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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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Love and Loathing: gritty truth about mothers

Start Date: Mon 23 May, 2016
End Date: Wed 13 Apr, 2016

Artistic Events


Allie Weigh is back with her second one woman show previewing at Mainline Theatre on Monday May 23rd at 8pm. With original compositions, live violin and intimate monologues Allie delves into the reality of mothering and its contradictions in this time when women have more choice, higher expectations and shifting desires. Allie temporarily vacates her kitchen sink and psychotherapist chair to share searing, touching and humorous truths about the secret struggles of mothers with her audience.
"Allie Weigh weaves a poetic and musical spell that is by turns
funny, meditative, and moving."
John Arthur Sweet, monologist

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Schools Liaison at Geordie Productions

Tue 29 Mar, 2016 - Job Opportunities


Geordie Productions is searching for an organized, independent, and personable team player to fill the position of Schools Liaison.

Geordie is a Montreal based Anglophone theatre company entering its 36th season. We produce thought-provoking and socially engaged works and offer entertaining theatre for all ages. We have a great interest in promoting the development of theatre in Montreal and fostering professional development of all professional theatre practitioners.

Reporting to Geordie’s General Manager, the Schools Liaison is responsible for:

For Mainstage shows:
• Soliciting bookings for Mainstage and touring productions.
• Maintaining revenue and expense budgets for touring shows and Mainstage school shows, providing the General Manager with reconciliation data monthly.
• Reconciling Box Office reports for School Matinee performances.
• Negotiating fees with presenters and monitoring receipt of all monies owing.
• Writing and dispatching all contracts pertaining to shows booked.
• Hosting and organizing all schools attending Mainstage shows.

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Beautiful City Theatre Presents: PUNK ROCK

Start Date: Fri 06 May, 2016
End Date: Sat 14 May, 2016

Artistic Events


PUNK ROCK takes place in a private school library where seven high school students are preparing for exams. Tensions rise as a group of students descend deeper into their adolescent angst and repressed feelings. Inspired by the Columbine shooting in 1999, PUNK ROCK forces us to confront the reality of school violence. The play asks us to consider how this violence comes about, and the deep impacts that bullying can have.

The show features a cast of performers from the Montreal area. Montreal is a city that knows first-hand the cost of violence in schools. Given the history of this city and the widespread tragedy of mass shootings, this play is a timely and necessary consideration of relationships and empathy. It allows us to reflect on our own experiences and contemplate how to move forward.

Each performance will be followed by a talk-back discussion with the director, cast, and members of the production team.

$35 Adults
$25 Seniors
$20 Students

(514) 288-3161

Thursday, May 5, 2016 – 7:30 ($15 PREVIEW PERFORMANCE)
Friday, May 6, 2016 – 7:30pm
Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 7:30pm
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 7:30pm
Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 7:30pm
Friday, May 13, 2016 – 7:30pm
Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 7:30pm

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Geordie Productions presents "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"

Start Date: Fri 29 Apr, 2016
End Date: Sun 08 May, 2016

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“…an entertaining way to introduce the whole family to great music [and] great theatre.” – Kathryn Greenway (The Gazette)

The arrival of an eccentric boarder turns a young boy’s life upside down: Ludwig van Beethoven has moved upstairs! At first young Christoph resents the new tenant but slowly comes to understand the genius of the man, the torment of his deafness and the beauty of his music. A heartfelt and mesmerizing tribute for all ages, "Beethoven Lives Upstairs" introduces audiences to some of the composer’s most memorable works.

Geordie is thrilled to bring back its theatrical adaptation of the award-winning Classical Kids’ story of the same title. Come revisit it or experience it as a family for the first time between April 29th and May 8th, 2016.

Originally created by Susan Hammond
Written by Douglas Cowling
Adapted for the stage and directed by Dean Patrick Fleming

Starring:Luncinda Davis, Quincy Armorer, Leni Parker, Paul-Eric Hausknost and Alex McCooeye

Designed by Amy Keith (Costumes), James Lavoie (Set), Thomas Godefroid (Lighting) and Peter Cerone (Sound)

“We have haute cuisine and haute couture. Now we have haute Geordie.” – Kathryn Greenway (The Gazette)

APRIL 29 - MAY 8, 2016

Friday April 29th – 7:00 pm
Saturday April 30th -- 2:00 pm
Sunday May 1st -- 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Saturday May 7th -- 2:00 pm
Sunday May 8th -- 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm

TICKETS: $14.50 children; $16.50 students/seniors; $18.50 adults; all prices are subject to taxes | Group rate (10 or more): 20% Off

Children age 6 and up & and adults of all ages

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes

(514) 845-9810 or

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Fringe Festival Launch Party

Start Date: Thu 28 Apr, 2016
End Date: Thu 28 Apr, 2016

Community Events

St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival - Festival Program Launch Party!

