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Watermark Announces Summer Season

Watermark Theatre’s 2021 Summer Season Announced!

Watermark Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Tsonos is thrilled to announce the 2021 Summer Season. “We are very excited to be able to produce theatre again after having to cancel last summer’s season”, says Tsonos, “we are anxious to get back to work and start entertaining our Island audiences once again.”

The season will launch with an outdoor performance of Mi’kmaq Legends performed by the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors. The two plays in the season will be the bittersweet comedy The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn and the lighthearted but powerful Cottagers and Indiansby Drew Hayden Taylor. The Watermark Music Series returns once again to delight audiences with local artists interpreting classic songwriters.

Drama, storytelling, music, dance and the visual arts combine to create Mi’kmaq Legends, an “electrifying” experience that brings authentic Mi’kmaq lore to life onstage. This free performance will be held outside our theatre on July 10th at 1PM (Rain day July 11th,).

The Gin Game, winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, which originally starred Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. The Gin Game will be performed from July 13th to 31st.

Drew Hayden Taylor is one of Canada’s leading Native writers and humorists. His unique style of Native commentary and storytelling has struck a chord with audiences not only at home but abroad, leading to his considerable success as playwright, author and screenwriter. Taylor’s plays have garnered numerous awards, including being a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama for his play In A World Created by A Drunken God. His plays have been produced throughout Canada and the U.S.

In Cottagers and Indians, wild rice sparks a battle royal between a native farmer and a white cottager, whose increasingly bitter dispute becomes a microcosm for reconciliation. Told with warmth and humour, and encompassing issues of community, respect and ownership, Cottagers and Indians is a tale for our times. Cottagers and Indians will be performed from August 10th to 28th.

After the Watermark performances of Cottagers and Indians are completed in North Rustico, the production will tour to Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia for performances Sept 2nd to 5th

The Watermark Music Series returns, curated once again by Rob Oakie. As always, Island musical artists interpret classic composers in a way that you have never heard before. The dates are:

Sunday July 25th at 7:30pm – The Music of John Prine
Featuring songs from the catalogue of a great American songwriter.

Sunday Aug 8th at 7:30pm – Songs For A Small Planet
Featuring music and words to inspire a brighter future.

Sunday Aug 22nd at 7:30pm – Swing Time USA
Featuring jazz and swing of the 30s and 40s. The music of Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Billie Holiday and more.

All Covid-19 provincial rules and regulations will be in place, including physical distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitizing, etc.

Tickets are now on sale at http://www.ticketwizard.ca
Or call the box office at 902-963-3963

Watermark Theatre’s Mandate
Located in North Rustico, PEI, on land that is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq, the Watermark Theatre is a professional theatre company that produces time-honoured plays, as well as contemporary plays that resonate with our times.
As a company we are led by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and commit to incorporating these core values in everything we do.
We prioritize environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Watermark Theatre is dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training.
In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence while endeavouring to inform, affect, and engage our audience and our community.

For more information please contact Beth Elliot at 902-963-3963 or admin@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave                
North Rustico, PE                
C0A 1X0           
(902) 963-3963
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

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Working Backstage

The Backstage Training Program is a new, paid, hands-on introductory program that I hope you will share with members of your community and friends who you think may be interested and to whom this applies! This is an introductory training program to explore the various departments involved backstage to create the magic you see on stage and develop skills through hands on experience with experienced industry professionals. Programs are either 1 week (30 hours) or 2 weeks (60 hours). You may apply for one or more departments. It is open to residents of Prince Edward Island, 18 years and over, who are unemployed or under-employed. 

No experience is necessary, but an interest in theatre/the arts is helpful, and the training will be given in English. Participants do not necessarily need to be Canadian citizens or permanent residents (international students may apply!), but must be unemployed or under-employed, and currently living in P.E.I.

We are particularly interested in welcoming members of communities that have traditionally been under-represented in our industry, and who have faced systemic barriers to training opportunities and exposure to the arts. Diversity promotes creativity, dialogue, and collaboration among our communities and that is at the core of Confederation Centre’s vision.

