Explore devised theatre techniques with GHOST RIVER!



May 5-24, 2014


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 included in our four-day introduction, plus:

•  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

Fee:  $1,250

Billets and financial support may be available. Early application is encouraged to enable Ghost River to support participants’ funding applications.

Application deadline is April 1, 2014.

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


Eric Rose is a multi-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, site-specific performance, devising theatre, new play development, physical theatre and dance. Recent GRT credits: directing Jason Carnew’s ONE (Betty Award Outstanding Production, Betty Nomination Outstanding Direction, Canadian Stage Award for Direction-SummerWorks), directing/co-writing The Highest Step in the World (Betty Award Outstanding Production, short-listed for the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Prize, recipient of the CITT Award for Technical Merit).

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. This year David is also creating a new show, Of Fighting Age, with Calgary’s Verb Theatre at the High Performance Rodeo, and will be teaching devised creation at the University of Alberta in the spring.

Ann Connors  Ann Connors is Ghost River Theatre’s Managing Producer.  She has been past Managing Director of the prestigious Magnetic North Theatre Festival, which just completed its 10thanniversary installment in Calgary 2012 and was the Managing Producer of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland.  She has produced over 30 new Canadian plays and has presented over 100 new plays. Her career has taken her to every coast in Canada and to most parts of the world, through which she has established vital connections and collaboration opportunities for Canadian artists.  She has served as a Board Member/Advisor/Committee member to countless organizations across the country including the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), The Cultural Industry Association of Newfoundland, The Ottawa Festival Society, The Ottawa Arts Court Foundation and Ottawa’s X festival of Photography.

News Bites

  • GRT Co-Artistic Directors David van Belle and Eric Rose had their 5-minute work, The Program, produced in Edmonton in January as part of Theatre Yes's National Elevator Project.  A friendly customer service program went horribly wrong for one unlucky patron nightly--all in the confines of an elevator!
  • Our new venue is shaping up!  We are at over 93% on our fundraising target to re-equip the former Dancer's Studio West space on 10th Avenue.  We are working closely with our partners The Green Fools and Calgary Young People's Theatre to make the space a beautiful home for us and an accessible rental space for the whole community.
  • Ghost River Theatre has been invited to pitch its new work, The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst at a special session at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival this June in Halifax.  The pitch sessions provide a great opportunity to expand options for touring and finding partners for our work.
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  • GHOST RIVER announces the premiere of an exciting new signature work!

LastVoyage The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst  to premiere at Alberta Theatre Projects in February 2015!  
February 24 – March 14, 2015
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