate puppet during performances
  • Interest in theatre props or in puppet-making
  • Experience puppeteering an asset
  • Is creative, curious and passionate about theatre and has the ability to work in a team environment
  • Must enjoy working outdoors
4th Line Theatre is an award-winning outdoor theatre company that presents regionally-based, environmentally-staged, historical dramas.  Our performance venue is located on the Winslow farm, just outside of Millbrook, Ontario.  To find out more about 4th Line Theatre and the upcoming summer season, please visit our website
Please send a resume and covering letter by May 16, 2011 to:
Allena Litherland, Artistic Administrator
c/o 4th Line Theatre
P.O. Box 403
Millbrook, ON  L0A 1G0
705.932.3347 fx

Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival 2012, Theatre Ontario
Deadline: June 30, 2011
Since its inception in 1988, the Neil Munro Intern Directors Project has been sponsored annually by Sun Life Financial and Theatre Ontario.
A Guide to Applicants:
Each year, the Shaw Festival hires two Intern Directors for a period of about six months.  They look for promising professional directors near the beginning of their careers.  Applicants should have a fair bit of professional experience, but probably not in a company as large as the Shaw Festival.  The contracts run approximately from mid-March to late August, depending on the production schedule for the particular season.  These positions are salaried at an apprentice level, which at The Shaw is around $600 per week.
The Intern Directors work under the mentorship of the Directors of the Academy, which is the Shaw Festival’s professional development and public education wing.  Each intern is assigned to two or three successive shows as an Assistant Director.  One of these shows is usually in the Festival Theatre (860 seats) and another in a smaller one (330 seats).  For the most part, being an Assistant Director involves observing the senior directors at work in rehearsal, doing research as required, acting as a sounding board as required.  (Getting them coffee is not required.)  The Interns also assist the company in educating audiences about theatre in general and the Shaw’s productions and programmes in particular.  The Intern positions usually have free time built into some portions of the season, so that Interns are free to take Academy classes and pursue other theatrical projects that interest them provided they are present for all assigned activities.  However it is expected that the intern Directors will spend the majority of their internships in Niagara-on-the-Lake with the Shaw company.
The “Directors Project” is the culmination of the Intern Directors’ season, and has become a very important event to the Shaw company as a whole.  It consists of a double-bill of two one-acts directed by the two Intern Directors.  In consultation with Eda Holmes, the company’s Associate Director, each Intern chooses a play from the period of the Shaw Festival’s mandate (1856-1950).  These plays are given three performances to invited audiences (artistic directors, sponsors, company members, family and assorted friends of the Festival) in a studio setting.  While production resources are limited as to costumes, sets, props, lighting and sound, there are normally apprentice designers, stage managers and other personnel assigned to the project.  All casting is done in consultation with Eda Holmes, and Intern Directors may choose from the actors of the Shaw Ensemble, who participate on a voluntary basis. (The project is in excess of actors’ contracted workload.)  Each one-act has between 50 and 60 hours of rehearsal over 5-6 weeks, scheduled by our Production Stage Manager.
Applications for the Intern Director positions are made through Theatre Ontario, with an end of June deadline (June 30) to begin residency the following March.  There is no application form – just submit a resume with a covering letter, explaining why you would like to be an Intern Director at the Shaw Festival.  Please do not send supporting material that you wish to have returned.  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.  Hiring decisions are made exclusively by the Shaw Festival.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact Tim Chapman, Professional Theatre Coordinator at Theatre Ontario, 416.408.4556 or email
Submit applications by mail to:
Tim Chapman
Theatre Ontario
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 210
Toronto, ON  M5T 2C7
ATT: Shaw Directors Project
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