Box Office Bingo

Student Customer Service Representative for Box Office

You will be the first point of contact for the Victoria Playhouse and set the tone for an enjoyable theatre experience. Your responsibilities will include:

– Selling tickets and answering enquiries in person and on the phone using an online ticketing platform and preparing a daily settlement of sales; 
– Communicating with technical crew before and during performances;
– Cleaning of theatre and lobby;
– General box office duties including filing and correspondence.

Please send your resumé to Emily at


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The Gin Man

Actor Profile: Richard Clarkin 
Will play the role of Weller Martin in “The Gin Game”.
July 13th to 31st, 2021. 
For tickets or call 902-963-3963.

An Award-Winning performer and graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Richard Clarkin has created a versatile catalogue of characters on both stage and screen. Clarkin’s acting career began in 1984 when he originated the role of “Jacob Mercer” in David French’s iconic play Salt Water Moon for Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Most recently, also for Tarragon, Clarkin played “Menelaus” in Rick Robert’s adaptation of Orestes, a digital performance for the pandemic era, and a first of its kind for the theatre.

Clarkin has performed in large scale musicals such as Jukebox Hero and in the long running Disney/Mirvish hit production The Lion King, where he played the iconic role of “Scar”. Clarkin has fostered long associations with iconic theatre groups such as VideoCab and the Company Theatre in Toronto, as well as performing in leading roles for decorated companies across the country, including The Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, Necessary Angel, Grand Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, The Globe Theatre, Citadel, National Arts Centre and The Belfry. 

In 2018 Clarkin won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film for his work in The Drawer Boy. Other notable screen roles include “Captain Gord Ogilvey” in the hit hockey comedy movies Goon and Goon II: Last of the Enforcers by director Michael Dowse, and recently the David Bowie biopic Stardust, and the soon to be released film Carmen opposite Natasha McElhone.

Clarkin’s extensive television credits include the recurring role of “Chief Inspector Davis” on Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, Burden of Truth (CBC), Rogue (Audience), Killjoys (Syfy), Republic of Doyle (CBC), Flashpoint (CBS/CTV) and a series regular role on the popular teen sitcom Naturally, Sadie for Disney Channel and Family Channel.

Clarkin divides his time between Toronto and PEI. His island roots run deep, owning an old Farmhouse in Savage Harbour, and his parents coming from farming communities in Kelly’s Cross and Watervale.

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Fresh From the Island

Kings Playhouse, Young at Heart Theatre and Desert Island Theatre Company are accepting play submissions for Fresh from the Island – a new works festival.
The festival will present new plays in readings to help the development process of the playwright.

To apply for Fresh from the Islandclick here.

What We’re Looking For:

Kings Playhouse, Young at Heart Theatre and Desert Island Theatre company are committed to presenting performances, offering educational opportunities, and championing connection through storytelling.

We employ a blind submission process to avoid unintentional bias on the part of our team of qualified readers.

A $20 submission fee supports the producing of the 2021 Fresh from the Island festival.

Fresh From The Island will present the three finalist playwrights in live readings in a festival weekend Sept 23-26, 2021. Each of the three selected scripts will be paired with local actors and directors for an 8-12 hour rehearsal process culminating in three live, concert-style readings that are open to the public. Additionally, finalist playwrights will also have access to experienced dramaturgs to help facilitate the development process.

A small honorarium will be awarded to each finalist selected.

Kings Playhouse Executive Director, Haley Zavo
Young at Heart Theatre Artistic Producer, Catherine O’Brien
Desert Island Theatre Company Founder/Artistic Director, Benton Hartley

Script Submission Guidelines

PLEASE READ ALL of the guidelines and prepare your PDF accordingly BEFORE submitting your play.
Fresh from the Island will accept all plays that meet the following requirements:

1. Previously unproduced work.

All scripts submitted to Fresh from the Island must be unproduced. Workshops or readings do not count as productions. However, any staging by a theatre (including non-Equity, regional, or community theatre) where actors are off-book and admission is charged does count as a production.

