A short workshop on different techniques and ways to create a theatrical piece from scratch.
How to build on an idea and keep basic theatrical principles in place. Learn that you can break the rules.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michael Kennard received his BA in Drama from the University of Guelph, after which
he studied Clown and Mask at the Theatre Resource Centre in Toronto for several years. His remarkable professional career as co-creator of the clown duo Mump & Smoot has included touring to international acclaim for over 24 years. Awards for Mump & Smoot include Dora Awards (Best Production, Best Director), Canadian Comedy Awards (Best New Comedy Play), L.A. Drama-Logue Awards (Best Actors), Boston Theatre Awards (Outstanding Production by a Small Visiting Company). Besides his work with Mump & Smoot, Michael is known as an inspiring teacher and an influential researcher in physical theater at University of Alberta. He is a solo performer, director and collaborator of new theatrical productions.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of storytelling methods, do some writing exercises and discover what goes into land based creation. Participants can expect a safe online environment rooted in decolonial practice and the 7 Anishinaabe values.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Yolanda Bonnell (She/Her) is a Queer 2 Spirit Anishinaabe-Ojibwe & South Asian, european mixed performer, playwright, poet, multidisciplinary artist and creator. Originally from Fort William First Nation in Thunder Bay, Ontario (Superior Robinson Treaty territory), her arts practice is now currently based in Tkarón:to. In 2016, Yolanda and Michif (Métis) artist Cole Alvis began manidoons collective; a circle of artists creating Indigenous performance. In February 2020, Yolanda’s four-time Dora nominated solo show bug was remounted at Theatre Passe Muraille. She was also a part of Factory Theatre’s The Foundry, a creation program for new career writers, where her play, Scanner continues to be developed towards production. In 2018, Yolanda was invited to be part of the Banff Playwright’s Lab with her piece, White Girls in Moccasins, which is now in residency at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. She was also named one of NOW Magazine's 15 stage artists to watch with Natasha Greenblatt, who she co-wrote The Election, which premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille co-produced by Common Boots Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre in October 2019. She was recently nominated for a Dora award for her performance in Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin/ Gállábártnit.
Yolanda proudly bases her practice in land-based creation, drawing on energy and inspiration from the earth and her ancestors.
Tap Dancing in the Great Outdoors! Join us for a FUN Tap class in the Spirit Garden!
Each student will be given their very own dance space ( 4 feet by 4 feet board) to tap dance on:)
Come work on rhythms and steps that will progress into a combination by the end of the hour class. Tap experience a must!
*Social Distancing Rules apply
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Cindy Kennedy has been sharing her love of dance with students at the Fay Gleeson Dance Centre for more than 35 years. She has been recognized with numerous Judges’ Choice Awards for Group Choreography, and won Top Senior Group Dance at DanceMakers Inc Chicago in 2019. Her students have also received accolades at competitions locally and across North America, including The Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts, Thunderstruck, Dance Canada and DanceMakers Inc. She has also coached successful candidates through tap and jazz examinations offered by Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT). Cindy has also choreographed for many events outside of the studio including for Magnus Theatre, working behind the scenes on Ain’t Misbehavin’ (2014) and A Christmas Carol (2018).
How does the author’s form affect an actor’s ability to uncover character and truth within the text? Often the form IS the key. In this workshop we will explore two pieces of “heightened” text from the classical canon and investigate how we, as actors, can move closer to the heart of the matter.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Moya O’Connell is an actor, teacher, and writer. She has spent eleven seasons at The Shaw Festival, eight seasons at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival and been seen in countless productions across this vast country playing leading roles in the theatre.
She has played Queens, warriors, princesses, conspirators, daughters, wives, mothers, psychopaths, writers, waitresses, fascists, teachers, heiresses, paupers, ingenues, heroines, harridans, weightlifters, scientists, socialites, academics, nuns, political radicals, housewives, and ordinary citizens. Slammed doors in farces, killed herself in tragedies, kissed and slapped faces in romantic comedies, been shipwrecked, robbed, cheated on, murdered, lied to, fallen in love over and over, tried to escape evil stepmothers and found severed heads. She has killed emperors, seen ghosts, gone mad and been shot in the head an uncommon amount of times.
She loves language and spends any time she has away from stage and screen teaching.
During this online workshop, we will explore breathing concepts for singing and postural alignment. You will be provided with vocal exercises to both engage and help to build the singing voice. Finally, we will use vocal repertoire (musical theatre and/or pop excerpts) to help anchor the previous concepts. This workshop will be interactive and I am hopeful that all participants will be willing and comfortable to sing independently for your supportive colleagues during our time together!
