Industry Session Series

The Citadel's Industry Session Series is an opportunity for artists to learn from the industry’s top voices at home and across the globe. The series will feature an internationally renowned theatre-maker leading a session on a topic they are passionate about – sharing their expertise and opening a window to their work. Join us online for instruction, questions, exercises, conversation, and more!

Sessions are at 1:00pm MT on Mondays, run 75-90 minutes, and are all FREE! Registration will be required to reserve a spot, limited to the first 250 respondents. 

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Manifesting Performance

Monday, July 13, 2020 at 1:00pm MT

Acting is not about making art, acting is about digging holes in hopes that the art may have somewhere to pool. Here's a shovel.  Daniel MacIvor believes that performance is not generated by an actor reaching outside themselves, rather the energy of performance already exists within us. The journey to character is not about building up it is about letting go. It is not about becoming other than who we are, it is about fully becoming ourselves. In Manifesting Performance MacIvor attempts to demystify the actor's craft by facing our ego and embracing our weakness.   

90 minutes (60 minutes of instruction with 30 minutes open Q&A at the end).
Live Closed Captioning and ASL available. (INTERPRETERS: Alicia Ponciano and Diane Deandrade).

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The Politics and Poetry of Queer Theatre
with Evalyn Parry & Tawiah Ben m’carthy

Monday, July 20, 2020 at 1:00pm MT

Join Evalyn Parry (award-winning Artistic Director of the largest and longest running LGBTQ theatre company in the world: Buddies in Bad Times) and Tawiah Ben M’Carthy (an award winning queer actor/playwright/creator/director) for a discussion about their practices of developing, promoting, and preserving queer stories and perspectives for the stage.

90 minutes (60 minutes of instruction with 30 minutes open Q&A at the end). Live Closed Captioning available.

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THEATRE MACHINE (an introspection into the concept of writing for the international stage)

Monday, July 27, 2020 at 1:00pm MT

Who is a "global playwright," and why you shouldn’t only write plays: an introduction to the idea of making machines out of words, and bringing them to life by blowing a bit of human soul into it. Join us for Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s wild story of touring his plays (NASSIM, White Rabbit Red Rabbit) for over 10+ years in more than 50 countries and 30 languages, alongside vital tips and tricks one might learn living their life on the road for hundreds of days.

90 minutes (60 minutes of instruction with 30 minutes open Q&A at the end). Live Closed Captioning available.

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Daniel MacIvor

Daniel is originally from Cape Breton and currently divides his time between Toronto and Nova Scotia.  For twenty years Daniel ran da da kamera an international touring company that brought his work extensively through Canada and the US and to Israel, Norway, Holland, Australia and throughout the UK. With Daniel Brooks he created the solo shows HouseHere Lies HenryMonsterCul-de-sacThis Is What Happens Next, and Who Killed Spalding Gray?.  Daniel received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his collection of plays, I Still Love You. Daniel was awarded the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre. He is also the recipient of an Obie Award and a GLAAD Award for his play, In On It. Daniel is currently touring and performing in his play New Magic Valley Fun Town and his solo Let's Run Away. Also a screenwriter Daniel has written the films Marion Bridge, Wilby Wonderful, Trigger, and Weirdos for which he won a Canadian Screen Award for best original screenplay. With Marcie Januska, Daniel runs reWork Productions; developing new theatre and film.

Evalyn Parry

Evalyn Parry is the artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. An award-winning, queer feminist theatre-maker and poly-formal performance adventurer, she is committed to theatre that creates a space for challenging conversations, personal and social transformation. Recent productions as creator/performer include Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools (Edinburgh International Festival, Cervantino Festival Mexico, winner of Dora Award for Outstanding New Play and Music/Sound Composition, co-created by Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Erin Brubacher, Elysha Poirier with Cris Derksen); Gertrude and Alice (nominated for a 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award, co-created with Anna Chatteron and Karin Randoja); and SPIN (a musical exploration of the feminist history of the bicycle). Recent directing credits include Buddies’ acclaimed, queer inter-generational production The Youth/Elders Project, Obaaberima by Tawiah M’Carthy (Dora Award for Outstanding Production), and Mine by Jenna Harris. She is the recipient of the KM Hunter Award for Theatre, the Ken McDougall Award for Directing, and the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award.

Tawiah Ben M'Carthy

Tawiah M’Carthy is a Ghanaian born, Toronto based Theatre artist; playwright, actor, director, curator and facilitator. Tawiah draws from multiple cultural theatre practices, often intersecting his African and Black Canadian identities. Tawiah trained at York University (BFA Acting Conservatory Program). His playwright/performer credits include ​Obaaberima ​(Buddies in Bad Theatre, 2013 Dora Award winner for Best Production); ​Black ​​Boy ​(SagaCollectif); and MaaNomaa ​(Blue Bird Theatre Collective). He is currently the Metcalf Artistic Director Intern at Canadian Stage and the Programing Curator for the 2020 ​Festival of Ideas and Creation​. Tawiah has worked with arts organizations across the country, including Obsidian Theatre, Shaw Festival Theatre, Stratford Festival Theatre, Factory Theatre, The NAC, The Cultch, and Buddies in Bad Times. Tawiah is a Dora Nominated Playwright and Performer.

Nassim Soleimanpour

Nassim Soleimanpour is an Iranian playwright, theatre maker and the Artistic Director of Nassim Soleimanpour Productions. His plays have been translated into more than 30 languages and performed in over 50 countries. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Written to travel the world when he couldn’t, this work was awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award, and The Arches Brick Award as well as being nominated for Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award. White Rabbit Red Rabbit had a hugely successful 9 month Off-Broadway run. Nassim’s second play Blind Hamlet commissioned by Actors Touring Company premiered at The LIFT 2014. His third play BLANK premiered in 2015 simultaneously in Amsterdam, Utrecht and London and so far has been performed globally. His most recent play, NASSIM, produced by the Bush Theatre in London was premiered in 2017 and won Fringe First Award followed by more than 300 shows in 12 languages across the world. NASSIM had a fantastic 5 month Off-Broadway run casting celebrated American actors and artists. NASSIM won the 2019 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience. His recent play, Down by the Creek, was published by New York Times as part of America 2024. He’s currently working on a new play for the audiobook platform Audible.