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The York Region Arts Council is a non-profit, charitable umbrella organization that serves to advance, promote, represent and connect the arts community across the region.

Theatre Ontario's Summer Theatre Intensive

24 May 2019

AUGUST 4 TO 9, 2019
Exploring and Learning Together!

This year we head to the East side of our province to beautiful Kingston Ontario! Our courses will be held at historic Queen’s University and will include a week of incredible training opportunities for you to explore something new or boost your skills. We have the opportunity to keep all courses, the accommodations and all meals on the premises and we are taking full advantage of the wonderful, modern facilities Queen’s has to offer.

"I have learned things both tangible and intangible that I know will influence my future work in a positive way. I benefitted from being able to hear feedback ... and so too the chance to discuss and react to what my colleagues are working on. It's a rare privilege and I'm very grateful for the experience." - 2018 Summer Theatre Participant


For 2019, we are offering the following courses:
Fundamentals of Acting, with Rosanna Saracino
Devised Theatre for Intersectional Artists, with Sabah Haque
Playing with Commedia Dell'Arte, with Catriona Leger
Directions on Directing: An Introductory Look at Directing, with Andrew Lamb
Digging into Directing, with Lezlie Wade
Exploring the Art of Adaptation, with Rosamund Small - CANCELLED
Music Direction for Community and Regional Theatre, with Scott White


  • Check in at your accommodations between 3:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday
  • Welcome party on Sunday at 5:30pm, followed by a meet and greet with your instructor and classmates
  • Catered meals daily for lunch and dinner including vegetarian fare
  • Class and assignments throughout the week will follow your instructor’s schedule, with at least thirty hours of in-class instruction
  • Evenings will be made up of class assignments, a live play reading, and a trip to Thousand Islands Playhouse to take in a show
  • Courses finish: Friday at 12pm, with a closing luncheon to follow


Summer Theatre Intensive features Playwright-in-Person play readings from a Canadian playwright.
Our 2019 Playwright will be announced soon!


Queen's University
99 University Avenue
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6

Creative Writing 101 by Shadowpath

13 May 2019

Go ahead, make a scene.

A writing workshop for adults interested in learning the basics of theatrical writing. Starting with a focus on character creation, dialogue and structure, participants will explore their dramatic edge in both partner and solo work.

Using prompts, creativity exercises and images, each writer will work to create an original short scene and grow their innovative storytelling toolbox.

Sunday, May 26, 2019
Hilltop Place, Richmond Hill

Shadowpath Presents Readings in the Woods

13 May 2019

Read a role or just take a stroll through nature, immersed in a site-specific playreading by Shadowpath!

Starting indoors with introductions and a synopsis of the play, the group will travel on a light and easy trail through Kortright's conservation area, making two stops to hear a short scene.
At the sugar shack, enjoy maple syrup samples and then head back indoors for wine and cheese tastings during the final scene.
An innovative way to combine nature and theatre, making the most of some of York Region's most beautiful landscapes.
Interested in reading a small role? Let us know! We want to share in the creative process with you, integrating professional performers and the everyday arts enthusiast.

The Wildflower Retreat - A One Act Play in three scenes
by alex karolyi


Keith and Carman are organizing their first trail hike (rated EASY) through the Kortright Centre. They have with them a group full of keen adventurers - some slightly more enthusiastic than others. As Keith and Carman lead the team through the woods, they come upon a sugar shack, all the while, taking in the scenery and shenanigans along the way.

This al fresco playreading combines nature and theatre, concluding with an indoor wine and cheese sampling to enjoy the final scene of the night.

Scene one - at the picnic benches
Scene two - at the sugar shack
Scene three - inside wine and cheese


Narrator - reads synopsis, some stage directions, sets up each scene
Retreat Leaders - Keith and Carman - happy-hippy vibe duo, first time leading a retreat, want to be the best but ready to run if things don't work out the way they planned

Retreat participants:
Joy and Ronald - Ronald calls it like it is and has been married for too long to Joy who tries to keep things light-hearted and fun but feels she always has to cover for Ronald's outbursts)
Tami and Terri - fraternal twins
Sonny and Katherine - expecting their first child, Katherine is 9 months pregnant and fiercly independant and Sonny is scared, very scared.
Lana and Amanda - proud lesbians - one more so than the other
Wilfred or Willa - Wildflower expert extraordinaire
Albert or Alberta - Wedding crasher, finds out too late, this is not a wedding

PARKING - Free on site

APPAREL - Comfy hike-appropriate shoes yet wine and cheese sophisticated :)

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

395 Mulock Drive,
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 4Y9

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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