Weekend Acting Intensive

Weekend Acting Intensive

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Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

230 Powder Drive

Fort McMurray, AB T9K 2W6


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This Acting Intensive takes place August 12-14, 2022 at Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts.

About this event

Focusing on building backstory, creating a character, text analysis techniques, and exercises in spontaneity toward truthfulness in scenes - this weekend intensive will help you own your choices and grow as an actor!

Registration for this intensive closes on August 8, 2022 at noon.

nistawâyâw / ᓂᐢᑕᐋᐧᔮᐤ / Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo theatre company, Swamp Rat Experience (SRE), is inviting local actors to learn from professional theatre artists at a weekend workshop intensive on August 12-14, 2022 at Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts.

The intensive will be led by experienced artists Éanna O’Dowd from Galway, Ireland and Jessica Aquila Cymerman from Los Angeles, US through their theatre company Untold Wants, based out of Vancouver, BC. By inviting industry professionals to our community and creating a space where actors can feel safe and supported while being challenged to further their craft, SRE hopes to help local actors build confidence in their work as they identify and strengthen their acting toolkit.

Éanna and Jessica will guide and instruct you in employing established acting techniques. The goal is to strengthen your craft, helping you own your choices in the scene and specify the characters you build. Scenes will be worked toward achieving specificity, based on constructive adjustments from the instructors.

Actors will be given a monologue or scene prior to the intensive to prepare their character and scene choices. After presenting, actors will be given feedback and notes to work on, for presentation again the next day of the workshop. If they are only attending one day of the weekend, they will be able to work again on the scene after notes.

The Friday evening will be spent on a technique lecture, doing scene work preparation, and a Q&A. Saturday and Sunday will be spent on scene work and feedback.

Event details

When: August 12-14, 2022

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

Who: This intensive is open to ages 18+ and all experience levels.

Before the Intensive

You will be asked to submit a tape of yourself performing prior to the intensive. This is done to help the facilitators to get an idea about "who you are" as an actor, and what scenes/monologues would be most helpful to you during the intensive. The texts you will work with during the intensive will be chosen to best suit the participants' needs depending on what would most help you in your learning and development.

Details on how to create a self-tape will be sent out prior to the intensive.


Full weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun): $180

Friday and either Saturday or Sunday: $130

The Intensive will be led by Éanna O’Dowd (Galway, Ireland) and Jessica Aquila Cymerman (Los Angeles, US) through their theatre company Untold Wants, based out of Vancouver, BC. Aquila Cymerman has extensive directing experience and holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and MA in Directing from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, with additional training from Shakespeare’s Globe, UK. O’Dowd is an actor and producer with stage credits including National Irish tours of Vernon God Little and The Dead School, and Film/TV credits including Limetown, The 100, The Exorcist, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Stitches and Cherry. He holds an MA in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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