ASL Accessible Performance Lab Classes

Azimuth Theatre Performance Lab – ASL Accessible classes Sunday, April 28, Sunday, May 5, and Sunday, May 12, 2019 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Room 3-125 in the Drama Department of the Fine Arts Building at the University of Alberta. 8807 112 Street. Third floor. Elevators available on the first floor on the north side of the building.

Pay-What-You-Will at the door.

All welcome.

ASL Interpreters: Nicole Sander and Andrea Konowalec of NICA Consolidated

Sunday, April 28, 2019:

Theatrical Intimacy & Consent with Samantha Jeffery

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Room 3-125 in the University of Alberta’s Fine Arts Building (Drama Department)

This class will explore intimacy & consent in rehearsal and performance. We’ll dive into chemistry between performers, boundaries, closure, and how the principles of intimacy direction can enhance a creative process. We will be looking primarily at the performer’s perspective, but all creative roles are welcome. Please wear clothing that allows for movement and bring a water bottle.

About Samantha Jeffery:

Samantha Jeffery is an Edmonton-based actor, fighter, and intimacy director. She is a student of Intimacy Directors International’s method: her work around intimacy includes curating the Smut Cabaret, creating the Heavy Petting Zoo, co-writing/directing Blue Revue films, and getting as much mental health training as possible. Sam graduated from the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program, and is the co-artistic director of StoneMarrow Theatre. She is also a Sterling award-nominated fight director, and teaches and performs fights for stage & film.

Acting credits include: Slight of Mind (Theatre Yes/Citadel Theatre); Macbeth, Henry V, Twelfth Night (Malachite Theatre); Stormshelter (StoneMarrow Theatre/Workman Arts Toronto); Whiskey Business (co-created with Miranda Allen Entertainment); Dead Centre of Town (x3 with Catch the Keys Productions); After Miss Julie (Bleviss Laboratory Theatre); A Beautiful View (Precipice Productions); A Thought In Three Parts (Theatre Outré); I Am For You, The Bully Project (Concrete Theatre). On the small screen you can currently catch her as Grimly in Abracadavers.


Sunday, May 5, 2019:

Special Workshop opportunity with Denise Clarke C.M.

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Room 3-125 in the University of Alberta’s Fine Arts Building (Drama Department)

 We will begin with a participant and a chair.

Come ready to move.

About Denise Clarke:

Denise Clarke is the Associate Artist at One Yellow Rabbit in Calgary and a permanent member of the Creation Ensemble. Clarke stages and performs original work and has established a national/international touring profile, as well as working with various companies across Canada, most recently choreographing the Rufus Wainwright/ Daniel McIvor Opera, Hadrian, for Canadian Opera Company.

She is director of the One Yellow Rabbit Summer Lab Intensive and this fall published The Big Secret Book, An Intensive Guide For Creating Performance Theatre.

Clarke is a Member of the Order of Canada.


Sunday, May 12, 2019:

Bouffon workshop with Michael Kennard

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Room 3-125 in the University of Alberta’s Fine Arts Building (Drama Department)


A quick hit of Phillipe Gaulier old style Bouffon.

Participants will get a basic understanding of what the Bouffon style entails.

Please bring morph suit if you have one, if not, stretchy clothing that you can stuff.

Also bring things to cover your head and stuff your body ( ie, balls, balloons, small pillows etc.)


About Michael Kennard:

For the past thirty years Michael has been a co-creator (with John Turner), performer and producer with internationally acclaimed clown duo Mump & Smoot, creating 8 full-length shows. Michael is a graduate of the University Of Guelph Drama program and has studied physical comedy, clown, mask, improv and movement with Richard Pochinko, Ian Wallace, Fiona Griffths, Philippe Gaulier and The Second City. He has taught at The Yale School of Drama, Tel Aviv University, California State University, Guelph University, Bishops University, Equity Showcase, The SPACE, The Humber College Comedy program and now teaches full-time at the University of Alberta. Michael’s directing credits include: The Christmas Carol, The Hobbit and The Wizard of Oz at The Globe Theatre in Regina, The Second City’s Family Circus Maximus and Insanity Fair in Toronto and co-directed Embryo’s on Ice in Chicago, Half a Sixpence at Bishops’ University and The Hollow at Berkeley St Theatre. Michael has been recognized for his work with a Dora award, three Canadian Comedy awards, a Boston Theatre award and a Drama Logue award (California).

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