We have an exciting array of emerging artist workshops for the 2019/2020 season.
We began the year with the Launchpad Project! Our new emerging artist program that brought together 10 emerging artists under the fabulous guidance and mentorship of Victoria Hill and Lindsay Johnson. This group of enthusiastic emerging artists participated in intensive workshops with professional artists like Directing with Brenda McLean, Devised Theatre with One Trunk Theatre’s Andraea Sartison, movement with Tanja Woloshen, and improv with Outside Joke’s Andrea del Campo. They then took this skill development and devised a show for FemFest 2019 called To Kill a Lizard.
Sara Groleau, one of the participants, expressed how grateful she was for the opportunity to join with other creative, enthusiastic emerging artists.
“I loved how everyone on our team had different backgrounds and perspectives. I’m happy that I got the chance to take creative risks and try new skills that I probably wouldn’t have tried outside of this environment. I’m honoured that our show was a part of FemFest because it’s such a great festival and it made me feel that much more at home in Winnipeg’s strong theatre community. My favourite part was the people: the Sarasvàti team including our coordinators/facilitators, our workshop leaders, and of course my fellow LaunchPadders!”
This was a fantastic platform for emerging artists to collaborate and develop their skills, create a show from scratch, and perform on the FemFest stage. Also at FemFest this year we offered a Pop Art Performance workshop with xLq and a Playwriting Masterclass with Yvette Nolan. xLq’s workshop gave participants a chance to explore Pop Art Performance, audience interaction, and creating safe spaces to explore and push the boundaries of performance. And Canadian playwright Yvette Nolan worked with and challenged emerging playwrights to hone their craft, culminating in a reading of excerpts of new pieces by the participants at a performance we called Leaping off the Page.
Our workshop series has already been a success this year and it’s just the beginning…
Up next we start off our first of four Coffee with a Pro series – where emerging artists will have a chance to sit down with a professional in their field, ask questions, learn, and engage in an intimate conversation about their craft. Our first session will be on playwriting and we are excited to have Audrey Dwyer as our professional! Along with being the new Assistant Artistic Director at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Audrey is an award winning multi-disciplinary artist with over twenty years of experience working as an Actor, Director, Playwright, Teacher, Facilitator and Mentor.
Then early in 2020 we’ll be offering a movement workshop with contemporary dancer and choreographer Ali Robson. Ali works in both dance and theatre and is curious about collaborating across disciplines and creating work with and for people of all ages. She has worked as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, rehearsal director, movement coach and collaborator since 2004. She brings a special combination of dance and theatre expertise and we are very excited to have her on board!
We will also be offering panel discussions on important topics in the theatre community and more workshops for emerging artists throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled for more information soon and check out our latest blog post for more on workshops.