New Play Workshop, Actors & Directors
3 Days: July 4 – 6, 2018 – $160.00
Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 35th Avenue, Vernon, BC. 250-542-6194
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 Playwrighting Contest. 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.
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.