2019 Mainstage Workshops

  • Workshop Play & Directors’ Lab 2019 (6/5/2019) Posted in: 2019, Workshops

    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 www.nicollenattrass.com and www.playwrightsguild.ca


  • Workshop For Actors: Mining The Text (6/5/2019) Posted in: 2019, Workshops

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    Mining The Text for Deeper Connection

    3 Hours: Sunday, July 7, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, $40.00
    Alberni District Secondary School, Classroom T-2 “Learning Commons”
    4000 Roger Street, Port Alberni

    Are you growing as an actor? Are you relying on old methods to create character? Join Fran Gebhard, UVic acting professor and director for a three-hour workshop exploring techniques based on the work of Sandy Meisner, Bill Ball and Michael Shurtleff. Learn how to mine the text for more than given circumstances. Working with texts provided, participants will be given tools to find more layers in their work and deeper relationships with their scene partners.

    Register HERE for Workshops

    Fran Gebhard, Instructor

    Fran is an assistant teaching professor in the theatre department of the University of Victoria. She teaches first year acting and acting for Film and Television and has also taught courses in Public Speaking and Directing.

    She received her MFA in Directing at the University of British Columbia. She has worked in theatres across Canada appearing in or directing more than 50 plays. Her most recent directing credits include The Importance of Being Ernest ,Les Liasions Dangereuses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.

    Fran will direct Barefoot in the Park for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre this summer.

    Fran has worked in film and television for 30 years and was nominated for a Genie award for her role in Blue City Slammers.

    Fran has adjudicated most zone festivals for Theatre BC. In July of 2015 she was the Mainstage adjudicator in Kamloops. She enjoys giving workshops in Acting and Directing for Theatre BC. She says her favorite job is sharing her passion for the theatre.


  • Workshop: Intimacy for Actors (6/5/2019) Posted in: 2019, Workshops

    Consent In The Theatre: Making Dramatic Change

    3 Hours: Monday, July 8, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, $40.00
    Instructors: Fran Gebhard and Lauren Frost

    Alberni District Secondary School, Classroom T-2 “Learning Commons”, 4000 Roger Street, Port Alberni

    Are you an actor who is nervous about performing scenes of an intimate or aggressive nature? What does practicing consent in the theatre actually look like?

    UVic professor and director Fran Gebhard and Lauren Frost, Applied Theatre major, give you the tools to dialogue with directors about physical and psychological safety in the rehearsal hall. Creating an environment of consent in the rehearsal hall, the audition room, the fitting room and on to the stage is a necessary tool for actors as well as directors. This interactive workshop addresses concerns regarding physical intimacy and safety. Participants will work with scenes provided by the instructors.

    Register HERE for Workshops

    Fran Gebhard, Instructor

    Fran is an assistant teaching professor in the theatre department of the University of Victoria. She teaches first year acting and acting for Film and Television and has also taught courses in Public Speaking and Directing.

    She received her MFA in Directing at the University of British Columbia. She has worked in theatres across Canada appearing in or directing more than 50 plays. Her most recent directing credits include The Importance of Being ErnestLes Liasions Dangereuses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.

    Fran will direct Barefoot in the Park for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre this summer.

    Fran has worked in film and television for 30 years and was nominated for a Genie award for her role in Blue City Slammers.

    Fran has adjudicated most zone festivals for Theatre BC. In July of 2015 she was the Mainstage adjudicator in Kamloops. She enjoys giving workshops in Acting and Directing for Theatre BC. She says her favorite job is sharing her passion for the theatre.


    Lauren Frost, Instructor

    Originally from Lake Cowichan, BC, Lauren is a fourth year student at UVic, pursuing a double major in Theatre and Gender Studies. She is passionate about interdisciplinary work and strives to combine feminism, activism, and theatre together in a way that creates beautiful and meaningful art and/or education. She is currently a facilitator of the UVic Bringing in the Bystanderprogram and the Tools For Change: Sexualized Violence Prevention at UVic workshop. Additionally, she leads a University-sponsored volunteer group in programming and coordinating events and campaigns with a focus on consent and relationship education.


  • Workshop: Intimacy for Directors (6/5/2019) Posted in: 2019, Workshops

    Fostering and Intuiting Consent

    3 Hours: Tuesday, July 9, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, $40.00
    Instructors: Fran Gebhard and Graham McMonagle

    Alberni District Secondary School, Classroom T-2 “Learning Commons”
    4000 Roger Street, Port Alberni

    Want to learn how to create a safe rehearsal space? Are you interested in working towards building ongoing strong relationships with the acting company?

    Looking at scenes of an intimate or aggressive nature, directors will be coached in the language and skills required to maintain safe space when working with actors. UVic professor Fran Gebhard and dancer/designer Graham McMonagle share skills for directors in this workshop. Scenes will be provided and participants will have the opportunity to direct each other in scenes which involve intimacy and aggression.

