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Sunday May 17 - Saturday June 6, 2020

University of Toronto

We will be offering a 2-week and a 3-week intensive that will run concurrently.

The 2-week and 3-week Intensives offer time and space to engage your curiosity, journey deeply into the connection of the body, the voice and the word, and explore your potential in performance. Immerse yourself in daily practice of movement, breath, resonance, rhythm, and range. Awaken, restore and revitalize your creative sources.  Build confidence, clarity, and specificity in your work with text. Cultivate dynamic responsiveness with scene partners and your audience.

Two or Three weeks?  Your choice…

The first two weeks will focus on the foundations of vocal and physical practice as well as enlivening your engagement with language and text. The third week provides the opportunity to deepen your relationship to resonance, range and power and explore the potency of your presence with your text and scene partner.  Both the two and three week participants will have the opportunity to work with a Shakespeare monologue and scene. We choose three plays for each season and we will announce those plays in January 2020.
We encourage participants to attend all three weeks, but we offer the two week option for those who may not have the flexibility in their schedules.

Tuition and Application

Two-weeks: $1,460 CAD/$1,150 CAD Early bird registration by Jan 31, 2020
Three-weeks: $1860 CAD/$1650 CAD Early bird registration by Jan 31, 2020

What to Expect
During the intensive, you will have opportunities to: 

●    Foster new dimensions of your breath, body and voice. 
●    Consciously re-align unnecessary effort into easeful responsiveness.
●    Tap your potential for embodiment of the text through integrated approaches. 
●    Enrich your moment-to-moment relationship to self, to scene partners and to your audience. 
●    Walk away with concrete understanding of a classic vocal warm up and a wealth of tools to incorporate into your artistic practice. 
●    Integrate your physical, intellectual and emotional experience into a dynamic, grounded and productive presence. 

Seasoned actors and advanced acting students will renew and revitalize their craft. Directors and playwrights will gain a profound understanding of the actor’s process and venture into sensory sources and organic practices for creation. Dancers and movers will increase their performance range as they discover the resonance of their voices. Teachers will acquire new approaches, enliven their creative sources and enrich their toolkit. 

How to Prepare

The nature of the work and the schedule demands a high level of commitment, energy and participation and you will be expected to attend all sessions. Here’s what you can do to make the most of your Two or Three week Intensive… 

●    Clear your schedule of extra activities and auditions in order to leave time for reflection, preparation and rest. 
●    Purchase enough groceries and healthy food options to last the entire week. 
●    Get as much sleep as possible; honour your impulse to slow down as you dive deeply into creative resonances. 
●    Arrive to each session, including warm up, early so that you can give yourself time to transition into the work with consciousness 

      and care. 

Once your application has been accepted, you will be asked to choose, prepare and memorize a monologue from one of this year’s Shakespeare plays (a list of options will be provided to you). You will also be assigned a scene to memorize and work with. We will provide a list of optional readings to support your preparation. If you have no previous experience with Shakespeare, don’t worry! The work at the Intensive is designed to guide and support accessibility and your interaction with the text. If you have lots of experience with Shakespeare, don’t worry! The work at the Intensive is also designed to encourage deep and rich territory in which to play.

The weekly schedule is Monday to Saturday and includes some evenings.

Mornings are dedicated to vocal/physical practice and exploration, while the afternoons generally focus on the application to language and text.  Evenings feature an array of practical seminars to deepen the context of our creative work.  On the last day of the three-week Intensive, we will have a private showing of our work followed by an evening of celebration.

A typical day may look like this:
8:15 - 8:30am     Personal Arrival
8:30 - 9:00am    Group Morning Practice
9:15 - 11:00am    Movement
11:15 - 1:00pm     Voice
2:30 - 4:15pm    Image
4:30 - 6:15pm    Text
7:15 - 9:15pm    Typically, there are three evening sessions per week scheduled. TBA (Fridays and Saturdays will end no later than 6:15pm)

Lunch is 90 minutes giving you time to reflect, settle and arrive for the afternoon sessions.  On late days, dinner break is one hour.

Participants will receive the first week schedule on arrival day.


This year in Toronto our core Faculty will be:
Lisa Beley

Cindy Block

Gary Logan

Dawn McCaugherty

Diane Roberts

David Smukler
Gerry Trentham

Guest Faculty will include:
Denise Fujiwara

Jani Lauzon

Lopa Sircar 


Associate Faculty:
Liz Filios
Jessica Johnson

Carmen Paterson

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