Worshop (Online): The Meisner Approach: Awakening Authentic Performance with Sally Cacic

The Meisner Approach: Awakening Authentic Performance with Sally Cacic

*For actors of all levels.

Participants will be led to the Meisner Technique through a series of short improvised and scripted exercises, designed to awaken authentic and vulnerable performance within the actor.

Whether pursuing stage, film, or television mediums, the Meisner exercises allow actors to tap into their authentic and intrinsic needs in order to drive their performance deeper; to live “truthfully under the imaginary circumstances, moment to unanticipated moment.”

When: April 28, 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.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Feedback from a former student:

“Sally is someone who epitomizes depth. She continually demonstrates her dedication to the craft of acting and her students. I appreciate Sally’s sunny spirit which feeds into her compassionate and straight forward approach to teaching. She has a hunger to grow and share relevant industry knowledge with her students.” – Sandy Lawlor, Rogues Alumni

Instructor Bio:

Sally Cacic

Sally Cacic is a West Australian actor, director, and producer. A graduate of Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio Master Class Program and StageMilk Drama School, Sally trained in acting technique for stage, TV and film, voice and movement, and clown, in the teachings and interpretations of Constantine Stanislavski, Sanford Meisner, and Uta Hagan. Sally apprenticed to teach the Meisner Program under the mentorship of Stacie Harrison, and Film & Television under Joe-Norman Shaw, and is the Lead Instructor of the Meisner Program at Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio. Sally is also the Co-Founder of The Brolly Shelf Production Co. with Lori Bachynski.

Select film credits include Bright Hill Road (Nevermine Films), The Little Things (Shotlist Films), The Hundy (AMPIA Rosie Award Winner 2017), Joy To The World (AMPIA Rosie Award Nominee 2017), Within (Konscious Pictures), The Stalker (Late Night Pictures), The Automation (Late Night Pictures). Select theatre & dance credits include Come Home (Urban Stories Theatre), Laughter (Urban Stories Theatre), How To Almost Be An Adult (Urban Stories Theatre), Late Night At The Plaza (Late Night Productions), and Australian productions A Chorus Line (The Old Mill Theatre), and Beauty & The Beast (The Ballet Company).

Workshop (Online): Intro to Directing with Jacqueline Russell through Workshops by Request


Intro to Directing with Jacqueline Russell

Hosted by the Churchmice Players in Camrose through Theatre Alberta’s Workshops by Request: Hometown Series program.

Saturday, April 17 & Sunday, April 18, 2021
1:00 – 4:00 PM both days

In this hands-on workshop participants will explore the role of the director in taking a production from the page to the stage. Participants will investigate creating a director’s vision, auditioning and casting a show, and developing their own rehearsal process. No previous directing experience is required! Just show up ready to play and have fun.

About the instructor:

Jacqueline (she/her) is a director, performer, creator and clown. With her co-conspirator Jed Tomlinson she has created and toured two full-length clown shows, The Sama Kutra & Hushabye, to festivals across the country. She was the Artistic Producer of Urban Curvz Theatre from 2011-2015, the 2013-14 RBC Emerging Director at Lunchbox Theatre, and the Artistic Producer for Evergreen Theatre from 2008-2013. She has directed for Evergreen Theatre, Calgary Opera, New West Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, Urban Curvz, Keyano College, Calgary Young People’s Theatre, the University of Calgary, and Inside Out Theatre. She recently completed her MFA in Theatre Studies at the University of Calgary and is currently teaching clown and mask at Ambrose University.

This workshop is FREE to attend and will take place via Zoom. If you are interested in registering for this workshop, please email [email protected].

** Participants should be prepared to do a bit of work outside of class between the Saturday and Sunday session.

Workshop (Calgary): The Black Arts Development Program – Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre

The Black Arts Development (BAD) Program is centered around cultivating an environment in which our community of Black artists can tell their stories, and allow the African, Caribbean and Black Diaspora culture to thrive and flourish in the theatre sector. Through storytelling and gathering, Black writers and actors will share their lived experiences that would catalyze new works that speak from the African, Caribbean and Black perspective in Calgary. Our ultimate goal is to acclimate and nurture the African Diaspora cache of creative artists.

