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March 14, 2013

March 27 is World Theatre Day

Wednesday, March 27. 2013 is WORLD THEATRE DAY

I am giving you a week’s notice so you can plan to do something other than smile weakly at someone around three pm and mutter, “uh – happy theatre day?” Read on.

As far as I can remember, everything I have ever learned, and that has mattered to me, I have learned through storytelling. And I have learned much by being told and telling stories through theatre…

D’aussi loin que je me souvienne, tout ce que j’ai appris et qui a de l’importance à mes yeux, je l’ai appris par la voie des contes. J’ai appris énormément par les histoires qu’on m’a racontées et celles que j’ai racontées au théâtre.

March 11, 2013… The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) and  l’Association des théâtres francophones du Canada (ATFC) have once again joined forces to promote World Theatre Day from  a distinctly Canadian  perspective.

Says Micheline Chevrier, Associate Director of Imago Theatre“I am very honoured to have been asked by PACT, PGC and ATFC to write the message on the occasion of World Theatre Day. In doing so, I have had to reflect on the importance of telling stories, taking risks and broadening one’s understanding of the world. It has been a great gift. I look forward to reading other messages and taking inspiration and strength from those thoughts into my work.”

Created in 1961 by UNESCO, World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on March 27 by theatre communities around the globe. The impetus behind World Theatre Day is to honour and further UNESCO’s International Theatre Institute’s goals to:

  • Celebrate the power of theatre as an indispensable bridge-builder for mutual international understanding and peace.
  • Promote and protect cultural diversity and identity in communities throughout the world. Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is invited to craft an International Message to mark the global occasion. This year we are proud to add a distinctly Canadian voice to these messages – click here for the full text of Ms. Chevrier’s message, and watch the french version video release embedded below.

How can you or your company be a part of the celebrations? Visit the PACT website for a list of easy ways to start a conversation, make an offer to audiences, or ways to let others know you’re celebrating the importance of theatre in Canada. You can also visit the PGC website and take part in the one tweet play challenge.

For more World Theatre Day info and activities around the world, visit:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Locally, Nationally, Internationally, Live and On-line


March 11, 2013

Laws of Motion, World Theatre Day, Mission Paradox

The producers of Laws of Motion will be on Stage Left at 11 to make a show announcement – tune in if you can, or watch the FB event page for more details.

World Theatre Day is coming up. Are you celebrating? By doing what? I’m doing some work with PACT this year to try and get the word a little more out about World Theatre Day and we’ll be coming up with some simple things you can do to create a bit of buzz, a bit of recognition. The internationals do it well, the US does it well, we all shared the John Malcovich link last time, perhaps we can have a national focus this year. CAn’t do it without your help, so instead of suddenly remembering at two in the afternoon, or saying, “Um, happy world theatre day?” awkwardly to a friend – Stay tuned.

Finally yet another absolutely true post from Mission Paradox

Never ask a question if you aren’t willing to accept AND act upon the answer. This is a particularly relevant set of criteria for those of us in the arts.  Let me explain why through a recent conversation.  A few details have been changed:

Organization:  We want to know what our audience thinks about our work.

Me:  What if they come back and say they loved that big, splashy, expensive performance of Swan Lake you did?  What if they want to see more of that?

Organization:  We can’t afford to do more of that, plus it would go against our mission.

Me:  So don’t ask.

read more…

Today is about shopping for press kit stuff for Ching Chong Chinaman, and press releases going out, and tonight back to Ryerson to teach  more marketing stuff. We’re starting social media next week. Onward, into the day!

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