Our workshop series is designed to welcome everyone from the beginner to the professional. Please refer to descriptions for details on required experience prior to registering.

You may register for workshops online at chinookseries.ca, over the phone at 780-409-1910, or in person at the ATB Financial Arts Barns Box Office (10330 84 Avenue). Due to limited space, we encourage you to register for workshops well in advance. Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are $15 (including GST and service fees).

ASL interpretation is offered with 48 hours request for select workshops. For more information, please contact our box office.

Performance Lab: Chinook Series

This weekly, drop-in, pay-what-you-will, performance training and professional practice session is moving to the heart of Old Strathcona to soak up some mid-winter heat at the Chinook Series.

In partnership with The Citadel Theatre and Foote Theatre School, Azimuth is now offering a performance training laboratory for artists who are interested in a long-term, exploratory, physical practice to enhance, supplement, and complement their performative and creative capacities.

A blend of methodologies, these sessions are for artists who are committed to technique, discipline, curiosity, and play. They are set at a professional training level; however the only prerequisite for the class is a commitment to the rigours of the work. For actors, directors, creators, stage managers, playwrights, dancers, performance artists, teachers, technicians, visiting artists, emerging artists, as-yet-undefined artists, administrators, engaged and active community members.

Body, Theatricality and the Creative Space
Sunday, February 11 at 11:00AM – 12:30PM Facilitated by Majdi Bou-Matar and Pam Patel
in the Westbury Theatre
Pay What you Will

This workshop focuses on the body presence, movements and actions in the creation space. It explores how the collective physical presence and interaction on stage could lead into powerful theatricality. It looks at how the idea develops, alongside emotion and movement to achieve a creative moment. Starting from simple improvised everyday gestures and actions the workshop will lead participants to move beyond the usual into unexplored ways of body expression.

The Talking Body Shaping Space
Sunday, February 18 at 11:00AM – 12:30PM Facilitated by Amber Borotsik
in the Westbury Theatre
Pay What you Will

In this fun and physical class we will explore movement improvisation as a tool to open and extend our ability to communicate through the body.  Working in groups and in partners we will also play with ways to shape and understand space – refining our ability to use space and proximity as a creation tool.

This class is suitable for dancers, actors and all lovers of movement. Because the floor can be slippery we will work in bare feet.

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Tatawaw

Sunday, February 11 from 2:00PM – 5:00PM
in the Westbury Theatre
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Tatawaw is an opportunity for businesses and non-profits to rediscover an ancient tradition of welcoming. Edmonton has a long history of welcoming diverse cultures to trade, share stories, and celebrate the bounty of the land. For thousands of years, the Plains Cree described this tradition, the spirit of welcoming, as “tatawaw” meaning “there is room for you, welcome.” Through organizing a teaching roundtable, we provide a supportive, open place to learn about the Indigenous roots of welcoming and how we all can build on that knowledge to improve organizational or corporate culture and day-to-day operations. The result is an ongoing positive shift in perspective about the spaces we hold and make. Join the movement to make Canada what it was always meant to be: a welcoming and safe home for all.

For more information visit our website at tatawaw.ca

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Awaken: A BAM Workshop Series

Monday, February 12
in the Westbury Lobby

This enlightened workshop series invites you to engage in healing conversation about Black life. Each workshop is pay-what-you-will. Tickets available on a first come, first serve basis.

Mindfulness & Meditation with Waymatea Ellis
1:00PM – 2:00PM
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Healer and Juno nominated artist Waymatea hosts a session on mindfulness and meditation for the Black artist.

B talks about Black queerness as home with Rebecca Jade
2:00PM – 3:00PM
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A workshop exploring home through a Black and queer lens.

The Lives of Techs
3:00PM – 4:00PM
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A conversation on the barriers, opportunities and possibilities for change that exist in the technical theatre world.

Overcoming Restrictions with Grit
4:00PM – 5:00PM
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Participants will walk away equipped to either start their creative projects or continue current ones with creative philosophies that support their resilience in the work. We will use mock scenarios to help each other feel more comfortable with adapting to changing demands on the showcase of our creative work. By the end of the workshop people will understand that the obstacles are the path and that the manner we think about obstacles and restrictions as opportunities is key to cultivating grit in the creative process.

