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ELANews reports to the community on our own activities. Here you will find information on ELAN's upcoming events, programs for artists, partnerships with other organizations, as well as information on arts-funding advocacy work and important policy developments.

Volunteers needed for Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Mon 25 Feb, 2013 - Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers needed for Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal's 50th Anniversary Celebration Event on May 6, 2013.


We need your help to make a spectacular memorable event happen. Be a part of a committee, or volunteer just a few hours

Let us know if you have any special skills you could share with us (marketing, media, film editing, projections, etc).


Please contact Stephen Orlov at 514-751-2548 or email for more information.

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Job Opportunities for the Montreal West Operatic Society's 75th Season

Tue 16 Jul, 2013 - Job Opportunities

The Montreal West Operatic Society, a community theatre group, celebrating its 75th anniversary this season, has opportunities this season for:

Stage Director
Music Director
Rehearsal Pianist/Assistant Music Director

Please submit your resume to:
Applicants for Stage Director should be prepared to speak on their concept for this year's production of "La Vie Parisienne" by Jacques Offenbach.

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MainLine Theatre is seeking a General Manager, 2013-14 Season

Mon 02 Sep, 2013 - Job Opportunities

MainLine Theatre (and The St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival) is seeking a General Manager for its 2013-14 season with a possibility of contract extension or renewal. Reporting to the Executive Director, the General Manager is responsible for the operational, administrative and financial management of the company. The contract extends from October 1st, 2013 to September 27th, 2014.

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Exploring Practice: Alternative Narrative with BRIAN DRADER

Thu 04 Feb, 2016 - Workshops

Alternative Narrative Workshop Description (Brian Drader PWM workshop Feb. 29 to March 3, 2016)

Theatre is still a language-based art form, but the tools we use to tell our stories are constantly expanding and evolving, as is the form itself. The Alternative Narrative workshop is an exploration of what ‘narrative’ is, and the different ways that narrative is communicated and revealed, including imbedded narrative, the non-linear story, and subverting narrative, as well as forms that are more often thought of as the purview of other mediums, such as visual, experiential, physical, and musical narrative. This will be a practical workshop; we will be writing, and building stories with other tools, as we explore narrative outside of the dialogue-centric model most often associated with theatre.

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ELAN Public Consultation and Mixer

Wed 20 Jan, 2016 - News


Wednesday, February 10 - 6-8 PMLe Cagibi - 5490 St. Laurent, Montreal
RSVP: by email to or on Facebook (click here)

**FREE** and open to all!
Light snacks provided.


We're updating our website, newsletter and print media and we want to know what you think!

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Start Date: Wed 10 Feb, 2016
End Date: Wed 10 Feb, 2016

Artistic Events

Jordan Tannahill's plays explore themes of gender politics, youth culture, and marginalized identity through the playful combination of documentary elements and magic realism. He will be reading from his award winning play rihannaboi95, a piece performed over Internet live-stream, and his book Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama, which The Globe and Mail called "essential reading for anyone interested in the state of contemporary theatre and performance."

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Pandora by Sarah Berthiaume produced by Youtheatre

Start Date: Tue 02 Feb, 2016
End Date: Fri 05 Feb, 2016

Artistic Events

Following a critically acclaimed run at Young People’s Theatre in Toronto in December 2015, this new and improved production of Pandora will return to Montreal to play at the Segal Centre from February 2-5, 2016. Originally produced in 2012, this remount features a revised script, a new lighting and set design and a new cast.
The story follows 16 year-old Pandora as she begins to navigate the world of dating. Curious about sex, she uses her new iPhone to privately gather information. To her surprise, an innocent search turns into a disturbing journey through the surreal realm of cyber-porn. Conflicted by what she sees, Pandora realizes the dangers of defining oneself through the prism of the Internet, and the importance of remaining plugged into the real world.

