Daily Archives: October 16, 2008

Workshop: Physical Performance Intensives with Adam Lazarus and special guests

This November, Adam Lazarus will be teaching three, one week intensives in Toronto. Working in the tradition of French Master Teachers Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq, the forefathers of physical theatre and clowning, these 5 day courses challenge students to take risks, hone their improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions to find the pleasure of being present, space, rhythm, fixed point, complicity, focus, flop and play.

In addition, students will have daily work on building spatial and body awareness. During the first hour of each class, specialized instructors will teach:

  • Le jeu
  • Acrobatics
  • Movement
  • 5 Rhythms

Introduction to bouffon: Monday Nov. 17 to Friday Nov. 21 – 10am – 2pm

An introductory class. Games and exercises are used to discover students’ pleasure to mock social hypocrisies while simultaneously making audiences love you. Historically and culturally, the Bouffon traveled in groups or gangs. They stuck together and sat on the outside, in their ghettos, their swamps, looking in at the mainstream world. They watched human hypocrisies and laughed. Every now and then, they came back to do a play for the hypocrites. No subject, person or institution was spared their mockery.

 Bouffon techniques are extremely useful for performers in all disciplines, as well as for writers, public speakers, teachers and critical thinkers. Through Jeu, students will re-discover their mental and physical agility, sensitivity, stillness and complicity in a group. The Bouffon will allow the actor to be a big person in a small body and to refine their awareness of the world around them. Students are encouraged to embrace this awareness and the power of being seen and listened to.

Building a performance: Monday Nov. 24 to Friday Nov. 28 – 10am – 2pm

Here, students should come to class with an idea of something they are wanting to work on and perform. Whether interested in bouffon, clown or character, the students’ focus of the week is on writing, directing and performing. This is a deeper exploration into the world of physical performance that will culminate in an informal public performance at the end of the workshop. Completion of week one or two, or permission from the instructor is required for this class.

Saturday Nov. 27 & Sunday Nov. 28 Class showings at Bread & Circus Theatre. PWYC with money going back to the students.

  • Location: Toronto, Pia Bouman’s School
  • Fees: $315 for 20 hours of instruction over 1 week ($250 for Union or previous students), $600 for 40 hours of instruction over 2 weeks ($480 for Union or previous students)
  • Payment plans available
  • Auditing options available
  • Required deposit of $100 to hold a place in the class – refundable up to one week before the workshop.

Please make cheques or money orders payable to:

Adam Lazarus 551 Concord Ave. #1 Toronto, ON, M4R 2R2

For more info or to reserve a spot visit: www.quiptake.com or email: adlazarus@rogers.com or call: 416-821-3833

Spaces are limited.


Adam Lazarus is a performer, director and instructor whose award winning work in physical theatre, clown, character and bouffon has taken him to France, England, the U.S.A. and coast to coast across Canada.
He has studied intensely with and assisted French Clown Master Philippe Gaulier and is inspired by the creation methods of Jeu, Tragedy, Melodrama, Character, Clown and Bouffon. He is a graduate of McMaster University’s Theatre Program, Leeds University’s Theatre Program in England and L’École Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France.
Hailed the “Bouffon King” by Glenn Sumi at NOW Magazine, Adam is a regular facilitator of workshops for professional and non-professional artists, including recent workshops and consultations for Theatre Passe Muraille, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Dancemakers, The Canadian Stage Company, Tapestry New Opera Works, Volcano Theatre and Mike Kennard’s The Hollow.
Adam has directed and co-created many revered and awarded clown, bouffon and character shows, including Rachelle Elie’s Joe: The Perfect Man ’06 (Best of Ottawa Fringe 2008); Jesse Buck’s Bubkus ’07; Shawn Hitchens’ Homogenius ’08; and Melissa D’Agostino’s Lupe: Undone ’08 (Best of the Toronto Fringe 2008). He is also co-producer of the Annual Toronto Festival of Clowns. Next, Adam is performing in a remount of the award-winning SummerWorks’ production of Appetite (Volcano/Theatre Passe Muraille) and Darren O’Donnell’s [boxhead] (Crow’s Theatre/Mammalian Diving Reflex/Buddies in Bad Times).


