****want all of the Creating a Solo Show information, but none of the prerequisites?? Well you can purchase the Speaker Series (either one-off tickets or an all 8 pass) and learn everything anyways! Click HERE for Speaker Details and HERE for tickets.***



OCT 25 - DEC 13, 2021

8 weeks

Mondays, 6-9pm PST

**please note -  **LEVEL III IS NOW SOLD OUT,** but there are NO prerequisites if you'd like to simply come watch a speaker! - click here for ticketing info**

Speaker Series: 6-7pm PST (open to the public) - see details here

Script Reading & Class (class only): 7:15-9pm PST

Online via Zoom

$550 CAD 

Deadline to apply: Oct 18, 2021


(There are also a few scholarships available, click here for details)

All right. So you attended Level II, and you have a working draft of your show. Now what?  Maybe you've never produced before. Or maybe you have lots of experience, but no idea what the post-COVID theatre world looks like. Who does?? Well, that's why we have a class for you...


the format:

- Eight 3 hour classes, once a week on Mondays (Oct 24-Dec 13, 6-9pm PST)

-Speaker, 6-7pm PST

-Script Reading and Peer Fishbowl, 7:15-9pm PST

The class will begin with a lecture by an invited professional-legend. The lecture itself is open to the public from 6-7pm. (See HERE for detailed information).

Then, after a small break, we convene with just class members.  After a short preamble with the group, one student per week reads their full-length show. After they're finished, the rest of the time is used for fishbowl feedback. 

the goal:

By the end of this course, you'll have learned the fundamentals needed to package, produce, pitch, and maybe even profit from your show - in-person, and online.


Doesn't that sound fun? So what are ya waitin' for? CLICK BELOW AND JOIN US! 

the prerequisites for level iii:

1) Level II, OR prior approval by TJ (please email if unsure)

2) A full draft of your solo show (45-75 mins) - OR very close (ie, can be a full draft by the end of the course)

3) A VERY fun attitude*

*this is crucial


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Oc t 25

How to Fringe/Self-Produce Your Show

TJ Dawe & Megan Phillips


TJ Dawe & Megan Phillips have cumulatively performed and produced in over 150 Fringe shows since 1999. Since TJ started Creating a Solo Show, Level I, in 2016 (with Megan TA-ing), they have had over 60 graduates, many of which have gone on to perform their own solo shows at Fringe festivals all over the world. Fancier individual bios are available below.

Megan's socials:

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Nov 1

How to Design Your Show

Jon Paterson

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Jonathon has been working in the theatre industry for the past 30 years and has over 2 dozen producing credits with the Fringe touring company, RibbitRePublic, overseeing everything from marketing, promotions, web design, poster design, lighting and sound design, and stage management.

Jon is also a performer, stilt-walker, theatre technician and Winnipeg Jets fan.

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Nov 8

How to Package & Book Your Show

Alastair Knowles & Stephanie Morin-Robert


Stéphanie is a Franco-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, curator, performer, teacher, and arts administrator. Graduating from Concordia University with a BFA in Contemporary Dance, she was rewarded as the most outstanding graduate for her expansive interpretation of choreography and her intermedia practice. Shortly after, her clown training with David MacMurray Smith sparked her interest in blending audience interaction and honouring impulse within her creative process.


Her group choreography (Coming And Going, Bear Dreams and Within | Between), comedy duo shows (THE MERKIN SISTERS, BUSHEL AND PECK), and solo productions (INK, BLINDSIDE and EYE CANDY) have been celebrated by a wide range of audiences, critics, and producers with sold out runs, raving 5-star reviews, international tours, and multiple awards underlining her dedication to her practice, professionalism, and vulnerability on stage.


Through her one-person solo performances, she establishes a trusting and safe environment by sharing her very own experiences and how she managed to work through her childhood traumas and come to terms with her disability.

Past co-producer and co-host of Dirty Feet, Stéphanie orchestrated a modern discourse on dance and physical theatre. She is currently the Artistic Director of Vancouver’s HUNCH solo festival as well as the Artistic Director and General Manager of the Stéphanie Morin-Robert Performance Non-Profit-Society, a registered non profit organization that is currently gearing up to launch Manitoba based programing for their 2022-2023 season.

Alastair Knowles, Co-artistic Director, James & Jamesy Society. With a Commerce Degree and a Clown School Certificate in hand, Alastair focuses his business acumen in the field of performance arts. As co-Artistic director of James & Jamesy, he has staged his productions over 700 times across Canada, the US, and UK.  Since their 2012 debut performance - a two-night run at a tiny venue, to their upcoming Christmas tour, a 35-show / 23-city performance marathon, renting venues and self producing has been a constant intrigue and presuit.

