Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Learning Kit from Rita

Rita’s multi-media learning kit Women, Contemporary Aboriginal Issues, and Resistance (5 print pieces, rich visual arts, 83 minute dvd), first released in 2013, has just garnered much wider North American distribution through NFB Campus. Details  this link: http://www.msvu.ca/en/home/aboutus/news/AMIresourcemarch2016.aspx

For those who are not subscribers to NFB Campus please go to the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender, and Social Justice of Mount Saint Vincent University:

Monday, March 14, 2016

Rex and Rita Deverell News

Up Coming

Rita to take part in April CSARN conference. 

On April 18th, some 200 people will converge on Toronto Western Hospital for an inspiring day of workshops and discussions on what it means to be a senior artist. The day begins with a keynote address from Paul Hoffert - the founder of Canada's legendary band, Lighthouse - and ends with a panel discussion featuring Pachter; dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker; broadcaster and activist Rita Shelton Deverell; actor and singer Sheila McCarthy; and actor and producer R.H. Thomson. In between, participants will take part in breakout sessions covering a variety of topics, including A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Arthritis, Spirituality in Your Creative Life, Using Social Media, Stress Relief through Movement and Meditation, The Artist's Journey: Mapping Possibilities, and Protecting Your Intellectual Property.
There is still time to be part of it, but registration is already at 70% and some of the breakout sessions are close to capacity. The cost is $60, but as a member of the CSARN Community, you are entitled to a special rate of $20, which includes lunch. If you haven't received our discount code, respond to this email and ask for one. Or click here.
You can find out more about the conference here. Click here to go directly to the registration page.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

News from December, 2015

Mimico Public Library

This Fall, Mixed Company Theatre and  I (Rex) have been resident artists at the Mimico Public Library gathering stories and holding workshops. This week a delightful cast bring to life stories of the Toronto West Lakeshore.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time of Trouble Workshop Premiere

I'm in Halifax this week work shopping the new opera about the set-to between the Sisters of Charity and the Archbishop in the 1800's.. We had a dress rehearsal last night - the cast is terrific and Elizabeth Raum's music is great. The libretto hangs together so it is all good. I can't wait to see it in front of an audience now - tomorrow in Lunenburg and Saturday in Halifax.

Here's a link:

Friday, June 26, 2015

Writing for Community Theatre

As part of Mixed Company's summer forum training programme, Rex will be leading a day-long workshop in writing plays for communities, July 11, 2015

"Developed by Artistic Associate and award winning playwright, Rex Deverell, this new hands on workshop will explore the whole process of developing a community play from concept, mobilizing participation, initial research, sources and resources, selecting characters and story lines to the final format. Participants will discuss ideas for community projects."

 For more information and registration go to:


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rita and Rex

Are both performing in Jose Rivera's amazing Sonnets for an Old Century at Theatre Passe Muraille Backstage in Toronto. As of today, Jan. 22, 2015, there are only three performances left and tickets are going fast. Sorry, for the late posting.  We are among a stellar cast - including our old friend, Michele George.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall, 2014


Boiler Room Suite is receiving a new production by Waterloo's Lost and Found Theatre. I'll be doing a talkback after the performance on November 8.

November 5-15, 2014

at the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre
9 Princess Street, Waterloo

Tuesday-Saturday @ 8pm
Saturday-Sunday @ 2pm

Director: Richard Quesnel
Cast: Kathleen Sheehy, George Joyce and Alan K. Sapp
Set Design:  Nicole Lee Quesnel
Lighting Design:  Kirsten Watt
Sound Design:  Terry Barna

“Ah, they will say of us – how brave, how adventuresome – to launch off on a brand new voyage of discovery at a time when most would have given up...” -- Sprugg

Aggie Rose, a former actress, and Sprugg, a failed poet, are two elderly tramps who climb into the boiler room of an abandoned hotel on the Prairies to seek refuge from winter and from the world.  Together in the shelter of their “suite,” they deflate the pompous and powerful, acting out their fantasies as they try to bring "a little warmth, a little human kindness to each other's lives" until the outside world interrupts their reverie with the arrival of a mysterious stranger.
Winner of the 1977 Canadian  Authors Association Award for Drama.


Rita's latest in print:

Rita Shelton Deverell’s chapter Vocal Scholaristry: Giving Voice to the Art, Craft, Effectiveness, and Excitement of Speech-making is included in the October 2014 just published book Performing Scholaristry, $39.95, www.backalongbooks.com. Twenty authors reflect on issues, dilemmas, provocations and inspirations associated with imagining, designing, creating and performing non-traditional, innovative research projects.