PARC Presents A Series of Online Professional Development Opportunities
A highlight of 2021 was the thrilling success of our professional development series with playwrights Bilal Baig, Yolanda Bonnell, Carmen Aguirre, Sunny Drake and Marcia Johnson.
In 2022, we bring you a new group of fabulous artists:
New Date! April 2 – Makram Ayache – Theatre Creation for Social Change
Makram’s class will focus on the function of theatre creation for social change through the many variables in the process – everything from working with people from marginalized experiences who have never had the chance to play robust and complex characters, to invoking emotional and thoughtful complexity within an audience.
April 9 – Marjorie Chan – On Writing Librettos for Opera
Join librettist Marjorie Chan for a fun, interactive session engaging in the form of contemporary opera. Whether you have always been curious about writing for opera, or want a new way to dive into your existing text writing, this class will include active listening and writing explorations. All are welcome!
April 23 – Donna-Michelle St. Bernard – Accountability in Art: Your Underpants are Going To Show……
or, if you prefer, the truth will out. If our values are revealed in the stories we tell, let us choose to be intentional, accountable and real. I have a few ideas and a heap of questions about how to craft plays we can stand behind. Join me at the junctions of art/activism intent/impact implied/implicated complicit/complicated.
Sessions are free for PARC members, $10 for non-members.
Makram Ayache is a community-engaged writer, actor, director, and producer living between Edmonton and Toronto. His playwriting explores representations of queer Arab voices and aims to bridge interlocking political struggles to the intimate experiences of the people impacted by them. Ayache is the 2020 PGC’s Tom Hendry Award recipient for his play Harun. He has four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards nominations for Harun (2018) and “The Green Line” (2019). In 2020, he worked with several theatre companies including Factory’s Mechanical Actors’ Enhancement Training, the Citadel’s RBC Directing Mentorship Program, Punctuate’s Partizan’s Creators Unit, Prime Mover/Musical Stage Company’s NoteWorthy Program, and Generator Toronto’s Artist Producer Training Program. Most recently, he began a large-scale interdisciplinary project that examines the “mythology of Capitalism” through the Historic Joy Kogawa House Artist-in-Residence program in Vancouver. Next year, he returns to Factory Theatre to continue developing the play through the Foundry Program, with support from Edmonton Fringe Theatre Adventures. He is also a playwright in Alberta Theatre Projects 2021/22 Playwrights Unit. His play The Hooves Belonged to the Deer will be part of Buddies in Bad Times’ Theatre’s audio-drama season in 2022 with director Peter Hinton-Davis. And he is thrilled that his play The Green Line will have its world premiere in Calgary through Downstage Theatre and Chromatic Theatre with director Jenna Rodgers.
Find him at: www.makramayache.com and insta: makramrayache