Why Apply For This Free Program?

The BAD Program was created and designed with Black artists in mind by providing emerging artists the tools and practical knowledge to take the next step in their artistic journey. The BAD Program has teamed up with award winning professional faculty members for a 6 weeks script writing and actors workshops. The benefits for this FREE program includes:

  • Access to professional script writers and actors that will help guide new Black artists
  • Successful applicants will be paid for the 6 week development program
  • Network with other artist on the same path
  • Small class learning
  • Practical and applied skills
  • Introduction to theatre arts organizations in Calgary
  • Collaborative opportunities with other artists and organizations
  • Enhance your professional art career


Workshop (Online): Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training (RAFT) Online

Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training (RAFT) ONLINE

The RAFT program is for those who have been working or volunteering for an arts organization and are looking to build their knowledge, individual artists of all disciplines who want to learn about organizational structures, and board members at arts organizations seeking to deepen their governance knowledge. Learn more and apply at www.rozsafoundation.org/raft.

Upon successful completion of the Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training (RAFT) program, you will be able to:

  • Explain the real-life challenges and opportunities of being a not-for-profit arts organization
  • Review a financial statement presented at a not-for-profit board
  • Evaluate an organization’s mission, vision, and value statement
  • Identify the main components that make up a strategic plan
  • Discuss the importance of doing evaluations
  • Construct a project plan based on answering the questions who, what, where, when, why, and how much

RAFT is a 22-hour program that will be delivered online through Zoom, covering the basics of arts management theory and practices. 20 hours will be in real time (synchronous) and 2 hours will be asynchronous (self-directed homework/group work).

Who should apply?: Artists, arts administrators, and board members are all welcome. Early career staff, or volunteers of arts organizations, with 0-3 years of work or volunteer experience.

When is RAFT?: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from May 4 – 24, from 10:30am – 12:30pm MT.

APPLY BY Friday, April 9 at www.rozsafoundation.org/raft

What is the tuition for RAFT?: $100/person*

*The Rozsa Foundation acknowledges that systemic barriers to equity exist when it comes to the Arts Leadership application process and program experience. We also recognize that the tuition fee may present a barrier to participation. We invite you to email Program and Granting Manager, Ayla Stephen at [email protected] and we will provide additional or alternative support that suit your individual needs.


Workshop (Online): Kids Camp & Voice Over Classes – VoiceSpot

VoiceSpot Presents…
Kids Voice Over Camp

We are very excited for our Kids Voice Over Camp starting next Monday!! 4 x 2 hour online sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with Dan Willmott.

This is an introductory class to prepare kids for professional voice over work. Topics covered include performance and mic techniques, being your own natural self in an unnatural environment, studio etiquette and more!

Parents and Guardians also will have the opportunity to discuss the industry, basic home studio setup and how to get a demo.

The class is designed for kids 8 years and older, but if you have a mature younger child, get in touch with us to discuss whether the class would be suitable for them!

Kids Voice Over Camp
with Dan Willmott
Monday through Thursday, March 29th to April 1st
Start Time: 4pm Mountain (6pm Eastern)

This Friday!!

Join us to practise your audiobook narration skills and get some invaluable feedback and guidance from multi-award winning audiobook narrator, Dawn Harvey.

One Friday a month, Dawn is giving you a chance to try out a couple of narration pieces. Maybe something that challenges you, or a new genre? Maybe you’re still new to narration and looking to get as much practice and feedback as you can?

Our next Audiobook Performance Workout is this Friday March 26th. Make sure to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 🙂

Audiobook Performance Workout
with Dawn Harvey
Friday, March 26th
Start Time: 5pm Mountain (7pm Eastern)

For other online classes, including all levels of Voice Over training, plus in-depth Audiobooks and general Voice Gyms, see our full Class Schedule.

