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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

The Actors Place

Photo Credits: The Actors Place

Photo Credits: The Actors Place

The Actors Place is a meetup group for actors of all levels to practice their craft and meet one another. Nature of the industry back intensity quite solitary and use the outside of classes most actors never really work with each other, so TAP was kind of a place where we could do that, save environment for people to just experimenting practice, and get to know other people who were in the industry. Without the The Creation Lab’s accessibility and subsidized rates TAP would have never gotten started .

One new fun thing we’re doing is the French Actors Place (FAP), and this is basically the same concept but opening up to the front from community of the city. If people are curious they can check out our website or facebook group.

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

The Toronto Fringe


Bookkeeper (part-time position)  

The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival, a registered Canadian charitable organization, is seeking a bookkeeper.

The Toronto Fringe adheres to the guiding principles of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals. Our flagship event, the Toronto Fringe Festival, presents 150 productions at 30 venues over 12 days in July. Our Next Stage Theatre Festival, held annually in January, presents 10 productions by artists ready to move beyond the summer festival model. Our home at 720 Bathurst Street includes the Creation Lab, which consists of two studios available for independent artists to rent at highly subsidized rates.

Reporting to the Executive Director the bookkeeper is responsible for:

  • Maintaining financial records and general ledgers.
  • Preparing cheques for payroll and supplier invoices.
  • Completing and submitting tax remittance forms, workers’ compensation forms, pension contribution forms and other government documents.
  • Maintaining, reconciling and processing all monthly credit card statements.
  • Preparing trial balances and assisting in the completion of the year end audit.
  • Overseeing a team of cash counters during the Fringe Festival.


  • Minimum 3 years of experience.
  • Not for profit accounting experience.
  • Working knowledge of accounting processes, procedures, controls and reporting including management of accounts payable, accounts receivable, and general ledgers.
  • Working knowledge of SAGE 50 accounting software.

Hours and Compensation:

  • August to June: 1 day a week
  • July: full-time for two weeks (8 hrs/day)
  • Hourly rate of $35/hr

Please send a cover letter and resume by environmentally friendly email to

as attached Microsoft Word or PDF files.  Applications should include references.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Start Date: January 2016

The Fringe is an equal opportunity employer.  We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  More information can be found at

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Re:Current Theatre

The Wild Duck Project is a new experimental adaptation and re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck with Re:Current Theatre.

The Creation Lab has provided us with an affordable space where we can play, experiment, and create. It’s exciting that we get to rehearse in a naturally lit room at such a large size for an unbelievably low cost.

Wild Duck Project runs December 2-13 at Hub 14.


Photo: (From Left to Right: Brian Postalian, Victor Pokinko, Heather Bellingham, Zachary Murphy

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Write on Readings

Write on Readings: Call for Submissions for January Showcase

To all interested playwrights:

The third Write On Playwright Showcase will be taking place at the end of January 2016 and we want YOU to be a part of it.

Who we are:

Write On Readings fosters the voices of emerging playwrights while specifically engaging the communities of West Toronto, the Junction & Bloor West Village in a dialogue about theatre and the performing arts.

Who can apply:

We are looking for playwrights who are interested in showcasing their new or reworked pieces. Selected writers will be offered a small fee for their work.

What are we looking for:

Submissions between 5-10 minutes long that you want to showcase, and get feedback for at our event.

The Theme:

January’s showcase will feature work about beginnings or oppositely, endings. We are open to your artistic interpretation.

Submission Guidelines:

Please email you submissions to by

November 30th at 11:59pm. Please email us a short bio, headshot, a description of your piece, and a copy of the piece you want to read. If your piece isn’t written yet, please include this information in your application along with a treatment of the piece you want to write for this event.

*Please note that if your finished piece is not being submitted with your application, or you choose to make changes to your script after being accepted, you will be required to submit a final copy of your script two weeks prior to the event in order for us to curate the evening.*

Thank you for your submissions! Playwrights will be contacted by December 15th with our decisions.


Friday, November 13th, 2015

Annex Improv

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Photo Credits: Peter Ivaskiv

Annex Improv ( is 3 levels of weekly classes [Beginner, Intermediate & Performance] in the Toronto Fringe’s Creation Labs at the Centre for Social Innovation [CSI Annex].

Award-Winning Second City Alumnus Brian G. Smith is Annex Improv’s Artistic Director: “The culture of CSI permeates the classes; it’s an inclusive, positive & fun place to exercise your brain and spirit.”

Smith is also totally in love with the Creation Lab spaces “We started the program 3 years ago in the basement of the building. When the Creation Labs were up and running, we moved in immediately. The rooms are big & bright, and the very affordable rental prices make it possible to offer some of the lowest Improv class fees in the city.”

Besides Smith, Annex Improv includes some of the best-loved Improv artists & teachers in the city. Lisa Merchant [Performance] & Dale Boyer [Beginners] are this term’s teachers. Guest teachers have included Paul BatesNaomi SnieckusAdam Cawley & Nicole Passmore.

