Exploring Practice with Michael Mackenzie

Exploring Practice with Michael Mackenzie

Myth, Memory, History and Theatre

Dates: January 27 to 31, 2014
Time: 1PM to 3PM
Fee: $45 Cost: 45$ (Fee is not a barrier to anyone who might be interested/eligible)

Application guidelines: Please send a bio and letter explaining why you would like to participate in this Exploring Practice session.
Send to: emma@playwrights.ca
Subject line: Exploring Practice with Michael Mackenzie
Application deadline: December 17, 2013

A preparatory session will be held January 6, 2014 from 1pm to 3pm

The past presents itself in complex ways, the most obvious modes being myth, memory and history. Any work of theatre that takes on (in some way) the representation of the past has to take on an exploration this complexity. This workshop will examine sources and techniques for doing this exploration, focusing on the specific topics writers wish to research. Michael Mackenzie has a Ph.D in the History of Science and Technology and is an award winning playwright.

Instructor:

Michael Mackenzie plays have been produced in Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Israel, France, Portugal, England, across Quebec, Toronto and Vancouver. Recent productions include Frankfurt, Upper Franconia, Hamburg, Prague and Montreal. Michael Mackenzie has written and directed two feature films, The Baroness and the Pig (2002), and Adam’s Wall (2008). Both films were theatrically released in Canada and played a number of festivals including Sundance and the Toronto IFF. He has worked with Robert Lepage on a number of projects including dramaturge for the Cirque de Soleil’s Ka now playing at the MGM Grand in Los Vegas.

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Exploring Practice with Jonathan Garfinkel

Exploring Practice with Jonathan Garfinkel

Autobiographical Fiction

Dates: March 4 to 8, 2013
Time: 4PM to 7PM
Fee: $100 (Fee is not a barrier to anyone who might be interested/eligible)

Application guidelines: Please send us your bio and a short letter telling us how this exploration will benefit you as a professional playwright.
Send applications to: emma@playwrights.ca
Subject line: Exploring Practice with Jonathan Garfinkel
Application deadline: February 18, 2013

Everyone has a story to tell. What is that story? In this workshop we’ll be looking at how to draw on our lives for playwriting. Playwright

Jonathan Garfinkel will lead writers through various exercises and journeys into themselves. In doing so we will be exploring how to decide what is theatrically interesting or dramatic.

The question inevitably arises: how much do we disguise in our writing? How close to the “truth” must we be? Does it even matter? ‘Autobiographical fictions’ is an exploration into truth, fiction and ourselves – and the selves we’d wished we’d be.

Instructor:

Jonathan Garfinkel is the author of a book of poetry and several plays, including The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret, and House of Many Tongues, which was nominated for a 2011 Governor General’s Award. His plays have been produced throughout Canada and Europe. Currently he is living in Montreal and teaching at NTS in the playwriting program. His newest play, Dust, co-written with Christopher Morris, is based on their travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Petawawa military base. Dust will premiere this March at Alberta Theatre Projects

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ARCADE

EXPLORING PRACTICE INTENSIVE with 2boys.tv

with 2boys.tv (Steven Lawson and Aaron Pollard)

Dates: June 3-7, 2016
Time: 10AM to 6PM (There will be writing time built into the schedule)
Location: PWM
Fee: $100 (Fee is not a barrier to anyone who might be interested/eligible)

Participants will be expected to be available for a full day on the 3rd and on the 7th. Individual appointments with 2boys.tv will be made during the rest of the week. Participants are expected to work independently.

ARCADE uses as its inspiration the discarded parts of city neighbourhoods, the people and places that live in-between, below and hidden within the cities shadows. Existing as both an interactive and contemplative performance writing workshop, 2boys.tv assists participants in “polishing” the dark little urban cracks so they themselves become a city of light, providing a frame (a mise-en-abyme, the shoebox) that valorizes and celebrates the forgotten and discarded.

ARCADE fictionalizes and fabricates visions of real locations within the neighbourhoods of Montreal and allows participants to question what is true and to create and proliferate their own constructed realities about these locales. We will voyage outwards with participants to different Montreal neighbourhoods as inspiration for creating what we call “fictional realities”. Our source materials (writing, drawing, photo, sound, video) will inspire the construction of miniature shoebox theatres within which our collective stories will be told.

2boys.tv will work with artist-participants in a workshop forum to conceive of multiple narratives that then get installed into shoeboxes using a variety of techniques, from simple static maquettes or tableaux, to more technically involved video and audio works, to participatory works that invite viewers to inscribe their own fabrications and reflections on the city locales.

No specific technical experience is required for this workshop although participants are encouraged to bring any and all equipment they might have for capturing and editing photo, video and sound with them (including phones!). Some artist materials will need to be purchased by participants but these costs will not be high ($25-$50).

Application guideline: To apply for this training, please send a resume and a letter of intent outlining your interest in the work described.
Please send applications to: emma@playwrights.ca
Subject line: Exploring Practice Intensive Arcade
Application deadline: May 27, 2013

Instructors:

About Steven Lawson & Aaron Pollard: Since 2002, as the collective 2boys.tv, Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard have pursued a collaborative practice that traverses disciplinary boundaries and political frontiers. They are active locally, nationally and internationally and their beginnings as a duo emerged from Montreal’s wildly eclectic cabaret scene. Subsequently they have toured and taught across the country, to museums, galleries, theatres, artist-run centres, universities and festivals and their ongoing collaborations with colleagues abroad at various intersections of performance and politics have brought them into a dialogue with audiences throughout North and South America and in Europe. In 2009, 2boys.tv received the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement by mid-career artists working in the Integrated Arts.

As an artistic duo they share authorship on all projects and work from a tradition of creative expression that cuts across artistic disciplines. Their practice – which they plan, write, construct, embody and perform – results in artworks whose forms are determined by their core ideas and central passions and which incorporate unique approaches to video projection, costume, music, sound, spectator participation and the dynamic use of space.

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