Workman Arts offers high-calibre art courses in Media Arts, Literary Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts delivered by Workman Arts members and other working arts professionals. Our programs support artists to reach their creative and professional goals through art training, professional development, and presentation opportunities and by providing support through peer-to-peer interaction and community. All courses are free to members.

Winter 2024 registration will open Thursday, January 4th at 12PM and registration will close on Tuesday, January 16th at 11:59 PM.

This term classes will be held both remotely and in person at Workman Arts. Please carefully read each course description to check if a class will be online, at WA's CAMH location (1025 Queen Street West), or at WA's Offsite (Artscape) studio (180 Shaw Street).

*Please note that masking is mandatory for all in person classes. If you are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition, please let the Education Manager know. A signed medical note will be required for an exemption.

FOR MORE INFORMATION,
PLEASE CONTACT:
Hanan Hazime
Education Manager
416-583-4339, Ext 3
Hanan_Hazime@workmanarts.com
FOR THE MEMBER WRITING SUPPORT PROGRAM PLEASE SCROLL DOWN

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Only Workman Arts members are able to register for training programs or artists affiliated with courses created with community partners. For more information on how to become a member, please click here.

Members may take up to 2 courses as well as workshops and drop-in classes.

If you are unsure about your current membership status, please contact Raine before registration begins at raine_laurenteugene@workmanarts.com.

Courses that do not count towards maximum registered courses include:

  • Arts Appreciation
  • Professional Writing Assistance
  • Improv
  • Media Lab Assistance

Step by step instructions for registering online:

Click here for the video.

Registration Instructions PDF.

Please contact Hanan if you have any registration issues.

Courses are selected from a pool of applications though a careful assessment process by a jury comprised of Workman Arts staff, including the Education Manager.  Member feedback (including feedback from surveys and town halls), as well as WA’s mandate, vision, and commitment to DEIA inform the selection process.

Please note that whether a course is offered in-person or online is not determined by Workman Arts; it is determined by each individual instructor in accordance with their availability and access needs.

Workman Arts strives to meet the needs and expectations of our members where possible in terms of our course offerings and types. Please bear in mind that certain factors such as instructor availability, logistical accessibility, demand, funding, and unforeseen circumstances can impact if a course is able to be delivered the following term and not due to a single factor.

MEMBER SUPPORT

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Professional Writing Assistance

Do you need help developing your professional writing skills for your arts practice? Work 1-on-1 with a writing instructor on artist statements, CVs, grant applications, residency applications etc. 50 minute sessions are offered every Monday. Writing is an iterative process that develops over the course of multiple drafts. Your project may require more than one meeting. However, please refrain from booking multiple sessions until we have discussed our work plan together.Also, please note that for the time being, writing assistance is not being offered in-person. Once you book, you will receive a google meet invite. If you would prefer to meet over the phone, please book a time, then email the address below to let me know. For more information, or assistance booking, please feel free to contact me at workman.arts.writing@gmail.com

Paula John (she/her) is an artist and a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Theatre & Performance Studies at York University. She teaches art, writing, and critical theory in various community and university settings.

These sessions are only available to Workman Arts Members. If you are interested in membership please contact Membership and Hospital Program Manager, Raine Laurent-Eugène by email (raine_laurenteugene@workmanarts.com) or by phone (416-583-4339 ext. 9).

To sign up for a writing assistance session, please follow this link:

WINTER 2024 COURSE CATALOGUE

Music & Songwriting for Film, Television, & Theatre
Music & Songwriting for Film, Television, & Theatre

Tasneem Nanji

In this course we will write music that is specific to film, television, and theatre. That piece of visual Art or Media is something that the participants will choose for themselves to score. Each participant will stretch their musical talents and learn how to write music specifically for something thats already been created visually. In both courses the objective is to find these stories within the film, tv or theatre clip, we want to tell and put them to song. By the end of each 6 weeks each member will share their work that they’ve created. It is important that participants have some working knowledge of music and songwriting when signing up for this class and that they also have a way to create music either by singing, working with an instrument or a computer.

