Article: Theatre and new media by Jordan Hall

Article: Theatre and new media by Jordan Hall

This recent article by Jordan Hall discusses the use of new media in theatre and features The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst.

Arthur Jordan Hall is a playwright and screenwriter living in Vancouver. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and Multimedia from McMaster and a M.A. in Film & Video Studies from York University.


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Registration now open for the Summer 2015 Devised Production Intensive

Registration now open for the Summer 2015 Devised Production Intensive

May 4-23, 2015 in Calgary, AB

Application deadline:  April 1, 2015

Led 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:

•  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. Early application is encouraged to enable Ghost River to support participants’ funding applications.


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 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, andspent 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.

Remembering Martha Cohen

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Martha Cohen, a great supporter of the arts. We are honoured to be working in the theatre that bears her name on this day.


The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst

The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst

In 1969 British entrepreneur and sailor Donald Crowhurst appeared poised to win the prestigious Golden Globe Race, a solo, non-stop round the world sailing competition.  As he was poised to win on the final leg, however, organizers suddenly lost all contact with him.  His boat was found adrift in the mid-Atlantic two weeks later in sound condition, but with no sign of Crowhurst.  Then they read his unsettling logs and an entirely new story emerged...

A multimedia meditation on ambition and the artistry of deception.

Article: All Stages Magazine

Article: All Stages Magazine

Our resident sound designer Matthew Waddell contributed an article to the latest edition of All Stages Magazine. 

Little Red

Little Red

Youth, violence, sexuality, family, and growing up; a visceral retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale set against a modern landscape.Three years in the making: the ensemble of Major Matt Mason Collective members led by Eric Rose of Ghost River Theatre will re-form to present this highly theatrical devised creation. Shadowing, distorting, shattering, and reconstructing the fairy tale form we are asking the questions: Why has this story pervaded across countless cultures and generations? And in an age of rapidly redefined ideas and awareness surrounding sexuality and gender, what does it mean to tell this story today?

Presented by The Major Matt Mason Collective with the support of Ghost River Theatre


Second Workshop Begins - The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst

A visually stunning multimedia journey into deep waters.

In 1969, British amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst seemed poised to win a solo, round-the-world sailing race. Suddenly, he went radio silent. Weeks later Crowhurst’s boat was found, hundreds of miles off course and with no sign of its captain. Only his logbooks remained to tell the tale of one man’s desire to win at any cost. From the award-winning company that created The Highest Step in the World comes this dazzling and imaginative new play about the art of deception.

How far would you go to win?

Ghost River Theatre is creating this bold new show using a devised theatre methodology.  This time we're exploring live video projection as a means of storytelling.


Tomorrow's Child at Beakerhead 2014

Tomorrow's Child at Beakerhead 2014

Presented in partnership with the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts and Theatre Lab Performance Institute.

Tuesday, September 9 at 8 p.m. 
Wednesday, September 10 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. 
Thursday, September 11 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. 
Friday, September 12 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. 
Saturday, September 13 at 2 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

University Theatre

Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for adults. 
To buy tickets, click here


GRT welcomes Mandy Clarke Dale

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!