The St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival is hosting a Festival Program Launch Party at the Galerie MainLine Gallery (3905 Saint-Laurent) on May 10 at 7PM. For the first time this summer, experience what it's like to have a beer in one hand and a FRINGE program in the other. It's never too early to start planning YOUR FRINGE. See what shows and events are to come and meet the artists that will make it all possible!

This event is free.

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Volunteer at the Fringe Festival!

Thu 28 Apr, 2016 - Volunteer Opportunities

26th Edition of the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival
Produced by MainLine Theatre. MAY 30 - JUNE 19, 2016

Volunteer Call-out

The St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival is looking for volunteers.
FRINGE can only run with the help of its generous volunteers. In exchange for your hard
work, we offer FRINGE bucks, which allow you to see FRINGE shows for free. A four hour
shift earns you four FRINGE bucks, enough for one ticket to one show. After the festival, we
throw a party for our volunteers with AWESOME auction prizes that you can bid on with your
leftover FRINGE bucks!
Also, volunteering is FUN!

Meet the volunteer coordinator at the FRINGE Volunteer Party:
Saturday, May 7 at 7PM at the MainLine Gallery (3905 Saint-Laurent) and as of 11PM at the
MainLine Theatre (3997 Saint-Laurent)

THEME : It's Raining Cats & Dogs! You’re welcome to dress up, bring a picture of your pet, or
meow all night!
An experience not to be missed!
Contact us: or at 514-849-0069


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A Twin’s Tail written and directed by Davyn Ryall

Start Date: Wed 27 Apr, 2016
End Date: Sun 01 May, 2016

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Six vital organs - three testicles - one appendage - OH MY! In A Twin’s Tail, conjoined fraternal twin brothers Oscar & Wilde discover that they have a lot more in common than just biology as they experience what adult life has to offer.

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From NYC: Susan Jeremy’s award winning Teacher in the House

Start Date: Wed 27 Apr, 2016
End Date: Sun 01 May, 2016

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"With a heavy dose of classic New York sarcastic humour, Susan Jeremy tackles heavy hitting topics like cancer and disabilities in a stunning performance that had the audience

doubled over in their seats." Edmonton Sun  Click to view the video clip for Teacher in the House


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PWM presents The Interdisciplinary Writers' Unit

Start Date: Mon 25 Apr, 2016
End Date: Thu 12 May, 2016

Artistic Events

Playwrights' Workshop Montréal presents
The Interdisciplinary Writers' Unit
Led by Sarah Elkashef

WHEN: Wednesday May 11, 2016
WHERE: Bain Mathieu, 2915 rue Ontario Est, Montréal, QC H2K 1X7
WHAT: Join us for an evening of excerpts from new works-in-progress developed by Playwrights' Workshop Montréal's Interdisciplinary Writers' Unit. The Interdisciplinary Writers' Unit is a group of 7 artists with diverse practises creating work for performance. This unit has been an experiment here at PWM that has initiated conversation, creation, and development not limited to or defined by any particular discipline. The artists in our unit are drawing from fields and forms as varied as: performance art, playwriting, animation, circus, painting, astrophysics, installation design, shadow puppetry, video design, and movement.

For more information on the artists and projects, go to


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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - Exploring Practice: Contemporary American Theatre with Jonathan Garfinkel

Mon 25 Apr, 2016 - Workshops

Dates: June 6, 8 & 9, 2016
Time: 4 PM to 7 PM
Fee: $35

While there's plenty of America we get in television and film, there's a lot in Canada we don't get exposed to theatre-wise. Come join Jonathan Garfinkel for a workshop in exploring contemporary American dramatists. Playwrights we'll read and discuss include Annie Baker, Suzan Laurie Park, Connie Congdon, Quiara Alegrí, and Ayad Akhtar. Included in the discussion will be talks about what theatres are producing the most exciting work and where. We also hope to skype-in American playwright Connie Congdon for some "on the ground" insights.

