The Ottawa Fringe is looking for a qualified individual to work with us as Festivals Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

Please submit your application to Kevin Waghorn, Managing Director, by email to kevin@ottawafringe.com by September 7, 2016

Festival Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Salary Range: $34,000 to $38,000

Reporting to the Festival Director, the Marketing and Communications Coordinator’s responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing marketing and communications activities for the Ottawa Fringe Festival, undercurrents festival, and auxiliary programming.
  • Coordinating production and distribution of promotional elements (posters, programs, flyers, ads, marketing materials).
  • Drafting and editing newsletter copy.
  • Media relations for the festivals.
  • Managing website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc). Drafting, editing and producing content.
  • Assisting with fundraising initiatives.

We are looking for:

  • Post-secondary education in marketing or communications or a related field.
  • Extensive experience in developing and implementing comprehensive marketing and communications strategies with both social and traditional media.
  • Experience in supervising staff and volunteers in an asset.
  • Knowledge of the local performing arts and business community is an asset.
  • Experience working in the not-for-profit sector is an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, integrity, high energy, creativity, a collaborative spirit, and the cultural sensitivity needed to work effectively in a diverse environment of artists, producers, creative and management teams.
  • Familiarity with Hootsuite, WordPress, and Squarespace CMS
  • Proficiency with Photoshop or GIMP (intermediate skill level)
  • Bilingualism is an asset

Along with your CV and cover letter, please attach one or more writing samples. These can be creative, academic and/or professional texts.

→ Download as a PDF

 

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2016 Seasonal Job Postings

by Greggory Clark

March 28, 2016

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is looking to fill seasonal positions with talented folks.

  • Festival Administrator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Fundraising and Outreach Coordinator
  • Box Office Staff (2 positions)

How to apply

Please send your current CV along with a cover letter to gm@ottawafringe.com by 5pm on Friday April 15, 2016. Please indicate in the subject line the job title(s) for which you would like to be considered.

Click here to read the job descriptions (Google doc).

2016 Lottery Results

by Greggory Clark

December 8, 2015

From the Ottawa Fringe Festival Lottery Party! 38 winners have scored a festival venue, technician, box office, and…

Posted by Ottawa Fringe on Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Wait WHAT LOTTERY?

Fringe is an open-access festival. That’s to say, nobody curates the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Instead artists throw their names into a lottery and the winners score a festival venue, technician, box office services, and front-of-house volunteers. More artists add to the program with Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) shows and all performers keep 100% of their ticket sales.

N.B. Bring Your Own Venue applications will open in the new year. Check back soon for more information or subscribe for an email heads up (tick the “performing opportunities” box).

2016 Lottery Results

December 7, during a party at Arts Court Studio, the lottery draw for spots in the 20th Ottawa Fringe Festival took place. The official results and waitlist are below.

Out of 180 registrants only 38 could win lottery spots. Two spots are reserved for local youth performers, 18 more went to Ottawa performers, 11 to National performers, and 7 to International performers. The lottery draw is subject to a quota: 50% Local (Ottawa-Gatineau), 30% National (rest of Canada), and 20% International (rest of World).

YOUTH CATEGORY

Producer Locale
Bloc D et C Ottawa, ON
What The Fairytale Productions Ottawa, ON

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY

Producer Locale
Lana Schwarcz * Yarraville, AUS
Kurt Fitzpatrick ^ Jersey City, USA
Howard Petrick ^ San Francisco, USA
Houston Robertson Benicia, USA
big word performance poetry Camberley, UK
SPNP Tech Brooklyn, USA
Kiva Murphy Barcleona, ES
See waitlist…

* indicates 90-minute slot.
^ indicates CAFF Touring Lottery winners.

NATIONAL CATEGORY

Producer Locale
Carlyn Rhamey ^ Welland, ON
Active Salad Productions ^ Victoria, BC
Doctor Keir Co. ^ Montreal, QC
Ethereal Fantazy Productions ^ * Winnipeg, MB
British to British Vancouver, BC
Allie Weigh Productions Montreal, QC
Up From The Roots Ajax, ON
Arcturus Players Calgary, AB
Rebecca Leenhouts Etobicoke, ON
The Factory Culture Collingwood, ON
gypsyWASPproductions Stratford, ON
See waitlist…

* indicates 90-minute slot.
^ indicates CAFF Touring Lottery winners.

