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Writing in Movement - Playwriting

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How can we create dramatic text that is grounded and rooted in the body and movement? How can we approach the writer's process in a visceral way?

This workshop, led by international theatre creator, Coleen MacPherson, aims to provoke the imagination and stimulate your ability to play. After studying at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris taking part in the UK's Off-West End Arcola Theatre Writer's Program and attending workshops led by playwrights James Graham (National Theatre) and Michel Azama (Bled, The Life and Death of Pier Paolo Pasolini), MacPherson has developed her own approach to writing for the stage to provoke the imagination and develop each artists unique voice. Her plays have appeared at Camden People's Theatre, Mimetic Festival (London, UK), Falaki Theatre (Cairo, Egypt), Plateau 31 (Paris, France) and The Theatre Centre (Toronto). She has also toured work to Shangai, Montreal, NYC, Chicago and Barcelona.

Most recently she held a staged reading of Meat at The Arcola Theatre performed by Richard Hansell (Ivo Van Hove's A View From the Bridge), Angela Bull (Epislon Productions) Kate Handford (Upcoming: Globe Theatre) and Denise Stephenson (About a Boy). Her play, This Is Why We Live will be heading to Krakow, Poland this Winter 2017 at Nowy Theater.

MacPherson's joy in teaching is also a joy gained from a desire to collaborate and develop relationships with working artists in Toronto and to stimulate new methodologies of creation with her company Open Heart Surgery Theatre.

www.openheartsurgerytheatre.com

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Writing in Movement focuses on how to develop dramatic texts; journeying participants through exercises that bring writing into movement. We will observe, play and write. Exploring: the concrete, dramaturgy, physical action, language and writing from the body. Inspired by the Lecoq tradition, Coleen MacPherson, writer and theatre maker, will lead the workshop with the goal of inspiring writers, theatre makers and creative types to capture the world in writing.

Day One: The Concrete and Neutral Mask

We explore the concrete in our writing through a series of exercises that provoke the writers’ imagination. Beginning in neutral we write purely through observation, searching for specificity. This class invites students to write actively and engage with each other’s writing through guided feedback.

Day Two: Painting and Music

We look at the dynamics of movement in painting and music and see how this can be transposed to the stage. What world does the painting provoke? What space and mood? We begin to look at how the outside world and art can inspire our writing. We then look at two contrasting pieces of music and find the movement in space of this music. From this we write.

Day Three: Narration and Monologue / Forms of Writing

We look at the principles of narration and the strategies to be a teller of stories. How can we drive the story? We look at rhythm of language and the counter mask of the character. Through improvisation with minimal set and objects we create short scenes inspired by movement or silent play. By analyzing movement we are able to see nuance, to tell stories and to invent a world that is not intellectual but comesfrom the interaction of the actor in space.

“It allowed me to see what I do in my writing and to kickstart what I couldn’t do on my own.”

(Student Testimonial)

Limited spaces available as this workshop cannot work with too many students!

This workshop is aimed at theatre creators, industry professionals, writers and anyone eager to learn about the craft of original theatre creation.

Cost: $140 (taxes included)

Time: Wednesday August 9th 5:00-9:00 pm

Thursday August 10th 5:00-9:00 pm

Friday August 11th 5:00-9:00 pm

Where: University of Toronto, 75 St George Street

Please email coleen.macpherson@gmail.com if you have any questions or have a concern about pricing as subsidies are available.


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