My good friend Jessie Fraser is coming to Lethbridge and together we’re offering a workshop exploring methods of collaborative devising on March 12/13 2016. The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in artistic creation, team dynamics and creative exploration, and would be of particular interest to theatre and performance students.

Discovering the pleasure in tackling impossible tasks. Learning to invert. Exploring joy in the flop. Finding room to breathe. Knowing who you are and what happens when you walk in the room. These are not only the actor’s tools they are also skills we can all use in our daily lives. As artists, we daily make proposals for alternate ways of facing impossible situations through which comes progress and discovery.

Join facilitator Jessie Fraser for this two-day creation intensive in which you will explore methods of generating material, ways to work with existing text and research a greater understanding of the individual artist role in the ensemble.

  • Exercises and training to enhance ensemble building are paired with hands-on compositions.
  • Participants should anticipate some research and preparation time as well as additional rehearsal time over the two days.

Guest sound and music artist Aaron Collier will also be present to introduce exercises to develop the participants’ use of sound in their presentations. Aaron has worked as sound designer with many Canadian theatre companies including Theatre Outré, Kazan Co-op, Lunchbox Theatre, New West Theatre, Festival Antigonish and Angels & Heroes Theatre among others. He has performed or had his work shown in almost every major Canadian city including Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver as well as New York, Boston, Ireland, England, Bermuda and China.

About the facilitator:

 Theatre creator-facilitator, Jessie Fraser, pairs a formal university education in classical arts, performance and theory with a ‘bespoke MA’ created over a four-year span of travel and research. Training includes the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England, clown master Philipe Gaulier (whose students include Sasha Baron Cohen and Emma Thompson). Other acclaimed educator/creators including, Anne Bogart and the SITI company, Zuppa Theatre, Irondale Theatre, and Christopher Bayes. Jessie recently completed a two-year certificate program based on the pedagogy of Jacque Lecoq at The School for Theatre Creators in Chicago, Illinois. As an educator/artist, engagements include ongoing work with the Talisker Players as staging director and with Groundling Theatre; both companies committed to high caliber performance in partnership with accessible and affordable outreach and education programs. The culmination of more than ten years of this academic and practical education is a personal practice of research, creation and facilitation geared towards fostering and practicing ongoing artist training as creative lifestyle.

Upcoming projects include Spirit Dreaming with the Talisker Players and, Sheets, by Salvatore Antonio at Toronto’s Videofag.

The two-day workshop costs just $49 and participants should email Jessie with a brief letter (approx. 500 words) that gives an idea of who you are as a person and artist. (Consider sharing some of your artistic interests, your experiences and struggles regarding the creation of new work and the collaborative environment. What goals and objectives might you have in a project like this?)

((Can’t afford the fee? Let us know as a limited number of bursary options exist.))