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Thursday December 12 – Sunday December 15, 2019 from 9:15am - 6:00pm

Friday December 13, 2019 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm (optional)

Department of Theatre and Film, University of Winnipeg, Asper Centre

The University of Winnipeg is located in the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. The university sits in Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples. Treaty 1, signed in 1871, took this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations in order to make the land available for settler use and ownership.

Hosted by the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg, this four-day workshop offers the opportunity to study with master teachers Gayle Murphy, Diane Roberts, David Smukler and Gerry Trentham, each of whom brings individual and collaborative experience in a wide range of practices and inquiry.

The investigation of listening is at the core of this workshop. Truly allowing ourselves to listen and sense with our breath, our body and our whole being permits us to be in the moment, responsive to our inner experience and the external world. This ability to wait in the place of ‘not knowing’, until an impulse propels us into action appropriate to the circumstances, is an essential ability for the performer and in our daily lives. Participants will invigorate their artistry with transformative and enlivening vocal and physical explorations which extend range and presence.


What to Expect 

• Deepen your listening to bring more spontaneity to your performance. 

• Discover dimensions of your unique breath, body and voice. 

• Enrich your moment to moment relationship to self, to scene partners and to your audience.

• Explore the expressive potential of the vocal body and moving voice.

• Experience language from whole body impulse. 

• Acquire listening and vocal/physical integration exercises to enhance your individual practice.

Actors and advanced acting students are invited to renew and revitalize their craft. Directors and playwrights will experience the actor’s process through innovative sensory practices. Dancers and movers will expand their performance options as they discover the range of their voices. Voice teachers will acquire approaches to enrich their teaching. Others who are interested in developing their vocal and physical range are welcome.

How to Prepare

The nature of the work demands a high level of commitment. To make the most of the four-day Intensive, clear your schedule of any extra activities and auditions in order to leave time for reflection, preparation and rest. 

You will be provided with a short piece of common text to memorize in advance. 


$410 / $360 (with early bird registration by November 1, 2019)

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