Sum Theatre is proud to offer a rare opportunity…

A masterclass with world-renowned teacher Judith Koltai!

After successful workshops with Sum Theatre and the University of Saskatchewan in 2016, Judith returns to continue that work and to introduce it to a new group of artists.

Information about Judith and her work can be found below.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants - early registration is advised. 

Workshop Details
Friday, October 27th, 2017 - 7pm to 9pm
Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th - 10am to 5pm

$250/participant*

*a small number of bursaries may be available, so please contact us (confidentially) if cost is an issue

Please email sumtheatreassociate@gmail.com to request a spot. Please include a few sentences about your interest in this workshop and relevant experience. Please submit no later than 5:00pm on Friday, October 6th, 2017. Those accepted to the workshop will be notified in the following days.

About Judith and the Workshop
Judith Koltai, MA, ADTR, Master Movement Teacher and pioneer in the Application of Authentic Movement Practice to the Performing Arts. Director of Movement, National Voice Intensive of Canada; Invited Master Teacher in Movement, National Theatre School of Canada (2003-2008); Invited Guest Faculty, Venice Biennalle College, Dance Section.  

Authentic Movement, which originated in the dance world in the late 1950s, invites and teaches the ability to listen to and follow deep internal cues from the body. In the application of Authentic Movement to the actor’s practice, creative sources are accessed and given form through heightened attention to sensory/kinesthetic experience.

For over 20 years, Judith Koltai has pioneered the application of the principles and the practices of this physical discipline to the spoken theatrical text as well as to the sourcing and developing of new theatrical material.

The workshop will begin with introduction to the basic elements and forms of the practice of Authentic Movement, and will then move on to performance exploration enriched by the application of Authentic Movement practice. There will be opportunity for individual, dyadic, and collective exploration.

OPTIONAL: Workshop participants are invited to come prepared with a memorized classical text in verse (Shakespeare or Greek or French/Racine/Moliere). Minimum 12, maximum 20 lines. Choose a piece of text which is new to you, which you love (or hate), and which satisfies yet challenges you personally and artistically.

Don't forget to renew your membership for 2017 / 2018

Hello Members!
This is a quick reminder that your 2017-2018 SATP membership has now expired. Not sure how you fit in? Saskatchewan’s professional theatres are vital for our communities.

Last year, your membership helped SATP strengthen and create a positive impact by building:

·        Successful advocacy initiatives with the creative industry sector in Saskatchewan and Canada;
·        Reinforcing relationships with national service and theatre organizations;
·        And a creation of a new agreement with Creative Saskatchewan to receive official operational support as the 7th industry association from the agency. This funding will allow us to explore more opportunities with all professional live performing artists to collaborate and create multi-disciplinary art worthy of national dissemination.

This year, we hope to accomplish even more. We are looking at new, innovative and valuable opportunities for our members. We have some great new programs we will announce very soon!

We couldn’t do it without our founding members just like you! Please join our organization for another successful year by renewing your membership today.  You can submit your application and payment on our member portal at: https://sasktheatreprofessionals.ca/membership/ .

If you have any questions about the renewal process, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 306-361-2312 or satpexecutivedirector@gmail.com. As always, we thank you for your continued dedication to growing our organization. Please find enclosed some business cards to pass along to other professional associates. We look forward to serving you for another year!

Sincerely,
Colleen Ostoforoff, Executive Director

New Programs for Theatre Professionals & Theatre Organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2017

NEW PROGRAMS FOR THEATRE PROFESSIONALS & THEATRE ORGANIZATIONS

With Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals

Saskatoon, SK, September 20, 2017– Today Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals, Executive Director, Colleen Ostoforoff announced new programs for theatre professionals and live performing arts community.

“I am excited to announce three new different programs with Saskatchewan Association Theatre Professionals. Saskatchewan’s theatre community has been incredibly supportive as SATP develops new creative programming that will benefit not only our emerging but seasoned theatre professionals. SATP’s membership shared what their needs are and we listened. SATP supports the development and growth of our artists working in theatre in our province.”

