Mainstage 2017 Workshops


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Educational workshops are one of the key draws for attendees at Theatre BC’s Mainstage each year. You can hear all about the 2017 workshops on episode 301 of the “In The Theatre” podcast. Online registration forms will be available soon.


Meet Katrina Dunn, Adjudicator

Daily Adjudications, Complimentary with Show Ticket, 10:00 am at Vernon Curling Club

Katrina Dunn was the Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Touchstone Theatre from 1997 to 2016.  Over nineteen years of producing and directing within that company’s all-Canadian mandate she garnered seven Jessie Richardson nominations for Outstanding Direction, winning once for her direction of Michael Healey’s Kicked and once for her co-direction of Palace of the End.  She has worked with most of Canada’s major playwrights and most of Vancouver’s noted actors and designers.  She has taught acting and theatre skills at Studio 58 and UBC.  Katrina helped launch the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival with Norman Armour and created In Tune: The Art of Canadian Musicals with Rachel Ditor.  She is currently studying towards a PhD at UBC.

Katrina will offer a brief public adjudication following each performance at Mainstage. The next morning, she will dive deep in a two hour “coffee critique” with the cast and crew to examine each production in more detail.


Beyond the Proscenium: Advanced Theatre Exploration

3 Afternoons: July 1 – 3, 2017, 1 pm to 4 pm, with Stephen Drover, $120
Vernon Curling Club, 3400 39th Avenue, Vernon, BC, 250-542-6713

Regardless of content or genre, the art of theatre involves two main ingredients: public time and communal space. A theatre artist’s job is to use these two things in creative ways. In this workshop we will examine how the manipulation of performance space – and hence the relationship of the actor to the audience – inherently affects the public event and alters our sense of how time passes. The workshop is largely experiential and observational as Stephen works with pre-selected actors and invites the workshop participants to reflect on how their role as “the audience” changes as the space changes.

Class participants have an outstanding opportunity to work ONE-on-ONE with Stephen Drover in this workshop. Selected scenes will be circulated at the start of the workshop.

Note: There are no auditing spots available for this workshop.

Stephen Drover, Instructor

Stephen is the Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre. Originally from Newfoundland, he trained at Memorial University (BFA in Acting) and UBC (MFA in Directing) and directs and teaches theatre in British Columbia and across Canada. Favorite directing credits include Penelope, Indian Arm, Cock (Rumble Theatre), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Bond (Pound of Flesh Theatre/Rumble), The Patron Saint of Stanley Park, Hand to God (Arts Club Theatre), The Pillowman (Wild Geese Co-Op), Skydive (Realwheels), Richard III (Memorial University), “Art” (Gateway Theatre), and An East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement). He is currently developing a new adaptation of Titus Andronicus with playwright Colleen Murphy titled The Society for the Destitute Present Titus Bouffonius. He lives in North Vancouver with his wife, Sasa Brown, and their son, Jack.


Workshop Play & Directors’ Lab

3 Afternoons: July 1 – 3, 2017 (see times below) with Andrew McIlroy, $120 ~ 5 to 8 participants
Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 35th Avenue, Vernon, BC. 250-542-6194

  • Features the play Sisters by Wendy Lill, produced by Powerhouse Theatre in Vernon
  • Registrants will receive advance copy of the script & homework
  • Story tracking and story clarity will be the focus of this lab
  • Registration includes private lunch meeting with instructor.
  • General audience may view before and after workshop performances, $10 each.

The Workshop Play Directors’ Lab provides a mentorship opportunity for directors and potential directors. Follow the process with the theatre professional as he/she provides consultation and scene workshopping for the Workshop Play production.

Lab participants will meet with the Workshop Play Instructor before the 1st performance, who will outline the process. Following the first performance the Workshop Play Instructor will meet privately with the Directors’ Lab participants to discuss all notes, give his/her perception in terms of directing the piece and what he/she plans to do in terms of the workshopping, as well as discussing how to achieve specific directing goals for the piece. The Workshop Play Instructor will meet briefly a few times to discuss progress during the reworking sessions to outline what is next and answer any questions the Directors’ Lab participants may have. After the second performance the Workshop Play Instructor will meet with the Directors’ Lab participants to wrap up the session, discussing observations made during the second performance and answering any final questions.

