Call for Submissions: Directors’ Lab 2020

Rumble is pleased to accept submissions for “Directors’ Lab 2020: Directing from the Inside > Out”, a Masterclass intensive led by 2019 Siminovitch Prize laureate Maiko Yamamoto. The Lab will take place February 24 – 28, 2020 at Progress Lab 1422 in Vancouver.

Maiko Bae Yamamoto

Starting from autobiographical material and found texts, participants will be immersed in a practice of adapting this material into performance. The masterclass will explore the integration of narrative and counter narrative and the adaptive cohesion of dramaturgical form in the creation of new works. The masterclass will also include discussions with guest artists around dramaturgy, design, and defining one’s audience.


Since 2003, Maiko has been an Artistic Director of Theatre Replacement, a company she formed with fellow artist James Long. The company’s work has focused on building new, experimental and intercultural performances that react to contemporary existence through a highly evolved and extended process of collaboration, and explores unique and challenging ways of using content and staging material. In addition to her work with T/R, Maiko directs, writes, teaches, mentors and creates contemporary performance for and with a diverse range of companies and institutions, including the National Theatre School, Company 605, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the MAKE Artists Residency in Ireland, among others. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and a MAA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.


The guiding questions for this year’s masterclass are:

1) BUILDING CONTENT: How do you build performance from autobiographical / biographical material and/or lived experience?

2) FINDING FORM: How does this content become structured into compelling performance and navigate larger concepts and broader questions?

3) ENTERING DIALOGUE: How do FORM and CONTENT come together through direction, with considerations of design and production elements, and become a full performance with a consciousness of intended audience?

Ideal participants may include those who:

  • have a minimum of two years’ professional* experience.
  • are interested in gaining an in-depth understanding the process of creation-based work.
  • have a strong idea for the creation of a project but need support in starting the process.
  • are directors either new or novice in their craft, or senior artists who could gain a deeper understanding of the demands on their peer writers and performers.
  • are multi-disciplinary artists coming to theatre and performance from another practice.
  • are artists actively at a place of questioning their positionality and contributions through creation in a broader arts sector.
  • 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.


Masterclass sessions: Mon Feb 24 – Fri Feb 28 – 10am-6pm
Optional activity (encouraged, but not necessary): Mon Feb 24 – 7pm – 9pm – Rumble’s “Living Room” Public Salon Series (optional)

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

Cost of Participation: $300 + GST = $315.00

Duo* Discount: $550 + GST = $577.15

*What’s a Duo?: A duo is a pair of artists who are working on developing one piece together. Both participants should apply in one application.

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.

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 receive a complimentary ticket to Rumble’s presentation of Theatre Passe Muraille’s production of Sound of the Beast, written and performed by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (February 19 – 23, 2020 at PL1422).
  • Participants will have access to creation space at Progress Lab 1422 after workshop hours on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • We strongly encourage submissions from artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities. Rumble is committed to engaging diverse professional artists in regards to gender, orientation, ethnicity, or ability, and acknowledge that we develop and produce our work on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

Friday, December 20th, 2019 | 11:59 PM PST. Please e-mail your submissions to with the subject line: “Directors’ Lab 2020 application”.

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