Workshop: Make It Yours – Workshop for Emerging Writers, Directors, and Writer-Directors with Adam Seelig, Canadian Stage

Canadian Stage invites emerging artists to participate in an exciting free workshop led by Adam Seelig, 2013-14 Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Program: Director Development participant (formerly RBC BASH!), in the 26 Berkeley Street Rehearsal Hall.

Date and time: Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:00am-1:00pm
Location: The Rehearsal Hall at 26 Berkeley St
Cost: Free for all Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist members (formerly GYM members)
Application deadline: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Application details: All emerging writers, directors, and writer-directors are encouraged to apply. First, ensure you are a member of Canadian Stage’s emerging artist program (read on for details on how to sign up). Next, please send you name, resume or bio, and 1-3 sentences about why you are interested in the workshop to ideally by Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Please note that space is limited. You must be available for the full 3 hours of the workshop.

About the workshop:
Adam Seelig is a Toronto-based poet, playwright, and stage director who recently completed the Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Program: Director Development. Adam, through his company One Little Goat, creates poetic theatre which he defines as “theatre that treats the text as a score, and treats the gap between actor and audience not as an obstacle to bypass, but as a medium through which multiple meanings can emerge”. When interpreting both his own writing and the writing of others, Adam is guided by the “charactor”, a term he uses for combining an actor’s onstage persona with their offstage nature.

This workshop will give participants the chance to hear more about Adam’s creative process, and how he developed his writing and directing styles. Utilizing contemporary works, fellow participants, and Adam as your guide, you will have time to explore how writing style shapes the directing process, and get a chance to examine your own writing and/or directing.

About the workshop leader:
Adam Seelig is a poet, playwright, stage director, and founder of One Little Goat Theatre Company in Toronto (, with which he has premiered works by Yehuda Amichai, Thomas Bernhard, Jon Fosse, Claude Gauvreau, Luigi Pirandello and himself. Seelig is the author of Every Day in the Morning (slow) (New Star Books, shortlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award), and his plays include All Is Almost Still (New York 2004), Antigone:Insurgency (Toronto 2007), Talking Masks (Toronto 2009, published by BookThug) and Like the First Time (2011, published by BookThug). Seelig’s writings have appeared in various journals, including World Literature Today, Open Letter and Poetry. He is the recipient of a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship for drama, and of a Stanford University Golden Award for his study of Samuel Beckett’s original manuscripts (published in Modern Drama). Born and raised in Vancouver, Seelig has also lived in northern California, New York, England and Israel.

About the Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Program: Membership grants participants access to program sessions and to our regular e-newsletter, The Relay, where we share updates and postings from our artistic community. The program is joined several times throughout the year by guest artists and professionals for panel discussions and workshops on topics such as theatre creation, production, and career development.

To apply for your free membership, please contact with your name, email address, mailing address, and phone number, in addition to a short statement expressing why you would like to take part.

About the director development program: Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Program: Director Development (formerly RBC BASH!) is an opportunity for professional directors to discover strategies and approaches to contemporary performance practice, production, and administration in a national and international context. The program provides directors the chance to explore their work and vision with the support of dynamic perspectives.

Each season, two directors spend time with various Canadian Stage staff, meeting on a regular basis to attend and discuss performances and their own projects. They are often joined by guest artists and leaders from the broader performing arts community, and are granted an opportunity to develop and present a work-in-progress at the Berkeley Street Theatre as part of the residency.

For more information, please contact

Primary supporter: RBC Emerging Artists Project