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Stage to Page / Page to Stage – a pair of workshops on graphic design & adaptation for theatre

We’re thrilled to invite you to join us at the beautiful Red Clay Art Farm for a weekend of two paired workshops on graphic design for theatre and adaptation for the stage, led by illustrator/designer Colleen MacIsaac and award-winning playwright Dan Bray. The workshops run from 6pm on Friday, August 4th, to 6pm Sunday, August 6th, and mixes these two unique angles on theatre with beach time, beautiful scenery, and a relaxing retreat.

From the Stage to the Page: Graphic Design for Theatre

Oftentimes an audience’s first interaction with a play will be through its poster. How do we as theatre artists make sure that this crucial first point-of-contact is something that represents the play in an appropriate, intriguing, and enticing way? Award-winning multi-disciplinary artist Colleen MacIsaac has designed posters for many local companies including Zuppa Theatre Co, secret theatre, LunaSea, 2b theatre company, DaPoPo, as well as many of her own productions. She will examine poster creation from the perspective of a director trying to find a common language with a graphic designer, offering insight on how to approach that relationship in a way that will allow for the director’s vision to clearly resonate in the design. She will also speak to theatre-makers interested in creating their own posters, providing design tips and secrets for amateur and emerging designers in their own right.

From the Page to the Stage: Adapting Texts for Performance

As a Merritt-nominated playwright with a specialty in producing new versions of early-modern texts, Dan Bray will introduce a new generation of directors and story-tellers to his unique adaptation process. This process will involve reading an existing Renaissance text while isolating key themes, exploring surprising character combinations, and considering/observing/protecting the verse. This workshop is perfectly suited for any artist interested in literary adaptation and/or developing classical works for small casts.

Whether you’re an established or emerging artist, a student, or simply have an interest in how shows are put together, you’re welcome to participate. Stuck for transportation? Let us know and we can help arrange carpools. The cost is $120, including food, materials, and two nights of accommodation. Space is limited, so we encourage you to reserve a spot with a $35 deposit.

To sign up or ask any questions, please e-mail hello@villainstheatre.comYou might also want to check out Red Clay’s other summer workshops, plus their wonderful White Rabbit Arts Festival happening August 19th-20th.