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

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

Ghost River TheatreEarly Bird Rates  for Ghost River Theatre’s Intro to Technical Design Intensive!

DESCRIPTION:  Led by longtime Ghost River Theatre audiovisual designer and programmer Matthew Waddell, the Intro to technical design Intensive is a hands-on introduction to the tools and techniques used in audiovisual design for theatre and multimedia performance. This four-day, 18 hour, workshop will combine lectures, live demos and in-class exercises that will guide participants through the process of media design from conception to delivery. The intensive is intended for students, technicians, designers, artists, and educators with little to novice experience with technical design or digital tools.


  • QLab as a multimedia playback and control system. Qlab will be the backbone of this intensive and we will learn it from the ground up, starting with the very basics and slowly moving through its many features. We will look at how audio, video and show control can be seamlessly combined and operated from a single computer.
  • Audio techniques and tools including: effects, surround-sound and live performance systems. We will address surround sound mixing and output techniques, look at software tools for making your audio sound better in the performance environment.
  • Video techniques and tools including video mapping, content creation, live camera manipulation, and effects. Examples of how to combine multiple projectors and map 3D surfaces.


  • December 1: 6pm – 9pm;
  • December 2: 6pm – 9pm;
  • December 3 10am – 5pm; and
  • December 4: 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.

Deadline to apply: November 30, 2016.

REQUIREMENTS: Although not mandatory, participants are encouraged to bring their own Mac OS laptop computers to follow along with the demonstrations. We will be using Qlab extensively. Please have it installed and ready to use when you arrive. You will also have access to a projector, so please bring a VGA adapter for your computer.

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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Photo: WINDOW presented by Ghost River Theatre and the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.

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