Stephanie's socials:

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Nov 15

How to Grant  Your Show

Chris Gatchalian

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Born, raised and based on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh, C.E. Gatchalian is a queer Filipinx-Canadian author. The author of six books and co-editor of two anthologies, he is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and the recipient of two Jessie Richardson Awards for his work as a theatre artist and producer. In 2013 he received the Dayne Ogilvie Prize in 2013, awarded annually by The Writers’ Trust of Canada to an outstanding emerging LGBTQI+ writer. He has been Playwright-in-Residence at the Firehall Arts Centre and the Vancouver Playhouse, Artist-in-Residence at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education, and Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House (Vancouver) and Berton House (Dawson City, YT). Formerly Artistic Producer of the frank theatre company, Vancouver’s professional queer theatre company, his plays have been produced locally, nationally and internationally. His memoir, Double Melancholy: Art, Beauty and the Making of a Brown Queer Man, was recently published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

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Nov 22

How to Market, Brand, and Monetize Your Show

Adam Francis Proulx


​Adam is a Canadian theatre artist known for his writing, performing, and puppetry.

He is perhaps best known for his solo show BAKER'S DOZEN: 12 Angry Puppets, which has travelled North America and won numerous awards.

Outside of his own creations, Adam has worked with such companies as Neptune Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, Sudbury Theatre Centre, The Lower Ossington Theatre (first Canadian cast of Avenue Q), Mad Science Productions (Star Trek Live! at Kennedy Space Center), and Walt Disney World Entertainment.

A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Adam holds honours degrees in Arts and Business as well as Theatre and Performance. Additional training has come from New York University (MA level vocal performance).

Recently, Adam was an Artist in Residence with The Puppetsmithery in Australia, and spent three seasons as the Assistant Artistic Director of the Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia. In the early days of the pandemic, Adam created 100 daily episodes of a family web series called Spencer Stays Inside.

Nov 29

How to Livestream / Digitally Dramaturg Your Show

Chloe Ziner


Chloe Ziner is one half of the Mind of a Snail shadow puppetry duo currently based out of Vancouver B.C. Canada, on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 


Since 2003, Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel have been developing a multilayered style of visual storytelling using overhead projectors as their main light source. Their performances play at the intersection of puppetry, visual arts, clowning & music. As artistic collaborators, they are interested in exploring beyond the boundaries of traditional theatre, and creating magical immersive experiences for their audiences. Mind of a Snail’s shadow theatre is like an early animation created live before your eyes.

Mind of a Snail has created customized work for many organizations, including Vancouver Art Gallery, Telus World of Science, Persephone Theatre, The NOW Society, UpinTheAir Theatre, Van Dusen Gardens, and Pacific Rim Whale Festival to name a few.  Mind of a Snail has performed in arts festivals across Canada, highlights include Winterlab (Victoria), Summerworks (Toronto), rEvolver (Vancouver), Casteliers (Montreal), FIAMS (Saguenay) and (S)hiver Arts Festival (Yukon). In the spring of 2017 they toured their show “Caws & Effect” to the International Festival of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan.   In 2019 “Caws & Effect” was presented at the Puppeteers of America National Festival in Minneapolis, MN. 

Since 2020, Chloe has been offering digital dramaturgy and workshops in using OBS (open source  broadcast systems).

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Dec 6

How to Present Your Show at Showcases

Julia Mackey


Julia Mackey was born in Birmingham, England, and grew up in Beaconsfield, Quebec, in the 1970s & 80s. Both her maternal and paternal families have had strong ties to the performing arts for many generations. Julia first began creating and writing theatre in the mid 1990s in Victoria, BC, with independent theatre company, Theatre SKAM. Since 1997, Julia has worked as a professional actor in theatres across Canada. In 2007, she and Dirk Van Stralen created Juno Productions. To date, they have toured their multi-award winning play, Jake’s Gift, to over 250 communities across Canada, including stops in the US, the UK and Normandy, France. When not on the road with Jake’s Gift, Julia lives in the historic town of Wells in the Cariboo District of BC. In November 2018 Jules joined the Sunset Theatre creative team as Director of Presentations, a position that was developed as part of the Sunset Theatre’s long-term strategic plan.

*Member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association & UBCP/ACTRA

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Dec 13

How to Pitch & Submit Your Show to Artistic Directors

Brenda Leadlay

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Brenda, a 5 th generation settler, is privileged to be a guest on the stolen lands of the many Coast Salish First Nations. Her professional theatre career spans over 40 years as an actor, creator, director, dramaturge, educator and producer. Until recently, she was the Executive Director of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture and previous to that, the Artistic Executive Director of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival at the National Arts Centre. She was also the Artistic Director of Presentation House Theatre and founder of the Chutzpah! Festival. Brenda has an MFA in directing from UBC and considers being a mentor to young artists and arts aministrators an honour and a privilege.

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To keep this cost-effective, we are offering a PWYC model - pick whichever one best suits your needs.


**Please note - there is NO prerequisite for individual speakers! Come lollygag with us!**


Tier 1 - $10 

Tier 2 - $25

Tier 3 - $35

WHOLE SESSION SERIES - includes all 8 speakers

Tier 1 - $70 (saves $10)

Tier 2 - $180 (saves $20)

Tier 3 - $250 (saves $30)

Here are the steps to buy your ticket!