2. Maximum of FIVE actors.

Doubling is permitted, provided a doubling plan is included with the cast list.

3. Submitting author is sole owner of script copyright. All playwrights submitting must be 18 years or older.

4. Legibly typed.

5. No indication of authorship on any of the pages (“blinded”).

6. Submitted as a single PDF.

PDFs should be one continuous file only. No hard copies will be accepted. PDF files are made with Adobe Acrobat Reader. For a free download and automatic installation of the newest version, go to

Formatting Requirements


Page 1 – Cover page with ONLY PLAY TITLE and the following disclaimer:

This script is copyright protected and may not be reproduced, distributed, or disseminated without the prior written permission of the author.

Page 2 – Cast list that includes each character’s name, age, and brief character description.

All pages should be numbered.


Please DO NOT include playwright name on the cover page or any of the following pages.

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2021 Symons Medallist Announced

Confederation Centre of the Arts Announces 2021 Symons Medallist

-The Honourable Louise Arbour to receive the 21st Symons Medal for exceptional contribution to Canadian life-

Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2021 Symons Medal will be awarded to the Honourable Louise Arbour, CC, GOQ on Friday, October 29 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The Symons Medal—one of Canada’s most prestigious honours—recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. The award and its associated lecture are presented annually at Confederation Centre of the Arts—Canada’s living monument to Canadian Confederation—in honour of the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, who first gathered in Charlottetown in the fall of 1864.

Each year since 2004, the Symons Committee, co-chaired by Robert Sear and George Kitching, selects a recipient from a list of outstanding nominees. “On behalf of Confederation Centre of the Arts and CEO Steve Bellamy, I am pleased to announce the Honourable Louise Arbour as the 21st Recipient of the Symons Medal,” states Sear, chair of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust.

“We look forward to welcoming Madame Arbour to Charlottetown this fall to share her perspective and reflect on a life spent in pursuit of civil justice for all, including her important work with the United Nations, the Supreme Court of Canada, and beyond.”

The Symons Medal Lecture offers an eminent Canadian a national platform to discuss the state of Confederation from their vantage point and through their professional lens.

In 1996, the Security Council of the United Nations appointed Madame Arbour Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In this role, she secured the first conviction for genocide (Rwanda) since the 1948 Genocide Convention and the first indictment for war crimes by a sitting European head of state (Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic).

Madame Arbour was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999 and in 2004 she was appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations, and later the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration. 

Madame Arbour, Senior Counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, was recently appointed to lead an independent review into sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Madame Arbour has received numerous honorary doctorates and awards. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. She follows a formidable line of Symons Medallists, including the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Dr. David Suzuki, and the Honourable Bob Rae. 

The medal and events are named for Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, CC, O.Ont—the founder of Trent University and a long-time board member and supporter of Confederation Centre. Professor Symons passed away in January at the age of 91.

The 2021 Ceremony will take place in the Mainstage Theatre at Confederation Centre and will also be live-streamed on the Centre’s Facebook and YouTube. Ticket information and access for this important ceremony will be made available through the box office in early fall.

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Indigenous Art Moving Forward

Indigenous art selected for art bank and grants

PEI Mi’kmaq and other Indigenous artists in PEI are being recognized as the successful applicants for the new Indigenous Art Bank and Indigenous Arts Grants programs.

“In the spirit of friendship and reconciliation, today we celebrate Indigenous artists for their significant contributions to Prince Edward Island. Indigenous art is a powerful form of storytelling. These programs are dedicated to sharing stories and knowledge with Islanders so we can learn more about Indigenous culture in Prince Edward Island, and I extend my congratulations to all the artists.”

– Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Minister Matthew MacKay

The first five pieces of art purchased for the Indigenous Art Bank are:

Artist: Nora Richard
Title: Woven Quiver
Medium: Reed basketry (with beads, bone, feathers and rawhide)

Artist: Melissa Peter-Paul
Title: Me’eyimult’k “We are still here”
Medium: Birch bark, porcupine quills, sweetgrass, spruce root and sinew.

