Directors Lab North


Four days of amazing explosion and exchange of ideas, practices and culture that will inform the questions I ask of my craft for the next 10 years or more.
- Brendan Howlett McMurty, Toronto

A fantastic opportunity for directors to network and exchange ideas and nurture their own creativity. Incredibly worthwhile! I absolutely support what is being developed within the theatre community by these folks – an act of generosity and love.
- Sonia Norris, Toronto

The organizers were masterful in their design of the event. Every workshop informed the other. This is an invaluable and vital resource for the development of theatre artistry in this nation and for global development through collaborations.
- Jill Carter, Toronto

These four days have been truly inspirational . They have relit my desire to keep learning. Really an invaluable journey for any director.
- Alan Kinsella, Ireland

The depth of process work and the sharing of fresh, contemporary ideas in the theatrical direction are fully realized at DLN.
- Lois Hunter, 2013 National Artist Teacher Fellow, Centre for Arts Education- Boston Arts Academy

I was so impressed with the leadership, the schedule, the amount and variety of workshops. DLN are an amazing organizational team. I don’t think I’ve been to such a well thought out and engaging conference or workshop.
- Christine Brubaker

A way to grow, to get wonderful and interesting contacts. Something I’ll bring and keep with myself for a very long time.
- Gianna Formiacione, Italy

Without a doubt, this is exactly what I needed at this point in my career: to be with other directors, to work and learn together intensively and support one another collaboratively has been fanstastic. Hope to stay connected with these good folks for a long time.
- Laureen Smith, Washington, DC

The most meaningful thing I will take away from the lab is the relationships wth other directors around the world doing amazing work. The environment of the Lab was wonderful and the culture was immediately open and non-ego driven.
- Jenny Montgomery, Quebec City

Directors Lab North is where we track the pulse of emerging theatre practice in Canada and abroad. It is an innovative think tank, a crucible for forging new visions and new voices that will shape the future of our theatrical culture.
- Chris Jackman, Toronto

This Lab was incredibly well planned and conceived and balanced. Great sense of community and amazing group of directors! I am so looking forward to working with some of the artists I met here – very wonderful –thank you so much!
- Alisa Matlovsky, New York

The expansive toolkit of possibilities- the exercises, the systems for creaton and the dynamic community of peers created in this Lab cannot be overestimated. I feel much richer and more enlivened, connected, focused in my curiosity and supported than before.
- Sarah Kitz, Toronto

Through the work this week I have decided it is much more important to create the art I truly believe in. It really revitalized my “want” to create and contribute to this art form.
- Kristy Chambrelli, Conneticut

I was blown away by the schedule – the range of experts, the variety of approaches, the supportive, positive and investigative culture that was modeled. There was great opportunity to connect with everyone, an expertly structured week, good mix of on-feet and panels. Really exceeded my expectations, was wildly inspiring and useful –an extreme generosity towards artists who are hungry to develop and learn.
-Anita La Selva, Toronto

The most inspiring part of the Lab was meeting so many directors. We were all eager to learn and share, and had so much respect for one another. We came together to learn how to be better storytellers and left with so many stories. The wheels in my brain are turning with possibilities for storytelling and re-imagining theatre. This has been a gift! You connected me to a generous, loving, beautiful community!
- Alexsandra Marzocca, Toronto

The Lab provided an opportunity not often present in Canada for directors to learn, collaborate and discuss together. To join and connect in a role that is so often solitary and to support each other in ways we don’t allow ourselves to normally do. It is a gap the is so vast and has been present in Canada for so long. The Lab is a much needed Initiative that is an essential first step to filling the missing pieces in Canada’s directing landscape.
- Justen Bennett, Toronto

To come to Toronto and learn from my national peers is a truly invaluable opportunity.
- Michelle Kennedy, Edmonton

The most important forum for directors and necessary initiative I’ve discovered in years. DLN is essential.
- Matthew Tiffin, Nova Scotia

Directing is a solitary act in a collaborative art form. This opportunity to collaborate with our peers closes that gap in a meaningful way.
- Rachel Peake, Vancouver

