Skill Development Workshops

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Skill Development Workshops


Solo Play Creation
facilitated by Johanna Nutter
Sunday, September 16, 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $15
Only 8 spots available, contact or 205-586-2236 to register.

This workshop will be an exploration of solo performance through four main lenses. We will look at audiences: discovering who they are to you and how you want to talk to them. We will examine heroes: tracing the myths of your own life and those of the people you want to enact. We will also study mechanics: understanding how you write and what your creation process wants to be. Finally, we’ll consider conclusions: learning how not to come to them, how to let the story speak for itself. Be prepared to write and to play with Johanna Nutter, writer, actor and Artistic Director of Freestanding Productions.

Johanna Nutter had her first role at the age of two in her father’s NFB film, Loose Associations. She trained with Actors’ Studio alumnus Warren Robertson (who taught Jessica Lange and Robert De Niro) for ten years and has appeared in numerous film and theatre productions, including the roles of Sarah Schorr in Trying (Victoria Playhouse) and Eunice Kennedy in Jackie Kennedy: A Life (CBS). As well as being the founder and artistic director of Freestanding Productions, she is also the acting president and concierge of The Freestanding Room, a member-driven studio space in Montreal, dedicated to giving emerging artists a place to create.


Play Creation – The Collaborative Process
facilitated by Renee Iaci and Daune Campbell
Sunday, September 16, 3:30-6 p.m.
Cost: $15
Only 12 spots available, contact or 205-586-2236 to register.

Create an idea map in the early stages of planning that will lead an artistic team through the period leading up to opening night with integrity and purpose. Articulate and integrate each of the artistic partners’ highest aspirations for your next production. Through a series of exercises and working with hexagons create an inclusive vision and build shared goals of all the artistic partners of what the collective wants to say with the play. This method helps to engage the full potential in all company members and often leads to cross-pollination of ideas. As well, all those working on the project have true ownership of the material and a deeper connection to the play.

Established in 1992, shameless hussy productions is a company of self-producing theatre artists co-founded by Renée Iaci, Deb Pickman and Lana Krause along with creative associate Ion Design & Branding. Their mission is “telling provocative stories about women, to inspire the hand that rocks the cradle to rock the world.” Their reigning Co-Artistic Directors are Daune Campbell and Renée Iaci, who performs double duty as Managing Producer and Tour Co-ordinator. Daune is also as an actor and singer. In 2003, Daune joined the hussies as Theresa in Marion Bridge by Daniel MacIvor and since, has performed in and produced LovePlay & Silence by Moira Buffini, helped develop and tour Woman Idiot Lunatic Criminal, played 14 characters in the main stage and 5 subsequent tours of Summer of My Amazing Luck by Chris Craddock and played Nancy in FROZEN by Bryony Lavery. Daune is a proud graduate of Studio 58. Renée is an award nominated actress and award winning director. Favourite credits as a director include the hussie’s Jessie Richardson award winning production FROZEN , Woman Idiot Lunatic Criminal, My Left Breast and the hussies signature piece, Sonofabitch Stew: the drunken life of Calamity Jane. Last year she directed Red at the Cultch and Minosis Gathers Hope for the Talking Stick festival. Renee is a graduate of the UBC BFA acting program.