Artist: Francis Jadis
Title: Fancy Mi’kmaq Basket
Medium: Black Ash

Artist: Riley Bernard
Title: The Stick Persons Collection
Medium: Graphic novel

Artist: Levi Cannon
Title: Climbing to the Creator 
Medium: Water-based paint

Also, the following six artists were selected to receive funding through the Indigenous Arts Grants:

Artist: Julie Pellissier-Lush
Writing and publishing, $2,300    
Description: To create a book featuring interviews with elders from Lennox Island First Nation and Abegweit First Nation. 

Artist: Riley Bernard 
Writing and publishing, $1,000
Description: To create a graphic novel inspired by traditional Mi’kmaq Legends.

Artist: Melissa Peter-Paul 
Visual arts, $3,000
Description: Harvesting birch bark, porcupine quills, sweet grass and spruce root with respected knowledge keepers and their family of Mi’kmaki.

Artist: Rosalie Bourque 
Crafts, $700
Description: To create clothing using designs to help through the grieving process of losing their dad and grandfather.

Artist: Val Jadis
Crafts, $700 
Description: To continue beading and creating awareness for Orange Shirt Day for residential schools; Red Dress for murdered missing indigenous women; and increasing autism awareness by making pins, earrings and other items. 

Artist: Shanna Sark
Interdisciplinary, $2,300
Description: Shanna Sark and her sisters will collect knowledge on their father, Gilbert “Tommy” Sark’s legacy with ash splint basket making. A video will document the process of finding people who have been mentored by Sark to recall his basket making techniques.

The successful applicants were selected by a 3-member jury of their Indigenous arts community peers

Media contact:
Hillary MacDonald
Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture
902-394-6368 sends e-mail) 


The PEI Indigenous Art Bank acquires, loans and displays art that was purchased or donated and pieces will be displayed in public spaces. To learn more, visit: The PEI Indigenous Art Bank.

The Indigenous Arts Grants provide funding to assist and encourage the work of the Indigenous arts community in the province. To learn more, visit: The Indigenous Arts Grant Program.

Both programs were developed in partnership with PEI Mi’kmaq artists and artisans and with guidance from best practices across federal and provincial jurisdictions. 

A key item of the PEI Culture Action Plan is for all Islanders to have opportunities to engage with the art forms that derive from Indigenous language, worldviews, practices, and protocols. 

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A Gem From Newfoundland

Between Breaths’: The Charlottetown Festival Returns with a Newfoundland Gem

-‘Breathtaking Performance’ coming to Confederation Centre’s Mainstage on June 3-

Inspired by the true story of Dr. Jon Lien – known as ‘the Whale Man’ – Between Breaths is a profound memory play that sails through Dr. Jon’s career and the death-defying work of saving whales trapped in fishing nets off Newfoundland. 

“I have always been drawn to true stories in the theatre”, offers Artistic Director of Performing Arts, Adam Brazier. “Experiencing real life stories on stage connects me to our past while demanding creativity from both the storytellers and the audience. Between Breaths reminds us how small we are and the immense influence we can have.” 

This dynamic memory play begins late in Dr. Jon’s life and moves backwards, to his first whale intervention. With his head down in freezing waters and armed only with a snorkel and knife, Dr. Jon would save the lives of over 500 animals and earn the hard-won respect of Newfoundland’s fishers. Featuring an evocative live score from Island favourites, The OnceBetween Breaths weaves dynamically from the Whale Man’s origins in the American Midwest, throughout his incredible career, right up to the biggest fight of his life—facing dementia in his later years.

Directed by Jillian Keiley (Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre) Between Breaths plays June 3-19 in the Mainstage Theatre. 