Beyond the Darkness: The Golden Handshake. A play reading by Mukonzi Musyoki
5:00PM – 6:00PM
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Change is coming to Throes Republic. Within a chaotic attempt to legalise as well as resist the legalisation of same-sex marriage in this African state, a homecoming ceremony of John, a doctoral graduate in Political Science from Canada turns catastrophic. The centre is no longer holding things in place after an inevitable realisation that some forces are beyond our measures. Within a family drama based on an overly controlling mother, an ambitious peripheral father and a confounded stranded sister, John’s world finds itself in smithereens that cannot be put together.


You Move Me

Wednesday, February 14 from 11:00AM – 12:30PM
in the Westbury Theatre
led by Meredith Kalaman
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Turn off your mind and completely let your body flow in movement during this workshop with contemporary dancer and choreographer, Meredith Kalaman. You will develop new tools of listening in the body that will open new patterns and connections in your body. Come experience yourself in your body in a way you have always known is possible. Suitable for people that have a practice in their body and are comfortable in improvised movement and making your own choices in a directed design.


Senses in Motion

Wednesday, February 14 from 1:00PM – 2:30PM
in the Westbury Theatre
led by Sahara Morimoto
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Through this workshop, Sahara Morimoto will be sharing ways of activating your senses to discover your individual connection to awareness & imagination inside your physicality. Finding familiar and unfamiliar movements within the body, the class challenges duration both with the body and the mind in order to find better stamina and to better utilize moments when you’re in them and when you aren’t. Variations will be offered, and both dance professionals and physical performance enthusiasts are welcome.


Intimacy for the Stage with Siobhan Richardson

Siobhan Richardson from Intimacy Directors International will lead two workshops for theatre professionals, one for performers and one for directors, coaches and choreographers. This workshop is sponsored by Theatre Alberta with funding from The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Christie Lites Sales.

Intimacy For The Stage – Facilitators
Thursday, February 15 from 10:00AM – 5:00PM
in the Westbury Theatre
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Learn the techniques and the language to stage human sexuality in a way that is professional, dynamic and focused on storytelling. Clarify the artistic and practical approach to this work. Focus is on subtle and specific details in choreography, and on facilitating a workspace that allows for physical and emotional chemistry between characters – without compromising personal boundaries – resulting in powerful chemistry between characters and clear, effective storytelling. Discussion topics include: creating instant chemistry, The Pillars, permission vs. consent, best practices and minimum working conditions, and psychological safety.

Intimacy For The Stage – Performers
Friday, February 16 from 10:00AM – 5:00PM
in the Westbury Theatre
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In this workshop, you’ll learn specific techniques for accessing your vulnerability in a dramatic context, resulting in powerful chemistry between characters without compromising personal boundaries. It’s an exploration of intimacy within a dramatic context for the purpose of telling the story of the scene. The principles can include the intimacy between lovers, between parents and children, between dear friends, and can also apply to scenes of sexual violence. Discussion topics include: consent, boundaries, psychological safety, best practices and working conditions.

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Applying for Grants at the Canada Council for the Arts: Workshop for Artists Working in Deaf and Disability Arts

Saturday, February 17 from 11:00AM – 1:00PM
in the Studio Theatre
FREE Admission

Join Canada Council for the Arts for a workshop about their Explore and Create program. This workshop is specifically designed for individual artists working in Deaf and Disability Arts. It will be led by Elizabeth Sweeney, Program Officer, Explore and Create. English Presentation with ASL interpretation.

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Communication without Words: A Mime & Physical Performance Workshop with 100 Decibels

Sunday, February 18 from 11:00AM – 12:30PM
in the Studio Theatre
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Join the cast of 100 Decibels for a fun and engaging introduction to physical theatre and a glimpse into the Deaf experience! Suitable for all ages and all skill levels, this workshop will teach you that communication transcends words. For the first half of the workshop, the cast will lead you through a series of skill building activities and games giving you the tools to create your own physical scenes. The second part of this workshop will be an exploration into the Deaf experience. You will learn the truths, misconceptions and idiosyncrasies of the Deaf language and culture. Join us in communicating without words. ASL interpretation will be provided.