1) Please fill out THIS FORM with the DATES you would like to attend.

2) Pay us your  monies, hunnies!

3) Once we have received that sweet sweet dough, you will receive all the Zoom login info.

Payment can be made via any of the following:


E-Transfer: (no need for a password)


Venmo: @TJ-Dawe-1

**Please note: we are committed to keeping tickets and admissions accessible. If funds are a barrier, please email for scholarship information**



your instructor

TJ Dawe has been been writing, performing, directing and touring solo shows since the late 90s. He’s participated in more than one hundred theatre festivals across Canada and abroad. He’s worked on shows that have toured the world, won awards, been on TV and had off-Broadway runs in New York. He’s worked with movie stars and high school students. He’s got published scripts he hocks after performances. You can find his solo show Medicine on YouTube, in full. He teaches a course on solo show creation at Langara College in Vancouver, and has lead workshops in cities ranging from Charleston, South Carolina to Winnipeg.

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your TA

Megan Phillips is an award-winning singer, actor, comedian, songwriter and vocal coach based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She has written and toured shows across North America (Periscope, Not Enough, Strapless Comedy). Perhaps her fanciest accomplishment is the musical song cycle People Suck – co-written with Peter Cavell, winner of Best of Toronto Fringe, Patron's Pick, and optioned by Second City Theatricals, it has been produced by Salty Theatre at Theatre Works St Kilda in Melbourne, AUS. A Vancouver, Canada-raised human and wombat-lover, she uses her BA in Music and MA in Musical Theatre to teach musical theatre, singing, and drama from her home studio (Zoom). You can sing, she promises. She does stand-up, improv and sketch, most notably as the creator and show runner of The Anxiety Show, a comedy show where she can be seen calling feelings and supporting others to turn their personal demons into ha-has and lolz. Her creative wheelhouse is taking big feelings and making beautiful art and comedy out of them. Because otherwise, what's it all for?

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TJ’s creativity and seemingly boundless curiosity are matched only by his willingness to move forward into further creative endeavours. We’ve taken our love for Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Batman and transformed it into theatrical expressions that embody truth and love. These solo shows have transcended borders and won over the confidence of Lucasfilm and the Lord of the Rings people. TJ was the key to this success. He helped me confront my concerns and doubts surrounding my own limitations (both as actor and writer), and he walked through the many doors with me. As an actor, writer and director, TJ continuously challenges his own self-doubts and sees a production to its fruition. He does not give up and because of that I refuse to. - Charlie Ross (creator/performer: One Man Star Wars Trilogy, One Man Lord of the Rings, One Man Stranger Things)


Working with TJ has made me a writer with guts. That is to say his encouragement, guidance and teaching has helped me to trust my gut, and write with a sense of abandon. He has also helped me to find humour through exploring the truth, and poetry through writing with honesty. -Alice Nelson

TJ Dawe makes a jungle gym of his expertise and experience: you climb through and discover your own instincts, fears, and fascinations. His teaching process focused on finding my own voice for my own show. - Devon More (writer/performer: Berlin Waltz)

From the first day, TJ (without any obvious effort) created such a safe place - to say whatever, try anything and open myself up to honest feedback. What emerged from the experience was unexpected and wonderful:

    •       I found a creative community - now, months later, we still meet to create, collaborate, attend each other's shows and readings

    •       I found my voice, started a blog and performed several times at storytelling events

-Maia Gibb

TJ’s teaching style is highly supportive, accepting, and non-judgmental, allowing we the students to relax, as much as possible, given the degree of self-exposure each of us feels with our personal material. But his exercises also usefully allow and challenge us to express and reveal our stories, to experience different ways of presenting the material, and to find our own personal ‘voices.'  - Falcon O’Hara

TJ has an empathy for the story like no other dramaturge I know. He inspired a belief in me that my story needed to be told. He freed the words from my grasp, held them to the light and then gently handed them back to me.  - Richard Lett (creator/performer: Sober but Never Clean)

TJ has helped me develop four solo plays. He is a joy to work with as he is always positive and always looking to improve the work. He draws on more than twenty years of experience and has an exceptional career as a solo artist himself. - Keir Cutler (creator/performer: Shakespeare Crackpot) 


TJ has this magical way of guiding you to push through your fluff and find your truth, but in such a way that he guides you to authenticity for you to find it for yourself. He creates an extremely safe and fertile environment that supports deeper and deeper creative growth, and gently nudges you into mining your own experiences to alchemize into creative gold. I already have years of writing and performing under my belt, and my confidence as a writer, performer, and human skyrocketed under TJ's supportive, nurturing wing. - Megan Phillips (creator/performer: Breaking Velocity, Not Enough, Periscope)


I know, I know. Times are messing with all of us. We have a limited number of scholarships available for those in financial need. If this pertains to you, please apply!