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Theatre Production Mentorship Update

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The Theatre Production Mentorship Program is a program developed to further the education and careers of young, backstage professionals.

This year, we have a brand new, eager group of about 20 mentees, each with their own unique skills to contribute to their designated theatre’s season of shows.

With mentees at The Watermark, King’s Playhouse, Victoria Playhouse, Anne and Gilbert, and The Guild, Creative PEI is working to organize as many educational and fun experiences as possible in collaboration with each other and within their own theatre communities

Each theatre gives their mentees guidance and responsibilities throughout their season. Some work backstage on sets, costumes, props, stage-management, lighting and sound tech, and others work on the more administrative side, shadowing General Management, taking on some of the marketing tasks, and doing front of house box office work.

This year so far we’ve scheduled a Play Reading workshop with mentee, Benton Hartley on June 24th, a theatre tour on the western side of the Island on July 5th, and multiple workshop ideas heading down the pike with The Confederation Centre of the Arts.

We are very excited about this year’s program, with Mentorship Coordinator Becca Griffin working hard to develop more experiences for everyone to take away new skills while enjoying the process. If you have any ideas for a potential Theatre Production workshop that you’d be interested in sharing with her, please feel free to send Becca a message: assistant@creativepei.ca .

Mentees at the Watermark in North Rustico preparing for the 2019 season:

Work PEI Integration

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As of today, the Creative PEI website now contains a listing of all the currently available jobs in their “Arts, Entertainment and Culture” category.

We want to see this category be filled with jobs that are posted elsewhere (Facebook, Kijiji, LinkedIn, local websites, etc). If you have a job posting that you want to be displayed on this site, you simply need to create an employer account once (at Work PEI), and then you can create postings for as many jobs as you like.

We also encourage posting gigs / one-off jobs (ie. tear down or set up for an event) on Work PEI, which will allow those jobs to reach a wider audience by appearing both on Work PEI and Creative PEI.

Don’t forget to set the category of the job posting as “Arts, Entertainment and Culture”!

Doors Open Recap

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The first year of Doors Open PEI was a huge success! The weather was cooperating and on our side. A lot of people were out and about enjoying the sunshine and exploring downtown Charlottetown like never before.

The locations that opened their doors for the first annual Doors Open PEI event were The Haviland Club, PEI Potters Studio, St. James Presbyterian Church “The Kirk”, The Old Protestant Burying Ground, Confederation Centre of the Arts, The Great George Hotel, Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, City Hall and the Charlottetown Fire Department.

If you were in attendance this year and want to provide feedback to make things better for next year, please consider completing a quick survey at this link.

Planning for next year is already in the works. We’re asking new arts, historical and culture locations across this beautiful island to open their doors for the first time. We are looking forward to it! Are you?

 

Training for Film Producers, Writers and Production Managers

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Screenwriters’ Bootcamp has been running on PEI for twelve years providing professional development for emerging and mid-career screenwriters from Atlantic Canada and, increasingly, across Canada. New this year is Road to Production, a workshop for producer/writer teams who have a project in development. At least one participant has to be a PEI resident. Workshops run May 19 to 24. For more information, visit the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp website.

Theatre Jobs At Watermark and Young At Heart

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Watermark Theatre has job openings for 5 interns in: Stage Management, Carpentry/Tech, Wardrobe, Props/Scenic Art or Arts Administration. The internships run May to September. The deadline is March 5, 2018. More details here.

Young At Heart Theatre Young at Heart Musical Theatre is seeking singer/actors for their newest production, Generations of Fascinating Ladies. The contract dates are March 19 to May 3. The deadline is February 9, 2018. More details here.

Culture PEI Relaunches as Creative PEI

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Creative PEI is not only a new name but a new approach. Creative PEI is expanding its scope beyond arts and culture to include all of the creative industries. Creative PEI is keeping Culture PEI’s worker-first focus.

“There are no creative industries without creative people. Our goal is to establish the conditions for creative people to flourish and contribute to the economy and quality of life on PEI,” says Mark Sandiford, Executive Director of Creative PEI.

The UK government Department of Culture, Media and Sport defines creative industries as: “those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property”.

Province of PEI Releases its Culture and Creative Industries Strategy

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The Government of Prince Edward Island will spend an additional $3.5 million on culture and creative industries on PEI over the next five years under its new strategy.

The document, Cultivating Growth, was released on November 20 and includes many changes to the bureaucracy around creative industries and a fund to support expansion in the PEI film industry.

The strategy lists 39 other action items, including:

  • A creative industries secretariat to support creative industries and manage cultural development opportunities
  • An advisory council to identify and support artist live-work spaces
  • A policy to use Island music and film in government promotional material
  • New and expanded training and mentorship programs for theatre and film
  • Investment in a craft development centre
  • A digital archive of the P.E.I. heritage and museum collection

The strategy was created with input from focus groups, group interviews and pop-up cafés across P.E.I. this year, as well as a public online survey which gathered more than 1,500 responses.

The full Cultivating Growth document can be found here.

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