Our first program is The Propeller Series.  “In order to move forward in our careers, we need to propel, move forward like an airplane with help from outside sources,” Colleen explained. “The Propeller Series is just that! Think differently and explore through a series of events designed to provide valuable insight on important topics for not for profit organizations and professional artists in theatre and live performing arts sectors.”

Featured in The Propeller Series are five different events. Healthy Artist Talks Series is a unique series of approaches to developing the human potential is important for not only our professional development in our careers, but for long term appreciation and understanding how being a healthy artist affects our everyday life. Each year the Healthy Artist Talks series will take on different mini-workshop sessions to continue to develop our professional artists and administrators. This year, the Healthy Artist Talks Series will feature two mini-talks being Dangerous Decibels in Arts Spaces & Healthy Lifestyle Movement Class for Artists & Administrators.

Dangerous Decibels in Arts Spaces - Of the roughly 40 million Americans suffering from hearing loss, 10 million can be attributed to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL can be caused by a one-time exposure to loud sound as well as by repeated exposure to sounds at various loudness levels over an extended period of time. NIHL is probably the most common occupational hazard facing people today.

Being an artist is demanding and can play a toll on our health. Performers and administrators in theatre and live performing arts are concerned about their hearing. When it comes to hearing it is important to know and learn how your hearing changes as you age and why it is important to be tested, when should you be tested and what is involved. Learn how to significantly reduce your exposure to hearing loss and tinnitus in the workplace and about prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. Learn more about your hearing with a qualified registered audiologist from a dedicated team of hearing instrument practitioners.

Healthy Lifestyle Movement Class for Artists & Administrators - SATP believes movement is important as it equals longevity and our expansive space promotes movement. Effective movement brings awareness and efficiency into our ordinary movements of sitting, standing and walking. As we facilitate a shift in posture that allows the body to find an effortless upright structure we learn applications that brings exercises for self-care and professional development.

Collaborating with Sum Theatre Saskatoon, SATP offers a hands-on workshop talk to improve your strength, cardiovascular capacity, mobility, and agility in an environment that will keep you coming back for more. Learn how to effortlessly move on stage, in the office and in your home.

Money Management - Fraud Controls for Professional Not For Profit Organizations - Engaging professional arts organizations by remembering you might be at risk of fraud. Learn from the professional and discuss the key internal controls that you should have in place. Explore the fraud triangle and indications that it may be happening in your organization. Guest speaker Brian Heinrichs, CPA, CA Partner, Assurance & Advisory from Virtus Group will provide the expertise needed to keep your organization in check.

Agents of Change Networking Sessions featuring two networking events in Regina & Saskatoon. Seasoned professionals and theatre professionals with not as much experience can join together to talk, network and ask each other questions. A change agent is anyone who helps an organization transform by improving business processes and interpersonal interactions and this networking opportunity is exactly that opportunity for all performing arts organizations and professional theatre artists that would like to engage with the community.

Networking provides a spinning chance for emerging and seasoned professionals to talk, ask questions and propel their careers to the next level. Do you have a burning question to ask one of SATP’s seasoned professionals? Join us in Regina or Saskatoon at one of our Agents of Change Networking Sessions.

SATP’s second program features a 2-day workshop called: You've Got This! A Practical Guide for Canadian Artists and Arts Managers. Explore additional fundamentals not taught formally through our educational institutions. Presenters are: Laura Adlers and Hannah Burgé Luviano. This workshop covers four main topics:

Day 1: Session I:  Navigating the Artist's Life - You have completed your training. Now what?: Steps for building your career as an artist; The valuation of your role as an artist; Networking: Telling your story in a precise and interesting way; Session II: Managing Financial Business as an Artist -Financial literacy for artists: Budgeting, investing and retiring well, Taxes 101: The whats, ifs and hows of filing a tax return & Contracts: Lessons learned from AirBnB and other entrepreneurial businesses. 

