Theatre Intensive: Tanya Laing-Gahr
Much Ado About Nothing
Using text from various sources, the participants of the Theatre Intensive will create a brief, unique piece of theatre - a Shakespearean collage. Involving elements of text, movement, and music, the ensemble will create their one-of-a-kind Shakespearean experience! Familiarity with the text and some memorization will be expected by the time you arrive at the festival.
Participation is limited to 20 students, who must be recommended by their Drama Teacher.
About Tanya ->
Tanya has acted in or directed numerous professional and
community productions for Cranbrook Community Theatre, Fort Steele Follies & Living History,
Kimberley Summer Theatre and Powerhouse Theatre. She is also a founding member of Stab
in the Dark Productions and Drama Queen Productions. Her most recent directing projects
were "Self Help" (Kimberley Summer Theatre) and "Visiting Mr. Green" (Cranbrook Community
Theatre), and her most recent roles include Zelda Fenwick in "Waiting in the Wings" and Karen
Brown in "Unnecessary Farce" (both with Powerhouse Theatre), for which she received the Best
Actress Award at the 2016 Ozone Theatre Festival.
Makeup Intensive: Gordon Hamilton
This make-up intensive is designed for middle and secondary students. In this intensive you
will learn some basic to advanced make-up techniques: Trauma/ Special Effects - wounds, bruises,
burns, blood, nose/scar wax. Be prepared for a whole lot of fun and discover how you can
introduce these techniques to your friends.
Gordon Hamilton has been teaching secondary Art and Theatre for 19 years and
he has served on the ABCDE executive for 19 years. Gordon has participated in workshops in
LA, New York, and Vancouver in make-up. He is a self-taught make-up artist and continues to
educate himself with new materials and techniques that he can bring to the classroom, theatre
productions, and film.
Music Intensive: Brian Tate
Come and sing and move to they rhythms of Mew Orleans, Gospel, Africa and
more! There will also be opportunities to learn and try our soloing. There is no
previous experience or music reading required - just a desire to sing and have
About Brian ->
Brian Tate directs Vancouver's 100-voice City Soul Choir and performs with his
world music a cappella vocal trio 'TriVo'. An award-winning composer and po
ular choral clinician, Brian's compositions and arrangements reflect his love of
world, roots, and gospel music. Brian also teaches singing and choir at Studio
58, Langara College's professional theatre school.
Writing Intensive: Keyanna Burgher
Storytelling for Fame and Profit
Everyone is a writer - the key is finding your voice. This program is designed to help writers
find confidence in their own voice and give them a toolkit to write successfully. DAY 1 will include
short lectures on the basics of writing, fun writing prompts and group activities. DAY 2
will focus on generating ideas, learning how to write for a specific audience/reader, and focusing
on a specific project. DAY 3 will include workshopping each other's work and developing plans
for future projects. If there is interest, the final workshop could also include information on how
to publish, and tips and tricks on navigating the publishing world.
Originally from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Keyanna Burgher moved to Vernon
in the summer of 2015 following her graduation of the BFA Creative Writing program at UBC
Vancouver. Primarily a writer, Keyanna focuses on short story and long form fiction, playwriting,
and song writing. Her award winning one-act plays have been performed across Canada,
and many of her short films have received national recognition. Keyanna also has several Best
Actor awards and many regional and provincial vocal awards. You can find her most recent album
"Blind" on Itunes; all songs are written and performed by Keyanna. Employed by the Vernon
Community Arts Centre, she enjoys writing, performing, and teaching.
Art Intensive: Kayleigh Mace
The Shakesfest ART INTENSIVE will have students delving into a creative headspace where intuitive
mark-making and play are fused with skill building and process-based work. Students
will explore many different methods of making their MARK using a variety of applications. We
will explore the elements and principles of design with a focus on learning new and exciting
methods of mark-making. We will look to create work that is spontaneous, collaborative, and
full of energy. Students will work with many different mediums including charcoal, ink, pen/
pencil, watercolour, and acrylic. Weather permitting, we will also look to produce site-specific
environmental outdoor sculpture and will explore collaborative art practices as a group.
