July 2020


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Fringe Workshops

For Artists and Aspiring Artists

Registration opens on August 7.

At door registration is available on a sliding scale basis for all workshops. Cash only. 

The Nest
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Experience a theatre process utilizing respect, rigour, and risk to bring together artists of all abilities, cultures, genders, and ages. Susanna Uchatius, Theatre Terrific’s Artistic Director, collaboratively creates with artists of all abilities, cultures, genders, and ages believing “life lived” is vital to shared theatre creation. We will focus on how to “be with,” play, work, and create theatre with those whom you may never have had the opportunity to “be with” due to perceived assumptions of difference. Sharpen your skills of silence, listening, physical, vocal, and intuitive collaboration. Become a radical inclusive generous ensemble that pushes the boundaries on what, who, and how theatre is made and defined..

Ages 16+
Tuesday, September 10, 11:00am-1:00pm
The Nest
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Ever wanted to learn the basics of Powwow dancing? This interactive workshop by Powwow dancer and Fringe Artist Nyla Carpentier of the Tahltan and Kaska First Nation will teach participants the Indigenous history behind the dance steps, the various dance styles, and what protocols to expect when attending a Powwow. Open to Indigenous and Non-Indigenous participants. Wear clothes that you can sweat in and move in. Bring a water bottle!

Nyla began Powwow dancing at the age of two at the Odawa Powwow in Ottawa and has over 30 years of experience. She has traveled to many Powwows and has been teaching workshops for more than 10 years.

Ages 10+
Wednesday, September 11, 11:00am-1:00pm

Next Steps in Arts: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The Nest
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• Are you a non-artist, artist, organizer, administrator, creator, and/or audience member?
• Are you interested in what’s been done recently in service to new models of brave space, intercultural and transcultural creative practices (or just want to know what that even means)?
• Does your identity intersect with gender, culture, race, visible/invisible- physical/mental/neurodiverse ability?
• Does the word “diversity” sometimes feel like you’re chewing aluminum foil?
• Do these options capture you completely or fail to capture the “you-ness of you” but inspire you to want to ask questions, listen to others, share ideas/experiences, and get moving (i.e. some movement activities included)?

Well then this “lunch-chat” is for you.

Join Siobhan Barker, the Vancouver Fringe Festival’s new EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Director, as they facilitate a “Brave Spaces” circle-chat with:

Davey S. Calderon: queer Filipino-Canadian, Theatre Artist, Director, Writer, rEvolver Festival Guest Curator, and Co-Founder New(to)Town Collective

Jillian Christmas: Grand Poetry-Slam Champion, Mentor, Activist, Past Artistic Director of Versəs Festival of Words, and Capturing Fire Queer Summit Award recipient

Marion Landers: Vancouver-born mixed-heritage Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, SFU Speaker; EDI* series, Culture Ambassador- for Visceral Visions’ CultureBrew.Art

Renae Morrisseau: Award-winning Saulteaux and Cree Singer, Actor, Producer, Director, Culture Ambassador, and Lead Writer of Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way

Tom Pickett: Award-winning African-American veteran Actor, Singer, Mentor, and Fringe alumnus (The Fighting Season, winner of the Georgia Straight Critics' Choice and Cultchivating the Fringe Awards)

Lunch is included. Please RSVP by September 7 (and include any dietary restrictions).

Ages 14+
$0-$20 Sliding Scale
Thursday, September 12, Noon-3:00pm

The Nest
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Work alongside internationally acclaimed comedian-storyteller Jon Bennett to find out what makes a story good and what makes a storyteller interesting. In this workshop we’ll share stories, break them down, and cover the whole process of modern storytelling. Looking at ways to generate stories, find the appropriate structure, and what it takes to tell an entertaining story or even a create a whole storytelling show of your own. Bring a pen and paper and, if you have one, a short (under five-minute) story from your own life that you’d like to work on. This will be an open, supportive environment with no experience necessary and no obligation to perform.

Ages 14+
Friday, September 13, 10:00am-1:00pm

ASL Interpretation is available for all workshops. To arrange for interpretation, please RSVP by September 3 to artist@vancouverfringe.com