Day 2: Session III:  Building your Business as an Artist - Everyone's a start-up: How to build your business with $100; Partnerships:  Why collaboration will save your life and The A-Z of not-for-profit organizations, from working with one to creating one of your own. Session IV:  Marketing for an international audience - Building an effective website - The must-have's and the must-not's; Social media:  The good, the bad and the inappropriate & International Audiences:  Knowing your crowd and getting those bookings!

Our third program is the implementation of phase 1 of All In: A National Equity, Diversity & Inclusive Initiative. We are in the planning stages for this 18 month-long program with the theatre community and our National collaborating partner, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. Stay tuned for upcoming details on this new initiative as we prepare to pilot this new program in Saskatchewan!

Visit our website and face book page for details regarding dates, times, locations. Programs are free for all SATP members and a minimal cost for non-members https://sasktheatreprofessionals.ca/ .

Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals supports the development, creative practices & production of Saskatchewan’s theatre professionals.

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If you would like more information about one of these programs, please contact Colleen Ostoforoff at 306.361.2312 or email at Sask.theatre@gmail.com.

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safeword (Toronto, ON) – The 2018 Safe Words New Canadian Play Award

safeword (Toronto, ON) – The 2018 Safe Words New Canadian Play Award

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SAFE WORDS 2018
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 15th, 2017

safeword is accepting submissions for its fifth annual SAFE WORDS Canadian play reading festival and juried competition.

Here’s how it works. Playwrights are invited to anonymously submit a full-length play to the festival. Each applicant is required to provide a modest $10 entry fee with their submission. The company will select four finalists. These finalists will have their plays read in four separate pay-what-you-can public readings as part of the SAFE WORDS 2018 festival in front of a local jury of theatre professionals. In the end, the jurors select a winner and all of the money from the entry fees, donations and the event revenue will be accumulated to create ‘The 2018 Safe Words New Canadian Play Award’. The purpose of the festival is to create an independent, artist-driven initiative that is solely sustained by a shared, community investment in the creation of new Canadian drama.  

Part of our initiative is to create a safe space where everyone is granted complete freedom of expression. Safe Words has a special preference for plays that challenge the status quo, tackle controversial subject matter or shed light on topics and perspectives that are underrepresented. Never written anything before? Perfect. This is not a competition for who has the most experience or biggest vocabulary. We’re looking for real, honest voices armed only with their words, experience, hopes, dreams and fears. Let this be a deadline for you to write a play that is true to you and tells a story we’ve never heard before. We want to read something honest, something raw, something different, something awesome, and totally unique to you! This is a place where all your words are safe and everything is welcome.

Check out our promotional trailer from last year's festival here

Invitation to SATP AGM

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of

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It gives us great pleasure to invite you to attend the 2016-2017

Annual General Meeting

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 1 p.m.

Globe Theatre, 2nd floor lobby
1801 Scarth Street, Regina SK

Light refreshments will be offered

Please RSVP by Thursday September 28th by:
sask.theatre@gmail.com  or call 306-361-2312

We look forward to seeing you there!

For those who cannot join us, SATP’s AGM will be shown through Face Book livestream on the SATP webpage. 

Everyone is welcome!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

PLAYWRIGHTS’ UNIT 2017/18

PERSEPHONE THEATRE and SASKATCHEWAN PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTRE

Persephone Theatre and the Saskatchewan Playwrights’ Centre invite submissions from playwrights for the 2017/18 Playwrights’ Unit.

This program is open to Saskatchewan playwrights at an ‘intermediate’ stage in their careers. In this context, ‘intermediate’ is defined as playwrights who have had one to two professional productions of their work, or several community and/or Fringe productions.  That being said, if you feel your work is at an ‘intermediate’ stage due to other experience/ accomplishments, then please do submit an application.

