Playwrights Theatre Centre


PTC Studio Workshop Series 2020


PLEASE NOTE: In light of efforts to flatten the curve on the spread of COVID-19, some workshops will now be offered ONLINE ONLY.

Our workshop series is back for 2020!  Led by PTC staff, these workshops will help hone your skills and move you deeper into your process. Whether you are an actor, producer, playwright, or all three, there’s a workshop that will inspire you, engage you, and give you some practical skills to move your practice forward.

* You must be a PTC Playwright Member to participate ($25 fee). Sign up here.

Registration is on first-come basis. Some bursaries available. Bursary spots dependent on registration.

If you have other access needs, please contact us.
For information and registration, email


Kathleen Flaherty. Photo by SarahRacePODCAST CREATION
with Kathleen Flaherty


Learn the art of podcasting from a master. Podcasts are a tool for audience engagement, storytelling, and sharing unique vantage points on untold stories. Join Kathleen for four three-hour sessions to learn the art of the podcast. Come in with an idea for a podcast you would like to do. You will learn some of the art and most of the basic craft required to make a podcast – designing, gathering the materials, how to do interviews, how to use the equipment, how to share the podcast – with hands-on training.

Session 1: March 22, 1:00 – 4:00PM
Session 2, 3 & 4: Dates & Times TBA
10 maximum
Cost: $200

Kathleen Flaherty produced radio drama and documentaries at CBC for 20 years. She was the producer of the original series of PodPlays created by Adrienne Wong with Martin Kinch. Since joining PTC, she has worked on documentary theatre forms, and is one of the co-producers of Victim Impact: The Fraudcast.


with Melanie Yeats and guest playwright Derek Chan


New to cold reads? Live in fear of cold reads? Whether for auditions with zero prep time, or for the new play that just rolled out of the photocopier into your hands, Cold Reads and Fast Takes on New Material will give you tools to make the most of a text. How do you find meaning, use your voice, and make clear choices? Through practical analysis and repetition within the workshop, you’ll identify your blocks and how to get through them. You may even discover some new scripts you love…

April 6, 6-9PM
20 maximum
FREE for PTC Playwright Members. Join here.
Registration will be open to the first 30 members who email us at

Melanie Yeats (she/her) has over 20 years of performance and directing experience and has trained in voice, text interpretation, and audition techniques with instructors such as Richard Armstrong, Karen Kohlhaas, Bill Peters, and Andrew McIlroy. Melanie loves to help workshop participants identify their unique strengths as cold readers. Melanie is also excited to be joined by Derek Chan, who will provide participants with valuable insight on approaching cold reads from a playwright’s perspective.


with Belinda Bruce

A crash course in creating + designing marketing materials for your show, from concept to reality. From project planning calendars and press releases to print + online media design, you will get tools, tips and techniques to effectively promote your production. For hands-on work at the workshop, it helps to have a particular production in mind.

May 4, 2020 | 6-9PM
12 maximum
Cost: $75

Belinda Bruce (she/her) is a seasoned writer, editor, graphic designer, communications specialist and musician with over 20 years of experience across diverse industries including publishing, advertising, media, international development and the arts. She has a passion for language, storytelling, creative design and the performing arts. Communications Manager for both PTC and Theatre Conspiracy, Belinda has also operated her own boutique communications company, Blurb, since 2005.


with Heidi Taylor

Are you in the initial phase of a project? Learn a process to evaluate the production impacts of your creative vision. An essential step before you write the grants or develop your creative team. Bring your early ideas and think BIG.

May 11, 2020 | 6-9PM
18 maximum (Groups of 2-3 ppl)
Cost: $25 per person

Heidi Taylor is a dramaturg, director and performer, and Artistic and Executive Director at PTC. As part of her work at PTC, she is dramaturg for VACT’s MSG Lab, developing new work by Asian Canadian writers, and with the Virago Play Series, working with emerging cis female, trans and non-binary artists. She makes sited, devised, and interdisciplinary work, developing performances from first idea through production. She has also dramaturged for dance, including upcoming projects with Amber Funk Barton and Ziyian Kwan. Recent projects include 1 Hour Photo by Tetsuro Shigematsu, Tinkers by Kendra Fanconi, and am a by Amber Funk Barton and Mindy Parfitt. Current projects include Tetsuro Shigetmatsu’s Suicide Forest, rice & beans theatre’s Made in Canada and Chicken Girl, and Carmen Aguirre’s Anywhere But Here. Heidi received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Contemporary Art from SFU, where she taught acting for 15 years. Her collective, Proximity Arts, created cross-disciplinary projects including podplays, sited dance performance, a community-run side show, chamber opera, cabaret, sound installation and a digital gardening project from 2003 – 2011. Heidi is Board Treasurer of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and was the founding president of LMDA Canada.