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Workshops (Calgary): Verbatim Theatre & the Climate Breakdown – Lunchbox Theatre

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Workshops (Calgary): Verbatim Theatre & the Climate Breakdown – Lunchbox Theatre

CLIMATE BREAKDOWN PLAY
Calling all writers, theatre artists, journalists & people concerned about the climate breakdown!
Lunchbox Theatre is proud to present a verbatim theatre workshop.


Like live documentaries, these plays are made from interview transcripts. Led by Yvette Nolan and Joel Bernbaum, this workshop will offer participants the tools and skills to make a verbatim theatre play about the climate breakdown.


Join us for this special free workshop on Monday, March 18 from 10 am – 6 pm at the Lunchbox Theatre Rehearsal Hall (405–131 9th Ave SW, Calgary, AB).

The workshop is free to participate! Sign up HERE.

This workshop is the first phase of creating a new Climate Play that will be further developed as part of the Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work in June of 2024. Participants of the March 18 workshop will be invited to continue with the project. If they do so, they must commit to collecting interviews on their own time in March, April and May, and then join for a week-long workshop June 3 – 8, 2024 (exact times TBC). Participation in Stage One will be a paid opportunity. The selection process to decide which participants carry on with the project will depend on how many folks are interested and excited to commit to the work! We will make the process as open, transparent and barrier-free as possible, while acknowledging that we can only pay a limited number of artists during Stage One.

All are welcome to participate in the workshop on March 18, regardless of whether or not they can commit to the Stage One workshop.

WORKSHOP LEADERS
Joel Bernbaum is theatre artist and journalist. He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and Carleton University, where he completed his Master’s Thesis on Verbatim Theatre’s Relationship to Journalism. Joel’s produced plays include Operation Big Rock, My Rabbi (with Kayvon Khoshkam), Home Is a Beautiful Word, Reasonable Doubt (with Yvette Nolan and Lancelot Knight) and Being Here: The Refugee Project (with Michael Shamata). Joel is currently an interdisciplinary PhD student at the University of Saskatchewan, investigating the potential of theatre to strengthen cities.
Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director and dramaturg who makes theatre across Turtle Island. Her works include the play The Unplugging, the dance-opera Bearing, the libretto Shawnadithit, and the verbatim play Reasonable Doubt (with Joel Bernbaum and Lancelot Knight). From 2003–2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts.

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