NOTE: Directors’ Lab participants have no voice during the workshopping sessions and will audit the sessions only. Discussion is reserved for the private meetings with the Workshop Play Instructor.

The show’s original director will not be included in the private Directors’ Lab discussions with the Workshop Play Instructor and participants.

This is not about questioning the original directorial choices. It is about considering each participant’s perception of the play and the choices he/she might make as a director, with feedback on those choices from the Workshop Play Instructor. The original community director should be respected at all times.

Auditing Spots for this workshop are available for registration. Audit cost is $90, which includes viewing before and after performances. Eligible auditing sections are noted below.

Andrew McIlroy, Instructor

Andrew McIlroy, a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, and one of Canada’s and Vancouver’s most highly respected acting instructors. He is the artistic director of McIlroy & Associates and was the co-artistic director of the full-time program at Vancouver’s Gastown Actors Studio. Andrew is one of the most popular adjudicators requested by Theatre BC for festivals and workshops. He has taught as a faculty member at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Simon Fraser University and is currently a faculty member with Canadian College of Performing Arts, an instructor at the Vancouver Film School and the Union of BC Performers.

Andrew is sought by producers, casting directors, and talent agents to personally coach lead characters in feature films and episodic television series.

Andrew has worked with actors that can be seen in such Televisions projects as “When We Rise”, “Strange Empire”, “Remedy”, “The Flash”, “Arrow”, “Motive”, “Republic of Doyle”, “X Company”, “Schitt’s Creek”, “Glee”, “Hannibal”, “Emily Owen’s M.D.”, “Shameless”, “90210”, “Dexter”, “Intelligence”, “Bomb Girls”, “Person of Interest”, “Fringe”, “V”, “Fairly Legal”, “Flashpoint”, “Melrose Place”, “Supernatural”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Chicago Fire”, “Weeds”, “Once Upon a Time”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “The Killing”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Smallville”, “Caprica”, and “PRIMEVAL: New World”.

Feature Films include “Star Trek & Beyond”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales”, “The Interview”, “Red Riding Hood”, “I Am Number Four”, “War of the Worlds”, “I Love You Beth Cooper”, “The Invisible”, “Final Destination 2 & 3”, “Shark Night 3D”, “McCanick” and “Tomorrowland” with George Clooney & Hugh Laurie.

As an actor, some of Andrews’ credits include recurring & guest roles on projects such as:

“Health Nutz”, “Fringe”, “Psych”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “The Chris Isaak Show”, “Blade: The Series”, “Terminal City”, “Supernatural”, “The L Word”, “Out Of Order”, “Smallville” and the 2013 TIFF selection “Word and Pictures” with Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche. Recently, Andrew played the role of Dr. Sweet in Reality Curve Theatre’s production of “Bug”.

Andrew has also ventured behind the lens, directing an episode of the web comedy series “Single & Dating in Vancouver” for which he received a nomination for Best Directing at the 2015 Indie Series Awards in Los Angeles.

As a theatre director, Andrew was nominated for a Jesse Richardson award for his work on Michele Riml’s, “Poster Boys”. He also created the original production of the international hit, “Sexy Laundry”. Other directing credits include “A Christmas Carol” and “Sexy Laundry” for the Western Canada Theatre (2nd run). “On The Edge” for The Belfry Theatre and “Henry & Alice: Into the Wild” for the Arts Club.


Acting & Directing Lab with Kathryn Shaw

This lab will work from the script “The Past” by Arthur Holden, a winning entry in the 2016 Theatre BC National Playwriting Competition. Registrants will receive an advance PDF copy of the script by e-mail.

4 Afternoons: July 4 – 7, 2017, 1:00 – 4:30 pm – $140
Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 35th Avenue, Vernon, BC. 250-542-6194

Registrants in this workshop who are interested in an acting role should forward their headshot and acting resumes to Adele Kuyek for consideration. Characters required include:

  • Raymond McGuinness, male, 58. Lawyer, alcoholic. (Part is now cast).
  • Lynn Ladouceur, female, 59. Retired English teacher, alcoholic. (Part is now cast).
  • Rose Mourinho, female, 29. Social worker, alcoholic.

Auditing spots for this workshop will become available when fully registered.

