Creation Lab Blog
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Tent Talk in the Lab
Thinking of Edinburgh, 2016? Now’s the time to start planning. Join Derrick Chua, producer extraordinaire, and Lucy Eveleigh, Fringe GM and former General Manager for Pleasance Theatre, which is responsible for festival operations at over 20 venues in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, for a frank discussion on the ins and out on taking your show to Edinburgh.
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Fund What You Can (FWYC) is an all-Canadian crowdfunding platform run by the Toronto Fringe that offers hands-on support, access to free resources and targeted marketing to the arts community.
We want YOU to launch a campaign on FWYC
Who can do it? Anyone with an artistic project who needs money to help it come to life! For example: theatre producers, playwrights, filmmakers, choreographers, novelists, visual artists, photographers, comic book creators, or musicians. You don’t have to be a professional artist to use FWYC – everyone is welcome to create a campaign.
How does it work?
Anyone with an artistic project can sign up at http://www.fwyc.ca/to launch a campaign. You will have creative control over the content you provide and complete freedom to craft a campaign that will inspire people to donate
The goal of the Toronto Fringe is to provide indie artists with the tools they need to succeed. Crowdfunding has quickly become a major source of revenue for artists. More and more, we have seen indie artists launch crowdfunding campaigns, and lose up to 10% of their revenue to platform fees and get lost on a website that is not geared towards art. FWYC is an accessible, affordable and arts-based platform. It is a tool that we offer to the indie artist – to help strengthen this inspiring community. We can’t wait to see what you do with it!
- We are the overall cheaper option with the lowest Platform Fees of 3.5%
- One of the highest success rates
- No Transfer Fees
- All of the funds go back into the Arts Community and to the Artist
- Actually get feedback from your campaign!
Sign up for a campaign here: http://fwyc.ca/
Read more here: http://fringetoronto.com/contact-and-about-us/fund-what-you-can/
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
The Church Basement Amateurs ensemble working hard in the Blake Thorne space at Creation Lab. The team is in peaceful harmony creating “18: Foursome Majeure” for The Toronto Fringe. It’s a comedy about two couples trying to play a friendly game of golf, but hard feelings from the past are having a negative effect on the game. The Creation Lab space is perfect for meetings and rehearsals!
Oland, director; cast members, Sandra Flores, Anastasia Lainas, and James Anderson
Oland, director; cast members, Sandra Flores, Anastasia Lainas, and James Anderson
Mark Hemphill-on research assignment
Monday, April 20th, 2015
Deadline to submit:: Thursday, April 23 Auditions: Saturday, April 25
Please email headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Premiering at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival, CUT-THROAT: The Isolation of Ambition, written by Andreea Hluscu, focuses on Maggie Levene, an aspiring actress with a murderous past. She finds herself living with her powerful more accomplished roommate, Jenna Bell. Their fate shifts when they end up being considered for the same role in a play directed by Maggie’s brother, Elliot. It becomes clear to them both they must secure their role by any means possible.
We are looking to cast the following roles:
ELLIOT. Age range 25-30
Elliot is Maggie’s slightly older brother who is established as a successful director. He is a very confident, almost to the point of pretentiousness. His relationship with his sister is complicated in his eyes, although the relationship he builds with Jenna is a promising, yet potentially dangerous one.
MAGGIE’S VOICE. Any age, any gender, any ethnicity
Maggie’s voice always delivers what Maggie either does or does not want to say, think or hear. Maggie’s voice can be at times ruthless, demanding, and very sarcastic. This voice is in control of what happens within the story. Please not if you have any musical abilities.
Thursday, April 16th, 2015
Visual Fringe Coordinator – The Toronto Fringe Festival
The Toronto Fringe is seeking an energetic and dedicated individual to become part of the Fringe team as the Visual Fringe Coordinator for the 2015 Fringe Festival.
Funding for this position is only available to individuals returning to school next year or a current student at any level, including Masters/PhD and diploma programs. The Visual Fringe Coordinator (VFC) will be contracted full-time from June 4-July 15, 2014.