LOCAL CATEGORY

Producer Locale
Strange Visitations Ottawa, ON
Two Kind Boys Ottawa, ON
raw footage Ottawa, ON
GreenLightTheatreco. Ottawa, ON
TWA Ottawa, ON
Crowning Monkey Carp, ON
Morado T Productions Ottawa, ON
Gold, Glamour and Glory Ottawa, ON
Angel in the Rafters Theatre Ottawa, ON
Atelier Denu Ottawa, ON
Crush Improv Ottawa, ON
Bonavox Productions Ottawa, ON
SixOneThird Productions Ottawa, ON
Curled Toes Theatre Company Gatineau, QC
FireFlood Entertainment Ottawa, ON
Current Productions Ottawa, ON
Ashley Rissler Ottawa, ON
Aplombusrhombus Ottawa, ON
See waitlist…

2016 Lottery Results + Waitlist

by Greggory Clark

December 8, 2015

YOUTH CATEGORY

Producer Locale
Bloc D et C Ottawa, ON
What The Fairytale Productions Ottawa, ON

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY

Producer Locale
Lana Schwarcz * Yarraville, AUS
Kurt Fitzpatrick ^ Jersey City, USA
Howard Petrick ^ San Francisco, USA
Houston Robertson Benicia, USA
big word performance poetry Camberley, UK
SPNP Tech Brooklyn, USA
Kiva Murphy Austin, USA
WAITLIST
1. Makers of Entertainment Wellington, NZ
2. That’s Enough Drama London, UK
3. Windy Wynazz Oakland, USA
4. 2hoots Productions Melbourne, AUS
5. Tim Motley Elwood, AUS
6. Martin Dockery Brooklyn, USA
7. Rory Ledbetter Oxford, USA
8. Grasshoppa Cummington, USA
9. Siobhan O’Loughlin Brooklyn, USA
10. David Gaines Arlington, USA
11. Kiya Heartwood Austin, USA
12. Sarah M. Chichester Brooklyn, USA
13. Kathleen Denny Oakland, USA
14. conFAB Glasgow, UK
15. Concrete Drops Brooklyn, USA
16. Gemma Wilcox Boulder, USA
17. The Famous Haydell Sisters Portland, USA

* indicates 90-minute slot.
^ indicates CAFF Touring Lottery winners.

