Edmonton downstage | 12.05.2016

Opening this week

  • Lady Windermere’s Fan is on Walterdale Theatre’s stage December 7 – 17.
  • Mile Zero Dance’s monthly cabaret of unexpected works-in-progress, The Dirt Buffet Cabaret, returns at Spazio Performativo on December 8. Suggested admission is $10, or best offer.
  • Why go to a theatre? Just stay home, bring some friends over and invite Theatre No. 6 into your living room for a performance of Wallace Shawn’s The Fever. Bookings are available until December 11.


  • Walterdale Theatre’s search for an Artistic Director for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons comes to a close on December 5. Check out their website for more details.
  • Want to try your hand at directing? Walterdale Theatre has also got a call out for script submissions for next year’s season. Deadline is January 15.
  • Submissions to the Stage Struck! One Act Festival are open until January 30.
  • The Citadel’s Playwright’s Forum is taking submissions now until January 17.

Recaps, reactions, and previews

  • Kristen does a quick round up of all the shows going on in November – both the ones she made it to and didn’t have enough nights to make it to. This really is an awesome theatre town we live in!
  • Louise also gives her thoughts on the shows happening in Edmonton the last week of November/early December – it looks like she made it to quite a few as well!
  • If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely check out Mack Male’s Guide to Winter 2016/2017 Festivals in Edmonton.
  • What It Is Podcast chats with the folks from Theatre No. 6 and Grindstone Theatre.


  • There are 10 more days left in Grindstone Theatre’s IndieGoGo campaign raising funds for the new Grindstone Comedy Theatre on Whyte Avenue
  • Congrats to the Varscona Theatre, whose Giving Tuesday campaign exceeded their goals and landed them handrails.

News about Edmonton’s local arts coverage

  • By now you probably know that Liz Nicholl’s last day at the Edmonton Journal was Friday. While Liz is off to new adventures on her own website 12thnight.ca, Isis Tse has started a petition at Change.org to save the Edmonton Journal’s arts coverage. In addition to signing the petition, Isis also invites folks to contact Editor-in-chief Mark Iype ([email protected]) and VP editorial, western Canada, Lorne Motley ([email protected]) to voice your concerns.
  • Local actress, producer, writer, and all around theatre professional Ellen Chorley wrote a great Facebook post following Liz’ announcement reminding us of all the great places we can find local arts coverage.
  • On a related note, I enjoyed Mack Male’s recap of his trip to Chicago, and especially his thoughts coming out of the People-Powered Publishing Conference and the future of journalism.

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