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.


Solving Technical and Set/Light Design Challenges

1 Afternoon: July 4, 2017, 1:00 – 4:30 pm – $35
Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 35th Avenue, Vernon, BC. 250-542-6194

Bring your “specific” technical challenge to this open-table discussion where we will work through your tech issue(s) and give you a solution in a round-table scenario.

Instructor: Dave Brotsky (bio below).
Note: There are no auditing spots available for this workshop.


Exploring a Pathway to Creating a Successful Set

2 Afternoons: July 5 and 6, 2017, 1:00 – 4:30 pm – $70
Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 35th Avenue, Vernon, BC. 250-542-6194

Set design is often left to the talented artist, model maker or carpenter in the company and is a foreign area for others to enter if they feel they can’t draw, build or paint.   But what’s more important, is the ability to envision and understand the process and significance of set design.  My goal is to offer insights, vocabulary and  train  ‘the eye’ to feel more comfortable  with this topic.

Hence this will be of benefit to the director (who needs to have a vocabulary and understanding to communicate with others of the design team) as well as the actor or techie and those who wish to tweak up their ‘set design’ skills.

Note: There are no auditing spots available for this workshop.

Dave Brotsky, Instructor

Since retiring from a career as a High School theatre teacher, Dave works as a freelance theatre arts person. He continues to be involved with several theatre companies, special events, and dance shows in the Vernon area on an ongoing bases, primarily doing production management, workshops, set and light design and set construction. He is a life time member of the Powerhouse Theatre  (Vernon) where he  most recently design/built the set and designed the lighting for “Jasper Station”.

 


Theatre Costume Design Concepts: Why, How, What?

Our Apologies – this workshop has been CANCELLED.


Marketing Your Club & Show

July 3, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 pm with Richard Kerton, 3 Hours, $35
Marie Fleming Hall, Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
3800 33rd Street, Vernon, BC, 250-542-9355

How to sell your show on a limited budget. A walk through a marketing plan.

Richard Kerton, Instructor

Richard Kerton is a lifetime member of Courtenay Little Theatre Society and a new member to Powerhouse Theatre Society. He has worked in production for over 30 plays and produced close to 18 of those. He has a BBA in Business Admin Marketing, and managed a Co-op retail in Courtenay for over 25 years.  He has worked on productions from a shoestring budget of a few thousand dollars to those of over $40,000. Richard is well known for his treasury duties to the zones and clubs. He has always brought to the table the need for a show to sell well and be recognized in the community as the “go to “ event.

EMAIL: [email protected]

Note: There are no auditing spots available for this workshop.


Acting Workshop

July 4, 2017, 1:00 to 4:30, with Andrew McIlroy, 3.5 Hours, $35
Vernon Curling Club, 3400 39th Avenue, Vernon, BC, 250-542-6713
** Ages 19 and over only will be accepted for this workshop **

A​ctors will be given text 1 week prior to the workshop with assignment — ​image sourcing and memorization will be required as preparation.

Note: There are no auditing spots available for this workshop.

​A​ctors will meet for table read of texts and we will discuss image sourcing and substantiating text with authenticity. A​ctors will then work as an ensemble to establish complex relationship thru simple contacts​ endeavoring to rid our work of any of the annoying sound of memorization and conclusiveness.

​Our goal is to engage one line at a time-for the first time-every time.

​A​ctors will continue the moment to moment work and create as an ensemble living scenes from the memorized texts. T​he work promises to be physically and emotionally challenging.

A​ctors should be prepared to be on their feet for extended periods of time.

​O​ur goal is to bring the text from our head into our body – ​we will be exploring organic offers and equally organic responses.

Note: There are no auditing spots available for this workshop.

Andrew McIlroy, Instructor

Andrew McIlroy, a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, and one of Canada’s and Vancouver’s most highly respected acting instructors. He is the artistic director of McIlroy & Associates and was the co-artistic director of the full-time program at Vancouver’s Gastown Actors Studio. Andrew is one of the most popular adjudicators requested by Theatre BC for festivals and workshops. He has taught as a faculty member at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Simon Fraser University and is currently a faculty member with Canadian College of Performing Arts, an instructor at the Vancouver Film School and the Union of BC Performers.

