28 November 2011

Dramaturgy in Sackville

CCTC director Kim McCaw travelled to Sackville, New Brunswick last month
to serve as dramatrug for a Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) script development workshop of John Spurway's Help Desk.

The CCTC and PARC have dynamic history of collaboration. The above photo is actually from the 2010 PARC Playwright's Colony - the rugged ambiance is due to the event's setting in Hessler Hall, a rehearsal space/prop storage room on the Mount Allison campus. Kim is sitting with Saskatoon-based playwright  Jennifer Wynne Webber, who was in Sackville as part of an exchange between PARC and the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre.

CCTC Director Kim McCaw has been a guest dramaturg at the PARC Colony for the past four years. Two of the plays he's worked on there, The Woodcutter, and The Cave Painter, both by Don Hannah, have been produced by CCTC as part of our annual Working Title Festival. The Cave Painter featured PARC Artistic Director Jenny Munday.

23 November 2011

TYA Playwrights Circle 2012

The CCTC and Kompany Family Theatre are presenting a playwright's circle in the new year, open to those interested in writing theatre for young audiences:

2012 New Works for Young Audiences Playwright’s Circle 

Appropriate playwrights:
This circle is for playwrights (emerging or established) who are interested in developing work suitable for young audiences and/or families. The play can be at any stage of development – a full draft, a few scenes or even just an idea. A small group of no more than six playwrights will be selected to participate in this workshop based upon the suitability of their proposed work, their goals around developing their work and their desire to share the development process with others.

Playwright Circle elements:
Over the course of the full circle playwrights can expect to develop their plays under the guidance of established playwright, educator, director and dramaturg, Kim McCaw, as well as through feedback from other participants, readings by professional actors and reaction and feedback from your intended audience.

Acceptance & participation in the Playwright’s Workshop will include:
  • Six ‘playwright’s circle style’ sessions lead by Kim McCaw (Canadian Centre for Theatre Creation) on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. from January 18 to February 22, 2011 (Edmonton). 
  • Workshop readings of your play (or scenes) in development by professional actors for a school and/or family audience. You will be given an honorarium for the use of your piece in this part of the process. 
  • Consideration for future development and/or production by Kompany Family Theatre. 

Application Process:
Interested playwrights are invited to respond to the Artistic Director of Kompany Family Theatre (kompany AT telus.net) by January 4th 2012 with a short description of your play/idea, what you would like to accomplish over the course of the workshop as well as relevant background information about yourself. Chosen participants will be required to pay a fee of $150.00 for the workshop process and will be eligible for an honorarium for the use of their work with a school and/or family audience.

16 November 2011

Daniel MacIvor is What Happens Next

Our Lunchbox Chat with Daniel MacIvor is tomorrow at 1pm! The location has changed slightly - it is still taking place in the Timms Centre for the Arts, but instead of the lobby, we'll be in the main theatre. Bring your lunch, bring your friends, and get ready for some great conversation. Remember, if you can't make it, you can use #LunchboxChat on Twitter to follow along.

Necessary Angel's production of MacIvor's new play, This is What Happens Next, opens this week at the Citadel Theatre. The trailer is below. If you're in Edmonton, be sure to catch the show while it's in town!

7 November 2011

Tweet Your Lunchbox Chat Questions

As you know, Daniel MacIvor, who's in town performing his latest solo show This is What Happens Next at the Citadel from November 12 to December 4, is our next Lunchbox Chat guest of the season. We look forward to sitting down with one of Canada's greatest theatre makers for an intimate conversation about his craft on Thursday, November 17 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event!

But we haven't forgotten about the MacIvor fans in the CCTC community who can't make the chat, be they non-Edmontonians or local folks who have to work. Those of you who won't be able to attend can participate virtually by following the hashtag #LunchboxChat on Twitter. We also welcome you to tweet your questions to @theCCTC, tagged with #LunchboxChat. We will pass a few of them along to Daniel and relay the responses to the Twittersphere.

Lunchbox Chat with Daniel MacIvor
November 17, 1pm-2pm (Mountain Time)
Timms Centre for the Arts

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2 November 2011

Nov 17: Lunchbox Chat with Daniel MacIvor

The CCTC is excited to welcome Daniel MacIvor, one of the most celebrated theatre artists in Canada, as our next Lunchbox Chat guest of the season. MacIvor will be in town performing his latest solo show This is What Happens Next at the Citadel Theatre from November 12 to December 4.

A Cape Breton native, Daniel MacIvor is an actor, playwright, and director, whose work has been produced all over the world. Between 1986 and 2006, MacIvor’s company da da kamera premiered many of his works, including Monster, Here Lies Henry, The Lorca Play, The Soldier Dreams, Insomnia, In On It, and A Beautiful View. He also created the feature films Past Perfect, Wilby Wonderful, and Whole New Thing. MacIvor's new show This is What Happens Next, a "scary comic fairy tale", opens next week at the Citadel Theatre.

MacIvor has won a Governor General’s Award, two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and the Siminovich Prize - the largest award in Canadian theatre.

CCTC director Kim McCaw will lead a public interview with MacIvor, after which audience members are encouraged to ask their own questions. Bring your lunch, bring your friends, and enjoy a great conversation about theatre!

Thursday, November 17th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Timms Centre lobby

This event is free of charge and open to all.