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Theatre Master Class

A groundbreaking theatre education series, now streaming on-demand through our website.
Produced by Theatre by the Bay

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Watch the trailer and first episodes of each classes for free above.
Use the video navigator at the top left side of the screen to select the different chapters. 

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This year, Theatre by the Bay is providing a groundbreaking series of theatre education programs for theatre artists of all experience levels. Featuring some of the biggest names in the Canadian theatre industry, Theatre by the Bay is proud to present: The Theatre Master Class series.

The Theatre Master Class Series will bring you six unique video programs - streamed through our website - right to your home. You'll get to hear from highly successful theatre artists and receive top-of-the-line knowledge from our instructors. All six programs will begin streaming through our website this June.

Want to get a taste of each class before you buy? We've made the first chapters of each class available for free. Check out the video player above to watch the first episodes and decide which classes you'd like to purchase!

Scholarship & gifting options available.

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Scholarship Options Available

To ensure accessibility for equity-seeking community members or those in financial difficulty, Theatre by the Bay is offering Theatre Master Class Scholarships. Recipients will be able to access the course(s) of their choosing and have their learning subsidized in the process.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please fill out this form and a member of our team will be in touch with next steps.

If you are interested in supporting theatre education, you can purchase a class as a scholarship and directly contribute to the growth and learning of a theatre artist. Please purchase a class of your choosing and follow the instructions for scholarships on the checkout page.

Gifting Options Available

You can also offer one or multiple Theatre Master Classes as gifts! Give a loved one the opportunity to learn from some of the best in Canadian theatre. It’s a perfect birthday or holiday present! To purchase a class as a gift, please select your class(es) and follow the instructions at checkout.

Production Team

  • Director & Editor - Khaleel Gandhi
  • Producer - Iain Moggach
  • Education and Creation Coordinator - Leah Holder
  • Associate Producer - Rochelle Reynolds
  • Assistant Director & Camera Operator - Thomas Stubbington
  • Camera Operator & Photographer - Alexander Ciprian
  • Sound Mixer - Connory Ballantyne
  • Production Assistant - Gill Webster

Available Classes

Directing for the Stage
Instructor: Philip Akin
Running Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes

A director is a student of human nature. That’s been one of Philip Akin’s guiding principles in his decades-long, award-winning career as an actor and theatre director. From learning what to look for in a script to the importance of opening night rituals, learn how Philip approaches his craft, challenging his actors to elevate their work to new levels.

Wholistic Design
Instructor: Lorenzo Savoini
Running Time: 2 hours, 55 minutes

The role of a designer in theatre is not one of an architect or a carpenter, it’s one of a poet. Multi-Dora award-winning designer Lorenzo Savoini has learned through his years of work that design must be in constant conversation with the many other elements of a theatrical production. Learn how Lorenzo approaches his work as he shares his design process, investigates case studies, shares best practises, and most importantly, gives you the tools to start becoming a theatre poet yourself.

Intimacy in Performance
Instructor: Siobhan Richardson
Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Accomplished actor, fight director and intimacy director Siobhan Richardson has played an instrumental role in raising awareness of the importance of intimacy direction in theatre spaces. Now, she’s sharing her expertise in the field of introductory intimacy coordination in this Theatre Master Class. Learn how to approach basic scenes of intimacy through lectures, demonstrations and a comprehensive scene workshop.

Instructors: Brian Quirt and Joanna Falck
Running Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes

What do dramaturgs even do? Two of Canada’s leading dramaturgs set out to answer these questions and de-mystify the discipline. In this Theatre Master Class, Brian and Joanna will explore the history of dramaturgy, outline how to work with a playwright on a new script, and give you the tools to support the play development process. Dramaturgy happens, whether you’re aware of it or not – and Brian and Joanna will teach you how to harness it’s use to strengthen the play.

Producing for the Stage
Instructor: Michelle Yagi
Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

It’s hard to nail down a specific definition for what a producer does, since their role is often so wide in scope. But international producer and arts manager Michelle Yagi has found that there are three fundamental skills that every producer should know about in the performing arts field. From creating a budget to crafting thorough agreements, learn how Michelle approaches the art of producing.

Managing Productions
Instructor: Paul Fujimoto-Pihl
Running Time: 2 hours

To an audience, the production manager’s impact on a theatre performance is largely invisible, but behind the scenes is an entirely different story. Paul explores his experiences managing a wide range of different performance art productions, offers advice on leading technical teams, and breaks down the nitty-gritty details of scheduling and budgeting. He’ll teach you how you can succeed at managing a production so effectively that it looks like it runs itself.

The Theatre Master Class Series has been produced with support from The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The City of Barrie, and Theatre by the Bay's generous members, sponsors and donors.

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