Canonize This! Lunch-and-Learn Professional Development Series

Canonize This! Lunch-and-Learn Professional Development Series

These hands-on workshops are open to all playwrights and theatre creators, and are designed to encourage networking, strengthen skill sets and re-evaluate the play creation process.  Lunch is provided.

Registration is required as space is limited! Download Registration Form Now. (

Contact the office (416.463.8444) to reserve.

Location: Harlem Restaurant, 67 Richmond Street East, Toronto (at Church St.)
When:       October 21-23, 2009
1-3:00pm (Please be punctual)
Cost:        $10 per lunch or $25 for 3 lunches*
*Includes a ticket to that evenings’ reading

Wed. Oct 21st
Workshop: CopyWrong to CopyRIGHT
Facilitator: Nicolas Billon

Summary: From mash-ups to adaptations and the rich resource of the Public Domain, participants are invited to join the engaging discussion on how Intellectual Property Law and Copyright law directly affects the Artists/creators ability to create freely and make a living.  (Small amount of advanced reading required)

Nicolas Billon’s first play The Elephant Song opened at Stratford’s Studio Theatre. That winter, Nicolas became the first playwright to attend Stratford’s Birmingham Conservatory. Stratford also produced Nicolas’ second play, The Measure of Love, in 2005. Nicolas was also a member of the inaugural Soulpepper Theatre Academy where he created a new version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, worked as the production dramaturge for Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera and William Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life, and co-created BLiNK with the other eight members of the Academy.
Nicolas is currently a member of the 2009 Tarragon Playwrights Unit, where he is working on a new play, Smuggling Buddha. His adaptation of Molière’s The Sicilian premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival in July 2009, followed by a new work, Greenland, at the Summerworks Festival in August.

Wed Oct 21st
Workshop: Going to Market: Who you are and why I should care
Facilitator: Jules Bedeau

Summary: Like it or not, we are all products of our surroundings. Understanding who is around us is one of the first steps in knowing your market.  This highly anticipated workshop offers insight into creating networks of support, self-promo, and how to maximize the potential of an idea to create a marketing plan that works for you.

Jules Bedeau is the owner/Operations Manager of the Urban Recreation Association, the Once Upon a Roti Workshop Series and Toronto’s Blue Devil Mass.

Thurs. Oct 22nd:
Workshop: Busy Bees (Cross-media pollination /Idea Generation)
Facilitator: Erika Batdorf

Summary: An exploration of Erika Batdorf’s creation model and story generation ideas.

Erika Batdorf has written, created, performed, directed and choreographed original movement theatre since 1983. Currently she teaches at York University in Toronto.

Fri. Oct 23rd
Workshop: Word Architects
Facilitator: Joanna Falck

Summary: Know the rules before breaking them: An introduction to the ins and outs of Three Act Structure.

Joanna Falck is the Literary Manager at the Shaw Festival, where she manages all aspects of new play development. She edited the first publication of Githa Sowerby’s long lost 1924 play The Step- mother, produced at Shaw in 2008. She has also worked with playwrights from across Canada.

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