Sponsored by CAA Atlantic, the play features a tight-knit ensemble of Newfoundland-based actors and musicians. These include: Steve O’Connell as Dr. Jon Lien; Bernardine Stapleton as his wife and caregiver, Judy Lien; and Darryl Hopkins as Wayne the Fisher, and other roles. The actors are accompanied by Andrew Laite (vocals/guitar); Kelly McMichael (vocals); and Josh Sandu (mandolin/bodhran/vocals). 

Patron capacities continue to be limited to 300 per-performance and theatre seats are safely staggered. Shows will be presented with no intermission and concessions are to be ordered online in advance. Mask-wearing and social distancing remains mandatory throughout the Centre.

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Up Next: A Life’s Work

Coming Soon to the CCAG — A Life’s Work: Canadian Artist Robert Harris (1849-1919)

-New Gallery exhibition highlights Harris’ work as a portrait painter in Canada’s early years-

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – A highly-anticipated new Robert Harris exhibition is opening in two stages this month at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG). Beginning June 5, A Life’s Work surveys Harris’ impressive career as a portrait painter in a young country. 

The exhibition features commissioned portraits of local merchant William Weeks, 1880; Sir Hugh Allan, 1885, founder of the Allan Steamship Line; the artist’s niece, Ruth Harris, 1896; and Anna Leonowens, 1905, co-founder of what is now NSCAD University. Also included are portraits of Harris’ siblings and parents, self-portraits, scenes of everyday life—including The Local Stars, 1888 and A Studio Boy’s Private View, 1886—less known but remarkable landscape paintings from several countries, selected drawings, sketchbooks, and memorabilia such as family photographs and letters.

Ranging from youthful works made in Charlottetown, to those created during his international studies and travels, or in his Montreal studio, this selection of works is drawn primarily from the CCAG’s extensive Robert Harris Collection and Archive—the majority of which was transferred to the Centre in 1965 from the Robert Harris Trust.

Harris was a keen observer and he created a fascinating record of Charlottetown as he practiced drawing and painting. His detailed map of the city (based on a 1863 map by D.J. Lake) related to his early surveying work and his watercolour views of Charlottetown from 1869-1871 are a charming glimpse into this era. However Harris was intent on painting people and his early self-directed training was followed by periods of study in Boston, London, and Paris in the 1870s and early 1880s. His goal of being an artist was set by his later teens and by 1880 he was regarded as one of Canada’s leading painters. 

Harris had the distinction of being named among the 26 charter members of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (RCA) when it was founded in 1880. His growing reputation for portraiture was undoubtedly a contributing factor in the Canadian Government awarding him the 1883 commission to depict the delegates to the Quebec Conference of 1864. Harris’ large, group painting is an iconic image in Canadian history and the commission propelled the artist’s career and solidified his reputation as Canada’s best portrait artist of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Harris’ success has often been attributed to his talent, business acumen, and his ability to connect with people—be it the well-to-do sitters commissioning portraits or the local farmers, fishers, women working in the lobster packing plant, or as a teacher in a one-room school. The range of subjects from everyday life that Harris explored in his works bear this out.

A Life’s Work: Canadian Artist Robert Harris (1849-1919) is planned in two parts. The first will feature many of the early watercolours, drawings of nude models, illustrations, and preliminary sketches for a wide range of portraits and will be presented in the Sobey Gallery and opens on June 5. The majority of the oil paintings in the exhibition—the portraits, genre, and landscapes—will be installed on the second-floor gallery and will be ready for viewing by June 26 and on display until January 2022.

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People Are Strange

We’re so excited to announce that joining us at the Kings Playhouse on Sunday, May 23rd as our opening act for Fascinating Maritime Ladies is Lizzy Strange!

Originally from Three Rivers, drag queen Lizzy Strange has performed to audiences across Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and Ontario. Now, performing in her hometown for the first time ever, Lizzy is ready to bring her zany act, filled with farce, camp, and a whole lot’a’glitter, to the stage at Kings Playhouse.

Tickets are only $15 and seating is limited. For tickets go to: or call 1(888)346-5666 or in person at 65 Grafton Street, Georgetown, PE.

Photo by Marc Boisvert.

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