Nextfest

Nextfest 2018 is now accepting mainstage theatre script and project submissions. The deadline to submit is January 15, 2018, so get going, artists!

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Good Women Dance Collective, curators of Dancefest at Nextfest, are in search of an emerging choreographer to create a new work for Dancefest at Nextfest 2018.

Who can apply?
Dancefest is geared towards emerging choreographers and movement artists under the age of 30 who are pursuing a professional career in dance.

Who will you be working with?
As choreographer, you will be working with a group of 15 to 25 dancers from Victoria School for the Arts to create a new movement piece.

Artistic mentorship and guidance will be available to you from the Good Women Collective Artists – our attendance at all of your rehearsals will be expected.

What does the creative process involve?
Rehearsals will run Monday afternoons from 3:30-5:30pm, beginning March 5, 2018 and continuing up until the Festival, which runs from May 31- June 10, 2018.
*There will be no rehearsals on April 2nd or May 21st.

You will need to be available for the technical and dress rehearsals (exact dates TBA, likely between May 26-May 30, 2017).

Where will you rehearse?
Studio space will be provided at Victoria School for the Arts.

What kind of funding is there?
You, the choreographer will be guaranteed a minimum honorarium of $400 for the creation and presentation of your work in Nextfest.

However, we would encourage and support your application for funds through the Edmonton Community Foundation’s Young Edmonton Grants program. This grant can provide a young Edmonton creator (13-24yrs) with funds up to $3000 for a project such as new choreography.

Good Women Collective Artists will be available to provide guidance in writing this application, should you require it. Applications for this grant are due by February 15, 2018.

How do you apply?
To apply as a choreographer for Dancefest at Nextfest 2018, please send the following information to info@goodwomen.ca:

  • Statement of interest – Description of Work/Why you would like to create new work to be mentored and presented at Nextfest
  • Artistic Statement – Describe your choreographic style and what concepts you intend to explore in your piece
  • Link to online video documentation – Video footage of the proposed work is preferable. This can include in-studio rehearsal footage. Documentation of previous work can also be submitted. Please send a video link—do not send a hard copy.
  • Choreographer’s CV

When is the deadline to apply?
February 2nd, 2018 at 11:59pm (MT)
Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

When will you know the results of your application?
You will be contacted by February 26, 2018

If you have questions:
Please contact us at: info@goodwomen.ca

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NEXTFEST 2017
CALL FOR MAINSTAGE Project SUBMISSIONS

Nextfest 2017 is now accepting Mainstage Project Submissions!

Deadline to apply is January 15, 2017

How to apply:

STEP ONE: Fill out the Application
Fill out the application form linked below if you are an artist pitching a project for consideration as part of Nextfest 2017. This form is intended for projects seeking to be considered for the mainstage, but that do not use traditional theatre scripts (i.e. sketch comedy, improv, cabarets etc.).

FILL OUT THE APPLICATION NOW!

Questions? Please contact:

Ellen Chorley
Festival Director
ellen@nextfest.ca

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NEXTFEST 2017
CALL FOR Mainstage THEATRE SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS

Nextfest 2017 is now accepting Mainstage Theatre Script Submissions!

Deadline to apply is January 15, 2017

How to apply:

STEP ONE: Fill out the Application
Fill out the application form linked below.

FILL OUT THE APPLICATION NOW!

STEP TWO: Submit your Script
Once you’ve filled out the application form above, submit a copy of your complete script to be considered for a staged reading, workshop presentation, or full production.

Send your script to:

Ellen Chorley
Festival Director
ellen@nextfest.ca

NOTE: Only word document or PDF files will be accepted. Other file formats will not be accepted.

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NEXTFEST 2017
CALL FOR HIGH SCHOOL dance SUBMISSIONS

Nextfest 2017 is now accepting High School Dance Submissions!

Deadline to apply is February 10, 2017

How to apply:

STEP ONE: Fill out the Application
Fill out the application form linked below by February 1, 2017.

Fill out the application now!

Questions? Please contact:

Ellen Chorley
Festival Director
ellen@nextfest.ca

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Nextfest 2017
Call for High School Theatre Script Submissions

Nextfest 2017 is now accepting High School Theatre Script Submissions!

Deadline to apply is February 10, 2017

How to apply:

STEP ONE: Fill out the Application
Fill out the application form linked below.

Fill out the application now!

 

STEP TWO: Submit your Script
Once you’ve filled out the application form above, submit a copy of your complete script to be considered for a staged reading, workshop presentation, or full production.

Send your script to:

Ellen Chorley
Festival Director
ellen@nextfest.ca

NOTE: Only word document or PDF files will be accepted. Other file formats will not be accepted.

