Keynotes - Metro Vancouver Keynote - Barbara Tomasic - Musical Theatre Directing Tips & Tricks

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  • Barbara Tomasic

    Originally from New Westminster, BC, Barbara has made a career working in theatres across Canada directing, acting and producing theatre productions with companies such as Soulpepper Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Prairie Theatre Exchange, the Firehall Arts Centre and Gateway Theatre. She was also the Co-Artistic Director of Musical Theatreworks, developing and producing new musicals in Vancouver. As a performing arts educator, she has been on faculty at Capilano University and taught at Studio 58, UBC and Canadian College of Performing Arts.

    Barbara has an MFA in Directing from UBC and is an Ovation Award winner and Jessie Richardson Award nominee.

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Learn musical theatre specific directing tips and tricks from one of Canada's premiere musical theatre directors - Barbara Tomasic

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Friday 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
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Keynotes - Victoria Keynote - Matthew Payne - Innovation & Inspiration For Your Program

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  • Theatre SKAM
    Matthew Payne

    Matthew lives and works as a theatre professional on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples (Victoria). Since graduating from the University of Victoria in 1993, he has worked regularly in Canadian Theatre, taking on a variety of roles and spending time in Victoria, Vancouver and Toronto. Matthew dedicates his professional career to dreaming up inspirational and innovative projects that tour the world, to the development of new work (primarily by Victoria writers) and to building community. Matthew has worked professionally as a writer, performer, carpenter, director, production manager, stage manager and administrator. He has worked with a myriad of companies, including: The Belfry Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria, Story Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Giggling Iguana, Nightswimming, Crow’s Theatre, and a dozen peer companies based in Vancouver. In 2010 he furthered his training in a director’s master class led by Peter Hinton, Martha Henry and Josette Bushell-Mingo. As a Managing Producer, Matthew has shepherded Theatre SKAM through a period of remarkable fiscal growth. Over the past five years, the company’s annual budget has grown from five figures to just over half a million dollars. Public funding is dependent on assessment by a jury of one’s peers, and the nearly $300,000 in public funding received by SKAM in the 2018-19 season speaks to the high opinion Matthew’s peers have of the company and of his leadership. In 2019 Matthew was awarded the ProArt Mid Career Artist Award.

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Join Matthew as he describes his journey from high school drama (a class he wasn't even supposed to be in!) to leader of one of Victoria's top alternative theatre companies. During the past two years, Theatre SKAM has found ways to thrive. -making new plays and touring them internationally (they're off to Nevada in April 2022 with their show Fashion Machine) -SKAMpede- the annual outdoor site-specific festival ran in 2020 and 2021 -The company's mobile theatre, which is now doing home delivery -and SKAM drama school We'll hear from you too, about what ideas have proved to propel your classes forward. The goal is to leave you with inspiration and ideas for your program.

Session

Friday 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Room Theatre

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Keynotes - Good Morning with Jonathan Rand

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  • Jonathan Rand

    Jonathan Rand is among the most popular contemporary playwrights writing today, his stage plays having been performed over 25,000 times in theaters across 67 countries.

    According to an independent survey of American schools, Jonathan’s one-act comedy Check Please was the #1 most-produced short play every season for the last 16 years.

    A four-time Heideman Award finalist, his work is published by Random House, Stage Partners, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, TRW Plays, Dramatics magazine, and Macmilllan.

    Jonathan also served as CEO and co-founder of Playscripts, a publishing and performance licensing company for new stage plays and musicals, serving tens of thousands of theater groups with an exclusive catalog of over 2,700 titles by over 1,500 writers. It was featured by NPR for “bringing the business of theater into the 21st century” and ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies. (Playscripts was acquired in 2014.)

Start you conference off with a live and interactive conversation with Jonathan Rand. Jonathan will speak with us about fostering creativity and comedy in our classrooms. There will be a Q&A. The writter of "Check Please" the most produced play in North American educational theatre will be with us - so get your questions ready.

Session

Friday 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM

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Keynotes - Friday Keynote with Tetsuro Shigematsu

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  • Tetsuro Shigematsu

    Governor General’s Award finalist, Tetsuro Shigematsu, is one of the most highly produced playwrights in Western Canada. His last three plays have garnered a total of 21 Jessie nominations, including 3 for “Best Original Script.” A former writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Tetsuro’s solo-work 'Empire of the Son' was described by theatre critic Colin Thomas as, “one of the best shows ever to come out of Vancouver. Ever.” In 2018, he earned his PhD in Education, specializing in Research-based Theatre from UBC as a Vanier scholar. His favorite kinds of people in the world are teachers of drama, (no, seriously). Sign up for his newsletter at shiggy.com.

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Friday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Keynotes - Evening Session with Don Zolidis

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  • Don Zolidis

    Don ZolidisDon Zolidis holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.F.A. in playwriting from the Actor’s Studio Program at the New School University. A former high school and middle school theater teacher, for the past decade, he’s been one of the most-produced playwrights in American schools. His more than 125 published plays have been performed over 30,000 times, appearing in every state, every Canadian province, and 67 different countries. His first novel, THE SEVEN TORMENTS OF AMY AND CRAIG (A LOVE STORY) was published in 2018 by Disney-Hyperion. His second book, WAR AND SPEECH, was published in 2020 by Little Brown. He lives in Texas and splits his time with his partner in upstate New York.

Enjoy a fun evening session with one of our ages most popular and produced educational theatre playwrights. Come with your play ideas that have not been written yet and pitch them to Don. Hear his talk about creativity in educational theatre and come with your best questions for a conversation with a legend... Don Zolidis. 

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Friday 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Friday 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Friday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Friday 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Keynotes - Saturday Keynote - "The 4Cs of a Successful Acting Career" with Catherine Lough Haggquist

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  • Catherine Lough Haggquist

    Catherine is a Canadian actress, producer and entrepreneur. She has over 125 acting credits on film and television, including three seasons as Inspector Nora Harris on the sci-fi television series Continuum and recurring roles in Iron Man: Armored AdventuresSupernatural and Motherland: Fort Salem.

    Lough Haggquist is the producer of Reel Women Seen, a short film that has won numerous awards including the 2018 Jury Choice Award at the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase.[3] Lough Haggquist received the 2008 Women in Film and Television Vancouver’s Special Jury Award, and was named as the Union of BC Performers’ 2013 International Women's Day Honoree, being awarded Life Membership by UBCP in 2017.[3] Lough Haggquist was honoured by UBCP/ACTRA in 2018, with a life membership for her commitment and contribution to the television, film and theatre industry.[1]

    Lough Haggquist was awarded honoured with the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award (a distinguished lifetime achievement award) at the 9th Annual UBCP/ACTRA Awards in November 2020, which were handed out virtually because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Saturday 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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