Workshop Weekend

Jan. 13 & 14, 2018  |  The Annex  |  823 Seymour St

SHIFT welcomes our first Visiting Artist, Penn State University Laureate Andrew Belser, and our SHIFTLab Artist, international actor, coach & teacher Lori Triolo.

Thanks to all attendees who joined us!


About Andrew Belser

Andrew Belser is a Professor of movement, voice and acting in the MFA Performance program at Penn State University. He was the founding Artistic Director of The Gravity Project, a professional theatre company, international performance research center, and new work incubator. Belser’s teaching and professional directing career has centered on movement forms, voice/breath work, interdisciplinary theatre approaches, and solo work. He has directed over 75 theatre productions and maintains an active schedule of tutorials, master classes, and workshops guiding professional actors toward deeper work through an innovative synthesis of: movement, breath, and voice work; attention to seeing, spatial perception, and aligning performance with situated cognition; and sourcing work from active energy centers.


About Lori Triolo

Lori Triolo has been an actor, director, coach, teacher and mentor for over 20 years. She has worked on stages and film sets from NYC to Vancouver. She has produced and starred in many critically acclaimed live theatre productions including, Bug (Jessie Award nomination), The Motherfucker With The Hat (Jessie Award nomination), Rapture, Blister, Burn, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball (Jessie Award nomination), Twelfth Night, Italian American Reconciliation, Where’s Money, Miss Julie. Guest and lead TV credits include Blackstone, Fringe, Supernatural, Smallville. Lori was granted permission from The Neighborhood Playhouse to teach The Meisner Technique and has done so for the past 23 years in her private studio as well as conservatories and university programs across North America. She is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and the recipient of the WIFTV Leadership in Education Award. Lori strives to help bring her students closer to their truth by giving them the tools to connect to their physical, vocal and emotional instincts.


Bursaries made possible by community grants; resources are limited. 

SHIFT is honoured to offer several bursaries during Workshop Weekend to support creative and personal development for artists at all levels of practice. Thank you and congratulations to those who applied by January 8!