Minister Joly Launches the new Creative Export Strategy for Creative Industries, Including a New Export Funding Program

With Creative Canada, the Government of Canada has a plan to help Canada’s creative industries open up opportunities in new markets around the world. This will not only improve their competitiveness and ensure their long-term success, but also contribute to Canada’s economic growth, job creation and prosperity.

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, in close collaboration with the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is highlighting the Government of Canada’s investment of $125 million over 5 years to implement Canada’s first Creative Export Strategy. This includes the launch of Creative Export Canada, a new funding program that will help creators stand out in the global market.

The Creative Export Strategy will promote Canada’s creative industries by strengthening Canada’s presence in international markets where the business relationships are being built, the deals are being made, and the jobs are being created. The Strategy will also equip Canadian exporters with the tools they need to successfully export their projects.

More information found here.

Information session for Board Members of theatre organizations

The information session for board members of theatre organizations in Saskatoon and environs is designed to explain what harassment is and what board responsibilities are with respect to harassment in our respective organizations. 

As a reminder, the information session will explore:

·         What harassment is and how it is defined, in the past and today (context/historical shift)

·         Legal responsibilities of boards and board members with respect to harassment

·         How boards can help ensure that theatre workplaces are safe for employees, actors and volunteers (e.g. necessary policies and procedures, conduct expectations, etc.)

·         The functional and directional responsibilities of boards with respect to harassment (e.g. what role do they have, how are they expected to conduct themselves, etc.)

Format: information presentation followed by a Q & A session

Date and Time: September 10, 2018, 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Persephone
Steane Rehearsal Hall A
Presenter: Alma Wiebe, LLB Q.C. & 
Karen Prisciak, Q.C. at ASKLaw.ca
Fee: $25 per person
Registration Deadline: August 31, 2018

Registration:  https://sasktheatreprofessionals.ca/membership-purchase/legalworkshopforboardmembers-4pt7g

No tickets available at the door.

Please share this information with your board members, and register as soon as possible.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact any of the committee members:

Angie Fergusson, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Board Member
jafergusson@sasktel.net
Colleen Ostoforoff, Saskatchewan Association of Theater Professionals, Executive Director sask.theatre@gmail.com
Julia Ewing, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Board Member juliaewi@gmail.com
Karen Hayward, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Board Member karleahay@hotmail.com
Sherry Peters, Persephone Theatre, Board Member sherry.peters317@gmail.com

Or call 306-361-2312

Creative SK offers two new grants

Two More Grants Now Open

Creative Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the opening of two grant programs.

Visit our website

Business Capacity Grant

If your Saskatchewan-based business in one of our six creative sectors is up and running and ready to grow, this grant could help you expand, or become more efficient.

 

Deadline: July 16, 2018 at 4pm

Research Grant

This grant can support your effort to better understand, interpret, and capitalize on market forces affecting your creative sector.

Deadline: July 16, 2018 at 4pm

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Update from PACT on the CTA Negotiations

Announcement · May 18, 2018

Update from PACT on the CTA Negotiations

At the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres' Annual General Meeting May 10-12, members met on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation in Ottawa. The conference opened with an inspiring keynote speech by Kevin Loring, Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre, on The Future of Storytelling. This remarkable address set the tone for one of PACT's largest and most important conferences.

During the conference, the PACT membership reviewed and discussed at length the proposed changes to the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA) for 2018-2021. On the morning of May 12th, the membership voted not to ratify the proposed changes to the CTA and committed to working with Canadian Actors' Equity Association (CAEA) toward a new understanding that broadens the diversity, scope of practice, and communities in the expanding theatre ecology. 

 

There were a number of issues with the proposed changes to the CTA for PACT members including:

  1. House category, particularly, sharing of documentation and the category assignments to venues
  2. Changes to Stage Management clauses
  3. The creation of a new clause for Non-Standard Activities
  4. Proposed clauses related to Open Rehearsals and Relaxed Performances.

