Summer Solo Making

adult dance workshop, improv workshop, meagan o'shea, stand up dance, toronto festival of clowns / Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Stand Up Dance presents

Summer Solo Making with Meagan O’Shea

July 30 – August 6

Golden Lake, Ontario, Canada

Join Meagan O’Shea this summer on the shores of beautiful Golden Lake for a week of living and playing together to build skills, practice making and to create interdisciplinary solo performance.

Open to physical performers and performance creators of all disciplines, from students entering their final year of professional training, new graduates, and emerging and professional artists.

The week will include daily workshops to develop skills for generating and crafting material, practice time, studio space, one on one coaching, showings, and time to enjoy water and land activities that the location offers.

Using mind-maps and bodystorming participants will be led through practical exercises and a creative process map for making their own interdisciplinary performance. Drawing on dance and theatre improvisation strategies, participants will be introduced to and explore choreographic, clown, storytelling, character, DIY spectacle, and task-based activity to generate material. Borrowing structures from different traditions and genres participants will develop their material and begin to craft a new solo.

Meagan’s two main practices revolve around solo making and collaborative activity. Within the week Meagan will lead group practice that will inform solo making.

We will work outdoors around the property and at a dance studio in nearbny town of Killaloe.

The group will live and work together, practicing collaborative skills. All food is provided and participants sign up to prepare meals for everyone.

Golden Lake is 150 km west of Ottawa, 340 km west of Montreal, and 360 km north east of Toronto.

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Stand Up Dance: moving. social. imagination.

Working across forms and borders, Stand Up Dance activates people individually and collectively. Founder and Artistic Director, Meagan O’Shea, creates, performs, teaches and facilitates creative work across Canada and internationally. Devising intimate and grand experiences for living rooms, theatres and public spaces, Meagan explores timely and universal themes through innovative solos, collaborative group work and site-specific immersive experiences.

O’Shea’s solo works have been performed and toured across Canada, in the USA and Europe.

  • We Don’t Need Another Hero (2015), Toronto, Victoria, Gabriola Island, Saint John, Athens, Vienna, and will be touring BC this summer.
  • The Atomic Weight of Happiness (2011) co-created with director Andrea Donaldson, nominated for 2 Dora Awards, Theatre Direct, Intrepid Theatre, Ottawa Dance Directive and is slated for remount next season.
  • based on actual unrelated events (2009), named Best Dance Piece of 2010 – Ottawa XPress, DanceWorks CoWorks, Crow Theatre’s East End Performance Crawl, LabCab Festival, Performance Mix at Joyce SoHo, Earthdance, Crimson Coast Dance, Toronto Festival of Clowns, Series Dance 10.
  • Coffee for One (2007), developed in residency at Earthdance, presented in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
  • something blue (2006), DanceWorks, Toronto and Public Energy, Peterborough.
  • Night Stills (2003) toured to 15 different venues between 2003-2005.

“Uplifting, energetic and totally out of the ordinary” Mooney on Theatre

“Like Laurie Anderson, only entertaining”

“Off the wall, impossible to categorize, fun” Montreal Gazette

“whacky, whimscial and wonderful” Toronto Star

An accomplished teacher, O’Shea leads creative workshops for post-secondary dance and theatre students and professional artists, and coaches emerging artists in creative process and performance, and collaborates with colleagues as outside eye.

Meagan infuses her teaching with experience from her own practice, which is influenced by her work with Keith Hennessy, Nina Martin and The Lower Left, Ruth Zaporah and Action Theater, Clown with John Turner, Bouffon with Adam Lazarus, ensemble creation with One Yellow Rabbit. O’Shea is the first graduate of The School of Dance’s professional contemporary dance program in Ottawa.

She has been Associate Artist at Theatre Direct in Toronto, International Associate Artist at Dance Ireland, Artist in Residence at Living Arts Centre, guest artist in residence at The Banff Centre, Dance Victoria, Ottawa Dance Directive, Le Groupe Dance Lab, The Theatre Centre in Canada and Dance Base, New Dance Alliance, fabrik Potsdam, Earthdance, Firkin Crane, internationally. She was Artistic Collaborator with Barcelona International Dance Exchange and is founder of hub14 in Toronto and is a recipient of the KM Hunter Award in Dance.


Space is limited, APPLY NOW

Please send a letter of interest and your bio and cv with video links to your work (or script sample) to



$650 Early bird; register with $300 deposit by May 1

$700 Middle bird; register with $350 deposit by May 31

  • some subsidized and work exchange spots are available.


Saturday July 30, arrive after 3 pm

Friday August 5, showings

Saturday August 6, depart after breakfast