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


May 6th - 25th, 2019


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


Before March 1st: $1000


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 multi-disciplinary 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 The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (Betty Mitchell Award for 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 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: the 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. 

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JASON ROTHERY is a freelance writer and lapsed academic with nearly twenty years of professional experience in the arts. His debut novel, Privilege, arrives in November. He is a former member of the Soulpepper Academy. His most recent work with GRT was on the immersive mindbender: THE INTUITION PROJECT.

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ALISON YANOTA is a graduate from the Mount Royal University Diploma in Technical Theatre and the University of Alberta MFA and BFA in Theatre Design, Alison Yanota is an artist who believes in the performance space as a form of interactive sculpture.

Select Design credits include: The Worst Thing I Could Be (is Happy) (Workshop)(Tiny Bear Jaws - Costume and Prop Design), After the Fire (Punctuate! Theatre - Set and Costume Design), Scorch (Bustle and Beast Theatre Company - Production Design), Premium Content (Major Matt Mason Collective - Production Design), Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable (Tiny Bear Jaws - Production Design), Mixie and the Halfbreeds (fu-GEN Theatre, Set and Lighting Design), The Lonely Diner (Vertigo Theatre - Lighting Design), A Christmas Carol (Keyano Theatre - Lighting and Costume Design), Apple (Sage Theatre - Set and Lighting Design), SCENT BAR (Ghost River Theatre - Venue Design), Seussical the Musical (Storybook Theatre - Set Design), So Dark the Sky (Workshop)(Ghost River Theatre - Set, Lighting and Costume Design), Crime Does Not Pay (Downstage - Lighting Design), Wait Until Dark (Vertigo Theatre Lighting Design), This is War (Punctuate! Theatre - Production Design).

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SAVANNA HARVEY is a gun-for-hire producer of the broke and beautiful. She is an organizer of secret midnight meetings, an instigator of resistance, and a recruiter of citizens. Her cause is art without permission. As a creator-performer, she has toured Canada with her weird little shows about garbage puppets and science ghosts. She is a loner and co-conspirator. She is a killjoy feminist, a recreational mad scientist, and a ruthless proponent of kindness.

She has been nominated for the City of Calgary RBC Emerging Artist Award, the Vancouver Fringe Artistic Risk Award, and the Calgary Fringe Emerging Artist Award. She is a recipient of the New Works Festival Playwright Award. Savanna is Ghost River Theatre's Producer, the Calgary Fringe's Director of Artist Services, and the newly appointed Producer of the IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists.

About Ghost River Theatre

Led by Artistic Director Eric Rose, 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: 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.


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