April 1st, 2014

End of 2013-2014 Season

Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Tempest! We have been nominated for the following awards by the UofT Drama Coalition to be presented at the UofT Drama Coalition Awards Ceremony:
-Best Production
-Best Directors (Nathaniel Kinghan and Isaac Giles)
-Best Technical Design Spencer Bennet, Nathaniel Voll, Nathaniel Kinghan, and Isaac Giles).
-Best Actress: Alessa Dufresne
-Best Supporting Actor: Brett Houghton
-‘Rookie of the Year’: Shawn Doyle and Alma Sarai

During the Awards Ceremony, the UofT Drama Festival Awards will also be given out:

-Donald Sutherland Award for Best Performance to Alex Spyropoulos for her portrayal of Francis in Pur.Gat.Ory
-The Robertson Davies Playwriting Award to Nick Potter for his script, Pur.Gat.Ory
-Award of Merit (“The Script-I-Want-To-See-Fleshed-Out-At-Summerworks Award”) to Nathaniel Kinghan for his script Mrs. Mama’s House.

And now is a perfect time to announce our wonderful executive team for next year!

President: Davin Allan
Vice-President: Kyra Weichert
Events Coordinator: Laura McCallum
Secretary: Emma Miziolek
Treasurer: Siddharth Singh
Public Relations: Emma Robson
Technical Director: Spencer Bennet

Congratulations and thank you all for such a fantastic season! We are all incredibly excited as we plan out our 2014-2015 season. In addition to our usual events, such as our main show and DramaFest, you can look forward to our new events and opportunities: The UTM One-Act Play Festival, Play Development Workshops, Technical Workshops, Stage Make-up Workshops, and more! We will continue to post more information about our upcoming season and current opportunities!

-UTMDC Executive Council, 2013-2014
Davin Allan, Laura McCallum, Emma Miziolek, Chelsea Ranger, Nathaniel Voll, Shawn Doyle, Avery Logan, Marissa Otto.

March 31st, 2014

Director Opportunities for 2014-2015 Season

DIRECTOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2014-2015 SEASON:
We are advertising all the opportunities to direct a play next year so everyone has a chance to prepare their application and gather their ideas. If you have any questions regarding any of these opportunities, feel free to e-mail us at any time. All directing opportunities are as follows:

UTMDC MAIN PRODUCTION:*
Director(s) of UTMDC’s main production are selected by application and vote of UTMDC executive council. If the executive council finds it necessary, there may be an online/phone interview process. To apply, we ask candidates to e-mail us at drama@utmsu.ca to receive the application forms. A candidate may propose a specific play, a directorial concept, and/or any plan they have in mind.** Alternatively, you may simply state that you are interested in directing without a formal proposal of a play. Applications to direct our annual production are due on Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 11:59 PM via e-mail.

U OF T DRAMA FESTIVAL:
The UTMDC will be producing up to three student-written plays to be performed at the annual U of T Drama Festival at Hart House Theatre in February 2015. It is often the case that the student playwrights chooses not to direct the show themselves. In these cases, the playwright may personally seek a person to direct or ask the UTMDC to make a call for directors. If you would like to be contacted when a playwright is seeking a director for the Drama Festival, please send us an e-mail. We encourage playwrights and directors to pair up and work together on their application and submission.

UTM ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL:
A new event to our season next year is the One-Act Play Festival. This two-night festival will comprise of up to three student-written, student-directed productions in the second semester of next year. Each show will be performed both nights of the festival. Similar to the application process for the U of T Drama Festival, the playwright may personally seek a person to direct, or may ask the UTMDC to make a call for directors. If you would like to be contacted in this case, please send us an e-mail. We encourage playwrights and directors to pair up and work together on their application and submission.

*We encourage candidates to e-mail us sooner rather than later, so they can see the application and take time over the next few months to work on their proposal, if they so choose.

**We are looking for a show with a minimum cast of 8, both male and female. A candidate may also propose if they have anyone in mind for co-director/assistant director, stage manager, or crew members.

