Workshop (Edmonton): Live Performance for the Virtual Stage – Edmonton Arts Council

Laptop computer set up as a stage. Text: Live Performance for the Virtual Stage - Tuesday, February 23 1-3pm. RSVP to grants @edmontonarts.ca. Limited participation - book early.

Live Performance for the Virtual Stage
Tuesday, February 23, 1:00-3:00pm

Limited Participation – Book early!

Live Performance for the Virtual Stage is a two hour online workshop designed to provide technical information and inspiration for creating live online entertainment using the resources you have available. The workshop is for individuals or groups who usually create art for live performance and are interested in learning how to transfer live performance to an online medium. This includes theatre makers, dancers, solo performance artists, variety artists, magicians, etc. It is also designed to cater to a wide range of budgets, technical know-how, and equipment. To register for this free session, email [email protected].

Workshop (Online): Voice Over Classes for All Levels – VoiceSpot

VoiceSpot Presents…
Online Voice Over Classes for All Levels

Celebrating 25 years in support of your voice over community, VoiceSpot offers classes for everyone from raw beginners to those who have plenty of experience and wish to extend their skills and brush up on the basics.

If you’re just starting out in voice over, why not start with our Level 1 class for a great introduction to the industry?

Level 1 – The Voice Over Adventure with Scott Roberts
Saturdays and Sundays, January 23rd to February 6th
Start Time: 12pm Mountain time
www.voicespotwcs.com

For those who have experience, you can brush up on your existing voice over skills and take the next logical step in your voice over career with Level 2, open to those who have taken our Level 1 class OR those who have a performance background.

Level 2 – Performance for Microphone with Doug de Nance
Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 9th to 25th
Start Time: 6pm Mountain time
www.voicespotwcs.com

Interested in extending your skillset into Audiobooks? We have classes to teach you the basics of audiobook narration, as well as the business side of that industry. Our first full class starts in April, but why not get a taster of it before then with one of our Audiobook Performance Workouts?

Audiobooks Performance Workout with Dawn Harvey
Friday February 19th
Start time: 5pm Mountain time
www.voicespotwcs.com

For other classes, including further Level 1s and 2s, Levels 3 and 4, Audiobooks and Voice Gyms, see our full Class Schedule.

Come have some fun!

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“25 Years – Building Your Voice Over Community”
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Workshop (Online): Intro to Magic with Byron Martin

Byron Martin (instructor) performing a card trick

Intro to Magic: Beginner Card Technique – ONLINE

Do you like card tricks? Ever wanted to try your hand at magic? This class will show you behind the scenes and give you the tools to amaze your friends and family with awesome card tricks! Beginner Card Technique will cover things like false shuffles, forces, controls and other essential card magic repertoire for anyone interested in performing card magic.

  • Dates: Sundays, 2:00pm – 4:00pm on ZOOM
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites: None (Ages 18+)
  • INSTRUCTOR- BYRON MARTIN

Byron is the Artistic Director of Grindstone Theatre and has been performing magic professionally since 2015. As a magician Byron has performed as part of the Amplify Festival, Winnipeg Fringe and Edmonton Fringe Festivals. He has worked for several years doing street magic as well as corporate shows and walk around magic for companies like Fort Edmonton Park, Theatre Network, The University of Alberta, Mile Zero and The Art Gallery of Alberta. Byron is a member of the Edmonton Magic Club and in 2019 Byron travelled to Spain to study under Dani DaOrtiz which inspired his one hour solo card magic show Almost Magic.

For more information and to register visit Grindstonetheatre.ca or email Monica Gate at [email protected]

Workshop (Online): Finding Your LGBTQ+ Community in Rural Alberta – Alberta Parenting For The Future Association

Picture of Luc Tellier. Text: Finding Your LGBTQ+ Community in Rural Alberta. January 19, 7:30pm. Free registration via Eventbrite

For teens who self-identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community in grades 9 – 12.

Growing up in a small town is a challenging event, but it is a survivable one. And there is strength in numbers, even when those numbers are scattered across the prairies. Join Luc Tellier for a free virtual conversation about growing up as a LGBTQIA+ teen in rural Alberta.