NATIONAL CATEGORY

Producer Locale
Carlyn Rhamey ^ Welland, ON
Active Salad Productions ^ Victoria, BC
Doctor Keir Co. ^ Montreal, QC
Ethereal Fantazy Productions ^ * Winnipeg, MB
British to British Vancouver, BC
Allie Weigh Productions Montreal, QC
Up From The Roots Ajax, ON
Arcturus Players Calgary, AB
Rebecca Leenhouts Etobicoke, ON
The Factory Culture Collingwood, ON
gypsyWASPproductions Stratford, ON
WAITLIST
1. Dv8 Productions Toronto, ON
2. For Body and Light Montreal, QC
3. Mystic Music Prod. Toronto, ON
4. Neil McArthur Winnipeg, MB
5. The Mighty Mike Show Toronto, ON
6. What’s at Stake Windsor, ON
7. A Company of Some Brampton, ON
8. JIG theatrecompany Toronto, ON
9. Eliot Entertainment Kingston, ON
10. Chickadee Productions Georgetown, ON
11. Sober But Never Clean Theatre Toronto, ON
12. Slippery People King City, ON
13. Pony Street Productions Toronto, ON
14. Naked Theatre Productions Winnipeg, MB
15. HagenDoesTheatre Vancouver, BC
16. Ladies & Gentlemen Productions Montreal, QC
17. Vancouver Puppet Theatre Vancouver, BC
18. Mmm Jam Productions Halifax, NS
19. SeeZed Hamilton, ON
20. Jimmy Hogg Toronto, ON
21. Trudy Fong Dartmouth, NS
22. The Grand Salto Theatre Toronto, ON
23. Good Game Toronto, ON
24. Gangland Productions Toronto, ON
25. Brendan McLeod Toronto, ON
26. One Four One Toronto, ON
27. Lazy Sunday Theatre Barrie, ON
28. Mike Delamont Victoria, BC
29. Spice House Etobicoke, ON
30. Quatrième Sexe/Gean Bindley Art Montréal, QC
31. Sizzle and Spare Calgary, AB
32. bike circus Toronto, ON
33. Pearle Harbour Presents Toronto, ON
34. Haines57 Picton, ON
35. Herculean Productions Toronto, ON
36. Larose Longueuil, QC
37. Gotchu Theatre Toronto, ON
38. Artbeat Theatre Group Québec, QC
39. Life & Depth Vancouver, BC
40. Laugh Gallery Vancouver, BC
41. By the Book Productions Toronto, ON
42. Les Bunheads Montréal, QC
43. Miracle & Apocalypse Québec, QC
44. Camilo The Magician Vancouver, BC
45. Thea Fitz-James Toronto, ON
46. Aaron Simm Victoria, BC
47. Nutmeg Creations Vancouver, BC
48. Devon More Music Vancouver, BC
49. Heartichoke Arts Vancouver, BC
50. Stéphanie Morin-Robert Montréal, QC
51. Dragon in a Wagon Montréal, QC
52. James MartEntz Toronto,ON
53. Still Your Friend Toronto, ON
54. Ryan Gunther Vancouver, BC
55. Yarn Productions Montreal, QC
56. Keith Brown London, ON
57. Wild Talk Toronto, ON
58. BOA Productions Toronto, ON
59. christache.plays Vancouver, BC
60. Defiance Theatre Edmonton, AB
61. Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. Vancouver, BC
62. Black & Bright Productions Winnipeg, MB
63. The Hairy Carrot Production Company Oro-Medonte, ON

* indicates 90-minute slot.
^ indicates CAFF Touring Lottery winners.

LOCAL CATEGORY

Producer Locale
Strange Visitations Ottawa, ON
Two Kind Boys Ottawa, ON
raw footage Ottawa, ON
GreenLightTheatreco. Ottawa, ON
TWA Ottawa, ON
Crowning Monkey Carp, ON
Morado T Productions Ottawa, ON
Gold, Glamour and Glory Ottawa, ON
Angel in the Rafters Theatre Ottawa, ON
Atelier Denu Ottawa, ON
Crush Improv Ottawa, ON
Bonavox Productions Ottawa, ON
SixOneThird Productions Ottawa, ON
Curled Toes Theatre Company Gatineau, QC
FireFlood Entertainment Ottawa, ON
Current Productions Ottawa, ON
Ashley Rissler Ottawa, ON
Aplombusrhombus Ottawa, ON
WAITLIST
1. Drawing Board Productions Ottawa, ON
2. Elgin Street Improv Ottawa, ON
3. The Liquid Word Ottawa, ON
4. Broken Turtle Productions Ottawa, ON
5. Punchbag Playhouse Ottawa, ON
6. Tim C. Murphy Ottawa, ON
7. PUSH Ottawa, ON
8. Tangelico Ottawa, ON
9. Bicycles Never Forget Ottawa, ON
10. Dirty Hands Productions Gatineau, QC
11. Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre Ottawa, ON
12. Morning Person Theatre Ottawa, ON
13. Garkin Productions Ottawa, ON
14. PandaBar Productions Ottawa, ON
15. Phoebe Webber Kanata, ON
16. Rapscallion Diversion Ottawa, ON
17. Cloudbursting Productions Ottawa, ON
18. Plain People Productions Ottawa, ON
19. Tone Cluster Ottawa, ON
20. Amped Up Theatre Ottawa, ON
21. Marta Singh Ottawa, ON
22. Here Be Dragons Ottawa, ON
23. Dead Unicorn Ink Ottawa, ON
24. Madeleine Hall Ottawa, ON
25. Pretty Ugly Theatre Productions Ottawa, ON
26. The Broad Theatre Company Ottawa, ON
27. SDT Productions Ottawa, ON
28. United Power Consultate Ottawa, ON
29. Rynestone Magic Ottawa, ON
30. Slippery Slope Productions Ottawa, ON
31. Rebel Rabbit Ottawa, ON
32. Blood Moon Productions Ottawa, ON
33. Fall Down Theatre Company Ottawa, ON
34. Caithream Celtic Dance Fusion Ottawa, ON
35. Pample Moose Productions Ottawa, ON
36. Toasted Theatre Company Ottawa, ON
37. Black Sheep Theatre Ottawa, ON
38. Interface Theatre Ottawa, ON
39. Kairos Ottawa, ON
40. Meldeava Productions Ottawa, ON
41. Obviously, A Theatre Company Gatineau, QC
42. Soul Clappers Ottawa, ON
43. Nick Wade Ottawa, ON
44. Youth Infringement Festival Ottawa, ON
45. Cracked Compass Collective Kanata, ON
46. Miltonbone Productions Ottawa, ON
47. Experimental Farm Theatre Ottawa, ON
48. Patrick Kelly Ottawa, ON
49. Dangerous Dames Theatre Ottawa, ON
50. GRIMprov Ottawa, ON
51. Salt & Pepper Theatre Ottawa, ON
52. The FCBA Collective Gatineau, QC
53. Umbra Productions Ottawa, ON
54. Hymns in Hearse Theatre Ottawa, ON
55. Norah Paton Ottawa, ON
56. AL Connors Ottawa, ON

90-MINUTE CATEGORY (WAITLIST)

Producer Locale
1. Kainz Players Chatham, ON
2. Maria Affinito San Rafael, USA
3. Faction of Fools Theatre Company Oxford, USA
4. Spark Plug Players Windsor, ON
5. mikeylikesit productions Toronto, ON
6. Compagnie Du Grand Nord Montréal, QC
7. Breakaleg Productions Toronto, ON
8. Hubcity Theatre Moncton, NB

Final box office tallies are expected to confirm record-breaking numbers:

  • 40 sold out performances
  • Artists paid more than $107,000
  • Attendance over 13,500

Two world premieres by Ottawa artists sold out their entire runs. Plus their Metro Best of Fest performances on closing night. Those are I think my boyfriend should have an accent by Emily Pearlman and The Elephant Girls by Margo MacDonald. Martin Dockery’s Bursting Into Flames is the third show to have sold 100% of its available tickets.

A full list of sold out performances is available at www.ottawafringe.com/soldout

MacDonald’s play The Elephant Girls has been held over for two additional performances at Arts Court Theatre, July 9 and 10. Tickets are available at www.artscourt.ca. Tickets are $15, or $12 with a Fringe Pin. Unused 5-show and 10-show passes will be accepted at the door.

On closing night, The Elephant Girls was awarded with the Critics’ Pick Award as well as the award for Outstanding Production. A full list of award recipients is here.

2015 Closing Night Awards

by Greggory Clark

June 29, 2015

Volunteer of the Year Kirstin Gelevan
Steve Sauvé Spirit of the Fringe Award Fraser MacKinnon
Emerging Artist Award
Presented by the University of Ottawa
Tamlynn Bryson (Working Title: Undecided)
Outstanding Original Work Tonya Jone Miller (Threads)
Outstanding Production The Elephant Girls (Parry Riposte Productions)
Outstanding Solo Performance Daniel Tobias (The Orchid and the Crow)
Outstanding Ensemble Scott Garland, Matt Pilipiak, & Victor Pokinko (Three Men in a Boat)
Critics’ Pick: Best Show
Presented by the Capital Critics’ Circle
The Elephant Girls (Parry Riposte Productions)
–Runner up: Three Men in a Boat (Pea Green Theatre Group)
Critics’ Pick: Best Performance
Presented by the Capital Critics’ Circle
John D. Huston (Screwtape)
–Runner up: Martin Dockery (Bursting Into Flames, Inescapable)
Judges’ Choice The Sink (Nick Wade & Whimsimole)

Shortlist: Critics’ Pick

by Greggory Clark

June 24, 2015

On closing night, the 2015 Critics’ Pick will be named—an award presented annually by the Capital Critics’ Circle.

