David S. Craig honoured with Barbara Hamilton Award and 3 Dora Nominations for Roseneath Theatre

Roseneath Theatre is proud to see two of our 2013-2014 Season shows honoured with a total of 3 nominations for 2014 Dora Mavor Moore Awards!  Congratulations to all of the wonderful Artists whose excellent work brought these nominations to fruition.

For Outstanding Production:
Wired (presented by Roseneath, produced by Green Thumb Theatre)
For Outstanding New Play:
Beatriz Pizano for La Maleta (The Suitcase)
For Outstanding Performance – Ensemble:
The cast of La Maleta (The Suitcase)
Alejandra Simmons, Anita LaSelva, Joseph Recinos, Jessica Zepeda

And we are overjoyed to congratulate our former Artistic Director and Roseneath Co-Founder, David S. Craig – honoured with the Barbara Hamilton Award this year.  We all agree this honour is richly deserved and are thrilled to see his incredible contributions to Theatre For Young Audiences recognized in this way.

From David’s acceptance speech:

David S. Craig (r) receiving the Barbara Hamilton Award from Councillor Gary Crawford

This is the first time the Barbara Hamilton Award has been given to someone who has made a career with a principal focus on theatre for young audiences, and so I share this award with all my colleagues in Toronto and across Canada. Of those, I particularly want to name Patterson Fardell who has devoted so much of her working life bringing children to theatre and theatre to children and to NOW theatre reviewer Jon Kaplan who has consistently seen our work when he didn’t have to and was our champion when no one else was.

Creating theatre for young people has huge challenges and joys. The biggest challenge is to create a dramatic literature that reflects all the complexity and nuance of contemporary life in a way that can be understood by a child of six. It has to be simple but not simplistic; A pure colour for the child that provokes a catalyst of colours for adults.

The biggest joy is the children themselves. They are the best audience. Young people feel emotions with huge intensity. They will eat fast food if that’s all they are given, but they are hungry, starving even, for theatrical feasts.

I wanted to create that kind of theatre and then I wanted thousands to see it. At its peak, Roseneath Theatre reached an annual audience of 120,000 young people in every school district in Ontario. That was the largest audience of any theatre in Toronto and it is worth celebrating today.  People say, often very soberly, ‘children are the audience of the future’. My colleagues and I laugh because of course where else do audiences come from? I have personally never been interested in creating future audiences but I do now.

I love this hungry, passionate, rowdy, reckless audience of now. Let’s get ‘em hooked. Now. Thank you.”

Read the full award citation here

Proudly Announcing our 2014-2015 Season!

Andrew LambOur 2014-2015 season explores the notion of empathy, giving young people perspective through four high-quality pieces of professional theatre.  The Money Tree – which will be touring during Financial Literacy Month in November, follows the story of Shasta whose father has lost his job.  La Maleta (The Suitcase) – focuses on Refugees and Immigration through the experience of Roca who must flee her home country and move to Canada. Spirit Horse – which originally premiered at the LuminaTO Festival, follows the story of two young Aboriginal sisters struggling with their home life and trying to reconcile this with their own culture and traditions.  And our last show of the season is Outside – which addresses Gay Straight Alliances and follows the story of Daniel, a teen who triumphs over homophobic bullying, depression and suicide.  Empathy plays a major role in each of these productions giving students and opportunity to step outside of themselves and understand more deeply another perspective.
We are thrilled to be producing two world premieres for the first time in our company’s history as well as working in collaboration with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and returning to venues all across the United States.
-Andrew Lamb, Artistic Director

In This World: Thunderbay!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHi, I’m Stephanie Jung and I play Bijou in ‘In This World’. Thunder Bay!  What can I say about Thunder Bay?  Well, first of all, our high school audiences were fantastic.  It seems like everyone in Thunder Bay drives a pick-up truck.  It’s perfect because with our Roseneath truck, we fit right in.  A truck that I need a boost to get into because it’s so high.

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Besides that….
well…oh WAIT.  They have the most delicious thing since…well…since delicious things were invented.  It’s called a Persian.  It’s a doughnut/cinnamon bun hybrid with a berry icing on top.  We didn’t know that these yummy baked good existed until our last day in Thunder Bay.  In fact, we had just started on the highway to Dryden when we decided to head back to Thunder Bay and taste a Persian at The Persian Man.  And now I’m obsessed with Persians.  But you can’t find them in Toronto so I’m sad.

Thunder Bay, thanks for being so awesome!