    Register HERE for Workshops

    Fran Gebhard, Instructor

    Fran is an assistant teaching professor in the theatre department of the University of Victoria. She teaches first year acting and acting for Film and Television and has also taught courses in Public Speaking and Directing.

    She received her MFA in Directing at the University of British Columbia. She has worked in theatres across Canada appearing in or directing more than 50 plays. Her most recent directing credits include The Importance of Being ErnestLes Liasions Dangereuses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.

    Fran will direct Barefoot in the Park for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre this summer.

    Fran has worked in film and television for 30 years and was nominated for a Genie award for her role in Blue City Slammers.

    Fran has adjudicated most zone festivals for Theatre BC. In July of 2015 she was the Mainstage adjudicator in Kamloops. She enjoys giving workshops in Acting and Directing for Theatre BC. She says her favorite job is sharing her passion for the theatre.


    Graham McMonagle, Instructor

    Graham McMonagle is an award-winning interdisciplinary production designer, performer, and teacher. Working in a range of styles from ballet (performance and design), to text-based theatre from the classic canon, and music-theatre (both opera and musicals), his work has received national and international recognition. Recent collaborators include Pacific Opera Victoria, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Crimson Coast Dance, UVic Phoenix Theatre, Canadian Pacific Ballet, Columbus Dance Theatre, Opera Columbus, and Ohio State University. Awarded his MFA Theatre Design (UVic) in 2017, he was sessional instructor there in 2018. Graham is currently a PhD Theatre History candidate at the University of Victoria and has been selected to present and moderate as part of PQTalks at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial.


  • Workshop: Stage Combat, Rapier (6/5/2019) Posted in: 2019, Workshops

    3 Hours: Tuesday, July 9, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, $40.00
    Maximum of 12 Registrants to be accepted
    With Robinson Wilson; The Capitol Theatre, 4904 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC. 250-723-1195

    Rapier Stage Combat
    Undoubtedly the most common weapon used in onstage combat, this class will examine basic techniques and cover the production of a short duel onstage with the focus on proper weapon management and safety.

    Stage Combat Course Specifications and Outcome
    Dramatic Combat is an expression of violence on stage and screen. When used in a safe and effective manner, it is a powerful dramaturgical and storytelling tool.

    Training and preparing for theatrical combat includes developing an understanding of space, distance, physical communication, breathing, handling of props, timing, partner work, musicality, story, energy transference, presence, and awareness. Over the class, participants will explore these concepts to the best of their individual ability.

    Register HERE for Workshops

    Robinson Wilson, Instructor

    Robinson is a director, lighting designer, fight choreographer among many other talents. His recent directorial work includes Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (also adaptation) at Vancouver Island University, Once Upon a Mattress for 3LD Productions, Apprentice Director at Bard on the Beach, for The Winter’s Tale, and most recently, Annie, for Rainbow Youth Theatre’s 30th Anniversary season.

    Lighting Design: Vancouver Island University, Theatre One, Touchstone/ Carousel, and this last summer, Arctic Action, as part of the Nord-Norges Festspillene Theatre Festival in Harstad, Norway.

    Stage Combat Guest Instructor credits: Arctic Action (Norway), 360 STUNT (Copenhagen), and the Nordic Stage Fight Society (Stockholm). North America: fight choreography and motion capture performance work for Final Fantasy: Kingsglaive, as well as over 50 theatrical productions.

    Awards: Theatre BC Mainstage for Best Actor, Best Lighting, and Outstanding Fight Choreography.

    Ongoing projects include continued theatre mentoring and design at Vancouver Island University, and Creative Consultation with Bard on the Beach for their 30th anniversary season production of Coriolanus, as well as Fight Director for the Howard Stage at Bard.


  • Workshop: Stage Combat, Unarmed (6/5/2019) Posted in: 2019, Workshops

    3 Hours: Tuesday, July 9, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, $40.00
    Maximum of 12 Registrants to be accepted
    With Robinson Wilson; The Capitol Theatre, 4904 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC. 250-723-1195

    Unarmed Stage Combat
    Unarmed combat is the most often used fighting in any performance. This includes falls, slaps, hair pulls, chokes, among others. Basic Unarmed also includes punching in the context of an untrained character.
    High emotion drives these ordinary people to violence, so it is a great starting-point for actors.

    Stage Combat Course Specifications and Outcome
    Dramatic Combat is an expression of violence on stage and screen. When used in a safe and effective manner, it is a powerful dramaturgical and storytelling tool.

    Training and preparing for theatrical combat includes developing an understanding of space, distance, physical communication, breathing, handling of props, timing, partner work, musicality, story, energy transference, presence, and awareness. Over the class, participants will explore these concepts to the best of their individual ability.

