Welcome to Industry News, a new blog series sharing what’s happening in Canadian theatre and the wider arts community. Each week we’ll share news we’ve come across as well as events, calls for nominations and submissions, and professional development opportunities.
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Thousand Islands Playhouse announces change to casting process
The Thousand Islands Playhouse (TIP) will no longer require actors to provide height and weight measurements on their resumes during the casting process. Managing Artistic Director Brett Christopher suggested this change in policy on social media Tuesday evening. “It is an antiquated, sexist, and irrelevant practice that does not tell me anything about you as an actor,” said Christopher. “We cast for heart, brains, chutzpah, and poetry.” TIP feels that this is a small but important step for the sector and urges other Canadian theatre companies to follow suit.
The Shaw Festival receives three million dollar donation from Tim and Frances Price to launch the Andy Pringle Creative Reserve
The Shaw Festival announces the receipt of a three million dollar gift from Tim and Frances Price to jumpstart the creation of the Andy Pringle Creative Reserve. Named in honour of the Shaw Festival’s previous board chair, the Andy Pringle Creative Reserve will allow Artistic Director Tim Carroll and his successors to take artistic risk and experiment with ideas that might be otherwise hampered by a lack of investment capital.
Read the speeches from Marcus Youssef and Christine Quintana on being named the winner and protégé of the 2018 Siminovitch Prize for Theatre.
What’s Happening at PACT
- Due to unforeseen complications we are unable to proceed with the currently scheduled Human Resources Web Workshops at this time. We understand the importance of learning development and support in this area and will look to early 2018 to re-schedule and offer this series. We remain dedicated to offering this learning platform. Full refunds will be processed for all participants and we will send out information as soon as we have a revised schedule for delivery.
What’s Happening in the Wider Community
- Vancouver-based artist Marcus Youssef has been awarded the 2017 Siminovitch Prize for Theatre. Youssef named Christine Quintana as his protégé.
- Work in Culture (based in Ontario) is looking for employers for a new program designed to provide career-related work experience for 15 eligible youth.
- The Ontario Arts Council hosting a series of check-ins in communities across the province.
- The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, GVPTA, is hosting their Annual General Meeting on December 5.
- Infinitheatre (Montreal QC) has announced the winners of their 2017 Write-on-Q playwrighting competition.
- The Cultural Human Resources Council of Canada is conducting a nation-wide compensation survey for managers and administrators at not-for-profit arts organizations.
- The National Theatre School has announced that Vancouver-based director, playwright and actor Kim Senklip Harvey and Toronto-based curator, playwright and director of the Rhubarb Festival Mel Hague have been selected as the inaugural residents of its new Artistic Leadership Residencies.
- Nominations for Ontario’s Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are now open. The deadline to nominate an organization or individual is December 5.