The Villain’s Workshops

This April, the Villain’s Theatre presents a unique pair of workshops on graphic design and text adaptation: STAGE to PAGE and PAGE to STAGE.

Stage to Page: Graphic Design & Theatre
Instructor: Colleen MacIsaac
Friday April 14, 10am-5pm (note: this is Good Friday)
Many times 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, and DaPoPo Theatre. 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 designer in their own right.

Page to Stage: Adapting Renaissance Plays
Instructor: Dan Bray
Saturday April 15, 10am-5pm
As a Merritt-nominated playwright with a specialty in producing new versions of early-modern texts, Dan 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.

Sign up for one or both – workshops are free, but pre-registration is required as space is very limited – email to register

These workshops are made possible thanks to support from the Fountain School of Performing Arts Fountain Endowment Grant program, and the Arts and Performance Exchange.