Call for Submissions: Acting Workshop with Weyni Mengesha

Directors' Lab 2016. Photo: Tim Matheson.

Directors’ Lab 2016. Photo: Tim Matheson.

As part of our Directors’ Lab activities, Rumble Theatre is pleased to offer a one-day workshop for emerging actors with our Master Director Weyni Mengesha. The workshop will take place on March 4, 2018.

About the workshop: “Looking at the Actor’s Toolbox”
This workshop is for emerging actors who are keen to immerse themselves in the creative process of their craft. The focus of the day’s activities will be on preparation and character development. We will explore various acting tools and techniques through dynamic exercises and scene work.

Master Director Weyni Mengesha
Weyni started her career directing ’da Kink in my Hair, helping to build it into an international sensation, and composing its Dora-nominated score. The show went on to make history, selling out some of the largest houses in the country. Some of her other directing credits include: Father Comes Home from the Wars by Suzan-Lori Parks (Soulpepper Theatre), which won Outstanding Production at the 2017 Dora Awards; Butcher by Nicolas Billion (Why Not Theatre), which won Best Direction at the 2016 Doras; Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun (Soulpepper), which received six Dora nominations in 2010; and, in 2011, Kim’s Convenience by Ins Choi (Soulpepper), which broke box office records, won two Toronto Critic Awards (including best new play), and is now a hit CBC TV show. Weyni is also a committed mentor of new talent. She has been the co-director of the acclaimed AMY (Artists Mentoring Youth) Project, training young women in performance arts since 2005, and she continues to guest teach at acting training programs across the country, including The National Theatre School of Canada.

Workshop date, time, & location
Sunday, March 4, 2018
10AM to 3PM
PL1422 Studio, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 2P7

Application is free but the registration fee for participation is $75.

The workshop is intended for emerging actors. Rumble defines “emerging artist” as a theatre practitioner who is within five years of their professional debut. The ideal emerging artist has completed (or nearly completed) formalized training, is not yet a full member of a professional artistsʼ association (e.g. CAEA) and intends on making their living in the theatre (alternatively defined as an artist who self-identifies as “young-in-craft”).

How to apply
E-mail your headshot and resume to with the subject line “Application for Actors’ Workshop 2018”. Class size is limited to 20 students. The first 20 eligible applicants will be accepted, so please apply early.

We strongly encourage submissions from performers who self-identify as members of under-represented communities.

The submission deadline is February 16, 2018 at 5:00PM.

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