Theatre Intensive: Lana O'Brien
Henry V, Shakespeare, and War
This year's acting intensive will focus on Henry V and, in particular, Shakespeare's themes in this play about whether warfare is a justifiable action, or not. Teacher nominated acting students will explore the text using a variety of entry points with the goal of creating an authentic and polished 'work in progress' performance for the Gala Showcase.
About Lana ->
Okanagan born and raised, Lana moved back to Vernon in 1999 after graduating from the the University of Victoria and working in the Kootenays for four years. Lana has been teaching theatre arts and choral music for 23 years and is both the artistic and technical director of the 27th Street Theatre Company, and conductor of the 80 voice Seaton Show Choir. Lana is involved in community theatre, and teaches acting and drama workshops for the BC Drama Teacher's Association (for whom she is currently the Vice President) when time permits. Primarily a producer and director, Lana is also a performer and continues to act whenever possible. Credits include SVEVA (Chorus, Powerhouse Theatre), ANNIE (Miss Hannigan, Powerhouse Theatre), RENTED CHRISTMAS (Anne, Armstrong Community Theatre), OLIVER! (Nancy, Invermere Community Theatre). Lana is also a member of Vancouver's City Soul Choir, which is a long commute twice a month from Vernon, but worth every moment!
Photography Intensive:Morten Byskov
Photo and Post-Production Hands-On
For the Goodwill Shakespeare Festival my goal is to share experiences with students and give insight to composition choices, purpose and storytelling. We will discuss camera system choices and editing options. The students will learn how to capture stage performances and actors portraits. We will venture out in Vernon and try our hand at street photography. This will be a hands-on intensive where the goal is to put theory into action right away during the festival. Bring your camera of choice and laptop or tablet for editing with your preferred editing software ready to roll.
About Morten ->
I picked up my first SLR in '83 and never looked back. mfoto.ca saw the light of day in 2002 and was focused on ski resort and tourism imagery. My photography business was based in Vernon, BC and included Commercial, Portrait, Wedding, Theatre/Stage, Sports and Lifestyle Photography. In November 2015 my wife and I set out on a journey to pursue travel photography. We have now visited 25 countries and have a goal of reaching 50 countries within the span of 50 months. You can follow our journey at 5050travelog.com.
Vocal Intensive: Brian Tate
SongGroove: Rhythms of the World
Back by popular demand for his 7th year, Brian will lead the incredible, and always inspiring, Goodwill Shakespeare Festival choir in a collection of world, pop, and brand new music written and arranged for this special choir. The choral intensive is always the highlight performance of the Gala Showcase, as Brian truly makes magic in the short time he has to work with these singers.
About Brian ->
An award-winning composer, as well as an accomplished and versatile musician, choir director, and educator, Brian Tate attributes the success of his multifaceted career to a love of working with people and a passion for the arts.Brian received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, and went on to further music studies in London, England, and Toronto. His love for music of many kinds has led to a diverse career that includes orchestral and choral conducting and performing, musical theatre, and composing music for film, television, stage, and the concert hall. Brian has twice received Vancouver's Jessie Richardson Award for original theatre music, and his choral music is performed worldwide.
Writing Intensive: Keyanna Burgher
Workshop details TBA
About Keyanna ->
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 and District Performing Arts Centre, she enjoys writing, performing, and teaching.
Drama strand: Nitasha Rajoo
Othello and The Green Eyed Monster
Jealousy! Love! Deception! Reputation!
Jealousy! Love! Deception! Reputation! Join us as we explore the deeper levels and themes of Shakespeare's tragedy – Othello. Practical activities using methods from the Royal Shakespeare Company and Frantic Assembly (UK), will allow students the opportunity to engage, understand and appreciate the character relationships of this well-known play. 'I am not what I am'( Iago Act 1, Scene 1) . We will discover who the REAL puppet master is, how the handkerchief played a symbolic role, and how true friendships were unraveled. Energy, effort and enthusiasm needed for this very active workshop. Prior knowledge of play useful but definitely not required!
