D-Lab 2022
Collective Dreaming: Designer-Director Collaboration

Co-Facilitated by Joanna Yu and Anita Rochon
September 6-10  2022*
Progress Lab 1422 | What Lab


Rumble is pleased to accept submissions for “D-Lab 2022: Collective Dreaming (Designer-Director Collaboration)”, a Masterclass intensive co-led by Joanna Yu & Anita Rochon.

The Lab is a five-day intensive that will take place September 6 – 12 2022 at both Progress Lab 1422, and What Lab, in East Vancouver.


We are seeking submissions from Designers, Directors, and Dramaturges, and people somewhere in between – to engage in collegial knowledge exchange and practical collaborative explorations at both Progress Lab 1422, and What Lab, two east Vancouver development and creation spaces.


About Our Masterclass Leaders:

Anita Rochon,  (Vancouver, BC)

photo credit: Jimmy Jeong

Anita Rochon is a performance director primarily focused on the creation of new work. Since 2006, she’s been the Artistic Director of The Chop with Emelia Symington Fedy. The Chop has produced numerous new works and tours nationally and internationally.

Anita freelance directs in a range of styles from classical texts to documentary work to relational installations to contemporary dance. She collaborates with some of the country’s exceptional companies including Theatre Replacement, Electric Company Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Théâtre la Seizième, The Shaw Festival, Belfry Theatre, Vertigo Theatre, Globe Theatre and The Belfry Theatre.

She mentors and directs at Studio 58 and the National Theatre School of Canada, and is an alum of both institutions. She was awarded the Ray Michal Prize for an Outstanding Body of Work by a New Director, the Siminovitch Protégé prize (awarded by Kim Collier) and a Mayor’s Arts Award (awarded by Donna Spencer).

Joanna Yu, She | Her (Stratford, Ontario)

Photo Courtesy of Tarragon Theatre

Joanna is a set and costume designer born in Hong Kong and raised in Thornhill, Ontario. Over the past fourteen years, Joanna has designed over 100 productions for large and small theatres across Canada.

Design credits include collaborations with: Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Young People’s Theatre, Tarragon, Canadian Stage, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Factory Theatre, Obsidian, Cahoots, fu-Gen, The Blyth Festival, Musical Stage Co., Theatre Passé Muraille, Buddies in Bad Times, Why Not Theatre, Nightwood, Project: Humanity, The Grand, Neptune Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick,

Mirvish, Lemon Tree Productions, Signal Theatre, Luminato. Joanna is the 2019 recipient of the Virginia and Mrytle Cooper award for Costume design and the 2017 recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award.

Joanna currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Associated Designers of Canada (ADC659) and is currently working towards a Diploma in HR Management.


Ideal participants may include those who:

  • are interested in the collaboration between Theatrical Direction and Theatrical Design in storytelling.
  • are Directors, Designers, Dramaturges either new or novice in their craft, or senior artists seeking to expand their knowledge of collaborative processes.
  • are multi-disciplinary artists coming to theatre and performance from another practice.
  • habitually think in Image.
  • struggle to think in
  • have been away from a regular artistic practice or are looking to reinvigorate their current practice.

*A note on the term “professional”: This need not necessarily mean full-time work, nor does it require affiliation with any professional association (e.g. CAEA, UDA, ACTRA, ADC). By “professional experience” we mean time spent outside of a training institution in which an artist is actively practicing and showcasing their craft/tradition within their means.

P.S. We know COVID-19 shut down the sector recently, so if you have any hesitation with if you have “enough credits” or any other such qualifications please contact (but you’re most likely welcome to apply.)


Masterclass sessions

September 6 – 12 – 10am-6pm

Workshop location

Progress Lab 1422
1422 William Street
Vancouver, BC V5L 2P7
Unceded Coast Salish Territories

What Lab
202-1814 Pandora dr.
Vancouver, BC V5L 1M5
Unceded Coast Salish Territories


Cost of Participation: $300 + GST = $315.00

A small bursary is available for those who demonstrate financial need. Please see the submission/bursary application requirements.


Submission Requirements:

  • A recent CV
  • An artist statement (max. 1 page)
    • Tell us about your current practice and interests
  • Statement of Intent (max. 1 page)
    • Tell us why you want to take this workshop and how your current practice and interests would align / challenge this process.
  • Portfolio
    • If you’re the type of artist that maintains a portfolio, feel free to send us a few samples or direct us to a website. (1-5 Images / 2-5 minutes audio/visual)


Bursary Application Requirements:

One paragraph describing how a small bursary would help reduce barriers to attendance.

Please note: You do not have to prove anything here, anyone identifying financial need is assumed to be acting truthfully. Bursaries are limited and will be awarded based on demonstrated need.


Additional info:

  • The cohort will be limited to a maximum of 10 participants.
  • Participants will have access to creation space at Progress Lab 1422, and What Lab after workshop hours subject to availability.
  • We strongly encourage submissions from artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities or with a lived experience of marginalization broadly speaking.



Please e-mail your submissions to with the subject line: “DLAB 2022 application”.


Rumble creates, presents, and produces contemporary performance. Working in a decentralized collective model, Rumble is committed to prioritizing projects and initiatives that utilize art to expand collective imagination, collaboration, and build a deeper understanding of relationality and community.


Guiding Values


Curiosity: Maintain an active and open approach to people, thought, expression, ideas, and world views.


Courage: Have courage to destabilize norms, encourage risk, engage in grey areas, respond to need, and to operate irrespective of precedent.


Reciprocity: Respect and trust in our collaborations and relationships built on equitably fostering mutual benefit.

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