This morning the CCC have released their shortlist for the award.

The Capital Critics’ Circle are: Iris Winston, Kat Fournier, Barb Gray, Patrick Langston, Jamie Portman, Alvina Ruprecht, Maja Stefanowska, Rajka Stefanowska.

Best show

Bursting Into Flames by Martin Dockery (Martin Dockery)
Inescapable by Martin Dockery (Ribbit RePublic)
The Elephant Girls by Margo MacDonald (Parry Riposte Productions)
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome (Pea Green Theatre Group)
Weird: The Witches of Macbeth by Phillip Psutka & Lindsay Bellaire (Theatre Arcturus)

BEST PERFORMER

Martin Dockery Bursting Into Flames and Inescapable
John D. Huston Screwtape
Margo MacDonald The Elephant Girls
Daniel Tobias The Orchid and the Crow
Gemma Wilcox Magical Mystery Detour

 

Membership Months: THUNK!theatre

by Tony Adams

June 11, 2015

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  • Up next: The Lost and Find at Magnetic North Theatre Festival
  • Recently: Far & Near & Here at undercurrents and The Lost and Find at subDevision

by Tony Adams

I think I may have gushed a bit, but these guys are just so awesome to hang with.

THUNK!Theatre formed after a series of run-ins between Geoff McBride and Karen Balcome… followed by an “art date.” For those not familiar, an art date is just as intimidating as a real date, if not more (terrifying). A meeting to see if—aesthetically—you will connect and relate. You try your best to be interesting yet remain honest. There’s a worthwhile idea that you could perhaps collaborate on a new project.

They clicked. And funny enough the work they create, I feel, has taken on similar qualities to a date: namely vulnerability. In THUNK! creations I feel there is a sense of risk, learning and discovery, and a hope of creating a connection to another.

I showed up at Geoff’s to find him and Karen in the midst of re-working their piece The Lost and Find, being presented next at Mag North. Notebooks sprawled out, coffee brewed, snacks served—this is their studio. It was like walking in on Einstein writing out his complex formulas. To me: genius in motion. To them it’s more like, “yeah, this is what we do.”

While talking about the “eco-system” that is Ottawa theatre, it is clear they are looking to better the whole rather than THUNK!’s piece. Geoff and Karen hold themselves accountable to a high level of quality. It would seem to me they’re creating work that is relevant rather than creating work to stay relevant­. And while this means that there may not be a multi-year operating grant in their future, they are quite content working project-to-project, speaking up and creating when it is important to them.

The way they work is no accident, but I don’t know if they realize how integrated it is in who they are as people and the work they make: the snacks sprawled out, the conversations they create, the chances they take, and the connections they make with themselves and others–they’re what what we crave in our everyday, and that’s reflected in every piece I have seen from THUNK!. Their work lies at the core of what it is to be human­– connection, indulgence, and discovery. Also, lists. They love making lists.

I’m willing to bet THUNK!theatre will be around for a long time, as Karen and Geoff’s artistic practice is so intertwined with who they are as people. I left feeling uplifted and inspired. I walked in with respect and curiosity and came out with admiration and a huge art crush on these two.

www.twitter.com/THUNKtheatre


May and June are Membership Months. We’re checking in and catching up with as many new members as possible—as well as some who have been around before the first Ottawa Fringe Festival in 1997. If you’re a creator, know that the Ottawa Fringe is here to support your work year-round and want you to be a member, too. Visit ottawafringe.com/members for info.

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2015 print programs are going out this weekend

by Greggory Clark

May 29, 2015

Beginning Saturday May 30, pick up your 2015 festival program from one of these distribution partners.

