Workshop: Site-Specific Theatre with Gil Garratt, Canadian Stage

Primary supporter of the Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Program: RBC Foundation

Canadian Stage Workshop: Site-Specific Theatre with Gil Garratt
Emerging artists are invited to participate in a free workshop on site-specific theatre led by Gil Garratt

Date and time: Monday, August 25, 2014, 11:00am-2:00pm
Location: Canadian Stage’s Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street
Cost: Free
Application details: All theatre makers who identify as emerging artists and are interested in site-specific theatre are encouraged to apply. First, ensure you are a member of our emerging artist program (read on for details). Next, please send your name, resume or bio, and 1-3 sentences about why you are interested in the workshop to artisticintern@canadianstage.com. Please note that space is limited and early applications are encouraged. You must be available for the full 3 hours of the workshop.
Application deadline: Thursday, August 21, 2014


About the workshop:
Gil Garratt is a director, playwright, dramaturge, award-winning actor, theatre administrator and educator who recently completed the Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Program: Director Development. In this workshop, he will speak about his experience with and connection to site-specific theatre. As a group, you will have the opportunity to discuss the practice, principles, and challenges of working outside purpose-built theatres and will explore 26 Berkeley Street together, discussing how creating theatre around a site can shape text and inspire new work.

About the workshop leader:
Gil Garratt completed his Master’s degree at the University of Guelph with an emphasis in Site-Specific and Environmental Theatre and has worked across Canada and internationally. He spent ten years as the Associate Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival and has also collaborated with DNA theatre, The Cabaret Company, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival and the Grand Theatre. As an actor at Canadian Stage, he played Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the 2012 Shakespeare in High Park and Arlequino in The Game of Love and Chance, also in 2012.

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 season by guest artists and performing arts professionals for panel discussions and workshops on topics such as theatre creation, production, and career development.

To sign up for your free membership, please contact jwilliams@canadianstage.com 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 Canadian Stage staff, meeting on a regular basis to attend and discuss performances and their own projects. They are 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. Applications for the 14.15 program are now being accepted. More information available HERE