Open to adventurous artists of all backgrounds, this long running intensive will foster an innovative environment where participants will develop, learn and experiment with new tools for creative expression. The intensive demands rigorous participation from individuals through hands-on exercises based on the unique artistic practices Ghost River Theatre has forged in the creation of such shows as GIANT, THE LAST VOYAGE OF DONALD CROWHURST, and THE HIGHEST STEP IN THE WORLD.


  • Collaborative creation dynamics

  • Visual Approaches to storytelling

  • Non-traditional text generation

  • Key principles of healthy creation practices


Thursday, November 7, 2019 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday, November 8, 2019: 5:00 - 10:00 PM

Saturday, November 9, 2019: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, November 10, 2019: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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


Early Bird (Register by Thursday, October 17, 2019) $350.00+GST

EQUITY $350.00+GST

Regular $450.00+GST

“The intensive is a guiding light on non-traditional theatre creation.” Dominik Buconjic (2018)

 “I never knew I was poetic until I was given the freedom yet confinement to do so.” Emily Boyle (2018)

 “I left this process filled to the brim with ideas and armed with the ability to make those ideas a reality.” Lyall Miller (2018)


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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 Giant, 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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