There is so much to digest from these 4 intense days of discovery and inspiration. I feel I have a number of new ideas and techniques to try and integrate into my practice in many areas: research, relationships, table work and rehearsal techniques.
- Jeff Pufhal, Saskatoon

I found the DLN to be a very positive experience. It was informative, well organized and engaging. The organizers put together an excellent mix of workshops, discussions, master-classes and guest artists chats. The cumulative effect of the 4 day intensive really bonded the group of 25 directors, chosen from an international pool, into a real community of artists ready to support and encourage each other. It is so rare for directors to feel connected to other directors and to see the communality in our experiences . DLN provided that kind unique and very needed experience. From our last session, where directors shared their reflections on DLN, it was obvious that everyone felt re-charged, motivated and inspired. I would highly recommend it to other directors.
- Jordy Merkur, Toronto

An exquisite crucible of creativity and learning. Thank you so much for this life changing opportunity.
– Allegra Fulton, Toronto

This was an exquisite event. It allowed me to unplug from my daily life and set aside time for my craft. I was able to connect, learn and grow from an amazing group of peers who are now my colleagues for life. Directing is a solitary art and that makes this event even more important… community.
– Wesley Broulik, Lincoln, Nebraska

The Lab fueled my creativity and helped me find the joy to dive into new processes whole heartedly!
- Lillian King, Boston/Toronto

The Lab transformed my craft into a life’s work. That’s a very scary, beautiful and rare thing.
– Samuel Wilson, Brooklyn/New York

There is absolutely nothing else like this in our country, and yet it is so vital to the development of our craft. An essential, unparalleled delight. Any investment in DLN is not only ensuring future artistry, it is connecting concerned, proactive citizens passionate about serving their local, national and international community.
– Julie McIsaac, Vancouver

Directors Lab North gave me the opportunity to expand my practice beyond what I know and has enabled me to continue to take such huge risks.
– Chiamaka G. Ugwu, Toronto

DLN has challenged , surprised and ultimately reinvigorated my practice not just as a director but as an artist. The connections made here have already profoundly impacted my creative world. The DLN is vital for both the local and global artistic ecology.
– Jessie Fraser, Toronto

Directors Lab North fills a gap in the Canadian theatre ecology by fostering a safe environment for a community of directors to connect, to grow, to question their need to craft stories or the way in which they now wish to try and do so.
– Thomas Usher, St. Catharines

I needed this lab to remind myself about an artist’s journey. I challenged and analyzed my implulses, but fell in love with my technique all over again. We, as a loving group, provide each other with thesis and antithesis. We leave, joyfully, with synthesis and a renewed energy to do the work.
– Charlotte Drover, Chicago

This has been an invaluable experience. One of the most artistically–and humanly–inspirational weeks of my life.
– Robert Motum, Oshawa

Directors Lab North was an opportunity for myself, to be challenged, to be educated and to find new ways of working in a safe environment. A rare opportunity for those who may not be able to get specialized in school training.
– Cory Haas, Vancouver

Directors Lab North shook the dust off my artistic process. It renewed my confidence and I met dozens of compatriots from around the world.
– Jesse Roth, Chicago

DLN will remind, inspire, frustrate, grow, challenge, motivate and expand your practice as an artist and a citizen.
– Ann Kreitman, Chicago

The Lab has expanded my vision of what it means to be a director in the theatre of today – the pure joy, constraint, wonder and questioning that is required of me. I leave the lab dreaming of the artist I will grow to be, one that embraces what I already know and asks “What else?”/
– Katrina Darychuk, Toronto

This Lab was essential to me at this point in my artistic path. I feel so capable of going back to my artistic communities and just soaring forward because of the ideas I’ve been introduced to and the people I’ve worked with at the Lab.
– Alex Randrup, NY, NY

DLN was an invaluable experience for me as a practitioner to re-evaluate my role in the community, set challenges for myself and move beyond the very singular practice of directing a play. I learned more than I would have in years and am so excited about the theatre, working other and my own projects in a way I have not been excited since being a student. I loved this experience. It’s allowed me to forgive past “failures” and reinvest in my art. I am so thankful and I feel very priviledged to have participated.
– Dian Marie Bridge, Toronto