 

  • Led by dramaturges from SPC and Persephone Theatre, this group will meet approximately six times between fall 2017 and summer 2018.
  • Additional one-on-one meetings will be arranged as needed for the playwrights to advance their work.
  • Playwrights must attend all meetings.  Playwrights are responsible for their own travel expenses if travelling from outside of Saskatoon.  Efforts will be made to assist with accommodation if needed.
  • Each playwright will work on a specific project, which may be either at a draft stage or just an ‘idea’ when the term of the Unit begins.
  • Each participant will receive complimentary tickets to Persephone’s Mainstage and DeepEnd seasons as well as a complimentary membership to SPC. 

·       Excerpts from the Unit’s work will be read at the opening of The Spring Festival of New Plays in May.

  • Participants will be able to sit in on workshops for SPC’s 2018 Spring Festival as guest auditors, with the permission of the playwright and dramaturge.

Persephone Theatre views this Playwrights’ Unit as an opportunity to form relationships with developing playwrights and support their growth.  Participation in the Playwrights’ Unit does not guarantee a production at Persephone Theatre.

Please submit applications to Persephone or SPC by September 15, 2017, including:

  • Letter of interest – what do you hope to accomplish by participating in the Playwrights’ Unit? 
  • Your CV
  • An excerpt (15 pages maximum) from the play you would like to work on, OR a brief description of what you would like to write, and a sample of other writing

Send materials to:

ATTN:  Literary Manager
Persephone Theatre
100 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, SK  S7K 0L3

PLAYWRIGHTS’ UNIT
Or by email to: 
scripts@persephonetheatre.org
andrew@saskplaywrights.ca 

PLEASE INCLUDE ‘PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT’ IN THE SUBJECT LINE

Creative Saskatchewan: Operations Coordinator

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Creative Saskatchewan: Operations Coordinator.  This position is a re-organization of our current Office Administrator and former Executive Assistant roles, and will serve to fill an important, and necessary, administrative function in the agency.

Please feel free to circulate this to your members and any other appropriate contacts within your various circles of influence.  The deadline for applications is Friday, October 6th by 5:00 pm.  FULL DETAILS are below.

Greg Magirescu, Chief Executive Officer
306.798.3457 / 1.800.561.9933 

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Full-time, permanent, salaried position (37.5 hours per week)
Out-of-Scope (Non-Union) Position
Salary Range: $49,332 - $64,164 per year + comprehensive benefits package

Creative Saskatchewan is a provincial Crown agency serving the people of Saskatchewan through work with the creative industries of the province. Creative Saskatchewan is responsible for six creative industry sectors: music, screen-based media, visual arts and fine craft, book publishing, live performing arts, and digital media. Creative Saskatchewan stimulates the commercialization of creative products and helps Saskatchewan’s creative talent find firmer footing in domestic and international markets. The agency accomplishes this through a suite of grants, mentoring opportunities, marketing activities, and strong partnerships with creative industry associations.

Creative Saskatchewan is seeking a top-notch Operations Coordinator to join our dynamic staff team. The primary function of the Operations Coordinator is to provide support to the Staff and Board of Creative Saskatchewan.  Creative Saskatchewan is a small office operation and, as such, some staff positions include the responsibility of several roles. For the Operations Coordinator, this means that some specific HR, IT support/interface, and finance support duties are part of the job.

 

This position will be of interest to highly-motivated, organized, analytical, problem-solvers who enjoy a challenging multiplicity of tasks.  The ideal candidate will possess initiative, the ability to recognize operational/administrative needs, exude confidence, and the demonstrate the capability to create and maintain organizational efficiencies.

The Operations Coordinator will be comfortable dealing with a variety of stakeholders (in person, on the phone, and written correspondence) including creative industry member associations, government policy makers, financial managers, educational institutions, Creative Saskatchewan program staff and Board members, the media, and the general public.