Workshop: SELF – START [the basics of self-producing], Theatre Ontario

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Two hours with Tim Chapman, Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Coordinator, where you can ask questions about and get a great deal of useful information on

  • Available resources and services
  • Forming a company
  • Scheduling and planning
  • Getting performance rights
  • Budget and venue considerations

Most importantly you’ll discover the questions you need to ask and if you still really want to produce.

215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 210
 (just one traffic light north of Queen)

***FREE for Theatre Ontario members***

Non- members $25 Limited Space. 
Reserve your spot now – $10 deposit required (refundable if you attend)

Sign up at reception – info@theatreontario.org – 416-408-4556

Workshop: Vocal Fitness for Actors and Singers, Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre

with Lori Holmes Speech-Language Pathologist and Voice Coach

Saturday October 25, 2008 at the Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, Toronto Western Hospital (3rd floor, West Wing), 399 Bathurst Street

This half-day workshop will focus on ways to prevent vocal injury and assure longevity through voice protection and preparation. By the end of the workshop the vocal performer will:

  • Understand the basic anatomy of voice production
  • Determine behavioral & environmental influences
  • Identify healthy voice strategies
  • Develop an individual warm-up program

Lori Holmes, M. Sc. graduated with a Masters degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Western Ontario in 1998, completing her thesis in the area of aging changes in voice. Lori has extensive experience in voice rehabilitation – especially for the professional and occupational voice user. After 10 years with Victoria Hospital, London Health Sciences, she moved full-time into private practice (begun 1996). Currently, her private practice, Well Spoken, has a focus on voice development, voice rehabilitation, accent modification and communication and speaking skill enhancement. By request she returned one day per week to London Health Sciences Centre in 2000 where she and a physician provide state of the art voice assessment in the Vocal Function Clinic. Additionally, she has combined her love of theatre with her love of voice as part of the coaching team at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Stratford Ontario) for the past seven seasons. She regularly conducts workshops in voice care for a variety of professional groups including teachers, actors and auctioneers.

Workshop: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Workshop fee: $30 / Students & Seniors: $15

20% discount for TAPA members

To register please contact us at:
Phone: 416.351.0239 | Email: info@ahcf.ca orr visit our website to print off and mail in a registration form at: www.ahcf.ca. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

For your comfort, this is a scent-free workshop. Please refrain from wearing any perfume, cologne, aftershave or scented products. Thank you.

The Artists’ Health Centre Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Job Posting: Arts Management Intern, Meredith Potter Arts Management

Posting for applications from recent Arts Management Graduates available to intern f/t for 12 months, from Jan 2009 – Dec 2009

Meredith Potter Arts Management is seeking a highly motivated person interested in on-the-job training in managing theatre and dance companies. Working with the company’s client base – Volcano Theatre (director, Ross Manson), Peggy Baker Dance Projects and Ipsita Nova Dance Projects (director, Nova Bhattacharya) – the intern will follow a work plan that covers areas such as:

  • Producing and Touring
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Marketing and Fundraising
  • Governance, Board Management and Liaison
  • Financial Management

This is a paid, full-time position commencing in January 2009. Interested candidates should immediately forward a copy of their CV and a cover letter to meredith.potter@sympatico.ca. outlining their experience and/or studies in arts management or other areas of the performing arts to date, and the learning outcomes they would seek from a 12 month internship.

Meredith Potter Arts Management
Fax: 416 538 5619
e-mail: meredith.potter@sympatico.ca

Announcment: Goodness Needs Your Help and Your Aeroplan Miles, Volcano

The elimination of Foreign Affairs international tour funding (ProMart) has affected Volcano’s ability to accept an invitation to tour Goodness, by Michael Redhill, to Rwanda, as the sole Canadian arts representative at the 15th anniversary commemoration of the Rwandan genocide.

In the letter of invitation, the Rwandan Arts Azimut artistic director, Odile Gakire Katese, wrote: “In a country like Rwanda cultural expression has a major role to play in holding up hope for the future by opening up difficult topics and breaking stereotypes and taboos.”

