Archive for August, 2012

August 12, 2012

Sunday Round-up August 12

The first two weeks of August are usually quiet for my blog What went on?

Pro-Artist/Anti-Institution, PTTP deadlines and a Book Sale!


Two Very Different Shows

Since it was so quiet, here are a couple of great articles that were on the Creative Trust blog last week:

A Good Board at Work and We Have to Tell Our Stories. Thought-provoking – enjoy!

August 10, 2012

Two Very Different Shows

HOMEbody and Proud – and I am pleased to be working on them both.

August 9, 2012

Pro-Artist/Anti-Institution, PTTP deadlines and a Book Sale!

My computer has been acting up this week, especially with blogging. I think it’s time for a physical.

Anyway, I thought this was an interesting article and so am sharing it with you.

When did being pro-artist make one anti-institution?

Interesting paragraph:

The artistic director of a large institutional theater referred to me as “pro-artist” a few years back. It was meant to be a derogatory comment. When did being “pro-artist” make one an enemy of resident theaters? When did large theater institutions begin to see their own interests as threatened by the interests of artists? And do we think this is a positive development for the American theater?

I find it disturbing that those that have attempted to shine a light on the needs of artists and the fact that those working in institutions have fared rather well relative to the artists they employ over the past thirty years, are now seen as divisive.

In other news, Theatre Ontario has reminded us that the October 1 deadline is coming up for the Professional Theatre Training Program

Our Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) offers financial support for unique and flexible training with a chosen mentor in any theatrical discipline except performance.

And finally – Playwrights Guild is having a Summer Book Sale!  you got your Michael Ondaatje, your Rick Salutin, your George F. Walker, your Moynan King and many others. Take a wander to their website to see what they have and how to get it.

August 7, 2012

Sunday Roundup (Long Weekend Edition=Tuesday) August 7

Summerworks opens this week! What will you see?

Hope everyone had a good long weekend – mine involved seeing bands (awesome) going to the zoo for a day (hot and awesome) and patio parties (drinking in the rain awesome!)

Last week:

#Twitter #Mistakes in the #Arts, and Something To Keep In Mind


Look What You Made Me Do – Volume Two

New Dora Rules and Where you Can Find out About Them  – if you cannot make a session, all the new rules and changes and stuff will be online in the fall.

creating social media believers and a literary triathalon

As we ramp up to fall (sorry, but it’s true) things start to get busier and busier which means more and more email. Stepcase Lifehack has a great article on 5 Gmail Filters to Get You to Inbox Zero. I’m going to try them out today. Wonder if they work on FB event invites?



August 3, 2012

creating social media believers and a literary triathalon

Friday of the August long weekend!

An article for you to read on how to convince the AD/ED/GM etc that social media does work.

Two articles from quite different blogs  – Seth’s Blog and Mission Paradox – that seemingly agree on the same thing – that unanimous is not an option and the devil doesn’t need advocates. Well timed.

And if case you’re feeling literary-inspired this weekend – you have til Monday to compete in the CBC Canada Writes literary triathalon, which I think is very cool – write a poem, a short story and creative non-fic – all by Monday!

In case you are not feeling the literary groove – here is a picture of a shark and a blowfish to colour. Either way, have a darn good weekend! I myself am spending some of it figuring out what I’m going to see at Summerworks this year.

August 2, 2012

New Dora Rules and Where you Can Find out About Them


I went to a Dora Orientation session yesterday to learn about the changes to the way it works. From the TAPA blog:

2012/13 Dora Orientation Sessions, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts

For the past 22 months, the Dora Review Committee underwent a detailed process to review the Dora Awards that involved a series of consultations with TAPA members, and various town halls, to achieve a renewed Dora Awards Program in order to meet the changing needs of the membership.  The TAPA membership voted this past March in favour of the expansion to the Dora Mavor Moore Awards from 35 award categories to 48 award categories. As announced these changes have taken effect for the current 2012-13 Dora year. Whether you are a long-time or brand new member of TAPA, you should definitely attend one of these meetings to ensure that your company understands the changes, as well as the new rules and regulations.   read the rest.

You should go. A heck of a lot of work went into this review. Thank you to the TAPA team, the committee and the folks who attended the Town Halls.


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