Written by: Rachel Ganz FULL DISCLOSURE: I AM NOT WORKING ON A FESTIVAL SHOW It’s almost May. The festivals are coming. Either you are working on a show in a festival or you aren’t. Either way, you’re scared. Don’t worry. Do these things: 1) Rehearse If you’re working on a show: rehearse that show If you’re not working on a show: rehearse watching a show … Continue reading Top 10 Fixes For Theatre Festival Season Anxieties
I am not a real actor. I am not a real playwright. I am not a real artist. I am not even a real adult. Clearly I’m not qualified to really give my opinions here. I’m a 17-year-old high school student. So it is true that I’m not an adult, but that other stuff is just that impostor syndrome that is familiar to us all. … Continue reading You’re An Artist. Explore The Shit.
Written by: Ky Capstick They are writing for a chance at a staged reading by actors they might never meet in a city they may never see. They are writing 10-minute kitchen sink monologues about the latest tragedy that abides by whatever is in-vogue theatrically. They are writing two-handers, maybe three-handers, but not four-or-more-handers because more hands, more money. They are writing about themselves and … Continue reading Our Best Playwrights Are Writing For Contests
Gold! Medal! Plays! (No sweating please): An Editor’s Note Welcome everyone to the November edition of NBT Podium. This week we discuss the ways in which we compete or fail to compete for “Best Artist” or “Most Art” or “Best Part Of The Art We Think Was Great” or, most succinctly, “Prettiest”. I’m going on record for the millionth time: I don’t understand art awards. … Continue reading Gold! Medal! Plays!: I Swear We Broke The Thunder
Written by: Rachel Ganz Is it a coincidence that grant season annually corresponds so painfully with the autumnal dying of the sun? Or with the seasonal presence and therefore enthusiastic encouraged binge of single-bite chocolate bars? Is it a surprise that Halloween always magically appears as a festive excuse to practice death right in the middle of every theatre artist’s PleasedToSeeYouAgainDeath! Grant marathon? It isn’t … Continue reading Grant Season: An hour-by-hour writing log exposes one young artist’s battle with grant applications
Written by Natalie Kaye I have a secret I’d like to share with you. Please don’t spread it around— Like melted butter— Oh no, not again! Like melted butter— The secret spreads seamlessly Across verbal toast I didn’t want you to find out this way, this is so embarrassing! Alright, the fact of the matter is, when I get passionate about a … Continue reading Ask Vanessa Redgrave
Written by: Rachel Ganz This week the winners of Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Awards were announced and, while I’m not sure I fully understand the point of literary accolades (other than to direct an audience towards irreversible literary tunnel vision), I was thrilled to read that Colleen Murphy has won, for the second time, the country’s most drool-inducing award, this time for her play Pig … Continue reading 5 Reasons why “Pig Girl” has renewed my faith in Canadian Literary Awards (And probably theatre in general)