The event is totally free to attend, but advance registration is required through this link: www.eventbrite.ca

About Luc Tellier

Luc is a theatre actor, director, educator, and LGBTQ+ community activist. Having grown up in rural Alberta as a queer teen, Luc has an unbridled passion for the promotion of LGBTQ+ visibility, inclusivity, and community for youth. Luc recently taught at the Alberta Provincial GSA Conference, exploring how theatre can be used to animate difficult conversations in the classroom. Additionally, Luc is the program coordinator for YouthRiot YEG (a playwriting program for queer teens), and has provided Queer dramaturgy and outreach for productions at MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts Program, Fort Edmonton Park’s Capitol Theatre, and the Citadel Theatre Young Acting Company. As an actor, Luc has been seen in over 25 professional productions across western Canada, and recently received the Lieutenant Governor Award for Emerging Artist and a Sterling Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre For Young Audiences.

 

Workshop (Edmonton): Taxes for Artists – Edmonton Arts Council

Taxes for artists - Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00pm. RSVP to grants@edmontonarts.ca

Taxes for Artists
Tuesday, January 26, 6:00pm

In this year of COVID and assorted weirdness, it’s more important than ever to understand your rights and obligations for the upcoming taxes deadline. Accountant Janis Richards guides you in organizing your records and understanding how to report income and what expenses you can claim, including any CERB repayments. To register for this free session, email [email protected].

Workshop (Online): Inner and Interpersonal Wellness on Set and Stage

Inner and Interperonsal Wellness on Set and Stage - facilitated by Emma Chahal and Megan Gilron

Sunday February 21, 2021
10am-1pm PST/11am-2pm MST/ 1pm-4pm EST
Platform: Digital workshop
Eventbrite link: www.eventbrite.com
Workshop access information will be sent out 24hrs. prior to workshop.

This workshop will provide practical, experiential information about navigating wellness and self care for professionals working in performance. We will specifically cover self-care and self-regulation in the context of intimacy coordinators and directors, but anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

Using a trauma-informed lens, we will explore: embodiment techniques to soothe the nervous system, holistic strategies for moving through emotions, and how to stay centered during difficult moments. This workshop is an incredibly valuable tool to avoid burnout, promote body/mind wellness in performance spaces, and work sustainably.

 

Workshop (Online): Embodied Voice and Text – Morpheus Theatre

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EMBODIED VOICE & TEXT

Start off your New Year by refreshing your approach to the sounds of speech. In this 2-hour workshop, the origin of sound impulses will be planted firmly in the body, rather than in the mouth. After playfully physicalizing our way through the vowel and consonant sounds of English, we will put them back together again in the form of a short piece of text and use our playful curiosity to discover fresh insights.

When: January 27 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Online via Zoom link (will be provided to those registered)
Suggested price: $25
Pay What You Can pricing available.

To purchase tickets online:
morpheustheatre.ca

Instructor Bio:
Laurann Brown headshotLaurann J Brown recently returned to her hometown of Calgary after 10+ years working as a voice and dialect expert in London, UK. She specializes in practical voice, dialect coaching, accent softening for EFL speakers, and mindfulness through breath and voice.

In London, Laurann taught in many drama schools including, three years as Head of Voice at The Urdang Academy; and five years as Senior Voice Tutor for the BA Hons Musical Theatre at ArtsEd. Many of her students went on to win roles in leading West End musicals such as Les Misérables, Wicked, Hamilton, Matilda, Romeo & Juliet, Heathers, Waitress, and many more. In addition she worked widely as an accent coach in professional theatre and film around the UK, and maintained links to Canada as an Associate Coach at the Shaw Festival.

Her accent specialisms include Canadian, General American, American regional dialects (Southern, New York, Midwest and others), Standard English, Received Pronunciation, Cockney, Irish (Dublin), Yorkshire, French, Italian. Other dialects can be coached on request.

Additional professional training in massage therapy, yoga, meditation, 5 Rhythms Movement and Mental Health First Aid give her great insights into physicality and nervous system regulation and she is equally in demand teaching body language, vocal confidence and public speaking skills.

 

Workshop (Online): Trans-Inclusive Casting with Josephine Kearns

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Josephine Kearns

Trans-Inclusive Casting Workshop
January 20, 2021 at 7:00pm ET on Zoom

PRICE: Pay What You Want ($30-$70)

For transgender and non-binary actors, the casting process is full of potential land mines. And many casting directors continue to make the same mistakes. From writing character descriptions, to deciding who to call in, to navigating pronouns, to setting up the room – not to mention dance calls and casting of trans roles – there is much to consider. Gender Consultant Josephine Kearns will guide casting directors through ensuring your actors feel welcome, while also getting you the information you need and staying within legal boundaries.