For this course it is important that if you are going to use your voice you also have access to a musical instrument that can accompany you as you dive into creating a soundtrack to Film, Theatre, and TV.

- Voice

- Instrument

- Computer or Phone with a program like garage band or pro tools

- Notebook and a writing tool to not down your ideas.

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Tasneem is a Multi-Disciplinary bi-lingual English and French speaking Artist with roots

in East Africa. They have a focus on acting, writing, music and directing. Musically, their

alternative sound is a consequence of a multi cultural upbringing. A graduate of New York University Tasneem has appeared as an actor on AMC & TruTV. Tasneem has participated in CBS Diversity Sketch Showcase as a writer and in the OutFest InFusion NBC/Universal emerging filmmakers program. Tasneem wrote, directed, produced,

composed the music to and starred in their film September 10th about 2 Queer Canadian Muslims the night before 9-11 which received an Explore & Create Grant from Canada Council for The Arts. The film premiered at the Inside Out Film Festival 2023 in Toronto. Tasneem has been a music mentor with a focus on women and non binary

Artists for Artscape , Project Humanity, and Unité desArts. You can hear their music on Logo Channel, Amazon On Demand, and the films September 10th India Sweets & Spices. Tasneem seeks to create work write music and tell stories that amplify their unique voice and experience.

NO CLASS: Feb 19
Monday
4PM - 6PM
ONLINE
Feb 5 - Mar 18
Funding Sources for Writers and Artists: Grants, Royalties and More
Funding Sources for Writers and Artists: Grants, Royalties and More

Kelly Rose Pflug-Back

In this six week course, we will cover the groundwork needed to find and apply for various types of funding for writers and visual artists. Participants will learn how to locate different kinds of grants and bursaries, understand application requirements, and prepare application materials. We will also discuss how to receive royalty payments for previously published works.

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Kelly is a writer and textile artist living in Toronto.

Wednesday
12PM - 2PM
ONLINE
Feb 7 - Mar 13
Arts Appreciation
Arts Appreciation

Teyama Alkamli

ARTS APPRECIATION IS BACK!

Sign up and get the scoop on free tickets to plays, concerts, exhibitions, and more around Toronto. *Limited spots available.

*Most events have a limited number of spots and not all those who register will be guaranteed a spot. When tickets for events become available, we will contact members who have registered for Arts Appreciation. Tickets will be distributed through a lottery system.

Once an event has reached capacity, we may have a wait-list. For events with a wait list, participants are also chosen through a lottery system.

You will receive a confirmation email directly from the Education Coordinator, Teyama, indicating whether you have been granted a ticket or placed on the wait-list.

For more information, please contact Teyama at teyama_alkamli@workmanarts.com

10AM - 6PM
EMAIL LIST
Jan 16 - Mar 27
Surrealist Art Methodology
Surrealist Art Methodology

Dana McCool

This course is an enchanting exploration of the Surrealist art movement and its diverse methodologies. Throughout the journey, engage in discussions, communal art creation, and discover essential principles as guiding beacons, all while uncovering the rich history of the movement and its many techniques.

Discover the intricate fusion of materiality, objects, and assemblage, crafting visions from found objects!... Shift your focus to surrealist painting, drawing, and mark-making, where hands-on activities foster exploration of the subconscious mind and generate unique artworks.

Uncover the secrets of symbolism and metaphor through creative writing warm-ups, transforming personal experiences into meaningful symbols. Explore the potency of creative writing and text-based methodology within Surrealism, integrating various techniques into your artistic expressions.

As a grand finale, embark on an "Exquisite Corpse" interactive workshop — a creative odyssey where collaborative collage making reveals hidden contributions and synchronicities.

Throughout the course, objectives include exploring the history and techniques of Surrealism, developing proficiency in collage methodologies and foundational art principles, mastering the fusion of materiality, objects, and assemblage, as well as cultivating skills in surrealist painting, drawing, and mark-making. By understanding and applying symbolism and metaphor in creative expression, we will also harness the power of creative writing and text-based methodologies in Surrealist art.