There are one-week or two-week training sessions available in seven (7) of the traditional theatre production departments: Video, Props, Sound, Carpentry, Lighting, Wardrobe, and Scenic Art.

In addition, one participant from each group (with the exception of Video) will be selected for a paid internship here at The Charlottetown Festival, working on one of the summer’s productions (May-June, 2021).

Backstage Training Program Summary:

·         Wage is minimum wage ($13.00) for 30 hours per week of training;

·         Open to current residents of PEI who are unemployed or underemployed, and 18 years of age or older.

·         Those able to work legally may apply (open to those on student and work visas)

·         These program hours are EI eligible;

·         Individuals may apply for and be selected for more than 1 session/department;

·         All applications must be received by March 31, 2021;

·         There will be interviews held starting April 6, and all successful applicants will be notified the week of April 12, 2021;

·         Tentative schedule is Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with lunch from 12 p.m.-1 p.m., but this may vary slightly, depending on the specific department. (i.e. there will be some weeks that have a Saturday work session due to Victoria Day, or training space availability);

·         The training dates:

o   Video (1 week) May 3 -7, 2021

o   Props (2 weeks) May 3-14, 2021

o   Sound (1 week) May 10-17, 2021

o   Lighting (1 week) May 17-21, 2021

o   Carpentry (2 weeks) May 17-29, 2021

o   Wardrobe (2 weeks) May 25-June 4, 2021

o   Scenic Art (1 week) June 7-11, 2021 

Applications can be made online via a Google Form, using this link: https://forms.gle/xmAAeoZmtyFzsTa86

–Or by using the attached fillable PDF. 

Should you have any questions, or would like to know more details, please feel free to contact myself, Sarah Denman-Wood, associate producer or Sam Doyle, human resources manager at training@confederationcentre.com.

Wela’lin (thank-you),

Sarah

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More Amazing Tales

A new hard hitting holiday episode of Amazing Tales of the Atlantic: The Podcast is available now! Will the DDT Detectives be able to stop the holiday hating Grabbus? Find out wherever fine podcasts are found!https://anchor.fm/…/The-DDT-Detectives—Muscle-Santa…And remember to grab tickets for March 26th’s Amazing Tales of the Atlantic – LIVE!Don’t forget to subscribe and tell your friends! It all helps us reach more ears!#princeedwardisland #pei #novascotia #newbrunswick #newfoundland #canadiancomedy #canadianpodcast #podcast #wrestling #maritimewrestling #comedy.

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The Centre Comes Back

With the news from today’s public health briefing, the Centre is set to resume regular operating hours beginning March 4; this includes Confederation Centre Art Gallery and PEI Public Library Service, PD day camp, meetings and events. dance umbrella classes will resume March 6. As announced earlier this week, all Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre concerts scheduled up to March 17 (including Tuesday Night LIVE! Concert Series (Select Dates Postponed) and The East Pointers, LIVE at the Centre (Postponed), have been postponed. The Box Office will be reaching out to ticket holders with more information soon. We greatly appreciate the ongoing cooperation and support of all patrons and partners! Thank you, PEI!

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Circuit Breaker Update

Confed Centre will be closed to the public from Monday, March 1 until the morning of Thursday, March 4. This follows the Chief Public Health Office’s instigation of 72-hour Modified Red Level protocols.

This closure includes: Confederation Centre Art Gallery, the Mainstage Theatre, PEI Public Library Service, meetings and events, dance umbrella classes, and other arts education offerings.

The province also announced Circuit Breaker restrictions extending until Sunday, March 14. Due to these restrictions, all concerts scheduled until March 17 have been postponed, including Tuesday Night LIVE! Concert Series (Select Dates Postponed) and The East Pointers, LIVE at the Centre (Postponed).

The Box Office will be reaching out to ticket holders with more information soon. Should you have any immediate questions, the Box Office is open 12 to 5 PM Monday-Friday by phone at 1-800-565-0278 or email at boxoffice@confederationcentre.com.

All Centre staff remain available by email and phone. Donations may still be made online at confederationcentre.com/donate.