BIO: Josephine Kearns (she/her) is a gender consultant, dramaturg, and educator who specializes in queer, transgender, and intersex identities. She has worked in theatres across the US and Canada as a pioneer in the field of gender consulting, supporting every aspect of productions from script and casting to marketing and production. Her experience spans fifteen years in professional theatre, staff positions at multiple trans-supporting organizations, and over 150 gender inclusivity trainings for schools, hospitals, government institutions, and arts organizations.

REGISTER HERE

Workshop (Alberta): Nurture Your Narrative – A Mental Health Storytelling Workshop

Nurture Your Narrative - promoting collective healing where Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour's lived experiences will be nurtured and validated.

You’re invited to Nurture Your Narrative: A Mental Health Storytelling Workshop.

The Colour Factor’s mission is to decommodify wellness and reclaim traditional ancestral forms of healing by creating brave spaces for BIPoC to connect, create and thrive!

In this workshop, you will learn the powerful tool of owning your truth and sharing your story in a private and intimate setting for ultimate freedom.

As we continue to navigate the changing landscape of our city and globe alike, welcome in a new year with the power of storytelling. We will review different storytelling formats including video, audio, spoken word and performance.

Individually we have struggled, but together we can heal!

Class will be from 5-7pm MST

There will be 4 classes in total, once a week

Agenda

  • January 6 , 2021 – WEEK 1: Introductions
  • January 13, 2021 – WEEK 2: Mind Mapping + Overcoming the fear of storytelling
  • January 20, 2021 – WEEK 3: Workshop + Lab
  • January 27, 2021 – WEEK 4: Wrap-Up

Virtual Screening and Panel to follow

Pay-What-You-Can

Please note this workshop is by donation. If finances are a barrier, please email us to discuss complimentary access.

Questions? Email [email protected]

 

Workshop (Online): Voice Over Classes – VoiceSpot

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VoiceSpot Presents…
Online Voice Over Classes for 2021!
www.voicespotwcs.com

We have announced our online classes for the first half of 2021! Open to everyone, wherever you are, as long as you can make the time work for you.

Make sure you sign up soon to take advantage of our special discounted Early Bird rates!

If you’re just starting out in voice over, why not start with our Level 1 class for a great introduction to the industry?

Level 1 – The Voice Over Adventure with Scott Roberts
Saturdays and Sundays, January 9th to 24th
Start Time: 2pm Eastern, 12pm Mountain
https://www.voicespotwcs.com/voicespot/event

Brush up on your voice over skills and take the next logical step in your voice over career with Level 2, open to those who have taken our Level 1 class OR those who have a performance background.

Level 2 – Performance for Microphone with Doug de Nance
Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 9th to 25th
Start Time: 8pm Eastern, 6pm Mountain
https://www.voicespotwcs.com/voicespot/event

For other classes, including further Level 1s and 2s, Levels 3 and 4, Audiobooks and Voice Gyms, see our full Class Schedule (https://www.voicespotwcs.com).

Workshop (Online): The Gardener and the Architect with Meg Braem

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The Gardener and the Architect:
Working from impulse to structure in playwriting with Meg Braem

Two-part workshop:
January 13 & 20 @ 7pm
Members $55
Non-members $75
*Attendance is capped. Only 10 spots available*

REGISTER HERE

Writers are often asked, “are you a gardener or an architect?” The gardener being an artist who plants a handful of seeds and waits to see what germinates while the architect starts from a set of plans and outlines. I believe all creators are both. Artists must generate material through impulse, curiosity, and wonder. This first step can be unruly and uncomfortable for those used to knowing exactly what they are trying to do. Once material has been created, the artist can begin to concentrate on finding a structure that serves the story. It is sometimes helpful to be reminded that it is spelled playwright not a playwrite, in a similar form to shipwright, meaning a builder of plays. Using playwriting to facilitate the integral steps of impulse and building structure, writers of all genres will follow their curiosity and gain tools to best articulate their ideas.

Meg Braem is an Alberta based playwright. Her plays have been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, received the Alberta Literary Award for Drama and have twice won the Alberta Playwriting Competition. Her work has been presented at the University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge, Lunchbox Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, Sage Theatre, Sparrow and Finch Theatre, Theatre Transit, Atomic Vaudeville, and Intrepid Theatre. Most recently Meg premiered Flight Risk at Lunchbox Theatre and her play The Josephine Knot was published by Playwrights Canada Press. Meg is co-author of Amplify: Graphic Narratives of Feminist Resistance (University of Toronto Press, 2019) with Norah Bowman and Dominique Hui. Meg was the Lee Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Alberta from 2017-2020 and is the 2020/21 Canadian Writer-in-Residence in the Calgary Distinguished Writer’s Program at the University of Calgary.