This is an immersive experience where each session builds upon the last, nurturing creativity, self-expression, and a profound understanding of Surrealist Art Methodology. Open to all skill levels, the possibilities are endless!

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MATERIALS

1. 5-20 magazines / print materials set aside to source images / fragments of images ---- these can be selected randomly, intentionally, or a combination thereof. Students are encouraged to bring ANY and all inspirational 2D print material to appropriate. This may include photographs, textiles or other materials. There are no conceptual limitations.

2. glue stick(s) &/OR white glue

3. Scissors &/OR Exacto knife

4. Any coloured drawing &/OR painting media --- pencil crayons, pastels, or water colours are all excellent choices. Students are given the freedom to decide what coloured media they prefer.

5. Students will be asked to source at least one 3 dimensional "found object" --- to be used in three dimensional "assemblage" art making. Object(s) can be sourced from every day life or elsewhere, with no conceptual limitations whatsoever.

6. Paper and writing instrument(s) (pen or pencil)

7. Watercolour paper, cardstock paper or other appropriate support(s). Students can work on anything from paper to wooden canvas, depending on the context and dimensions of their chosen project(s).

8. At least one, black or coloured ink. (any kind, preferably water soluble). Students can substitute with watercolour if desired.

9. Imagination....

Students can work in additional or alternative media and medium(s) of choice, in addition to this list of suggestions for the foundations of the course. For instance, students may choose to work with digital art platforms.

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Dana McCool is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and writer. Using symbolism, colour harmonies and figurative imagery, her artwork opens gateways into the inner dimensions of the Self and the ineffable. With a background in philosophy, she is interested in contemplations about the human condition.

Current subjects of interest include ongoing experiential research in energy medicine modalities, somatic bodywork and meditation, as well as several western and eastern healing traditions. Dana is presently working towards integrating her extensive background in peer advocacy & activism with her unique range of interests & creative skill set.

Dana is a graduate of OCAD University, with a further academic background in religious studies and sociology.

Tuesday
12PM - 2PM
ONLINE
Feb 6 - Mar 12
Ink & Insight: Crafting Stories of Social Justice, Addictions, & Mental Health
Ink & Insight: Crafting Stories of Social Justice, Addictions, & Mental Health

Carlos Anthony

Unlock the power of words to drive positive change and inspire healing in the world. In masterclass, "Ink and Insight," participants will embark on a transformative journey that delves into the intricate realms of social justice, addiction, and mental health narratives.

Course Objectives:

Master the Art of Storytelling: Learn the fundamental elements of writing, including narrative perspectives, character development, plot and setting creation, and personal writing styles.

Addressing Social Justice: Explore the complexities of social justice issues and acquire the tools to craft compelling narratives that shed light on underrepresented voices and important social challenges.

Navigating Addiction Narratives: Gain insights into addiction narratives, their impact on individuals and communities, and learn how to create authentic and empathetic portrayals of addiction experiences.

Fostering Mental Health Awareness: Develop a deep understanding of mental health challenges and how to write stories that reduce stigma, increase understanding, and promote mental health wellness.

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Carlos Anthony is a multi-talented screenwriter, producer, and novelist who addresses the historically silenced experiences of Black men. With a background in Advertising & Marketing, he learned effective communication and storytelling. Through diverse work experiences, he empathized with individuals from various backgrounds, observing the impact of factors like education, class, culture, and immigration status on masculinity. As a survivor of loss, abuse, and addiction, Carlos draws from his personal struggles, using art as a healing tool to break generational curses. He lives in Windsor, Ontario with his family and is involved in various initiatives, including directing operations at the Windsor Black International Film Festival and co-founding the Millennial X filmmaking program. Carlos' creative work spans web series, short films, best-selling novels, essays, and viral short story series, exploring themes such as Black adolescence, fatherhood, relationships, addiction, and more

Tuesday
2PM - 4PM
ONLINE
Feb 6 - Mar 12
First Person Doc
First Person Doc

Roberto Santaguida

The personal documentary film course will provide participants with a comprehensive knowledge of the mechanics involved in producing a personal documentary. The attendees will learn the basics of this type of filmmaking through the process of actually making a short film. In order to realize their projects, participants will be taught how to develop their own unique conceptual approach.

Exercises, lectures, demonstrations, and screenings will be a mainstay of the course. With past participants, we found the cinematic equivalent for their ideas, their stories or for the topics with which they were concerned, without fear or shame in the dignity of their language, experience and knowledge.

Intermediate skill level recommended.

Since completing his studies in film production at Concordia University, Roberto Santaguida’s films and videos have been shown at more than 400 international festivals. He has also taken part in artist residencies in numerous countries, including Iran, Romania, Germany, Norway, and Australia. Roberto is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award, the Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany.

Tuesday
4PM - 6PM
ONLINE
Feb 6 - Mar 12
Watercolour Wander
Watercolour Wander

Sylvie Stojanovski

Learn the basics of watercolour painting and build your own unique style! In the first part of the program, participants will explore a wide range of different watercolour techniques (including: wash, wet into wet, and drybrush), and try a variety of different approaches to composition development and design. In the second part of the program, participants will further refine their technical skills and devise a body of work in their own unique style. Participants will come away with their very own colour wheels, swatches, and technique reference sheets, as well as a beautiful collection of paintings to add to their portfolios.

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Sylvie Stojanovski is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who is passionate about exploring eco-conscious approaches to art-making. A recent graduate of the University of Toronto Scarborough's Arts Management program, and a current MA student in Art Education at Concordia University, since 2016, Sylvie has designed and delivered over 100 different “art-ivations”—interactive art installations and workshops across Canada that invite people to see the earth as an extension of themselves. Her multi-faceted practice involves hiking, urban foraging, pigment-making, painting, mural-making, free-writing, and collage.

As the co-founder of the hyperlocal artist collectives, Scarbrite and Roots To Bloom, Sylvie also supports emerging creatives in building their capacity to work with natural materials and mobilize art for social change. Previous clients include: Scarborough Arts, StreetARToronto, Mural Routes, Park People, Youth Challenge International, and the International Centre of Art for Social Change.

NO CLASS: Mar 13
Wednesday
2PM - 4PM
CAMH
Feb 14 - Mar 27
Beading, Quilling, and Embroidery
Beading, Quilling, and Embroidery

Cai Bell-Jerome

This course explores a diverse world of creative textile art. It encompasses beading, quilling and embroidery. Students will explore these materials and methods in a very casual welcoming way. You will be taught the skills and given free reign on what type of projects you engage in. This course is designed to impart practical skills, design, confidence and community.

This course will be run similarly to a beading circle. We will bead,quill,embroider and chat. Great for beginners of all walks of life.

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Cai Bell-Jerome is a non-binary artist hailing from a quaint Ontario town, weaves the tapestry of their creative journey through an intricate blend of natures beauty, color and a community. With a diverse portfolio spanning from painting, pottery and murals. Cai's passion is creating community using any art medium and participating in lateral knowledge exchange.

Wednesday
6PM - 8PM
CAMH
Feb 14 - Mar 20
Media Lab Assistance
Media Lab Assistance

Starting January 12th | Fridays | 12PM -5PM

Looking for assistance with using the Media Lab? Book a one-on-one mentorship session with Media Lab Mentor Don Vaillancourt (They/Them)

They can assist you with the creation of music, video editing, digitizing artwork, and creating an online presence through website design, social media, digital portfolios and building a brand.

Limited spaces are available. For more information or assistance booking, please contact Don at donvaillancourtworkmanarts@gmail.com

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Although classically trained in piano, drums, percussion and oil painting, Don is primarily a self-taught sound designer, music producer and multi-media artist.

