Workshops Registration Now Open

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Workshops are an exclusive perk and benefit, available only to Theatre BC members, and have been priced accordingly to give the best value at the lowest possible cost.

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Workshop: Theatre Youth Camp

Theatre Youth Camp, Ages 13 – 18

3 Days: July 5 – 7, 2018 – $100.00 (see details below) with Amelia Sirianni

This year, the youth camp will focus on the foundations of acting.  Young performers will hone their craft through improvisation, script analysis, character development, and voice and creative movement work all culminating in a final staged reading performance of a Canadian play touching on the issues and themes of adolescence. This three-day workshop will also offer students the chance to watch a Mainstage show and participate in the coffee critique of that piece.

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Amelia Sirianni, Instructor

Originally from Vernon, BC, Ameliaspent over a decade working as a professional actor in Toronto, ON.  She received her formal professional training at the Randolph College of Performing Arts and has since had the privilege of performing on stages across North America as well as in film and television.  Favourite roles include Deedee Doodle in “The Doodlebops Live” National Tours, Strawberry Shortcake in “Strawberry Shortcake and Friends” North American Tours, and Kelsi in High School Musical.  Amelia recently moved back to Vernon with her husband and young son where she’s had the good fortune to be a part of the thriving arts community here through teaching youth drama at The Caetani Cultural Centre; working as Theatre BC’s MainStage Festival’s youth workshop instructor; Musical Theatre adjudicator at the Kelowna Kiwanis Music Festival and running her own early childhood music and movement program “Itsy Bitsy Music Together”.  Most recently, Amelia took to the stage last fall to perform as Columbia in Big Apple Production’s “Rocky Horror Show” and worked backstage this winter on Hair and Makeup for “I Hate Hamlet” at the Powerhouse Theatre.  She’s so excited to be back again at MainStage 2018!


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New Play Workshop, Actors & Directors

New Play Workshop, Actors & Directors

3 Days: July 4 – 6, 2018 – $160.00
Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 35th Avenue, Vernon, BC. 250-542-6194

The winner of the 2017 Canadian Playwriting Competition in the Full-Length Category is Port Moody Confidential – Glimpses by Cathie Young from Port Coquitlam, BC. This script is the subject of our New Play Workshop this year. Click here for the full list of winners in the playwriting competition.

Directors and actors will have the opportunity to work in a meaningful way on the new play selected as the winner of the Theatre BC Playwriting Competition. All participants will have the opportunity to give feedback to the author and to explore their own ideas regarding the play. Directors will be assigned scenes from the play to direct with those who have opted to be actors performing in the scenes. Depending on the play (for example the number of characters and the number of scenes) participants may also choose to both direct and act during the workshop. Participants will receive a copy of the chosen play before the workshop. They will be asked to answer some questions from the director’s or actor’s point of view.  Their reactions and ideas will be discussed with the entire group on the first day of the workshop before splitting off into smaller groups.  The workshop director will facilitate the discussion and will coach both the directors and actors during the workshop. A public reading of the play with a talkback may occur at the end of the workshop if time allows. This workshop will give participants hands on experience in shaping a new play.

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Kathryn Shaw, Instructor

Kathryn Shaw is the Artistic Director of Studio 58, a position she has held since 1985. She received her B.A. in Dramatic Art from Whitman College and an M.F.A in Acting from New York’s Columbia University School of Arts. She did further physical theatre training with Monika Pagneux and Philippe Gaulier in France. For over 30 years, Ms. Shaw has directed for theatre companies across Canada and has taught acting for professional and community groups in British Columbia, Winnipeg and Halifax.

Ms. Shaw’s most recent directorial work includes RICHARD III and MEASURE FOR MEASURE for Bard on the Beach and THE GOAT by Edward Albee for Presentation House Theatre and NUMBERS for Studio 58. She has appeared in the films HOP THE TWIG, EDWEARD and THE SAME BOAT.

