Directors Lab North


lab 2017


Directors Lab North 2017 participants

The Lab's seventh year, held June 14th – 19th, 2017 at the Tarragon Theatre and Soulpepper in downtown Toronto, successfully united an international contingent of 30 directors from Canada, the USA, Europe and the Middle East with a mandate to explore ideas, share knowledge and inspire creativity for the theatre.

The 2017 Lab included an array of topics:
Artistic Direction and the state of theatre with Richard Rose.
Writers directing their own work and the playwright/director relationship with Judith Thompson and Kat Sandler.
Dramaturgy with Brian Quirt, Andrea Romaldi and Lisa O’Connell.
Artistic direction and curating festivals with Josephine Ridge and Naomi Campbell.
The Playwrights Project with Daniel MacIvor.
Movement and text with Allyson MacMackon.
Interviews with Akram Khan, Alexandre Hamel of Le Patin Libre, Yvette Nolan, and Steven Prengels.

Lab Members also participated in "Shared Sessions", a series of workshops where Lab members share knowledge and techniques with the Lab. Topics this year ranged from gesture work, a LeCoq workshop, puppetry, Droznin, Greek text, table work, verbatim theatre, VIEWPOINTS , Laban, and our Directing Experiment where we work with actors in rehearsal.

Stage management by Daniel Bennett.

Interns: Talia Scaiano and Kaylen Mackenzie.

Actors: Jeff Yung, Rachel VanDuzer, and Allegra Fulton.

Directors Lab North is grateful to its supporters.

We gratefully acknowledge the Tarragon Theatre for generously donating their space to us again for this year’s lab and Soulpepper for donating their space as well.

A huge thanks to Playwrights Canada Press for donating plays for our Labbies.

A massive thank you to our new partner, the Luminato Festival, for their incredible generosity with access to their shows and their artists.

Thank you to the Toronto Arts Council for helping fund this year’s Lab.
Lab Members
Aileen McGroddy Marissa Emma Smith
Leta Tremblay Nicole Miller Marks
Joao Carrolo Heather Davies
Briana Brown John Gundy
Mimi Barcomi Pam Joyce
Eric Perron Amanda Connors
Sean Pollock Cole Wimpee
Nancy McAlear Paul Van Dyck
Richard Beaune Julia Heinrichs
Zoe Erwin-Longstaff Liam Karry
Griffin McInnes Marta Mari
Courtney Laine Self Jason Schlafstein
Brenda McLean Elizabeth Kirkland
Sabrina Everett Fiely Matias
Sahar Assaf

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