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Workshop (Calgary): Director’s Masterclass with James Yarker – Magnetic North Industry Series

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Workshop (Calgary): Director’s Masterclass with James Yarker – Magnetic North Industry Series


As part of its Industry Series, Magnetic North Theatre Festival is offering an exciting 5-day Director’s Masterclass with UK Director James Yarker of Stan’s Café from June 7th to 11th in Calgary, Alberta. 

The workshop will focus on the challenges of devising theatre. Contending that each new show requires a custom-made creative approach, this workshop will encourage and facilitate imaginative, flexible and resourceful thinking from its participants.

The workshop will combine themed mornings, in which key topics are addressed through presentation, discussion and practical exercises, with afternoons spent working together devising a new show, joining together the themes of each morning into a coherent whole.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own experiences, interests and aspirations to the workshop, which will have a strong collaborative, peer-learning ethos. The afternoon show will be devised under the direction of James Yarker as if the workshop participants were members of Stan’s Cafe and conclude in a quasi-public performance on the evening of Sunday, June 10th.

James co-founded Stan’s Cafe in 1991 and since then he has guided the company through approximately fifty productions and led them to be in demand around the world. He gained an MPhil exploring notions of presence and absence on the stage, is regularly invited to lecture, give talks and, appearances on panel discussions. This season, Stan’s Cafe is presenting work at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s World Shakespeare Festival, a co-production with The REP, as well as installing pieces in two parks in Birmingham and a 12 minute long opera.

Workshop Fee $250

Deadline to apply is April 30. To apply, please send your resume along with a letter of interest to Lee Cookson: Ghost River Theatre is the producer of this year’s Industry Series.

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