August Intensive: Interdisciplinary Solo Making

Uncategorized / Monday, July 6th, 2015

A workshop for the creators and performers who are exploring their craft as their body as source; for playwrights wanting to explore on their feet; for directors and choreographers wanting to take ideas back to a group. In this facilitated process participants will explore different strategies for creating work, develop material, build sections using different forms, and play with structure. Participants will show their work at the end of week 1 and week 2. A video will be made available to the participants of their performances.


Drawing on choreographic concepts, movement improvisation, theatre games, Action Theater, Illuminating the Solo Body, Authentic Movement, jeux, clown, comedy, poetry, task-based activity, low-fi special effects and DIY spectacle, participants will be led through a cuing system using mind-maps to generate material and spontaneously create and connect ideas.


In the first week of the workshop, participants will be introduced to strategies and play with them, generating material over the week. In the second week, we’ll develop the material further, get to the seed of the ideas and push for expansion in a narrower field.


Award winning dance-theatre artist Meagan O’Shea shares the strategies she uses in creating her “whacky, wonderful, whimsical”* and “off the wall, impossible to categorize, fun”** solo work. (* Toronto Star & ** Montreal Gazette) Meagan’s Solos include: Where Truth Lies (2013), The Atomic Weight of Happiness (2011) co-created with director Andrea Donaldon, based on actual unrelated events (2009), Coffee for One (2007), something blue (2006), Night Stills (2003), Mully Afternoon (2002), this is the way (1999).  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 current social issues and universal themes through innovative solos, collaborative group work and site-specific immersive experiences. Meagan has performed her work in Ireland, Finland, Austria, Hungary, Greece and Spain, as well as in New York City, Massachusetts, and in every province and one territory in Canada.



Monday August 17 – Friday August 21, 10 – 5 pm

Showing on Friday August 21 at 7 pm


Monday August 24 – Thursday August 27, 10 – 5 pm

Showing on Thursday August 27 at 7 pm


Week 1: skill building and facilitated creation

Week 2: warm ups and coaching



Includes performance video.

$ 500 with deposit of $250 due July 19th.

$ 450 for Equity, CADA, students, with a deposit of $250 due July 19th.

$ 400 if paid in full by July 19th.

Plus hst

May be eligible for CADA training subsidy.

* limited financial assistance may be available.


Please submit letter of interest and links to work online (or script sample) by July 16th. Confirmation of acceptance, July 17th. Deposit due July 19th.