Physical Theatre Creation

Weekend Intensive

with Andy Massingham

Andy’s workshop at Tarragon is geared toward the experienced artist who is interested in expanding their physical awareness and embrace the playful, creative artist lurking within. Exercises utilizing mask, clown, and mime will tap your creative centre with playful curiosity and optimism.

In this two-day format Andy will take participants through an intensive exploration process following this structure:

Day One – Impulse and the Urge to Play.

* Following natural impulses to create.

* Physical exploration and improvisation to unlock ideas and themes.

* Embracing “what if?” as a starting place.

Day Two – Where Does It Go from Here?

* Creating a structure. 

* The potential for text and developing further physical possibilities.

* Keeping creation alive at all times.


PLEASE NOTE: This course will take place in-person. Applicants will be required to provide proof of vaccination to attend the course. 


To Enroll

Artists are invited to submit a 1 page letter of intent, outlining your interest in the course to

For accessibility accommodations or to submit your application in an alternative format such as video, please email or call Heather Caplap at |(416) 531-1827 ext 249

The application deadline for this course is: 12am Midnight on November 17, 2021.

Registration is limited. All applicants will be contacted by November 24th.


Equity/Artist Rate – $175*
Regular Rate – $250
* This artist rate is available to anyone who self identifies as an artist and/or is a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
Note: This cost has been reduced from our standard course rate to reflect the economic difficulties many are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also honouring the value of the work of the artist-instructor.
If the cost of the course is a barrier please contact Heather Caplap at to discuss pricing options.

Fall 2021

Dates & Times

In-person weekend intensive:
Saturday, December 4th
10:00AM – 3:30PM
Sunday, December 5th
10:00AM – 3:30PM


Over the past thirty-five years, Andy has performed, directed and taught across Canada at such theatres as Stratford Festival, Theatre New Brunswick, National Arts Centre, Banff Centre, Tarragon, Odyssey, Y.P.T., among many others. His Dora award winning wordless play Rough House (presented by Nightswimming Theatre) toured Canada and the U.S. He is currently developing a series of comedic works based on the myth of knowledge. He is enjoying it immensely and he hopes that you will too, eventually! 

Andy is on the teaching faculty at the Toronto Film School and Second City.