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2nd Annual QDF Quiz Night Fundraiser

Start Date: Mon 01 Feb, 2016
End Date: Mon 01 Feb, 2016

Community Events

Join us for a fun night of picking your brain! How well do you know theatre? Who will be taking the title of 'Winner' from Centaur Theatre this year? Come and find out! $50 for a team (max 6 people) or $10 for single players (we will set you up with a team)
Raffle tickets with prizes, snacks, refreshments and more. Don't miss out. Can't be a part of a team? Come and be a part of the audience pay-what-you-can.
Please call Stephanie at 514-875-8698 or email her at or fill this form

Can’t make it, but still want to help us support English Language Theater in Quebec? Donate online at Canada Helps:

When: Feb 1st
Time: 6:30pm
Where: MainLine Theatre
3997 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

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The Cole Foundation Competition for Emerging Translators 2016

Thu 04 Feb, 2016 - Calls for Submissions


PWM’s Exploring Practice proudly announces:

The Cole Foundation Competition for Emerging Translators 2016

The translation of new work for the stage is an important part of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s programming. To this end, we are partnering with the Cole Foundation for the second consecutive year to share our expertise with emerging translators by way of The Cole Foundation Competition for Emerging Translators. The successful candidate will receive a cash prize of 1000$ and dramaturgical support on a new translation by renowned translator and dramaturg Maureen Labonté. Please see details

1. Who
• Emerging translators: You must have completed at least 1 translation which has received a public reading, publication and /or production.
• Because the focus is on developing translators, you must not have done more than 3 translations.

2. What
• Translations from French into English only.
• Full-length scripts, one acts or Theatre for Young People are all welcomed. Our expertise does not extend to the translation of musicals

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Workshops offered at a discounted rate to ELAN members

Tue 26 Jan, 2016 - Workshops

Stage Combat Level 1

With Shawn Baichoo

Ready to try something different? Stage Combat aims to teach the necessary skills to create the safe and convincing illusion of physical conflict. Whether it's for stage, film, or just for the fun of learning a unique set of abilities, Stage Combat has something to offer men and women, actors and non-actors alike. Through this class, you'll not only gain the knowledge to choreograph and execute scenes of conflict, but also the confidence to perform them safely. With Shawn Baichoo, certified certified for Basic Actor Combat (Gold) from 1997 to 2001. January 30 & 31 at the MAI, February 6  & 7  at Black Theatre WorkshopTime: 12 - 4pm Where: 3680 Rue Jeanne-ManceCost to participants:  - QDF and ELAN Members: $100  - Non-Members $140Training Hours: 16 hours total consisting of 4 four-hour sessionsFor: Professionals and Emerging ArtistsGroup size: 10 *workshop must be paid in full by Jan. 25, 2016



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Call for Submissions: WISTA Production and Creative Team

Tue 26 Jan, 2016 - Calls for Submissions


June 10, 11, 17, 18
West Island venue TBD

WISTA is back with our 8th major musical production, “Bye Bye Birdie”!
Seeking creative & experienced individuals who share our passion for
musical theatre, as well as the desire to learn and grow in various areas
behind the scenes of a major musical production.


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Festival Phenomena 2016-Call for Projects

Tue 26 Jan, 2016 - Calls for Submissions


Phenomena is a bilingual interdisciplinary festival that seeks to highlight innovative, unclassifiable and even extravagant artists. The festival presents whimsical and theatrical acts, performances with projections, cabarets, happenings, performance dance, performance art, experimental music, and installations using both digital and analog technologies. The 5th edition will take place from Oct 14th to 21st 2016.


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Making Scenes of Our Own: Plays of English Quebec

Start Date: Mon 25 Jan, 2016
End Date: Mon 25 Jan, 2016

Community Events

Making Scenes of Our Own: Plays of English Quebec

Do you love the theatre? What could be more fun and exciting than watching a live performance of a beautifully crafted text that speaks to your experience – or opens up a whole new world? There’s a reason it’s called a “play.”

It’s easy to see a play by an old British guy, or an old French guy. Or even an American or an Ontarian. But English-Quebec plays, contemporary and past, may be harder to find. And while plays written in English in Quebec are being given more space in theatre seasons these days, how did we get here? Is there a canon of English-Quebec plays? Is one even possible?

