Theatre through the Gaze: Physical Devised Theatre LIMITED SPOTS LEFT

Theatre is an incredibly empowering medium of expression. Your body and your imagination are all it takes to be present and make great performances. In a safe and non-judgmental space, work with experienced theatre artist Susan Bertoia, and learn how you can utilize physical theatre methodologies to devise authentic work. This workshop will harness your (the drama teacher’s) creative spirit and you will be able to encourage your students and boldly delve deeper into the curriculum and make it come alive. The workshop will be composed of exercises and devising simple compositions. Engaging strategies for creative flow will spring board your devising as well we will re-examine the traditional “tableau” – taking classical paintings and images as a building block for creation. Exploring stage composition, actions, character relationships, focal points, perspectives and light through a different gaze, that of a theatre artist. Empower yourself, empower your students to utilize theatre as an avenue for learning and communicating ideas. You’ll not only learn how to awaken your body to communicate Big Ideas, but also values within the Core Competencies. [HANDS ON WORKSHOP]

To Bring

Wear - Soft soled shoes, comfortable clothing

Bring- water bottle, notebook and pen, your playful curiousity!!


Susan Bertoia

Susan Bertoia is a Vancouver based professional theatre artist/devisor, actor, director and teacher. Her work explores poetic and pedestrian moments while her artistic leadership has been described as engaging, encouraging and disarming.  She has worked with many secondary schools devising and teaching physical theatre workshops. Susan serves as an Adjudicator at Drama and Speech Arts festivals and as a Theatre Artist-in-Residence both independently and through the organization ArtStarts (BC).  Recent projects include: Theatre Makers: Creation Workshop with Surrey Arts Centre, Shadbolt Centre and PuSh Festival with youth 15-18 years and Mask and Commedia Performance at UBC with BFA 3rd Theatre Students. Susan’s training includes BFA in Theatre Acting from UBC and advanced studies in commedia dell’arte and movement-based theatre from international institutions (Dell’Arte School; One Yellow Rabbbit; etc.). Susan is Artistic Director/Producer and Ensemble Performer with the somewhat illusive BellaLuna Productions. Accolades include; Jessie Richardson Award (Outstanding Performance), The Gordon Armstrong Theatre Artist Award and mom to three kids!