Education Workshops

Led by theatre artists who are experienced youth facilitators, these workshops provide opportunities for you and your students to deepen and further your class’s learning.

Tarragon is excited to offer online / digital and in-person workshops for you and your students.

Workshops with playwright Chelsea Woolley

Text Based Video Game Design:

Write Your Own Adventure

Left or right? Into the jungle, or through the cave? Chelsea Woolley offers a workshop on creating a “design your own adventure” text based video game. She will lead workshop participants through story boarding, writing, and basic coding using the interactive program TWINE.

Writers will develop characters and craft multiple plot lines for readers to choose from, as well as learn how to add other interactive components. This workshop is perfect for writers and coders between the ages of 12 and 17. This workshop requires all students to have access to a computer that is capable of storing files. Unfortunately, if students are using Chromebooks or Tablets this workshop is not suitable.

This workshop can be tailored to be anywhere from 2 hours workshop to a full week long.

The cost of this workshop is $250 / class for 2 hour session and is designed to be delivered virtually.

A headshot of Chelsea Woolley
A screen grab from the TWINE program

Workshops with actor & playwright Sarena Parmar

Preparing for Auditions

Students will investigate how to select, prepare and perform material specifically suited for the audition environment. They will break down techniques to feel more confident and prepared, so auditions can be a true expression of themselves. This workshop may be of particular interest to students wishing to audition for post secondary performance programs.

The cost of this workshop is $150 / class for 1 hour session and can be delivered virtually or in person.

A headshot of Alex Montagnese

Workshops with actor & puppeteer Alexandra Montagnese

Introduction to Puppetry Technique

An introduction to puppetry and object work, this one-time workshop offers the basics of how to start puppeteering. This class will give students the fundamentals of puppetry through a series of explorations using movement and narrative exercises. All you need is a scarf!

This workshop can be tailored to be anywhere from 90 minutes to a full (18 hour) week.

The cost of this workshop is $200 / class for 90 minute session and can be delivered virtually or in person.

A headshot of Alex Montagnese

Workshops with director & producer Aaron Jan

Follow Your Dreams:
How to build a sustainable career in theatre!

How do you make a living doing theatre? How can you turn your dreams into a reality? In this 90 minute seminar, theatre director, playwright, producer, and educator, Aaron Jan will walk through various career paths in theatre, give a realistic vision of how much each of them pays and discuss how to actually make this career work!

The cost of this workshop is $200 / class for 90 min session and can be delivered in-person or virtually.

(photo by Graham Isador)

A photo of Aaron Jan standing outside on a fall day

Fundraising / Producing 

What IS a producer? What do they do? How do you raise money for a project to make sure everyone gets paid?

In this 90 minute interactive workshop, participants will act as producers and compete against each other in how to pitch their projects to funders in the most appealing and exciting ways to get that money! Prizes included!

The cost of the workshop is $200 / class for 90 minute session and can be delivered in-person or virtually.

Lions and Units and Beats, oh my! Table Work

What is table work? How do you prepare a text for performance as an actor? In this two hour workshop, participants will work through a short script as actors and learn how to organize the information in a script to make strong acting choices in a workshop styled after theatre director, Aaron Jan’s own table work process.

The cost of the workshop is $250 / class for a 2 hour session and is designed to be delivered in-person

Get Up and Make Some Theatre:

Movement choreography for non-movers

How do we create theatre without being stuck in our heads (or even writing!)? How do we just get up and create incredible stage pictures without talking about it?

Through a series of exercises, students will build choreography from images we draw from existing source texts and strategies that Ken MacDougall Award winning director, Aaron Jan, uses in his practice. No movement training required! Let’s get up and make some theatre! This workshop can be done virtually or in-person. If on zoom, participants are encouraged to have a room where they are able to move and wear clothing they can move in.

The cost of this workshop is $250 / class for 2 hour session

Workshops with actor and educator Rahaf Fasheh

Text Analysis for Monologues / Speeches

This academic workshop will cover text analysis for short monologues and speeches. Students will learn how to analyze a single performance monologue by considering their speech’s structure, becoming aware of sub-sections in a section, and investigating sentences for specific purposes and key words.

Workshop Questions: What is the monologue’s intention and overall structure? What is the core thought in each sentence? Why did the character need to say this now?

A headshot of Rahaf Fasheh

The cost of the workshop is $200 / class for 90 minute session and can be delivered in-person or virtually.

Character Development/ Text Analysis from an Actors Perspective

This workshop will cover script analysis from an actor’s perspective. Through close collective reading of a script or scene, students will go over the actors’ process by learning how to annotate their scripts in units/ beats/ and character notes. The students will learn how to develop their characterization by looking out for the characters’ history, objectives, relationships, environment, and obstacles within the script.

Workshop Questions: What time and year is it? How does the playwright and other characters describe me? What is the characters’ objective and super-objective? What are the stakes and obstacles?

The cost of the workshop is $200 / class for 90 minute session and can be delivered in-person or virtually.

Voice Workshops

This is a 2 part workshop, the parts can be booked separately or together

PART 1- Academic

This academic workshop will go over how the voice physiologically works. Students will learn the various pitch and resonance in their voices, the areas of articulation in the mouth, the respiratory muscles and organs involved in releasing the natural voice, basic phonemes and vowels of the English language, and the factors that affect releasing a free, natural voice. 

The cost of the workshop is $150 / class for a one hour session and can be delivered in-person or virtually.

PART 2- Practical

This interactive workshop will cover beginner voice training for students interested in a future of professional training for actors. Through vocal, articulation and breath warm-ups, students will get a well-rounded idea of professional theatre vocal training as they begin to find their free voice. 

The cost of the workshop is $150 / class for a one hour session and can be delivered in-person or virtually.

If you would like to book both workshops the cost is $250/ class for a 2 hours session.

Other Workshop Options

We are also offer a variety of skill-based workshops specific to theatre making upon request. These are especially great options for SHSM students.

Potential topics include:

→ Playwriting / Storytelling

→ Directing

→ Dramaturgy

→ Collective Creation

→ Translation in Theatre

→ Audio Drama

→ Foley 

→ Clowning

→ Props

COST: Workshop costs are determined by a myriad of factors including: the number of students, how long the workshop is, and what the topic is. We promise to help you design the best learning experience for you and your students based on your budget. 

Bookings

For more information or to plan a workshop e-mail Heather, our Education and Community Engagement Manager at education@tarragontheatre.com