About Nitasha ->
Nitasha Rajoo is an actor, director, and teacher. She holds a Master of Arts in the Advanced Teachings of Shakespeare from the University of Warwick and The Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK. She has been teaching for over 17 years in both Canada and the UK. Nitasha's links in the UK have allowed her to work with the Barbican (Barbican Box ), Tamasha Theatre Company, The Old Vic Theatre, and the National Theatre on their Black British Plays Project. She has been praised for her artistic direction of 1984, Lord of the Flies, The Crucible, and numerous Shakespeare productions with casts of up to 50 students. Nitasha's love for Shakespeare takes her to to Limpopo, South Africa ( every summer for the last 3 years), with Warwick in Africa, where she trains English teachers using drama techniques, to make Shakespeare more accessible in the classroom. Nitasha teaches all over the Lower Mainland and is the lead instructor for the Creative Teens Program at The Arts Club in Vancouver. She is thrilled to be part of the Good Will Shakespeare Festival.
Drama strand: Catherine Haggquist
The recipient of the 2008 Women in Film and Television Vancouver's Special Jury Award, Catherine Lough Haggquist is also very proud to have been named as the Union of BC Performers' 2013 International Women's Day Honoree.
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 Arts.
About Catherine ->
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 she has shared the screen with an impressive array of industry talent, Catherine's 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.
Drama strand: Alan Marriot
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.
About Alan ->
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 spring.
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).
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.
Drama Strand: Mik Byskov
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: Simone and Jens Goerner
Work shop: TBA
About Simone and Jens ->
Simone was classically trained in Ballet for 12 years and also has an extensive background in Street Dance. She has been teaching for over 15 years and has had great success at competitions across BC with her competitive Hip Hop team including the title of top choreographer.
Jens has been teaching Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Tango dance for over 20 years and has owned and operated dance studios in Germany and most currently City Dance in Vernon and Salmon Arm. His extensive knowledge of all dance styles and his fun teaching style is unparalleled in the Okanagan/Shuswap!
Heather has been a figure skating coach and choreographer for over 25 years and a dance instructor for nearly 10. As co-owner of City Dance she teaches all styles of dance and loves every minute of it!
Drama strand: Chloe Richardson
Chloe's workshop is a unique blend of movement and play. Guiding 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's process is a dynamic, contrasting, and collaborative achievement created in a safe and conscious environment designed to establish learning.
About Chloe ->
Chloe Richardson is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Vancouver. She studied musical theatre at the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts and classical singing at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and has twenty years of dance and movement training. Since calling Vancouver home, Chloe has continuously studied with several amazing acting teachers to inspire her craft. As a teacher, her approach is to get out of your head and into your body by honouring ones own truth and encouraging story-telling from a place of connection and vulnerability. Most recently Chloe toured with a professional contemporary dance company, performing and teaching in schools all across Western Canada, and after graduating from Studio 58, she has begun her journey in working in film and tv, teaching musical theatre, acting, and dance classes all over the lower mainland as well as collaborating with other diverse actors in creating their own work. Some favourite credits include her one woman show titled 'Someone Else', her role in the short film 'Semblance', Thersites in Troilus and Cressida (Studio 58), and Mr Lies in Angels In America (Studio 58).
Drama strand: Gabriel Newman
Devised Theatre and Collaborative Creation
This workshop will focus on how to collectively create your own original pieces of theatre. Combining writing, improvisation, movement, and the unique skills each participant brings to the process, this workshop will take you through the process of creating your own performance pieces. Be prepared to participate and create!
About Gabriel ->
Gabriel Newman loves theatre, performing, and storytelling. He has a BFA in Theatre from the University of British Columbia and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Performance from UBCO. He works as a sessional performance instructor at UBCO and Thompson Rivers University. His most recent stage credits include Pinocchio, An Unnecessary Farce, The Inspector General, and A House at the End of the Road. He has also been touring and performing his crazy food based story exchange performance project called Social Potluck. During the summer months and before Halloween he can be seen wandering the streets of Vernon with his Ghost Tours of Vernon.