2009-2010 Theatre Season

May 13, 2009 by  
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The 2009-2010 Theatre season begins June 15th – get us your show info asap – Click here for the rules regarding eligibility.

Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award (Honouring Outstanding Achievement in Technical Production)

This annual award has been created to honour a member of Calgary’s theatre community who has made a major contribution or significant achievement in the area of technical production in Calgary.  This award is given in recognition of Dean Ott and Debbie Boult.  Throughout their lives, Dean and Debbie continually strove for excellence and were regarded as a benchmark for professionalism.  The recipient of this award will reflect Dean and Debbie’s passion for their craft.

Criteria for nomination:

  • Must be a Calgary resident who has continuously striven for excellence in his/her craft;
  • Will have the qualities of professionalism, cooperation, self-discipline and strong work ethic;
  • May be awarded for an outstanding season of work, individual achievement, or a sustained contribution to the community;
  • Areas of specialization may include, but are not restricted to: stage management, stage carpentry, production management, running crew, wardrobe, lighting or sound technician.

The nominator will elaborate on the manner in which the candidate meets the above criteria.  Additional letters of testimony will be accepted to a maximum submission of ten pages total.

The recipient will be chosen from among the nominees by a jury consisting of past recipients, plus other industry professionals, as selected by the Betty Mitchell Awards Steering Committee.  The successful nominee will be recognized at the Betty Mitchell Awards, August 24, 2009, which celebrate Calgary’s professional theatre community.

Previous recipients have included: Colin McCracken (stage manager), Monty Schneider (production manager), Dianne Goodman (production stage manager), Brad & Ellen Leavitt (technicians/stage managers), Lance Olsen (technician/stage carpenter), Tracey Hooper (dresser/wardrobe head), Darcy Foggo (assistant stage manager), Ian Wilson (production manager/stage carpenter), Brian Beaulieu (production manager), Terri Gillis (production stage manager), and Wes Jenkins (production/facility).

Previous nominees who have not received the award may be resubmitted.

Deadline for application: June 30, 2009.

Please mail to:

Betty Mitchell Awards
Re: Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award
PO Box 924 Station T
Calgary, AB  T2H 2H4

For more information, or to submit a nominee, please contact the Chair of the Jury, Trevor Rueger at 403.862.8953 or trueger@telusplanet.net.

Greg Bond Memorial Award

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The Greg Bond Memorial Award (Honouring Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre in Calgary)

This annual award is intended to honour the outstanding achievement by an individual – either for this season or for accumulated dedication or achievement – in musical theatre in Calgary.

The award is made possible through the Toronto Community Foundation, and is presented by the Bond Family in memory of their son, Greg (1954 – 1989).  Greg studied and worked in musical theatre across Canada, from Banff to Charlottetown as well as in Australia.  His life was marked by a drive for professionalism, a talent for composition, and a desire to continually study, create and perform.  He will be remembered for his positive attitude and his remarkable ability to give and engender respect from everyone whom his life touched.

Criteria for nomination:

  • Must be a Calgary resident who has continuously striven for exellence in his/her craft;
  • Will have contributed to the profile of musical theatre in Calgary;
  • Will have the qualities of: cooperation, self-discipline and work ethic;
  • Areas of specialization may include, but are not restricted to: performance, musical direction, education, choreography, composition, instrumentalist;
  • Is a professional in his/her field, and viewed as such by his/her peers.

The nominator will elaborate on the manner in which the candidate meets the above criteria.  Additional letters of testimony will be accepted to a maximum submission of ten pages total.

The recipient will be chosen by a jury consisting of past recipients plus other industry professionals, as selected by the Betty Mitchell Steering Committee.  The succesful nominee will receive a $1000 cash award and be recognized at the Betty Mitchell Awards, August 24, 2009, which celebrate Calgary’s professional theatre community.

Previous recipients have included: Tom Doyle, Margot McDermott, Bob Foster, Marilyn Perkins, Stage West Calgary, Hal Kerbes, Joe Slabe, Elaine Higgin Case, Mark Bellamy, David Rhymer and Denise Clarke.

Previous nominees who have not received the award may be resubmitted.

Deadline for application: June 30, 2009.

Please mail to:

Betty Mitchell Awards
Re: Greg Bond Memorial Award
PO Box 924 Station T
Calgary, AB  T2H 2H4

or by email to: kathikerbes@shaw.ca

For more information please contact the Chair of the Jury, Kathryn Kerbes at kathikerbes@shaw.ca.

Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

**NEW AWARD**

Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award

This annual award has been created to honour an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution or significant achievement in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences in Calgary.

This award is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Quest Theatre and the Betty Mitchell Awards and is supported by a fund established in 2008 at the Calgary Foundation by a group of generous donors in recognition of Duval Lang.

