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Completed Workshops

Intro to Playwriting with Anosh Irani

Learn the basic and foundations of Playwriting with Anosh Irani. Anosh will run you through tips for structure, dialogue writing and many other foundational concepts via videos, instructional presentations and journaling exercises. 

Date completed: August 2016

GRANT WRITING 

Everyone needs to write grants whether you like it or not. Is this something that you absolutely hate doing? Is this something you have no idea where to begin? Is this something that bores you?  In this workshop - We get in to the philosiphy and creativity of Grant writing, How to find inspiration in it, How to get better at it and how to get positive results. We will also discuss the specifics of recent funding changes and go over resources for writing better grants, tricks of the trade never found in books and specific links for funding sources and where there is money to be made by applying.  We will take upto 40 participants for this free workshop. $50 to hold your spot. Money non refundable if you do not attend but refunded upon attendance as a reward. 

Date completed: July 2017

Writing workshop with Anosh Irani

During phase 1 of Project SAT Anosh Irani delivered a day-long hands-on workshop as an intro to Playwriting to a group of around 20 Artists of Color. This workshop was a huge success and based on popular demand we brought Anosh's writing workshop back. This brand new workshop was an in-depth workshop in playwriting for phase 2 where Anosh went deeper with Emerging and Established playwrights working on their projects. Anosh taught principles of writing with exercises, video-based examples and also 1-1 work sessions and peer to peer writing exercises.  This weekend-long workshop took up to 8 participants only. They were Amal Rana, Ayush Kathuria, Kassi Cordero, Munish Sharma, Sherry Dugal, Summer Pervez, Veenesh Dubois and Zahida Rahemtulla.  Co-facilitated by Anosh Irani and Rohit Chokhani. 

Dates Completed: September 7 - 9, 2018.

INTRO TO PRODUCING

Learn the ins and out of producing be it your first production or tenth. Learn the fundamentals of producing including Fringe Production, Self Producing, Working with existing companies, Presentations, Development and all that you need to know for your next production.  Facilitated and presented by Rohit Chokhani .

ASL translations were made available upon requests.

Participants included Jasmine Chehil, Landon Krentz , Preeti Dhaliwal, and Gabriela Reynoso 

Dates Completed:  Dec 13, Dec 14 and Dec 15, 2018

 

Location : Cultch Greenhouse

Intro to Directing and Dramaturgy workshop with Jiv Parasram and Rohit Chokhani

Rohit and Jiv will run you through their own culturally conscious practice in this interactive discussion and exercise based workshop. We will discuss the values and principles of various methodologies of Dramaturgy and Directing including Culturally conscious eastern practises such as the Rasa theory. We will direct and work together as a group and undertake certain exercises. We will play and learn! ​

Date completed: August 2016

 

PITCHING 

Learn how to pitch your current theatre project ideas and work to potential partners, presenters, producers and funders. Three well established industry practitioners will run you through an hour long session each on what they look for in a project that they select for three specific phases: Development, Production and Presentation. A facilitator will work with you through out the program to help you prepare a pitch from start to finish. We will end the program with everyone getting an opportunity to pitch in front of class and a few professionals for more feedback. Due to the 1-1 nature of this workshop, Limited Participants will be selected by a selection committee to participate in this program. 2017 participants included Agam Darshi, Zahida Rahemtulla, Sherry Duggal, Jasmine Chehil, Gunjan Kundhal and Sawkshi Sharma. 

Dates: Completed Jul-Aug 2017

NATYASHASTRA

A four-day long creation workshop engaging in a comparative study of Eastern dramaturgy based on Bharata’s Natyashastra (an ancient text on performing arts) and Western theatre forms based on Aristotelian poetics in order to invoke a praxis-based understanding of culturally specific traditions and teachings of the Natyashastra, which is rooted in the rich traditions of India. This work revolved around topics of time, space, dramaturgy, and aesthetics. The process demonstrated an alternate dramaturgy as this ancient text from India is explored, applying its relevance to modern times. Facilitated by Meena Natarajan and Dipankar Mukherjee from Pangea World Theatre - USA. The participants included Jasmine Chehil, Zahida Rahematulla, Chandini Appadurai, Adele Noronha, Rey Noso Gabriela, Ashvini Sunthoram, Jotika Sam, Ayush Kathuria, Mischa Shadloo, and Sherry Duggal.

Dates completed: Nov 22-25, 2018

Building acting skills workshop (Creation Workshop) with Anita Majumdar

Leap into the chaos of theatre creation and storytelling with award-winning actress, choreographer and playwright, Anita Majumdar, who will share her own process and lead you through exercises that will explore your creation process. In this workshop, you will discover the simplicity of creation with Anita and the rest of the participants by creating something together.

Dates completed: August 2016

 

BLOCK SAT Year 1

A series of 6 evening dramaturgical / writing discussion group providing peer to peer learning with an expert facilitator and writer with a purpose to encourage, launch and guide a new generation of South Asian dramaturges and Independent writers/producers. In partnership with PTC - Playwrights Theatre Centre. Facilitators included Rohit Chokhani, Heidi Taylor and Kathleen Flaherty. Special guest presenters included Anita Majumdar, Carmen Aguirre, Eury Chang, Rahul Varma, Gurpreet Sian and Rohit Chokhani. Participants include Munish Sharma, Adele Noronha, Jessie Kaur, Emma Laishram, Jotika S, Arvind Johal and Gurpreet Sian 

 

Dates: Completed Fall 2017

 

BLOCK SAT YEAR 2

A series of 6 evening dramaturgical / writing discussion group providing on peer to peer learning with an expert facilitator and writer with a purpose to encourage, launch and guide a new generation of South Asian dramaturges and Independent writers/producers. In partnership with PTC - Playwrights Theatre Centre. Facilitators included Rohit Chokhani, Heidi Taylor and Kathleen Flaherty. Participants included Jasmine Chehil, Mannu Sandhu, Sangeeta Wylie, Zahida Rahemtulla, Gavan Cheema, Ayush Kathuria and Arno Kamolika. Guest presenters included Rup Sidhu

and Margaret Grenier

 

Dates Completed : Jun 27, July 3, 11, 18, 24 and Aug 1 2018.

MANY MANY MORE...

We want to hear from you. What workshops would you like to see again, What do you want to learn, what is lacking in our South Asian Community? 

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