Occurs on Thursday January 16 2020

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Workman Arts Theatre
651 Dufferin Street
Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× In “Character and Peformance”, participants will develop their skills as actors by working on performing characters from existing plays. We will select scenes from a range of plays, guided by the interests and curiosities of the group. Participants will choose a character they want to work on, and rehearse this character along side scene partners. Philip will support this work as a director. Participants will gain experience in voice work, staging, and movement as tools for bringing a scene and character to life.

Instructor: Philip McKee

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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