About Kayleigh ->
Kayleigh Mace is an active artist in the Okanagan art scene. Her artwork has
been displayed locally in Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and Lake Country. She has been working
as an individual artist and as an art collaborator since 2006. Along with her collaborative
painting partner, Mace graduated from UBC Okanagan's Visual Arts program with a focus on
collaborative art practices and large scale installation sculpture. She enjoys working with students
and is an Art/Drama teacher in School District 22.
Drama strand: Mike Panian
Pick up your sword and fight!
Stage fighters have to understand what it is that they are trying to imitate if they are going to
be convincing. It is no surprise that many seasoned special effects fighters are also real martial
artists. In this workshop you will learn about the emotional content of real fights, what real
techniques look and feel like, how people under stress act in a fight, and some basics for creating
armed and unarmed fight scenes. Swords will be involved!
About Mike ->
Mike Panian has been teaching martial arts for 40 years. As a wrestling coach,
karate teacher, and sword fighting instructor he has been watching people learn and grow
through the martial arts for most of his adult life. He is the owner/instructor at Swordfighters
School of Martial Arts and Self Defence and Martial Energy Works, an organization dedicated to
supporting human growth and personal development through the martial arts. He is also an
actor and uses his martial arts training to choreograph stage fighting for historical re-creation
Drama strand: Mik Byskov
Building a Character through Movement
How do you build a strong character? Specifics, specifics, specifics. The more choices you make,
the more defined your character becomes. It's in the way you speak, but it's also in the way you
move. In this workshop we'll be learning a "vocabulary" of movement terms to help define, and
create strong characters with a distinct body language.
About Mik ->
Mik Byskov, a grad of W.L Seaton Secondary and The University of Victoria, is an
actor working out of Vancouver. Mik attended many Shakespeare Festivals in his high school
days and is thrilled to be bringing the festival to his hometown in Vernon. Some recent film/TV
credits include The 100, X-Files, Supernatural, The Void and the upcoming When We Rise.
Drama strand: Catherine Lough Haggquist
Audition for TV/Film
Born in Vancouver, Catherine got her first big acting break as a stand-in for Holly Robinson on
the television series, 21 Jump Street. Following appearances on television mainstays like
The Commish, Highlander, The X-Files, and Dark Angel, Haggquist added to her acting credits
with lead roles on two Canadian series - The Unprofessionals and Rockpoint PD. More recent
appearances that number in her now 100 plus credits include Van Helsing, Zoo, Beyond, Supernatural,
Stargate: SG1, Stargate: Universe, Fringe, Once Upon a Time, Bates Motel, Continuum,
Garage Sale Mysteries, and Godzilla.
While Catherine Lough Haggquist has shared the screen with an impressive array of industry
talent, her work off-screen has been especially influential in the Canadian industry. Dedicated
to contributing to an industry and community she cares deeply about, Haggquist gave of her
time by serving in multiple capacities – including Vice President - on the Executive Board of the
Union of BC Performers. She also founded Biz Books in 1996 to provide a dedicated industry
source for film, television, and theatre products and resources.
In addition to her acting and the operating of Biz Books, Haggquist enjoys teaching actors career
planning, business structure and audition technique at SchoolCreative Institute of the
Drama Strand: Alan Marriott
After training at Studio 58 and Theatresports in Vancouver, Alan relocated to London, England
to complete his training at LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).