Workshop (Online): Backstage Online – Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

ATAA Professional Development Workshops

BackStage Online
Saturday, March 27, 2021 @ 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Presenters! – Would you like to stay connected with your audience by presenting a virtual concert? Even though vaccinations are on their way, online concerts will continue to be important in the world of performance.

Join John Robertson of the Calgary Folk Club in this free ATAA workshop and listen to the tips he has on how he and the CFC have successfully navigated through the logistics of hosting an on-line concert. Their series has been entirely virtual this year. In addition, John and the CFC have been very involved with Live Streaming the Alberta Room at Folk Alliance, and the Calgary Concerto Competition. John can make sense of this whole process for you.

Discussion will include:

  • Platforms
  • Social Media Interactions
  • Encoding
  • Ticketing
  • Live Streaming
  • Pre-recorded Streaming
  • Equipment


Workshops (Alberta): CITT Alberta Offering Two Video Streaming Workshops

Please join CITT Alberta and Theatre Alberta in our presentation of two sessions focused on Video Streaming and Best Practices to help to move your theatre from the stage to a streamed screen. Both of these events will be hosted on Zoom to provide you with information safely. Audience size is limited to ensure the ability for the presenter to properly respond to your questions.

An Introduction to Streaming Your Events

Thursday 18 March 2021 at 1pm MDT (2 hours) or Friday 19 March 2021 at 1pm MDT (2 hours)
Join Rob Evans for an introductory webinar that will explore the basics around the equipment you need, how to link it together, best processes for success and how to adapt your live theatre skills for the streaming environment. **The March 18 Session is now Sold Out!**

Register here.

Advanced Training for Streaming Your Events

Tuesday 6 April through Friday 9 April at 9am MDT (4 hours, per day)
Rob Evans will return with a series of in-depth training events that will explore in greater detail, the specifics that were covered in the first event. This will include how to optimize your equipment setup and get the optimal results from your streaming system.

This 4-day session is $10 for members (individuals and groups) of CITT/ICTS and Theatre Alberta.
For non-members the cost is $20. There is some financial assistance available to those in need. Please ask us. Members must contact CITT for the discount promo code.

Non-members May Register here.

If this event sells out we will offer a second course from 2pm to 6pm on the same dates.

Topics that will be covered (in no particular order) are:

  • System Setup Best Practices
  • Audio Live-Streaming Fundamentals
  • Video Live-Streaming Fundamentals
  • Types of Streaming Captures
  • Hardware vs Software Encoders
  • Streaming Platforms Options (Pro’s and Con’s)
  • Networking Do’s and Don’ts

About the Instructor

Rob Evans has been working in the Live Events and Entertainment industry for over 20 years. His career has spanned all points between being a volunteer with community groups, all the way to being the Director of Audio Visual for a multi-million dollar high-end hotel chain.

Rob currently works with the Bert Church LIVE Theatre in Airdrie, he has worked there for 5 years, 3 of them as Technical Lead. Located next to Airdrie’s beautiful East Lake, Bert Church LIVE Theatre provides audiences with a unique opportunity to experience world renowned performers in a local setting. The 377-seat facility features professional grade technical systems and combines the charm of a small city venue with an up close and personal, accessible experience.


Workshop (National): Anti-Oppression Training for Arts Workers

Anti-Oppression Traingin for Arts Workers - Facilitated by Makram Ayache - March 27 & April 3-1:00pm-4:0pmEST. PWYC $70-$120 (if finances are a barrier please contact) To sign up visit shakespeareintheruff.com

This two day, 6 hour training is designed for theatre artists, educators, and leaders interested in deepening their understanding of Anti-Racism and 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion.

Makram Ayache is a Lebanese-Canadian community-engaged playwright, director, actor, producer and educator who splits his time between Edmonton and Toronto.

As an Anti-Oppression and Equity workshop facilitator, Makram has extensive experience working with not-for-profit, corporate, government, post-secondary, arts, and charity organizations. Currently, he facilitates 2SLGBTQIA+ (2-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual/Agender) inclusion training through the 519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto, Ontario. He runs his own consultation and training organization, Shajara, which works with organizations and individuals to make meaningful change towards equity and anti-oppression. Makram has worked with arts organizations such as Soulpepper Theatre, The Shaw Festival, and the Canadian Theatre Critics Association to create meaningful and much needed change. You may also recognise Makram as Ruff’s Education Coordinator, where he runs the Young Ruffian Program.