Duval Lang is the founding Artistic Director of Quest Theatre and has spent 25 years making theatre accesible, meaningful and enjoyable to young audiences.

Along the way he has nurtured many emerging artists who have been inspired by his influence.  Duval’s dedication to his craft has, and will continue to have, a significant impact in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences.

Criteria for nomination:

  • May be an individual or a group of individuals (but not an organization);
  • Must be a Calgary resident who has continuously striven for excellence in his/her craft;
  • Has demonstrated excellence in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences;
  • May be awarded for an outstanding season of work, individual achievement, or a sustained contribution to the community.

The nominator will elaborate on the manner in which the candidate meets the above criteria.  Additional letters of testimony will be accepted to a maximum submission of ten pages total.

The recipient will be chosen by a jury consisting of past recipients (in future years) plus other industry professionals, as selected by Quest Theatre and the Betty Mitchell Awards Steering Committee.  The succesful nominee will receive a $2000 cash award and be recognized at the Betty Mitchell Awards, August 24, 2009, which celebrate Calgary’s professional theatre community.

All submissions will be kept on file for one year.

Deadline for application: June 30, 2009.

Please mail to:

Betty Mitchell Awards
Re: Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award
PO Box 924 Station T
Calgary, AB  T2H 2H4

or by email to: info@bettymitchellawards.com

For more information please contact the Chair of the Jury, Jamie Konchak via email jamiekonchak@gmail.com.

Nomination Press Conference

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More details, including venue and ticket information, will be released during the annual Betty Mitchell Awards Press Conference on Wednesday, July 22nd at 11 am in the Auburn Saloon (#163, 115–9th Avenue S.E.—at the base of the Calgary Tower).

Contact Us

May 13, 2009 by  
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The Betty Mitchell Awards is run by a volunteer steering committee of dedicated theatre professionals in Calgary.

To contact us, please send an email to info@bettymitchellawards.com and indicate which person you are interested in talking to.

Other correspondence may be mailed to:

Betty Mitchell Awards
PO Box 93062, Stampede Stn
Calgary, AB  T2G 0X6

The current steering committee is:

Braden Griffiths
President
Braden works in Calgary as a professional actor, playwright and educator.

Jenna Rodgers
Vice-Chair & Co-Nomination Committee Coordinator
Jenna is a freelance director, dramaturg and the Artistic Director of Chromatic Theatre. She is the 2015-16 RBC Emerging Director at Lunchbox Theatre.

Kaye Dauter-Booth
Secretary & Publicist
Kaye works at Theatre Calgary as their Learning and Community Programs Coordinator. She will be attending the University of Calgary Faculty of Law in the Fall of 2016.

 Claire Bolton
Treasurer & Co-Production SM
Claire has a U of C BFA in Drama (Dance minor), and is Co-Artistic Director of Full Circle Theatre, Production Manager for DeFakto Theatre,  and Member of Quest Theatre’s Artist in Residency Program.

Katt Boulet
Producer & Production Manager
Avid lover and patron of the arts Katt Boulet has worked with Theatre Junction, Alberta theatre Projects and numerous other arts organizations in various other production capacities. 

Aaron Conrad
Producer & Ticket Coordinator
Aaron is an actor, director and fight choreographer and Artistic Director of Scorpio Theatre.

Deborah Ferguson
Co-Nomination Committee Coordinator
Deborah is an actor, educator and director in Calgary.  She was president of the AHSDFA.

Megan Fox
Sponsorship Coordinator
Megan works with the Arts Commons as a House Manager. She studied Theatre Performance and Production at Simon Fraser University.

Carly McKee
Social Media & Publicity
Carly is a Calgary based actor and producer; Artistic Producer for Theatre Transit, a full time member of Dirty Laundry; instructor for Storybook Theatre. 

Alexandra Prichard
Co-Production SM & Trophies

 

Looking for Volunteers

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Betty Mitchell Awards:
Call for New Steering Committee Members

The Betty Mitchell Awards Steering Committee is seeking enthusiastic and energetic individuals to serve as members on the Committee.  Each Committee Member will have one primary focus, while also sitting on the Steering Committee in a general capacity.  The Betty Mitchell Awards Steering Committee is a volunteer committee.  If you are an active member of Calgary’s vibrant theatre community and you have skills in one of these areas, you might be just who we are looking for!

We are looking for up to four individuals to serve in the following areas:

1. Sponsorship
General Responsibilities: Set sponsorship opportunities and levels, negotiate new and returning sponsorships, invoicing, on-going sponsor communications.

2. Décor and Volunteer Coordination
General Responsibilities: Design décor with Producer, send call for volunteers with Publicist, implement design with volunteers.

