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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

Technical Design Intensive, Ghost River TheatreEarly Bird / Equity Rates available until November 18, 2016.

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 build basic and complex audio and video cues, how to apply live effects, video mapping onto custom surfaces and non-conventional shapes, working with multiple projectors and show control using MIDI and OSC.
  • Audio techniques and tools including: effects, surround-sound and live performance systems. We will look at proper audio workflow techniques and software tools for making your audio sound better in any environment.
  • Video techniques and tools including: efficient workflow, content creation, live camera manipulation, codecs, resolutions and how to deal with large video formats while using a slow or older computer.  *No previous knowledge of Qlab required.  **Participants will receive a handbook detailing all the topics covered in class as well as program files with useful content and prebuilt examples.


  • December 1: 6pm – 9pm.
  • December 2: 6pm – 9pm.
  • December 3 10am – 5pm.
  • 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 18th, 2016: $375 + GST.

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. Download Qlab here.


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), 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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