Workshop Play & Directors’ Lab

Workshop Play & Directors’ Lab:
“Mary’s Wedding” by Stage North from Peace River Zone is now SOLD OUT! Auditing spots available.

Workshop Runs over 3 Days: June 30 – July 2, 2018, $90.00 AUDIT ONLY, includes viewing both before and after performances (see times below). Instructor: Andrew McIlroy
Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 35th Avenue, Vernon, BC. 250-542-6194

  • Directors’ Lab Registrants (not auditors) 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.

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 this and all other workshops.

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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