Kathryn was honored in Toronto by Canadian Actors’ Equity Association with Life Membership in February 2016.  In 2010, Kathryn was listed by the Vancouver Sun as one of BC’s 100 Most Influential Women.  The same year she received the Career Achievement Award from the Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance and the ACCC Bronze Medal for Excellence in Teaching. In 2005, Kathryn was elected into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the 1996 SAM PAYNE AWARD given by UBCP/ACTRA in recognition of “humanity, integrity and the encouragement of new talent.”   She has served as the Festival Adjudicator for Theatre BC’s Mainstage 1991, 2004 and 2014 as well as adjudicating regional festivals.  Ms. Shaw has been nominated for four Jessie Richardson Awards for her directing work and has received two Jessie Richardson Awards for Direction and Best Production.


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Workshop: Lighting on a Shoestring

Theatre Lighting on a Shoestring (or No String)

3 Hours: Tuesday, July 3, 9:00 – 12:00 pm, $40.00
Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 35th Avenue, Vernon, BC. 250-542-6194

Bilbo Baggins pretty much summed up what it’s like to struggle with a lighting design for a small theatre that has a tiny inventory of mismatched fixtures. But effective lighting designs can be achieved by being solidly grounded in fundamentals and creativity and knowing your inventory’s characteristics intimately. For theatres with limited inventories, the fundamentals become critical and creativity is needed in spades to contend with theatres with larger inventories. This 3-hour workshop will focus on achieving lighting techniques and designs that can compete at professional levels with less than professional inventories.

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Rusty Gahr, Instructor

A seasoned stagehand once told Rusty, “Technical theatre is like a blood disease; once you catch it you’re stuck with it for life!” Rusty is no exception to the rule. He started working in the technical side of theatre back in 1993 on everything from Broadway theatre productions to full-blown rock concerts. 20+ years later, as a professional photon-herder, he is still climbing around focussing lights, schlepping tons of equipment around venues and staying up WAY past his bedtime on show nights—often because he was “voluntold” by his lovely wife Tanya Laing Gahr.


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Workshop: Stage Fighting

Stage Fighting: Making Better Fight Scenes

3 Hours: Wednesday, July 4, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, $40.00
Marie Fleming Hall, Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
3800 33rd Street, Vernon, BC, 250-542-9355

The Workshop will cover: basic martial techniques and how to fake it, the nature of real fighting, a classification scheme for violent encounters, and how to make fight choreography match the intensity level required for the storyline.

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Mike Panian, Instructor

Mike Panian has been teaching martial arts for over 40 years.  As a wrestling coach, karate teacher, and sword fighting instructor he has been watching people learn and grow through the martial arts for most of his adult life.  He is the owner/instructor of Swordfighters School of Martial Arts and Self Defence as well as Martial Energy Works, an organization dedicated to supporting human growth and personal development through the martial arts. His martial arts background led him to stage fighting instruction and choreography. Mike’s approach to stage fighting is based on realistic martial technique coupled with a sense of the psychological dilemmas of a real fight and the intensity that ensues.


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Workshop: Playwriting Narrative

 Playwriting: Discovering Narrative Through Movement

3 Hours: Thursday, July 5, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, $40.00
Marie Fleming Hall, Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
3800 33rd Street, Vernon, BC, 250-542-9355

A unique, multifaceted experience, this playwriting workshop combines basic movement and writing exercises to explore the fundamentals of storytelling for the theatre. There is no prior movement, dance, or writing experience required, but the workshop is designed for participants already familiar with reading and/or performing scripts. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of story-building in the theatre, an sense of discovery regarding the endless possibilities and potential of playwriting, and a new perspective on approaching text as an actor. Please wear clothing and shoes comfortable for movement. Participants are also asked to bring an image or object that relates to the theme “Voyage.” 

For a comprehensive overview of how to prepare for this workshop, please download this PDF.

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Brandon Shalansky, Instructor

Brandon Shalansky is an actor and playwright working in Canada and the UK. Performance credits include La Cage Aux Folles (Georges), Spamalot (Patsy), Les Misérables (Thénardier), The 39 Steps (Clown), The Pillowman (Michal – Best Supporting Actor, Theatre BC). Writing credits include Risotto (Village Pub Theatre 2017, SciFi Theatre Festival 2018), The Skin of a Man (Edinburgh Fringe/Traverse Theatre/Playwrights’ Studio Scotland 2017). He is currently under commission with Fred Skeleton Theatre Company, who will produce the premiere of his play Adrift this summer. Brandon is a graduate of the MSc Playwriting program at the University of Edinburgh.


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