Encounters Residency Workshop: Creative agency, structured play: action and contact in the performer's craft

When and Where

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, November 08, 2018 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday, November 09, 2018 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Performance Studio
UC Union Building
79 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 2E5


Led by Felicita Marcelli, Graziele Sena, Agnieszka Kazimierska, and Pauline Laulhe of the Open Program   (Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards)

Participants will have an opportunity to approach basic elements of the actor’s craft through various structured sessions, including singing, dancing, and games. Through a variety of approaches and perspectives on the work of the actor, the participants will have a possibility to discover and grow what is alive and fertile specifically for each of them, and to bring these discoveries into their individual acting work. 

Singing and dancing are at the very basis of theater craft: they allow a space for interaction and for playing – games of seriousness and of levity alike. The work relating to song and dance will also serve as preparation for participation in the public performative event on the last day of the residency. Participants who wish to do so, will assist the performers of the Open Program in the presentation of the Open Choir – an encounter through singing that is free and open to everyone. No prior professional or technical singing experience is required for participation in this work. 

Preparation for the work with song and dance

Participants are asked to bring elegant, colorful clothes for the singing sessions: something one might wear for a special occasion. Women who wish to do so are encouraged to bring long skirts or dresses to play with.

Preparation for the physical games in the space

For these sessions, participants are asked to bring a black bathing suit. Please also bring some additional dark, comfortable (i.e., neither too loose, nor constraining) clothes, in case it’s cold.

Fee structure

Current U of T students (tri-campus): *free* ($50 deposit required: refund only upon workshop completion)

Recent U of T alumni (within a year of graduation): $150 (non-refundable $75 deposit required)

Current postsecondary students: $150 (non-refundable $75 deposit required)

Other: $350 (non-refundable $100 deposit required)

*A few spots at subsidized rates will be made available: please contact us to discuss details.


Click here to access the application for this workshop.

*New application deadline: Monday October 29th, by 11:59pm.


Click here to view the full Encounters residency program.

Encounters: The Open Program at CDTPS is an artists' residency organized by Myrto Koumarianos, hosted by the University of Toronto's Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, and supported by the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts, University College, Theatre and Performance Studies (UTSC), English & Drama (UTM), the Department of English, the Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Centre for Comparative Literature.

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Contact Information

Myrto Koumarianos


79 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 2E5