More than a dozen young thespians well on their way to joining the ranks of Ottawa’s tremendous community of theatre artists were met with the harsh news last week that the Ottawa Theatre School – one of few choices in Ottawa for a formal post-secondary education in theatre – and the home at which they’ve poured their very hearts and souls into would be shutting its doors effective immediately. Read the full review.
Today marks the launch of On Stage; Ottawa’s Theatre Arts Magazine. We spring forward from the strong and broad foundation built by Production Ottawa and like its predecessor before it, we have a very simple mandate: publicity for everybody, give everybody a voice. We’re here to be the most thorough source of information on Ottawa theatre arts and to be a central hub and forum for discussion where everybody has a voice to talk about what they’re liking.Read the full review.
The record breaking 2013 Ottawa Fringe Festival saw more than fifty shows performed at more than a dozen venues, entertaining more than 13,000 people and resulting in more than $90,000 turned over to the artists by the end of the ten day extravaganza. There were also a full series of extra-curricular goings on in the courtyard keeping patrons entertained, fed, and with a beer in their hand when they weren’t at a show. When it all finally closed down after July 1st, the void in theatre lover’s hearts echoed with only one question: what will next year bring? Read the full review.
Celebrating theatre below the mainstream, the third annual Undercurrents festival recently announced its line-up and solidified the Great Canadian Theatre Company as the place to be for innovative and original theatre in February. Read the full review.
Paul Rainville. Chris Ralph. Margo MacDonald. Catriona Leger. Evolution Theatre. MiCasa Theatre. These are names you’re likely to be familiar with if you’ve spent any time within the professional theatre scene in Ottawa. But there’s a new generation of talented kids ready to put their names out there. People and companies like Jonah Allingham, Tess Mc Manus, Dead Unicorn Ink, and May Can Theatre. Enter the Fresh Meat Theatre Festival, running at the end of September.
Opera Lyra’s Garden Party fundraiser, hosted by the Italian Ambassador to Canada, also marked the first appearance of Opera Lyra’s newly hired General Director, John Peter Jeffries. Mr. Jeffries, with his reputation for helping companies struggling with financial difficulties, will bring a new vision and leadership to Opera Lyra after a series of setbacks last year. Read the full review.
When I graduated high school, I listed three programs on my college application; Journalism, Small Business Management, and Computer Programming. With dreams of making console video games (yes, I’m a geek), I ended up taking Computer Programming and while the skills I learned there were and are still valuable, what I really got from that program was concrete knowledge that spending eight-hours a day poring over code, week-in week-out, would have been soul crushing work for me. Respect to those who do it but it was not what I was made for.Read the full review.