Workshop: GYM Workshop – Melinda Little with Awakening The Connections, Canadian Stage

Date: June 10, 10am – 1pm
Where: Upstairs theatre at 26 Berkeley St.
Application Deadline: Friday May 30th, by 5pm – but apply early as space is limited!
Cost: Free for all Canadian Stage GYM members (see below for how to become a member)

This dynamic workshop will engage participants with how they move, sourcing characters physically and how moving in new ways can deepen and expand emotional expression as a performer.

Using Laban Movement as a springboard, participants will discover how Laban’s vocabulary of movement provides them with a concrete starting point for exploring their unique connections to emotion, character, breath, rhythm, voice and imagination.   Embodying these rich words that describe movement can offer participants a way into finding anchors for staying rooted in the body and sensory experience.

Not only useful for performers, this work can offer a way for directors to approach the style of a production and writers a way to approach the different rhythms of characters. No movement experience is necessary – just come with a willingness to explore.

To apply for this workshop, please send your resume or bio with a short note about why you would like to participate to by Friday, May 30th at 5pm.

About Melinda: Melinda has taught movement at the Stratford Festival’s Birmingham Conservatory, the University of Waterloo, the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and Second City among others.  She is a Laban Movement Specialist and holds a Masters in Movement Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama. Melinda has  spent twenty years performing across Canada, the United States and Europe.  She has also written two plays, Shiksas Sit Shiva (with Catherine Hayos which won Patron’s Pick, Best Production and Ensemble at the Toronto Fringe) and The Peace Line.  She was a member of the Tarragon Theatre’s Playwright’s Unit and an inaugural member of Buddies in Bad Times antechamber writing series.  She is currently in the studio creating a new physical theatre piece entitled Flow.

About the GYM: The GYM is Canadian Stage’s program for Emerging Arts Professionals and Theatre Students. Membership grants access to GYM Sessions, our regular e-newsletter, The Relay, and networking opportunities. GYM is joined multiple times throughout the year by guest artists and professionals who hold panel discussions and workshops on topics such as theatre creation, production, and career development.

To apply for your FREE GYM Membership, please contact with your name, address, phone number, school (current or past) and email address, in addition to a short statement expressing why you would like to be part of this FREE program. GYM Members will receive regular GYM updates with upcoming program sessions and special offers.