March 31st, 2014

UTM DramaFest Remount Cancelled

We regret to inform you that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the UTM DramaFest remount must be cancelled. We apologize for this, especially to those of you who didn’t get to see the wonderful shows at DramaFest in February.

March 26th, 2014

Playwriting Opportunities for UTMDC’s 2014-2015 Season

PLAYWRITING OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2014-2015 YEAR:
We are announcing all student playwright opportunities for next year so everyone has a chance to write something new or touch up a previously-written play over the summer. If you have any questions about any of this information, please send us an email at drama@utmsu.ca. Here are all the opportunities for student playwrights to have their play’s performed in the UTMDC 2014-2015 season:
U OF T DRAMA FESTIVAL*:
The UTM Drama Club will be submitting at least one student-written play to be performed at the annual U of T Drama Festival at the Hart House Theatre in February 2015. We may submit up to three student-written plays, based on the submissions by students. The requirements for the festival is that the play is between 15 and 60 minutes and has not been previously produced. You may chose to direct the show, or you may have another person direct. The deadline to submit a play for consideration is Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 11:59 PM. There will be a brief application form that will be sent out in September. A play can be submitted for consideration to both the U of T Drama Festival and the UTM One-Act Play Festival, however, it will not be selected for both.
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UTM ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL*:
A new event to our season next year is the One-Act Play Festival. This two-night festival will comprise of up to three student-written, student-directed productions in the second semester of next year. Each show will be performed both nights of the festival. No play can be longer than 50 minutes. You may chose to direct the show, or you may have another person direct. The deadline to submit a play for consideration is Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 11:59 PM. There will be a brief application form that will be sent out in September. A play can be submitted for consideration in both the UTM One-Act Play Festival and the U of T Drama Festival, however, it will not be selected for both.
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UTM PLAY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP:
The UTM Drama Club will host play development workshops for up to three plays. These events will feature a staged reading of part of a developing student play. The playwrights will speak about their process and about the piece itself. Following the staged reading, audience members will be encouraged to participate in a dialogue about the piece and provide feedback. These workshops can feature student-written plays that were submitted to the UofT Drama Festival or the UTM One-Act Play Festival, regardless if they were selected to be produced in either festival. Alternatively, we will accept submissions from student playwrights who would like the opportunity to workshop and receive feedback on something they have been working on. Submissions for the UTM Play Development Workshop are due at the end of October 2014.
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*Plays can be submitted as early as August. Ideally, submissions should require a cast of 3 – 10, however, exceptions can be made.
We hope you take advantage of your time during the summer to prepare for these submissions.

March 8th, 2014

UTM Drama Festival Remount

Did you miss any of the UTM submissions to the UofT Drama Festival this year?

The UTM Drama Club is remounting all three UTM performances in one night!

WHEN: Thursday, April 17th, 8:15 pm.
WHERE: MiST Theatre, (CCT Building, Room 1050), 3353 Mississauga Road
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: Click Here

TICKETS:
$8.00, GENERAL ADMISSION
$5.00, REGISTERED UTMDC MEMBERS
Cash at the door,
or Credit Card or Paypal via http://utmdramafest.brownpapertickets.com/

QUESTIONS? Email DRAMA@UTMSU.CA

PUR.GAT.ORY:
written by Nick Potter, directed by Megan O’Kelly

Cast List:
Francis – Alex Spyropoulos
Davey – Brian Postalian
Aurora – Olivia Orton
André – Jack Comerford

Synopsis:
Francis scours the subway station trash bin for lotto tickets, and Davey watches the trains get devoured by the dark tunnels. Aurora discovers her divine calling in the station, and André follows her, calling her divine. Francis plays with these subway intruders as they struggle to find their doors of opportunity and whether or not to open them.

SOME COUNTERSPACE:
written by Madeleine B., directed by Laura McCallum.

Cast List:
Man – Victor Pokinko
Woman – Natasha Ramondino
Ian – Wesley Alexander
Alan – Mark Palinski
Beatrice – Victoria Dennis
Helen – Sarah Hime
Voice – Lauren Vesterdal

Synopsis:
A man and a woman make scrambled eggs. What sounds simple enough turns into a night of spattered egg, fried butter and the art of “plating” as this pair put their love of food and for each other to the test.