The VFC will be supervised by the Office and Outreach Manager and will be responsible for:
Before the festival
- Primary liaison between Visual Fringe artists and the Toronto Fringe
- Assist with planning and logistics of the Visual Fringe and Fringe Club
- Create master Fringe Club binder
- General administrative support
- Assist with Fringe Club set up and load in
During the festival
- Responsible for, with the Fringe Club technician, technical aspects of The Fringe Club (lights/sound, special event set up, etc)
- Handle all Visual Fringe financial tracking
- Maintaining the safety and security of Fringe Club tents, exhibits and personnel during the Festival
After the festival
- Assist with Fringe Club strike
- A comprehensive written post mortem
- Be a student, or returning to school in the fall
- Be 25 years or younger
- Be interested in arts administration, visual and performing arts
- Possess working knowledge of theatrical sound and lighting equipment, including set up, strike, daily operation, and troubleshooting
- Be able to learn and work in a busy environment
- Be able to work independently
Applications with a resume and cover letter should only be submitted by environmentally friendly email to Lindsay Woods at email@example.com with attached Microsoft Word or PDF files. Please identify the job position you are applying for in the subject line. Inquiries can be made by telephone to 416-966-1062 x3.
Submission Deadline: Friday April 27th, 2015 by 5pm
Interviews: May 4th-7th, 2015
Start Date: Wednesday June 4th, 2015
The Fringe is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
About the Toronto Fringe:
Now in its 27th year, the Toronto Fringe provides creative opportunities for artists and audiences by producing two important festivals – the Toronto Fringe Festival and the Next Stage Theatre Festival – and by running outreach activities that benefit youth, artists and the theatre community at large. Our new home, the Fringe Creation Lab, welcomes independent artists year round, encouraging their creative work by offering them affordable space to make art, congregate and innovate.
Our core activities are:
- The Fringe Festival – our flagship event that presents 1200 artists from around the world to 90,000+ attendees each summer
- The Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF) – a smaller winter festival presenting 8 – 10 productions by emerging artists ready to move beyond the summer festival structure, whose audiences have grown by 135% since 2008
- Outreach Activities – a variety of programs supporting artists and youth.
- The Creation Lab – a subsidized space that offers a professional facility to under-represented artists to create, hone and present new work
More information on all outreach programs and our two festivals can be found at www.fringetoronto.com
The Toronto Fringe
403-720 Bathurst St.
Toronto ON M5S 2R4
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
The Next Stage Theatre Festival is now accepting applications from any artist who has participated in at least one Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF). Returning for its 8th season in January, Next Stage (NSTF) showcases the work of ten up-and-coming “Fringe” artists, all staged at the Factory Theatre. Helping you remember the warm, summer days of July in January, Next Stage brings you 12 exciting days of theatre! With over 7,000 people attending the festival and over $70,000 in ticket sales, the Next Stage is here to help your production propel to the next level!
Perks of Next Stage Theatre Festival:
- Affordable ticket prices, ranging from $12-15.
- Artistic VIPs (including programmers) will be invited to attend the Festival to see artists’ work.
- A festival experience during the winter months.
- Participants receive 16 free hours of rehearsal space in our Creation Lab.
The Next Stage Theatre Festival was created to give promising Fringe artists development opportunities beyond the summer festival, supporting the evolution of their work and helping them reach broader audiences. The Fringe helps Next Stage artists deal with the challenges of mounting an independent production by offering financial, production, marketing, and technical support. We welcome proposals from emerging and mid-career artists.
Interested? A few things to note ….
- The playwright, primary contact or company must have participated in a CAFF festival, though they are not required to apply with a prior Fringe production.
- There is no participation fee for successful candidates.
- New works, reworked projects, original adaptations, site specific proposals, and remounts are all eligible. Productions of work by notable playwrights or of “the classics” are not.
- The festival is juried by local theatre professionals.
