Posts tagged ‘Michael Healey’

June 6, 2012

The Doras, Show Trailers, Facebook Pages and the Library

Complete list of Dora Mavor Moore nominations here! It’s been a solid year of theatre – congratulations to all!

This is awesome.

Get your show trailer on Praxis.

Also awesome (from Mashable) – Facebook Finally Lets Page Admins Schedule Posts, Have Different Roles.
Now don’t get carried away with the scheduling and the walking away – it is not a Showtime Rotisserie where you’re gonna set it and forget it. Facebook pages require interaction, back and forth, question and answer, call and response – it’s a dialogue, right? I’m all for scheduling some posts, but not all of them. I did try it out last week, it did post on the correct date, but not at the right time. Which I knew because I was paying attention. Off you go – give it a shot with a completely unimportant update nad start playing around from there.

Have something on hold at the library? Do not forget to pick it up or they’ll charge you a dollar, it’s a new thing – the unpicked up hold fine.  The library has a whole slew of new ways to manage your holds and get them on time, though.
Can’t believe they’re charging you a dollar? I can. It’s another one of those crazy things I love about the library – the hold system.

“I want to read this book. But it’s at a library all the way across town.”

“Oh. Which one? Let us know and we’ll send someone to pick it up and bring it somewhere closer to you so you can read it. And we’ll email or call you to let you know it’s here. “

“But wait – how much will it cost me to do that?”

“Oh, it’s free. But you have to pick it up on time.”

Considering the base rate for any package delivered by cab in this city is ten bucks…

Happy Wednesday!

June 3, 2012

Sunday Roundup – June 3

It’s June. JUNE!

I’ll Take Director Fury’s Advice – when technology fails you, do not fail yourself.

Scriptease and Edward Bond and Artists – in which National Theatre of the World continues to be amazing, and an opportunity for my performer-director friends

Rainy Day Post – just that.

Pleased to let you know I’ll be working with Shannon Litzenberger on her new dance piece HOMEbody as well as with  Bound To Create on their Fringe production  of Dirty Butterfly.

The Edward Bond Festival is coming up soon! June 12 -20 all over Toronto – check their website for information!

Proud is still going strong, we’ve got an amazing team assembled so far and we’ll be announcing casting in the next couple of weeks.

And speaking of Fringe you MUST go check out their new website! Clean, organized and oh-so searchable, it is a Virgo dream come true. I’m going to choose my shows this afternoon – it’s coming up!

Couple more additions to the Summer Reading post as well.

Happy Sunday!

May 30, 2012

Scriptease and a PSA re Edward Bond and Artists

The past two days have been all about funding apps and funding sources and cash flow and it’s been a very – numbery – 48 hours.

For a break I went to see National Theatre of The World’s Scriptease! NTOTW are three of the best comedian/improvisers I know – Naomi , Ron and Matt. The premise behind Scriptease is that they’ve gotten several well known playwrights to pen the first two pages of a script – they cold read those pages and improvise the rest of the show. Last night Michael Healey was on deck as playwright, and we were treated to a play called “Report”, featuring Lena a bureaucrat, Steve the CIA agent and Oleg, the Minister of the Interior of Khazakstan. A great time – they’re running all week with more plays and wrights so you should definitely check it out.

It’s in the Backspace at Passe Muraille, so seating is limited. If you call to find out if there are tickets still available, just buy them when you’re on the phone, instead of being like crabby guy last night who apparently called in the afternoon and had a fit when he got there last night and it was sold out. That’s how it works in theatre, folks.  In fact, I think that’s how it works in capitalism.

The Edward Bond Festival has a great event for artists to take part in  – two great events, actually – a hands-on text workshop with acclaimed Stratford text coach and teacher Ian Watson, and a once in a lifetime chance to sit in on two rehearsal sessions with Edward Bond, director David Jansen and a team of actors as they wrestle with Bond’s play Have I None. Click here for details and registering. Like the show above space is limited, so best get on that. Don`t be crabby guy.

Over and out for today!

 

 

May 23, 2012

Brother can you spare a five?

Less than a year ago I didn’t know anyone who was raising money in small increments – the eyes were on the big prize, the large gifts, suitable for naming and framing. Over the past few months phrases like “kickstarter” “indie go go” and “go fund me” have been popping up with more and more frequency in my messages, inbox, and on my Facebook feed.

Here are some of the ones I know about. Click on the thumbnails for more info on each.