Resource (Alberta): Pivot Online: A Toolkit for Artists and Non-Profit Organizations

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COVID-19 has changed the way artists, the arts sector, and nonprofit organizations are engaging with Albertans. There are many phenomenal examples and insights for how artists and nonprofit organizations can pivot their work online. Even before the pandemic, technology has been changing the way we do business. The pandemic has continued to highlight why it’s so important we learn and adapt to this new world.

The Pivot Online: A Toolkit for Artists and Nonprofit Organizations is available to help artists and nonprofits work remotely and extend your reach. The toolkit captures and shares the insights from artists and organizations who have pivoted their work online and provides information, resources, and inspirations to help artists and nonprofit organizations pivot some, or all, of their operations online. You can find the toolkit on the Alberta website at alberta.ca.

In addition to the toolkit, Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women will be hosting a series of Pivot Online: A Toolkit for Artists and Nonprofit Organizations webinars for artists, artist organizations and nonprofits, and sector capacity builders. Each webinar will demonstrate specific aspects of the Pivot Online Toolkit and feature peer success stories. The webinars will also be recorded live and posted on YouTube for Albertan’s use.

Webinar dates:

  • December 16, 2020 – 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm – Virtual Organization – Remote Operations (Sector Capacity Builder)
  • January 4, 2021 – 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm – Success in a Digital World – Social Media (Artists)
  • January 6, 2021 – 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm – Virtual Organization – Programs and Services Online (Arts & Non-profit Organizations)

Please go to albertacdu.eventbrite.com to register for one or all of these webinars.

Workshop (National): Intimacy for the Stage Manager

Intimacy for the Stage Manager

Sunday December 13th
Time: Sun: 11am-2pm PST/12-3pm MT/2-5pm ET
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com

Workshop: A Google Meet link will be sent to participants 24hrs before workshop
Intimacy for Stage and Screen is a practical approach to staging Scenes of Intimacy in performance, using core principles of storytelling, choreography and consent. This workshop is focussed on this specialty from the perspective of the stage manager.

  • An overview of Intimacy Direction, and the speciality of Intimacy Director (ID)
  • How a Stage Manager can support scenes and moments of intimacy, including guidelines for when to ask for an ID skills and techniques for the SM to have (notating intimacy choreography, scheduling recommendations, technical needs)
  • How to support the production to make the process of Intimacy choreography more comfortable for everyone.
  • The SMs responsibilities to production and company members when Intimacy is involved
  • Common conversations when the production is considering bringing an ID onto the creative team
  • how does intimacy direction help to support a brave and vulnerable Creative Workspace?
  • Recording choreography for scenes of intimacy
  • Movement calls and check-ins
  • Scheduling for scenes of intimacy
  • SM kit items that could be intimacy or Respectful Workspaces related
  • Recommendations for SM self-care when Violent Intimacy is involved in the production

Participants can engage with the material in conversation throughout the event. A Google Meet link will be sent to you through Eventbrite. Closed captioning is available on this platform.

Bursaries

If you are interested in our bursary options or need support to attend please email [email protected] directly. Thank you for asking for what you need!

Sliding Scale Pricing

There are limited community tickets and discounted sliding scale tickets available for this event for individuals with financial restrictions. Tickets are first-come first-serve, but please be mindful. Union Discount of 20% for UBCP/ACTRA as well as access to sliding scale.

About the Facilitator: Siobhan Richardson is a pioneer voice in Intimacy in Performance, and was a co-founder of Intimacy Directors International. She is the first certified Intimacy Director in Canada, co-founder of Intimacy Directors International, was the first Intimacy Coordinator to be hired under an ACTRA Intimacy Coordinator contract and the first ACTRA Intimacy Coordinator contract at Ubisoft. She has been teaching Intimacy extensively across Canada over the last three years, travelling from Vancouver to Halifax to teach this work, and into Europe, in professional and amateur settings, and in educational institutions. Her work as an Intimacy Director has appeared at the National Arts Centre, The Canadian Opera Company, The Shaw Festival, The Stratford Festival, and Soulpepper, to name a few, and at numerous Theatre Training Institutions across Canada. 

www.SiobhanRichardson.com
Instagram: @fighteractress
Facebook: /SiobhanRichardsonFighterActress

