Theatre BC’s 2019 Playwriting Competition Results

Theatre BC is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Canadian Playwriting Competition. Congratulations go out to:

Scott Douglas, (Winnipeg, MB) whose play, Forgive/Forget , was chosen as the winner in the Full-length category, with a prize of $1000

Molly Read, (Toronto, ON), whose play, Carpool, was chosen as the winner in the One-Act category, with a prize of $750

Zahida Rahemtulla, (Burnaby, BC), whose play, The Frontliners, was chosen as the winner of the Special Merit category, with a prize of $500.

The judges also awarded an Honourable Mention to Linda A. Carson and Suzanne Ristic (New Westminster, BC), for their play Driving Me Crazy.

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Theatre BC Reduces 2020 Club Membership Dues

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and cancellations of Regional Zone Drama Festivals this year, the Theatre BC board has reduced club membership fees to a flat rate of $72.80 for all member clubs, new and renewals. The TBC board stresses our role as advocates for community theatre throughout the province, and that we represent both individuals and community theatre clubs.

Theatre BC continues planning for our 2021 series of regional festivals, and plans to hold Mainstage 2021 in Port Alberni as it did in 2019, and as was originally scheduled for this summer.

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Resources for the art sector

On March 26, 2020, Business/Arts along with Global Public Affairs held a special webinar with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage to learn what measures the government is taking to assist the art sector. Global Public Affairs received an overwhelming response to the webinar and they plan on hosting more in the near future to assist this sector through this unprecedented time.

While the Minister could not answer all of the questions posed, his team provided some resources which may be of help. Theatre BC is sharing these links for your information:

Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

Canadian Heritage’s FAQs : https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/information-covid-19.html

Canada Council for the Arts’ FAQs: https://canadacouncil.ca/covid-19-information

Tool for risk-assessment of mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/mass-gatherings-risk-assesment.html

Venues that may be willing to offer space to governments and health authorities for testing spaces, clinics, etc. If you are interested in adding your venue, please enter your information directly into the spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19h6p4uWgnL7j7FwXgW8zcb0P-EaJjJDE09c2sL9xVEA/edit?usp=sharing

Document on various metric categories for COVID19 impacts that arts organizations are documenting.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Qwdu7S-t-DGZCWAs-tq1SErgVITH-jbLM0gYTOD_1bg/edit?usp=sharing

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Theatre BC Cancels 2020 Regional Festivals & Mainstage Festival

Kamloops, BC – March 22, 2020 – Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Theatre BC regretfully announces the cancellation of our 2020 series of Regional Zone Drama Festivals, and Mainstage Festival. The safety and well-being of our members and patrons is of the utmost importance to Theatre BC.

Theatre BC member clubs would have performed their Festival plays in local runs during April – runs which have also been cancelled. Regional Zone Drama Festivals had been scheduled for May in the Central Interior, Fraser Valley, North Island, North Shore, Okanagan, and Peace River Zones. Had the Zone Festivals gone ahead, “Best Play” winners from each would have moved forward to the annual Mainstage Festival of plays and workshops, originally set to take place in Port Alberni this July.

“It’s an extremely disappointing situation for us and our member clubs,” said Theatre BC President Doug Perri. “We want to make sure our members, volunteers and audiences stay healthy and safe. Given the current COVID-19 crisis, we want to do our part to help protect everyone. We strongly request that everyone follows the advice and guidelines set out by BC Health and Health Canada.”

Theatre BC will support its member clubs as best as possible through this difficult time. Working together to help bring this outbreak to a close sooner rather than later, we are optimistic that our members can follow their community theatre passions again to unite and entertain us.

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Update Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Theatre BC has been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The health and safety of our members, audiences and the community at large is our top priority.

At this time, we are reviewing all events and venues that have been planned for Theatre BC activities. We will provide an update as to our 2020 Zone Festivals and 2020 Mainstage Festival as soon as we can.

Both the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada state the public health risk associated with COVID-19 for Canada is low.

We will continue to follow the guidance of local, provincial, and federal health authorities.

We will monitor this situation closely and provide updates with any changes.

The latest updates will be posted to our website and social media channels.

We encourage everyone to seek out information on how to protect themselves and the community at large by visiting the following sites:

Island Health – https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/diseases-conditions/novel-coronavirus-information

BC Centre for Disease Control — http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus

Public Health Agency of Canada — https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

World Health Organization — https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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