PACT seeks to work closely with CAEA to support the future of Canadian storytelling - reflective of the ways in which theatre is created and produced, and working not only with Euro-centric models but with an understanding of Indigenous culture and theatre-making practices.

 

PACT is currently in discussions with CAEA about next steps, including a return to the negotiations process, and to the process that will occur in the immediate future in anticipation of the expiry of the 2015-2018 CTA on June 24, 2018.

 

As Nina Lee Aquino and Mike Payette (PACT's new President and Vice-President) have said, "The discussions surrounding the evolution of Canadian theatre are as urgent as ever. Our expansive country is gifted with exceptional artists and companies whose collective voice evokes a unique potential to be a leader in the greater arts ecology. We embrace the multitude of ways in which we practice our art, but also promote and encourage all voices to be given space to create and engage community."

PACT is a member-driven organization of professional Canadian theatres that serves as the collective voice of its members.

We are a leader in the national performing arts community, and a devoted advocate for the value of live performance. Since 1979 we have focused on providing a community where theatre professionals (both artistic and administrative) can come together to discuss important issues and work together to create innovative solutions.  About us →

Highlights from PACTcon2018 in Ottawa

Highlights from PACTcon2018 in Ottawa

The past week has been an exciting one as we convene on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation in Ottawa for PACTcon2018. We are thrilled to announce the election of Nina Lee Aquino, Artistic Director of Factory Theatre, as PACT's new President and Mike Payette, Artistic Director of Geordie Productions, as Vice-President. Former Vice-President Lyndee Hansen, Production Manager at Grand Theatre, returns to the Executive as Treasurer and Jay Dodge, Artistic Director of Boca Del Lupo, became Past President. We look forward to the future with their courageous and inspiring leadership.

As we come to the last year of our strategic plan 2015-2019 with its focus on openness and accessibility, PACTcon conversations were full of thoughtful and passionate ideas about equity, diversity and inclusion in our spaces and practices. From Kevin Loring's inspiring keynote speech to the British Council's relaxed performance training, to member-led panels on the Future of Storytelling, the theatre community came together to share stories, support each other and envision new projects and collaborations.

Over three days, the membership reviewed and discussed at length the proposed changes to the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA) for 2018-2021. After extensive deliberation and consideration, on the morning of May 12th, the membership voted not to ratify the proposed changes to the CTA. Our members have committed to working with Canadian Actors' Equity Association (CAEA) toward a new partnership and understanding to broaden the diversity, scope of practice, and communities in the expanding theatre ecology. 

Past President Jay Dodge says,"I continue to be inspired by the courage and vision present in Canadian theatre. As the make up of our communities grow and change, the practice of theatre must grow and change with it. As I look to the future, the youth, the artists and our indigenous colleagues, I have tremendous faith that the future of Canadian theatre is in good hands."

The sentiment is re-affirmed by Nina Lee Aquino, PACT's new President, who says, "I look forward to working with PACT members and I'm excited by the passionate, respectful and forward-thinking conversations about the Future of Storytelling in professional theatre."

PACTcon is our primary professional development and networking event, which brings together theatre companies and professionals from coast to coast to coast. The four-day conference provides the best opportunity to meet and connect with colleagues from across the country, to engage in personal professional development, and to participate in important governance decisions at PACT's Annual General Meeting.

Don't miss next year's PACTcon2019 in Saskatoon and Meacham, Saskatchewan!

For More Information please contact:

Sara Meurling Executive Director

sara@pact.ca   (416) 595-6455 ext. 11

We are a member-driven organization of professional Canadian theatres that serves as the collective voice of its members We are a leader in the national performing arts community, and a devoted advocate for the value of live performance. Since 1979 we have focused on providing a community where theatre professionals (both artistic and administrative) can come together to discuss important issues and work together to create innovative solutions.