The training will be a blend of knowledge sharing, soft skill reflections, and applications relevant to the world of theatre.

These sessions will be entirely on zoom. Anyone with an internet connection and a desire to dive in is welcome.

Saturday, March 27th, 1pm-4pm EST
Saturday, April 3rd, 1pm-4pm EST

Sliding scale from $70- $120
If finances are a barrier for you, please contact us at [email protected]

ASL Interpretation will be provided.

Registration deadline is March 20th, 2021. Any inquiries can also be directed to [email protected].


Workshop (Edmonton): Possible Worlds – Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre

Possible Worlds
In Partnership with Improbable Games Canada

A practical, five-week course for creators at all levels of development that uses ‘world creation’ techniques from game development as a starting point to realize the landscape of an imaginary world, its inhabitants, and places where drama begins. This workshop will be led by Cree playwright Kenneth T. Williams in collaboration with game developers at Improbable Canada, an Edmonton game development start-up specializing in building the next generation of flexible multiplayer role-playing games. Possible Worlds will challenge participants to create captivating imaginary worlds for their characters to inhabit.

WHEN: MAY 22, 29, JUNE 5, 12, 19 FROM 2:00-4:30PM ONLINE.

Tiered Pricing is Available.


Workshop (Edmonton): Rattle Your Own Cage – Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre

Rattle Your Own Cage: Devised Theatre Techniques for Text-Based Playwrights

A practical, five-week course for intermediate and established playwrights who are interested in rebooting and re-examining their writing practice for a new world. David Van Belle will use techniques and principles developed during twenty years of devised theatre experience to open up new possibilities for playwrights who are used to working in a traditional script-to-production model. Topics include the embrace of impulse, randomness, restriction and collaboration, ending with a focus on creating coherence out of chaos.

WHEN: APRIL 17, 24, MAY 1, 8, 15 FROM 1:00-3:30PM ONLINE.

Tiered Pricing Available.



Workshop (Online): “Easy” Improvisation for Everyone – Morpheus Theatre

We are born great improvisers; unscripted and spontaneous. We are taught to avoid change, failure and the unknown. And then, we spend much of our adult life trying to regain what we already knew.

Improvisation is at the core of all that we do. This workshop aims at removing the things that get in our way to making improvisation easy. This particular class will reintroduce some of the basic skills as well as look at your specific needs, requests and fears.

When: March 24 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.


About the instructor

Shawn Kinley

For 35 years Shawn Kinley has been performing and teaching in various countries all over the world. (54 countries at last count). With a background in Mime, Mask, Physical Theatre and Improvisation, Shawn brings a mix of styles and tools from many areas for all skill levels and backgrounds. He is based in Canada where he performs, directs, teaches and creates when he is not touring 9 months of the year. He has worked directly with Keith Johnstone for more than 20 years and has taught in the National Theatres and Operas of Iceland, Norway, Slovenia, Scotland as well as Scientists in Israel, Technology managers in Dubai, Lawyers in the U.S., Children everywhere and various Universities in Oxford, Cambridge, Tokyo, and more. His favourite influences are from his students and he often quotes 6 year old children for their wisdom in the art of improvisation.

Workshops (Edmonton): Workshop Week – Grindstone Theatre

Sneak a little peaky at our WORKSHOP WEEKY!

March 22nd to 26th marks Grindstone’s FIRST virtual workshop week with zoom classes on:

STAND-UP Comedy with Sterling Scott: March 22nd from 7-9PM
SKETCH Writing with Ellie Heath: March 23rd from 7-9PM
IMPROV with Quinn Contini: March 24th from 7-9pm
MAGIC with Byron Martin: March 25th from 7-9pm
ACTING with Candace Berlinguette: March 26th from 7-9pm

Just like Mazda… Grindstone zoom zooms!


