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May 4-23, 2015 in Calgary, AB

Application deadline:  April 1, 2015

Intensive_2_2013Led by Ghost River Theatre co-Artistic Directors David van Belle and Eric Rose, the Devised Production Intensive is a longer, comprehensive, advanced program of study designed for established and emerging artists and educators.  Open to adventurous artists in all media (including theatre designers, dramaturges, writers, performers, dancers, visual artists, musicians, video artists), the intensive will explore the complexities and potentials of a guided, complete devised production process, from initial idea to public presentations, in three weeks of intensive, hands-on creation.

The intensive covers topics including:

•  dramaturgy of devised work through a practical creation process

•  audience engagement theory and techniques

•  long-term strategies for collaboration and decision-making

•  workshops in marketing and grant writing, specifically tailored to the challenges of new work creation

•  the building of a national network of artists who are versed in a common process and interested in future collaborations

Intensive fee:  $1,250

Billets and financial support may be available. 


To apply please submit:

A current CV (including contact information)

Letter of interest (maximum one page, outlining your program of work/career goals, and your interest in the intensive)

A telephone interview may be required.

Please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information or to register.


Eric Rose is an award winning director, creator, 
playwright, dramaturg, and educator. His passion for 
the creative process has inspired the diversity of his
 theatrical experience spanning: large scale contemporary 
and classical theatre, devising theatre, site-specific performance, performance creation, new play development, physical theatre and dance. Recent GRT credits: The Last Voyage of Donald CrowhurstTomorrow’s Child, ReverieThe Highest Step in the World, and ONE. Eric is honoured to be the Playwright in Residence at Alberta Theatre Projects, to be named to Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 class of 2012 and to have received the 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award for his body of work as a theatrical innovator.

David van Belle Born in Amsterdam and raised all
 over Canada, David van Belle is a Calgary-based 
director, actor, playwright and performance creator. He 
is currently Co-Artistic Director of Ghost River. David
 came to Calgary in 1999 to do his MFA in Directing, and
spent seven years as part of the ensemble of One Yellow 
Rabbit. He is currently in the midst of co-writing Ghost River’s new creation, The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, with Ghost River Co-AD Eric Rose. David is also an independent theatre artist, having created such works as BUZZ JOB! The True Story of Cal Cavendish with Calgary’s Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor and The Invisible Project during a month-long residency at Calgary’s largest homeless shelter. David’s new play, Liberation Days, is part of Theatre Calgary’s 2014- 2015 season this year.

News Bites

  • Ghost River Theatre just added a new member to its ranks--Atticus Harold Rose, born August 28 at 9:40pm.  A healthy lad at 9 pounds.  Congratulations to Ghost River Co-AD Eric Rose and his growing family!
  • The West Village Theatre is going strong!  Our new home, shared with Calgary Young People's Theatre and the Green Fools, is the perfect laboratory space for Ghost River's new creations.  We are currently establishing rental policies and figuring out how three companies can best share this valuable new space.
  • We're very pleased to welcome Mandy Clarke Dale as our new Managing Director!  Mandy will be taking over from Ann Connors.  Ann will maintain her relationship with the company, serving as our Producer.  Mandy is no stranger to the company--she's served as our Company Manager for the past year.  Welcome Mandy!  Thanks Ann!
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May 4-23, 2015 in Calgary, AB

Application deadline:  April 1, 2015.  More information here.


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