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March 6-8, 2020

This workshop was presented in partnership with the Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry

Program Overview

Journey into the world of visual storytelling and mask performance with Victoria-based physical theatre company the Wonderheads.
Participants gained clarity and economy of physical expression, improved body awareness, and learned a greater understanding of what it means and how it feels to bring a fully realized character to life through mask exploration and articulate gestural investment.

INSTRUCTORs: the wonderheads

The co-founding ‘heads’ of the Wonderheads are Kate Braidwood and Andrew Phoenix, who came together in 2009 resolved to do their part in conjuring a little magic and wonder into the world. They are a multi-award winning theatre company whose work is performed in full-face mask, a wordless, whimsical form rarely seen on North American stages. They have been described as “Utter magic” (CBC), “Powerful, surprising, and moving” (The Globe and Mail), and “Fantastic, in every sense of the word” (Cincinnati Enquirer). 

January 24-26, 2020

This workshop was presented in partnership with Concrete Theatre

Program Overview

Diversification of leadership in Canada’s theatres is a critical next step in the evolution of a healthy and representative community. This workshop featured discussions and collegial sharing about how we can build our skills, set up supports within current systems, and work with others to create a more equitable playing field.

Currently, self-identified culturally diverse women and non-binary people of colour hold only 3.7% of the artistic theatre leadership positions in Canada. The 3.7% Initiative aims to change that, one community at a time. Concrete Theatre leads Edmonton’s chapter of the 3.7% Initiative which was originally created in Vancouver by Sherry J. Yoon and Boca del Lupo Theatre.

Instructor Nike Jonah used the “Creative Case” to facilitate this workshop, a unique approach that looks at the dynamics between artistic practice and diversity and equality. The Creative Case is based on the observation that diversity in its widest sense is an intrinsic element in the creative act.


Nike Jonah led the highly acclaimed Arts Council of England’s Decibel Programme between 2008-2012. The Decibel Programme was designed to support and increase the profile of African, Asian, and Caribbean artists in England. Over the last five years, she has led discussions and workshops on the Creative Case for Diversity and Equality in Arts across the globe. Nike is currently a Research Fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama exploring diversity in education through the Creative Case approach.

October 18-20, 2019

This summit was presented in partnership with Calgary-ACTS and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

After the first popular and successful gathering in 2018, Theatre Alberta, Calgary-ACTS, and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Albertan community theatre producers and artists gathered for the second iteration of the summit.

Peers from across the province to explored a variety of topics through keynotes, workshops, and panel discussions.

Featuring Special International Guest Carole Williams

Carole is the National Drama Advisor at Scottish Community Drama Association. She has a degree in Contemporary Theatre Practice and a post-graduate certificate in Arts and Education from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Carole has designed and delivered skills-based workshops to theatre clubs across Scotland and provides assistance with their productions. In addition to her keynote presentation, Carole will lead a workshop on Devised Theatre & Improvisation.

Topics explored at the Summit included Volunteer Management, The Community Play, Consent & Intimacy in Rehearsal and Performance, Design & tech, fund development, marketing, and much, much more!


For questions regarding the Rocky Mountain Series please contact [email protected] or phone the Theatre Alberta Office at 780-422-8162 / 1-888-422-8160 (toll free in Alberta).

There is always an open call for  Workshops by Request: Rocky Mountain Series masterclass submissions!  If you have an idea to partner on a workshop in Banff click here to submit your request.

Theatre Alberta thanks Banff Centre for its assistance with the

Workshops by Request: Rocky Mountain Series.

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