Led by longtime Ghost River Theatre audiovisual designer and programmer Matthew Waddell, the QLab Intensive is a hands-on introduction to the tools and techniques used in audiovisual design for theatre and multimedia performance. This four-day, 18 hour, workshop will combine lectures, live demos and in-class exercises that will guide participants through the process of media design from conception to delivery with a focus on technical execution and problem solving. The intensive is intended for students, technicians, designers, artists, and educators with little to novice experience with multimedia design or digital tools.


QLab as a multimedia playback and control system. Qlab will be the backbone of this intensive and we will learn it from the ground up, starting with the very basics and slowly moving through its many features. We will look at how build basic and complex audio and video cues, how to apply live effects, video mapping onto custom surfaces and non-conventional shapes, working with multiple projectors and show control using MIDI and OSC.

Audio techniques and tools: Effects, surround-sound and live performance systems. We will look at proper audio workflow techniques and software tools for making your audio sound better in any environment.

Video techniques and tools: Efficient workflow, content creation, live camera manipulation, codecs, resolutions and how to deal with large video formats while using a slow or older computer.

No previous knowledge of Qlab required. Basic knowledge of Apple computers and operating system recommended.

Dates and times

Thursday, January 23, 2020: 6pm - 9pm

Friday, January 24, 2020: 6pm - 9pm

Saturday, January 25, 2020: 10am - 5pm

Sunday, January 26, 2020: 10am - 5pm



Calgary, AB

Exact location to be announced soon!



Early Bird (Register by Monday, December 23, 2019) $350.00+GST

EQUITY $350.00+GST

Regular $450.00+GST



Although not mandatory, participants are encouraged to bring their own Mac OS laptop computers to follow along with the demonstrations. We will be using Qlab extensively. Please have it installed and ready to use when you arrive. You will also have access to a projector so please bring an adapter for your computer.

Download Qlab here:

About the instructor

Matthew Waddell is an audiovisual artist, multimedia programmer and educator. Matthew has been involved with digital arts production and education for the last eleven years - creating award winning sound and video design for theatre productions, building innovative media playback servers in TouchDesigner,  integrating live camera into theatre and dance performances, and recently exploring large-scale video installation and architectural building projection.   Since discovering Qlab in 2008, Matthew has used it to build dozens of shows across the country - ranging in size and complexity from basement installations to multi-computer sound and video productions, to surround-sound audio experiences.  

Over the last six years he has taught courses in QLab and audiovisual technology at the National Theatre School of Canada as well as at numerous workshops in Calgary, Winnipeg and Bogota, Colombia. 

Matthew has received two Betty Mitchell Awards: Outstanding Projection Design, (The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, 2015) and Outstanding Sound Design (ONE, 2011) and a Calgary Critics Award for Best Technical Design (Tomorrow’s Child, 2014).

Recent Ghost River Theatre credits include: Window, The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, Tomorrow’s Child and Reverie. 

Elsewhere: The Huron Bride (Vertigo), Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary), Mary’s Wedding (ATP). 


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