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Acting Up

COMMUNITY THEATRE FESTIVAL 2021. ACT is hosting the Community Theatre Festival, which will be held April 24 / 25, 2021, at the Fox and Crow Pub at UPEI. This is a great chance to get involved and support local theatre. If you are interested in volunteering backstage, in front of house, or other areas – get in touch ! actproductionspei@gmail.com We are also seeking submissions (deadline March 19th) – if you have a short excerpt, sketch, or even a monologue in mind that you’d like to perform…let us help you bring it to life!

(Photo: King’s Players, by David Gladstone)

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New Eye On Art

Confederation Centre Art Gallery Welcomes Adjunct Curator

Confederation Centre is pleased to announce the addition of Charles Campbell as adjunct curator with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) . 

Campbell is a Jamaican-born multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator, who grew up on Prince Edward Island. Using performance, sculpture, and installation, his work investigates the future prospects that have become possible in the wake of colonization. 

Campbell will work remotely with the CCAG on special projects from his home in Victoria, B.C.  including an upcoming contribution to the national initiative, FIELDTRIP: Art Across Canada.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the team at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery,” remarks Campbell. “Growing up in Charlottetown, the encounters with the arts at Confed Centre are among my most memorable experiences. I’ll be using the post of adjunct curator to research overlooked and underserved Canadian artists and present visions from BIPOC artists that can expand our world.”

He previously served as chief curator of the National Gallery of Jamaica where he embraced vernacular styles and street art from Jamaica’s vibrant urban communities and expanded the national canon. 

“Having Charles Campbell’s perspective and expertise available as we develop future programs will be invaluable,” offers Gallery Director Kevin Rice. “We certainly enjoyed working with Charles when we presented his artwork as part of P.E.I.’s Art in the Open Festival and we now look forward to his curatorial contributions.”

The artist has exhibited widely in North America, the Caribbean, and Europe including: Rideau Hall, the Havana Biennial, Brooklyn Museum, and Perez Art Museum Miami. He holds a B. FA from Concordia University and an M.A. in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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Working at the Watermark

Position: Administrator – Full Time
Start Date: March 15th 2021

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
It is the Watermark Theatre’s goal to be an inclusive organization that engages and welcomes all Canadians. We believe that the basis of this inclusivity requires a socially and culturally diverse workforce and therefore actively seek to recruit candidates who are Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour (IBPoC), persons from the LGBTQ2+ community, and persons with disabilities. We encourage you to self-identify in the recruitment process.

COVID-19 pandemic:
This position has the ability to work from home for most of the year. 

Watermark Theatre is a not for profit charitable organization located in North Rustico, PEI that produces two theatrical productions every summer. The company also hosts a high school drama festival; runs a mentorship program and a teenage acting conservatory; presents a music series and an art gallery; and runs a bar and box office.

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:
The successful candidate will have a background working in the performing arts. The individual must be able to collaborate effectively across a broad range of artistic disciplines and functional areas. The following are the principal qualifications for this position:

• Minimum of 2 to 4 years of experience in a similar role
• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work with a variety of individuals across all levels of the organization
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including a talent for customer service
• Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple, sometimes competing priorities
• An adaptable mindset and an enthusiasm for learning and development
• An appreciation for the live performing arts
• Computer skills – competence in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Experience working on Social Media platforms 
• Driver’s license and access to a car would be an asset

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Scheduling of all programs 
• Scheduling of funding applications and reports
• Maintaining COVID 19 Operational Plan and Procedures
• Oversee the running of a box office and bar
• Maintaining existing sponsorship relationships
• Maintaining existing donor relationships and database
• Coordinating advertising sales for Playbill
• Work with Fundraising Committee to develop and execute activities
• Administer the running of a Mentorship Program
• Administration of all HR policies
• Work with volunteer team at the theatre 
• Preparing reports for the Watermark Theatre Board
• Help book accommodations for artists
• Oversee the maintenance of the theatre’s building and ground.

HOW TO APPLY:
● We aim to interview short-listed candidates in late February 2021. Interviews will take place on Zoom.
● The salary range is between 35k and 38k per annum depending on experience
● Please include your resume, a covering letter, and two professional references.
● To apply, please email (with the subject line Administrator Position) to info@watermarktheatre.com by February 19th, 2021, 5PM AST.

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