July 2019


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Fringe Workshops

For Artists and Aspiring Artists

Studio 1398
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Dating back to ancient times, oral storytelling is the oldest art form. A crowd would gather and hold their breath as a skilled and passionate storyteller would weave a majestic story that taught us about our own mortality. In this workshop, playwright/storyteller/improviser Josh Languedoc (Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land) will demonstrate the skills needed in captivating an audience, holding their attention, and weaving a story in an interesting and dynamic way. Josh will take you through different ways to tell a story and how to access your inner storytelling voice. Special attention will be given to you—where you come from, your own stories, and your own culture.

Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in, and bring one story. This story can be a real story from your life, a story you enjoy reading/watching, or a traditional story from your culture.

For people 14+

Tuesday, September 11, 10:00am-1:00pm
Studio 1398
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Please email artist@vancouverfringe.com to RSVP. You do not have to RSVP to attend.

ASL Interpretation is available. Please RSVP to artist@vancouverfringe.com by August 31 if you require ASL interpretation and would like to attend this discussion.

Do you want to:
• Clarify your responsibility to create inclusive and equitable artistic teams on and off stage?
• Recognize and address the challenges you may experience when creating an inclusive and equitable artistic team?
• Gain more knowledge on what barriers underrepresented communities experience in the performing arts sector?
• Learn more about how to move forward with engaging artists of colour, artists with disabilities, and artists of various gender identities?

Join Rohit Chokhani (Project SAT {South Asian Theatre}), Marisa Emma Smith (Alley Theatre), Mily Mumford (Nebula Company Theatre), Raes Calvert (Hardline Productions), and Susanna Uchatius (Theatre Terrific) to hear how they’ve found success, and how they’ve learned from their mistakes in creating diverse, inclusive, and equitable teams.

FREE for all participants
Wednesday, September 12, 10:00am-noon*

*With space open for informal conversation until 1:00pm
Studio 1398
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It’s all about the process!

Regardless of your experience level, artist or non-artist, there’s always room to hone your craft. Training Jams offer space for exploration, curiosity, and connection to community. This class will focus on “Embodied Awareness,” playing with exercises, and utilizing one’s awareness in relation to performance and daily life.

In this Training Jam you will:
• Participate in a safe and open space to develop, explore, and hone your artistic curiosity.
• Learn new performance techniques.
• Learn new skills from various artists.
• Share your own experience.
• Participate in peer-to-peer support and feedback.
• Meet new collaborators in various disciplines and widen your community.

Bring yourself and an open mind. Bring water and clothes you can move in, and a notebook.

$10-$15 Sliding Scale
Thursday, September 13, 10:00am-1:00pm
Studio 1398
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What?! Yes! Musical Improv is exactly as it sounds: creating a musical on the spot! This means scenes, songs, dance, and music all created spontaneously in the moment. It requires emotional expression, collaboration, a willingness to go big, and a connection to your inner voice. Through a series of exercises, musical improv games, and improvised musical scene work, you will get a beautiful introduction to the world of musical improvisation. Veteran musical improvisers Jennifer Pielak and Peter Abando (Inside Voices: A Musical In The Key of P) are known for creating an incredibly safe and playful space to work. Come to this workshop and be blown away by just how much fun you will have!

Skills You Will Learn: spontaneous song creation / new ways to organically use your voice / improv rhyming / improv dance / group collaboration / emotional expression through music, dance & song / yes and & heightening moments / musical & song theory

This Workshop is for: Singers. Actors. Improvisers. Musical Theatre Nerds. Drama Teachers. Shower Singers. Karaoke Stars. Creative Types. Bad Singers. People Who Are Terrified of Trying It. People Who Think This Would Be The Greatest Thing.

Wear comfortable shoes and clothing in layers (you will move a lot). Bring water, tea/coffee, and a snack. Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can start on time.

Friday, September 14, 10:00am-1:00pm