2018 Mainstage Workshops


  • Workshops Registration Now Open (5/30/2018) Posted in: 2018, Mainstage, Workshops

    To register for any of the Workshops listed below, CLICK ON THIS LINK.

    Workshops are an exclusive perk and benefit, available only to Theatre BC members, and have been priced accordingly to give the best value at the lowest possible cost.

    Members must be logged in to the website in order to register for these workshops. Here’s a handy tutorial if you need help to log in.

  • Workshop: Theatre Youth Camp (5/26/2018) Posted in: 2018, Workshops

    Theatre Youth Camp, Ages 13 – 18

    3 Days: July 5 – 7, 2018 – $100.00 (see details below) with Amelia Sirianni

    This year, the youth camp will focus on the foundations of acting.  Young performers will hone their craft through improvisation, script analysis, character development, and voice and creative movement work all culminating in a final staged reading performance of a Canadian play touching on the issues and themes of adolescence. 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 this and all other workshops.

     

    Amelia Sirianni, Instructor

    Originally from Vernon, BC, Ameliaspent over a decade working as a professional actor in Toronto, ON.  She received her formal professional training at the Randolph College of Performing Arts and has since had the privilege of performing on stages across North America as well as in film and television.  Favourite roles include Deedee Doodle in “The Doodlebops Live” National Tours, Strawberry Shortcake in “Strawberry Shortcake and Friends” North American Tours, and Kelsi in High School Musical.  Amelia recently moved back to Vernon with her husband and young son where she’s had the good fortune to be a part of the thriving arts community here through teaching youth drama at The Caetani Cultural Centre; working as Theatre BC’s MainStage Festival’s youth workshop instructor; Musical Theatre adjudicator at the Kelowna Kiwanis Music Festival and running her own early childhood music and movement program “Itsy Bitsy Music Together”.  Most recently, Amelia took to the stage last fall to perform as Columbia in Big Apple Production’s “Rocky Horror Show” and worked backstage this winter on Hair and Makeup for “I Hate Hamlet” at the Powerhouse Theatre.  She’s so excited to be back again at MainStage 2018!


  • New Play Workshop, Actors & Directors (5/23/2018) Posted in: 2018, Workshops

    New Play Workshop, Actors & Directors

    3 Days: July 4 – 6, 2018 – $160.00
    Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 35th Avenue, Vernon, BC. 250-542-6194

    The winner of the 2017 Canadian Playwriting Competition in the Full-Length Category is Port Moody Confidential – Glimpses by Cathie Young from Port Coquitlam, BC. This script is the subject of our New Play Workshop this year. 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.

    Register here for this and all other 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: Lighting on a Shoestring (5/21/2018) Posted in: 2018, Workshops

    Theatre Lighting on a Shoestring (or No String)

    3 Hours: Tuesday, July 3, 9:00 – 12:00 pm, $40.00
    Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 35th Avenue, Vernon, BC. 250-542-6194

    Bilbo Baggins pretty much summed up what it’s like to struggle with a lighting design for a small theatre that has a tiny inventory of mismatched fixtures. But effective lighting designs can be achieved by being solidly grounded in fundamentals and creativity and knowing your inventory’s characteristics intimately. For theatres with limited inventories, the fundamentals become critical and creativity is needed in spades to contend with theatres with larger inventories. This 3-hour workshop will focus on achieving lighting techniques and designs that can compete at professional levels with less than professional inventories.

    Register here for this and all other workshops.

    Rusty Gahr, Instructor

    A seasoned stagehand once told Rusty, “Technical theatre is like a blood disease; once you catch it you’re stuck with it for life!” Rusty is no exception to the rule. He started working in the technical side of theatre back in 1993 on everything from Broadway theatre productions to full-blown rock concerts. 20+ years later, as a professional photon-herder, he is still climbing around focussing lights, schlepping tons of equipment around venues and staying up WAY past his bedtime on show nights—often because he was “voluntold” by his lovely wife Tanya Laing Gahr.


  • Workshop: Stage Fighting (5/20/2018) Posted in: 2018, Workshops

    Stage Fighting: Making Better Fight Scenes

    3 Hours: Wednesday, July 4, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, $40.00
    Marie Fleming Hall, Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
    3800 33rd Street, Vernon, BC, 250-542-9355

    The Workshop will cover: basic martial techniques and how to fake it, the nature of real fighting, a classification scheme for violent encounters, and how to make fight choreography match the intensity level required for the storyline.

    Register here for this and all other workshops.

    Mike Panian, Instructor

    Mike Panian has been teaching martial arts for over 40 years.  As a wrestling coach, karate teacher, and sword fighting instructor he has been watching people learn and grow through the martial arts for most of his adult life.  He is the owner/instructor of Swordfighters School of Martial Arts and Self Defence as well as Martial Energy Works, an organization dedicated to supporting human growth and personal development through the martial arts. His martial arts background led him to stage fighting instruction and choreography. Mike’s approach to stage fighting is based on realistic martial technique coupled with a sense of the psychological dilemmas of a real fight and the intensity that ensues.


