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About Reena Belford

Reena Belford author and actress with a passion for promoting and supporting Ottawa's local theatre community. She keeps Production Ottawa's calendar (Ottawa's most complete theatre calendar) up-to-date and is a semi-regular contributor and writer.

Production Ottawa wins two Ninjamatics Canadian Weblog Awards

CWA First Button

We did it!  Production Ottawa won 1st place in the category of Best Arts & Culture Weblog, and 2nd place in the category of Best Media & Journalism Weblog.  Thanks for your support, Ottawa. Keep being awesome.

Production Ottawa makes the 2012 Ninjamatics Canadian Weblog Awards shortlist!

CWA nominee

Well how about that!

Ninjamatics announced the shortlists (top five in each category) this week for their weblog awards, and we’ve made the cut in both our categories: Arts & Culture, and Media & Journalism.

Production Ottawa receives 2012 Ninjamatics Canadian Weblog Awards nominations

CWA nominee

What better way to ring in the New Year than with good news! Here at Production Ottawa, we’re pretty jazzed to find ourselves on the list of nominees for web awards from the cool folks at Ninjamatics.

Julius Caesar - The Participant Experience!

Photo credit: R. Belford

It’s not uncommon these days for theatre companies to experiment with breaking the fourth wall and interacting with the audience, but to include the audience in the performance?  Although this is often seen in pantomime, it’s unusual for a drama.  OSC’s latest show offers this unique opportunity to be part of the action.

Can Ottawa Afford to Lose One of Its Performance Spaces?

The stage in the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre.

Sitting in Britannia Park, the Ron Kolbus-Lakeside Centre has remained virtually unchanged since the 1950s. No surprise then, that Bay Ward Councillor Mark Taylor has put forward a proposal to invest $1 million to redevelop the space into a more viable community centre. One hitch for Lakeside Players, and other independent theatre groups — the plan effectively removes the stage and performance space from the centre.

St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival presents Othello / A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Queen Titania, her fairies, and her donkey-headed lover.

What better time than summer for a road trip? Starting with beautiful Prescott for the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. This year, two very different productions - are you in the mood for comedy or tragedy? We look at Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in our latest preview.

Bear & Co. presents As You Like It

Bear & Co. presents As You Like It

William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, presented by Bear & Co. is one of Shakespeare’s most enduring pastoral comedies. Bear & Co. has updated the setting and select characters for a more modern context, including making the Dukes female.

A Company of Fools presents Henry V

A Company of Fools presents Henry V

Part of Ottawa’s theatre scene since 1990, A Company of Fools has earned a reputation for their dramatic and comical interpretations of Shakespearean works, and for creating accessible and entertaining shows for all ages. This year, the Fools take on Henry V. Learn more about the show.

Four Reasons You Can’t Spend Your Summer Indoors

Enjoy some outdoor theatre in Ottawa!

For people who spend six months of the year oppressed by snow, it’s no wonder that most Ottawans look forward to summer breezes, beer on the patio and barbecues. And although in the heat of the day, the cool air conditioning of a traditional theatre venue certainly appeals, there’s no reason why, as the sun sets, we can’t pull up a chair or a blanket and a cool drink and relax in the great outdoors instead. Find out about five can’t miss shows!

Dispelling the Myth: Ottawa’s Non-Existant Theatre Scene?


You may have noticed (and appreciated) of late that our Production Calendar has taken on new life.  It’s filled to the brim!  So I thought I’d take a moment to both introduce myself, as well as identify what was the impetus for this new surge of activity.  Production Ottawa was already well on its way […]