Past Workshops



Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale – Examining Shakespeare for Performance
November 22 and 23 2014 


Stephen Drover trained as an actor at Memorial University’s Sir Wilfred
Grenfell College. For two years he was an Associate Director for
Theatre Newfoundland Labrador (Romeo & Juliet, Of the Fields Lately, East O’ the Sun & West O’ the Moon) and later taught at the Neptune Theatre School in Halifax. 

At UBC he received an MFA in Directing (The Creation – thesis production). Since then he regularly returns to Memorial as a visiting assistant professor/director (The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, Hamlet) and has assistant directed at the Stratford Festival (King John). For Pound of Flesh Theatre he adapted and directed The Bond and Macbeth. He directed The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, a co-pro between PFT and Pacific Theatre and co-wrote and directed “A Parable” for Caravan Farm Theatre’s production of Everyone.
Other favourite directing credits include PolitiKo (Ghost River Theatre, Calgary); Orphans (Wink Theatre, Vancouver); Skydive (Realwheels) for which he won a Jessie Richardson Award, Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Guild Theatre, Whitehorse)and The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Carousel Theatre). He is the recipient of the 2007 Ray Michael Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director.
Stephen is Artistic Director of Pound of Flesh and Rumble Theatre Companies. He also sits on Studio 58’s advisory council and is a regular teacher/adjudicator for Theatre BC.

Stephen Drover is a frequent and a favourite instructor for Orphan Project’s Workshops and has given workshops in Directing, Acting, Performance Space and Shakespeare’s Language – revealing the secrets of the text and how to interpret it.  
For these two days Stephen will lead us through an examination of the Winter’s Tale bringing us to a clear reading and understanding of the play, scenes, language, the structure of the play and its characters.
This work will be specific to the production planned for Emerald Pig’s Bard on the Bandstand 2015 production of
Winter’s Tale – A Fairytale for a Summer’s Eve.
Saturday November 22 and Sunday November 23

Cost: Expect Theatre members and Emerald Pig members:$50 ; TBC members:$60 ; non-members: $75

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or pay for class directly


Comedy with Jay Brazeau 
October 24, 25 & 26 2014
Jay Brazeau
Jay was born in Manitoba Canada and has had an extensive career on Stage in Film and in Television his credits include movies: BEST IN SHOW , INSOMNIA  and DOUBLE JEAPARDY. Television appearances in WEST WING, STARGATE ATLANTIS and DEAD LIKE ME. 
And stage performances in HAIRSPRAY, WIZARD OF OZ and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. 

This will be the second workshop Jay has done for us and we are looking forward to a FUN time. Jay will select scenes to be worked by the
actors registered in the workshop. This will be 3 days of intensive work with Jay nuancing performances and just plain having a great time.

Friday October 24 7pm – 10pm
Saturday October 25 10 – 4pm
Sunday October 26 10 – 4pm

and an after workshop “get together” to just hang-out and share ideas with Jay.

To register click on the “APPLICATION FORM” link to the right of this page.
for more information:
COST: Expect Theatre members: $100; Theatre BC members: $120; non-members: $150

auditing fee: $50



Stage Combat
with Jessica Nottell

April 21 2013 Sunday 12am – 4pm

Join us in this Stage Fight workshop. We will be working with broadswords and staves and discovering the basics of fight safety. This workshop will also be used as a basis for training cast and fighters for upcoming production of Macbeth for Bard on the Bandstand in Maple Ridge. No past experience is necessary and anyone interested in stage combat is welcome.
Pitt Meadows Recreation Centre.
COST: Stage 43 and TBC members $15;   
             non-members $45

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February 11 2013 10 am – 1pm
Christopher’s Gaze:
How do we make theatre essential?
with Christopher Gaze
Join us for this special morning with Christopher Gaze. For these three hours Christopher will share his insights with Community Theatre Enthusiasts as to how we reach out to the public and make theatre a necessity.
Participants will be asked to prepare their questions in advance upon registration. These questions will be forwarded to Christopher to address during the morning’s forum.
After the Forum a lunch will be provided.
Join us for this unique opportunity to meet and discuss Community Theatre with this icon of the Vancouver Theatre Scene!
January 19th 2013 10am-6pm
with Dean
Paul Gibson

Join us for
this unique journey through the manners and mode of Restoration Comedy. This
will be an actor’s workshop with actors working scenes from The Beaux Stratagem
by George Farquhar.

