ASSITEJ Canada Fall Update Newsletter
On behalf of myself, Vice-President Pierre Tremblay and the entire Board of Directors of ASSITEJ Canada, I would like to welcome you to the brand new ASSITEJ Canada e-mail list. This list has been created to allow for direct communication between all of the membership of ASSITEJ Canada. The members of the Board hope to be able to provide you with regular updates of our activity throughout the year. At the moment we have just submitted two applications to Canada Council for the Arts to support initiatives to help survey and engage our current membership, reach out to new members and to improve our communication capacities, both in terms of infrastructure and bilingual communication.
We are also in the process of updating our website at assitej.ca with a new layout and information and we hope to debut that soon. Finally, we will be presenting during Focus Quebec in Montreal alongside the Canada Council’s session on their recent survey of Canadian TYA on November 17th, 2016.
We are excited to work with you and hear from you over the coming year. If you have any questions about the organization, please do not hesitate to contact Pierre or myself. Thank you,
Canadian representatives attend ASSITEJ On the Edge in Birgmingham, EnglandMarie-Eve Huot, Artistic Codirector of Le Carrousel, compagnie de théâtre, Artistic Director of Théâtre Ébouriffé, and President of Théâtre Unis Enfance Jeunesse (TUEJ) |Josée Guérette, Touring and Market Development at DynamO Théâtre, | Pierre-Paul Savoie, Artistic & Administrative Director at PPS Danse and member of the ASSITEJ Canada board member.
International Directors’ Seminar
ASSITEJ Germany is inviting applications for The International Directors’ Seminar which invites directors of theatre for young audiences from all over the world to come together to share their ideas. In the past 40 years ASSITEJ Germany has welcomed almost 500 directors at theaters in 13 German cities.The International Directors’ Seminar will take place in Oldenburg in co-operation with theater wrede+ from 12 – 18th of June 2017.The theme of the 2017 seminar is ‘Streets and Crossroads’. For more information and to download the application form, see the ASSITEJ Germany website
Every ASSITEJ Centre is invited to nominate one director from their respective country to take part in this seminar. If you would like to be considered please send your CV, a completed application form and a letter of motivation to [email protected] by October 21st.
Please note, each ASSITEJ Centre can only nominate one individual. Members of the ASSITEJ Canada board will recommend one individual from the received applications and submit to ASSITEJ Germany by the Nov 7th deadline.
Cradle of Creativity 2017 – Extended deadline!
The application deadline for the Conference at the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival for Children and Young People ‘Cradle of Creativity’ in Cape Town, South Africa, May 2017, has been extended to October 3rd, 2016
This applies to all Conference Papers, Symposia, Panel discussions, Workshops, Pecha Kulcha, Screenings etc. It also includes Research Papers for the ITYARN Conference and Focus Days. For more info and to submit an application, please see the Cradle of Creativity website
Deadline for the Next Generation Programme 2017
– 30th September
The Next Generation Programme is an ASSITEJ initiative designed to support artistic and cultural exchange and collaboration between emerging and mid-career artists interested in and engaged with Theatre for Young Audiences, aged 36 years or below.
A supported residency programme for 25 artists from the African continent and around the world will be held in Cape Town over the period of the Cradle of Creativity (19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival) from 17th-27th May 2017.
See the ASSITEJ website for more info and to fill in the simple online application form.
Sponsored and adjudicated by Write Local Play Global
Highlighting the importance of playwriting in all its manifestations around the world, ASSITEJ will honor three persons as “ASSITEJ Inspirational Playwrights” every three years at its World Congress, starting in Cape Town in May 2017. This will be administered and adjudicated by the Write Local Play Global network in coordination with the ASSITEJ Executive committee.
The essence of our work is telling stories on our stages, and this award is created to honor particular writers who have inspired theatre for young audiences in their city, their country, their region, or all over the world.
How they have been inspirational could be very particular and individual, including:
- Writing a play or plays innovative in content and/or form that help transform TYA in their country
- Serving as a mentor and role model to other writers
- Writing politically or socially aware work that challenges entrenched tradition or power in their country or region
- Through their writing, encouraging audiences to see other people, the world and its events in a more profound and human way.
– it will be the individual nominator who will ‘tell the story’ of how the playwright they nominate has been inspirational.
Honouring three inspirational playwrights at each Congress allows ASSITEJ to celebrate its broad membership of different genders, ages, backgrounds, cultures, regions and languages. ASSITEJ members come from small and large countries, work for and with different ages of young audiences, and create theatre by a multitude of varied processes. The ASSITEJ Inspirational Playwrights will reflect not only the diversity in form and subject matter of playwriting around the world, but also its global membership of talented playwrights and theater makers.
In addition to the ceremony/reception at which the inspirational playwrights are named, the organizers of the Congress will be invited to work with the EC, WLPG and the selected playwrights to showcase their work in a creative manner, such as performances, translations, readings, etc.
Application information and further details HERE.
ASSITEJ Canada Board of Directors
Associate Artistic Director & Dramaturg
Young People’s Theatre
Ottawa International Children’s Festival
Théâtre Unis Enfance Jeunesse (TUEJ)
Théâtre de Quartier
Professional Development Manager
Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)
Theatre Direct Canada | WeeFestival of Theatre and Culture for Early Years
Association des théâtres francophones du Canada (ATFC)
Green Thumb Theatre
General and Artistic Director