PTC Studio Workshop Series 2020

A circle of sleek modern chairs, all white except for one that is orange

PLEASE NOTE: In light of efforts to slow the curve on the spread of COVID-19, all 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.

  • Participants must be PTC Playwright Members. We will offer FREE memberships at this time ($25 value).
  • Registration is on first-come basis. Some bursaries available. Bursary spots dependent on registration.
  • We recognize that cashflow for artists may be interrupted at this time, so we will waive the workshop fee for those who need it.
  • If you are taking one of our online workshops, please be in touch in advance to get set up on your electronic device.

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


Heidi Taylor


Finding what you know already

This 7-evening workshop offers a container for creative discovery. Using improvisation (for movement, writing, or aural/oral creation), emergent structures, and self-dramaturgy, participants will discover a performance seed that is all their own. There will be about an hour of prep work to do before the workshop. There is no additional work required outside the workshop hours.

This workshop will be offered online, with 1-2 hours each of local studio access for those who want it, subject to public health regulations. The workshop will not be recorded or offered asynchronously. ASL interpretation will be provided by request. There is no public showing, though participants will be expected to share their work with the workshop facilitator and each other.

  • You must be willing to perform your own work in this context, though you may not plan to be the final performer of the work.
  • Participants will be offered a Community Agreement to co-create the working space.
  • Participants will gain most out of the workshop if they arrive with some content they are passionate about exploring. This may be in the form of text, image, spoken word, or movement.
  • We are not equipped to provide trauma care within the context of the digital workshop. Please let us know if you would like a reference to a counsellor if this creates access for your work.
  • Participants will require stable internet connection and a workspace in which they can sit and stand. Please let us know if this is a barrier and we will do our best to assist


July 20-26, 6-9 pm PDT
10 participants maximum
Location: online and at PL 1422
Access information for PL 1422

To register:

Cost: pay what you will (value $200, fee waived no questions asked)
Membership is free with registration.

Heidi Taylor is a dramaturg, director and performer, and Artistic & Executive Director at PTC, based on the traditional unceded, occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She makes sited, devised, and interdisciplinary work, developing performances from first idea through production. She recently dramaturged the world premieres of Carmen Aguirre’s Anywhere But Here, Tetsuro Shigetmatsu’s Kuroko, Chicken Girl by Derek Chan, and Public and Private by Ziyian Kwan. She is currently dramaturg for Zahida Rahemtulla’s The Wrong Bashir, Amber Funk Barton’s How to Say Goodbye, and Mermaid Spring, created by Barbara Adler and Kyla Gardiner, for which she is learning to crochet. Heidi served as Board Treasurer of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and was the founding president of LMDA Canada. She was a co-founder and co-artistic director of Proximity Lab/Arts from 2003-2016.


Melanie Yeats and Derek Chan

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 20, 6-9PM via secure online invite
30 maximum
Cost: $25
FREE PTC Playwright Membership included ($25 value)
To register:

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.

Derek Chan grew up in colonial Hong Kong, lived in Norway, and is now based in Vancouver. He received his BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. A playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer, Derek has been co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre since 2010. In 2015, Derek was awarded the Vancouver Fringe New Play Prize. He was a cohort at the 2016 Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac, Quebec hosted by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal. Derek has previously worked with PTC (Artistic Director Apprentice), Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Associate Artistic Producer), and the rEvolver Festival (Guest Curator). Derek’s Cantonese solo show in 2018, Sik Zeon Tin Haa/A Taste of Empire, was the first non-English production to be nominated for a Dora Award for best touring production. He performed in Yoga Play at Gateway Theatre in early 2019 and premiered his play Chicken Girl (PTC Collaboration) in May & June 2019. Derek is currently working with PTC on Lingua.



Belinda Bruce

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.

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.


Kathleen Flaherty. Photo by SarahRace

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.