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Workshop (Calgary): Advanced Technical Design Intensive – Ghost River Theatre

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Workshop (Calgary): Advanced Technical Design Intensive – Ghost River Theatre

Ghost River Theatre, workshopEarly Bird Rates for Ghost River Theatre’s: Advanced Technical Design Intensive

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Led by longtime Ghost River Theatre audiovisual designer and programmer Matthew Waddell, the Advanced Technical Design Intensive is for those looking to dive deeper into technical design, digital art creation and media playback. This four-day, 18 hour, workshop will combine lectures, live demos and in-class exercises that introduce participants to concepts of graphic programming for audiovisual performance, installation and show control. The intensive is intended for students, technicians, designers, artists, and educators who already have experience working with computers for performance or installations. No experience is necessary for the specific software we will cover.


  • QLab as a multimedia playback and control system. We will review all the features of Qlab and look at how it can be used to control complex media playback systems.
  • Max/MSP and Touch Designer for audio and video creation and playback . This will be an introduction to two very powerful audio and video software programming environments. We will cover the basic operations and principles of graphic programming, build interactive realtime playback devices, break down how Touch Designer was used in The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst and more.
  • Automation and control systems including networking, MIDI and OSC. We will look at how these two network protocols can be used to control and synchronize everything from sound to lights to video to robots to fire blasters. We will look at MIDI controllers and how they can be integrated to add another level of control to your performance system.
  • Advanced audio and video creation and playback techniques including optimizing your content for fast playback and editing, realtime effects, advanced video mapping, room EQ, easy/affordable ways to achieve a balanced sonic environment and more.


  • December 8: 6pm – 9pm;
  • December 9: 6pm – 9pm;
  • December 10 10am – 5pm; and
  • December 11: 10am – 5pm.

LOCATION: Joyce & Quentin Doolittle Studio (one floor above the F.R. Matthews Theatre) at the University of Calgary


  • Early bird/Equity rate: $350 + GST.
  • After November 1st, 2016: $375 + GST.

To learn more, and to register, visit

Deadline to apply, November 30, 2016.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Matthew Waddell is an audiovisual artist, multimedia programmer and educator. Matthew has been involved with digital arts for the last ten years and programs his own audiovisual performance software which has been used in Theatre, Dance, New Media, Music creation and recently Architectural Building Projection.

As a musician, he has performed in a number of festivals including Mutek, Suoni per il Popolo and Le Festival des Musiques de Creation de Jonquiere. He has attended residencies at the Banff Centre and the Society for Arts and Technology in Montreal and presented New Media work in Quebec and France. Matthew is an instructor and coach in the production department at the National Theatre School of Canada. Recent Ghost River Theatre credits include: Window, The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, Tomorrow’s Child, and Reverie. Elsewhere: The Huron Bride (Vertigo), Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary), and Mary’s Wedding (ATP).

Matthew has received two Betty Mitchell Awards: Outstanding Projection Design, (The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, 2015) and Outstanding Sound Design (ONE, 2011) and a Calgary Critics Award for Best Technical Design (Tomorrow’s Child, 2014).

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