  • Workshop: Playwriting Narrative (5/15/2018) Posted in: 2018, Mainstage, Workshops

     Playwriting: Discovering Narrative Through Movement

    3 Hours: Thursday, July 5, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, $40.00
    Marie Fleming Hall, Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
    3800 33rd Street, Vernon, BC, 250-542-9355

    A unique, multifaceted experience, this playwriting workshop combines basic movement and writing exercises to explore the fundamentals of storytelling for the theatre. There is no prior movement, dance, or writing experience required, but the workshop is designed for participants already familiar with reading and/or performing scripts. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of story-building in the theatre, an sense of discovery regarding the endless possibilities and potential of playwriting, and a new perspective on approaching text as an actor. Please wear clothing and shoes comfortable for movement. Participants are also asked to bring an image or object that relates to the theme “Voyage.” 

    For a comprehensive overview of how to prepare for this workshop, please download this PDF.

    Register here for this and all other workshops.

    Brandon Shalansky, Instructor

    Brandon Shalansky is an actor and playwright working in Canada and the UK. Performance credits include La Cage Aux Folles (Georges), Spamalot (Patsy), Les Misérables (Thénardier), The 39 Steps (Clown), The Pillowman (Michal – Best Supporting Actor, Theatre BC). Writing credits include Risotto (Village Pub Theatre 2017, SciFi Theatre Festival 2018), The Skin of a Man (Edinburgh Fringe/Traverse Theatre/Playwrights’ Studio Scotland 2017). He is currently under commission with Fred Skeleton Theatre Company, who will produce the premiere of his play Adrift this summer. Brandon is a graduate of the MSc Playwriting program at the University of Edinburgh.


  • Workshop: Voice Workshop (4/21/2018) Posted in: 2018, Workshops

    Breath of Life for Voice Workshop

    3 Hours: Tuesday, July 3, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, $40.00
    Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 35th Avenue, Vernon, BC. 250-542-6194

    Join this experienced music educator/singer/performer/actor as she awakens your voice.  Breath and articulation are integral to projection and maintenance of a healthy voice. Betty Anne will enlighten you to an uncomplicated understand of how to breathe life into lyrics and dialogue and looks forward to sharing this experience with you! Please wear casual & loose clothing for this workshop.

    Register here for this and all other workshops.

    Betty Anne Northup, Instructor

    Voice coach and musician, Betty Anne Northup sings and performs professionally both as a solo artist and a member of various bands in a variety of genres.  Betty Anne is a songwriter, music producer, recording artist with many studio sessions to her credit and a recording studio owner. She mentors aspiring singers and professional vocalists and has been instrumental in helping actors successfully prepare for theatre roles, all while instilling the importance of how to maintain vocal health.  A workshop with Betty Anne Northup, educator and artist, is an empowering andrewarding learning experience.


  • Workshop: Acting 101, Fundamentals of Acting (4/21/2018) Posted in: 2018, Workshops

    Acting 101, Fundamentals of Acting

    3 Hours: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, $40.00
    Vernon Curling Club, 3400 39th Avenue, Vernon, BC, 250-542-6713

    Are you looking to get involved in theatre for the first time? Returning after some time out? Or just looking to get back to basics? Acting 101 is going to be a workshop looking at the fundamentals of acting, how to approach a role, pull a script apart and find the truth within for your performance.

    Register here for this and all other workshops.

    Rob Mason-Brown, Instructor

    A graduate of the Theatre BA program at Trinity St David University, Rob is Artistic Director of the renowned Fred Skeleton Theatre Company. He has a reputation for putting on shows that challenge both his audiences and his actors, winning Best Director at the last four OZone Festivals and taking the Best Director Thespian at Mainstage in 2014 for ‘RED’. In 2016 Rob was awarded the Okanagan Arts Award for excellence in Theatre. Rob’s professional credits include ‘From Usk to The Malay Archipelago’, Theatre in Education projects touring UK schools, and recently, ‘Lake of Tears’ for Opera Kelowna.


  • Workshop Play & Directors’ Lab (4/20/2018) Posted in: 2018, Workshops

    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.


  • Advanced Acting & Directing Workshop (4/20/2018) Posted in: 2018, Workshops

    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.


  • Workshop: Q-Lab Show Control Software (4/20/2018) Posted in: 2018, Workshops

    Q-Lab Show Control Software

    3 Hours: Monday, July 2, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, $40.00
    or
    3 Hours: Friday, July 6, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, $40.00
    Marie Fleming Hall, Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
    3800 33rd Street, Vernon, BC, 250-542-9355

    Terry is delighted to share what he has learned and hopes that those attending the workshop will gain an insight into the power of this amazing piece of software and go on to develop their own skillset to use with it.

    Register here for these and all other workshops.

    Terry Penney, Instructor

    Terry Penney is an active member of Courtenay Little Theatre and has been a board member for about 10 years.  Although he has appeared in several productions, he is more often found as a member of the production team as a set builder, a producer, a photographer, a program layout designer or the sound and projections designer.


    Having found QLab about 7 years ago, Terry has really enjoyed working with it and discovering what can be done with it for both audio and video projection