    Register HERE for Workshops

    Robinson Wilson, Instructor

    Robinson is a director, lighting designer, fight choreographer among many other talents. His recent directorial work includes Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (also adaptation) at Vancouver Island University, Once Upon a Mattress for 3LD Productions, Apprentice Director at Bard on the Beach, for The Winter’s Tale, and most recently, Annie, for Rainbow Youth Theatre’s 30th Anniversary season.

    Lighting Design: Vancouver Island University, Theatre One, Touchstone/ Carousel, and this last summer, Arctic Action, as part of the Nord-Norges Festspillene Theatre Festival in Harstad, Norway.

    Stage Combat Guest Instructor credits: Arctic Action (Norway), 360 STUNT (Copenhagen), and the Nordic Stage Fight Society (Stockholm). North America: fight choreography and motion capture performance work for Final Fantasy: Kingsglaive, as well as over 50 theatrical productions.

    Awards: Theatre BC Mainstage for Best Actor, Best Lighting, and Outstanding Fight Choreography.

    Ongoing projects include continued theatre mentoring and design at Vancouver Island University, and Creative Consultation with Bard on the Beach for their 30th anniversary season production of Coriolanus, as well as Fight Director for the Howard Stage at Bard.


  • Workshop: Warm-Up for Actors and Directors (6/5/2019) Posted in: 2019, Workshops

    Moving to Neutrality / Animating Humanity

    3 Hours: Wednesday, July 10, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, $40.00
    Instructors: Fran Gebhard and Graham McMonagle

    Alberni District Secondary School, Classroom T-2 “Learning Commons”
    4000 Roger Street, Port Alberni

    Are you looking for ways to get more in touch with the physicality of your character? Want to be more than a “stand and deliver” actor? Warm up your body without wearing yourself out? Moving to Neutrality/Animating Character provides guided practice warming up the body without creating stress; finding the seminal gesture within a monologue; and integrating animal characterization into your rehearsal process. UVic acting professor Fran Gebhard and dancer/designer Graham McMonagle introduce rudiments of Mitzfah Technique, and guided monologue/scene work as tools to both warm up the actor’s body and animate your performance.

    Register HERE for Workshops

    Fran Gebhard, Instructor

    Fran is an assistant teaching professor in the theatre department of the University of Victoria. She teaches first year acting and acting for Film and Television and has also taught courses in Public Speaking and Directing.

    She received her MFA in Directing at the University of British Columbia. She has worked in theatres across Canada appearing in or directing more than 50 plays. Her most recent directing credits include The Importance of Being ErnestLes Liasions Dangereuses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.

    Fran will direct Barefoot in the Park for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre this summer.

    Fran has worked in film and television for 30 years and was nominated for a Genie award for her role in Blue City Slammers.

    Fran has adjudicated most zone festivals for Theatre BC. In July of 2015 she was the Mainstage adjudicator in Kamloops. She enjoys giving workshops in Acting and Directing for Theatre BC. She says her favorite job is sharing her passion for the theatre.


    Graham McMonagle, Instructor

    Graham McMonagle is an award-winning interdisciplinary production designer, performer, and teacher. Working in a range of styles from ballet (performance and design), to text-based theatre from the classic canon, and music-theatre (both opera and musicals), his work has received national and international recognition. Recent collaborators include Pacific Opera Victoria, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Crimson Coast Dance, UVic Phoenix Theatre, Canadian Pacific Ballet, Columbus Dance Theatre, Opera Columbus, and Ohio State University. Awarded his MFA Theatre Design (UVic) in 2017, he was sessional instructor there in 2018. Graham is currently a PhD Theatre History candidate at the University of Victoria and has been selected to present and moderate as part of PQTalks at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial.


  • New Play Workshop 2019, Actors & Directors (6/5/2019) Posted in: 2019, Workshops

    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 DIRECTORS:
    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 ACTORS:
    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.


  • Workshop: Theatre Youth Camp 2019 (6/5/2019) Posted in: 2019, Workshops

    Theatre Youth Camp, Ages 13 – 18

    3 Days: July 11 – 13, 2019 – $100.00 with Carrera Schroeder

    This year, the youth camp will focus on the foundations of acting.  Young performers will hone their skills through improvisation, script analysis, character development, and voice and creative movement work. Their work will culminate in a final staged reading of a play at the Awards Gala on July 13, that is based on a well-known short story. This three-day workshop will also offer students the chance to watch a Mainstage show and participate in the coffee critique of that piece.

    Register HERE for Workshops

    Carrera Schroeder, Instructor

    Carrera has been involved in theatre for over 20 years. She has been an actor, costume and makeup designer, running crew, sound and light designer and operator, stage manager, and director. Carrera has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and History as well as a Bachelor of Education from VIU. Carrera is an active member of Portal Players Dramatic Society. She is secretary for the PPDS Board of Directors, co-chair of the education committee, and most recently she directed Little Shop of Horrors last fall. When not at the theatre Carrera is teaching students in the Alberni Valley. She loves to teach, science, social studies and language arts but mostly drama. She loves teaching drama.