As far as Jackie Maxwell is concerned, there is never only one way to tell a story. Jackie’s five-day Masterclass will explore and share a variety of storytelling modes. Participants will have the chance to enrich, clarify, build surprise and connect to their own specific theatre piece.
With each participant bringing an in-progress or eventual theatre piece, this workshop will be a series of dialogues and conversations led by Jackie Maxwell. Jackie will also be choosing a text that all directors will read and discuss as a common point of reference in storytelling possibilities.
Jackie Maxwell is one of Canada's most celebrated directors, dramaturges and theater builders. Her work as a director has covered 19th and 20th Century Theatre Classics; the dramaturgy and ultimate direction of new works in both English and French; large-scale and chamber musicals; and Canadian, American and European Contemporary Drama. Her most recent directorial and dramaturgical project, Erin Shields' "Paradise Lost" is currently a runaway hit at the Stratford Festival.
Each participant will bring a theatre piece they are currently working on (or hoping to work on); this workshop will be a series of dialogues and conversations led by Jackie Maxwell. Jackie will also be choosing a text that all directors will read and discuss as a common point of reference in re-storytelling possibilities.
Who should register?
This workshop is designed for five emerging directors with at least three completed projects under their belts.
Each director should have a project/play that is upcoming or is soon to be pitched; this will be their contribution to the workshop.
- Directors who want to apply need to have at least three completed projects under their belts
- A CV and a one page project description as mentioned above
Date : Monday, October 22nd, to Friday, October 26th, from 10am to 5pm
Venue : National Theatre School, St-Denis Campus
Registration deadline: October 8th
Jackie Maxwell is a director and dramaturge (born 1956 in Belfast, Northern Ireland). She is a forceful and influential figure in contemporary Canadian theatre. Maxwell's extensive list of directed productions include William Inge's Picnic (2001), Saint Joan (2007), Chekhov's Three Sisters (2003), Marc Michel Bouchard's The Coronation Voyage (2003) and Githa Sowerby's Rutherford and Son (2004), Brief Encounters (2009), Jay Turvey/Paul Sportelli musical Maria Severa (2011). Artistic Director from 1987 to 1995 at the Factory Theatre, where she developed and produced early works by now prominent Canadian playwrights such as George Walker, Michel Marc Bouchard, Sharon Pollock, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and Michel Garneau.
From 2002 to 2016, she was the Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival, where she has directed over twenty productions and gradually "elasticized" the mandate of the Shaw Festival to include more works by women and Canadian playwrights. Jackie Maxwell has been a dramaturge and teacher at the Banff Centre for the Arts, York University, George Brown College, Queen’s University, and the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. For eight years she has been a Guest Artist/Lecturer at the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto.