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PREPARING FOR SPRING

Playwright Burke Campbell (New Ideas Festival 2017 – Week Two) gives his impression of the pre-audition Cold Reads in December.  Auditions finished on Sunday Jan 8; the Festival runs March 8-26.

Burke Campbell

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My short play, The Red Lacquered Box, is one of 16 short works that will go on in March 2017 at the New Ideas Festival. Broken into groups, the various plays will be performed over a three week period at the Alumnae Theatre. Cold readings went on this past week, so the playrights and directors could hear the works spoken. Casting will take place later.

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The 16 works  were picked from over 200 submissions, from Canada and the United States. The Alumnae staff has worked tirelessly to introduce playwrights to directors, and have sent out a call for actors to participate in the upcoming auditions.

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The New Ideas Festival is an incredibly complex enterprise. For me, it’s an opportunity to meet a huge number of theatre artists and also have a lot of fun.

burke-campbell-019-actor-bwThe Alumnae Theatre is a gorgeous theatre…

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Audition notice for New Ideas Festival 2017

new-ideas-2017-imageStarting December 10, Alumnae Theatre Company invites non-union actors of all ages (18+) and ethnicities to book an audition for our 29th annual New Ideas Festival, a three-week juried festival of 15 new works, running March 8 – 26, 2017.  A different program of 4 short plays will be presented Wednesday to Sunday each week, with a staged reading of a longer play at noon on each Saturday.

General auditions for all the plays in Festival:
January 4, 5,  6 (Wed – Fri) – evenings
January 7 & 8 (Sat & Sun) – daytime
Callbacks will be held for individual plays in mid-January.
Actors must be available for rehearsals beginning January 30.

NOTE: Auditions will be booked according to age and gender, so actors should keep ALL the audition dates free until their slot is confirmed.
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • two-minute monologue (actor’s choice);
  • a side from one of the plays. Please print** and bring to audition.  (Members of Alumnae Theatre Company have the option to skip the monologue and read two sides);
  • headshot and résumé.

**Sides will be available on the Alumnae website (http://www.alumnaetheatre.com) at the end of December.

See blog post dated Dec 8 for the Festival lineup – play titles, writers, and directors.

To book an audition, email: NIFauditions@gmail.com after December 10.

Give your name, gender, acting age range, email address, phone number, and identify if you are an Alumnae member.

Auditions (and the performances) will be held in the 3rd floor Studio at Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto.

Note that all directors and many playwrights attend the general auditions, so be prepared for a full house.

Alumnae Theatre Company is a non-union organization, and this is a non-paying engagement.
 

 

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New Ideas Festival 2017 lineup

Alumnae Theatre Company ‘s 29th annual New Ideas Festival (March 8 – 26, 2017) is a three-week juried festival of new short plays, works-in-progress, and experimental theatre with a different program each week.

4 short plays are presented Wed – Sat at 8pm, with matinees on Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm.  Saturday’s matinee is followed by a Talkback.  In addition, there’s a staged reading of one longer play (approx. 60 mins) each Saturday at noon, also followed by a Talkback.

new-ideas-2017-wk-one-fb-imageWEEK ONE LINEUP (March 8 – 12):

“Call”  by Rosemary Doyle ; directed by Rebecca Ostroff.
Or Not to Be”  by Andrew Batten; directed by Julia Haist,
Teach Her My Name”  by Michael Kras; directed by Paige Foskett.
D-Cup”  by Alicia Payne; directed by Eilish Waller
      Reading (March 11 only):
“Riverkeeper “  by Katherine Koller ; directed by Rebecca Grace.

 

new-ideas-2017-wk-two-fb-imageWEEK TWO LINEUP (March 15 – 19):

“The Red Lacquered Box”  by  Burke Campbell; directed by Lynn Weintraub*
“Parallax”   by Michelle Glennie; directed by Ara Glenn-Johanson.
I Am Awake”  by Anne MacMillan; directed by Sandra Cardinal.
Professionally Ethnic”  by Bobby Del Rio; directed by Rouvan Silogix.
      Reading (March 18 only):
“Who You Callin Black, Eh?”  by Rita Shelton Deverell; directed by Donald Molnar.

* With the permission of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association

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WEEK THREE LINEUP (March 22 – 26):

Beat” by Dale Sheldrake; directed by Josh Downing.
The Ballad of Sadie Wong”  by Andrew Lee; directed by Cassidy Sadler.
Who Knocks?”  by Connie Guccione; directed by Chantel Martin.
“The Hungriest Woman in the World” by Shannon Bramer; directed by Claren Grosz.

      Reading (March 25 only): 
“Thistlepatch “  by Catherine Frid; directed by Kelsey Laine Jacobson.

 

Tickets for the Festival are $15 per week.  Purchase online at http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/tickets.html, or reserve seats by phone (416-364-4170 box 1) and pay cash on arrival.

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New Ideas Festival 2017: Call for Stage Managers

Stage Managers needed!

New Ideas Festival (NIF) is Alumnae Theatre Company’s annual three-week juried festival of new short plays, works-in-progress, and experimental theatre, with a different program each week and a workshopped reading on Saturdays at noon. The 2017 festival will run from March 8 to 26, 2017. new-ideas-2017-image

 

Would you like to get involved in New Ideas Festival and join the fun this year? NIF needs stage managers for many of the 15 short plays. We will provide training if you don’t have experience. Rehearsals start January 30.