Jonathan Garfinkel is a writer currently based in Montreal. He is the author of a book of poems, Glass Psalms (2005, Turnstone Press), as well as the internationally acclaimed memoir Ambivalence: Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide (2008, Penguin Canada/Norton USA). Jonathan has written non-fiction for The Globe and Mail, Walrus, PEN International, Eighteen Bridges and Tablet Magazine. His plays have been produced throughout Canada and Europe and include The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret and House of Many Tongues, nominated for the 2011 Governor General's Award. Jonathan co-wrote The Road To Paradise with Christopher Morris. Jonathan's latest play was his adaptation of Rawi Hage’s novel Cockroach. It premiered at ATP in March 2016. He teaches playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada.

Submissions Deadline: May 17, 2016 at 5 PM
Please email submissions to Emma Tibaldo, Artistic and Executive Director,
Subject: Exploring Practice with Jonathan Garfinkel

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Seeking Volunteer FOH workers and part-time FOH Manager

Thu 21 Apr, 2016 - Volunteer Opportunities

Those wishing to connect with live theatre in a meaningful way - consider volunteering for the Montreal West-End Operatic Society Front of House or backstage teams.


Now Seeking: 

Volunteer Front of House workers

Volunteer PT Front of House Manager (for May 7 & 8 at Victoria Hall only)


Volunteers receive FREE tickets to: 'The Gondoliers' show.

Shows: May 7,8,14,- at Victoria Hall, Westmount & May 20, 21, 22 at Greenspon Auditorium, Cote Saint-Luc.

Contact Yvanna - 514-990-8813 ext 2 or

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Infinititheatre is hiring a Box Office Manager

Wed 20 Apr, 2016 - Job Opportunities

Box Office & Sales Manager – 2016 - 2017 Season


Infinithéâtre is accepting applications for the position of Box Office & Sales Manager for their 2016-2017 Season. This position is a 30 week contract beginning in September.

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Thu 31 Mar, 2016 - Calls for Submissions



Daria Deflorian et Antonio Tagliarini > 30 + 31 mai 2016
Pieter Ampe > 2 + 3 juin 2016


Ouvertes aux artistes professionnels de la danse, du théâtre et des autres disciplines de la scène, les classes de maître du Festival TransAmériques offrent un espace d’enrichissement où puiser des outils de création, des savoir-faire et un souffle nouveau à réinvestir dans sa propre pratique. À l’occasion du passage de grands créateurs à Montréal, ces classes permettent des échanges approfondis, des clés de compréhension de leur esthétique, des pistes de recherche et d’exploration partagées par des artistes de tous horizons disciplinaires et générationnels. Il est possible de participer aux deux classes de maître.

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Black Theatre Workshop presents She Said / He Said

Start Date: Wed 13 Apr, 2016
End Date: Sat 07 May, 2016

Artistic Events

By Anne-Marie Woods
Directed by Quincy Armorer
Presented by the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
April 13 – May 1, 2016

A hilarious and touching story about relationships, love and communication between black men and black women.

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In-School Creative Residencies for Professional Artists

Wed 13 Apr, 2016 - Calls for Submissions

Apply for the In-School Creative Residencies for Professional Artists, part of the Cree School Board’s Arts Concentration Program Mikw Chiyâm, taking place in the 2016-2017 School Year.


Mikw Chiyâm is an interdisciplinary enrichment program that aims to increase student retention by reinforcing Cree identity through artistic expression. Our aspiration for the program is to inspire youth by creating contexts for students to collaborate with professional Canadian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. Four intensive five-week creative residencies will be offered in schools during the academic year. This program is projected to take place in three CSB high schools in Northern Quebec for the 2016/17 school year.


Program and application details can be found on our website at

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Black Theatre Workshop Presents "SHE SAID / HE SAID"

Thu 07 Apr, 2016 - Member News

Black Theatre Workshop Presents "She Said / He Said"

By Anne-Marie Woods
Directed by Quincy Armorer

Starring Mariah Inger and Christian Paul

Presented by the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
April 13 – May 1, 2016

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit

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