Stage directing workshop in Abbotsford

Dr. Lloyd Arnett will lead Gallery 7 Theatre and Performing Arts Society's final workshop of the season - Directing for the Stage.

Dr. Lloyd Arnett will lead Gallery 7 Theatre and Performing Arts Society's final workshop of the season - Directing for the Stage.

Gallery 7 Theatre and Performing Arts Society hosts its final workshop of the season – Directing for the Stage –  this week.

With this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore both basic and advanced skills in directing.

Topics to be discussed include research processes, text analysis, collaborating with actors and designers, developing a rehearsal schedule, implementing effective rehearsal techniques and generally transforming ideas in to reality.

“This is a great workshop for those working in church, school and community theatre settings,” explains Ken Hildebrandt, the company’s artistic director. “Even actors will benefit by exploring the playmaking process from a completely different perspective.”

Leading the all-day workshop is theatre director, producer, actor and professor, Dr. Lloyd Arnett. A Christian-humanist scholar and theatre artist, Arnett is a native of West Virginia, U.S.A.  He has been on the faculty of Trinity Western University Theatre in Langley since 1991.

In 20 years at TWU he has produced over 130 shows, directed 40, designed sets for 22 and written 13. Most recently, he directed Jeffrey Hatcher’s Scotland Road, his own work, Angels, the musical Cotton Patch Gospel, Molière’s Tartuffe, David Auburn’s Proof, Halo by Canadian dramatist Josh Macdonald and Larry Shue’s The Foreigner.

Directing for the Stage runs Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It costs $65 per person and includes the workshop, a snack, bottled water and a light lunch. It will be held at the MEI Theatre, 4081 Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford. Space is limited so people are encouraged to register early. To register for the course, call 604-504-5940 or  visit <a href=”http://www.gallery7theatre.com” target=”_blank”>www.gallery7theatre.com</a>.