#LSN_Arts Superior Theatre Festival
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- March 19, 2017 (LSN) This summer Thunder Bay's Superior Theatre Festival is from July 27th - 30th and it will feature a variety of out of town and local productions and it will be home to a youth summer theatre program that will also present a piece that they create during the festival.
This year, in partnership with Urban Abbey, STF is beginning a new venture called the North Shore Indie Stream that is committed to celebrating NorthWestern Ontario voices.
We encourage submissions from artists of all genders, ethnicities and abilities and works of art that are at all stages of development (reading, workshop, one to one performances, full production). We are interested in submissions of New work from artists that call Thunder Bay and surrounding area their home. We hope to showcase theatre, dance, music, storytelling, poetry, cabaret, digital and visual arts, puppetry, clowning, film, installations and performance art. All forms of art will be considered and interested individuals can go to our website to look at our application process and apply by March 31st, 2017.
Superior Theatre Festival is a professional summer, multidisciplinary arts festival in Thunder Bay that re-visions indoor and outdoor sites (most notably the beautiful Spirit Garden) to facilitate collaborations between artists both inside and outside of Thunder Bay. STF’s Artistic and Managing Director, Donna Marie Baratta, programs a variety of theatrical options and mentors a Youth Summer Theatre Program. The Festival is devoted to showcasing professional, emerging and youth artists in the community and to making sure that the Festival is fully accessible.
It is also important to STF that there is a sharing of learning between artists from Thunder Bay and those that call other parts of Canada their home to create an opportunity for growth in artistic practices. In our launch year we presented a new play by Eleanor Albanese that was set in NorthWestern Ontario and combined puppetry in an immersive setting, readings and workshops with Moez Surani (a celebrated poet), Jon Lachlan Stewart’s play entitled Big Shot, a community art making project led by Betty Carpick, improv games, talk backs and a community breakfast.
There are many ways that the community can be involved with STF. Volunteers are vital to the organization and operation of the Festival. Interested individuals can be involved in a variety of ways and can sign up on our website at www.superiortheatrefestival.com
Donna Marie Baratta is the Artistic and Managing Producer of STF. She is a Director, Chore-ographer, Producer, Educator and Performer who makes Thunder Bay and Toronto her home.
She is also the Artistic Producer and Co-Founder of Present Danger Productions and a core artist of [elephants] collective. Donna Marie’s career has taken her right across Canada, the United States and to Europe (Paris, Belgium and Luxembourg) working in dance, drama, musical theatre, industrials, opera, and film. She has performed in various mega-musicals: Crazy For You (Mirvish Productions), Sunset Boulevard (Live Entertainment) and in other productions at the Charlottetown Festival and Magnus Theatre.
Donna Marie is a graduate of the MFA Directing program at the University of Alberta and a pas-sionate Arts educator. She has taught for sixteen years with both the Lakehead Public School Board and currently TCDSB (Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts). She has also taught at the University of Alberta, Randolph Academy and many other dance studios across Canada. She is an inaugural member, of and on the Steering Committee, of the Directors Lab North, a member of Actors Equity, a full member of C.D.T.A stage division (Tap and Jazz) and a Past-President of CODE.
Lil Bergamo (Chairperson) received her Certificate of Teaching, Degree of Bachelor of Arts: English Major, and Degree of Master of Education : Educational Administration at Lakehead University. She spent years working as a Teacher, Educational Consultant / Coordinator with Thunder Bay Separate Schools, Sessional / Faculty Adviser and Administrative Coordinator of Preservice at the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University. Her community involvement in-cludes: Coaching girls Volleyball and Basketball, Separate School Trustee, Lakehead Separate School Board, Past Member of the Arts and Heritage Committee, City of Thunder Bay Past President of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Director and Past Chair of St. Joseph's Care Group and The Catholic Health Association of Ontario Past Member and Chair of the Catholic Heath Sponsors of Ontario. She is the recipient of the 2014 Life Time Achievement Award, Catholic Health Alliance of Canada.