ABOUT THE ARTIST
As a performer, Christopher's selected credits include: the Stratford Festival, Charlottetown Festival, Drayton Entertainment, Grand Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, National Arts Centre, and the Canadian Opera Company. As an arts educator, he currently teaches with the Sheridan College Bachelor of Musical Theatre Program, Randolph College for the Performing Arts, and the Toronto District School Board.
Christopher is the Artistic Producer of Toronto Musical Concerts, having produced and directed: Into The Woods, Assassins, Cocktails & Candy Canes, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Parade and Urinetown (In Concert). As writer/composer, Christopher created the critically acclaimed contemporary musical drama, Living With Henry (2011 Toronto Fringe, 2012 Next Stage Festival, 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival). He also performed his one-man musical cabaret, Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva) internationally (2016 Edinburgh Fringe, Toronto, New York City).
This fun and interactive workshop will ask the young actor to dive in and take risks. Through exercises, imagination and improvisation Ryan will guide the students to making strong choices with high stakes. Ryan’s focus on breath, impulse and importance will add to a young actor’s toolbox when beginning with a new character or scene, finding new ways in to creating something special.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ryan has been a part of the Canadian Entertainment Industry for over 25 years. A graduate from Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Program Ryan has enjoyed opportunities to perform on many stages and in many mediums. Some of his favourite stage credits include: Falsettos (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre) Avenue Q (Citadel Theatre - Sterling Award) Assassins (Toronto Musical Concerts) Rocky Horror Show (Sudbury Theatre Centre) The Normal Heart (Studio 180 - Dora Nom) Living with Henry (Off Bway - Performance Award) Will the Real JT LeRoy Please Stand Up (Buddies in Bad Times - Dora Award) Ryan has also appeared many TV programs and Films including: Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) Saving Hope (CTV) Bitten (SyFy) Warehouse 13 (Space) Queer As Folk (Showtime) The Dog Walker (TIFF) Cosmopolis (Cronenberg). As Director: Matilda & Secret Garden (Mainstage Theatre Company) Two Kittens and a Kid (Edinburgh Fringe) Downtown Jay (Toronto Fringe) Finally as an Arts Educator Ryan has taught in the GTA for Studio 180, and is currently on faculty at George Brown Dance where he teaches the Acting programme as well is performance and show consultant for their Next Stage and In Haus presentations.
This workshop, Introduction to Voice Production introduces vocal training by moving through the first steps of breath awareness and release. Even if you already are a voice professional or even if you have never even been aware of your voice, this workshop’s basic beginner level can benefit everyone as both a solid review and for new insights. All work will be geared to sitting so as to make participation easier by remote teaching/learning. We will first briefly discuss, clarify and compare knowledge about the natural technique of breathing. Then we’ll chat about some of the physical blocks we know and maybe aren’t aware of that can reduce and get in the way of full easy breath. Then, comes the main work. From our chairs, we will learn and drill/repeat a special sequence of stretches and breath exercises to help us with initial breath awareness and natural breath release to open up our voices.
I recommend that everyone have a short piece of text handy (NOT MEMORIZED!) for use to integrate the work. This is the first step for training the voice for professional use!
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Julia is a professional actor and voice/speech and accent coach.: M.F.A in Voice Teaching from York University. Apprenticeships at the Canadian National Voice Intensive and The Denver Center Theatre Company.
Teaching: ART/The Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University; NTS (Head of Voice/Speech); The Banff-Citadel Professional Theatre Training Program; and the American Academy of Dramatic Art.
Selected Theatre coaching: Associate Voice Coach for NYC Broadway Production Matilda, the Musical at the Shubert Theater; Associate Voice Coach for Tamburlaine at Theatre for a New Audience TFANA(Off-Broadway); English Clarification for La Belle et La Bete 4Dart Theatre at BAM NYC; and for Gad Elmaleh at his Carnegie Hall debut; Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West (NAC); The Other Side of the Moon/The Andersen Project (World Tour for Yves Jacques); Indecent, The Angel and the Sparrow, Oslo (The Segal Centre); Good People, Intimate Apparel (The Centaur Theatre)
Selected Film/tv coaching: The Umbrella Academy Season 2, Locke & Key, On Becoming A God in Central Florida (for Theodore Pellerin) Cardinal (for Karine Vanasse); X-Men: Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix, Brooklyn, Assassin’s Creed Series (Ubisoft).