Friday, September 25, 2009

All Nations looking for Program Coordinator!


All Nations Theatre Society is a Calgary based popular theatre company founded in 1991. We work with communities (schools, organizations and groups) using participatory theatre techniques to explore issues and facilitate positive social change through interactive workshops and theatre.

Our Vision: Creative, vibrant communities fostering openness, empowerment and social justice
Our Mission: All Nations Theatre facilitates positive social change in communities.

Position: Program Coordinator
Under the direction and supervision of the Executive Artistic Director, the Program Coordinator is responsible for the successful development and implementation of community based theatre programming and ensuring the programs and services contribute to the organization's mission.

The primary areas of responsibility and related duties include:
Program Planning and Implementation:
• Development and facilitation of a variety of community theatre processes including: on-going community residency programs, one time participatory theatre workshops for community groups and agencies and facilitating the creation and presentation of community plays.
• Training and supervision of contracted artists and facilitators through individual support, mentorship and training workshops.
• Participation in the development and implementation of program evaluation plans and documentation of program activities.
Community Development:
• Development of on-going relationships with community groups and agencies that are interested in using popular theatre
• Assisting in the development and implementation of theatre projects with community partners
• Providing opportunities for community partners to develop understanding of and skill in the use of popular theatre in community development initiatives.

• Ability to use participatory theatre techniques with diverse community groups
• Ability to work and collaborate with diverse groups of youth, adults, stakeholders and community members
• Working knowledge of community development and the role of theatre/creative processes in community development
• Strong facilitation skills in social justice work with diverse groups
• Strong organizational/project management skills and ability to work independently
• Effective communication and interpersonal skills- oral and written, MS Word and Internet literacy.

• An undergraduate or post-graduate degree in a related field (Fine Arts-Drama, Education or Social Work) is preferred.
• Training and experience in popular theatre or Theatre of the Oppressed Techniques including Forum/Image Theatre techniques are assets.
• The preferred candidate will have experience in youth programming, project coordination and community development.
• A valid class 5 driver’s license and access to an automobile is required.
• Grant-writing, reporting and outcome measurement experience are definite assets.

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Interested parties should apply with cover letter and resumé, detailing all relevant experience. For confidential consideration, please email or mail your application. Applications by fax will not be accepted. No telephone calls, please.

Applications must be received no later than October 26, 2009.

Richard Campbell
Executive Artistic Director
All Nations Theatre
3751 21 St. NE
Calgary, AB T2E 6T5

We thank all applicants; however only those requested for an interview will be contacted.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I start teaching an intensive three-week course at the University of Alberta on Monday! It is within the Education department, and focuses on Popular Theatre practice in/as Education. Looking forward to working with some enthusiastic drama ed. and drama students to discuss, share and explore possibilities within their future practice as teachers, facilitators and leaders in the community.

Even though I am gone for the month of August it does not mean that All Nations is on hiatus! I have been working with our summer employee Jed Tomlinson and the Red Cross Youth Training and Action group to create an exciting, thought provoking piece for GlobalFest's Human Rights Forum. Richard Campbell and Charlene Hellson are also working with a group to present another piece for the same forum. See the performances at the Glenbow Museum Theatre, Thursday, August 20th and Friday, August 21st!

Join us at 11:30 am. Entrance is free. Each event begins with a panel/speaker addressing human rights in the workplace. Informative, engaging, and creative! Come take part in an exciting, interactive event that hopes to present the issues at hand and looks to creatively explore possibilities for future action.

For more info:

GlobalFest Human Rights Forum

Friday, May 8, 2009

Be a Facebook Fan!

Hey everyone, become a fan of All Nations Theatre on Facebook! Yes, we are slowly moving into the 21st century....spread the word!

Facebook Page

Youth summer project - contact ANT for more info!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Augusto Boal, 1931 - 2009

This past Saturday, Augusto Boal passed away. This is a sad moment for all who work within the realm of Theatre of the Oppressed. He was a pioneer, an artist, an activist, a politician and a compassionate man whose accomplishments are truly amazing. As a Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner I have great hope for the future. Boal's work will live on in all of those practicing to change the world through activism and art with company's such as All Nations Theatre. I believe there is a responsibility to approach this task with humility, passion, integrity, and creativity. And as we shape Boal's work to fit our practice and the needs of the communities we work with, let's be open to the possibilities, the inventiveness of our own creativity, while staying true to the underlying philosophy of the work as it was originally intended. The willingness to take risks with the work will truly honour his legacy. And as we venture forth on our journey's, where we will make mistakes, where we will triumph, we shall never forget Boal.

Theatre of the Oppressed

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Calgary Teenzone is a great initiative aiming to provide quality after school opportunities for youth in the Falconridge area. All Nations Theatre, in partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta, have been running a program as part of Teenzone, called the "Playmakers Project". I am the lucky one facilitating the project, which runs every Tuesday at Rotary Challenger Park. I have a steady group of 8 youth from Bishop McNally high school and the Cerebral Palsy Association who have been committed to the project since day one (way back in October). Through improvisation and Theatre of the Oppressed related activities, the group has decided to build a short play around the theme of "being who you are". We are still in the development stages, but the process certainly is an exciting one! The group is tentatively planning on performing during "Youth Week" (last week of April). I will keep you posted on that possibility!

Here is the website for Teenzone. There are lots of great activities...check it out!

Signing off!

Lindsay Ruth