While most of us lament trading in beach chairs for cozy sweaters, here at Canary we’re elated to feel that autumn nip in the air — because it means the city’s embarking on a fresh season of groundbreaking theater, thought-provoking exhibitions and thrilling dance performances. Besides, we’re kinda too busy to notice…
Recognition & Awards
We think Canary’s clients are the best of the best — and all the awards they’ve been winning lately confirm that it’s not just our opinion. The Association for Public Art’s Open Airwas named one of the 50 Best Public Arts Projects of 2013 by the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network, and Event of the Year at the Philadelphia Geek Awards.
Puppet Festival (r)Evolution is the 2013 National Festival of the Puppeteers of America, connecting audiences with puppet artists through performances and events from August 5 – 10at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA. This bi-annual festival showcases some of the best work being done by award-winning puppeteers across the country and offers opportunities to engage with career puppet artists through workshops, talks and community events. Read more »
The wait is over! Live Arts Festival tickets are now on sale. A couple of months ago, Canary issued a press release announcing the programming for the 15th annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. With 16-days of nonstop cutting-edge performances and wild creativity, the Festival features dance, theater, music, and interdisciplinary works by renowned artists from the U.S. and international arts scene. Celebrating 9 world premieres with 3 U.S and 3 Philadelphia premieres, the lineup is sure to satisfy any arts lover’s taste for the innovative and the inspirational. Read more »
September isn’t as far away as you’d think, at least not for the Canary offices. We’ve already begun doing our homework, excitedly reading about all of the amazing artists who will present their work during the 2011 Live Arts Festival. In the mean time, you can get a sneak peek of the Festival with the LAB Test Series, which gives everyone a chance to get a preview and even voice opinions about the work before it makes it to the stage during the Fest. Read more »
The 2011 Young Voices High School Monologue Festival kicks off today! Presented by Philadelphia Young Playwrights and InterAct Theatre Company, the 4-day Festival offers staged performances of winning student-penned monologues, performed by professional actors from Philadelphia’s theatre community. Performances open to the public will be held on Thursday, February 17 at 7pm and Saturday, February 19 at 2pm at The Adrienne Theater.
Monologue playwright and student blogger Glenna Walsh has been actively documenting her experiences in the Festival at the Young Voices blog. Glenna goes behind the scenes of the competition, from an inside-look at the writing process of her monologue Predisposition, to what its like to work with actors and more. Read more »
Lately, stories of school bullying and teen suicide have taken the forefront in the news and the minds of many. Next week, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, in collaboration with Temple University, will present the 2010 New Voices: Workshop Productions series, a free theater showcase featuring winning student-penned plays which touch on serious issues effecting young people and their loved ones.
If you have tweens and teens (or know a few), we encourage you to check out the series. New Voices offers parents/guardians/friends a forum to jump start a proactive dialogue about such life-changing issues facing many kids today. This year’s New Voices program holds special significance, in light of recent events and our country’s increasing efforts to mobilize and begin a fresh conversation about the suffering of both bullied and disadvantaged youth. Heavy (and timely) topics explored in New Voices include plays about being gay and dealing with homophobia, religion and the meaning of life, violence, body image, death in the family, war, and plain old teenage angst, among others. Read more »
Recently, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage released anAudience Engagement Studyon one of our client projects – Brat Productions’ 2009 smash-hit Haunted Poe, which received funding from Marketing Innovation Project. The production pulled in an audience of 5,347 theatergoers last Halloween season – a record-breaking number for the company – and perhaps most notably, approximately 3,700 members of that audience were NEW theatergoers.
The study considers how the show’s run was positively impacted by the work of our media relations team here at Canary Promotion, in conjunction with marketing and community outreach by the folks at Lime Projects.
We’re thrilled to have our work highlighted in the study which says, “Press coverage of these events, secured by Canary Promotion, led to a growing citywide awareness of Haunted Poe, along with the media-rich blog, and the launch of a viral engagement campaign on Facebook and Twitter… With local free newspaper Philadelphia Weekly on board as the exclusive media sponsor of Haunted Poe, print, online, TV and radio outlets reported on everything from Poe’s Philadelphia connections to the live cockroaches and other macabre elements of the show.”
You can read the full study on the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage website, here.
We’re happy to be handling media relations again, in addition to marketing and social media outreach, for Brat Production’s next theatrical event. Carrie, Erik Jackson’s black comedy adaptation of Stephen King’s legendary 1979 novel runs October 6 - November 7, 2010 at Underground Arts at the Wolf Building, starring Erik Ransom as the iconic telekinetic outcast for a gender-bent twist. Stay tuned!
We’re excited for our clients who were mentioned in J. Cooper Robb’s recent “PW’s Picks for Best Theater This Year” article which gives a run-down of the finest in Philly theater.
As we proudly represent Brat Productions’ next Halloween production set for this fall, Carrie, Philadelphia Weekly recognized Brat’s Haunted Poe as the Best Production of a Play and Haunted Poe’s Alisa Sickora Kleckner with Best Costume Design, calling the production “the season’s wildest ride.”
The Wilma Theater’s “wickedly funny” Becky Shaw was among the top ten productions this year, while the Wilma was also credited with Best Lighting Design (Thom Weaver) and Best Original Music (Mogauwane Mahloele), both for Athol Fugard’s Coming Home. The Wilma also racked up two Honorable Mention nods for the productions of Coming Home and Language Rooms.
Philadelphia Weekly also praised Swim Pony Performing Arts for its innovative interstellar site-specific world premiere of SURVIVE!, the company’s inaugural production.
Click here to check out the full article on the PW website.
It’s finally here! Tonight is the Opening Night of the U.S. premiere of Vaclav Havel’s Leaving at The Wilma Theater (a long-term Canary client). We’re looking forward to the play’s sold out U.S. debut, directed by Wilma co-Artistic Director and Prague native Jiri Zizka. Havel, the renowned playwright and former President of the Czech Republic, will be attending tonight with his wife Dagmar and a number of other distinguished VIP guests.