CREATING A SOLO SHOW WITH TJ DAWE! (LEVEL II)
Mar 13 - June 12, 2023
**please note, NO CLASS MAY 15 & 22**
SUAW (optional): Saturdays, 11am-1pm PST
Online via Zoom
DEADLINE to apply Mar 10, 2023
(There are a limited number of scholarships available, scroll down for details).
Let's do it all again!
SO! You attended Level I (or have a clear idea about what to create), and you're ready for the next step. Part I was about exploring and making decisions. Now, let's level you up: Part II has you creating your show.
1) Level I, OR prior approval by TJ (please email firstname.lastname@example.org if unsure)
2) A clear idea of the following:
-what kind of show you're creating
-what your show is about
-which techniques you'll use
-your show's structure
Of course, any or all of these things may change as you work, but be ready to describe them in the first class.
The course lasts 12 weeks, with:
-One formal class a week (Wednesdays, 6-9pm PST)
-Optional Shut Up and Write Sessions (Saturdays, 11am-1pm PST)
The class starts with a short pontification by TJ and/or Megan regarding the creative practice. Then, we split into two groups. Each student presents 5 minutes of new material for feedback from instructor and the group.
No matter where you are with your show, you’ll present five minutes of new material a week. Naturally you can throw out your idea and start again at any point. And then next week, come in with five minutes of your new or revised idea. And so on. Make sense?
In the optional Shut Up and Write sessions, participants check in, state what they’re going to work on, and for one hour, everyone shuts up and writes, buoyed up by the common intention of the group. After the hour is up, people are free to share what they wrote with the group if they’re ready to. These will be peer-led (don't worry, we'll make sure you know what you're doing).
you'll end the course with a first draft of your solo show, thoroughly workshopped at each stage of development.
Doesn't that sound fun? So what are ya waitin' for? CLICK BELOW AND JOIN US!
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.
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?