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Workshop (Alberta): Directing and Design in Translation

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Workshop (Alberta): Directing and Design in Translation


Vertigo Theatre and The Southern Jubilee Auditorium Jube School Program have teamed up to present Directing and Design in Translation, a training program that offers professional development and advancement opportunities to emerging artists who are actively trying to build a career in the performing arts sector. By offering mentorship and training from inspiring professional artists, the program seeks to bolster the skill sets and networks of participants, so they are more prepared to bridge the gap of scale and context that exists between independent and institutionalized theatres.

Our first workshop will focus on artistic concept, and the essential collaboration between director and designer. Early career theatre directors and designers are often wearing multiple hats, working in isolation with limited resources, and with little time in their venue to realize large or complex concepts. Our goal is to give participants the opportunity to dream a little bigger, and to exercise their collaborative skills without the pressures of production. Guided by a team of instructors, directors and designers will be paired up in order to dive into artistic concept on a chosen work. Participants will be encouraged to collaborate with rigour and without restriction, on a production concept for the Vertigo or Jubilee stage.

The design workshop will be led by Andy Moro (Article 11) and Kathryn Smith (Vertigo Theatre)

The directing workshop will be led by Craig Hall (Vertigo Theatre) and Jenna Rodgers (Chromatic Theatre/Vertigo Theatre).

Who Should Apply?

These workshops are for Alberta-based designers and directors who may only have had the opportunity to work in small independent theatres and who may have found barriers in making the jump to mid-sized and larger theatres. A select group of artists will be given the opportunity to learn and experiment in a one-week intensive led by professional artists with complimentary experience, skill sets and specialties.

*Please note that we have reserved 30% of the workshop spots for BIPOC artists.



Workshops will be held ONLINE and will run concurrently from 10 am to 2 pm MDT on:

  • Monday July 13
  • Wednesday July 15
  • Friday July 17

How much does it cost?

It is free to apply. There will be a $100 registration fee upon acceptance into the workshop. Applicants will be considered for a bursary if costs are prohibitive.

More information can be found at

Application Form:

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