Friday, September 5, 2014

re:Connexion Casting Call

re:Connexion  COMMUNITY and ARTS

Toronto/GTA Casting Call

Piece/Play: Unknown Territory
Where: Toronto
Type: Devised Theatre

Auditions for Unknown Territory, Produced by re:Connexion Community and Arts and the Piece of Mine Festival.

Actor/co-creators needed

Looking for Non-Equity actors/co-creators of Caribbean ethnicities (Bajan accent is an asset but not necessary)
Actors must have a background or an interest in collective creation and physical theatre. A Musical (singing or instrumental) background/talent is an asset.

Unknown Territory premiers October 10th in the Piece of Mine Festival at Bathurst Theatre in Toronto.
Devised and Directed by: Amanda Nicholls
Dramaturge by: Natasha Adiyana Morris

The Story:
Unknown Territory is a Caribbean Canadian tale that unveils ones history; the facts and the hidden kinks. It is a play that follows the love story of a young Bajan couple and their migration to Canada. Now, in present time, their offspring seek to reconnect with the island roots of an unknown land...

Cast Breakdown:

3 Sisters: teenagers, Age throughout the play.
Mother/Grandmother: age 20 – a mother of 3 and works as a custodian/housekeeping in a hospital. They age throughout the play.
Father/Grandpa: age 23 Mechanic/Body shop. They age throughout the play.
Rehearsal Period: two weekend intensives September 26-28th and October 3-5th with extra rehearsals during the performance week of the festival date TBA.
The show will be a profit-share/Honorarium.
Email amanda.reconnexion@gmail.com with a headshot and resume for audition information. Please specify the part(s) you wish to audition for.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Obsidian Theatre is proud to introduce our new General Manager Tania Senewiratne.

Tania Senewiratne worked for a Broadway producer in NYC for 10 years.  In that capacity she worked on over 30 theatrical productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, on tour in North America, in London, on tour in the UK, in Canada, in Australia and throughout East Asia.  Broadway shows include The Producers, Hairspray, Young Frankenstein, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, The Norman Conquests, A Little Night Music and many more.  Off-Broadway shows include Old Jews Telling Jokes, Cookin', My Old Lady, The Fantasticks and others.  International productions include Porgy and Bess, The Kind and I, SpongeBob Squarepants, Cinderella, I Love You, You are Perfect, Now Change and others.  Tania was involved in the creation of 54 Below - a cabaret space built in the cellar of the iconic Studio 54 building in New York City.
Tania will be starting at Obsidian on February 3rd so if you happen to be around please drop in and say hello.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Playwrights Showcase

An evening with Obsidian Theatre's Playwrights

2011/12 Playwrights Unit Presentations

On June 4th, we are proud to present excerpts from works in progress from our fabulous playwrights unit members. These plays have been developed through the unit, come see them fly. 

by Audrey Dwyer
Directed by Leah Simone Bowen
Julie is writing a new screenplay of "To Kill a Mockingbird" from the perspective of Calpurnia, the Finch family maid. Is it a brilliant and necessary reclamation, or is she walking a dangerous line between history and caricature. 

Eating Pomegranates Naked
by Andrea Scott
Directed by Jamie Robinson
Truth, relationships, loss, and self-identity interact with one another in play that starts off as a dinner party that could be happening anywhere. How honest do you have to be with our partners if the truth will infect the relationship? Sometimes we are only as safe as our secrets.

lil sara//clicking venus
by Meghan Swaby
Directed by Dian Marie Bridge
A poetic and explosive exploration of the exploitation of Black women in history. lil sara/clicking venus is inspired by the life of the infamous ‘Hottentot Venus’, Sara Baartman, the young Khosian woman at the centre of Europe’s dark fascination with the exotic.    

Monday June 48pm 
Dancemakers Large Studio 313
55 Mill Street
Distillery District Building 74
This is a Pay-What-You-Can event

Playwrights Unit Submissions

We are now accepting applications for our 2012-13 Playwrights Unit!
Do you write for theatre? 
Do you want to work in a structured, nurturing, and vibrant community of artists? 
Do you identify as a member of the African Diaspora?

Obsidian Theatre is looking for you.

Through monthly meetings with the group, and individual guidance to serve each writer’s needs, the playwrights unit will be an intensive, year long process. In the unit writers can delve into a creation process in a supportive and nurturing environment while challenging themselves to investigate their writing process. The unit will also have an emphasis on professional development and the business of being a playwright in Canada. The unit will run from September 2012 to Spring 2013.

Application Due JUNE 1, 2012

Your application should include:

A 5 to 10 page writing sample
A 1 page Letter of Intent explaining why you write for theatre
Your resume

You can send your application by email to Mel Hague at pd@obsidiantheatre.com
Or by mail to:

Obsidian Theatre Company
1089 Dundas St. East
Toronto ON
M4M 1R9