PlaySmelter always has lots and lots and lots of special professional development events and opportunities for Northern ON artists. Reason being, that our Festival is, at heart, about our community, our people and our storytellers. Master Classes in Creation, skill-sharing and simply providing a forum and place to gather is the bedrock of what we do and why we do it.

From our very first festival in 2013 where award-winning Canadian playwright Emil Sher (The Boy In the Moon, Hana’s Suitcase, Mourning Dove) held a session on The Art of Adaptation to 2014’s Master Class in Playwriting led by Governor-General Award laureate Colleen Murphy (2007 The December Man and 2016, Pig Girl), and the Stratford Festival’s Director of New Play Development’s Bob White who visited in 2015, we strive to crush the barriers to access that exist for our theatre creators by bringing nationally recognized colleagues to Sudbury during PlaySmelter to talk, teach and share their expertise with our talented storytellers and theatre creators.

2017 saw PlaySmelter’s first Canada Council Producer’s Unit.  In a paid opportunity, Young Generation theatre artists learned in a hands-on environment the skills necessary to self-produce their work, all the while collaborating with fellow theatre creators. Participants had the opportunity to take part in discussions, workshops and mentored sessions.  2017’s Festival was sold-out, thanks in a large part to these wonderful young producers:  Michael Boyce, Justine Christensen, Adric Cluff, Ruthie Nkut, Morgan St. Onge and Karen Thistle.  The group was led by Nicole Smith, PTD’s Metcalf Foundation Producing Intern.

2018’s Festival promises to be very special. For the first time in Northern ON, Eric Rose, artistic director of Calgary’s Ghost River Theatre will lead a 4-day workshop on Devised Theatre Creation. This rigorous hands-on workshop is designed to inspire the collaborative imagination. Over the course of the 4-day workshop, participants will be led through a series of devising theatre exercises based on the unique artistic practices of Ghost River Theatre. Participants will come way from the workshop with new theatrical techniques and exercises that can be utilized both for the creation and development of new performance.  This very special opportunity is being provided at NO COST to a select group of 16 Northern ON artists.  Pat the Dog Theatre Creation is delighted to be able to provide this opportunity at our PlaySmelter Festival.

Watch this space for more information and sharing as we delve into the Devised process of theatre creation.

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2017 saw PlaySmelter’s first Canada Council Producer’s Unit.  In a paid opportunity, Young Generation theatre artists learned in a hands-on environment the skills necessary to self-produce their work, all the while collaborating with fellow theatre creators. Participants had the opportunity to take part in discussions, workshops and mentored sessions.  2017’s Festival was sold-out, thanks in a large part to these wonderful young producers:  Michael Boyce, Justine Christensen, Adric Cluff, Ruthie Nkut, Morgan St. Onge and Karen Thistle.  The group was led by Nicole Smith, PTD’s Metcalf Foundation Producing Intern.

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