Occurs on Thursday April 23 2020

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Philip McKee
April 23 to June 18
Thursdays 4-6PM

In “Character and Performance”, participants will develop their skills as actors by working on performing characters from existing plays. Participants will select scenes from a range of plays and choose a character to work on, and rehearse this character alongside scene partners. Participants will gain experience in voice work, staging, and movement.

We will be using ZOOM video calls to get together as a group, and work on character and performance in this new medium.

About the Instructor
Philip McKee is a director, writer, producer and educator based in Toronto. He collaborates with other artists to create original theatre and film that is subversive, intimate and vital. His theatre and creation practice has focused on creating radical adaptations of classic texts, which reinterpret the often unexamined power dynamics in the source material.

Work in the theatre includes: LEAR: A Retrospective (World Stage, Harbourfront Centre); Much Ado About Nothing (NTSC); The Glass Menagerie (Howland Company); Bloody Family/ Oresteia (The Theatre Centre); LEAR (World Stage, Harbourfront Centre/ The Magnetic North Festival).

Philip has taught Self-Stories at Workman Arts, and directed Lorene Stanwick’s Broken Branches, which was produced in association with Workman.

Film work includes: Torching the Dusites, adapted from the story by Margaret Atwood, starring Eric Peterson and Clare Coulter; and Piano Lessons, adapted from a story by Alice Munro, which premiered at the Rendezvous with Madness Festival, at Workman Arts. Philip is a graduate of The Directing Program at The National Theatre School of Canada. He teaches at Workman Arts, as well as The National Theatre School of Canada, The Randolph Academy, Brock University, and UofT. Artistic residencies include the Urjo Kareda Grant for Emerging Artists at Tarragon Theatre, the RBC Emerging Artist: Director Development Residency at Canadian Stage.

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