Applications are now open! Please visit our website to fill out an application by our deadline, Thursday, May 21th 2015, 5:00 PM . For more information please call 416-966-1062 x 0, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, April 9th, 2015
We are Flotsam Theatre Company and we are currently working on our first play For You. For Me. For Nicolas that will be in the London and Montreal Fringe festival this coming June.
The lab has been an amazing place to explore our work at an affordable rate and with lots of space. The space has allowed us to find new things within our show every time we come into the room.”
Thanks for the incredible space!
Julia Hunter and Anastasiya Bobovyk
Julia Hunter, Anastiya Bobovyk and Jasmin Goode
Olivia Quinn- Smith and Anastasiya Bobovyk
Twitter: @flotsamtheatre #fyfmfn
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Buy Tickets Now
Fringe Thursday at Factory!
$15 tickets for May 21st, 8pm show of Morro and Jasp 9-5
Fringe mixer after the show at Factory
Ticket includes 1 complementary beer from Steamwhistle
$20 ticket for any show May 12-22 when you quote “Fringe4Life”
Monday, March 30th, 2015
Naked Goddess Productions is looking for a versatile male actor (age range 40-50) for its production of Ninety, a compelling two hander by Australian playwright Joanna Murray Smith being presented at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival, July 1-12, 2015. Directed by Brenley Charkow.
Auditions will be held on April 20th. If you wish to be considered, please email a headshot and resume to email@example.com by April 12th. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
Sides and audition details will be emailed to you prior to the audition. A reading copy of the script is available at the Toronto Reference Library. Only those being considered will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.
Monday, March 30th, 2015
Job Posting: Call for Director, MANDELSHTAM, by Rafi Aaron, The Toronto Fringe Festival, July 2nd through to 13th, 2015
MANDELSTAM has won 3rd prize in the Toronto Fringe Festival’s New Play Contest in 2007 and 2008. The play is based on my book of prose poetry, Surviving the Censor—The Unspoken Words of Osip Mandelstam, which won the Stan and Helen Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for poetry in 2007, and was studied at the University of Toronto.
The play relates the story of Stalin’s persecution of Osip Mandelsthtam, one of the foremost Russian poets of the twentieth century. On May 13, 1934 Mandelshtam was arrested for creating and reciting a poem attacking Stalin. What made his act so noteworthy was that criticizing the regime at this time was unheard of. In order to avoid doing so, artists either fell silent or became state controlled puppets. Miraculously Mandelshtam wasn’t executed. Instead Stalin sentenced him to three years in internal exile, where through a process of attrition he could crush the poet.
MANDELSTAM focuses on the relationship between the poet and his wife Nadia, as Mandelstam’s situation deteriorates into deeper adversity. The play addresses the profound importance and power of words in oppressive states and the unyielding courage it takes to preserve them.
Nadia Mandelshtam – Lead. Osip’s wife. She is resolute and stoic in the face of constant danger, and stands by her husband as he deteriorates both physically and mentally under Stalin’s relentless persecution. From the outset she is determined to see that his poetry survives.
Osip Mandelshtam – Lead. In internal exile he enters one of his most creative periods. Stalin has not forgotten the poet and will eventually break him, before having him rearrested and sentenced to hard labour in a work camp.
Anna Akhmatova – famous Russian poet and Osip’s close friend. Anna is brave and takes great risks for the Mandelshtam’s. She is very practical in her approach to helping save her friend.
Aleksandr – a satirist and friend of Mandelshtam’s. Throughout the play he pressures Osip to write an Ode to Stalin in order to save Nadia. It is uncertain where his loyalties lie— is he truly a friend or is he is an informer working for the authorities.
MANDELSHTAM is a site-specific show. Performances will take place at the Anshei Minsk Synagogue, in Kensington Market, which boosts Byzantine Revival architecture and places MANDELSHTAM into its historical setting of Russia in the early 1930’s.
-Sitting in for auditions
– Rehearsals starting at the beginning of May for 8 weeks. Rehearsal schedule open to discussion.
-Must be available for the tech.
Compensation: Honorarium and split of box office profit.
For more Information or to Apply: Send resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for Submissions: April 6th