CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: All the World’s A Stage 2013
PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKSHOP AND EARN THE CHANCE TO WORK BEHIND THE SCENES ON A THEATRE SHOW (& GET PAID FOR IT)
the frank theatre company is proposing to engage individuals from diverse cultural, ethnic, ability, gender and sexual backgrounds for the second year of All the World’s A Stage, a unique arts-engagement project whose overarching purpose is twofold: first, to give a diverse range of people who are interested in theatre the skills to pursue future professional opportunities in this arena; and second, to foster, through theatre arts, attitudes of understanding, acceptance and inclusiveness across cultures, ethnicities, abilities and sexualities. This project is supported in part by the provincial government’s Embrace BC program.
The project will begin in May 25-26, 2013 with a weekend-long workshop comprised of twenty to thirty applicants who reflect the city’s diversity with regards to cultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as abilities and sexual and gender identities.The purpose of this workshop is twofold. First, there will be, we hope and anticipate, a concrete, therapeutic effect from the sharing of stories, for both the sharers and the listeners. For the former, story-sharing often produces catharsis, leading to personal renewal and a new, more assured sense of self. For the latter, hearing and listening to other people’s stories can broaden their consciousness and sense of empathy. For each of the participants there is the potential to build bridges across cultural, ethnic, ability, gender and sexual differences by seeing the ties that bind their experience with others’.
Second, the workshop will be an opportunity to gather together the stories that will be the basis and inspiration of a new play on the themes of diversity and inclusiveness to be created by acclaimed Vancouver theatre artist Jan Derbyshire.
From the initial workshop participants we will choose up to seven who will participate in the production of this new play. These seven participants will be chosen via interviews we will conduct after the initial workshop with all of the workshop participants, as well as what we observed were their contributions to the workshop. Criteria will include the passion they demonstrate for the production, their commitment level to the production and what we perceive will be the impact that being part of the production will have on their lives.
The newly created play will be given a dramaturgical workshop at the Queer Arts Festival in late July 2013. Actual work on the production of the play will take place in October 2013, in which the production participants will work on production elements of the play (direction, stage management, set design, lighting design, costume design, sound design and marketing/publicity). They will be guided in this process by two production mentors: one who will mentor the participants who are engaged in the design aspects of the show; and a second who will mentor those who are engaged in direction, stage management and marketing/publicity. The play will have a 3-night run at the PAL (Performing Arts Lodge) Theatre in October 2013. The seven production participants will be financially compensated with honorariums for their work.
If you would like to participate in the May 2013 workshop, please send an email to Project Director Chris Gatchalian at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “All the World’s A Stage.”
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2013. Alternatively, you may call Chris at 778.840.7132.