Auditors are

To register please

Stage 43 members: $50; Theatre BC members:
$50; non-members: $70. Auditing: $20

November 10 2012 Saturday 10 – 6 pm

Shakespeare in Performance – Explore Macbeth

with Stephen Drover

This workshop will explore Macbeth from the perspective of performance examining the roots of the play through its language, historic references and imagery.
A limited group of actors will work with Stephen through speeches and scenework to discover the layout of the play – why is this speech here? What purpose does this scene have to the rest of the play?
Auditing of this workshop is welcome.
Register/ Email to:
COST: Stage 43 members: $50; Theatre BC members: $50; non-members: $70. Auditing: $20


Saturday September 29th 10am-4pm and

Sunday September 30th 10 am – 3pm 2012

Solo Show Intensive Level II
Writer/Performer Workshop
with Nicolle Nattrass

Location: 5000 North Fraser Way
Burnaby BC V5J 5M3

Level II is for you, you are a writer/performer who has started your one person show and would benefit from some writing coaching and writing time?

Come spend this weekend, engaged in writing exercises and get a review of the essential elements of what makes a great solo show!Recharge your passion, help solidify your ideas and bring you you will have an opportunity to write and bring you closer to your goal of completion. 

This workshop will be a safe, fun and creative working weekend which will involve sharing your material in a group and/or working in partners, receiving feedback in the form of dramaturgical guidance and direction to further shape and expand your solo show.TO APPLY: EMAIL a sample of writing (minimum 2 pages) of your solo show, with a short description of your show, ie. comedy/drama, dance, stand up etc and how you would like to develop it further.
NOTE: * This is so I can read your work and prepare specific writing exercises that will assist you and your solo show during the weekend intensive

Led by Jessie nominated actress and playwright (Playwrights Guild of Canada). For more information about Nicolle, visit or visit to view her profile.
Feedback from Solo Show Weekend Intensive I
“Beyond – Fabulous!! Spectacular & helpful!” “Nicole is engaging, dynamic and thorough”
“Very useful, applicable information. Excellent perspective”
“…lots of gold in this workshop.”
How could we improve this workshop?
“Do it more often.”
COST: Stage 43 members: $100; Theatre BC members: $120; non-members: $150


AUG 5 10 – 4pm AUG 6 10 – 5pm 2012
The Actor’s POV
An Acting intensive with Bob Frazer
Grab this opportunity to work with one of the most exciting talents on the stage today.
How do you tell the truth on stage? How can an actor fall so deeply into a role that they just seem to be that character? How do you clearly tell the whole story or journey of the character? It’s a lot easier than you think and this workshop will highlight the tools you already have that can help you succeed on stage like never before. Using some of Sanford Meisner’s teachings about acting, this workshop will provide the actor with the confidence and joy to accomplish what every actor wants, truth on stage. It will focus on the basics of acting which the participants will use to forget about performing and realize they are living as that character. Through highly positive and inspiring work you will walk away feeling like you could take on any role and have always had the ability to do it. Working from “A Streetcar Named Desire” you will perform and rehearse scenes from the play putting together a large part of the play. A familiarity with the script is essential.
COST: Stage 43 members: $100; Theatre BC members: $120; non-members: $150 Auditors: Cost Stage 43 members and Theatre BC members: $50; non members: $75


March 16,17 & 18 2012

The Comic Role

Actor’s Workshop
with Jay Brazeau.

