New Play Workshop 2019, Actors & Directors

New Play Workshop, Actors & Directors

3 Days: July 10 – 12, 2019 – $160.00
The Capitol Theatre, 4904 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC. 250-723-1195

The winner of the 2018 Canadian Playwriting Competition in the One-Act Category is Castle On The Farm by Alaina Baskerville-Bridges from Victoria, BC. This script is the subject of our New Play Workshop this year, and the playwright will be in attendance. 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.

  • Wednesday, July 10, Capitol Theatre: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Thursday, July 11, Capitol Theatre: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Friday, July 12, Capitol Theatre: 9 am to 4 pm
  • STAGED READING for the public: on Friday from 2 pm to 4 pm at The Capitol Theatre

If you’re considering taking this workshop, instructor Kathryn Shaw writes:

Here are some questions for participants to consider for the first day of the workshop to get the discussion started. Respond to as many or as few as you wish. The playwright will be in attendance. Besides being an educational experience for the participants, the workshop will help the author reshape their play and experience how it works with the contributions of actors and directors. The playwright has the final word on any rewrites or changes.

For the first session, please answer/think about the following

  1. What works for you in the play as written? What engages your curiosity or imagination?
  2. List several aspects of the play you respond to and would like to explore as a director. List several aspects of the play you would consider challenging as a director.
  3. What changes do you think the author might consider to enhance or improve the play? Are their parts, sections, lines, etc. you don’t understand?
  4. Be prepared to share and discuss any ideas on staging the play you might have
  5. Be prepared to discuss the motivations of the principle characters including their objectives, super-objectives and obstacles they face
  6. Define what you would like to achieve by directing this play?
  7. What are the important themes in the play?

For the first session, please answer/think about the following

  1. Regardless of your age, what could you personally bring to the part?  What challenges would this part present for you?
  2. What works for the character as written?  What suggestions could you make to the author to enhance the character or is there something you don’t understand about the character as written?
  3. What are the main objectives of the character?  What do they want overall in the play? What are their obstacles?
  4. What are the important themes in the play and how do they relate to the character?

If you were playing this character, what sort of research would you need to do?

Register HERE for Workshops

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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