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Auditions for Beautiful City Theatre’s PUNK ROCK

Sun 03 Jan, 2016 - Calls for Submissions

Simon Stephens’ drama, Punk Rock, will be performed at Centaur Theatre from May 6th to May 14th, 2016.

The cast will feature 9 performers. Featured roles are available for a variety of ages, and all genders and ethnicities. Character breakdowns and further information are available on BCT’s website:

Individual auditions will be scheduled for Saturday January 23rd. Callbacks will take place on Saturday January 30th. Please note that this is an unpaid and non-union production.

To book an audition, please send your headshot and resumé to:

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Call for Submissions: New Production Team Applications for Beautiful City Theatre’s PUNK ROCK

Sun 03 Jan, 2016 - Volunteer Opportunities

Beautiful City Theatre is now accepting production team applications for Punk Rock by Simon Stephens, which opens in May 2016 at Centaur Theatre.

The following positions are available:

• Technical Director
• Set Designer

Please send cover letter and c.v. to
Deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, January 13th, 2015. Please note that all positions with Beautiful City Theatre are non-union and unpaid.

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Outreach - Artista: Free Theatre Program

Wed 09 Dec, 2015 - Workshops

Are you an Artista? Then check this out.

Artista is Imago Theatre’s FREE theatre program for young women 16 – 21 years old.

Artista runs from January 11th to May 1st, 2016 and offers:

  • FREE theatre training
  • FREE mentorship
  • FREE meals
  • FREE tickets to shows
  • An opportunity to create and perform an original work for an audience, all with mentorship from amazing professional artists in the city!

For more information visit:

Note: The application is easy! We just want to get to know a bit about you.

Call or write to Joy at 514.274.3222, or with questions.

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Full Day Character Workshop

Tue 05 Jan, 2016 - Workshops

While teaching in Europe, Anik Matern made masks and used them
as a tool towards opening new doors to an actor’s most hidden and
passionate characters. She then had a real mask maker recreate
them. Since, she has taught hundreds of students the art of creative
transformation through the magic of the mask. Explore and discover
a psycho-physical connection through music, voice, movement,
character specific improvisations, the Neutral mask, and the
Character mask until YOUR character is gently unleashed. Your
acting skills will deepen and be forever transformed.

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Call for actors for filmed scene (unpaid)

Sun 03 Jan, 2016 - ELAN Classifieds
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Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical Fundraiser

Start Date: Fri 18 Dec, 2015
End Date: Fri 18 Dec, 2015

Community Events

Fundraiser for Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal's "Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical" presented at the 19th Wildside Theatre Festival 2016
Created and directed by Trevor Barrette

Come join Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal at Cafe Shaika Friday, December 18, 2015 for a night of super musical performances by the cast of "Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical", including numbers from the show, and the chance to win some unique (perfect for the holidays) raffle prizes! We will also be selling, for the first time, demo CDs of the show!

After a sold-out run at the 25th St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, "Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical" will be produced at the 19th Wildside Theatre Festival 2016, at Centaur Theatre! Funds raised at this event will allow us to bring back to life our future comicbook world complete with LED set and costumes, singing, dancing and, of course, superpowered fight scenes!

NO COVER! Suggested donation: 10$

Cafe Shaika
5526 Sherbrooke Rue O, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 1W2

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Production Team Applications: Beautiful City Theatre's PUNK ROCK

Thu 26 Nov, 2015 - Volunteer Opportunities

PUNK ROCK Production Team Applications

As one show closes, another is in the works!
Want to join our Beautiful City Theatre team?

Beautiful City Theatre is now accepting production team applications for PUNK ROCK by Simon Stephens, which opens in May 2016 at Centaur Theatre.

The following positions are available:

Stage Manager
Assistant Director
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Costume Designer
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Marketing Assistant

Please send cover letter and c.v. to

Assistant Director
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Costume Designer
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Marketing Assistant
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