Advanced Acting & Directing Workshop

Audit Only: Advanced Acting & Directing

6 Hours: Tuesday, July 3, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, $50.00 Audit Cost
Marie Fleming Hall, Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
3800 33rd Street, Vernon, BC, 250-542-9355

Theatre BC’s Advanced Acting and Directing Workshop (Full Participation) is SOLD OUT.

Auditing spots to quietly observe the workshop are now being offered. The auditing fee is $50. Please respect those who have registered as full participants, and enjoy the experience of watching a master class. Online Audit Registration IS NOW AVAILABLE.

Lives, Not Lines

Substantiation and Destination.

“We prepare to get into trouble -we don’t memorize to avoid it”.  A day focused on live acting; an actors responsibilities and a directors courage – Two essential components to making The Play the Thing!  We will work to enliven our performance work by exacting our preparation strategies and responsibilities.  In the age of internet access, I have noticed how community theater has used that access to raise the bar on design, casting and production values. We see more and more often – be it the Live from Stratford Series or the National Theater Live from London Series.  Our towns are being discovered as sweet second act homes for show biz people who survived the wars of the “industry”.  So, our pedigree and expectations are growing.  As the play selections become more diverse and risky in form and content – it’s a good opportunity to visit CRAFT ROOTS.  We will work on rehearsal techniques. Script analysis.  Substantiation as a method of character deepening.  And directors will find confidence to assign challenging tasks to their actors – and bring out the best in the performers instincts.

I’m excited to spend a day with you!

Click Here for Workshop Registrations.

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.


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