Workshop: Directing for Actors, Convergence Theatre

Dates: September 5 – 7, 2014

This fall, Convergence Theatre is offering another round of DIRECTING FOR ACTORS with Convergence co-Artistic Director Aaron Willis. If you missed it last fall, now’s your chance. The workshop is limited to 12 participants, so sign up right away!

This workshop will take place from September 5 – 7 at the Fringe Creation Lab, 720 Bathurst Street, just south of Bloor.

Friday September 5: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday September 6: 10:00am-5:30pm
Sunday September 7: 10:00am-5:30pm

$300 + HST = $339

20% off for CAEA/ACTRA members: $240 + HST = $271.20

Actors sometimes make the best directors! This workshop will explore research methods, script preparation (breaking your script into “events” & “units”, exploring the ideas that underpin the text, and more) and building healthy relationships with actors, designers, and producers. Learn how to ask yourself the questions that will lead you to a clear vision of the play. We‘ll also look at ways a director-dramaturge might collaborate with a playwright on new work in both workshop and rehearsal environments, strategies for running an audition and rehearsal room, and how to best prepare for tech. Each participant will have an opportunity to prepare and direct each other in scenes from previously published texts. Whether you are an actor with no previous experience directing, or someone who is just beginning, this workshop is for you. Maximum 12 participants.

The Fringe Creation Lab – 720 Bathurst Street (just south of Bloor in the CSI Annex) Suite 403


Aaron Willis is an actor, director, educator and co-Artistic Director of Convergence Theatre. His directing work with Convergence includes AutoShow,The Gladstone Variations, YICHUD (Seclusion), and Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl. Other productions include Other People by Christopher Shinn, When The Ice Breaks by Madeleine Donohue, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, and the Dora-nominated Miss Caledonia by Melody Johnson. Aaron has taught acting and directing at Ryerson University (Act 2 Studio), Humber Theatre School, U of T Mississauga/Theatre Erindale and has taught directing workshops for the Fringe of Toronto and Theatre Kingston. He was part of the inaugural Michael Langham workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival where he assisted on EVITA and Much Ado About Nothing. Aaron is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School and holds a BA Honours in Drama from the University of Alberta.


“I feel both inspired and prepared to continue on this directing journey.”

“You did a great job of engaging us all in a gentle and considerate way and I also loved how you used our experience as actors to help guide us into this new world.”

“This is my first directing class and I feel lucky that you were it!”