MarchLAB is a series of theatre creation workshops led by by OtM artists. 

As one of the companies at the forefront of the immersive theatre movement, Outside the March regularly seeks out opportunities to lead seminars and workshops about this growing discipline. Recent workshops have covered topics such as web design, playwriting, directing and producing for site-specific theatre. 

Please contact us if you would like to discuss booking an Outside the March workshop for your arts organization, conference or educational program.


Intro to Immersive Theatre Creation

Led by Rosamund Small

100% of workshop fees go directly to the Encampment Support Network.

IN PERSON 2-DAY WORKSHOP OR ONLINE CRASH-COURSE!

IN PERSON OPTION – 2 full days of in person learning, including on-your-feet exercises, and workshopping your own immersive ideas! – Available for minimum donation of $150 
Saturday September 11 & Sunday September 12, 10am-5pm 

OR 

ONLINE OPTION – A crash-course mini version of the workshop is available on ZOOM!
For a Donation OF $50 – Monday September 13 6pm-9:30pm

To sign up email Rosamund@outsidethemarch.ca with subject line: ESN workshop.
You’ll be directed how to donate to secure your spot. 

FAQ

WHAT IS THE ENCAMPMENT SUPPORT NETWORK?  A Toronto-based grassroots, ad hoc group of neighbours who support unhoused persons in our city’s parks. To learn more about their work visit https://www.encampmentsupportnetwork.com/.  We have consciously chosen to have this workshop about theatre-in-found-spaces benefit a group that challenges us to think politically and intentionally about public space and the land we all share. Pls note: ESN is not a registered charity and cannot issue tax receipts for donations. 

WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR? Artists of ‘all levels’ who are completely new to immersive theatre creation, or have tried it once or twice and would like to take your practice further!  (We are unable to accommodate those under age 18 at this time). 

WHO IS ROSAMUND SMALL? Rosamund is a Dora-Award winning playwright of OtM’s Vitals and TomorrowLove, as well as the creator or co-creator of several other smaller immersive works. She is OtM’s Artistic Associate, a playwriting professor at George Brown College, and her other theatre writing include Sisters at Soulpepper and Orpheus Alive with the National Ballet of Canada (choreographed by Rob Binet). In TV land, Rosamund has written for CBC’s Kim’s Convenience, Strays, and TallBoyz. She has done some directing and is learning more and more all the time. She believes everyone deserves a dignified home and is proud to support Toronto Encampments and other movements that recognize housing as a human right.

WHAT DOES THIS WORKSHOP COVER? Basics of: Immersive Theatre Script Creation, including multi-narrative arcs, casting the audience, etc., as well as thinking creatively about space, the basics of immersive producing (how is it different?), safety, accessibility, and more. Each in-person participant will create a basic premise for their own immersive theatre idea (or, take your current idea further!). 

WHERE IS THE IN-PERSON VERSION? The Outside the March office, 258 Wallace Ave Unit 202, Toronto, ON M6P 3M9 

WHAT’S THE COVID DEAL? The in-person workshop will take place outdoors and indoors, distanced and limited to a maximum of 15 distanced people (masks required indoors). 

HOW DO I SIGN UP? To sign up email Rosamund@outsidethemarch.ca with subject line: “ESN workshop in person” or “ESN workshop online” . You’ll be directed how to donate to secure your spot. 

QUESTIONS? Email Rosamund@outsidethemarch.ca

SHOULD I GO IN PERSON OR ONLINE? Up to you! In person will cover more, and is much longer and more in depth. However, the online version will give you and overview of a lot of immersive theatre tools. 

CAN I TAKE BOTH THE IN PERSON AND ONLINE WORKSHOPS? They will cover a lot of the same stuff, so that might be boring for you.


The Immersive Theatre Tool Kit

Led by Rosamund Small and Mitchell Cushman

Interested in creating an Immersive Theatre project, but not sure where to start? Dream big, think bold, and get started with a two-part workshop designed to take your ideas into active creation and planning mode.  

Part 1: Writing Immersive Theatre

This workshop will focus on how to think in a 3D, environmental way while you craft your narrative.  Build your immersive storytelling skills, and consider how an immersive form can serve your story.  Multiple storylines?  Alternate endings?  Site-inspired?  Participatory?  One-on-one?  Verbatim? Musical?  Were taking it all on!

Part 2: Directing, Producing, and More

Part 2 will focus on how to take your idea from page to the stage to the world!  Topics covered include: finding the perfect venue and harnessing its secrets, guiding the audience through the work, different models of immersive rehearsal practice, budgeting for your immersive project, and tools for grappling with the logistics of time and space!

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