Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Carlos Bulosan Theatre Play Creation Unit

Call for Submissions

Carlos Bulosan Theatre

Play Creation Unit

The Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s (CBT’s) mandate is to reflect on social issues affecting the Filipino and broader community. CBT is also committed to creating innovative work that reflects a vibrant, new generation of Filipino-Canadian artists. CBT seeks to encourage and develop Filipino-Canadian writers, performers, and other artists within the community.

The CBT Play Creation Unit is a novice play creation program. It introduces participants to various approaches to making theatre. Through regular workshops and sessions with professional theatre artists, we help participants identify, cultivate and explore their creative voice. Each member will create a 10-15 minute piece of theatre that will be presented in CBT’s annual showcase of new work Tales from the Flipside at the end of February 2008.

Submission Guidelines:

  • A letter of interest outlining why you would like to be part of the program, including an idea you would like to develop into a piece of theatre
  • A 1-2 page submission of creative writing (this can take the form of dialogue, poetry, prose, short story, etc.)

The Play Creation Unit begins meeting September 2007 through to January 2008.

The deadline for submissions is August 3, 2007
. Submissions can be sent by email to: info@carlosbulosan.com . Submissions by mail should be sent to: Carlos Bulosan Theatre, 167 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2L4

rAiz'n Ensemble Program



rAiz’n ensemble program


b current

Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 1:00-5:00 pm

Call Back: Saturday, August 25, 2007 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Maria A. Shchuka Library

The rAiz’n ensemble is an established component of the company’s wider rAiz’n the sun training program. Now in its 9th season, the rAiz’n ensemble program enters a new 3 year-cycle in September 2007, and runs until August of each season. Auditions for entry into the program this season are now open.

During the course of the program, ensemble members will participate in part-time workshop series and classes, customized apprenticeships, mentoring, networking opportunities, peer collaboration, and hands-on work in the company’s productions, including the annual rock.paper.sistahz festival.

The program is for career-oriented individuals with interests in performance, creation, design, writing, directing, and/or producing, who are looking to continue honing their craft and accessing a direct springboard into the work arena.

Facilitators and mentors who work with the rAiz’n ensemble are professional artists, alongside the program lead, b current’s Artistic Director, ahdri zhina mandiela.

Booking a slot in the audition can be made by calling 416-533-1500. For the initial audition on August 23, applicants are required to present any kind of performance piece (2 – 5 minutes) and/ or present a work activities portfolio. Applicants selected for call back will engage in a workshop session on August 25.

For more information, please contact:

Chiaki Nemoto

General Manager, b current

720 Bathurst Street, Suite 402, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

Tel: 416-533-1500

Fax: 416-533-1560

Cell: 647-839-3332

E-mail: gm@bcurrent.ca

Website: www.bcurrent.ca

Saturday, July 21, 2007

ALAMEDA THEATRE COMPANY: An Avenue for Latin Voices


Alameda Theatre Company, Canada's premiere professional Latin Canadian theatre company, invites submissions from established and emerging playwrights for our first ever Latin Canadian playwright’s festival: THE 2008 DE COLORES FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS.

The festival will focus on providing developmental support for works in progress by pairing the chosen playwrights with professional dramaturgs from Toronto’s theatre community. This year’s festival dramaturgs are the award- winning director and playwright Guillermo Verdecchia (Bloom, The Noam Chomsky Lectures, Insomnia, Fronteras Americanas to name a few) and Stephen Colella, Dramaturg at Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People.

Our mandate is to provide opportunities to Latin Canadian theatre artists and playwrights and to build audiences for their work. We envision that Latin American arts and artists will be embraced by a broad Canadian community that is aware of, understands and respects the Latin-American Canadian experience.

Scripts selected for the 2008 De Colores Festival of New Works will receive dramaturgical sessions from January to June 2008, a short workshop and staged reading in June 2008 and will automatically be short-listed for production in our upcoming seasons. Selected playwrights will be contacted by December 2007.

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2007

1. Scripts must be Canadian, original, un-produced works of 60 to 120 minutes in length.
2. Playwrights must be citizens or landed immigrants of Canada.
3. We will NOT accept more than one submission per playwright.
4. All themes are encouraged. Plays need not have specific Latin American themes or characters, but playwrights must be of Latin American origin, as the goal with this festival is to develop Latin American voices in Canada. (Even if you do not speak any Spanish, if you identify yourself as Latin American, Hispanic, Latino, Spanish or a mix of these, we encourage your submission.)
5. Cast size should preferably be no more than 5 characters.
6. All plays must be in English OR translated into English before the start of the festival.
7. Please include a one-page synopsis with the theme, plot, length of play, character breakdowns and any doubling possibilities.
8. Please also include a title page, with playwright’s name, name of play and contact information.
9. Submissions must be in hard copy only (emails will NOT be accepted), typed or word-processed, one side, loose page and minimum 11-point font on white paper. All pages must be numbered with the title of the play on each page.
10. Please do not submit original copies. If you wish to have your scripts returned, please include a SASE with the correct postage.

Please note:
Playwrights whose scripts are selected are encouraged to attend the festival in June. An honorarium will be provided to writers for the playwright unit and festival, however travel is the responsibility of the artist.

Please submit scripts to:
2008 De Colores Festival of New Works
966A Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 1W5

For more information regarding the 2008 De Colores Festival of New Works please email hola@alamedatheatre.com or call (416) 428-7638.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Justice for Burma’s Students: 45 Anniversary of July 7th Commemoration

On March 2nd , 1962, the dictator Nay Win and his military generals took over power from the elected representatives of Burma. This coup provoked the first well-known vigorous student uprising against the dictatorship.

On July 7th, over 300 courageous student activists were killed as the students’ union building was demolished by dynamites. In addition, over 200 student demonstrators were gunned down inside the Rangoon University campus. Although the massacre occurred 45 years ago, the spirit for justice and democracy has lived on.

Here in Toronto, the Burmese Students’ Democratic Organization - Canada (BSDO) is holding an event to commemorate the 45th anniversary of July 7th massacre.

Special guest speaker - Mehn Robert Ba Zan

Mehn Robert Ba Zan was a 1962 student activist, and has taken a leader of the Karen National Union. He is also a leader of Karen communities in North America, based in Minnesota, working in support of community development and democracy movement for Burma.

There will also be host speakers from Toronto. We will sing revolution songs and play traditional live music with powerful drums. Everyone is welcome.

Time: 7 pm on Saturday, July 7th, 2007
Location: Burmese Python’s Soccer Club
430 St. Clarens Avenue
Toronto, Ontario

Space limited, first come first serve basis
Foods and refreshment provided

Free Admission

Contact information at 416-533-1906