BondsBeyond SF Theatre Workshop

When and Where

Saturday, November 03, 2018 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Luella Massey Studio Theatre
4 Glen Morris Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1J1


Although the tradition of science fiction (SF) theatre and performance reaches back to the very beginnings of SF literary and cultural production, it has almost been forgotten with the rise of more popular media such as film and TV. But in the past decade, communities of practice that focus on continuing and evolving the tradition of SF theatre have again started to appear in Europe and North America. The aim of this workshop is to provide interested students with the opportunity to practically learn more about the in-side workings of SF theatre.

Collaborating with Tiffany Keane Shaefer, the artistic director of the Otherworld theatre from Chicago – one of the few theatre companies in the world dedicated to staging SF plays – participants will practically engage with exploring the possibilities of staging SF.

The workshop will be structured around BondsBeyond, a SF play written by a Toronto based writer and artist Colleen Osborn. The workshop is going to be open to everyone.

We are hoping to engage (aspiring) actors, directors, writers, stage designers and dramaturgs, and other creatives interested in exploring the mechanisms of creating, interacting and staging science fiction in / for live performance. In addition to offering the participants to learn a set of practical skills, the workshop will also be a meeting space and a networking opportunity for people to share their views, approaches and ideas to SF (in) theatre and performance.

This one-day workshop is organized by Sanja Vodovnik, a current PhD student at the Centre, whose work focuses on SF theatre and performance, and is generously supported by the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies.

The workshop is free to attend for all UofT students! There will be snacks!

Registration deadline: October 22, 2018. Click here to register for this workshop. Please note the number of participants is limited to 30 people. If you are no longer able to register, please email sanja.vodovnik (at) 

Click here to visit the BondsBeyondSF website.

About BondsBeyond

This dystopian play is set at Pinnacle Corporation, where the dead don’t die and the bereaved don’t grieve –instead, they aspire to invest in a beta version of a digital afterlife called Summit™. “Your consciousness is a precious commodity.”

Warning: this play contains sexual awkwardness, quasi-death, and MDMA


Start: Introduction 11am

Session 1: Exposition (scene 5) 11:30 - 12:30pm


Session 2: Scene 6: 1pm - 2pm

[Lunch break]

Session 3: Scene 8: 3pm - 4pm

Concluding remarks & wrap up: 4-4:30pm (with an option to continue in another location)

Contact Information


4 Glen Morris Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1J1