The Living Room – The Many Paths to Artist Training
Monday, Sept 25, 2017, 7pm to 9pm
PL1422, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC
FREE admission; no advance registration required
It’s our first Living Room session of the season and we’ll be talking all about artist training.
How do we train for a creative profession? Do you even need a degree to be an artist? And how do you keep learning (formally and/or informally) after you’ve started working?
Theatre artists Shawn Macdonald and Donna Soares (who both appeared in our 2015 production of Cock) will tackle this topic for us, while former Rumble Artistic Associate Brian Cochrane serves as moderator for the discussion.
Shawn Macdonald is a Vancouver-based theatre artist with over 25 years of professional experience. He is the recipient of five Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, three for acting and two for playwriting. Recent acting credits include the role of M in Cock for Rumble Theatre and Man In Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone for Theatre Under The Stars. In the 1990’s, he co-wrote (with Gary Jones) two hit comedies for the Arts Club Theatre, World’s Greatest Guy and Fear Knot. His play Prodigal Son was produced by Touchstone Theatre in 2006 and his play Demon Voice was produced by Touchstone in 2009. His play Sister Judy was commissioned by the Arts Club Theatre as part of the Silver Commissions Program and received its world premiere at the Arts Club in 2015. Shawn is the Instructor and Program Leader for the LEAP Playwriting Intensive for Young Writers at the Arts Club Theatre and he is also the Artistic Associate for Green Thumb Theatre where he devises original theatre creations with teenage artists.
Donna Soares has been working professionally as an actor for 12 years. She graduated from Studio 58 and prior to that, got a BA in Theatre from UBC. Last season, she was in The Drowning Girls with Vertigo Theatre, Half Life with Theatre Northwest, Salmon Girl with Raven Spirit Dance, Green Lake with Solo Collective, and King of the Yees with Gateway Theatre. She was even nominated for a couple of awards that she didn’t win. But do NOT be fooled; it was an uncharacteristically busy season for Donna. Most years are NOT like that. With Rumble Theatre she has also performed in Terrible Things (a piece she co-wrote with her fourth term class at Studio 58) and, most recently, Cock. Donna also does some film & TV. When not acting (because that’s a lot of the time), she works Front of House and does Volunteer Co-ordination for VocalEye.
In the last twelve months Brian wrote & performed Vampires in Barcelona at the 2017 rEvolver Festival and directed Creeps for Realwheels Theatre. Other projects include Delinquent Theatre’s Stationary: a recession-era musical (performer & rap lyricist), Vancouver & Victoria productions of The Bomb-itty of Errors (performer & co-producer), and directing Between the Sheets for Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. He has an MFA from UBC and a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan.
The Living Room is produced with support from the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance.