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Tightrope Theatre is excited to partner with Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. to offer The Unblockables, an improv course for those who stutter. By focusing on presence & saying yes, cultivating laughter, and celebrating mistakes, we will play improv games to support participants to speak with confidence.
What makes this workshop special is the course will be co-facilitated. Joining Dan (our Director of Work and Wellness) will be Wendy Duke (Speech Language Pathologist and founder of Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc), and Robert O’Brien (Author and Educator). Robert is a trained actor and has published a book on his experiences as a person who stutters.
“The ability to think like a performer totally takes the edge away when standing in a stutterer’s shoes and brings real world practices to the world of stuttering. The Unblockables pilot program was such a fresh approach towards stuttering and coping with it.” - Sahil Chawla
The course series will be delivered over zoom and will culminate in a virtual performance for friends and family.
Saturdays on ZOOM:
October 15th, October 22nd 2022
1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
10am - 12pm PST, Showcase 7:00pm PST
Robert O'Brien, Wendy Duke, Dan Dumsha
Special Fall Price: $195 + GST
This is not about managing a stutter, rather
it is about teaching you how to express yourself without the need for perfection. Learning to
celebrate mistakes and laugh at yourself takes the fear out of stuttering. When that fear is removed,
you can truly play, tell your stories and inspire others.
Dan is thrilled to lead Tightrope’s offerings for the Workplace and for Health & Wellness. His passion is to bring learners into the moment together, where co-creation can happen. A graduate of Queen's University Drama (B.A.H) and Artist in Community Education (B.Ed), Dan has been performing and teaching theatre and improv for over twenty years.
Wendy is a scuba diver, very bad amateur jazz drummer, and traveller. When she isn't playing, she is a registered speech-language pathologist who has been working with people who stutter since before any of you were born. She is the Clinical Director at Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences at UBC
Robert is an author and an educator who immigrated to Canada over ten years ago to study acting in Vancouver. Having stuttered his whole life, he turned to performance as way to embrace his speech. Today he is committed to sharing his experience and empowering others to do the same with the message that there is nothing to fix.