In this hands on workshop, participants will explore ways of building trust within the ensemble, and the individual, in order to encourage a safe environment where students can allow themselves to find authenticity and take risks in their work. The workshop will include excercises as well as time for discussion and how to implement or ajust for different skill levels.
an open mind, comfortable clothes you can move in, something to take notes with
A professional actor for over 20 years both on camera and on stage, Paul has worked across North America including Bard on the Beach, the National Arts Centre and at the Charlottetown Festival. He received Jessie awards for his performances in "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" with Pacific Theatre and "The Overcoat" at the Vancouver Playhouse as well as Jessie nominations for his performance in "Driving Miss Daisy" at Pacific Theatre. Paul began his theatrical training at Arts Umbrella when he was 16 and continued on to study at the prestigious Studio 58 at Langara College. Paul has also made a career as an instructor teaching sound design and acting both on and off camera with organizations such as Bard on the Beach, Douglas College, the Shadbolt Centre and Learning Through the Arts. In 2008, Paul became the Artistic Director of Theatre and Music at Arts Umbrella.
Susanne is an accomplished theatre educator, director and consultant, and is a graduate of both the University of Manitoba (BA - Psychology) and The University of Calgary (BFA – Theatre Directing).
Susanne has been working professionally, as a director, since 1992 and was a theatre intern and research assistant at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta. She worked, for many years, for the Vancouver Fringe Festival, as their Performer Liaison, and was a member of the Tight Corset Theatre Company where she directed “Dumb Blind Luck” (Best New Play – Victoria Fringe – 2002), “Ways to Woo Enrique” (24 Hour Play Festival – 2003) and Awkward (2004).
Susanne started at Arts Umbrella in 1997 and has taught every age level in the Theatre and Music department, She now focuses her time on numerous outreach programs and is the Director of the Junior Theatre Troupe, which is a part of the Pre-Professional Theatre Program. Susanne is also the Coordinator of the Theatre and Music Department.