Facilitated by professional actors, technicians and other artists, the Live-In workshops are an opportunity for artists and community members to learn and try new skills and to share creatively in a supportive, encouraging setting. Open to both public and theatre practitioners.

Space is limited, so please register early by emailing dapopolivein@gmail.com
If we fill up, we will take a waiting list. Last year we accommodated almost all wait-list people due to cancellations and/or easing of maximum limits.

Admission for workshops is $10 suggested minimum donation. No one will be turned away; larger donations also welcomed. Proceeds go toward facilitator honorariums. Inquire about the Festival Pass which includes admission to ten events for $75. 


Friday, October 4, 7:00 pm -10:00 pm AND Saturday, October 5 10:00 am -1:00 pm Waitlist
Thursday, October 17, 6:00 - 10:00 pm  3 SPOTS LEFT
Speaking in Silence  
Facilitator: Alexis Milligan
A body standing alone in space says something. The choice to move is ours to make. But, how? When? Why? As actors we are often making choices about our characters and our intentions in what we say with our voice, but we can also access many more layers to support these choices in how, when and why we move. This workshop will explore the sub textual world of communication through simple physical intention and gesture, and the power of speaking in silence. (The first offering of the workshop is in two parts and participants should attend both Friday and Saturday. The added workshop on Oct 17 is one night only.)  Max. 12 participants

Alexis Milligan is an actor and movement director. She is native to Halifax, lived in Toronto for 10 years, and now lives in Dartmouth with her husband and two children. She is the Director-in-Residence with Two Planks and a Passion Theatre and has been a performer and Associate Artist with the company for the past 6 seasons. Alexis has also worked extensively in puppetry. She has toured internationally with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, and was a principal cast member of HalifaxFilm’s Gemini Award winning The Mighty Jungle. Alexis is a passionate arts educator, currently on staff at Neptune Theatre School and Halifax Dance. Upcoming Alexis will be co-creating a new touring show for The Young Company of Halifax Dance and directing 13: The Musical with Neptune Theatre’s Youth Performance Company

Sunday, October 6, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm OPEN
Kids' Creation Lab
Facilitators: Zach Faye and Keelin Jack
Admission: $10 suggested donation Pre-registration required; space limited. 
Back by popular demand, we'll create a time and place for young emerging performers to explore, try and make. Ages 6 - 11, with some flexibility.  Max. 12 participants
Zach Faye

Zach Faye is an artist living in Halifax who works mainly in theatre. He is a core member of Making It and The Drinking Game. This is Zach’s fourth Live-In, and he is as excited as ever. I suggest you take in as many of this month’s activities as you can.

Tuesday, October 8, 7:30 - 9:30 pm Waitlist
Bare Bones Producing
Facilitator: Mary-Colin Chisholm
Budgets, grants, fundraising and favours, contracts, venues, the buzz and the bizz... the brass tacks and knuckles of producing a play.   Mary-Colin Chisholm is either a sage and seasoned veteran of the indie show or the incarnation of Einstein's dictum "Insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results".  You be the judge.  She will walk you through the steps and missteps in mounting a  production.  If you can make thrift store duds look like red carpet glam, if you can cook a nourishing stone soup, well you can probably DIY your own play. Max. 12 participants
Mary-Colin Chisholm

Mary-Colin Chisholm is a Halifax actor/writer/director.  She is a co-founder, with Mauralea Austin, Sherry Smith and Martha Irving of LunaSea Theatre which has over a dozen  productions to its credit including: Estate,  Monument, Top Girls, To Capture Light and the upcoming production of Ibsen's "Ghosts"  Nov 1 - 10 in the Women's Council House, 989 Inglis Street).  She also co-founded 'Frankie Productions' with Mary Ellen MacLean and Christian Murray.  Frankie produced last years megahit classic, 'Bone Boy' and has toured the province and to BC, NWT and Ontario with shows including  Frankie, Lauchie, Liza and Rory,  Underneathe the Lintel and Fool School.  

Saturday, October 12, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Approaches to Playwrighting  Waitlist 
Facilitator: Sky Gilbert

This workshop is for those who have never written a play before but would like to write a play (however, anyone is welcome). I would ask participants to bring a BRIEF idea for a play (a page long description is fine) or questions about writing plays, or difficulties they have encountered in beginning to write a play or working on a play. The workshop will open with a lecture on playwrighting and will continue on to a discussion of participant ideas and questions. Max. 12 participants

Sky Gilbert is a writer, director, teacher, and drag queen extraordinaire.
Sky Gilbert
He was co-founder and artistic director of Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre  for 17 years. He has had nearly 40 plays produced, and has written 6 critically acclaimed novels, and three award winning poetry collections. He has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards (including one for his recent play THE SITUATIONISTS) and the Pauline McGibbon Award for theatre directing. He was also the recipient of The Margo Bindhardt Award (from the Toronto Arts Foundation), The Silver Ticket Award (from the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts), and the ReLit Award (for his fourth novel AN ENGLISH GENTLEMAN, 2004). Dr. Gilbert is an Associate Professor and holds a University Research Chair in Creative Writing and Theatre Studies at The School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. His 6th novel COME BACK published last year by ECW Press, and his new poetry collection THE MOMMIAD was published last year by Playwrights Canada Press. His play about growing up gay in the country, ST. FRANCIS OF MILLBROOK will be published soon, also by Playwrights Canada Press

Sunday, October 13, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Waitlist
Theatre of the Oppressed 
Co-presented by DaPoPo Theatre and the Bus Stop Theatre
Location: The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street
Facilitators: Garry Williams, Sebastien Labelle, Rachel Derrah, Kim Parkhill & Clare Waque

Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm   Waitlist 
Friday, October 18, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm  Waitlist
Theatre Creation Through Play
Facilitator: Ann-Marie Kerr
As a teacher and director, Ann-Marie Kerr has a unique ability to take actors and theatre-makers beyond their own preconceived limits of their physicality and imaginations. She uses Lecoq methods to ignite the creation process and offers ways of getting the actor to play and imagine that makes them feel free.  The exploration is primarily physical in its approach and helps students identify their natural instincts for play. There is a focus on freedom through improvisation and on finding ways to access a natural pleasure to play and invent.  In the work, discoveries are made about play, its rules, how the rules arise out of the play itself and can push the game further than expected. This intensive workshop culminates with short pieces of theatre created by the participants -pieces that could be used as starting points for scenes or future full-length shows.
Max. 12 participants

Ann-Marie Kerr
Ann-Marie Kerr is a theatre director, actor and teacher. Recent directing includes the premiere of Robert Chafe’s new play As Ever at Mulgrave Road Theatre; I, Claudia at Globe Theatre; and Zuppa Theatre Company’s The Debacle. The Debacle was a finalist for the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award and played at Festival TransAmériques and Plutonium Playhouse and Nightwood Theatre’s 2011 Groundswell Festival. She has also directed So…What about Love for Dapopo Theatre at the Super Nova Festival; co-directed Zuppa Theatre’s Five Easy Steps to the End of the World that toured to Magnetic North Theatre Festival and Cardiff Wales 2011; directed 2b theatre company’s Invisible Atom that continues to tour nationally and internationally; A Rescue Demonstration for ARD Projects; The Comedy of Errors at Dalhousie University Theatre; and Daniel MacIvor’s Confession for Mulgrave Road Theatre.

Select performing credits include Funny Money at Festival Antigonish (Robert Merritt award for Performance by a Lead Actress); 2b theatre company’s Homage at Magnetic North Theatre Festival and Luminato Festival, and 2b’s Soul Alone at Neptune Theatre.  With her theatre company This is a bird, she co-created and performed The Long Valley-Stories by Steinbeck at Soulpepper Theatre Company. With Theatre Smith Gilmour she co-created/performed in Dr. Chekhov’s Ward 6 and Chekhov Longs…In the Ravine.

Upcoming directing The Good Person of Szechuan at Daltheatre in Halifax, and the New Words Play Festival at The National Theatre School; acting she will perform in DMV’s production of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit.

She has taught at National Theatre School, Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Academy and Youth Mentorship Program, Acadia University, Dalhousie University, University of Toronto, National Arts Centre and George Brown College. She is a graduate of  Ecole internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and York University.  She is the President of Playwright’s Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) and winner of the Gina Wilkinson Prize for Emerging Female Director. 

Sunday, October 20, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm  4 SPOTS LEFT
Vocal Workshop for Singing Performers
Facilitator: Cailin Green
In this one day workshop, participants will learn techniques for vocal control, mic technique and performance. Each participant is expected to have one song (original or cover) ready to work on and deliver at the end of the workshop. Max. 12 participants

Cailin Green
Cailin Green has studied vocals with various coaches over the years and began her singing career at the age of 11 in the local church choir where she performed her first solo number. Since then, she has perfumed in numerous musical theatre shows, country and top 40 bands, as well as having directed and produced musical theatre. Cailin is also a singer/songwriter and performs with her husband as Campbell + Green. They have recently released their second CD and are currently booking shows and tours. Cailin brings a wealth of experience, tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your vocal performance

Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 pm 3 SPOTS LEFT
Workshop: Playing for Truth: Directing Shakespeare
Facilitators: Hugo Dann, Garry Williams & Keelin Jack

Max. 12 participants

Garry Williams is the Artistic Director of DaPoPo Theatre. Personal: he studied Theatre and Music, and holds a special love for Musical Theatre (especially of the darker variety). For the last decade, he has been based in Halifax making a living as a performer, teacher, director and writer. He has Christian leanings, and too often flirts with missionaries. Political: he has practiced Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, and has come to be identified, among other things, as a queer theatre artist. Personal/Political: he supports wild urban gardening; refuses to get a driver's license, or accept plastic bags at grocery stores; is working on a semi-autobiographical play called Jesus Is A Faggot; and combines two of his loves by stewarding Sing-Along-Show Tunez at Menz & Mollyz every Saturday night

October 26, 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Dance, Movement, Mind  OPEN
Facilitator: Brian Riley
This workshop will begin with a brief presentation/performance of my experiences at Bread and Puppet Theatre over the summers of 2012 and 2013. We will then collaboratively go into doing and not talking. This dance will fail to clarify anything for you. Those seeking meaning in exercises will be asked to internally address this human tendency. There will be room for brief discussion between each experiment for those seeking to accomodate a recipe. Aiming to contrast business-as-usual-thinking, we will be pushing to exaggerate life in scale (bigger OR smaller), whilst being in community together. 

Brian Riley

brian riley. I am a creative thinker, problem solver, and inventor. Likes: Building spaces to engage a sense of magic. Manipulating objects performatively to convey a sense of sacredness; then doing its opposite. Dislikes/cheerfully challenged by: popular theatre as it exists today.  I am grateful to have worked with Dapopo Theatre on 'The Drinking  Game', collaboratively with Zuppa Theatre, Secret Theatre, as well as Bread and Puppet Theatre Company (based out of Vermont). My biggest little teachers are the youth. I run a youth program called Spiral Studio Lab and hope to subvert the current education systems as much as possible. 

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