MRS. MAMA’S HOUSE:
written by Nathaniel Kinghan, directed by Larissa Crawley.

Cast List:
Mrs. Mama – Kyra Weichert
Tanner – Victor Pokinko
Laars – Cameron Grant
Welt – Giovanna Pandullo

Synopsis – (Provided by Nathaniel Kinghan):
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do; She gave them some broth without any bread; Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

September 20th, 2013

Tempest Auditions

This year the UTM Drama Club is proud to announce that we will be producing The Tempest by William Shakespeare, co- directed by Nathaniel Kinghan and Isaac Giles, and stage managed by Emma Miziolek.

To audition, you must e-mail drama[at]utmsu.ca to book a time slot!

All members are encouraged to audition for a role in the production starting next week! The dates and times for auditions are as follows:
Thursday, September 26th: CCT 1080 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Friday, September 27th: Middle Spigel (first floor of Davis) from 3:30 – 9:30
Saturday, September 28th: CCT 1080 10:30am – 12:30pm

Come prepared to perform a 1-2 minute monologue (preferably classical, i.e.. Shakespeare), do a cold read from the script, or even show off your musical skills if you have any (ex: flute, lute, uke, etc). Please arrive at your audition at least 10 minutes early and bring a theatre résumé if possible.

TO BOOK AN AUDITION TIME:
Please email drama[at]utmsu.ca

For more information, check out our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/571332879580526/

September 11th, 2013

Attention All First Years – Executive Council Position

ATTENTION ALL FIRST YEARS:
The UTMDC is looking for up to 3 first year representatives to join the drama club executive council as junior executives, assisting with the planning and putting on of UTMDC events, such as performance nights, The Tempest, UTM and UoT Drama Festival, etc.

Recruiting is by a resume application process. Send in your resume (job and theatre if appropriate) and a short blurb on why you would be fit for the first year representative and why you would like the job. All applications should be sent to drama [at] utmsu.ca

September 10th, 2013

UTMDC Presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest

We are pleased to announce that the show for our annual production has been selected! This fall we will be holding auditions for The Tempest, by William Shakespeare.

The executive council is looking forward to working with this year’s co-directors, Nathaniel Kinghan and Isaac Giles; both second years in the Theatre and Drama Studies Specialist Program.

For information regarding auditions, as well as calls for technical and creative crew, join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/191620921334/

The UTMDC Team,
Davin Allan, Brooke Trealout, Emma Miziolek, Chelsea Ranger, Nathaniel Voll

February 13th, 2013

U of T Drama Fest: Marianne, Are You Asleep, February 14th 2013

Congrats to the cast and crew of Bruised Porcelain for a great performance.If you’re sad you missed out on seeing UTM’s first of three shows at the U of T Drama Festival, or if you want more Drama Fest goodness check out Marianne, Are You Asleep? tomorrow (Thursday February 14) night at 7:30 p.m. at Hart House Theatre. Marianne is written by Nick Potter and directed by Jaime Hernandez Lujan.

Marianne, Are You Asleep? tells the story of a young woman obsessed with communicating with the spirit of her deceased mother. Located in three different living rooms of Northern Ontario, Marianne’s desire to talk with her mother grows as her mother appears to everyone else but her.

The night starts up at 7:30 p.m. Buy your ticket in advance from Madeleine Brown, Nick, or Jaime or at the door for $10.

Spend Valentine’s Day with the club you love best!

February 12th, 2013

U of T Drama Fest: Bruised Porcelain Wednesday February 12, 2013

The U of T Drama Festival begins tomorrow and first up from UTM is Bruised Porcelain written by Kaitlyn Alexander and directed by Eilish Waller.

Bruised Porcelain follows Macy as she confronts a relapse of leukemia which demands she tells the truth to those around her as well as face it herself.

The night starts up at 7:30 p.m. Buy your ticket in advance from Madeleine Brown, Kaitlyn, or Eilish for $10, or at the door for $12.

We hope you’ll be in the audience with us supporting this great production.

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