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Workshops (Calgary): Devised Theatre Training – Ghost River Theatre

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Workshops (Calgary): Devised Theatre Training – Ghost River Theatre

Ghost River TheatreGhost River Theatre presents two opportunities for
in 2013-2014


November 8-11, 2013 in Calgary, AB

A dive-in, kamikaze introduction to some of the devising techniques that Ghost River Theatre used in such shows as the award-winning The Highest Step in the World and Reverie. Designed for emerging and established artists and educators and led by co-Artistic Directors David van Belle and Eric Rose.

Topics covered:

• collaborative creation dynamics
• visual approaches to storytelling
• non-traditional text generation
• key principles of healthy creation practices

A rigorously participatory, hands-on, wonderfully intense four-day weekend.

Earlybird/Equity rate: $325
After October 15, 2013: $350

For more information or to apply contact intensive registrar Kevin Jesuino at
To apply for admission please send your resume and a brief letter of interest via e-mail. You may be contacted for a short telephone interview.


May 5-24, 2014 in Calgary, AB

Led by Ghost River Theatre co-Artistic Directors David van Belle and Eric Rose, the Devised Production Intensive is a longer, comprehensive, advanced program of studydesigned for established and emerging artists and educators. Open to adventurous artists in all media (including theatre designers, dramaturges, writers, performers, dancers, visual artists, musicians, video artists), the intensive will explore the complexities and potentials of a guided, complete devised production process, from initial idea to public presentations, in three weeks of intensive, hands-on creation.

The intensive covers topics included in our four-day introduction, plus:

• dramaturgy of devised work through a practical creation process
• audience engagement theory and techniques
• long-term strategies for collaboration and decision-making
• workshops in marketing and grant writing, specifically tailored to the challenges of new work creation
• the building of a national network of artists who are versed in a common process and interested in future collaborations

Earlybird/Equity rate: $1,100
After January 31, 2014: $1,250

Billets and financial support may be available. Early application is encouraged to enable Ghost River to support participants’ funding applications.

Application deadline is April 1, 2014.

To apply please submit:

  • A current CV (including contact information) 
  • Letter of interest (maximum one page, outlining your program of work/career goals, and your interest in the intensive) 
  • A telephone interview may be required. 
  • Please contact Kevin Jesuino at  for more information or to register.


Eric Rose is a multi-award winning director, creator, playwright, dramaturg, and educator. His passion for the creative process has inspired the diversity of his theatrical experience spanning: large scale contemporary and classical theatre, site-specific performance, devising theatre, new play development, physical theatre and dance. Recent GRT credits: directing Jason Carnew’s ONE (Betty Award Outstanding Production, Betty Nomination Outstanding Direction, Canadian Stage Award for Direction-SummerWorks), directing/co-writing The Highest Step in the World (Betty Award Outstanding Production, short-listed for the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Prize, recipient of the CITT Award for Technical Merit).

David van Belle Born in Amsterdam and raised all over Canada, David van Belle is a Calgary-based director, actor, playwright and performance creator. He is currently Co-Artistic Director of Ghost River. David came to Calgary in 1999 to do his MFA in Directing, and spent seven years as part of the ensemble of One Yellow Rabbit. He is currently in the midst of co-writing Ghost River’s new creation,The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, with Ghost River Co-AD Eric Rose. David is also an independent theatre artist, having created such works as BUZZ JOB! The True Story of Cal Cavendish with Calgary’s Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor and The Invisible Projectduring a month-long residency at Calgary’s largest homeless shelter. This year David is also creating a new show, Of Fighting Age, with Calgary’s Verb Theatre at the High Performance Rodeo, and will be teaching devised creation at the University of Alberta in the spring.

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