C.P.G. Director's Workshop
Date: November 3, 2023 - December 10, 2023
Time: 12:00 am
Location: The Guildhall
45530 Spadina, Chilliwack BC
Price: Adults: $125 CPG member. $150 non member
Students and Seniors:

The workshop will focus on examining the major artistic components of a production and the role of the Director and Actor in the context of a production.  Theatre is a wonderful collaboration between the two.

The Director creates a vision for the play, interprets the script and determines the style of the play, the theme of the story, the pace of the play and then uses the design to enhance those elements.  The Actor finds a character within the framework the Director has set and builds a background and creates a character consistent with the vision.

The workshop will focus on the Director’s role in the process but will be of interest to actor’s who wish to delve deeper into the theatrical process as well.

The topic areas covered will be:

  • History of Direction
  • The roles of Director, Producer, Stage Managers, Designer
  • Play Selection
  • Script Analysis and Prep
  • Design Considerations
  • Auditions
  • Rehearsals
  • Blocking / Tempo
  • Character Development
  • Challenging Scenes (Intimacy or violence)
  • Hell Week

The Workshop will be highly interactive, and participants will be tasked with developing a concept for a play and casting and directing a scene from the play they’ve chosen. 


November 3                6:30 – 9:30 PM           Guildhall

November 4                10:00 AM – 4:00 PM   Guildhall

November 5 – 9         Interval assignment (Play analysis)

November 10              6:30 – 9:30 PM           Guildhall

November 11              1:00 – 4:00 PM           Guildhall

November 12 – December 8           Interval assignment (Scene Prep)

December 9                12:00 – 6:00 PM         Guildhall (Scene Dress Rehearsals)

7:00 – 10:00 PM         Performance of Scenes for invited audience

December 10              10:00 AM – 2:00 PM   Feedback Session

Cost:    $125.00 for Guild Members           $150.00 for Non-members

 IMPORTANT NOTE: Please pre-register at workshops@playersguild.ca

                                                 Payments can be paid by e-transfers at transfer@playersguild.ca

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Janet Carroll 

A long time Players Guild Member, Janet has been active in community theatre since the early 80’s as a performer, director and playwright.  Janet has appeared in dozens of Guild plays (most recently Calendar Girls and The Book of Will) and has directed in a variety of genres.  Janet has won regional and provincial awards for both performing (Agnes of God) and directing (Proof). An educator by profession, Janet holds a MA in Theatre Arts from Western Washington University with a concentration in both performance and directing.  While her first love is performing, Janet enjoys the challenge of bringing scripts to life through the process of directing.

Clint Hames

Clint Hames has been an active participant in theatre since 1971.  His theatre journey started as a member of the Pit Children’s Theatre; a touring company based in the lower mainland.  He went on to co-found Troupe Kootenai, an educational theatre experience in Cranbrook and in 1980, he helped establish the UFV Theatre Program and served as its first Technical Director.  He has directed major productions for the department, including Paper Wheat and Equus.  Over his 50 years as a member of the CPG, he would direct dozens of plays including, Fiddler on the Roof, The Fantastics,  Oleanna, Henry IV, Mousetrap, The Foreigner, The Importance of Being Ernest, The Gin Game, Noises Off, On Golden Pond, Calendar Girls and, most recently, The Book of Will.   His productions have won numerous awards at the regional and provincial level.

Katy Lowe

Katy Lowe has been acting in and around Chilliwack since high school and has had dozens of leading roles in a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. She studied acting and improv at UFV where she developed a passion for Shakespeare and theater history.  Script analysis, voice and physical scoring served her well in the many characters she’s taken on.  Katy received two regional awards for acting (Caliban, House Sitter and This is For You, Anna). Her improv troop, Jest Fer Laffs, entertained audiences for 10 years.  Recently, Katy has turned her attention to the study of intimacy choreography and consent-based practice in the theater, which ensures the community of players are comfortable and honoured during the rigor of a theatrical project.