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A New Season of Education and Outreach at GCTC

Summer may be slowly winding down, but that just means things here at GCTC are quickly ramping up for the new season! Personally, I can’t wait to dive into my second full season of being GCTC’s Education Services Manager. Over the past year, I’ve learned a lot about how the performing arts can enrich and deepen educational experiences for students, teachers, and community members alike. Long story short, I’m excited to launch into our new season that has a special focus on youth programming, as well as community outreach initiatives. What might those be?


Prelude to the Next Prologue

Have you been to one of our Community Nights lately? (Also known as the second preview or the first Wednesday of each show) Well, you may have noticed something a little different going on. Perhaps a couple of microphones set up as you walked in the door? Or echoes of an interesting conversation bouncing off the walls? Well, that’s the GCTC Prologue, a new, engaging pre-show event that is free to the public and hosted by Sandra Abma! The next one is coming up on Wednesday, January 11th at 6:45pm, and I’d like to tell you a little bit about it.



What’s Happening at The Hive?

Everyone has a different story of how they found their way to theatre, whether as a performer, writer, designer, or patron. Personally, my grandfather took me to Showboat in Toronto as a toddler, and a few years later, I was cast as a wise-cracking warthog in a certain Disney musical (nailed that role, obviously). Needless to say, I was bit by the theatre bug at a young age and haven’t looked back. Now that I find myself in a management role at a major regional theatre, I’ve started to think about how I can give back to the community.


‘Tis the Season for Angel Square!

It’s almost the holiday season, and it’s opening week of the GCTC’s latest show, Angel Square! I’ve been fortunate enough to have been invited into the process as Assistant Director as part of the RBC Emerging Artist Grant, and what a process it has been! A few years ago, Jan Irwin accepted the challenge of adapting this cherished novel of Brian Doyle’s. The original production was performed at the NAC 4th stage with over 30 actors. Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, commissioned Jan to create a new version for the GCTC’s 15-16 season.


What’s This Dramaturgy Stuff All About?

The term “dramaturgy” has become a bit of a buzzword in the theatre community, and I’m sure it has some people scratching their heads. When I attended the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) conference in New York last June, I heard someone use the term, “creative midwife”, to describe a dramaturg. I find that description both appealing and accurate. Dramaturgs can be helpful for guiding a director, writer, or artist in general through their process. We ask questions, provide research, and help an artist see the bigger picture of their work.

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