After completing LAMDA in 1986, Alan stayed in London and successfully pursued a career in
voice overs and has been heard on countless animation series (Bob the Builder, My Little Pony,
Dinosaur Train, Lego Ninjago, Lego Star Wars, and Lego Knights, Voltron, The Secret Show, and
many more), commercials (MBNA, Smuckers, Denver Water, Honda, BC government, London
Drugs, current voice of White Spot restaurants), movie trailers (Warner Bros – Scooby Doo,
Nickelodeon), movies (X – sequel to Akira, Planet 51 – Glar, Back to Gaya, Globi, Asterix and the
Mansions of the Gods – Cacofanix, to name a few).
Alongside his voice over career Alan is very active as a visual and stage actor,
particularly when it comes to improv comedy where he has appeared in and created many
shows including , Theatresports, Hamlet Improvised, the Impro Musical, Impro lab – Alliances,
Impropera, Suspect – the improvised murder mystery, South of the River – with Jeremy Hardy,
Christmas Queen, Science!, Men in Suits – improv Mamet, Improv Twilight Zone, Showstopper -
the 2010 Hong Kong tour, and a six year run of Friday Night Live. Alan currently teaches at
School Creative in Vancouver where he has been department head for the Comedy Conservatory
program for the past three years. Alan spent a year and half at the Criterion Theatre in
London's West End with The Reduced Shakespeare Company and recently performed in Mrs.
Claus Kitchen, which he co-wrote with Bill Allman and Kevin O'Brien, and starred as 'Crumpet'
in David Sedaris' "Santaland Diaries" - with Sandra-Mae Luykx. TV credits include, The New
Bundolo show, Wake up in the wild Room, Alexie Sayle, Jo Brand, The Happening, Now What –
for Lennie Henry, The Bootleg Broadway Show, and more.
Alan has also written a book on improvisation and creative thinking, 'Genius Now' and is currently
writing a new four handed musical with Sandra-Mae Luykx that will premiere next
Drama strand: Tim Osborne
Music and Mood: An improvisational creative writing & composition symposium
About Tim ->
Have you ever considered what goes through a writer's head when composing a masterpiece?
Have you ever considered the mood swings they endure throughout the lifespan of a creation?
This workshop will combine word sounds, free-writing, musical composition, and improvisation
to reveal how different musical styles and sounds can influence YOUR writing.
Drama strand: City Dance Team
Swing Dance and Cha Cha Cha
Drama strand: Chloe Richardson
Movement and Play
Chloe's workshop is a unique blend of movement and play. She has created a conscious environment
that guides each student/teacher through a class of movement inspired by ourselves
and those around us to gain an energizing and present connection to our bodies. Each class is a
variation from the beginning to the end.
Chloe is thrilled to be back teaching at the Goodwill Shakespeare festival! Based
in Vancouver, Chloe is a recent graduate of Studio 58, and with the help of her love of words and
movement, she has begun to plant the seeds of her career as an actor, choreographer, and
teaching artist. Chloe is currently creating new work for herself and others, and looks forward
to the opportunities that lie ahead. Recent Studio 58 credits include Thersites in Troilus and
Cressida, Mr Lies in Angels in America, PART ONE: Millennium Approaches, and a Fleak in Flee
with Electric Company Theatre.
Drama strand: Bob Kingsmill
Clay mask making
Students will be led through the process of creating a one-of-a-kind mask out of clay. There will
be a focus on basic techniques such as hand building, carving, and additive and subtractive processes.
Students will create pieces of art that show an extraordinary variety of expression,
while learning what shapes and applications can be utilized to produce a mask with energy and
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1941, Bob Kingsmill moved with his family
to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he began making ceramic objects in 1961. In 1967 he opened
his first studio in the Okanagan Mission of Kelowna , British Columbia. In 1979 Bob opened
Kingsmill Studio Pottery on Granville Island in Vancouver which he continues to maintain
while making his home and keeping a studio in Coldstream, BC. Bob has travelled extensively
through the province of British Columbia, and encouraged many people to engage in creative
process with clay. Bob produces an extravagant variety of stoneware and raku-fired pieces. His
masks are widely collected and his wall murals hang in many homes and public buildings.