3. Design of Slide Show Presentation and Program
General Responsibilities: Requests to theatres for photos, design of slide show, design of event program, ad sales for event program, proofing, ensuring sponsor recognition needs are met in both slide show and event program.

4. After-Party and Award Coordination
General Responsibilities: Liaise with awards designer, transportation of awards, preparation and distribution of nominee certificates, book after-party venue, organize menu and entertainment, oversee party on the night.

Time Commitment: One meeting a month during most of the year, and up to three meetings a month in the summer.  Additional time spent working independently between meetings varies and is dependent on Member’s area of focus.

Interested in getting involved? If you would like to get involved or require more information, please contact Marcie Januska (Chair, Betty Mitchell Steering Committee) via email: mjanuska@hotmail.com.

Get a passport. See 25 Shows. Get a vote.

May 12, 2009 by  
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Be sure to check the (eligible show list) to see if you are on your way to seeing 25 eligible shows this season. If you think you will get there and you want a ballot for the Betty Mitchell Awards this year, let us know.

Send an email to info@bettymitchellawards.com and we will make sure you get a passport.

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Betty Mitchell (1896-1976)

May 4, 2009 by  
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“If the theatre is to endure, to endear itself to all people, it must reach their hearts… It must touch them to tears and laughter and illuminate for them the strange mystery of their unfathomable destinies.”
-Dr. Betty Mitchell (From Betty Mitchell By Ken Dyba)

betty_mitchell_lgIn her full and varied life, she traded a childhood of challenge for a teaching career, which eventually brought her to the arts. After working for ten years in Calgary schools, the University of Alberta graduate moved to Western Canada High School in 1934. Drama was introduced into the curriculum in 1936 and the former biology teacher found herself Director of the Drama Department. Betty had discovered the great love of her life.

She received the Rockefeller Fellowship in 1942, an M.A. from the State University of Iowa in 1944, followed by a National Research Fellowship from the Cleveland Playhouse. That same year, Betty and her students founded their infamous Workshop 14 which would go on to win nine Dominion Drama Awards and become a training ground for future theatre professionals.

Throughout the fifties and sixties, Betty was a force behind MAC 14 (after a merger of Workshop 14 and the Musicians’ and Actors’ Club), which eventually became Theatre Calgary. As producer, director and teacher, Betty helped to build a vibrant stage community in Calgary, and became sought after as an adjudicator and speaker across Canada.

As achievements mounted, so too did awards, including a City of Calgary citation for her contribution to culture and art. She received an Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Alberta in 1958 for her achievements in amateur theatre, the only such doctorate awarded in Canada. Anyone for whom theatre is a passion owes a huge debt of gratitude to Calgary’s first lady of theatre.

Sponsors

May 4, 2009 by  
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Event Sponsors

 

TBD

Award Sponsors

Outstanding Performance by An Actress In A Supporting Role
Sponsored by Carmen Davison

Outstanding Lighting Design
Sponsored by IATSE (International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees) Local 212

Outstanding Set Design
Sponsored by IATSE (International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees) Local 212

Outstanding Performance By An Actor In a Supporting Role
Sponsored by ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) Alberta

Outstanding Projection or Video Design
Sponsored by CITT (Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology)

Outstanding Costume Design
Sponsored by The Fashion Institute, by Olds College

Outstanding Sound Design Or Composition
Sponsored by OCL Studios 

Outstanding Choreography Or Fight Direction
Sponsored by Free House Dance Plus and Shake the Crowd Productions

Outstanding Musical Direction
Sponsored by StoryBook Theatre

Outstanding Performance By An Actor In A Comedy Or Musical
Sponsored by The Absolute Group

Outstanding Performance By An Actress In A Comedy Or Musical
Sponsored by Dr. Douglas Rix and Deborah Ferguson

Outstanding New Play
Sponsored by School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary

Outstanding Direction
Sponsored by Theatre Alberta

Outstanding Performance By An Actress In A Drama
Sponsored by Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge

Outstanding Performance By An Actor In A Drama
Sponsored by Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio

Outstanding Production Of A Musical
Sponsored by Theatre Alberta

Outstanding Production Of A Play
Sponsored by Arts Commons

Special Awards Sponsors

Outstanding Achievement Award
Sponsored by Caroline Russell-King

Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award Honouring Outstanding Achievement In Technical Production
Sponsored by Canadian Actors’ Equity Association

Greg Bond Memorial Award Honouring Outstanding Contribution To Musical Theatre In Calgary
Sponsored by The Greg Bond Memorial Fund

Duval Lang Theatre For Young Audiences Award
In conjunction with Quest Theatre

If you would like to sponsor the Betty Mitchell Awards please contact us at info@bettymitchellawards.com

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