Workshop (Online): Self-Tapes and Presenting Yourself on Zoom – Walterdale Theatre

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Workshop (Online): Self-Tapes and Presenting Yourself on Zoom – Walterdale Theatre

When the world slowed down to cope with the pandemic, society began operating behind screens. As the waves receded, things started moving “back to normal”. The performing industry turned to online taped sessions for auditions and promotions for theaters, film, choirs and venues. Auditions expanded from the neighborhood to across the country. Artists and educators taped how-to videos to share to the world.

In Co-ordination with Theatre Alberta, Walterdale Theatre presents Self-Tapes and Presenting Yourself on Zoom. Our instructors, Karen Johnson-Diamond and Griffin Cork, present a workshop to assist in mastering your technique of taping and audition pieces.

For the safety of the participants and the spirit of the workshop, this two day course will be offered over the Zoom platform.

Join us on October 23 and 24 from 7:00 – 9:00 MDT
Price: $25 for non-members
Free for Walterdale Theatre members
Maximum 20 participants
Please contact [email protected] to register. Deadline to register is October 16
Participants are asked to: wear comfortable clothes, have an area for movement and free of distractions; bring a water bottle and your thinking caps.

Walterdale Theatre would like to acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting grounds, gathering place, and travelling route to the Cree, Saulteaux (So-toe), Blackfoot, Métis, Dene (De-nay) and Nakota Sioux (Sue). We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.

Instructors

Karen Johnson-Diamond is an award-winning actor, working in western Canada for over 30 years including Film and TV. She is also a theatre director and a professional improviser. Karen co-founded, and is the former Artistic Producer of Dirty Laundry- The Completely Improvised Comedy Soap Opera and Dirty Laundry- The Next Generation. Karen is a champion for emerging talent and serves as the Administrative Director of ARTSTREK, Theatre Alberta’s summer drama camp for teens. Karen acts as a coach for young actors teaching countless classes and workshops such as auditioning, acting for camera, monologue coaching and improvisation. She also teaches at the post-secondary level at schools. Along with many nominations, Karen is the recipient of two Betty Mitchell awards for Outstanding Performance by an Actor as well as the Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences. As a writer, Karen co-created and starred in CBC radio’s “Absolutely Alberta” and co-wrote the Betty Award winning play “An Eye for an Eye”

Griffin Cork is an actor and producer currently based in Calgary, and he received his BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta. He’s been working professionally in film, theatre and voice for over a decade, and can be seen on Heartland (CBC), Abracadavers (The Fantasy Network/Amazon Prime), Pet Heroes (CMTV), and Hug-O-Gram (REVERY, Telus Optik). He has worked with a number of theatre companies including Theatre Calgary, Theatre Junction, The Shakespeare Company, Lunchbox Theatre, Birnton Theatricals, Thou Art Here Theatre, Calgary Opera, Shakespeare By The Bow, W&M Physical Theatre, and the In Arms Theatre Collective. You may also recognize his voice as Kouji Ibuki on Cardfight! Vanguard, Brutal of the Martial Arts on Futurecard BuddyFight X, and Kibaltes on Futurecard BuddyFight Hundred. Griffin was named a Lieutenant Governor Emerging Artist in 2020 and one of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ Top Young Artists in 2017.

This workshop is sponsored by Theatre Alberta with funding from The Alberta Foundation for the Arts as part of the Workshops by Request: Hometown Series.

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