Friday
12PM - 5PM
CAMH
Jan 1
Podcasting Studio
Podcasting Studio

Violette Craig Innes

Podcasting Studio caters to storytellers of all levels, immersing them in the world of grassroots audio podcasting. Participants acquire essential skills, honing their abilities in scripting, recording, editing, and publishing captivating audio content. With a focus on resourcefulness, the course optimizes minimal tech and free apps while demystifying intricate audio technology.

In addition to technical expertise, the program enriches participants with storytelling best practices tailored for podcasting and sharpens their interviewing skills. Industry experts share insights via guest lectures, enhancing participants' grasp of the podcasting landscape. The course also explores innovative avenues, integrating artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT to enhance scriptwriting and copy creation for podcasts.

Interactive sessions unfold in a dynamic virtual environment, employing Zoom as a live recording studio. This unique setup fosters active engagement, allowing everyone to contribute to in-class podcast recordings. By nurturing a hands-on approach and encouraging creativity, Podcasting Studio shapes a community of proficient podcasters. Armed with knowledge and confidence, participants are well-equipped to navigate the ever-evolving realm of audio storytelling.

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course materials list:

**For Phone and Tablet Users (Minimum Requirements):**

Participants using phones and tablets need to have a voice memo app installed on their devices. Additionally, they should sign up for a free subscription to a podcast hosting platform such as Spreaker or Podbean. These tools will serve as the foundation for creating podcasts on portable devices, ensuring a seamless podcasting experience.

**For PC and Mac Users:**

PC and Mac users are required to have Audacity, a versatile audio editing software, installed on their computers. Audacity provides essential editing capabilities and is user-friendly, making it an ideal choice for beginners and intermediate users.

**For More Advanced Users (Optional, but Recommended):**

Participants who are more experienced or wish to explore advanced podcasting techniques can consider using digital audio workstations (DAWs) like Garageband, Audition, Logic, or Protools. These multitrack DAWs offer extensive features, enabling users to create complex and professional-quality podcasts.

**Accessories (Optional and Discussed in Class):**

Throughout the course, accessories like handheld digital audio recorders, headphones, microphones, USB interfaces, etc., will be discussed. While these accessories enhance the podcasting experience, they are not mandatory for completing class assignments. The emphasis will be on understanding their utility and integration, allowing participants to make informed choices based on their podcasting goals and budget.

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**Violette Craig Innes (formerly known as Craig W. Riddock)** is a seasoned multimedia artist and educator passionate about the intersection of arts and technology. With a rich background in audio podcasting, graphic design, and multimedia arts, they bring over two decades of experience to the realm of creative education. As a dedicated Arts Instructor at Workman Arts CAMH and a seasoned Associate Producer at CBC Music, they have not only honed their craft in podcasting but also empowered countless individuals with their knowledge. Their innovative teaching methods and deep industry insights make their podcasting courses engaging and transformative. Violette is committed to nurturing the next generation of storytellers, guiding them through the exciting world of podcast production. Join their courses to unleash your creative potential and embark on a journey into the dynamic universe of audio storytelling.

Thursday
12PM - 2PM
ONLINE
Feb 8 - Mar 14
Inhabiting Poems: Closed Reading and Imitation
Inhabiting Poems: Closed Reading and Imitation

Robert Colgate

In this course we will step into one poem each week and stay there longer than we normally would, longer than is natural or comfortable. We will read it aloud, read it many times, read it in individual stanzas and lines. We will wander through its forest in circles until we start to recognize the trees. We will look at it with attention to language, sound, structure, narrative, form, and imagination.

After this close reading, poets will leave class and write their own poem imitating and responding to the poem we focused on in class. Poets will spend the week between classes gently haunted by what we read, letting it seep into their bodyminds until it comes back out in new from through their pens.

By the end of the course, participants will have internalized the voices of several other poets and learned to transcribe those patterns onto their own poetic voices. Participants will have developed a new way of attending to poems— and, by extension, with language in its broader forms. They will know how to read poems closely. They will know how to use these readings to inform and elevate their own writing.

