This twelve-week course is for the passionate improvisor, or theatre artist, who is looking to bring more spontaneity to their work.
The winter session will explore a TBA play by abandoning old concepts of what Shakespeare “should” sound like, and remixing it with contrasting contemporary text, improvisational techniques, games and ensemble creation.
In the last session we share our reimagined version of the story, through monologues, scenes, movement, music, video, and new discoveries we make along the way.
In Studio with some Virtual elements
January 28th- April 15th (12 weeks)
Max 8 participants
Facilitator: Jeff Gladstone and Monice Peter
You can pay the full course fee online at the link on the right, or set up smaller monthly payments by emailing email@example.com
Passionately pursuing her dream, Monice has performed across Canada in major festivals, with esteemed theatre companies and directors, and worked with major network television companies. Monice completed her studies from Mount Royal University in 2008 and that summer played Ariel in The Tempest in Calgary's Shakespeare in the Park. From there, she performed all across Alberta with TYA touring companies. She performed in Are We There Yet, a sexual education show for grade 9 students and Work Plays|Working it Out, two plays that deal with workplace safety and the rights of young people in the workplace. Monice has worked with Ground Zero Theatre, Sage Theatre, Downstage Theatre, Verb Theatre and Alberta Theatre Projects. She is a founding member of Western Canada's Afro-Centric theatre company Ellipsis Tree Collective, which produced the Canadian Premiere of Ruined. In 2015, Monice was accepted into the Stratford Festival's Birmingham Conservatory, a classical theatre training program. She spent 3 seasons with The Stratford Festival. Selected credits includeThe Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; The Aeneid; School for Scandal; and Julius Caesar. She also spent a summer in Niagara-On-The-Lake at The Shaw Festival in Mae West's Sex and George Bernard Shaw's Getting Married. She also performed with Order of Canada's Seana McKenna, in Margret Atwood's (also A Companion of the Order of Canada) The Penelopiad, directed by Canadian sweetheart Megan Follows. Monice moved to Vancouver on an impulse and started working in the TV/Film industry (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3695549/). Monice would have been spending her time flying in the air and casting spells as a cast member of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, however, she is enjoying much welcomed family time with her sister Maryke and nephew Mattius.
Jeff is a multi-faceted actor, director and teacher with extensive training in improvisation, theatre & film. Born and raised in Treaty 7 land (Calgary) he holds a BFA in Drama from U of C, and was a member of the Loose Moose Theatre Company where he first met and trained with Keith Johnstone. Now living on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver), Jeff is the artistic director of the International Theatresports Institute, and a company member and lead teaching artist with Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival where he has developed curriculum for children, seniors and professional actors. He recently launched a new international online impro project called The Naked Improvisors that was part of the National Arts Centre Canada Performs series. His recent work with Vancouver Opera, The Kettle Society, Vancouver Parks Board and the Carnegie Centre with artists living with mental illness and homelessness has had a huge impact on his teaching practise, leading with empathy and care, and creating a space that is as inclusive and safe as possible. Performance highlights include the feature film Kingsway (TIFF 2018, Leo nomination for Best Supporting Actor), four seasons at Bard on the Beach including the hit productions As You Like It, and Alls Well That Ends Well, and Blanche (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Huffington Post top shows of 2011)