CREATING A SOLO SHOW WITH TJ & MEGAN -  SPEAKER SERIES!

In this series, we go over everything you need to know to self-produce on every level... from small-scale Fringe to larger-scale tour! We have speakers covering showcasing, touring, advertising/business models, festivals, digital dramaturgy, taping your show... and everything else. Tickets on sale now!

SPEAKER SERIES

Oct 18

How to Fringe/Self-Produce Your Show

TJ Dawe & Megan Phillips

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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.

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Oct 25

How to Livestream / Digitally Dramaturg Your Show

Chloe Ziner

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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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Nov 1

How to Package & Book Your Show

Alastair Knowles

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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.

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Nov 8

How to Showcase Your Show

Stéphanie Morin-Robert

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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.

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Nov 15

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 22

How to Market, Brand, and Monetize Your Show

Adam Francis Proulx

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​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 Video Your Show

Chase Padgett

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Chase Padgett is a multifaceted artist, musician, and storyteller. He has spent the majority of his career either in front of the camera or on stage performing his notable one man shows, 6 Guitars, Nashville Hurricane, and Lucky Break. Over the years, Chase experienced first-hand the need for quality video of one’s live stage work to secure bookings. Sadly, he found it quite difficult to find reliable media professionals who can deliver high quality video of live performances at budget friendly prices. This lead to Chase investing in professional grade camera equipment and mastering multi-cam filming and multi-track recorder for live stage shows. To date Chase has shot over 100 live stage shows with a particular focus on quality audio, thus providing the high quality video services he struggled to find as an artist years ago. These services include pre-production design and planning, proper isolated sound capture of all audio sources, multi-cam filming and editing, color correction, motion graphics, and more.

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Dec 6

How to Give Your Show a Life After Fringe

Julia Mackey

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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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TJ DAWE

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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MEGAN PHILLIPS

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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TESTIMONIALS

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)

SCHOLARSHIPS

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!

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