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Rob Colgate (he/she/they) is a disabled, bakla, Filipino-American poet from Evanston, IL. He edits for POETRY Magazine as a reader and Foglifter Journal as assistant poetry editor. A Pushcart nominee, his work appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, American Poetry Review, Poets.org, Arc, Sewanee Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, and Adroit, among others; his writing has received support from MacDowell, Fulbright, the Kenyon Review, and Tin House. He holds a degree in psychology from Yale University and an MFA in poetry and critical disability studies from the New Writers Project at UT Austin. Currently, he teaches at Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Disability Studies and serves as poet-in-residence at Tangled Art + Disability.

Thursday
6PM - 8PM
ONLINE
Feb 22 - Mar 28
Improv Explorations
Improv Explorations

KC Cooper

An easy going, low stress, fun Improv workshop for all! This online Course is designed for learning and pleasure, with flexibility at its core.

Improv foundations will be explored in a care free, safe and enjoyable manner, developing skills such as trust, listening, working and laughing together. Exercises and Games are great for beginners or those with improv experience and aim to help access our joyful silly sides, learn to let go and live in the moment.

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KC Cooper has been a significant part of Workman Arts Improv for more than 11 years; both as a student and facilitator.

In the last 5 years, KC has completed Improv, acting and voice work classes at numerous organizations: Second City Training Centre ( including Improv levels 1 to 5); Social Capital Theatre; Play with Fire Improv and Camp Zip Zap ( a weekend Improv camp this past summer).

KC has also participated in various performances, including Improv shows with her Workman Arts and Second City classmates. She’s also been quite active in many Performance Arts endeavours and shows.

Friday
12PM - 2PM
ONLINE
Feb 9 - Mar 15
Inner Rhythm, Outer Space
Inner Rhythm, Outer Space

Jennifer Laiwint

"Inner Rhythm, Outer Space" is an experimental workshop that brings together sound, visual art, writing and movement in a playful and process-oriented way.

The course forges creative connections between physical rhythms (heartbeats, breathing patterns, etc.), musical vibrations and the pulse of our imaginations. Using deep and embodied listening as a point of entry into creative translation, participants will have the opportunity to try new forms of artmaking and nurture their unique, artistic voice and vision.

Artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience in beat-making, drawing, writing and movement are encouraged to participate. The objective of the class is to find pleasure in playing with new disciplines, learn the art of creative translation and share inner visions in a connective, rhythmic and supportive outer space.

In this workshop, amateurism is highly valued, mistakes are generative and uncertainty opens up space for limitless possibility.

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Jennifer Laiwint (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist and DJ, who works across the disciplines of video, text, photography, and performance. Jennifer’s practice takes a research and process oriented approach to explore the links between self-improvement culture, loneliness and social performance. Jennifer investigates what draws people into programs that offer promises of transformation and how our attempts towards self-actualization can be translated into movement, video and text. Her current work uses dance and electronic music to explore the connection between physical rhythms and personal transformation. She has developed work at the Banff Centre, NARS Foundation, Toronto Dance Theatre, The DOC Institute and Duplex. She has presented in galleries and festivals such as the plumb, The Art Gallery of Mississauga, SummerWorks and Western Front. Jennifer is on the Board of Directors at Pleasure Dome and is currently an MFA candidate in the department of Film at York University.

Friday
2PM - 4PM
OFFSITE (180 Shaw Street)
Feb 16 - Mar 22
Intermediate Needle Felting- Low Relief Fiber Sculpture
Intermediate Needle Felting- Low Relief Fiber Sculpture

Kat Singer

Over the course of three weekly two hour sessions, participants will render an image of their choosing as a low-relief fiber sculpture.

In the first class we will be creating your composition in core wool. In the second class we will be building up raised features, accentuating the peaks and valleys, and adding color. In the third class we will be adding more texture and color using thread, beads, and fabric.

