Workshop Series

Workshop Series

Everything you ever needed to know to get ahead as an artist will be covered in our exciting workshop series! All offerings are part of our goal to support emerging artists.

1. Work It Nights – Present, Support, Socialize!

Presented by Sarasvàti Productions and ACI Manitoba
December 15, January 19, February 16 and March 16 from 7-9pm

Come on down to ACI Manitoba (4th floor – 245 McDermot Avenue) to present your work in progress, and we’ll work it! Playwrights bring your plays, we’ll read them out loud. Actors bring your audition monologues, we’ll observe. Filmmakers bring your rough cuts, we’ll watch them. Writers bring your poems or short stories to read, and we’ll listen. Visual artists will bring their work and share
their process. Anyone can bring anything they are working on and have up to five minutes to present it, ask for reactions, or get constructive feedback from everyone present. Even if you don’t have a work in progress, come down to support and connect with other artists!

Confirm a spot to present your work in advance or if you’re more spontaneous, bring it on the night and we’ll add you to the list and we’ll work it if there is time!

2. The Wonderful World of Grants 101

Grant Writing Workshop
Facilitated by Martine Friesen and Dominic Lloyd
Saturday, December 13th 1pm to 2:30pm
University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre & Film
Cost: FREE!
Deadline to register is December 5th

Everyone talks about grants, but who exactly are they for? Are you eligible? How do you apply for them? Martine Friesen from Manitoba Arts Council and Dominic Lloyd from Winnipeg Arts Council are here to help. They will talk about the various grant programs each of their organizations offers, who is eligible and how you apply for them, particularly as an emerging artist. This workshop is free, however you are required to register by December 5th.

3. How to Get Your Foot in the Door

Submissions Workshop with Sharon Bajer
Tuesday, January 27th 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Manitoba Association of Playwright’s Rory Runnells Studio at 504-100 Arthur Street (Artspace)
Cost: $15
Deadline to register and pay is January 13th
Like it or not, as a theatre artist you will be sending out a lot of submissions.  Make sure your cover letters, resumes, headshots, and scripts are actually considered. Learn about formatting standards, tips on writing a great cover letter, and how to layout your resume from local actor, playwright and director Sharon Bajer. Through this workshop you’ll learn how to make your submissions conform to industry standard and stand out from the others. Deadline to register and pay is January 13th.

4. Theatre Lives: Q&A with Krista Jackson & Rod Beilfuss

Thursday, February 5th 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Mainstage Boardroom
Cost: FREE
Please RSVP to confirm your attendance

Krista and Rod have both led fascinating careers as actors and directors. Both have worked and studied outside of Manitoba, and founded their own theatre companies. Krista is the director of Royal MTC’s Private Lives, however she has also worked with the Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, MTYP, her own company zone41 as well as last year’s The Seagull at Royal MTC. Rod joins her as apprentice director of Private Lives. Rod has been active in the Winnipeg theatre community for many years as one of the founding members of Theatre by the River. This is your chance to ask these two talented theatre artists about their careers, their work on Private Lives and get tips as artists! Seating is limited, please RSVP to reserve a spot. This workshop is being presented with support from the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

5. Get Your Act Together

Introduction to Business Basics for Theatre Artists with Jan Skene
Sunday, March 8th 4pm to 6pm
MAP’s Rory Runnells Studio at 504-100 Arthur Street (Artspace)
Cost: $15
Deadline to register and pay is February 20th

As a working theatre artist, you are essentially your own small business!  Being self-employed brings many challenges but also many benefits over the course of an artist’s career.  Jan Skene has been working as a professional actor and business manager in film and theatre for over 28 years.  This introductory workshop offers an opportunity for artists to have their questions answered in relation to self-promotion, membership in EQUITY/ACTRA, dealing with taxes and accessing resources. Deadline to register and pay is February 20th.

To register for any of these workshops contact Wren at wren@sarasvati.ca or 204-586-2236. Space is limited.

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