Workshop: Directing for Actors, Convergence Theatre

Just a reminder that the DIRECTING FOR ACTORS workshop with Convergence co-Artistic Director Aaron Willis is happening very soon. There’s still space available, so if you’re interested please get in touch, and of course feel free to contact us if you have any questions or queries.

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

COST: $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.