Professional Artist Development Workshops

As part of our ongoing dedication to the community of artists who make StoryBook their home, we have programmed workshops designed to support and elevate these artists and continue to push them to their growing edge.   These workshops will provide artists of varying levels of skill sets a chance to hone in on their craft and really work at their artform.

One of the most talked about differences between Calgary and other urban theatre centres is "opportunity".  Unlike cities like Vancouver and Toronto, Calgary has a smaller amount of opportunities for artists to audition repeatedly and get better at doing it.  In fact, most artists in Calgary find themselves auditioned once or twice a year compared to their contemporaries in the larger urban centres who are doing it weekly.

The PAD Workshops give Calgary artists a chance to work on their skillsets between opportunities and allow them to work safely without the pressure of trying to get THE job.

REGISTER FOR ALL 6 WORKSHOPS FOR $100
Have a guaranteed spot in ALL 6 Fall Workshops and get 2 workshops for FREE!

Single Class Rate: 

$25 per student per workshop. 

Register for individual workshops below.

TAP BASICS for Beginners

with Marlea Van Grinsven

Have you always wanted to learn how to tap dance?  Now is your chance! Join us for a workshop in Tap Dancing Basics where you will learn tap fundamentals to help you in your next dance audition!

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CLASS TIME:

Monday, October 3

7:00pm to 9:00pm

AGE & CLASS SIZE:

ages 16+

25 participants

STAGEWRITE WORKSHOP

with Joy Hodgson

Join Joy Hodgson, Stage Manager for the North American Tour of We Will Rock you as she takes you through the basics of the online application StageWrite. Used by all the Broadway shows and tours, this application gives your and your teams the easiest way to collaborate and communicate blocking, cueing and so much more.

This will be an online Workshop over Zoom. 

*This is an add-on workshop not included as one of the 6 workshops included in the Fall Workshop promotion.

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CLASS TIME:

Saturday, October 15

11am to 1pm

PRICE: 

$20 per participant

AGE & CLASS SIZE:

ages 16+

25 participants

INTRO to SWORD FIGHTING

with John Knight

Embrace your inner sword fighter and come learn how to sword fight for the stage. The perfect opportunity to add a new skill to your special skills! 

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CLASS TIME:

Monday, October 17

7pm to 9pm

AGE & CLASS SIZE:

ages 16+

25 participants

LEARN to LOVE DANCE CALLS

with Kayla Mackenzie

Do you hate dance calls? 

 

Let’s change that.

 

Come join us for a mock-dance call where you can practice and learn how to ace your next dance call in a safe and supportive environment. 

CLASS TIME:

Monday, October 24

7pm to 8pm

OR 8pm to 9pm

AGE & CLASS SIZE:

ages 16+,

20 participants per group

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ACTING THROUGH SONG

with Elizabeth Stepkowski Tarhan

Join us to learn how to infuse more meaning and character into your musical theatre pieces! Participants will learn how to utilize text, musical clues, and more to bring their musical theatre songs to life. 

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CLASS TIME:

Monday, November 7

7:00pm to 9:00pm

AGE & CLASS SIZE:

ages 16+

25 participants

CHOOSING YOUR PERFECT 

AUDITION PIECE

with Joel Schaefer

It's always tough to find the perfect audition piece. Join us to learn tips and tricks for picking effective audition pieces that show you off and learn how to make the perfect 16- or 32-bar cut! 

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CLASS TIME:

Monday, November 14

7:00pm to 9:00pm

AGE & CLASS SIZE:

ages 16+

25 participants

MONOLOGUE WORKSHOP

with Haysam Kadri

Level up your monologues for your next audition! This is the perfect workshop to fine tune existing audition material or test out new monologues in a safe space! 

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CLASS TIME:

Monday, December 5

7:00pm to 9:00pm

AGE & CLASS SIZE:

ages 16+

25 participants