Photo: Courtesy of QDF. Taken at the QDF Fall Calendar Launch. Credit: Cindy Lopez.

September 19-26


English theatre is alive and well in Montreal this fall

Cancel your Netflix subscription, Montreal’s English theatre is back for its fall season, and there is something for everyone. At an event held at the Mainline Gallery last Monday, the Quebec Drama Federation (QDF) previewed its [members’] upcoming plays. The lineup includes a few classics, some musicals, and a number of for-the-stage adaptations.

Centaur Theatre Opens its 48th Season with CONSTELLATION

Centaur Theatre opens its 48th season withConstellations, winner of London’s Evening Standard Best Play Award and written by British wunderkind, Nick Payne. Running from October 4 to 30, 2016, this quirky tale of two people finding love in multi-universes, which made waves on both sides of the Atlantic in London’s West End (2012) and on Broadway (2015), is directed by the accomplished Canadian director, former Artistic Director of the NAC English Theatre and recent META nominee, Peter Hinton.

Sudbury actor gets lead role in Montreal production of ‘Prom Queen: The Musical’

Sudbury’s Alessandro Costantini is playing the lead role in a production of Prom Queen: The Musical at Montreal’s Segal Centre for the Performing Arts. The musical, which will run at the Montreal theatre from Oct. 27 to Nov. 20, tells the true story of Marc Hall, who fought a successful legal battle against the Durham Catholic District School Board to bring a same-sex date to his high school prom in 2002.

Le nouveau soutien du CALQ aux organismes favorise le développement artistique durable et équitable

En 2017-2018, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) offrira deux nouveaux programmes d’aide financière pour les organismes de création, de production et de diffusion de toutes les disciplines reconnues par le CALQ : Soutien à la mission et Soutien à la programmation spécifique. Ces deux programmes visent à insuffler une vitalité durable aux organismes qui se distinguent afin qu’ils réalisent pleinement leur mission et leurs activités.


Theatre community mourns dramaturge Iris Turcott

Tributes poured in Friday for the late Iris Turcott, who was celebrated as a “force” in Canadian theatre and a nurturing creative influence for the country’s stage talent. The celebrated dramaturge died Thursday in Toronto.

A conversation with Canada arts veteran Simon Brault

This year’s Prismatic Arts Festival kicked off on Wednesday evening with an address from a 30-year veteran of Canada’s culture sector. Simon Brault, director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts, flew in from Ottawa to address a packed audience at Pier 21.

Toronto companies do their part to welcome Syrian refugees

Although he knows it can’t compare to the upheaval experienced by a refugee from a war-torn country, Alec Toller has known the loneliness of moving from one place to another. So the director of the small but award-winning Circlesnake Productionswas inspired to help Syrian refugees experience Canadian culture by offering free tickets to his company’s three upcoming productions.

GCTC focuses on diversification, beginning with The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble

Don’t be surprised if you draw a blank when you scan the program for The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, which opens the new season at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, starting Sept. 20. Most of the performers in this GCTC production of Beth Graham’s family drama about early onset Alzheimer’s have never before acted at the theatre. This is also director Adrienne Wong’s debut at GCTC. As well, the bulk of the production team members are newbies.

How a Canadian theatre team has reimagined The Curious Incident

How do you show the inside of a mind with autism spectrum disorder to a theatre audience? That puzzle is at the heart of any staging of British playwright Simon Stephens’s theatrical adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel told from the perspective of a math-loving, touch-hating 15-year-old boy named Christopher.

Actor David Sklar plays ‘wounded soul’ in Lunchbox Theatre’s After Jerusalem

Fresh off his Betty Mitchell Award nomination for his performance in Theatre Calgary’s Bad Jews, David Sklar teams up with Kira Bradley who won accolades at both the Critters and Bettys for her ensemble work in Lunchbox Theatre’s Book Club.

The Art Of Diversity

Winnipeg, the geographical heart of Canada, has become a melting pot for people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Like many Canadian cities, the capital of Manitoba has welcomed many immigrants to its region over the past decade. In that time, Manitoba and other western provinces have had a 62 per cent increase in immigrant population.

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