Workshop (National): Intimacy Tools for the Actor

Intimacy Tools for the Actor

Friday December 11th
Location: Google Meets- Link sent 24hrs before workshop
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com
Time: 3pm-6pm PST/4pm-7pm MT/6pm-9pm ET

This workshop will provide you with the tools to better understand the full scope of your job and how best to execute it. We will cover the topics of What’s considered “intimacy”
• The role of Intimacy Directors and Coordinators
• Looking at the actor’s tools for intimacy, as a performer, as a business person, as co-worker
• Looking at tools for text work, with specific regard to scenes of intimacy
• Language for describing choreography and touch
• Voice and breath
• Supporting your own workspace
• Consent, boundaries and parameter

Participants can engage with the material in conversation throughout the event. A Google Meet link will be sent to you through Eventbrite. Closed captioning is available on this platform.

Bursaries

If you are interested in our bursary options. or need support to attend please email [email protected] directly. Thank you for asking for what you need!

Sliding Scale Pricing

There are limited community tickets and discounted sliding scale tickets available for this event for individuals with financial restrictions. Tickets are first-come first-serve, but please be mindful. Union Discount of 20% for UBCP/ACTRA as well as access to sliding scale.

About the Facilitator: Siobhan Richardson is a pioneer voice in Intimacy in Performance and was a co-founder of Intimacy Directors International. She is the first certified Intimacy Director in Canada, co-founder of Intimacy Directors International, was the first Intimacy Coordinator to be hired under an ACTRA Intimacy Coordinator contract and the first ACTRA Intimacy Coordinator contract at Ubisoft. She has been teaching Intimacy extensively across Canada over the last three years, travelling from Vancouver to Halifax to teach this work, and into Europe, in professional and amateur settings, and in educational institutions. Her work as an Intimacy Director has appeared at the National Arts Centre, The Canadian Opera Company, The Shaw Festival, The Stratford Festival, and Soulpepper, to name a few, and at numerous Theatre Training Institutions across Canada. Always infusing Joyfulness. It is her dearest wish to foster and support vibrant and healthy artists, and to help performers around the world connect more through their bodies to continually grow as storytellers and joyful co-workers.

www.SiobhanRichardson.com
Instagram: @fighteractress
Facebook: /SiobhanRichardsonFighterActress

Workshop (Online): Make it Weird – Creating Outside the Box

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The Artistic Director of Defiance Theatre, Louise Casemore, offers an exploratory workshop about creating performances outside of the norm.

In the world of theatre creation, traditional spaces are becoming increasingly out of reach. In addition to the pandemic pause on large gatherings, our stories and audience are changing.

So what do we do?

We get creative. From the realities of offering plays in non-traditional spaces to the wonderful world of immersive theatre, this workshop will address the curiosities, questions, and process behind creating theatre in unexpected spaces from two perspectives: Producer-Brain and Artistic-Brain.

Built for emerging artists to professionals alike – find the fantastic potential in making art in the unexpected!”

Artists of all experience levels are welcome.
 
Make it Weird – Creating Outside the Box is Louise Casemore’s first workshop in Wood Buffalo as part of ACWB’s Artist in Residency & Mentorship Program (AiR).

Artist in Residency follows the traditional residency model in which non-local or local professional artists spend time creating work inspired by the environment, culture and people of Wood Buffalo.
 
Date: December 6, 2020
Time: 1 – 4 p.m. (approx. 3 hours)
Location: Virtual event via Zoom
Only 10 spaces available for this workshop.
Admission Fees
FREE – That’s right, we said FREE.
Consent to Film: M’Guphynn Media will be attending to film the workshop for the documentary Sparking Creativity, which follows Carla White’s process through the Artist in Residency & Mentorship Program with ACWB.

When reserving tickets through Eventbrite, participants will be requested to check a box to acknowledge that the workshop is being filmed and consent that they may potentially be included in the documentary footage.
 
About the Artist In Residency & Mentorship Program
This iteration of AiR sees Carla White engaging as the Fall 2020 Artist in Residence, and aims to support Carla in developing a script dramatizing the events, demographics, learnings, and community-building that arose out of the 2016 Horse River Wildfire.

Louise Casemore will direct a staged reading of White’s script to be performed in Fort McMurray with a cast of local actors on December 11. Stay tuned for updates and more information.

For questions or more information, please contact the Artist in Residency Project Coordinator, Geoff Jones at [email protected].