The Fringe Creation Lab  Bricks and Mortar for a Movement – One of the greatest challenges of being an artist in the city is finding a financially and physically accessible space within which to rehearse and create.  That’s why the Fringe opened the Creation Lab with subsidizes rates for as little as $5/hour. Keeping the Creation Lab space rates so low is REALLY important to the independent arts scene in our city.  By supporting the Creation Lab, you are supporting creativity, innovation, and the grass roots organizations that make our city so vibrant.

Proud by Michael Healey Donations made on this page will go towards funding the world premiere of Michael Healey’s Proud in Toronto, Fall 2012. The third in a trilogy of award-winning plays about Canadian values, Proud is about what we actually want out of our politics, and our politicians. One man devotes his entire life to moving the country several millimetres to the right on the political spectrum. Will he succeed? At what cost? A Pygmalion for a country that, until Stephen Harper came along, had no need for one.

 

The Edward Bond Festival Campaign A one-time festival celebrating the work of the internationally renowned master playwright Edward Bond. Your contribution will ensure that all eleven encounters we are programming can be carried out as planned: six workshop readings of Bond’s works, a workshop presentation of Bond’s play Have I None with the collaboration of Bond himself before a live audience, a Symposium featuring Edward Bond and UK director Chris Cooper, and an acclaimed Ryerson Theatre School remount production of Bond’s epic play The Bundle, with a festival finale political theatre cabaret The Wrecking Ball.

 

Artist with Brain Injury needs refurbished computer – I suffered a trauma-related brain injury (c-PTSD) and have been living with the support of the Ontario Disability Support Program. I am at the end of my trauma therapy at Women’s College Hospital, where i am enrolled in a visual art programme.  My work is shown at the SPEAKArt Gallery, Artscape Triangle Gallery, and I will be making art live at Roncy Rocks Festival, The Annex Patio Art show and at my official Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Installation in September. I want to use these opportunities to start a conversation about brain injury. Please help me get a refurbished Macbook Pro so I can continue to create art.

 

As today’s complete aside I was at Panamerican Routes last night to see the opening of Blue Box. A fantastic show of ups and down, laughter and knowing glances, and a throughline to make you think. And salsa! Go catch it if you can, or see something else – it’s a great festival and full of a ridiculous amount of talent. And Aislinn Rose captured one of my favourite things – when Toronto theatre spills into the streets.

 

 

 

 

April 20, 2012

What My Clients Are Working On

Fewer blog posts from me indicate that my clients are keeping me busy doing stuff with and for them. Who are they and what are they doing?

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund – is putting the final touches on a new microsite for 2012, and organizing roundtable discussions all over the province to introduce the OCAF program to folks who have not yet applied to it.

Creative Trust continues to work on PAON roundtables and e-blasting info out to you about our sector.

Some Assembly Required” is a film and photo exhibition by Lisa Wegner, opening at Artscape Triangle Gallery on April 26th.

VIsual artist Drew T. Nelson continues in his creation of amazing paper cut projects – “We Rode The Streetcar Together, Once” is a memoryscape devoted to that Toronto icon, the streetcar.

Filmmaker P. Marco Veltri is nearly done casting his latest short film and is readying to shoot.

Michael Healey’s Proud has a venue, (Berkeley St.) and a director, (Miles Potter) and fundraisers happening across Canada, and is over halfway to its fundraising goal.

Sheep No Wool Theatre Company is preparing for the Edward Bond Festival – a one time only two-week event happening in June and devoted to an investigation of his work and ideas with events all over the city. Website and Facebook page coming your way.

Pax Christi Chorale has a new Facebook page and is gearing up for their concert “The Kingdom” at Koerner Hall in May.

These are thing things I am marketing and PR-ing and building pages and sites and analyzing ticket sales and audiences and media lists and opening night invites for.

Three other companies and I are awaiting results of Compass grant applications.

And Gallery 1313 and I are doing a workshop on Social Media for Visual Artists. Details on that next post.

I feel quite privileged some days.

I’m also at things like APASO participating in fantastic sessions, and presentations like Counting New Beans and I’m off to the Small Business Arts Forum next week.

So there you go. They’re an extraordinary group of people doing extraordinary work. And it’s Friday so – well, it’s Friday. Off you go!