 

Each show runs one week (6 performances), and the readings have one performance each at noon on the three festival Saturdays.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Jan. 4 – 8: Festival auditions
  • Jan. 24: Production meeting 7–9 pm (to be confirmed)
  • Jan. 30: Rehearsals begin
  • Feb. 15: Production meeting and lighting demo 7–9 pm (to be confirmed)
  • Feb. 23 – March 4: Tech days by week
  • March 8 – 26: New Ideas Festival performances.

If you are interested in stage managing a play in the New Ideas Festival, please email newideasfestival@gmail.com and put “Stage Manager” in the subject line.

See http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/new-ideas-festival-2017.html for more info on New Ideas.

NOTE:  Alumnae Theatre Company is a non-union organization, and this is a volunteer position.

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New Ideas Festival 2017: Call for Directors

Never-before-produced short scripts have been submitted, and 15 selected for Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival in March.  new-ideas-2017-imageNow it’s time for interested directors to apply!  Once you’ve submitted your application (and the deadline is next Friday, Oct 14), you’ll be given access to read the scripts.

Here’s the official notice:

CALL FOR DIRECTORS

Alumnae Theatre Company invites non-union directors to apply to direct one of the 15 plays (running time 10 to 40 minutes) for New Ideas Festival (NIF) 2017, our 29th annual three-week juried festival of new plays, works-in-progress, and experimental theatre to be held from March 8 to 26, 2017.

 

Important dates:

  • Oct. 14, 2016: Deadline to apply to direct one of the New Ideas Festival plays
  • Nov. 5, 2016: (MANDATORY) Creative Exchange: directors meet playwrights
  • 6, 7, 8, or 9, 2016: (MANDATORY) Attend your play’s cold reading on one of these dates
  • Jan 4-8, 2017: (MANDATORY) Attend Festival auditions according to casting needs
  • , Jan. 30, 2017: Rehearsals begin
  • March 8 – Sun. March 26, 2017: New Ideas Festival. Each show runs one week.

 

NIF provides the following:

  • Stage managers, technical crew, and front of house staff
  • Festival auditions presenting a large pool of actors
  • Rehearsal space, performance space
  • Promotional materials and publicity
  • Access to Alumnae Theatre’s wardrobe, props, and sets
  • A collaborative process with the playwright to continue developing a new work with actors and a dramaturge (if requested)
  • A supportive place for directors to experiment and hone their skills
  • Production guidelines and mentorship that get all the plays and dozens of performers successfully from audition to rehearsal to stage.

 

New Ideas Festival does not pay fees, royalties, or a box office share to participants.

Alumnae Theatre Company retains creative discretion over the festival as a whole. The focus of the festival is script development, so technical requirements for the plays are kept to a minimum. NIF is an exciting opportunity to work one-on-one with a playwright to develop a new work.

 

If you are interested in directing a play in the New Ideas Festival, email newideasfestival@gmail.com by Oct 14, 2016.  Please make the subject line “Director Application (your name)” and provide a directing CV or paragraph description of your experience. You will receive further details once you have submitted your application.

 

As our industry has far fewer female directors, women directors are especially encouraged to apply.

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New Ideas Festival 2017: 12 days to script submission deadline

Twelve days from now – on September 5 – the window closes for writers considering submitting their short stage plays to Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival 2017.

 

That’s writers from anywhere in the world, and short scripts (max 40 mins) on any subject/style, as long as they have NOT been previously produced (the festival is called “New Ideas” – see?).  And there is no submission fee.

 

Check out the July 5 blog post https://alumnaetheatre.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/new-ideas-festival-2017-call-for-scripts-is-now/  for full guidelines, or click on the OPPORTUNITIES tab on our website: http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/submission-calls.html

 

Don‘t let that window close!

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New Ideas Festival 2017: script submission deadline in one month!

Yo, writers!  One month from today – that would be September 5, 2016! – is the deadline to submit your short script for consideration in Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival (NIF).  Founded in 1988, the festival is a very popular annual event: 3 weeks of never-before-produced short plays selected by a jury, each week featuring a different lineup.  New Ideas Festival 2017 will run from March 8 – 26, 2017.

 

Unlike the Fringe Festivals or Toronto’s SummerWorks (which consist of independent, individually-ticketed plays), the New Ideas Festival is part of our

New Ideas Festival 2017. Image/design by Suzanne Courtney.

New Ideas Festival 2017.
Image/design by Suzanne Courtney.

company’s season, and is treated as such. Audience members pay one ticket price ($15) to see a program of four or five short plays.

 

To submit a script (remember:  it must not have been previously produced!), please see the July 5 blog post https://alumnaetheatre.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/new-ideas-festival-2017-call-for-scripts-is-now/  for full guidelines, or check out the OPPORTUNITIES tab on our website: http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/submission-calls.html

NOTE:  Alumnae Theatre Company is located in Toronto (Canada), but writers from anywhere in the world are welcome to submit scripts, as long as they are available (Skype is an option) to meet potential directors on Nov 5, and if their script is selected, for one of the ‘Cold Reads’ dates (Dec 6 – 9, 2016).  No submission fee.

 

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