CREATING A SOLO SHOW WITH TJ DAWE! (LEVEL 1)
Jan 5 - Jan 30, 2023
Thurs & Mon, 6-9pm PST
Online via Zoom
Deadline to apply: Dec 30, 2022
Solo shows are a growing form, and there are all kinds of them. If you’ve never quite fit into the mould of auditioning actor or stand-up comedian but would like to express yourself on stage, this might be the artistic avenue for you. You can be yourself, you can be any number of characters - there really are no limits.
This course covers the basics: how to figure out what your show’s about, which techniques to use, what structure to give it, and what your working process will be. There’ll be a mix of presentation, discussion, partnered and group exercises, and one-on-one coaching.
You can come with a fully formed idea of what you’d like your show to be about, or you can come in with no idea whatsoever. All levels of experience are welcome. What you’ll need to bring is curiosity, openness and a desire to communicate something on stage. And cue cards. You’ll need to buy some of those small index cards. And a pen.
Covid brought live entertainment to a halt, but it looks like Fringes and other theatre festivals around the world are opening up. We’ve all been stewing in our emotions and stories. Creative work is one of the best ways to process what’s on your mind, in your heart, and moving through your body. Get your wheels turning now so you can be ready for that incredible day when we gather with live audiences again.... which is not long, now.
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?