Expect Theatre’s Digital Classroom

FREE Workshops for Emerging Writers

Keep your skills sharp this fall with FIVE exciting workshops spanning music theatre, TV writing, writing jumpstarts, grant writing, and more! All offered remotely, and free of charge. Participants may select more than one workshop. Registration is required.

Sept 30, 2020 – THANK YOU FOR THE RESPONSE! Due to an overwhelming interest in our workshops, we are now at capacity for both registrants and waiting list. Please keep a look out for further workshops from Expect!

Workshop Descriptions, Dates, and Times:

PLAY CREATION JUMPSTART with Marjorie Chan (Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille)

COVID curtailing your creativity? Looking to tap into new explorations? Boost your process or find new methods of working through with this active, exploratory writing workshop. You will be led through a series of exercises meant to unpack, release and focus.

(Playwright, Director, and Dramaturg; Creator with Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, the Stratford Festival)
SATURDAY OCTOBER 10 11am-12:15pm

You deserve to get paid for your work. Whether you’re writing a play by yourself, workshopping it digitally with your collective, or planning on mounting a production when theatres once again open their doors, there are ways to finance a project without relying on your own money or the unpredictability of ticket sales. In this workshop, Aaron Jan will lead you through the basics of grant writing, as well as walk you through various streams of funding and the strategies he uses to win them. He will discuss grants he’s been awarded at the OAC, TAC and CCA level, common pitfalls of applying for grants, and his experiences on the other side as a theatre projects juror. I believe in fearlessness with money. Get that money. Get paid. You deserve it.

HOW TO TURN AN IDEA INTO A 3 DIMENSIONAL STORY with Andrea Scott (Controlled Damage, Every Day She Rose)
SATURDAY OCTOBER 10 – 12:30-2pm

You have an idea for a play. Great! Where do you go from there? In this 90 minute session, Andrea Scott will guide you through her process for taking your ideas to the next step.

SMALL SCREEN, BIG STAGE: A CRASH COURSE IN TV WRITING FOR PLAYWRIGHTS with Chloé Hung (Three Women of Swatow, All Our Yesterdays)

So you’re a playwright who loves TV but you’ve never written for TV and you want to but you don’t know where to start. Look no further! In 90 minutes, we’ll talk about how your playwriting skills can translate to a TV writers’ room, how to think of a season of TV, the ins and outs of being in a writers’ room, and writing pilots.

WRITING FOR MUSIC THEATRE with Beau Dixon (Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore – Stratford Festival; Hamlet – Tarragon Theatre; Ghost Quartet – Crows Theatre)

Actor, Musician, Playwright, and Multi-Instrumentalist Beau Dixon will lead you through his process for creating his award-winning, solo chamber musical Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story; and guide you to create your own. You’ll go through brainstorming, identifying moments for song, and writing song lyrics.

While some writing experience is an asset, it is not required. Participants must reside in the GTA.

Expect Theatre is committed to lifting up and amplifying marginalized voices. If you are an emerging BIPOC writer or identify as a marginalized artistic voice, we welcome you to indicate this in your email.