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.

* All workshops pre-registered only. Bursaries are available, please see details below. If you'd like to pay with something other than credit card, please email us at hello@shifttheatre.ca.


Relearning Responses to Fear, Anxiety & Stress in Performance
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SATURDAY, JAN 13
9AM – 12PM
THE ANNEX, 823 SEYMOUR ST.

Facilitated by visiting artist Andrew Belser, this workshop is open to all and of special interest to performers interested in the truer meaning of “in the moment.” 

In this workshop, Andy offers strategies for dealing with fear so that you can perform with greater skill, power, vulnerability, and nuance. This work has emerged from Andy's research for his upcoming Routledge books - The Performer's Field Guide to Applied Neuroscience.

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Introduction to Fitzmaurice Voicework
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SATURDAY, JAN 13
1 – 4PM
THE ANNEX, 823 SEYMOUR ST.

Facilitated by SHIFTLab artist Lori Triolo, this workshop focused on the art of awareness and presence, is open to all and useful for anyone interested in self-discovery.

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Introduction to Interdisciplinary Open Source Forms
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SUNDAY, JAN 14
10AM – 1PM
THE ANNEX, 823 SEYMOUR ST.

Facilitated by visiting artist Andrew Belser, this embodied exploration is open to anyone looking for increased self-awareness and physical challenge.

Open Source Forms (OSF) offers methods to access depth, specificity, courage, rigour, integration, and freedom in voice and movement.

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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. 

Partial bursaries are awarded based on financial need. In the interest of seeing the funds divided as fairly as possible, and to ensure that they reach those in genuine financial need, we ask that you exercise accuracy and honesty in filling out this form. Bursary applications will be held in complete confidence.

Application does not guarantee assistance.
Awards vary between $25 to $100.