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Workshop (Calgary): Developing New Work Without Killing It – Urban Curvz Theatre

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Workshop (Calgary): Developing New Work Without Killing It – Urban Curvz Theatre

Urban Curvz Theatre

Photo Credit: Aldona B
Photo Credit: Aldona B

Developing New Work Without Killing It
(A Master Class with Karen Hines)

November 28-30, 2014

When do readings help or hinder a script? How can design help or hinder performance? How does the performer affect a new play? How do direction and dramaturgy evolve through production? How to dramaturge a wordless show?

Karen Hines is an award-winning playwright, director and performer. Under her expert guidance during this three-day master class, theatre artists – designers, directors, writers, dramaturges and actors- will explore all aspects of creating new work.

Each participant will be invited to bring in a scene or snippets from new work, experiments, old work. A virtual walk through basic phases of production (creation, dramaturgy, design, rehearsal, tech, run) will provide the course structure. Actors will perform, directors will direct, writers and dramaturges will sit by supportively as we engage in a process of theatrical research much like standardized patient courses – only the patients will be us.

In the end, nothing will be created, but the questions for creation will be asked: how do we balance core values such as respect, professionalism and a “first do no harm” approach while aspiring to fearlessness, originality and transcendence? The aim is for participants to leave with a greater awareness and of each and every aspect of new work development and its possibilities.

The Master Class will take place at Cragie Hall, University of Calgary

The class will run from 11-5 each day. (6 hours)

The investment for this class is $250.
Register before October 15, 2014 and receive an early bird discount of $200.*

Registration for this workshop is limited. Preference will be given to those artists with higher-level training and/or professional experience. Please submit a resume and brief statement (500 words) about your interest in the class to Ann Galbraith

*Bursaries may available. Please contact Ann Galbraith if you require financial assistance.

Note: this class in open to theatre artists of all genders.

Karen Hines: Bio
Karen Hines is an award-winning writer, performer and director and two-time finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Her highly theatrical stage plays, including Drama: Pilot Episode; Citizen Pochsy; Hello…Hello; Oh baby and Pochsy’s Lips, have been published by Coach House Books and presented across Canada, in America and Germany. As a director and dramaturg, her collaborations include all of adult horror clowns Mump & Smoot’s many shows from the Fringe to off-Broadway, Yale Rep and La Jolla Playhouse, and Linda Griffiths’ HeavenAbove as well as her Age of Arousal, which has gone on to productions across Canada, America and the U.K. Originally from Toronto, Karen recently moved to Calgary where she has been Alberta Theatre Projects’ Playwright in Residence, written Western and National Magazine Award-winning articles, and written and directed a trilogy of internationally prize-winning short films adapted from The Pochsy Plays. Karen is currently finishing three new plays including The Bechdel Fail, which was a 2014 recipient of the Enbridge Playwright’s Award.

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