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Summer Workshop Series

Join us this summer for a series of free workshops that will focus on theatre creation, acting, movement, voice, and more! See below for a description of each workshop and instructions on how to register, followed by detailed accessibility information.

Introduction to Place-Based Practices: “Presencing” and Land Acknowledgement Creation

Through utilizing an Indigenous framework to explore theatre creation, this workshop series welcomes everyone to consider their personal connections to the lands and waters of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations, as well as their own personal histories of how they came to be here. By “presencing” our beyond-human relations through movement, sound, and self-generated text, we will deepen our understanding of how to creatively engage with land acknowledgements to reflect Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and seeing. As this is a series, we hope you will join us for all three workshops. We encourage all participants to come with an open heart and mind, so that we may gather in a good way to honour the protocols of our host nations.

Led by: Ceanna Wood (Métis Nation 1) and Natalie Davidson
Ages: 16+
August 8*, 11, and 15 @ 5:30–7:30 PM — SOLD OUT
BMO Theatre Centre, Studio A (*a portion of the first workshop will take place outdoors at a nearby park)

Embodied Voice and Movement

Part 1: Actors' Tools for Public Speaking
Learn how tuning into the breath, body, and voice can help all people uncover their natural ability to captivate an audience.
Instructor: Jennie Bissell

Part 2: Movement Exploration for the Stage
Movement begins internally in our bodies. Come learn how to work from impulse and also in stillness, and explore movement, rhythm, quality, shapes, extensions, and energy.
Instructor: Julio Rodriguez

Ages: 16+
Tue, Aug 16, 10 AM–12 PM
Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre


Advanced Scene Study

For people with previous acting experience, this workshop will guide participants through techniques based on the work of Michael Chekhov and Stanislavsky to determine given circumstances and conflict within a scene, focusing on finding objectives and playable action.
Instructor: Andrii Krupnyk

Ages: 18+
Wed, Aug 17, 6–8 PM — SOLD OUT
BMO Theatre Centre

Disability Representation in Monologues

This workshop is open to those who identify as living with a physical disability. We will explore how to create and perform original monologues. The workshop will include writing, improv, text analysis, character work, and more. Join us for an afternoon of storytelling, exploration, and content creation.

Instructors: Amy Amantea and Hila Graf
Ages: 18+
Tue, August 23, 5–7 PM
BMO Theatre Centre

To register, email Amy Amantea, Accessibility Coordinator, at aamantea@artsclub.com.


Unconscious Bias and Playwriting

Part 1: Unconscious Bias: Deconstructing the Art We Create and the Art We Consume
This workshop is designed to help us examine how implicit attitudes, judgements, and stereotypes can result in subtle forms of prejudice in the work we consume and create. We will identify why we "typecast," and how to challenge those ideas through our creativity, our voices, and our art.
Instructor: Coral Santana

Part 2: Unleash the Hidden Playwright
Using plot, characters, rhythm, language, and music, this workshop offers an introduction to playwriting. Discover hidden worlds through stories you have yet to tell!
Instructor: Althea Cunningham

Ages: 16+
Wed, Aug 24, 6–8 PM
Online via Zoom


The Arts Club prioritizes accessibility in our program offerings. The Summer Workshop Series provides:

  • Workshop materials in an accessible format
  • Accessible and gender-neutral washrooms
  • Sighted guide assistance
  • Space for PSWs

If you have specific access needs, please contact Amy Amantea, Accessibility Coordinator, at aamantea@artsclub.com, and we will do our best to accommodate them. For more information, contact Hila Graf, Education & Community Engagement Manager, at hgraf@artsclub.com.


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