Women's Collective Creation Intensive

May 2017, in Kensington Hall, Pencil Kit Productions hosted its first peer-led workshop-- a collective creation intensive for women. Over the course of seven days, participants worked in teams to generate their own work exploring the theme of "Toronto" using devised theatre techniques. The workshop, which was facilitated by Laura Hayes, Sydney Herauf and Claren Grosz, culminated in the presentation of their piece I Open My Door and Toronto Says at our Spring Showcase. 

The goals of the program are to:

  • connect emerging theatre artists with each other, fostering an environment of support rather than competition
  • provide an opportunity to learn new skills and challenge the artists’ current practice.
  • develop a creative language that will allow artists to generate and produce their own work
  • improve confident communication skills

Stay tuned for upcoming workshop dates.

Toronto professionals come in to talk to participants. From left to right: Mel Hague, Victoria Urquhart, Andrea Donaldson, Nina Lee Aquino, Karen Knox and Facilitaror Claren Grosz. (Photo: Samantha Polzin)

Toronto professionals come in to talk to participants. From left to right: Mel Hague, Victoria Urquhart, Andrea Donaldson, Nina Lee Aquino, Karen Knox and Facilitaror Claren Grosz. (Photo: Samantha Polzin)

Participant Alia Ettienne Delivers a poignant monologue (Photo: Samantha Polzin)

Participant Alia Ettienne Delivers a poignant monologue (Photo: Samantha Polzin)

Participant Ariana Marquis as Saint Toronto the good. (Photo: Sydney Herauf)

Participant Ariana Marquis as Saint Toronto the good. (Photo: Sydney Herauf)

The women capture Toronto gridlock, including transit-goers, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. (Photo: Samantha Polzin)

The women capture Toronto gridlock, including transit-goers, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. (Photo: Samantha Polzin)