Mel Priestley

is creating a local Edmonton theatre podcast and blog

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patrons
Edmonton's alt-weeklies are dead, the major newspapers are dying and theatre coverage was one of the first casualties. Nowadays, many theatre companies and performances are lucky to get any print coverage at all in the papers.

Arts coverage has moved online to blogs and podcasts. Providing independent, thoughtful criticism and commentary costs time and money, so that's where you come in!

I host a weekly podcast about Edmonton's theatre community, Ghost Light, where I feature interviews with the performers and arists behind upcoming local theatre productions. I also do reviews of recent productions, listings of upcoming performances and occasional deep dives on current issues and news in the theatre world. 

I also post stories on local theatre, arts and culture on my blog, melpriestley.ca.

Supporting me on Patreon means you're supporting independent, unbiased theatre coverage in Edmonton. You'll get to hear the voices of the performers and creators themselves. Your support also allows me to offer an alternative to existing coverage and fill in some of the (increasingly large) gaps in arts writing. 

As I get more patrons, I will be able to expand what I do and offer more coverage and hopefully some premium content.

A bit about my background: I have been writing about theatre in Edmonton since 2008, when I attended my first Fringe festival as a reviewer for the long-defunct alt-weekly SEE Magazine. In 2010, I began freelancing for rival alt-weekly Vue Weekly. (Shortly after that, SEE merged into Vue and was no more.) I covered tons of theatre for Vue from 2010 to 2016, writing regular show previews and reviews every week. I was also an editor at Vue from 2014 to 2016 (for the food and news sections). I left Vue in 2016 and did a bit of theatre coverage on my personal blog after that, and continued to cover the Fringe for a few different publications. Vue folded in 2018, leaving Edmonton bereft of any alternative news and arts coverage.

In 2019, I launched the Ghost Light podcast, revamped my blog and began doing regular theatre coverage again.
Tiers
Theatre Buff
$5 or more per month

You want to support and engage with Edmonton's theatre community and you understand that arts coverage is a crucial part of that. Also, you're awesome.

Drama Devotee
$10 or more per month

You *really* want to support and engage with Edmonton's theatre community and you understand that arts coverage is a crucial part of that. Also, you're *really* awesome. 

Arts Fanatic
$25 or more per month

You live and breathe theatre and you want to learn everything you can about every show in town. You’re also my new best friend.

Goals
3 of 100 patrons
When I reach 100 patrons, I will release weekly patrons-only insider reviews.
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Edmonton's alt-weeklies are dead, the major newspapers are dying and theatre coverage was one of the first casualties. Nowadays, many theatre companies and performances are lucky to get any print coverage at all in the papers.

Arts coverage has moved online to blogs and podcasts. Providing independent, thoughtful criticism and commentary costs time and money, so that's where you come in!

I host a weekly podcast about Edmonton's theatre community, Ghost Light, where I feature interviews with the performers and arists behind upcoming local theatre productions. I also do reviews of recent productions, listings of upcoming performances and occasional deep dives on current issues and news in the theatre world. 

I also post stories on local theatre, arts and culture on my blog, melpriestley.ca.

Supporting me on Patreon means you're supporting independent, unbiased theatre coverage in Edmonton. You'll get to hear the voices of the performers and creators themselves. Your support also allows me to offer an alternative to existing coverage and fill in some of the (increasingly large) gaps in arts writing. 

As I get more patrons, I will be able to expand what I do and offer more coverage and hopefully some premium content.

A bit about my background: I have been writing about theatre in Edmonton since 2008, when I attended my first Fringe festival as a reviewer for the long-defunct alt-weekly SEE Magazine. In 2010, I began freelancing for rival alt-weekly Vue Weekly. (Shortly after that, SEE merged into Vue and was no more.) I covered tons of theatre for Vue from 2010 to 2016, writing regular show previews and reviews every week. I was also an editor at Vue from 2014 to 2016 (for the food and news sections). I left Vue in 2016 and did a bit of theatre coverage on my personal blog after that, and continued to cover the Fringe for a few different publications. Vue folded in 2018, leaving Edmonton bereft of any alternative news and arts coverage.

In 2019, I launched the Ghost Light podcast, revamped my blog and began doing regular theatre coverage again.

Recent posts by Mel Priestley

Tiers
Theatre Buff
$5 or more per month

You want to support and engage with Edmonton's theatre community and you understand that arts coverage is a crucial part of that. Also, you're awesome.

Drama Devotee
$10 or more per month

You *really* want to support and engage with Edmonton's theatre community and you understand that arts coverage is a crucial part of that. Also, you're *really* awesome. 

Arts Fanatic
$25 or more per month

You live and breathe theatre and you want to learn everything you can about every show in town. You’re also my new best friend.