 

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Nextfest Arts Company welcomes new Festival Director!

Read what the Edmonton Journal is saying about our big news!

(Edmonton, AB | October 26, 2016) – The Nextfest Arts Company is proud to announce the appointment of its new Festival Director, Ellen Chorley.

Following in the footsteps of outgoing Festival Director Steve Pirot – who, after 15 years as the intrepid leader of Nextfest, has been appointed the new Artistic Director with iHuman Youth Society – Chorley, a long-time Nextfest artist and curator, takes the reigns of Edmonton’s only multi-disciplinary emerging arts festival dedicated to celebrating and elevating the voice of the next generation.

“Nextfest has been a massive part of my development as an artist,” said Chorley. “So many of my firsts happened at the festival – first time as a playwright, first time as a mentor, first time as a curator. I am thrilled that, as Festival Director, I will get to witness the firsts of the next generation of Edmonton’s emerging artists.”

The Nextfest Arts Company is made up of hundreds of young and emerging artists from a wide variety of disciplines, banding together to present Edmonton’s most unique annual multi-disciplinary arts festival: Nextfest. Founded in 1996 by Theatre Network’s Artistic Director Bradley Moss, Nextfest is a common ground for the next generation of creators and producers.

“The board of Nextfest is pleased to announce Ellen Chorley as our new Festival Director,” reported Moss. “Ellen has a long history with Nextfest and she brings her experience as an artist and a curator to the festival, as well as being a talented playwright and producer in her own right as she leads us forward. We are look forward to supporting Ellen in her new role in helping to build Edmonton’s artistic community.”

Nextfest 2017 runs June 1 – 11 in venues throughout Edmonton. Stay tuned to nextfest.ca for details!

About Ellen:
Ellen Chorley is an Edmonton-based producer, playwright, performer, and the newly appointed Festival Director of Nextfest Arts Company. Ellen is the Artistic Director of Promise Productions, a theatre for young audiences company, as well as co-Artistic Director and Playwright in Residence for Send in the Girls Burlesque, Alberta’s only burlesque theatre company. Ellen is the Artistic Associate for Northern Light Theatre; a Drama Group Leader at the Autism Society of Edmonton; a teacher with the Foote
Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre; and a steering committee member with the Theatre Edmonton Project. An active community member, Ellen volunteers on the boards for the Common Ground Arts Society, Punctuate Theatre, Edmonton Fringe Artist’s Relations Committee, and the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards Committee. Ellen was recently named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 and is the recipient of the Nextfest Emerging Artist Award, and two Sterling Awards for her play “Murielle,” which is co-created with Blarney Productions. Ellen has a rich history with Nextfest and is over the moon to be coming on board as the new Festival Director.

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Rise Up: Take Back the Mic
Call for Poets

Your revolution starts now. Your revolution is the what-if, the could-be, the should-be, the will-be. Your revolution is politics, semantics and artistics. Gather up the critics, the cynics, the mystics, the mavericks, the beatnicks: this is your manifesto, so manifest your destiny.

Rise up, and take back the mic.

Nextfest, Catch the Keys Productions and Breath In Poetry present:

Take Back the Mic
The Second Annual Nextfest Slam
Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 9pm
Mercer Warehouse (10363 104 Street)

Twelve emerging poets compete in a three-round elimination for a $500 top prize. Rise Up is a politically themed event – brings us your best political poems, rants and raves.

The twelve participating poets will be selected by our curation team from the list of those who apply. To be considered, please send the following information to bdart@catchthekeys.ca by 12Noon Friday, May 15:

  • Name (please include your legal name and performance name if applicable)
  • Email address
  • Twitter handle
  • Two samples of your written work and/or two samples of video or audio recordings

Please note: each participating poet will receive a small honorarium. In the case of Nextfest, emerging refers to artists under the age of 30 who are not professionally represented.

Questions? Contact bdart@catchthekeys.ca.

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Call for Submissions
Nextfest NiteClubs 2015
Curated by Beth Dart of Catch the Keys Productions

The Nextfest NiteClubs are a series of multidisciplinary performance parties showcasing emerging artists of all disciplines – theatre, dance, film, performance art, visual art, installations and absolutely anything else!

Performances range from 30 seconds to full evening installations and roving performances. For the purpose of this festival, “emerging” refers to artists under the age of 30 who are not professionally represented.

High-energy interdisciplinary collaborations, non-traditional experimental performance and performer created work encouraged. All performers must be at least 18 years old.

Each NiteClub has a theme that is open to interpretation.

