Workshop Play & Directors’ Lab 2019

Workshop Play & Directors’ Lab:
“Annapurna” by Sharr White, Produced by Bridge To Broadway from Peace River Zone

Workshop Runs over 3 Days: July 6 – July 8, 2019, $120.00.
Instructor: Nicolle Nattrass
Capitol Theatre, 4904 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC. 250-723-1195

  • Only Directors’ Lab Registrants will receive advance copy of the script & homework
  • Story tracking and story clarity will be the focus of this lab
  • Only Full Registration includes private lunch meeting with instructor.
  • General audience may view before and after workshop performances, $10 each.
  • Auditing Spots may open after the workshop is fully registered

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.

Register HERE for Workshops

Nicolle Nattrass, Instructor

Nicolle Nattrass is an actress (CAEA / UBCP), playwright (Playwrights Guild of Canada) and a Director/Dramaturg.

She is thrilled to be back working for Theatre BC. She has worked as a Juror, Workshop Instructor, Dramaturge and Assistant Director for Theatre BC. She was honored to work with Nanaimo Theatre Group’s production of “God of Carnage” which won Best Production at the 2014 Theatre BC Mainstage Awards and the play, “Bus Stop” which swept the 2015 Mainstage Awards with 10 awards.

She works as an Artistic Associate for Theatre One’s Emerging Voices as both a Dramaturge and Director for the last 7 years, working on new play development and staged readings. Recent directing credits include “Shield Maiden”, a new one woman show written and performed by Melanie Froh Treichoeb. (Gabriola Island & Frontera Fest in Austin, Texas)

This past fall, her solo show, Mamahood: Bursting into Light directed by TJ Dawe opened the Phoenix Theatre’s season, as the Spotlight on Alumni feature at the University of Victoria (Oct 9-20/2019).  As an actress, Nicolle has performed for many regional theatres across Canada and worked in film/tv and radio. She is a Jessie Richardson Theatre nominated actress & playwright who has explored her own work since her very first play, Brownie Points, which received nominations for Outstanding Performance and Outstanding New Play. Other recent acting credits include: Post Secret: The Show, Nicolle joined the Canadian cast for both 2015 & 2016 at the Firehall Theatre in Vancouver. Her comedy duo, The Drama Queens has also been featured on She Kills Me comedy TV series.

Nicolle currently serves as National Forum Representative for Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands region. She is a graduate from the University of Victoria (1991) with a BFA in Theatre, Acting Specialization.

For more info on Nicolle’s work, visit and

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