Creative Dissembling: Devising with the Inanimate

An object, domestic or otherwise, becomes the springboard for devising simple yet powerful theatre. Take a sensorial, visceral, and tactile approach to your next creative project. Unleash your imagination! Discover through physical exercises and disciplined practice the potential of ‘breaking through’ the tried playwright route to creating theatre; to the possibility of the invigorated theatre artist who creates from impulse. We explore our connection not only to each other but also through objects we hold, handle and use. An authentic journey into the appreciation of the functionality of an object; to the fascination, obsession and attachment with objects. We take these observations and physical play with objects one step further and deconstruct our findings to devise characters, movements and story. 

This workshop is for anyone who is curious about an alternative way to devise theatre and who want to take some major creative risks. Be ready to play - seriously play, with things! TOTAL HANDS ON WORKSHOP with plenty of MOVEMENT.

To Bring/Important Notes

Please bring a water bottle, 2-3 loose paper (lined or blank) and a pen. Wear soft soled runners or indoor shoes and attire that allows for movement. You all must bring one object: a domestic object from home OR an object you can hold – preferably non-breakable ie. No glass. These objects will be shared and played with, so nothing too special. Please feel free to bring a mat or cushion to sit on if you have difficulty with sitting on the floor. 


Friday 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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  • Susan Bertoia

    Susan Bertoia isa professional theatre artist, devisor, actor, director and teacher; honored to work and live on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First NationsHer invigorating artistic style with specialization in physical theatre and mask performance (commedia dell’arte) makes her a sought-out teaching artist and performer throughout Canada.  Her teaching pedagogy is based in Lecoq training, with off shots in the work of Anne Bogart and Frantic Assembly. Training includes: BFA in Theatre (UBC); Commedia studies at Piccolo Teatro di Milano (Giorgio Strehler); Mask making with Donato Sartori; Dell’Arte Schoolof Physical Theatre; Devised theatre with One Yellow Rabbit; Mask work with Jeremy Jamesand physical devised theatre with UK’s Frantic Assembly. She is Adjunct Professor at UBC teaching Commedia and physical performance and conducts numerous creative initiatives through ArtStarts and independently. Susan works with the Association of BC Drama Educators; has presented papers at the Canadian Association for Theatre Research and her paper was published with and through the International Conference Futurist Drama + Dramaturgy, University of Toronto in 2011. Susan is the recipient of the Outstanding Performance Award and Supporting Actress AwardNominee from the Vancouver Jessie Richardson’s Professional Theatre Awards and The Gordon Armstrong Theatre Artist Award which recognizes creative initiatives. She directs multi platformed shows ranging from youth engaged theatre to professional ensemble productions. She is a passionate theatre artist and advocate and mom to three amazing kids.