Workshop (Online): IN YOUR FACE- How AR (Augmented Reality) Can Enhance Online Theatre – Dirty Laundry

Your instructor – Anand Rajaram

In Your Face: How AR (Augmented Reality) can Enhance Online Theatre

You’ve probably seen & used Snapchat AR filters. This is a course on how to make them, specifically masks. It’s also a character class with a chance to play exactly as if you were wearing a physical mask. Well, not exactly, I mean it’s over computer, not in person. Also, this mask is digitally mapped to your face, unlike one of those old Greek or Comedia or Noh ones which do that spooky thing of seeming like they are changing expression though they can’t. These digital masks do change expression. So that’s different. Also, it’s less sweaty than wearing a real mask. Unless you are generally a sweaty person in which case it is the usual amount.

Space is really limited so sign up now! I mean space in the class, not like space space I mean obviously the jury is still out if its limited or infinite, though I would bet it’s actually bafflingly infinite, just to be weird.

Facilitator bio: Anand is an improviser, actor, playwright, director, musician, teacher & puppeteer. He has performed at Second City, Stratford, CanStage, VideoCabaret, and others. He is an accomplished film and tv performer as well as voiceover artist for video games and cartoons. You may sometimes hear him s a panelist on CBC Radio’s Because News. He is artistic director of @[email protected]@[email protected], currently creating AR digital content for live stream under the banner of his company, [Centre for] Cardboard Dreams.

This workshop will be 120 minutes long, with an added 30 minutes for Q&A.

Tickets are $15 each.

For folks who can’t make the $15 fee, discount codes are available!

  • -Use code ‘5off’ for a $5 discount (ticket will be $10)
  • -Use code ’10off’ for a $10 discount (ticket will be $5)

If you would like to audit this course, that is by donation.

To perform, participants need Snap Camera. To build the masks, they will need Lens Studio. **These programs use facial tracking/recognition software, therefore, participants should do their own research about their comfort level around this.

Dirty Laundry is Calgary’s only completely live, completely improvised soap opera.


Workshop (Online): Free Circus Workshops – Green Fools

Wanna Join The Circus?

The Green Fools are offering FREE online workshops as part of The Community Circus Project. All March long you can use circus to give you and your kids a reason to move.

Learn new performance techniques like clowning, mime, dance, magic, or physical comedy. Or try circus skills like juggling, poi, flower Sticks, diablo, and plate spinning. Put your visual art skills to use in cirque makeup, DIY pet costuming or making your own elephant puppet.


Green Fools is excited to partner with The Costume Shoppe for Cirque Makeup: A Solid Foundation, Quest Theatre for Kiddo Clown with Hayley Klepper, and Jube School For Make Your Own Elephant Puppet.


Workshop: (Online) Let’s Talk BIPOC plus LGBTQ2S+ plus Improv!

A discussion and exploration of improvisation and identity, focusing on BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ artists.

About this Event:

As we look to diversify our teams and audiences, we need to look at our common philosophies and what they mean in a contemporary and inclusive way. A salon-style talk regarding the topic will be followed by a session of warmups and diagnostics that focus on celebrating digital technology and improv and how we can use it to explore in new and exciting ways.

About Denzel Belin

Denzel Belin (he/him/his) is a writer, director, actor, producer, and improviser currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s a longstanding cast member and writer at The Brave New Workshop and is a staff writer for AWF Magazine and The Nordly. Denzel teaches improv for HUGE Theater, Blackout Improv, and freelances as an improv coach. @from_washington


This workshop will be 90 minutes long with the first half being the salon-style talk and the remaining time being warmups and diagnostics. There are two ticket types:

  • Active Participant, which is for folks who are BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2S+. You will be actively involved in the warmups and diagnostics session.
  • Salon & Witness, which is for everyone. You are invited to witness the warmups and diagnostics session.

Tickets are by donation, give what you can! GET TICKETS HERE.

Dirty Laundry is Calgary’s only completely live, completely improvised soap opera.