Scene work anyone? One actor + one actor = comedy.
Join us a Jay puts this team of actors through their paces.This Unique Weekend Comedy Intensive will give you an opportunity to tune your comic gift with a gifted actor of comic genius.

Come out and learn from this generous and gifted theatre professional.
Auditing spaces available contact:
Actors please supply resume and headshot…something funny (can be a joke)…and an idea of what kind of comedy you wish to work on. Two person scenes will be supplied and assigned by Jay.
COST: Stage 43 members: $100; Theatre BC members: $120; non-members: $150
Auditors: Cost : $20 (this will give you a Stage 43 membership so that you can join us for our other courses at the member price)


The Director Prepares
Director’s Workshop
with Stephen Heatley
This intensive Director’s workshop will span two weekends and focus on the the Director’s preparation of Canadian Playwright: George F Walker’s Play “Problem Child”.
Working along with a cast of actors all the participants will examine how the Director mines the script for creative clues and production information, and how s/he works with actors creatively to achieve the most imaginative and theatrical production possible.
This play is being produced at UBC this season where Stephen is a faculty member. Our work will have the benefit of insights from this production and his almost forty years of experience as a professional in Canadian Theatre.
We welcome actors wishing to join this workshop.
COST: Stage 43 members and Theatre BC members: $60; other participants: $75 (this fee includes actors and directors).
Location: Evergreen Cultural Centre – Coquitlam

January 21 2011 9 am – 5pm

Performance Space – A Directing Workshop.

with Stephen Drover

This workshop will explore the physical relationship between performer and audience and how different arrangements of the playing space can help communicate a play. Stephen Drover will take the participants through a kaleidoscope of orientations the director can use in shaping the playing field, including – but not limited to – proscenium, thrust, alley, pageant and theatre-in-the-round.
During the workshop we will be looking at the plays of Shakespeare, John Patrick Shanley, Kevin Kerr and David Mamet as well as others. We welcome actors wishing to join this workshop to participate in the scenes as worked.

Stage 43 members and Theatre BC members: $75; non members: $100
Saturday Nov.26 11am-4pm and Sunday Nov.27 11am -3pm, 2011
Solo Show Weekend Intensive
with Nicolle Nattrass

Write and perform your own one person show 

This weekend intensive will provide the essentials of what it takes to create, perform and produce a one person show. We will explore the fundamental elements of a solo show, structure and theory, as well as providing practical writing exercises to generate material, to build stakes in your writing and create dynamic characters. Bring pen, paper and ideas as this will be a working space to discover and generate material.

Led by Jessie nominated actress & playwright, Nicolle Nattrass . 

COST: Stage 43 members: $100; Theatre BC members: $120; non-members: $150

Good Talking – the courage to push for Truth.
December 3rd 10 – 5 pm
Directors’ Workshop with Stephen Drover
This one day workshop offers the director an opportunity to work a prepared scene with guidance and feedback from one of the most exiciting directors in the country. Scenes have been previously assigned.
Those who wish to audit are welcome to observe and participate in this Master Class. $20.
Stage 43 members $50 other participants $60 (this fee includes actors and directors).
October 16 2011- 11am – 6 pm
Bringing it – the Actor’s Role in Rehearsal
Actors’ Workshop
with Dean Paul Gibson

One extraordinary play, Seven extraordinary characters, one extraordinary mentor, one unique experience. Seven hours in which to explore “the actor’s role in rehearsal”.
During these 7 intensive hours join us and become a company of actors exploring Hedda Gabler – A Play by Henrik Ibsen
Our guide Dean Paul Gibson.

The participants will take on one of the roles in the play. The Roles will be limited to two actors per role.

Those who wish to audit are welcome to observe and participate in this Master Class.
Participants’ Cost: Stage 43 members: $75; Theatre BC members: $80; non members; $100.Auditors: Cost Stage 43 members: $50; Theatre BC members: $60; non members $70