As part of the seventh annual Women’s Work Festival, co-presented by She Said Yes!, RCA Theatre and White Rooster Theatre, we are offering several workshops (women and men welcome!). Check out the offerings and register early for a serious discount!

To register for any of these sessions, email Limited spaces available!


Animal Work: Another Approach to Building Character with Sara Tilley

Wednesday, May 1, 2013   7-10 pm

Registration $50 (early bird $30, paid by April 28/13)

A three-hour physical theatre workshop with Sara Tilley, which focuses on building character through the use of animal energy, physicality, rhythm, emotion, and sound. Each participant is asked to choose a short monologue (2 minutes max) to bring to the workshop (memorization not necessary). Using this text as the basis for our exploration, we will work with opening the physical body, accessing full animal energy, and then ‘burying’ that energy deep inside a human character to create compelling performance.

No experience is necessary. Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.


Sara Tilley is a professional theatre artist, writer and physical theatre teacher, who specializes in Pochinko Clown, Neutral Mask and other mask and physical work. Sara has a BFA in Acting from York University, and founded the theatre company She Said Yes! in 2002. She trained to teach Pochinko Clown and Neutral Mask with Ian Wallace in 2008. Since then, Sara has taught workshops and classes for a wide variety of theatre practitioners, other artists, curious humans and many, many children in St. John’s, Vancouver, Dawson City, Winnipeg, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.


Getting Connected with Jamie Brace

Tuesday, May 2, 2013   1-4 pm

Registration $25 (early bird $15, paid by April 28/13)

This is a workshop designed to improve the way you use mobile devices. Most people aren’t aware of how to get the most out of their phone, tablet or laptop. Do you want to know how easy it is to set up, design and run your own website?

Do you need help finding useful applications and accessories for your devices? If you are struggling with electronic and time organization and just never bothered to study that users manual, let Jamie help you sort it out.

As a special feature, you’ll be able to send your burning questions on these and other topics ahead of this class and Jamie will do his best to answer them in the workshop.


1. Setting up Devices

2.  Using your Devices

3.  Websites

4.  Email

5. Applications


Discovering & Building Drama from True Stories: A Workshop with Sally Stubbs

Monday May 6, 2013 1-4 pm

Registration $50 (early bird $30, paid by April 28/13)


A non-fiction event or story is a treasure-trove of multiple truths waiting to be mined by dramatists with diverse perspectives, interests, and intentions.  How and where do you begin to build a drama from a complex and true event?   What strand or strands of a multi-pronged story do you choose to research and mine?  What elements do you bypass and/or carve away?


To introduce participants to a proven and efficient process of unpacking and building upon research materials to inform and shape research-inspired plays.


We’ll begin with a brief introduction to research-inspired theatre, i.e., ‘what’ and ‘why’, before digging into ‘how’ via writing activities I adapted from an inspiring week-long Master Class led by Newfoundland’s Robert Chafe and administered by Playwrights Workshop Montreal.  Participants will need pencils or pens and something to write on and/or a laptop.  They may choose to work on their own research-inspired stories or a ‘commission’ that they will receive during the workshop.

Sally thanks Robert Chafe as well as Beverley Cooper and Tara Goldstein who, with Sally, co-developed and presented the seminar – Canadian Research-Inspired Theatre: What, Why, How – at the Women Playwrights Conference in Stockholm, Sweden last August.


Sally Stubbs is a Vancouver based playwright and educator who also directs and performs.  She holds graduate degrees in Writing and History in Art, works as a sessional instructor of playwriting and theatre in education, and has been a playwright-in-residence at the Firehall Arts Centre, Touchstone Theatre, the Playwrights Theatre Centre Colony, and the University of Lethbridge.  Sally is also a recipient of a Prime Minister’s Award for her instructional work with young people, theatre, and film.

Her scripts have been described as fierce, bold, surprising, audaciously theatrical, and darkly humorous.  They include: Centurions; Herr Beckmann’s People (published by Scirocco Drama 2011); Wreckage (Scirocco Drama 2009); Spinning You Home (listed for publication, Scirocco Drama); She’ll to the Wars; and Home Movies.

Scripts in progress include Kid Gloves, (rewrites underway following November 2012 premiere at the Firehall Arts Centre; listed for publication by Scirocco Drama); Project Hermie, a commission from Green Thumb Theatre for Young People; and Lori & Colt, a new play about a teacher and her mad, bad love affair with a handgun. 

Selected honours and awards: invited to co-present panel, ‘Canadian Research-Informed Theatre: What, Why, & How’ (Women Playwrights International Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, August 2012); SceneFirst 2012 (Kid Gloves, Richmond Gateway Theatre); Alberta Theatre Projects/Enbridge playRites Award (Established) 2011; Canada Peace Play Award 2009 (University of Calgary, Downstage); playwright delegate and presenter, Women Playwrights International, Mumbai, India, 2009; Flying Start (Touchstone Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Vancouver); The Gordon Armstrong Playwrights Rent Award 2007; Honourable Mention, Herman Voaden Award 2007; National Arts Centre’s On the Verge Showcase 2007; Canadian Plays in Development Award (twice); Special Merit Award and two Honourable Mentions, Canadian National Playwriting Competition. Mother Cutter, an independent film co-adapted by Sally from Wreckage, was nominated for the Alberta Centennial Award and named a ‘Best of Alberta Shorts’ (Calgary International Film Festival).

Sally is a proud member and artistic associate of Vancouver’s Wet Ink Collective; Playwrights Theatre Centre; Playwrights Workshop Montreal; Theatre Communications Group; and the Playwrights Guild of Canada where she is Women’s Caucus Chair and edits the Women’s Caucus Newsletter.