by Chris Lane
Toronto’s Luminato Festival of arts released this year’s lineup. In June, audiences can see work by Marina Abramovic, Willem Dafoe and Ronnie Burkett, to name just a few. French-language theatres Théâtre du Rideau Vert in Montreal and Quebec City’s Théâtre du Trident both announced their seasons, which each include one play by Michel Tremblay. Montreal’s Black Theatre Workshop announced their programming for the upcoming season, which will include the world première of Sal Capone, The Lamentable Tragedy of, by Montreal playwright Omari Newton. And in Ottawa, the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s season will include Canadian political satire, a world premiere, a comedic take on Shakespearean tragedies, and more.
Toronto’s Claire Sakaki has been awarded the $10,000 John Hobday Award from the Canada Council for the Arts. Sakaki is the producer and director of education at Soulpepper Theatre and the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Toronto’s NXNE (North by Northeast) has announced a new festival director, Christopher Roberts.
Up-and-coming artists in the Manitoba theatre scene, take note: the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre is offering scholarship and apprenticeship opportunities. The deadline for applicants is May 1.