Expanse Workshop Series

Audition Workshop with Allyson Pratt at Expanse as part of Chinook

February 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, February 8, 2020
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Backstage Theatre at Edmonton Fringe Theatre
at The Expanse Festival as part of Chinook Series

Whether you are brand new to auditions, or looking to brush up your skills – this workshop with Edmonton’s own Allyson Pratt will leave you with practical and personalized tools to add to your actor’s work belt. Focusing on audition technique, choosing material that speaks to you, as well as boundaries and personal safety, this workshop invites you to bring joy and play into the audition room, and take back your personal power. Working in groups as well as one-on-one coaching, this workshop features a mock audition process to help the actor find comfort and confidence in the audition setting. We will also focus on how to connect body and breath to the text, even when nerves and butterflies abound.

About Allyson:
Allyson Pratt hails from Edmonton, AB, and lives in Toronto, ON. A member of the Alexander Cree Nation, her mother is Plains Cree, and her father is of British and Scottish origins. Allyson studied at the Randolph Academy in Toronto, and received the Triple Threat Award in her graduating year. Allyson has performed in theatre roles across the country for companies such as The Citadel, The Charlottetown Festival, YPT (Young People’s Theatre), RedSky Performance, Akpik Theatre, and more. Allyson can be seen in the CSA nominated series Mohawk Girls in her recurring role as Iostha, and the award-winning Web-series Teenagers. Allyson also starred in and co-created the short film Stephanie’s Room, which screened at the 2016 Cannes Festival. Allyson has facilitated workshops for children, teens and young adults across the country, specializing in acting technique, voice, and the audition process. Make sure you catch Allyson’s performance in Pawâkan Macbeth by Reneltta Arluk at Expanse as part of Chinook.

Move Up, Move Up

February 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Azimuth Performance Lab at Expanse presents
Move up, move up: Sharing diverse stories through Playback Theatre
February 9 at 1:30pm 
in the Westbury Theatre

Move up, Move up invites us all to consider how we can move towards telling our stories that don’t often have the space to be shared or to move towards listening to stories in order to honour diverse voices. In this 2 hour workshop, participants are invited to experience playback theatre-based activities to embody and share stories. Playback Theatre is a form of improvisational theatre that invites audience members to share stories from their lives, which actors reflect back using improvisation including movement, words, metaphor and music. The workshop is open to all levels of experience with theatre-based activities and people can choose the level of participation to which they feel comfortable.

Third Space Playback Theatre Edmonton is a group of diverse individuals committed to exploring the themes of intersecting identities through playback theatre in order to promote dialogue, community change, and social justice. We are committed to creating spaces of dialogue from a diversity of Indigenous and settler communities.

Michelle Buckle
Lebogang Disele
Paul Gareau
Lucy Lu
Shawn Tse
Philiana Wong

Enlivening The Peripheral In Text-Based Performance

February 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Azimuth Performance Lab at Expanse: Enlivening the Peripheral in Text-Based Performance
February 16 at 11am 
in the Westbury Theatre

A laboratory continuation guided by Amber Borotsik and Vanessa Sabourin based on their experiences in the rehearsal hall together where the text and the body wanna play together instinctually and in synchronicity. These sessions explore processes for combining a movement-based practice within the context of text-based performance. Methodologies used will be a mush of process and practice that have been built over 10 years of collaborations on theatrical performance where the body needs to speak its own sister language to the words coming out of the performers’ mouths. No need to have attended the first session!

Brain stuff.
Body stuff.
Mix it up stuff.
Jam on this together stuff.
Please come.