Let the Sounds Set the Stage

Rosebud, Alberta (July 4, 2016) It's been said that music is what feelings sound like. In a theatrical production, the sound design is an important yet invisible cast member that helps set the tone, build tension, underscore themes and transition the action onstage.

 This summer at Rosebud Theatre there are two productions - Tent Meeting and The Sunset Limited. The uplifting gospel sounds of Tent Meeting are brought together by Bill Hamm (above left) who has been the Music Director at Rosebud Centre of the Arts since 1989. He conducts choirs, teaches voice and speech
classes, and directs music for Rosebud Theatre. Also, he sings with the Juno Award-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir, and with Luminous Voices, a professional choir in Calgary. Read more

Rosebud Theatre receives 9 Critter nominations

Calgary Theatre Critics, Stephen Hunt formerly of the Calgary Herald, Louis B. Hobson of Postmedia, Rodrigo Flores of Joyful Magpies and Jenna Shummoogum of Downtown Calgary Association are pleased to announce the nominees for the fifth annual Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards.

Nominees were chosen from any production performed in Calgary between June 2015 and May 2016, with the exception of Broadway Across Canada performances. This year, Rosebud Theatre received nine nominations. Read Full Article

Rosebud Centre of the Arts Executive Director to lead a Church in Ontario
Rosebud, Alberta (April 26, 2016) - The Rosebud Centre of the Arts Board of Directors announced today that Executive Director Adam Furfaro will leave his position at the end of the summer.

Furfaro joined the organization in July 2012 and has been at the helm since. He is leaving to serve as Executive Director for St. John Community Church in Oak Ridges, Ontario. Read Full Article.
Respected vocal coach uses his talents onstage
David LeReaney transports us to South Africa in Valley Song

Rosebud, Alberta (May 11, 2016) - A fresh ear listening to David LeReaney using his vocal talents proves that this teacher doesn't just teach, he practices what he preaches.

LeReaney, a 30-year veteran of the stage and screen, and a graduate of the University of Alberta, will play both Abraam Jonkers ("Buks") and The Author in Athol Fugard's Valley Song at Rosebud Theatre, a timeless story of change set in the farming community of Karoo in the Sneeburg Valley near Johannesburg, South Africa. Read Full Article.

bill hamm with computer 300Talented director leads Rosebud Choirs

Rosebud Choirs blossom for their first concert of 2016
Rosebud, Alberta (March 4, 2016) - Everybody sings; even if it's in the shower when no one else is around. It's a natural and primal aspect of the human condition. But there's something powerful when people join to sing together as they do in a choir. The Rosebud Choirs are a prime example and showcasing their talent on March 20 at their Spring Concert.
"At the Spring Concert, the community of Rosebud and surrounding area participate both as audience and performers in a celebration of life. It features four choirs of all ages, and many styles of music. It provides a reason to get together, much like what a meal time can do," says choir director, Bill Hamm. "It's about being in the moment, on that afternoon, and creating an experience, and to some extent, a memory. That's all. Not much perhaps, but actually it's a profound experience."
Bill Hamm is the conductor for the choirs, music director of Rosebud Theatre, and music teacher for Rosebud School of the Arts. Bill Hamm has conducted the community choirs for years; he delivers such a strong guiding hand, and vast knowledge of music throughout the process from first rehearsal to performance.

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Rosebud School of the Arts, (aka Rosebud Centre of the Arts) invites applications from professional artists, instructors and administrators interested in working in residence. We currently are accepting applications for both 2016 and 2017.

The Harvey Residency is designed to create mutually beneficial lines of exchange between artists, instructors and administrators who share an interest in themes at the intersection of faith and art.

Each residency will seek to:

  • enrich the working and learning life of Rosebud School of the Arts students, staff and the resident company of Rosebud Theatre,
  • enable the scholarly atmosphere of the School and Centre by promoting engagement with the creative arts,
  • give


Harvey residencies are available to artists, instructors and administrators working in the performing arts (theatre, dance, music), as well as playwrights, visual artists, film-makers, videographers, and masters in the culinary arts.

Residents will be established in their fieldwith significant experience and a recognizable body of work. They must have a strong desire to mentor and work with students, and collaborate with members of the Rosebud School staff, Rosebud Theatre resident company members, guest artists, and members of the local artistic community.

Residents must clearly understand, and agree in writing to enter into a residency partnership with the knowledge that:

  • The mission of Rosebud Centre of the Arts is to enrich lives by reflecting God’s gifts of hope, joy, forgiveness and love through the arts.  
  • The mission of Rosebud School of the Arts is to provide training within a community of Christian and faith-based artists where students are equipped to be catalysts for transformation in our world.
  • The mission of Rosebud Theatre is to present live programming that illustrates the beauty and complexity of life through an inclusive and grace-filled perspective while mentoring future generations of artists.
  • The mission of Rosebud Mercantile is to provide generous hospitality to our patrons, offer our students mentorship in service to our patrons, and support the endeavors of Rosebud School of the Arts.



Harvey Residents will experience a congenial retreat-like setting with regular opportunities for cross-disciplinary engagement with other artists and students at the centre and, where appropriate, will have opportunities for showcasing their work though public readings, exhibits or performances.

Residents will dedicate a portion of their time in Rosebud to the direct mentorship of RSA students and participate actively in the programs and activities of the Centre including Chapel, staff meetings and retreats.

Residents will be immersed as much as possible in the day-to-day lives and activities of the Centre, the School, and Rosebud Theatre, and predominantly, conduct their professional development work on site.



