Headshot of Davey Calderon in front of blue and orange image containing information for his Embodied Character Making Workshop.

Embodied Character Workshop

To sign up for this online workshop, please email Melanie at workshops@playwrightstheatre.com!


Wanting to write a play with dynamic characters? Or create a performance where your personality is bigger-than-life from yourself? Or do you want to try out a persona you’ve always been curious to play with?

This performance and writing workshop helps tap into the greatest source of character development for any writer or performer: you. Using clowning and physical theatre techniques and writing exercises, Embodied Character Making provides tools for you to create dynamic characters for any writing or performance project. Find inspiration with just your imagination and your body.

This online workshop is open to all experience levels and folks with different backgrounds.


Davey Samuel Calderon (He/Him/They) is a dramaturg, performer, writer, and drag artist whose artistic career is dedicated to the creation of new theatre and performing arts work. Recent persona-driven projects have been Big Queer Filipino Karaoke Night! (BQFKN!) and My Name is SUMIKO. BQFKN!, a clown/karaoke/drag/filipinx storytelling show extravaganza, premiered at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival with presentations and adaptation of the show at Carlos Bulosan Theatre (2020 Tales of the Flipside & KUMUSTAHAN), Vancouver Queer Film Festival (2020 VQFF Online Gala), and BQFKN! Online (Workshop presentation with Gateway Theatre). Davey worked on My Name is SUMIKO created by June Fukumura as co-dramaturg and assistant director for the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival (winner of the Vancouver Pick of the Fringe Award). Finally, they’re also known for their Filpinx drag persona, Ate Dean Aidan Vanite Ethan Yo-yo Kaldereta the First (but gurrrrl, you can call her Ate Dee-Dee), who has been performing on stages and online giving Filipinx-Canadian vintage, designer knockoff drag for the masses.


Workshop Information:

Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2022
Time: 6 – 8 pm PST (2 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom
This workshop is pay what you choose.

To sign up, please email Melanie at workshops@playwrightstheatre.com!