by Cornelia Persich, Education Coordinator
We’ve taken your advice and created some changes!
The annual Summer Theatre Intensive takes place every August as a week of residential training on a university campus, offering a different blend of unique courses.
Due to popular demand, we have brought back the "Make ‘Em Laugh" comedy course with Heather Dick. This year’s advanced scene study course is called "Taking the Rough with the Smooth" with Christopher Newton. And anyone looking for directing courses, we have two—a beginner level lead by John P. Kelly (a favourite advanced scene study instructor in the past) and a "Directors Symposium" of five different professional directors sharing their expertise.
The location of the courses will again be Trent University in Peterborough, BUT with your help we have moved across the river to Gzowski College where it’s air-conditioned!
A highlight of the week was the visit to 4th Line Theatre to see an outdoor performance. Everyone enjoyed it so much, that we WILL be doing that again.
A few had asked that we extend the courses by one day and end on Saturday instead of Friday—this WILL allow for a restful sleep after the closing night party.
Read more about our Summer Theatre Intensive
"By George! A Theatre Immersion" is scheduled for July 12 – 17th at the Shaw Festival. You can now arrange your own preferred accommodation, enjoy post show discussion in smaller groups, the times of the post-show discussions will take place earlier in the day to allow participants to either see an evening show or to have a leisurely dinner afterwards; and some of the post-show discussions will take place in a restaurant to allow participants to have something to eat before 7:30pm.
Read more about By George!
Coming up this June, we are offering our "Youth Scene Study" courses in two different cities. We understand our need to reach out across the province, and with Ottawa Little Theatre’s assistance, we plan to do just that. For four days, youth aged 14–18 can choose which city they prefer to explore the script and develop the actors’ tools to increase communication, imagination, physical awareness and listening skills.
Read about our Youth Scene Study Program
While we attempted to offer our Weekend Retreat marking and stage management courses at Geneva Park, we did not reach our minimum numbers so it’s back to the drawing board. We hope to come up with the right combination to make these technical courses pay for themselves. Look out for another announcement in the future.
For a complete run-down of our courses, visit our website. Spring has sprung, now go forth and plant the seeds of learning!