There is no set minimum or maximum time for a residency.

Equitable remuneration will be negotiated with residents who are selected.

For more information about Rosebud School of the Arts and Rosebud Theatre, please visit our websites:




For more information about this residency, please call or write to:

Adam Furfaro, Executive Director, Rosebud Centre of the Arts


403-677-2350 x234

To apply, please send a letter of introduction that clearly explains why you would be interested in this residency program along with a CV outlining all pertinent experience and education in your respective disciple(s) to:



Rosebud School of the Arts

Box 654

Rosebud, AB
T0J 2T0

Or, by email to:


Please place HARVEY RESIDENCY in the subject line.

Applications received prior to December 15, 2015 will be considered for 2016 and 2017.

Applications received after December 15, 2015 but before January 31, 2016 will be considered for 2017.

Rosebud School of the Arts is a Charitable Not-For-Profit Organization, Register #10791 3824 RR 0003

Rosebud Centre of the Arts and Golden Hills School Division sign Memorandum of Understanding
East Wheatland School and Rosebud Centre of the Arts set to partner

wheatland school

Front Row: left to right Nicholas Pillipow, Adam Furfaro, Bevan Davern, Leah Cavanaugh.
Back Row. Left to right: Greg Lendvay, Paul Muir, Ed Yu, Macady Penny, Crystal Cavanagh, Samuel Burgess, Karen Smith

Rosebud, Alberta/Strathmore, Alberta (November 9, 2015) On October 20, Rosebud Centre of the Arts and the Golden Hills School division signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate sharing of resources and arts education opportunities between Rosebud School of the Arts Rosebud Theatre and the new East Wheatland School set to open in the fall of 2016.

Golden Hills School Division Superintendent of Schools, Bevan Daverne, Principal, Karen Smith, and Associate Principal, Greg Lendvay, RCA Executive Director Adam Furfaro and Rosebud School of the Arts Education Director Paul Muir signed the document at Standard School in front of staff and students who also joined the signatories for a luncheon celebration.

The Memorandum of Understanding will cultivate a significant and mutually beneficial co-operative partnership as well as assist both parties in securing public and private funding.

Daverne says: “This is an exciting day for us. We look forward to developing this partnership and we see it as a mutually beneficial initiative which can bridge arts education between the elementary and secondary levels and post-secondary. We hope to investigate and develop joint learning opportunities for the students of EWS and RSA including dual credit course, practicum, work experience, CTS, and regular course work.”

Furfaro is equally excited. “We have an opportunity to create a synergy of talent and resource. The possibilities are remarkable. We hope that our shared expertise will be able to help both institutions. Rosebud Theatre staff is willing to consult with the school as they design and equip their new theatre. We may be able to share in the expense of new technical supplies like lighting and a wireless microphone system which both organizations don’t need on a full time basis. We may even be able to look at a job share situation for a technical theatre lighting and sound specialist.”

Adds Lendvay, “We hope to jointly seek opportunities for shared facility use. Students from Rosebud can come down and use our workout facilities, gym and library. Perhaps they could make use of our new theatre facility for student projects or special events. Students of East Wheatland School will be able to access Rosebud Centre spaces and facilities like the BMO Studio Theatre, Opera House and Conference Centre. And, of course, our student will have the incredible opportunity to attend as many Rosebud Theatre productions as we can throughout the school year.”

For more information or for interviews, please contact the individuals listed at the bottom of this release.

About Rosebud Centre of the Arts

RCA is located an hour’s drive northeast of Calgary, nestled in the picturesque country hamlet of Rosebud, Alberta. Rosebud Theatre celebrated its 30th Anniversary Season in 2013, and is one of Alberta’s premiere theatre companies with an international reputation as an excellent Canadian destination for high quality live theatre. In 2012, it was named one of the 25 Most Innovative Organizations by Alberta Venture Magazine. In past years, Rosebud Centre of the Arts has received multiple awards including Travel Alberta’s “Alberta Pride” ALTO Award, the “Rural Tourism Champion” award and the Rozsa Awards.Annually, more than 30,000 patrons enjoy the “Rosebud Experience” of professional theatre, complemented by unique dining, art galleries, museums and shopping. Rosebud is also home to Rosebud School of the Arts, a post-secondary educational institution that offers conservatory training in theatre and music to students, many who advance to perform in productions by Rosebud Theatre. Administration: 403-677-2350. Box Office: 1-800-267-7553. Website: www.rosebudtheatre.com ; www.rosebudschoolofthearts.com

About Golden Hills School Division
Golden Hills School Division is a rural public school district serving about 6500 students from Kneehill and Wheatland County as well as the Drumheller area. Golden Hills is a high performing school system focused on success and opportunities for students. High quality programming, enhanced programming opportunities, and a wide variety of student options are critical for 21st Century students. Golden Hills is committed to providing engaging classrooms and opportunities for students to develop passions and build the necessary skills in order to move on as successful adults.

For Interviews contact:

Bevan Daverne for Golden Hills School Division Bevan.Daverne@ghsd75.ca

Phone: Ph 403 934 5121 Ext 2013

Karen Smith OR Greg Lendvay for East Wheatland School Karen.Smith@ghsd75.ca ; Greg.Lendvay@ghsd75.ca

Phone: Ph 403-633-3791

Adam Furfaro for Rosebud Centre of the Arts execdir@rosebudcentreofthearts.com  
Phone: 403-677-2350 ext 234


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