Free Workshops

This year’s festival includes two free workshops exploring the play development process. Looking for some direction (pardon the pun) on how to get your idea on to the page? There’s a workshop for that. Or maybe you have a script and would like to learn how to take it further. There’s a workshop for that too!

The Workshop Workshop: The actor’s role in the play workshop process

Actors need to have a lot of skills in their Toolbox: singing, dancing, strong vocal chords, comedic timing and limber bodies, to name a few. And it’s often assumed that these skills will lend themselves to the work of new play development and play workshops. But, do they?

New play development puts a lot of focus on the playwright but actors also play a crucial role. In this workshop, we’ll talk about the role of the actor in a play workshop. We’re going to discuss the play workshop process. Natasha and vern have lots of experience in new play development, as writers, actors, dramaturges and directors. We’ll take a deep dive into these different roles, we’ll tell stories, offer advice and skills that will help you be a better workshop actor. In the COVID world you can be certain more workshop opportunities to do this work will be popping up. And this is a great opportunity to sharpen your skills and add to your Toolbox.

This workshop will be led by Governor General’s Award winning playwright Vern Thiessen and Natasha MacLellan, Artistic Director of Theatre New Brunswick.

July 19 | 1-4 p.m. | on Zoom | Registration required | Limited Space | Free


The Basics

Governor General’s Award winning playwright Vern Thiessen teaches you the basics of creating a play in a fun, fast-paced workshop that will have you leaving with a start of a new work! Bring a notebook, or device to write on!

July 27 | 7-9 p.m. | on Zoom | Registration required | Limited Space | Free

To register for these workshops, please contact assistant festival coordinator Devin Rockwell at