Playwrights Theatre Centre


PTC’s Studio Workshop Series


Set yourself up for a successful summer. 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 Studio workshop that will inspire you, engage you, and give you some practical skills to move your practice forward.

Registration is on first-come basis. Bursary spots dependent on registration. All workshops take place at PTC.

Graphic Design for Non-designers with Belinda Bruce
Belinda Bruce leads both PTC and Theatre Conspiracy’s communications, and combines an MFA in creative writing with graphic design to make her clients’ messages sing. Do you have an upcoming production? Want to make your own materials? Invest three hours to gain the skills that will make your campaign stand out. Templates, tools, and design guidelines, including some tips on working with printers for cards and posters.

Monday, June 11, 6-9pm
15 maximum. One 3-hour session.
Cost: $75 | Cost: $60 for Fringe producers

Dramaturg your company with Heidi Taylor
You know how to develop your new play, but how do you develop your company? Join PTC AED Heidi Taylor for an action-oriented investigation of how to organize your company relationships, map your resources, and identify the next steps in your company’s growth. Ideal for emerging and established companies that are in transition or running up against the same challenges over and over again. Includes email follow up with Heidi. Heidi has advised companies and artists for many years, including rice & beans theatre, the response., Virago New Play Series, and the Kaur Project.

Tuesday June 26 & Wednesday June 27, 6-9pm
This workshop will require 1 hour of prep work from participants.
$75 per company, two participants per company. $25 for additional participants.
Maximum 8 companies (16-20 participants).

Not available for the workshop? Contact us to book your private consult.

Cold Reads and Fast Takes on New Material 
with Melanie Yeats

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…

Melanie Yeats 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, Bill Peters, and Andrew McIlroy. Currently Director on Davey Calderone’s new play Big Queer Filipino Karaoke Night! and Assistant Director on Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Dark Road, Melanie was last seen on stage in Cory Philley’s Fever Cabaret, a solo cabaret performance with an improvised piano score.

Monday, June 18, 6-9pm
15 maximum. One 3-hour session.
Cost $75

The Return of Block M for Monologue 
with Heidi Taylor
Before joining PTC, Heidi created five solo shows, in addition to a series of original cabarets with indie company Proximity Arts. As a writer-performer, and as a dramaturg, she has wide array of skills to help you create the seeds of a solo performance. Most recently she dramaturged Tetsuro Shigematsu’s Empire of the Son and 1 Hour Photo, and she’s also worked with PTC Associates Jan Derbyshire and Quelemia Sparrow on their solo projects. Participants will work on their feet and on the page, solo and in groups in this immersive introduction to solo creation.

July 9, 15, 22, 23, 6-9pm
12 maximum. Four 3-hour sessions.
Cost $225

Podcast Workshop with Kathleen Flaherty
Learn the art of podcasting from a master. 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. Podcasts are a tool for audience engagement, storytelling, and sharing unique vantage points on untold stories. Join Kathleen for two Sundays to learn the art of the podcast.

July 8 and 15, 12-6pm
10 maximum.
Cost: $350

To register, email Please let us know which workshop(s) you are interested in.
Registration is on first-come basis. Bursary spots may be available dependent on registration. All workshops take place at PTC.