The Workshops

Save Your Voice/Movement For Actors

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 1:30 - 3:00 at the Hotel

Amanda Brunk, Artistic Director, Singers Theatre and Music Theatre Academy

Amanda is a voice teacher in KW and developed the concept for the Music Theatre Academy at Laurier University. An intensive three-week performance program for pre-professional emerging artists, she teaches contemporary voice techniques to classical singers and serves as the Artistic Director. Amanda is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Singer's Theatre, a summer music theatre training program that attracts singers from across North America. She has also served as vocal director for various cruise lines.

Learn tips and tricks for saving your voice, efficient vocal acoustics and speech clarity, and finding your optimal speaking range.

Lisa MacNeil- Theatre and Dance Instructor, Ross Educational Creative Arts Program (RECAP), J.F. Ross CVI, Guelph

A choreographer, director, producer, and teacher, Lisa has been recognized for performance excellence on both stage and film. A graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre program, Lisa holds an Honours degree in Drama and Literature from the University of Guelph. She also studied Laban's efforts and movement for actors with George Luscombe, founder of Toronto Workshop Productions. She is currently completing her adjudicator training with Theatre Ontario. “Movement for Actors” is a practical introduction to physical characterization as well as basic choreography that will help you feel more confident with your body as an instrument.

Readings by the Playwrights

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 1:30 - 3:00 at the Hotel

Michael Grant, Playwright **

Michael became a playwright out of necessity. A script about maple syrup was required. Since then, Michael’s work has been produced across Canada. Hamish, his first full length, appears in the anthology, Grassroots and will have several productions in April. Both Bare Bear Bones and Suburban Standoff continue to have various productions across the nation. Shorthanded, which won the Stagewest Pechet Family Comedy Award in 2012, recently had several runs. Shorthanded: A Ladies Game premiered near Ottawa in October 2017.

Liz Best, Playwright **

Liz is an actor, producer, director and playwright. She has appeared in commercials, television and on stage, in Canada and the United States and was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Performance in a TV series, for her work on Meet The Family. Liz will be appearing in The Pigeon, at FireWorks 2018. Her play, Surrender Dorothy, is being produced at Procunier Hall at the Palace Theatre in London in February, 2019.

** Presentations by the playwrights are made possible through the generosity of PlayConnect

Bring Your Character to Life

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:30 - 3:00 at the Hotel

Alexandra Lent

Alexandra holds an Honours BA in Theatre from the University of Ottawa, attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, and has a Masters in Performance Studies from the University of Toronto. Performances in Ottawa’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival and National Arts Centre and Toronto’s Luminato Festival, inspired her to start her own professional touring company, To Be Determined Theatre Company, in 2011. Alex has twice adjudicated the Upper Grand District School Board Sears Festival and is a popular director, play polisher and workshop leader. She is a member of Theatre Ontario’s Talent Bank as a “Professional in the Field of Children’s Theatre”.

The Drayton Entertainment Story and the Business of Theatre

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 1:30 - 3:00 at the Hotel

Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment and Honorary Chair, WODL Festival 2019

Referring to himself as the Chief Entertainment Officer, Alex launched the Drayton Festival Theatre in 1991 and it has grown to be one Canada’s largest not‐for‐profit theatre organizations, with seven venues across Ontario. Alex’s involvement in the Waterloo Region’s theatre community began in Kitchener as an arts student at Eastwood Collegiate, as well as with the Waterloo Regional Gilbert & Sullivan Society and Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions. He has a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master’s in Arts Administration from City University in London, England. Over the past 27 years, he has been a professional actor and has directed over 100 productions across Canada.

Join us on Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th at the Guelph Holiday Inn and spend some time browsing the script displays from Playwrights Canada Press and the lighting and stage equipment displays from Scenework.