NotaBle Acts Announce Upcoming Workshops

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This year’s NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival will include two workshops exploring the creation and development of new plays. 

NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival has announced its plans for 2020 which include an online/interactive MainStage production, number of online readings of new New Brunswick plays, outdoor performances, workshops and more. 

This year’s lineup also includes a pair of free workshops exploring various aspects of the creation and development process. Playwright in Residence Vern Thiessen and Theatre New Brunswick’s Natasha MacLellan will be lead this year’s offerings. 

The Workshop Workshop: The actor’s role in the play workshop process

Actors need to have a lot of skills in their Toolbox: singing, dancing, strong vocal chords, comedic timing and limber bodies, to name a few. And it’s often assumed that these skills will lend themselves to the work of new play development and play workshops. But, do they?

New play development puts a lot of focus on the playwright but actors also play a crucial role. In this workshop, we’ll talk about the role of the actor in a play workshop. We’re going to discuss the play workshop process. Natasha and vern have lots of experience in new play development, as writers, actors, dramaturges and directors. We’ll take a deep dive into these different roles, we’ll tell stories, offer advice and skills that will help you be a better workshop actor. In the COVID world you can be certain more workshop opportunities to do this work will be popping up. And this is a great opportunity to sharpen your skills and add to your Toolbox.

This workshop will be led by Governor General’s Award winning playwright Vern Thiessen and Natasha MacLellan, Artistic Director of Theatre New Brunswick.

July 19 | 1-4 p.m. | on Zoom | Registration required | Limited Space | Free | View Event 


The Basics

Governor General’s Award winning playwright Vern Thiessen teaches you the basics of creating a play in a fun, fast-paced workshop that will have you leaving with a start of a new work! Bring a notebook, or device to write on!

July 27 | 7-9 p.m. | on Zoom | Registration required | Limited Space | Free | View Event 

To register for these workshops, please contact Festival Director Len Falkenstein.

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