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Calling All Submissions

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | ACTORS WHO ARE NON-BINARY For the upcoming summer festival season in Charlottetown, PE, The Guild is seeking submissions from actors with diverse gender identities, with a special interest in artists based on Prince Edward Island and in Atlantic Canada. The Guild is mounting a professional production of a soon-to-be-announced Canadian play that features a principal character who is non-binary. The Guild is therefore seeking to cast an artist who is non-binary or genderqueer. Outside dates are mid-June to early August. Union and non-union artists are encouraged to submit. Artists are asked to submit a resume and headshot, and are encouraged to include a message or cover letter introducing themselves. Submissions should be e-mailed to submissions@theguildpei.com no later than Thursday, March 25th, 2021 at 5:00pm. The Guild strives to present content and artists reflective of our diverse community. The Guild is working to engage new voices and talent, with a strong desire to advance opportunities for historically underrepresented and marginalized identities. The Guild accepts submissions from artists of all ethno-cultural backgrounds and gender identities, and celebrates the unique perspectives, histories, and experiences of each and every artist. This will be the second ever original Guild production, following Singalong Jubilee in 2019.

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Advocating for the Arts

Confederation Centre Welcomes New Director of Philanthropy

-Haddad assumes director position following fundraising roles with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet, and Toronto Arts Foundation-

(Charlottetown, P.E.I) – CEO Steve Bellamy and Confederation Centre of the Arts are pleased to welcome Nadine Haddad to the Senior Management group as the Centre’s director of philanthropy. Nadine had dad

“We are thrilled to welcome Nadine to Confederation Centre and back to the Island,” says Bellamy. “On behalf of all staff and our board of directors, we wish her every success as she begins this leadership role and a new stage of her career.”

After completing her undergraduate in music at the University of Prince Edward Island, Haddad continued her education in Arts Management at Western University. 

“The combination of these two educational streams led me to pursue a gratifying career as a professional in fundraising, marketing, and events,” she offers. “I look forward to being an advocate and promoter for the Centre and for the arts on P.E.I.”

Haddad grew up in Charlottetown and was previously a member of the Confederation Centre Young Company, a Front of House usher, and a summer volunteer at the Centre.

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Art and Appetizers

Don’t miss the feast for your eyes & your tummy at Kings Playhouse OPENING RECEPTION on March 20th @ 11am for JUBILATION ~ A New Beginning.

Showcasing extraordinary pieces by celebrated local artists Geraldine Ysselstein, Helene Larouche, Julia Purcell, and Ann Clow, over brunch!

Tickets: https://2053.na.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/290#KingsPlayhouse#ArtisansOnMain#ArtGallery#ArtExhibition

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Not All Black and White

The Guild Presents 
Absolution Please join us as we share a multimedia production titled ‘Absolution’. 
Absolution will have you doubting the perspectives of good and evil in the world in which we live and die.
Absolution forces its’ characters to destructively collide when questioned and confronted with the harsh truths of life.
The truths in ‘Absolution’ are masked by distorted beliefs, built on lies of the past, and cannot be hidden anymore for forgiveness to be decided and executed. 
This presentation stars Robbin Ward and Dennis Trainor and includes a host of characters portrayed by Island performers. Absolution is directed and produced by Mahdi Selseleh and is presented by ‘The Guild PEI’. *Some scenes in ‘Absolution’ deal with adult themes, and is intended for mature audiences. Viewer discresion is advised.*

March 17,18,19 
@ The Guild
House opens @ 7:30 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Ticket Price: $25
Advance sales available through The Guild Box office in person, or
over the phone.

All productions are being presented by The Guild with the permission of the Public Health Office of Prince Edward Island, and operates under its rules and guidelines. Within these guidelines, theatre seating has been limited to a maximum of 50 people. Chairs will be grouped with a maximum of 6 chairs per group, and each group is 6ft. from one another. It is possible that depending on the size of your party, you may be seated with other audience members within those 6 chairs. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please speak with our box office agents by calling 902-620-3333, or emailing boxoffice@theguildpei.com.

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Rise On Up

Confederation Centre Young Company Now Accepting Video Auditions for THE RISING!

-Young Company, in partnership with the TD Ready Commitment, will perform this summer at the Centre-

Young performers from across Canada are invited to submit video auditions for the 2021 season of the Confederation Centre Young Company, in partnership with the TD Ready Commitment. The season will run on-site from June to August, as a proud part of The Charlottetown Festival at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

This summer, the Young Company will present THE RISING!, exploring moments where society has come together to stand up for civil and judicial rights.  

A universal language, music transcends geographic and cultural barriers and has played an essential role in protests for generations. Weaving songs from such artists as Tracey Chapman, Lady Gaga, Macklemore, CCR, and Bob MarleyThe Rising! is an inspiring, high-energy journey about striving for a better and more equitable humanity. 

“The Young Company is a fantastic growth opportunity for performing artists from across Canada,” says Adam Brazier, artistic director of performing arts. “The program is both an exercise in collaboration and creativity, and an excellent way to explore social justice through the arts, from a diverse range of voices and experiences.”

Rehearsals for the Young Company begin in mid-June and run through August 21. As it has for almost three decades, the program doubles as a summer training intensive, featured within The Charlottetown Festival.

Submissions are welcome from people of all cultures, genders, and identities, with varying degrees of experience. Applicants are reminded that if they play a musical instrument or speak languages other than English, this ability should be showcased in their video audition. Traditional songs, dances, and speeches are also welcomed and encouraged.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. Full details for applications and video submissions can be found at confederationcentre.com/auditions.

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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

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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),


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