Skill Development Workshops

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Skill Development Workshops

Introduction to Neutral Mask with Sara Tilley

Sunday, September 18th 1-3pm
Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film
Cost $15

NEUTRAL MASK is a powerful tool for any creative person – it allows you to simplify, to reconnect to the physical body, and to live in the present moment. The neutral mask pares us down to the essential. It is a beginning place from which to approach any new character or project. This work is benefi­cial to all artists – actors, writers, musicians, dancers, visual artists – as well as to anyone who is curious about mask.

INTRODUCTION TO NEUTRAL MASK will focus on the essentials for work with the mask. We will use the mask as a clearing tool for the body, to help shed old habits, gestures and postures in order to be ready to take on new experiences.

Sara Tilley has studied neutral mask with Ian Wallace, Dean Gilmour and Jill Courtney. She is an instructor of mask and clown, and works with artists and non-artists in Neutral Mask, Pochinko Clown Through Mask and Kinetics.

 Only 14 participants can be accommodated so register now at or 586-2236!

The Poetic Dramatic In Performance – Writer/Performers Exploring Drama in Poetic Writing with Zena Edwards

Sunday, September 18th 3:30-6:30pm
Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film
Cost $15

Participants will explore the technique of ‘Flocess’ – the importance of free flow in the creative process – to find the authentic life and hidden character in their work. By drawing on the influences and personal experience of the participants, and by using writing and practical performance exercises, those who take part will acquire tools that can be applied to their creative process. As poetic writing is full of character, some time will be used for in depth and intimate exploration of the language, form and structure of their work, which in turn inspires character, drama, musicality and genuineness in performance.

This class is designed for participants who already have some experience as writers and although performance experience is not necessary, there must be an interest. Participants would be expected to bring some work they would like feedback on.

East London born Poet Zena Edwards graduated in Drama, Media and Communications and studied performance at the London International School of Performing Arts. Her poetic collaborations include working with dancers, photographers, choirs and musicians from all over the world and nourish her devising and performance processes. Security, her previous one woman show was the first piece of UK theatre to be invited to the renowned Shizuoka Theatre Festival – Japan in 2010 and toured for a year internationally. Her work is published in several anthologies and she performs in music and literary scenes with her unique weaving of poetry and storytelling, singing and vocal sound scaping. She is committed to Arts and Activism and facilitates workshops and master classes in creative writing and performance to promote Art for Change. More Details of Zena’s work  –

Only 10 participants can be accommodated so register now at or 586-2236!

How to Turn True Stories into Performance with Kelley Jo Burke

Tuesday, September 20th 4-5:30pm
Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film
Cost $10

This workshop will teach aspiring writers/performers, or anyone who has a life story they want to share publically, how to turn true stories into performance, without whining, boring, or making it so you can’t go home for Christmas. The ethics and aesthetics of creative non-fiction performance will be explored under the guidance of playwright/performer Kelley Jo Burke.

Participants will be invited (but not required) to prepare, refine and present a short anecdote for presentation during the workshop, so paper, pens and comfortable clothing is necessary.

Kelley Jo Burke is a Winnipeg-raised, Regina-based award-winning playwright, director, storyteller, documentarian, broadcaster, and mother of three.  Her plays have been produced and published in Canada, and around the world, including Ducks on the Moon (Hagios), The Selkie Wife (Scirocco), Jane’s Thumb (Signature), and Charming and Rose: True Love (Blizzard). She dramaturges, directs and produces for stage and radio and is the host/producer of CBC Saskatchewan’s radio arts performance hour SoundXchange.  She was 2009 winner of the Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Arts, the 2009 City of Regina Writing Award, and the 2008 Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Playwriting.

Only 10 participants can be accommodated so register now at or 586-2236!


Reading by SG LEE
Friday, September 16 12:10pm-1pm
Millennium Library (251 Donald Street)
Free Admission

SG Lee has been writing, directing, teaching and performing professionally for more than 20 years. She’ll be presenting portions of her libretto for Larger than Life: The Musical.

Presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

The Winnipeg Transition Centre and Sarasvàti Productions present
WOMentoring Networking Event at FemFest 2011
Saturday, September 17 4-5:30pm
Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film
Free Admission

Want to share your knowledge with the next generation of women artists? Or are you an emerging artist eager for guidance? Artists in all mediums interested in being mentors or being mentored are invited to join us for this unique opportunity to learn about mentoring resources in Winnipeg. The event will include short presentations on mentoring programs offered by The Winnipeg Transition Centre, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art and Youth Mentorship in the Arts Program through ACI (Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba). There will also be a chance to mingle and connect with other artists eager to engage in mentoring.

Register by September 12th by calling 586-2236 or e-mailing .