Carla Whitney (Secretary) was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She studied the sec-retarial arts program followed by dental assisting at Confederation College and proceeded to work as a dental assistant with Dr. R. Laine and Dr. R. Shiewe. Passionate about the dental field, Carla continued her career in a fast paced upscale environment as an administration secretary with Dr. D. Mason and Associates for the next 15 years. As an avid supporter of the arts and with encouragement from her friends and family, she became a member of the Baggage Building Arts Centre in 2012.
John Bergamo (Treasurer) is a retired educator with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Lakehead Universi-ty. John has his Principal's Certification and he spent years as a Teacher, Vice principal and Principal with Thunder Bay Separate Schools. He is a Past Local Treasurer of OECTA, Thunder Bay and a Past Provincial member of OECTA's Finance Committee.
John has been involved in coaching sports: Baseball, Volleyball and Hockey and he’s a past Member of the Da Vinci Italian Society and its Scholarship Committee.
Lois Nuttal (Board Member) has over 34 years experience in the tourism, transportation, and education sectors and is a practiced teacher/trainer. A ‘people person’ with strong commu-nication and organizational skills, Lois has a common sense attitude to life and to building client relationships. A Lakehead University Alumni, she provides responsible tourism services that benefit local residents and Lake Superior communities.
Tina Zussino (Board Member) attended Lakehead University graduating with her BSc/BEd. In 1998, she began teaching with the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. Currently, she teaches Drama, Music and Visual Arts at Pope John Paul II Senior Elementary school in Thunder Bay. She also holds her Cecchetti ballet associate teaching certificate and teaches and choreograph dance at Experience Dance.
Plus our Artistic Advisory Team:
Award winning artist Eleanor Albanese has spent her life immersed in the arts through theatre, film-making, and arts education. Her many plays for young audiences have toured nationally from coast to coast. Recent productions include Under the Moon with Aunt Birdie with Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, an adaptation of the folk tale East of the Sun; West of the Moon with Motus O Dance Theatre, and Dancing on Salt 'n Snow with Broken Moons Collective. Eleanor is the 2014 recipiant of the Sybil Cooke Award for her play Night Wings, entered into the written for children category in Ottawa Little Theatre's National One-Act Playwriting Competition. The Novena Sisters aired nationally on CBC radio's Sunday Showcase Series and her full length drama The Two Rooms of Grace was included in the 1999 International Women's Playwrights Festival in Ireland. Eleanor's film, Under the Pearl Moon, co-directed with Sonja Obljubek, opened in 2014 in Zagreb, Croatia and won the Peoples Choice award at the Bay Street Film Festival.
Eleanor has also presented at conferences from Vancouver to Toronto to Nova Scotia. In her invitational style of teaching, Eleanor guides participants to connect with their own creativity through mixed media works, drama, collage, marionettes and a variety of other expressive art forms. In all of her work, Eleanor seeks to engage community and encourage others to find and explore their own unique creative voice.
Danny Johnson is on the Artistic Advisory Team for the festival and the composer for Night Wings. He is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor and musical director who has per-formed at many venues and festivals around the world. He has played with legendary artists such as: Bob Dylan, The Tragically Hip, Colin James, Johnny Cash, The Temptations, Bob Newhart, Paul Shaffer, Bob Hope and Paul James. He has composed the music for many award winning films, including the documentary Dorothea Mitchell: A Reel Pioneer, which won the People’s Choice Award at the Bay Street Film Fest and was shown on Bravo. Danny has worked as engineer/producer for dozens of album and film projects at his facility, Danalog Studio, including Rodney Brown’s The Big Lonely and Pierre Schreyer’s Blue Drag, both nominated for Juno awards. Danny is also a board member of the Bay Street Film Festival and has helped it grow into a world-class event over the past five years