April with TACTICS

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The Geography Teacher's OrdersIn the Workshop…

TACTICS is back with another instalment of The Workshop Series. This month TACTICS will support a development workshop of Marta Singh’s new storytelling piece, The Geography Teacher’s Orders.

The Geography Teacher’s Orders
Written and performed by Marta Singh
Directed by Jennifer Cayley
Dramaturgy by Emily Pearlman

Sunday April 22 at 4pm @ Arts Court – Library

In Argentina, the dictatorship has fallen. The headlines read “The End of Fear.” However, the geography teacher of a private English-speaking school is not replaced with the advent of democracy. Under her rule, as classmates turn against each other, two kids earn the power to do the unthinkable.

In the Green Room…

And later that same evening, we invite you to join us for a community conversation about anti-harassment and respectful workplaces in Ottawa theatre.

Sunday April 22 at 7:30pm @ National Arts Centre – City Room (upper/Elgin Street level, overlooking the Canal)green curtains

For our April Green Room Series event, we invite you to join us for a community conversation in response to #metoo and #timesup, with a pro-active discussion about anti-harassment, respectful workplaces and allyship. Many members of our Ottawa theatre community may already have policies and practices in place, or may know about the Not in Our Space initiative by Equity and PACT (Canadian Actors Equity Association and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres). However, we’d like to have a chance to share these practices and we’d particularly like to make sure that members of our indie community (who aren’t necessarily associated with Equity or PACT or an organization with existing policies) have access to these resources too. We’d like to propose this conversation as an opportunity to draft a shared set of standards for Ottawa indie producers along the lines of that created by the Chicago indie theatre community, Not in Our House.

Thank you to the NAC English Theatre for hosting us in the beautiful City Room!

Sword-fighting and taxes: February and March with TACTICS

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Sharpen your swords and get out your tax information! TACTICS has a full slate of events and workshops on the horizon.

The Workshop Series

A pair of crossed swords behind a 17th-century style feathered hat with the title Maupin

The 2018 Workshop Series continues this month with Maupin, a new play by Margo MacDonald, whose previous hit plays include The Elephant Girls and Shadows. Margo will be joined by dramaturg Mary Ellis and actors Sarah Finn, Richard Gélinas, Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha and Kate Werneburg to develop the script over the course of a five day workshop. Please join us on Sunday February 25 at 4pm in the newly renovated Arts Court Library for a reading of this exciting new play and be a part of the script’s development!

Meanwhile, back in The Green Room…

The Green Room series returns with a free workshop on Life Dramaturgy. Inspired by her work in the Leadership in the Arts program at the Lincoln Center, local actor, creator and instructor Kristina Watt will offer you a  hands-on workshop that will give you strategies to identify, clarify and strengthen your personal vision as an artist–while you manage multiple creative projects alongside multiple jobs and income streams.

The artist you are is defined by the series of choices you make –and how you make them in relation to others.
 

Tuesday February 20 5:30-7pm at Arts Court, in the Library. Please RSVP by email to tactic.series@gmail.com to attend.

and taxes, taxes, taxes…

TACTICS is here to help you through the dreaded tax season with our March edition of The Green Room series: a free Taxes for Artists workshop with Jessie Parker, local visual artist and author of Tax Smarts for Artists: Accounting Secrets, Surprises and Essentials. Monday March 12 6-8pm at GCTC, in the Studio. Please RSVP by email to tactic.series@gmail.com to attend.

New Year, new plays!

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Happy New Year from all of us at TACTICS!

We are so excited to be diving into this year with the launch of our 2018 Workshop Series! As we look back at the work we’ve done so far and the work we hope to keep doing in the Ottawa theatre community in the future, we have decided to consider our current fourth season a “development year.” We loved the 2017 Workshop Series so much, and we were so inspired by the work that our artists did, that we on the steering committee decided to make sure that TACTICS is more interested in committing to artists than to dates on a calendar. Excellent work takes time to develop, and we want to offer access to that development time.

So this year, we are producing three script development workshops of new works in progress by local creators, with the hope to see these shows on our mainstage in the future, when the scripts and the artists are ready. Meanwhile, our steering committee is also hard at work building capacity for TACTICS as an organization.

First up in the Workshop Series is Mad Margaret, a new Shakespeare adaptation that our own Series Curator Bronwyn Steinberg has been working on with her independent company, Counterpoint Players, for some time. Bronwyn will work with Dramaturg Jan Irwin and four brilliant actors (Katie Bunting, Tamara Freeman, Teri Loretto and Margo MacDonald) for five days, culminating in a public reading of the work on Sunday, January 14 at 4pm in the Courtroom at Arts Court. Come join us and be involved in the development of a new Canadian (and Shakespearean) play!

Office Holiday Party in The Green Room!

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The Office Holiday party is a staple in workplace culture. Some of us theatre people, however, work in rehearsal halls, from home, in coffeeshops, and will never get to experience a workplace cinq-a-sept! Until now.

Bring your ugliest holiday sweater and join us at Pressed Cafe (750 Gladstone Ave) on Monday December 18th from 5pm – 7pm for the Ottawa theatre community’s Office Holiday Party in The Green Room, co-hosted by A Company of Fools

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This event continues The Green Room, a series of monthly events, coordinated by TACTICS in collaboration with different theatre groups across the city, for the entire Ottawa theatre community. A mix of social events, professional development workshops and performance opportunities, the Green Room is a place for us to connect and grow—as individuals and as a community.green room curtains and lights

 

 

Grant-writing in The Green Room!