Downtown Rideau

Arts Court / 2 Daly
Wine Rack / Rideau & Nelson at Loblaw’s

Lowertown

Wine Rack / 54 Byward Market Square
I Deal Coffee / 176 Dalhousie

Centretown

Seed to Sausage General Store / 729 Gladstone
Wine Rack / 277 Elgin
Wine Rack / Bank & Somerset at Hartman’s

Hintonburg

GCTC / 1233 Wellington W
West End Well / 969 Wellington W

Westboro

Wine Rack / Richmond & Kirkwood at Superstore

Glebe

Wine Rack / Bank & Third

Old Ottawa South

Wine Rack / Bank & Hopewell

 

Membership Months: Rachel Eugster

by Tony Adams

May 26, 2015

RachelEugster
  • Jill of all trades and master of tons.
  • Artistic Director of new Spidersilk Productions and Co-AD of Bear & Co.
  • Up next: world premiere of Whose Aemilia? at the 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival
  • Recently: Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, and as Alice in Age of Arousal (both Bear & Co. productions)

by Tony Adams

Hanging out with Rachel is like what you would expect at a fancy dinner party—where you talk about art and community—minus the pretentiousness and frequent lulls in conversation.

On a grey afternoon I was lucky enough to stroll about Hintonburg with the ever-lovely Rachel Eugster, and her greyhound Vallentine. One of my most favourite things is to chat with a seasoned artist and this is for two reasons: 1. they have a unique perspective and understanding of the scene and, 2. all you need to do is give that artist a spark and, just maybe, she or he could go on offering stories, insight, and advice. This was very true of Rachel, and I was just happy to walk along listening beside her.

Rachel has been a freelance writer for years, getting her start in Boston. She told me about one particularly interesting article about exploding frogs in Germany (ask her, it’s great). But I know Rachel as a theatre artist, so was surprised to find out that the 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival will mark her debut as a playwright, with Whose Aemilia?

What started out as curiosity—have you heard of Shakespeare’s “Dark Lady,” a woman who, apparently helped write some the Bard’s best female characters?—has now become so much more. Aemilia Lanyer (that’s her, the Dark Lady) was the first female poet to be published in England. Her views were considered radical for the times—extremely feminist, hundreds of years before the word “feminist”—and it is Rachel’s undertaking to have audiences learn about Lanyer, someone who seems, rather suspiciously, to have been omitted from the pages of history. Well, not entirely redacted. Lanyer is alleged to have been a lover of Shakespeare’s. But would Lanyer be content to stand forever in the shadow of a man, however great? She is an astonishing figure whose legacy has been completely eclipsed by that romantic—and wholly unproven—notion.

Hearing Rachel speak about the play I hear the tone of a hardened cop at a drug bust. Determined. With a penchant for justice. She wants people know Aemilia as the incredible woman she was rather than for Aemilia’s alleged relationship to a maybe fictional historical figure. Yeah, I went there.

Walking through Hintonburg I was quite struck with how at ease Rachel seems to be. Passing her neighbours and hearing anecdotes, passing by houses she fought to save from aggressive developers, feeling Rachel just get lost in her stories; you can tell she has worked hard to get where she is and is more than happy to be there.

Rachel’s curiosity, I suspect, is responsible for a lot of the things in her life. Her career is more of a quilt than a blanket, stitching together passions to make a living. She is an actor, Co-Artistic Director of Bear & Co., vocalist for the Dragon’s Tea Trio, an opera soloist, author of an award-winning children’s book The Pocket Mommy, freelance writer, editor, and now playwright. As a young artist and dreamer I am totally inspired looking at Rachel’s life and at her accomplishments. Rather than succumb to The Man, she seems to have taken life and made it work for her… regardless of how insane taxes can be for multiple veins of freelance work.

Basically, go talk to her. Find Rachel at the Fringe Festival and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation. It’s rare to meet someone so accomplished yet so humble and inviting. Even after our interview she apologized for talking “too much” and wants to hear all about me! Sit with her for a story. You’ll be glad you did.

www.racheleugster.com


May and June are Membership Months. We’re checking in and catching up with as many new members as possible—as well as some who have been around before the first Ottawa Fringe Festival in 1997. If you’re a creator, know that the Ottawa Fringe is here to support your work year-round. Visit ottawafringe.com/members for info.