Runs from Thursday January 21 2021 to Thursday March 25 2021

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Workman Arts Theatre
651 Dufferin Street
Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Lorene Stanwick
January 21- March 25
Thursdays 4-6PM

Self Stories Theatre provides an opportunity to find and express the stories that live within. The first session is all about exploration - diving in to discover, uncover, and recover moments and memories, parts of ourselves, those whose lives are woven into ours. We will use a number of tools, exercises and activities as starting points – writing prompts, character work, guided visualization, music, movement, improvisation, etc. – to generate material as you explore your inner and outer worlds, bringing them forward through your writing.

The second session focuses on developing what’s been generated in the first session. Participants will choose, gather, edit and develop pieces into scripts, and rehearse them to be performance-ready. This is done in an environment free from judgement, building trust with the instructor and other members of the group. With ongoing input and direction with instructor Lorene Stanwick, you will have the opportunity to perform your 10-minute solo theatre pieces for the Workman Arts Spring Showcase.

Expect to write lots and share!

NOTES: The winter 2021 session of the course will run virtually. The format used in spring 2021 will depend on current health advisory recommendation and Workman Arts protocols.

About the Instructor:

Lorene Stanwick is a playwright, actor, and producer/co-founder of CreateTruth Productions, as well as a member and instructor with Workman Arts, and the 2017-18 Theatre Artist-in Residence. She has trained in Drama-in-Education and is a Certified Canadian Counsellor. Her play, Broken Branches, produced in association with Workman Arts in 2019, explores the aftermath of sibling abuse, the least-discussed but most-prevalent form of domestic abuse. She is currently working on her own solo play.

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