All 3 levels of Annex Improv are sold out for the Nov/Dec 2015 term. Classes start again early January on Wednesdays [Beginners & Intermediate] and Thursdays [Performance].
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Photo Credits: Peter Ivaskiv

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Photo Credits: Peter Ivaskiv

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Nightfall Theatrics

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We are Nightfall Theatrics rehearsing for the Canadian Premiere of Title and Deed by Will Eno.  Directed by Stewart Arnott. Performed by Christopher Stanton.  Produced by Bonnie Anderson.  Our show runs from November 24th to December 6th at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street.  Tickets are $24 and can be purchased @
We also just launched our Indiegogo campaign
All three of us have rehearsed at the Fringe Creation Lab before and we love it. The location is centrally located which is helpful when people are coming from all different parts of the city and even from outside of the city.  There are so many nice places to eat and even in the building is a wonderful cafe- this makes lunch and break times more enjoyable.  The rooms are always clean and well kept.  Having some place to keep props is extremely helpful.  And the big windows bring in the beautiful natural light that makes a long day much more enjoyable.  The staff are wonderful to work with,  always friendly and extremely helpful.  And since we are a small company on a tight budget, the price is perfect.  It’s so nice to be able to have a great space for a very reasonable price.  I am thankful that The Fringe Creation Lab exists.
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

TD Emerging Producer




Through the generous assistance of TD Bank, the Toronto Fringe is seeking an ambitious, producer-in-training to become part of the Fringe team from mid-February to the end of July 2016 (total 24 weeks).  The TD Emerging Producer will work directly with the Managing Director on all aspects of festival preparation.  The position is a full-time, paid mentorship and is available to candidates with less than 3 years related experience.


At the Fringe, we believe that the best way to learn is on the job, and the TD Emerging Producer will be assigned projects and tasks to undertake with supervision and guidance from senior staff.  Some of these projects include:


  • Assisting with the logistics and management of the Fringe Club
  • Assisting with all venue and artist relations
  • Coordinating with all departments within the Fringe in the lead up to and throughout the Festival
  • Being present to work with all departments during festival dates (June 29th – July 10th, 2016)


The Emerging Producer will receive training in:

  • task and project management
  • event management
  • festival structure and organization
  • finance and budgeting
  • use of box office and ticketing management system
  • areas of all departments regarding specific projects to achieve 360 training in Festival producing


Candidates should:

  • be particularly focused on developing a career in theatre
  • want continued training in theatre producing and arts administration (this funding is intended to support emerging producers)
  • have overall knowledge of theatre in Canada, and of the Fringe movement, and have an opinion about the role of the arts in modern society
  • be eager to learn in a busy environment
  • be able to work independently when required
  • demonstrate ambition, a willingness to learn, the ability to work hard, a passion for and commitment to the value of performing arts

as well as

  • be proficient with the Microsoft office suite
  • have 1-2 years theatre related experience


Applications with a resume and cover letter should only be submitted by environmentally friendly email to as attached Microsoft Word or PDF files.  PLEASE IDENTIFY THE JOB POSITION YOU ARE APPLYING FOR, IN YOUR SUBJECT LINE. Inquiries can be made by telephone to 416-966-1062 x9.


Submission Deadline: Friday November 20th, 2015 by 5pm

Interviews: December 7-11th, 2015

Start Date: Tuesday February 16th, 2016 until Friday July 29th, 2016

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. 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:

  1. The Fringe Festival – our flagship event that presents 1200 artists from around the world to 90,000+ attendees each summer


  1. The Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF) – a smaller winter festival presenting 10 productions by emerging artists ready to move beyond the summer festival structure


  1. Outreach Activities – a variety of programs supporting artists and youth. 
  2. 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

The Toronto Fringe

403-720 Bathurst St.

Toronto ON M5S 2R4

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Port Moresby Productions

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Our production company, Port Moresby Productions, is putting on its fourth play, “Heart of the Storm”, at the Red Sandcastle in November.  This follows our third production back in March, “Brain Storm” which was also at the same theatre.  Both shows rehearsed at the Fringe Lab: it’s thanks to this space that an independent company like ours trying to put on a low budget production is able to have a spacious and clean rehearsal room that doesn’t send our costs soaring.  The space as well as staff make our production experience very stress-free and enjoyable.


A hotel bar on a Caribbean island that has been devastated by a hurricane.
A couple are reunited thirty years after their divorce, and the hurricane is about to become the second-worst thing to hit this place.
Oscar-winning actor Serge sits and waits for a phone call that will let him know if he is going to star in the sequel to his own hit movie.
Pop star Melinda is between world tours and arrives ready to devote herself to helping the needy.
She needs to get some rest, he is waiting for news, and neither of them wants to catch up. They are there to help the victims of the storm, but as they revisit their past, the definition of “needy” begins to raise its own brand of mayhem.The play runs November 11-15 at Red Sandcastle (922 Queen East, 416-845-9411, $20/artist worker $15)

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Primessa Productions

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Photo Credits: Danielle Capretti

Adobe Photoshop PDF

Photo Credits: Danielle Capretti







An actress and writer come together reluctantly. He’s forced to ghostwrite an autobiography that she feels she can manage just fine on her own.  Will they find they have more in common than they thought, as her recollections of past loves weave their spell on him?

This staged reading will take place at 720 Bathurst Street, suite 401 in The Blake Thorne Studio on Friday, November 20th at 8pm and Saturday, November 21st at 2.30pm. It features Patricia Delves and Gabriel DiFabio, directed by Danielle Capretti. The script is a joint work between Patricia, who has been a fixture on the Toronto theater scene for over 30 years, and seasoned actor G.D. Corkum. It is the first writing venture for them both, with Patricia, after all her years on the stage, proving it is never too late for a new direction!

Primessa Productions is grateful to the Creation Lab for giving them an opportunity to pilot a new work on a shoestring budget. Such opportunities are vital for nurturing new work by Canadian writers.



Monday, September 28th, 2015

Pure Carbon


We’re Pure Carbon (Alex Kentris and Katy Murphy) and we’re working on production of a show called Bitchcraft. We produced a workshop version in the Creation Lab in the spring of this year. We had such a good response that we decided to remount it bigger and better! The Creation Lab is our go to rehearsal space because it’s affordable, easy to get to and well maintained. As an emerging company we depend on spaces like the Creation Lab that offer subsidized rates!

Bitchcraft runs Oct 22nd-25th at The Box Studio (89 Niagara St.)