Local News

Workshop Opportunities: A List from ELAN

By: quebec-elan.org/

Here is a list of amazing workshops opportunities offered in the city for young, emerging and established artists. From multidisciplinary to theatre intensive training, these  workshops promise to cater your need and develop your artistry on the performance and marketing levels. Look at the full list here.


CBC Getting Media Attention Workshop

By: quebec-elan.org

ELAN is bringing back a very popular workshop presented by CBC’s own Debbie Hynes. The workshop is catered to artists in need of knowledge on how to write a good, standard press release, pitch a project to the media, and shaping your story. This workshop fills up incredible quickly so make sure to apply. Find out more here.


A List of Job Opportunities for Struggling Artists

By: quebec-elan.org

ELAN once again is helping Montreal artists by providing an extensive list of job opportunities for artists alike in the fields of theatre, education, and marketing. Find the full list here.


Workshops from YES Montreal

by: yesmontreal.ca

Here are two of workshops from YES Montreal catered at helping artists with expanding their brand, market themselves, and know how to productively use social media: Jump-Start Your Art & Financing Options *Also Available Online* AND Group Coaching For Artists: Social Media. Free or almost free.


Montreal mayor to honour actor Al Pacino with key to the city

By: globalnews.ca / Amanda Kelly

“ Montreal mayor Denis Coderre is paying tribute to Al Pacino by giving the American actor a key to the city. “I am very happy to hand Al Pacino the key to our city,” Coderre said in a statement. “I have been a fan of his work as an actor for many years now. It will be an honour to shake his hand and welcome him again to Montreal.” “ Read more.

National News

Montreal-raised producer celebrates 14 Tony nominations

By: globalnews.ca / Victoria Ahearn

“ Tuesday was a bittersweet day for Montreal-raised theatre producer Adam Blanshay. He got to celebrate 14 Tony Award nominations for two of his Broadway plays, but also had to announce the early closure of another. Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two got eight Tony nominations while The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time got six. Both are co-produced by Just For Laughs Theatricals, where Blanshay is CEO.” Read more.


New York: “Come From Away” will be the subject of a documentary film

By: stage-door.com

“ The true story behind the new Broadway musical Come from Away will be the subject of a new documentary film under the working title Come From Away: From Gander to Broadway. The new musical explores the lasting connection forged between a group of travelers whose planes were diverted to a small Newfoundland town during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The travelers were known as “come from aways.” The musical they inspired opened on Broadway March 12 after playing try-out engagements across the U.S.”  Read more.


Stratford: Off The Wall and Theatre Ontario join forces for theatre education in Stratford

By: stage-door.com

“ A collaborative program hosted by on-stage and behind-the-scenes theatre organizations is coming to Stratford this summer. Off The Wall Stratford Artists Alliance, a charity focused on backstage production, has teamed up with Toronto-based Theatre Ontario, an onstage entity with an emphasis on acting, directing and play writing. The two sides are teaming up to provide a series of intensive courses over a two-week period in August. ‘ Read more.


Toronto’s Theatre Community Mourns Beloved Critic

By: cbc.ca / Muriel Draaisma

“Toronto’s theatre community is mourning a critic who reviewed plays for the city’s NOW magazine for 35 years. Jon Kaplan, NOW’s senior theatre writer, died Friday of cancer, according to the magazine. He was 69.  Susan G. Cole, former senior entertainment writer at NOW, said Kaplan wrote his final review for the weekly alternative news and entertainment magazine only two weeks before his death. She said she worked with Kaplan at the magazine for 20 years.”  Read more.


Toronto Fringe: Call for Volunteers

By: fringetoronto.com

The best way to get involved in the Fringe is to volunteer and help out for the festival. This year, you can volunteer for the Toronto Fringe Festival and get an inside to how to run a festival, how to get involved in the Toronto Theatre Scene, and network tremendously. Find out more here.

International News

Shawn Achor – “The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance”

By: tedx Talks

A wonderful Tedx Talk about how to link positive thoughts to your performance. Something we can apply to any form of arts. Give it a watch here.


Our Actors Upstaged by Weather Presenters

By: the guardian.com

“ Hurrah for Dame Judi Dench (Get off the sofa and learn your Shakespeare, Dench tells young actors, 28 April). The first requirement of an actor or broadcaster is TO BE HEARD. I am considering giving up attending provincial theatre, as I rarely manage to hear more than half of the dialogue – even when sitting in the front stalls” This article will tell you how important it is to be heard as actors and understood. It speaks volume…. Read more here.


Tony Contenders Talk About The State Of Musicals And Making Theatre Work n Broadway

By: latimes.com/ / Steven Zeitchik

“Sure, “Hamilton” had its eyes on us last year. And “La La Land” started a fire this winter. But this Broadway season of new musicals, which crescendoed with a final crash of openings last week, has been a rousing symphony in its own right. The range of original shows is eye-opening. The postwar swing of “Bandstand.” The coming-of-age timeliness of “Dear Evan Hansen.” The Tolstoyan immersiveness of “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” The idea-stuffed melancholy of “Groundhog Day.” The throwback theatricality of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The feel-good foot-stomping of “Come From Away.”” Read more.

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