Local News

ELAN Presents “The SAVVY Sessions for Performing Artists”

By: Elan

Are you a performing artist, looking to sharpen your skills and increase your know-how?  Want to bring your performance or productions to the stage or on tour?  Looking to take your performing arts career to the next level? This workshop series is dedicated to the disciplines of Theatre, Dance, and Music. These workshops are open to all performing artists. Learn about grant writing, building your artistic brand, agents & mentors, producing your own shows, making the perfect demo, etc.

Watch for updates on future sessions! To register, send an email to admin@quebec-elan.org. For further questions concerning the workshops, or if you have suggestions for workshops you would like to see in the future, contact june.park@quebec-elan.org.

Find out more about the workshops here.


Lineup Announced: 27th Edition of the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival

By: Montreal Theatre Hub / Camila Fitzgibbon

“MainLine Theatre has announced the lineup of this year’s St-Ambroise FRINGE Festival, running in Montreal from May 29th to June 18th! Take your pick of over 800 performances by more than 500 artists in over 20 intimate venues this June. Celebrate quebecois, national and international artists converging in the Plateau Mont-Royal for a multidisciplinary, French and English festival of theatre, music, dance, visual arts and more!” Look through the full program here.


National News

Edinburgh: Canada Hub celebrates the best of new Canadian theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe

By: stage-door.com

“The producers of Counting Sheep, the hit visceral political theatre piece that stormed Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, are back to present a vital and relevant season of theatre and contemporary performance from across Canada. The 70th Anniversary Edinburgh Fringe runs Aug 4 – 28, 2017. King’s Hall will be home to Canada Hub, presented by Selfconscious Productions as part of the award-winning Summerhall and Aurora Nova programmes for 2017. Canada Hub comes to Edinburgh in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts and with support from the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom and British Council Canada.” Read more.


Soulpepper Academy students make a living as the future of Canadian theatre

By: nowtoronto.com

“How do you empower the next generation to succeed in one of the most challenging industries in Canada? In an age of internships and precarious employment, Soulpepper Theatre is making a bold and optimistic statement by investing in young artists through its professional training program. Founded in 2006, the Soulpepper Academy is a two-year paid conservatory program where a carefully selected group of theatre professionals from across the country get the chance to intensely focus on their respective crafts – including acting, directing, playwriting, producing and design. It’s not merely theatre school with a weekly paycheque, but a crucial piece of Soulpepper’s succession strategy that pays its legacy forward with real opportunities for leading talent.” Read more.


A Concrete Approach to Sexual Consent

By: alberta.ca

“Edmonton’s Concrete Theatre Society is staging a made-in-Alberta play on sexual consent, thanks to an $80,000 grant from Status of Women. Minister Stephanie McLean announced funding for an original, one-act production called “Consent” to educate students about gender equality and healthy relationships.  “Theatre and story-telling are powerful ways to connect with teens, to learn about positive relationships and become respectful partners. I am proud to partner with Concrete Theatre on this creative approach to preventing sexual violence in Alberta.” (Stephanie McLean, Minister of Status of Women.) Read more.


International News

Idina Menzel to Return to the Stage in an Off Broadway Play

By: nytimes.com

“Idina Menzel conquered Broadway in “Wicked,” and Hollywood in “Frozen.” Now the performer known for her pipes is planning to return to the stage, but in a quieter way: as the star of a new nonmusical play Off Broadway. Ms. Menzel will appear in “Skintight,” a comic drama by Joshua Harmon (“Bad Jews,” “Significant Other”). The play, commissioned and presented by the Roundabout Theater Company, is about a character named Jodi Isaac whose husband leaves her for a much younger woman while her father is involved with a much younger man.” Read more.


‘King Kong’ Musical to Climb Broadway in Fall 2018


“King Kong,” the long-gestating stage musical that stars a giant animatronic puppet in the title role, will finally arrive on Broadway next year, with a largely new creative team that includes playwright Jack Thorne, who co-wrote the Broadway-bound London smash “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”The show, which will be staged on Broadway by buzzy London director-choreographer Drew McOnie (“In the Heights,” “Strictly Ballroom“), had initially been slated for New York in 2014, but that run was delayed after a 2013 bow in Melbourne that earned a mixed response. Produced by Australian spectacle specialists Global Creatures and Broadway regular Roy Furman (“Hello, Dolly!,” “The Color Purple,” “An American in Paris”), “King Kong” is now on track to move into the Broadway Theater in fall 2018.” Read more.


New Broadway Program Will Direct Tickets To Students & Artists

By: deadline.com

“The latest venture in re-selling pricey Broadway ducats promises – here’s a shocker – to lower prices, not raise them. As long as you fit a certain profile, that is. The new service, dubbed “Swing Seats,” after performers skilled at stepping into any role at the last minute, will connect theatergoers holding spare tickets with students, artists and others who might not be able to afford them.” Read more.


Why are Traditional Plays Struggling to Attract Crowds on Broadway?

By: theguardian.com

“ Though this year’s roster of new American plays is especially strong (Indecent, Oslo, Sweat, A Doll’s House, Part 2), a quick perusal of box office statistics shows them performing far below the current crop of Tony-nominated musicals, which is typical of straight plays without a major Hollywood name attached.” Read more.

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