The Operations Coordinator is one of the primary frontline staff positions and, as such, the ideal candidate will effuse great customer service, positive outlook, hospitality and professionalism.

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Operations Coordinator will work closely with the staff team toward delivering on strategic outcomes of Creative Saskatchewan.

SPECIFIC ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Front desk reception and client-centred frontline service.

  • Order office supplies, manage the procurement process – obtain quotes, create POs, obtain authorizations for purchases, oversee receiving, prepare invoice packages.

  • Records management, including management of office filing systems and electronic records upkeep, following prescribed government procedures for maintenance and disposal of corporate files.

  • Assist/support staff with their respective duties, such as providing event and program assistance, assisting with research and information gathering.

  • Book flights and hotels for staff, Board and clients/stakeholders.

  • Set up and take down of meeting rooms, including technical set-up and catering requirements.

  • Security

    • Maintain a key inventory that includes who has door, file cabinet, or other keys;

    • Ensure that records for the key box are updated in a timely manner.

  • Act as liaison/primary contact with Creative Saskatchewan’s IT service provider:

    • Facilitate and assist with troubleshooting, procurement, and service calls;

    • Track resolution of hardware and software issues;

    • Maintain hardware and software inventories.

  • HR Support

    • Create and maintain timesheet setup, including electronic file permissions and required reporting.

  • Board Support

    • Work with Board and Committee Chairs to set meeting dates and agendas, process e-votes, and prepare meeting minutes within prescribed time-frames;

    • Prepare meeting room, including technical set-up, catering needs and take-down;

    • Maintain required electronic and paper records;

    • Provide additional support, as required, such as booking hotel rooms, etc.

  • Miscellaneous

    • Ensure that staff kitchen is maintained and tidy.

    • Any other reasonable duties or responsibilities as assigned by the CFO or the CEO.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • University undergraduate degree or specialist training, with a focus on business administration and/or office management.

  • IT and records management experience.

  • Minimum 3 years’ relevant experience, ideally in a professional office environment or government setting, with a focus on office management and administrative practices, procedures, protocols and equipment.

  • Computer and word processing applications and programs including Microsoft Office, above average grammar and proofreading skills.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Exceptional “client-centred” people skills.

  • Self-starter with laser sharp attention to administrative detail and process.

  • Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment, and use independent and sound judgment/discretion when determining a course of action, dealing with requests, and handling sensitive and confidential information.

  • Extraordinary ability to develop organizational systems and operations protocols.

  • Work independently and cooperatively with others to establish, build and maintain positive working relationships and to ensure deadlines, goals and objectives are met.

  • Ability to process abstract ideas and examine issues from different perspectives.

  • Problem solving.

  • Multi-stakeholder verbal communications skills.

  • Sensitivity to working with high-level government officials.

  • Seeing problems, challenges, opportunities and solutions through a global lens.

  • Self reliance.

  • Thoroughness.

  • Strong work ethic.

  • Detail oriented.

  • Financial acumen.

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  Friday, October 6th by 5:00 pm.

Please submit your cover letter and résumé electronically to lynne.mcleod@creativesask.ca with OPERATIONS COORDINATOR in the subject line.

Please note that we are not accepting phone calls regarding this position. We thank all applicants for their interest. However only those candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted.

Henry Woolf Continuing Achievement Award SATAwards Saskatoon

The Henry Woolf Continuing Achievement Award honours an individual or group in the Saskatoon area for outstanding contribution, dedication, and achievement within the theatre community. The recipient(s) will have shown a significant contribution to theatre in Saskatoon and area. This Award may be presented to a member of the community from any background (directors, performers, administrators, stage managers, technicians, patrons, etc).

Nominations for this award are invited from the public each year, and the SATAwards’ Steering Committee chooses the recipient.

The Deadline to nominate an individual is September 5th. Check out http://www.satawards.ca/ for details.