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Nicole Arends, Alysa Golden and Jane Smythepresent The Makeover Show, which will be hosted in working hair salon on Bloor St! Check out for info and tickets. More Fringe posts to follow...

Playwright Carol Libman's short play Cornered is part of this year's InspiraTO Theatre Fest, Canada's largest 10-minute play festival. Cornered will be onstage June 7-16right here at the Alumnae

We have lost yet another dear friend of the Alumnae Theatre: John Christopher Illingworth passed away on May 3. Husband of Alumnae member Norma Crawford, John's first Alum show was Edward Albee's Counting the Ways. He went on to perform in a total of 18 Alum productions throughout the 1970s and 80s, and was well known by many of our members. View John's obituary here. Our condolences, Norma - our thoughts are with you.

Elizabeth Verwey invites you to Spoken Lives - a women's speaker series - on May 29 @ 6pm at their NEW location near Broadview and Queen. Four inspirational speakers, one hearty salad bar, $25 all-in. Visit Spoken Lives Events for speaker bios and further info.

Missed Metaphor Productions presents A Canticle of Light by KT Bryski, May 30- June 2 @ The Box, 89 Niagara Street. Judith Fiore plays matriarch Agnes Langley while Pamela Barker directs. Haunted by the ghost of his sister, Paul Langley must uncover the truth of her death and shed some light on the rot growing deep within his family tree. Visit to get your tickets. 

Anne Shepherd will appear in Theatre Etobicoke's production of A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room May 31-June 3. Add it to your To-See list!

Jean Ireton invites you to participate in An Artist's Way Creative Cluster, with weekly classes beginning June 4. Based on the book by Julia Cameron and aimed at those experiencing creative blockages or who just want to grow creatively. Calling all creatives: playwrights, actors, musicians, designers or beginners who don't know where to start! The Creative Cluster will meet for 2 hours each week near Dufferin and Queen.  Facilitated by Jean herself, fees are by donation only. For more information contact:

Carol Libman's A Very Different Place onstage May 8-13 at the Red Sandcastle Theatre. Starring Rosemary Doyle (director of Queen Marie) and Jeanette Dagger, and developed through the Alumnae's NPD, NIF and Big Ideas! Meet Teri, a jazz singer who ran away at a young age to follow her dreams, Marge, the aging mother she hasn't seen in 20 years, and Mike, the now-adult old son she left behind. SPECIAL TICKET OFFER: Celebrate YOUR Mom on May 13 - You=$10, Mom=$10!Tickets: $20 in advance @ or call (416) 845-9411 to reserve: $25 general, $20 seniors, students, arts workers - cash only.

Heidi Stock invites you to submit your original musicalEvery submission will receive a critique from one of our readers (Jessica Moss, Lezlie Wade, Lucy Eveleigh) and one submission will be awarded a workshop - including a cast from Randolph College for Performing Arts, a musical director and a dramaturg! For all details, visit Aspiring Creative Writers for full details. Deadline: May 18, 2018...get on it, ladies!



A tribute provided by Anne Tait, friend and business partner of Mr. Polley's late wife Diane. 

Michael Polley has died.  
You’ve seen his handsome profile in a shot from Pinter’s Old Times that hangs above our lobby bar. 

Michael was a very fine actor, especially in Pinter plays, and some of his best performances were with the Alum – in The Caretaker at our Huron Street theatre, directed by Herbie Whittaker, The Cherry Orchard with Molly Thom, the ebullient lead in The Rover by Aphra Behn,  D.H. Lawrence in Anne Tait’s Man and Daemon, and a huge puppet character in Tonight: Bert Brecht.  In the Neapolitan comedy Filumena, he and his wife Diane played the leads – a  sparring couple.  

At his memorial his kids - including daughter filmmaker Sarah Polley - spoke lovingly of him and lauded his work at the Alum, at the Tarragon and in the TV series Slings and Arrows. Sarah’s film Stories We Tell  refers to Diane falling in love with his character in The Caretaker and  shows the Alum poster for Filumena with its drawings of him and Diane.

Michael loved to act and he was a great asset to the Alum.  Next time you’re in the lobby, take a closer look at the photo of him.