About us →

2 job postings for Master Puppet Assistants

Wide Open Children's Theatre has

two positions available for 

Master Puppet Assistants

Responsibilities include:

Building and repairing puppets, props and costumes, setting props and costumes during a production, assisting in puppet choreography. Tasks will include: sewing, gluing, woodwork, sculpture and other techniques.  Shadow puppets, table top puppets and hand and rod puppetry will be covered.

Preferred skill set includes:

Sculpture, molding, casting, sewing, painting, paper craft, wood working (familiarity with drills and saws) etc.

Areas of study:

Theatre, Sculpture, Art, Design, Education etc.

Hours:

30 hours per week, 8 weeks total, must be available 9-4 Monday - Friday or Tuesday - Saturday

Pay $11.50/hour, Earliest Start Date: April 30th

Employment Available Thanks to Canada Summer Jobs Program:

Students must be

(a) is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;

(b) was registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;

(c) intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;

(d) is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program;

(e) is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and

Refugee Protection Act* and;

(f) is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations

*Foreign students are not eligible.

Please Submit Resume and Cover Letter to info@wideopen.ca

Successful submissions will be contacted for an interview.
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Crispi Lord
Head Puppet Wrangler
Wide Open Children's Theatre
www.wideopen.ca
(306)683-9460

Creative Saskatchewan 2018-19 Grant Programs Overview April 16, 2018

Creative Saskatchewan is pleased to announce details of its 2018-19 suite of grant programs.

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Grant Opening Dates

Listed below are the dates grants will open to applicants. None of our grants open on the date of today's announcement, April 16.

Changes for 2018-19

We've noted the most significant changes that have been made to each grant program this fiscal year, including some new grant names. For complete details, click on the grant name.

Online Grant Management System (GMS)
Several of our grants will now accept applications via our new Online Grant Management System. GMS compatible grants are identified below. Grants not active on GMS will continue accepting applications via e-mail.

Revised Investment Fund Guide
We've revised our Investment Fund Guide (IFG) which contains important information that applies to ALL grants. If you notice long-standing guidelines missing from specific grants, they may have been moved to the IFG. A link to the IFG is available on every grant web page. Visit Creative Saskatchewan's website for more details. 

Home Is a Beautiful Word

Persephone Theatre presents in association with Sum Theatre and The Broadway Theatre

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Home Is a Beautiful Word

A revival of the Belfry Theatre production

Collected and edited by Joel Bernbaum

Directed by Michael Shamata

Part of Persephone Theatre's Deep End Series

April 12 to 21, 2018 at The Broadway Theatre, Tickets: $28

Local playwright/journalist Joel Bernbaum travelled to Victoria, B.C. and interviewed over 500 people to create a portrait of homelessness. We hear from the housed, the homeless, and those who are “one paycheque away” from the street. Enlightening, funny, and moving, this documentary play provides a kaleidoscopic view of an issue present in every Canadian city.

Please join us after every show for a post show discussion sponsored by United Way, and on these special nights for a Points of View panel discussing homelessness in Saskatchewan:

Thursday April 12 7:30pm
Chris Randall, Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Sheena McCallion, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
Mayor Charlie Clark, City of Saskatoon
Shirley Isbister, President of Central Urban Metis Federation Inc. (CUMFI)

Sunday April 15 7:30pm
Sheri Benson, MP Saskatoon West, Federal NDP Housing Critic

Colleen Christopherson-Cote, Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Dr. Kristjana Loptson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Housing Policy and Housing Insecurity, U of S
Dr. Ryan Meili, MLA Saskatoon Meewasin, Leader NDP
Dr. Priscilla Settee, Dept. of Indigenous Studies, U of S

Thursday April 19 7:30pm
Chris Randall, Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Darrel Seib, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
Sheena McCallion, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
Hilary Gough, Ward 2 City Councillor, City of Saskatoon
Dr. Bonita Beatty, Dept. of Indigenous Studies, U of S

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