Andrew is sought by producers, casting directors, and talent agents to personally coach lead characters in feature films and episodic television series.

Andrew has worked with actors that can be seen in such Televisions projects as “When We Rise”, “Strange Empire”, “Remedy”, “The Flash”, “Arrow”, “Motive”, “Republic of Doyle”, “X Company”, “Schitt’s Creek”, “Glee”, “Hannibal”, “Emily Owen’s M.D.”, “Shameless”, “90210”, “Dexter”, “Intelligence”, “Bomb Girls”, “Person of Interest”, “Fringe”, “V”, “Fairly Legal”, “Flashpoint”, “Melrose Place”, “Supernatural”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Chicago Fire”, “Weeds”, “Once Upon a Time”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “The Killing”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Smallville”, “Caprica”, and “PRIMEVAL: New World”.

Feature Films include “Star Trek & Beyond”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales”, “The Interview”, “Red Riding Hood”, “I Am Number Four”, “War of the Worlds”, “I Love You Beth Cooper”, “The Invisible”, “Final Destination 2 & 3”, “Shark Night 3D”, “McCanick” and “Tomorrowland” with George Clooney & Hugh Laurie.

As an actor, some of Andrews’ credits include recurring & guest roles on projects such as:

“Health Nutz”, “Fringe”, “Psych”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “The Chris Isaak Show”, “Blade: The Series”, “Terminal City”, “Supernatural”, “The L Word”, “Out Of Order”, “Smallville” and the 2013 TIFF selection “Word and Pictures” with Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche. Recently, Andrew played the role of Dr. Sweet in Reality Curve Theatre’s production of “Bug”.

Andrew has also ventured behind the lens, directing an episode of the web comedy series “Single & Dating in Vancouver” for which he received a nomination for Best Directing at the 2015 Indie Series Awards in Los Angeles.

As a theatre director, Andrew was nominated for a Jesse Richardson award for his work on Michele Riml’s, “Poster Boys”. He also created the original production of the international hit, “Sexy Laundry”. Other directing credits include “A Christmas Carol” and “Sexy Laundry” for the Western Canada Theatre (2nd run). “On The Edge” for The Belfry Theatre and “Henry & Alice: Into the Wild” for the Arts Club.


Mainstage Youth Camp

July 5 – 7, 2017 (see times below) with Amelia Sirianni, 3 Days, $100 ~ Ages 13 to 18

This 3 day camp covers all the stages of creating a theatrical production. Students will be introduced to acting and stage skills such as audition techniques, script analysis, character building, blocking and staging.  There will also be opportunities to learn directly from experts in the industry on stage craft, lighting and costumes.  Students will watch one of the plays in the festival and get to sit in on a coffee critique of said performance with those in the “biz”.  To cap it all off, these budding young thespians will perform a staged reading of a Canadian play for the closing party of the festival!

Note: There are no auditing spots available for this workshop.

Amelia Sirianni, Instructor

Originally from Vernon, BC, Amelia spent the last decade working as a professional actor in Toronto, ON. She received her formal professional training at the Randolph Academy for the 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 Kelsey in High School Musical. Amelia recently moved back to Vernon with her husband and young son where she runs an early childhood music program, Itsy Bitsy Music Together. She also teaches youth acting classes and workshops for Caetani Cultural Centre.


Theatre Safety Workshop

July 7, 2017, 1 Hour, 4:30 pm, with Don Parma, ACTSafe – FREE
Vernon Curling Club, 3400 39th Avenue, Vernon, BC, 250-542-6713

Join Actsafe to explore the latest trends in theatre safety, talk about hazard identification and explore the free resources available to Theatre BC members through Actsafe.
Current Topics:
  • Volunteers and their role in community theatre
  • Ladder safety
  • Electrical Safety
  • Safety design in performance spaces
We are also here to take your questions and suggestions for resources that will fit your organization.
Don Parman, Instructor

Don’s twenty year career has taken him from student, to crew, to supervisor and manager. Along the way he has worked with some amazing organizations, The Massey Theatre, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Royal City Musical Theatre, The Canadian Institute for theatre technologies to name just a few.

Don now brings all of that experience and love for live performance to Actsafe. From ladder safety to air quality Don has experienced it first hand and can help you navigate the world of Performing Arts safety.