 

 

 

 

March 26, 2012

Sunday/Monday Roundup – March 25/26

Travels to my hometown and taxes and weather related migraines left me without an update yesterday – so here it is, with my apologies – enjoy reading while I decide whether or not I needed to know quite that much about Megan and Don’s relationship on the Season 5 opener of MadMen last night. Zoo bi zoo bi zoo bi zooo, indeed…

Vancouver Friends Talk about the Playhouse   – I asked a few of my colleagues in Vancouver what they thought, given that they live there and  don’t. Some interesting answers.

What Support for Canadian Theatre Looks Like – the premiere reading of Michael Healey’s Proud was at Passe Muraille on March 19. Pictures are apparently worth thousands of words and I am inclined to agree.

PSA #10 – The Rusticle Gym  – because this is far too cool and comes with a video.

More on Pinterest and a Rusticle PSA – people like Pinterest. People like infographics. Here are both in one. And a link to the Rusticle PSA.

Some have asked why I haven’t mentioned politics lately. Really – what is there to say? I can’t go to the library and our fearless leader has reverted to his “lone wolf” status vowing to fight transit recommendations and – just – really? I have no idea what to do right now except shake my head.

It’s an admin kind of week, April 1 looms ahead and with it ensuing deadlines, both government imposed, client requested and self-inflicted. Talk soon!

March 21, 2012

What Support for Canadian Theatre Looks Like

Monday night was the first reading of Michael Healey’s Proud. Sold out house at Passe Muraille, 30+ folks turned away from the waiting list.

Never have I heard an audience so intently listen. It’s a wonderful play – astute, makes you think, and is damn funny.

These are photos of a community – artists, supporters, donors, volunteers, arts workers of all kinds coming together to hear a play that needs to be heard, and, at the same time, support a theatre that is part of our cultural fabric.

An excellent night indeed. A great start to the journey this play will take.

March 18, 2012

Sunday Roundup – March 18


Protests and readings and fundraisers and social media plans and new and current clients make for a busy week.

SO!

A Double PSA TuesdayMichael Healey‘s Proud receives its first reading as part of a fundraiser for Passe Muraille on Monday March 19th at 730 pm

Great Grandmothers and the Internet – modern words and a very brief opinion on the Kony 2012 – thing. Ugandan government has created a response video – I wonder if it will go viral too.

We Do Not Protest Enough, Methinks – about the Vancouver Playhouse.This is when I started wondering what the folks I know in Vancouver are thinking doing and wondering.

We Doth Protest and Answer Questions – some great responses in to my cultural ponderings.

Tomorrow – the full post of questions and answers and links and blog posts on the Vancouver cultural concept from the folks who live and breathe its cultural air – some optimistic, some sad, some wondering, all thoughtful. Thank you so much to those who responded and shared information.

And Sunday is the day for Op-Ed pieces – here’s one from the Star and Matthew Jocelyn, artistic and general director of Canadian Stage.

Entire performing arts industry is to blame for the demise of the Vancouver Playhouse

Along the lines of this week – a really interesting article from HowlRound – The Importance of Beginning: the Changing Relationship of Artists, Organizations, and Communities . Give it a read – it’s the Sunday after St. Patrick’s Day, and you’re probably enjoying the couch enough to stay put for a bit.

March 13, 2012

A Double PSA Tuesday

A two-fold PSA today – one for Passe Muraille who’re having a rough week with the unfortunate cancellation of Mary Walsh‘s show. I hope she makes a full recovery soon. Never down, TPM has something in the works – see PSA #9 for info from the press release.

Part two is part of the same – a reading of Michael Healey’s Proud, part of the Dancing Without Mary fundraiser for Passe Muraille. Proud will be fully produced in the fall of 2012 – Info and fundraising links for the world premiere of Proud, are here – have a like on Facebook, and click here to donate to support the production of this important work – no donation too great or small!

Couple of media links as well – the Star and CBC.

 

March 11, 2012

Sunday Roundup – March 11

 

In Which I Feign Interest In Pinterest – a busy little post that got lots of activity

It’s International Women’s Day – and so it was. Lots of discussion on Facebook.

Only two blog posts last week, mostly because  I was busy working on blog posts for clients, and Facebook pages for the same. Take a like!

Proud – by Michael Healey

OCAF

A reminder that the Toronto Fringe is conducting a search for a new Executive Director

I also found this article that I thought was fascinating – not sure how I will apply it, but it’s for my writer friends

How to Use Extended Metaphors for Maximum Effect (as I said – it’s a niche link)

Last week was a sad one for the Vancouver theatre community, and indeed the arts community in general. The Vancouver Playhouse closed. Read the press release and perhaps more importantly, read this article written by Max Reimer in 2011.

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