Canadian Stage Festival of Ideas & Creation 2011
Recently I did a couple of "class visits" at the Parliament Library Branch for a pair of hard working groups of directors and actors workshopping two plays that were going to be performed free at the Canstage 2011 Festival of Ideas and Creation. Established in 2006, the Festival is Canadian Stage's flagship event supporting the development of artists and new works. The Festival supports established artists and fosters the next generation of artistic innovators.
I took a variety of books, scores and other resources from the Toronto Reference Library - TRL Performing Arts Dept (5th floor!) to show these performers just how useful and important the material at the TRL can be. And I have to say, they were enthusiastic about the items shown to them. They loved the audition material, the monologue books, the accent items, the practical books on stage lighting, costume design, prop making and as well the theory books about Uta Hagen, Method Acting and Stella Adler.
Ingrid Pleitez is a part of the Canstage Directing Program working with a small group of actors (members of the Canadian Stage GYM Emerging Artist Program) to present Yerma on Saturday May 21 @1:30 and 4:45.
Aaron Jan is also part of the CanStage directing program working with a small group of actors (members of the Canadian Stage GYM Emerging Artist Program) to present 4.48 Psychosis on Saturday May 21 @ 2:15 and 4:15.
This Saturaday is the last day to take in the shows, so why not go down to CanStage @ the Berkeley Street theatre, support emerging artists and enjoy some interesting theatre. Break a leg guys.