Led by Ghost River Theatre Artistic Director Eric Rose, and a team of accomplished guest instructors, the Devised Production Intensive is a 3-week, comprehensive, advanced program of study designed for established and emerging artists and educators drawn from the national community. Open to adventurous artists in all media (designers, dramaturg, performers, writers, dancers, visual artists, musicians, digital artists) the intensive explores the complexities and potentials of a guided, complete devised production process, from initial idea to public presentation, in 3 weeks of intensive hands-on-creation. 

Topics Include

  • 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

  • Visual approaches to storytelling

  • Non-traditional text generation

  • The key principles of healthy creation practices

“It was a real joy to take the time to focus on the process of creating theatre in a very practical way. The experience and insight brought into the room was invaluable and the working environment that was created and nurtured by the entire team was everything I aim for in a creative process.” Jen Quinn (2019)

“The devised intensive has equipped me with a massive toolbox of techniques, strategies, and ideas with which to go back into the world and advance my artistic practice. I feel revitalized as an artist and ready to embark on more wild and wonderful collaborations.” Anna Shepard (2019)

“The Intensive will quickly feel like a beautiful, engaging, challenging, artistic community that will likely somehow expand your perception of 'process'. You'll start off excited to be uncomfortable and you'll leave with the ability to thrive in discomfort.” Dominik Buconjic (2019)


June 7th - 26th, 2021


West Village Theatre: 2007 10th Ave SW, Calgary, AB, T3C 0K4.


EarlyBird Before March 1st, 2021: $1200

After $1450

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

About the instructors

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ERIC ROSE is an award winning multi-disciplinary director and creator of live performance and the Artistic Director of Calgary’s acclaimed Ghost River Theatre.  His passion for the creative process has inspired the diversity of his multidisciplinary experience spanning: large scale contemporary and classical theatre, site- specific performance, devising theatre, new play development, physical performance and dance. Eric’s work embraces a hybrid of high tech visual spectacle with low-fi theatrical magic and is developed through a significant investment in imaginative research and development.

Recent GRT credits include: directing/co-writing GIANT (Betty Mitchell Award Outstanding Ensemble) The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (Betty Mitchell Award Outstanding Production, New Play & Direction), directing/co-writing The Highest Step in the World (Betty Award Outstanding Production, CITT Award for Technical Achievement) concept/direction The Intuition Project, SCENT BAR, TOUCH, TASTE and Tomorrow’s Child for a blindfolded audience as part of GRT’s Six Senses Series.

He is honoured to have been the Playwright in Residence at Alberta Theatre Projects, to have received the Canstage Award for Direction (ONE, SummerWorks 2011) be named to Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 class of 2012 and to be the recipient of the 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award for his body of work as a live-performance innovator.

As an educator, Eric has taught for: 2019 Prague Quadrennial, Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, Undercurrents Festival, CanAsian Dance Festival, University of Toronto, Theatre Calgary, Globe Theatre, Charlottetown Festival, Tarragon Theatre, NextFest, Mount Royal University, Red Deer and Sheridan College, University of Calgary, Theatre Ontario, Artstrek and many others. 

Guest Instructors will be announced during the 20/21 Season.

About Ghost River Theatre

Led by Artistic Director Eric Rose and Executive Director Kate Stadel, GRT is a devised theatre company that creates, develops and mounts original productions through a significant investment in imaginative research and development. We make our work in a rigorous, supportive collaborative-creation environment that recognizes and utilizes the unique abilities of all participants, premiering our work in Calgary and then touring it nationally and internationally. Our work embraces a hybrid of high tech visual spectacle with low-fi theatrical magic. Our impressive roster of critically acclaimed productions includes: GIANT, ONE, The Highest Step in the World, The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, Tomorrow’s Child, amongst many others. With a keen desire to create, to engage and to push the boundaries of live performance GRT has established itself firmly as a leader in the Calgary, Alberta, and national cultural ecologies.