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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In Memoriam: Louise Bentall
Touchstone Theatre announced the passing of bookkeeper and former General Manager Louise Bentall. From Touchstone: “Louise was a fixture at Touchstone since 1998 and a most valued leader and mentor in her various positions with us. Most recently, she was our Bookkeeper, and held the position of General Manager for several years prior. Louise was an extraordinary force behind Touchstone, bringing us a wealth of knowledge through her decades of experience in the Arts, unparalleled financial acumen, and dedication to Touchstone’s endeavours.”
National Arts Centre Releases Further Details on The Creation Fund
The National Arts Centre has released more information on their new Creation Fund, including a description of how the Fund will work, the submission process, and the timelines for decisions.
Tarragon Theatre Hosts Directing Course with Richard Rose
From conceptualization to rehearsal, this course will be an examination/exploration of a directing process — a how-to-go from your first reading’s gut impression to moment-by-moment rehearsal with the actors. Students will look at the relationship between instinctual reactions, concept, research, analysis, design, characterizations and the rehearsal process. Details on the Tarragon Theatre website.
Globe and Mail Profiles Eda Holmes
The Globe and Mail recently published a profile of Eda Holmes, incoming artistic and executive director of Montreal’s Centaur Theatre.
What’s Happening in the Wider Community
- World Theatre Day was Monday, March 27th, with both Canadian and international messages shared as part of celebrations.
- The federal government announced the 2017 budget on March 22. Read the Canadian Arts Coalition’s press release on what Budget 2017 has in store for the arts.
- Nova Scotia’s Merritt Awards were announced on Monday, March 27th.
- The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance has announced the next Making a Scene conference will be held on Tuesday, June 20.