One of the ways that Volcano can get to Rwanda next September is donations of aeroplan air miles. Aeroplan miles donations could also be put towards Volcano’s Africa Trilogy – a project inspired and actively supported by Stephen Lewis (http://www.volcano.ca/productions.html), but the main concern, right now, is getting to Rwanda (2 cities: Kigali and Butare) in September 09.

So far, $38,000 of the $88,000 Volcano needs ($30,000 of this comes from Rwanda – amazingly generous for such a poor country) has been raised. That means there’s $50,000 to go from arts councils and philanthropy. It’s a steep goal. But nearly $12,000 of this is flights, so air miles would help. For more information please visit http://www.volcano.ca/home.html

Job Posting: Managing Director, Factory Theatre

Reporting equally with the Artistic Director to the Board of Directors, this position has the chief administrative and producing responsibility of Factory Theatre (www.factorytheatre.ca) This key position is responsible for all of the theatre’s operational and producing functions. This position is suitable for an experienced arts manager and leader passionate about producing new Canadian theatre and ready to bring the theatre into a renewed physical environment.

Established in 1970 by current and founding Artistic Director Ken Gass, Factory Theatre was the first company in the nation to devote itself exclusively to producing Canadian plays. Entering into its 40th anniversary season in 2009-2010, Factory produces a full season of Canadian plays and maintaining a heritage facility that also serves a host of independent artists and companies.

Specifically, this position has the following objectives:

  • Producing: overseeing the creation, production, and audience development necessary for all shows produced at Factory, including festivals and partner productions
  • Operations and Administration: leading the administrative, facility, marketing, development, and audience relations departments in annual operational and strategic plans which serve to increase audiences, supporters and various stakeholders
  • Capital Management and Development: with the artistic director, board executive and project consultants, create and execute a capital development plan for the theatre to be implemented over the next 5 years, while continuing with ongoing smaller renovations.

Description of specific responsibilities:

  • Developing and implementing financial and business strategies to keep the theatre in sound financial health, and to build a base for future growth and specific strategic objectives approved by the Board of Directors
  • Working with Artistic Director to develop long term strategies over several years to ensure the continuation and expansion of Factory’s work and mandate
  • The creation and monitoring of all operational, project and capital budgets, cash flow and investments for each season
  • Overseeing all capital additions and improvements as they relate to capital asset management
  • Understanding of union/association agreements union issues and any other relevant legislation
  • Completion of union agreements as specified, negotiation of any required changes through the union, PACT or artist’s agent
  • Negotiation and contracting of all staff and employees, with attention to implementation of employment legislation and issues, and management of benefit and retention strategies
  • Act as liaison to various government agencies, including arts councils
  • Act as Factory representative to all related service organizations
  • The creation and implementation of all office systems (including procedures and equipment)
  • Help ensure that Factory Theatre’s spaces function appropriately, and, in particular that audiences are provided with an amenable experience, and, further that the facilities are conducive to the creation of new theatre works.
  • The identification and development of potential new funding sources
  • Act as liaison to Board of Directors regarding the business and producing affairs of Factory

Necessary professional skills:

  • Producing ability
  • Understanding the necessary steps to fully create a production from contracting and negotiating to supporting the rehearsal process, creating marketing design, audience development strategies and soliciting financial support for the projects
  • Experience in community, partnership and stakeholder development
  • Leading the team to develop innovative new resources and ideas to work with local and regional groups to grow new audiences for play development activities and promoting Canadian playwrights
  • Artistic sensitivity and understanding
  • Developing an understanding of the creative process of planning a season
  • Understanding how an organization aligns itself to and follows through on its artistic values when undertaking outreach and community development activities

Candidate profile

  • A creative manager and strategic planner with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Experience in operating, owning or running a facility is necessary
  • Committed to the development of Canadian playwrights and the production of Canadian plays
  • Eager to work collaboratively with a 12+ person staff and a 12-person Board of Directors
  • A skillful communicator, in person and in writing, who is willing and able to represent the theatre to its audience and the wider public
  • Prepared to share responsibility with the Artistic Director and jointly report to the Board of Directors

Candidates should send a c.v., in addition to a statement of salary expectations, by Friday, November 7th to:
The Factory Theatre
125 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2R2