The themes for 2015 are:

Saturday, June 6th: The 7th Annual Rise Up!
For the politically inclined artist, Rise Up is your revolution – it’s the what-if, the could-be, the should-be, the will-be. Your revolution is politics and semantics, artistics and music. What fires you up, pisses you off, makes you passionate about the state of the world? NOTE: Rise Up! will also include the 2nd Annual Take Back the Mic Spoken Word Slam. Poets, stay tuned – more info on how to register coming soon!

Friday, June 12: Theme TBD
Been dying to test out an idea? Shoot us a pitch! This theme will be decided based on submissions.

Saturday, June 13: The 8th Annual Smut Cabaret
Risqué, sexy, lewd, vulgar…fetishes, desires, sexuality, and everything between. Flaunt your naughty side, taunt and tease, make your audience squirm.

Please submit the following requirements to Nextfest NiteClub Curator, Beth Dart, at bdart@catchthekeys.ca:

– A description of your piece
– Technical requirements, if known
– Contact information, including website links and twitter handle
– Any additional support material
– Please note if you are interested in collaborating with an artist of another discipline.

Submissions for the 2015 Nextfest Nite Clubs will stay open until programming is full.

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The Enbridge Nextfest Emerging Artist Awards are intended to support the activities of young and independent Alberta artists involved in creative endeavours.

Congratulations to our 2014 winners!

Miranda Allen

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Miranda is a 2010 graduate of the University of Windsor, and since graduating she has been consistently employed as an actor in cities across Canada developing a wide set of circus, variety, and street skills. While she is now based in Edmonton, this past year she galvanized her street, circus, and theatre experiences into a seven month period of devising and touring a 45-minute solo street show, which she performed in England, Australia, and New Zealand. While in Sydney she performed in King Lear and The Taming of the Shrew with the Australian Bard on the Beach, and trained for three months with the Sydney Stage Combat School. Since returning she has been busy with a wide variety of festivals and presenters, developing her original stageplay (Pelona), and preparing for the 2014 National Stage Combat Certification Conference.

Duncan Ireland

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Born and raised in Edmonton, after going to school for OREC and Tourism Management, Duncan lasted six months in an office environment before he started to crave something different. After a solo snowshoe New Year’s Eve adventure where he filled a notebook with musings, he drove back to town, broke his lease, and handed in a letter of resignation. Three months later he started the first generation of Our Books. He gave away everything that didn’t fit in his jeep, spent two years under staircases, garages, cabins, etc. After two years of fierce passion and dedication, he lives as a full-time artist. He travels from place to place spreading his art. Like a social engineer, his mission is to have people participate. He brings Our Books and other various creations to festivals and events, with big and small art both for sale and for free distribution under the banner “Anonymice Publishing and Productions Presents.”

Kami Van Halst

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Kami is a teacher, student, and advocate, and rock vocalist with a social conscience. In addition to creating music, she feels it is important to use her music to give back to the community by raising awareness about important social issues. She will be releasing a new album in the fall of 2014 in which each song tackles a different social issue such as domestic violence, bullying, homelessness, gender inequality and addiction. She was awarded an Outstanding Creative Initiative award from the University of Alberta and a Social Justice award from the Government of Alberta. Shortly after the release of her music video, she was asked to speak on behalf of the Youth Empowerment and Support Services about the negative impacts that the government budget cuts have had on the shelter and support services available to the youth in need.

Patrick Lundeen

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Patrick Lundeen has cemented a reputation as a cultural builder at a very young age. He is an actor, teacher, producer, director, administrator, and advocate for the arts in Edmonton. Since graduating from the acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada he has been immersed in the arts community of Edmonton. In 2009 he founded the Common Ground Arts Society whose initial activities led to him becoming the theatre manager for The Avenue Theatre where he worked closely with hundreds of artists and promoters of different disciplines for a period of two years creating an intense amount of activity that included music shows, theatre productions, dance classes, visual art venues, film screenings and more more more including a series of cabaret shows called The Edmonton Show. He has since passed the artistic torch of Common Ground on to new hands, but continues to tirelessly serve the organization as president of its board. He has been recently announce as Intern Artistic Director for Catalyst Theatre.

“Enbridge delivers more than the energy you need. We deliver on our promise to make communities better places to live by investing in visual and performing arts, and other organizations that contribute to culturally vibrant communities. As a company with operations and employees in communities across Canada and the United States, we believe it’s essential to be involved in those communities and help make them healthy, vibrant and ultimately, better places to live. Enbridge has been a longtime supporter of Nextfest’s High School Mentorship Program and the Enbridge Emerging Artist Awards. Through our partnerships with local stakeholders, such as Theatre Network,  we demonstrate the strength of our commitment to being
a responsible and considerate neighbour.”
– Cynthia Hansen, Vice President Canadian Operations for Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

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