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The Green Room presents a FREE Grant-writing workshop

November 27 6-8pm 

Great Canadian Theatre Co. Board Room

It’s November! And for many of us, you know that means grant season is upon us! With Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators already being accepted, City of Ottawa grants coming up in December, and OAC Theatre Projects and Canada Council deadlines early in 2018, now is the perfect time to get to work.

In this FREE 2-hour workshop, we’ll go through the application forms, budgeting, how to structure the story of your project and other useful tips. Workshop leader Bronwyn Steinberg has not only submitted numerous successful applications in recent years, but has also served on an OAC jury and will share do’s and don’ts from the jury’s perspective. Marlène Barré, Program Officer for the City of Ottawa’s English Theatre and French Theatre funding programs will be joining us at 7pm to answer questions specifically related to the City’s Arts Funding programs. Bring your ideas, outlines and/or drafts to share and get feedback in time to submit a successful application.

RSVP by email to tactic.series@gmail.com by November 25. Again, this workshop is FREE, but donations for the Parkdale Food Centre will be gratefully accepted.

This event continues The Green Room, a new series of events, coordinated by TACTICS in collaboration with different theatre groups across the city, for the entire Ottawa theatre community. A mix of social events, professional development workshops and performance opportunities, the Green Room is a place for us to connect and grow—as individuals and as a community.

Party in the Green Room!

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TACTICS, GCTC and the New Ottawa Critics invite you to join us for a Homecoming Party to launch “The Green Room,” a series of events for the whole Ottawa theatre community.

Ottawa Theatre Homecoming Party at GCTC on Friday, September 22 at 9:30pm

We invite you to join us after the Community Night performance of You Are Happy at GCTC for an Ottawa Theatre Homecoming Party! We can’t wait to bring our community together to welcome the new theatre season with drinks and snacks, a Critics’ Salon hosted by the New Ottawa Critics in the Fritzi Gallery (upper lobby), and we’ll even break out the ping-pong table and have other social games on hand. You know the best way to impress an Artistic Director is to beat them at ping-pong!

This event launches The Green Room, a new series of monthly events, coordinated by TACTICS in collaboration with different theatre groups across the city, for the entire Ottawa theatre community. A mix of social events like this one, professional development workshops and performance opportunities, the Green Room is a place for us to connect and grow—as individuals and as a community. Join us at the party to find out more, and to let us know what you’re looking for in the Green Room.

 

Summer updates

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Hello and happy summer! It’s been a very exciting and productive summer for all of us on the TACTICS Steering Committee. Sarah, Megan and Matt have each been performing in different shows, and I’ve had the opportunity to participate in several different conferences, attend festivals and see tons of shows. And, of course, we continue to make plans for the coming year! 

Speaking of the coming year, we are very pleased to announce that the City of Ottawa Arts Funding Program is supporting our upcoming fourth season. They have supported us every year, and we are so thrilled that our colleagues in the city continue to value TACTICS and our contribution to the city. Thanks Ottawa!

And we wish to once again express our sincere gratitude to all who attended and supported our third series, and offer heartfelt congratulations to all the artists and arts professionals who were involved! This year was huge, with over 40 artists participating in our core programming of 7 shows, and more than 30 additional artists involved in our special events and other activities. We were so excited to be able to bring together so many talented and innovative artists, not only from Ottawa’s indie theatre community, but also from music, dance, and even the food scene! Our mouths are drooling thinking about the next time we get to try food made by the incredibly talented chefs we featured at Show Plates, and we can’t stop listening to Lucila Al Mar‘s album that was released the first week of the series. We’re still thinking about the performances and discussions around 1984, the Critics’ Salon, and the many fantastic talkbacks and post-show conversations for all seven shows. And we absolutely loved getting to be part of the development of new works from Ottawa creators in the Workshop Series alongside the full productions of the Mainstage Series, and we can’t wait to see those new works continue to develop. 

Soon after the closing of the series, I had the chance to travel to Charlottetown for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre (PACT) annual conference as part of my Artistic Direction internship with the Great Canadian Theatre Company, where I got to learn about work and development/producing models from across Canada. In June, I attended the Republic of Inclusion conference on Deaf, Disability and Mad Arts coordinated by the National Arts Centre English Theatre, which was an eye-opening experience on the level of the feminist click or being woke to racial injustice. And in July I went to Segovia, Spain for the International Theatre Institute Worldwide Congress, where I joined the steering committee for the new Network of Emerging Arts Professionals of ITI. Each conference was a fantastic opportunity to open my mind and challenge my expectations. I met and learned from colleagues across the country and around the world, and I’m so excited to bring new ideas back to Ottawa and TACTICS.

As for my brilliant and talented steering committee, here’s what they’ve been up to. These shows are all going on right now, so see if you can check them out!

Matt’s Two Kind Boys Theatre had a new show in the Ottawa Fringe Festival and is reprising their hit show from the 2016 Ottawa Fringe, Rideshares and Ropeswings this weekend before they head off to Halifax Fringe. 

Sarah’s been performing in parks all over Ottawa in A Company of Fools’ fantastic production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which closes this weekend. 

And Megan is touring throughout the Outawais in Theatre Wakefield’s A Summer… A Fair by Ian Tamblyn. 

That’s it for now, but please stay tuned for news of future TACTICS shows, workshops and events coming soon!