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Workshop (Banff): The Storytelling Body – Mask Performance With The Wonderheads

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Workshop (Banff): The Storytelling Body – Mask Performance With The Wonderheads


A student works with an Emotion Mask in a Wonderheads mask performance workshop in Pittsburgh, PA. Photo by Ben Filio.


March 6-8, 2020
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Presented in partnership with Canadian Academy of Mask & Puppetry
Registration deadline: February 19, 2020


Journey into the world of visual storytelling and mask performance with Victoria-based physical theatre company the Wonderheads.

Participants will gain clarity and economy of physical expression, improved body awareness, and a greater understanding of what it means and how it feels to bring a fully realized character to life through mask exploration and articulate gestural investment.


Kate Braidwood, Wonderheads Co-Founding Artistic Director, is an actor, deviser, sound designer, director, teacher, and mask maker. She has performed nationally and internationally, and her masks are used in the Wonderheads’ own work as well as on stages and in classrooms around the world. Kate holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Victoria and an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International, where she trained as an actor-creator.

Andrew Phoenix, Wonderheads Co-Founding Artistic Director, is an actor, deviser, director, and teacher. He completed his BFA in Acting at Texas State University and completed his MFA degree in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre at Dell’Arte International, and went on to perform and teach in India with Clowns without Borders USA, and to direct and teach at Intiman Theatre in Seattle.

Wonderheads is a multi-award winning physical theatre company specializing in mask performance and visual storytelling. In this distinct style of storytelling, Wonderheads make it their business to step beyond words and ignite the hearts and imaginations of every audience member. Their work has consistently garnered rave reviews and been honoured with accolades, such as 12 Best of Fest awards and five Critics’ Choice awards. In 2013 the company was named one of 10 Scion Motivate finalists, a U.S. national contest recognizing entrepreneurs in the creative arts.


Registration Deadline: February 19, 2020
Arrival Date: March 5 or 6*
Departure Date: March 8 or 9*
Tuition: $340
Banff Centre Registration Fee: $35
Accommodation: private rooms $65/night or shared rooms $35/night
Meals: $41/person/day
Total: ranges from $575 to $800 depending on arrival and departure dates and choice of private or shared accommodations.

Please note: A $100 deposit is required upon registration. Prices are approximate, inclusive of GST, and subject to change. An additional fee of $100 will be charged to participants residing outside of Alberta.

*Workshop will start at approximately 9:00am Friday, March 6, 2020, and end no later than 5:00pm on Sunday, March 8, 2020. There will be an optional meet and greet on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in the evening.


Current Theatre Alberta members who reside in Alberta and are in financial need are eligible to apply for financial assistance to cover between 25% to 75% of the tuition fee. Funds are limited and will be awarded to those in greatest need. The deadline to apply for financial assistance is February 19, 2020.


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