Please only sign up for the class if you are sure you can attend all three dates. Note that preparatory work and homework will be necessary to keep up with the class. Previous experience with needle felting is required.

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Kat Singer is a multidisciplinary artist, facilitator, activist, and mental health practitioner based in Toronto. Through learning felting, and teaching it to others, Kat has found that it is an amazing way to soothe the nervous system and induce a relaxed, mindful state. They are eager to share their love for this ancient, beautiful, wellbeing-enhancing process with workshop participants.

Friday
6PM - 8PM
OFFSITE (180 Shaw Street)
Feb 16 - Mar 1
Reimagining Madness through Reenactment
Reimagining Madness through Reenactment

Co-facilitated by Same As Sister (S.A.S.)/Briana Brown-Tipley + Hilary Brown-Istrefi and Rachel da Silveira Gorman

This intensive is open to BIPOC participants with a lived experience of madness/mental illness. No prior dance or choreographic training is required, only a committed interest in learning more about practices rooted in these disciplines.

Selected participants must be available to attend all four (4) sessions due to the intimate subject matter and discussion being shared. An active listener will be present throughout the intensive. Writing and other creative research materials will be provided, in addition to snacks and beverages during break periods.

"Reimagining Madness through Reenactment" is an exploratory choreographic intensive co-facilitated by interdisciplinary performance collective Same As Sister and disability arts advisor Rachel da Silveira Gorman to introduce participants to their shared research on the deconstruction and reimagining of representations of race and madness from popular cinema and television. Inspired by their new work-in-progress, "Upstairs, In Our Bedroom", and ongoing fascination with reenactment as an experimental form of performative storytelling, they will guide participants through the creation of an episodic portrayal of madness referencing personal, historical and/or invented experiences. Curated source materials including film/tv and text excerpts, images, and costumes and props will be provided to assist with this process. Participants should come prepared to engage in a series of structured and improvised movement and journaling exercises, as well as mediated group discussions and sharings.

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Led by twin choreographers Hilary Brown-Istrefi + Briana Brown-Tipley, Same As Sister (S.A.S.) is a NYC and Toronto-based performance collective celebrating 10 years of collaborative and interdisciplinary storytelling. Their commissions have been presented internationally at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (Toronto); Base: Experimental Arts + Space (Seattle); Archaeological Museum of Messenia (Greece); Danspace Project (NYC); Centre d'Art Marnay Art Centre (France); BRIC Arts Media (NYC); and New York Live Arts (NYC), among other venues. S.A.S. is currently a commissioned resident artist of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) and Dancemakers’ Guest Curator Programming to support the research and development of “Upstairs, In Our Bedroom”, slated to premiere in 2025. Dance/Choreography Awards: TAPA 2022 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominee for Outstanding Production, "This is NOT a Remount"; Jerome Foundation 2021-22 & 2019-20 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship Alternate & Finalist; FCA 2022 & 2017 Emergency Grantee; QCA/QAF 2020 New Work Grantee; NYSCA/NYFA 2019 Artist Fellowship Recipient.

Rachel da Silveira Gorman is an interdisciplinary scholar, choreographer, and curator working across fine arts, humanities, and sciences. Gorman’s current projects focus on disability data justice, AI bias, and machine learning; dance and VR; biochemical mechanisms of health inequity; and aesthetic ideologies of disability and race. Gorman has created 20 dance-theatre, site-specific, and screendance productions, ten of which have been remounted or rescreened at festivals. Critic Paula Citron called Waking the Living “a disturbing and riveting reality check,” and Passing Dark a “melancholy journey… of intense sadness.” Gorman served on the editorial committee of Fuse Magazine, and on the curatorial committee at A Space Gallery, where they curated a cycle of four exhibitions on political grieving. Gorman’s writings on ideologies of disability and race have appeared in American Quarterly, thirdspace, and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. They hold a PhD from the University of Toronto and an MFA from York University.

Saturday & Sunday
1PM - 5PM
CAMH
Feb 10 - 18