The creative team at Urban Stories Theatre is busy working on some exciting projects for Season 10! This season our focus will be Examining Confrontation. All of our productions will have a “What does confrontation look like to you?” theme. We are looking forward to seeing what you have to offer!
Call for plays!
Just Acts Play Festival
The Just Acts Play Festival is our emerging artist's play festival. This season's play fest will be presented in February 2023. The theme for this year is Examining Confrontation.
We invite local playwrights to submit short plays based on the theme. The plays must be under 20 minutes in length. A committee will then choose 3 to 5 plays to be part of the festival based on what will offer the most variety.
Theme: Examining Confrontation
Plays 10- 20 minutes
Small cast (3 to 5 characters)
Un-produced and have a simple set.
Urban Stories Theatre Workshops 2022/23
The Monday Night workshop Series:
Uta Hagen Introduction Workshop
Stakes and Conflict -Wants and Needs -Relationships
This workshop will examine two of Uta Hagen’s exercises, Physical Destination and The Fourth Side, which can be used for character development.
We will also work on prepared and cold read monologues to explore developing relationships and examining stakes and conflict.
When: Monday’s, November 14, 21, 28 and Dec 5/2022, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Knox United Church, 506 Fourth Street SW (Free street parking after 6 pm)
Cost: $40 (max 10 participants)
Instructor: Helen Young, Artistic Director of Urban Stories Theatre.
Urban Playwright’s Club
Are you a playwright looking for feedback, inspiration, or writing accountability? Join this monthly meet-up of playwrights and hone your writing skills by sharing a scene from your script. You will be given a chance to hear a portion read aloud and ask for feedback. Whether you’re working on your first play, or are an established playwright, all levels of experience are welcome.
Attendees will be asked to bring a theatrical work-in-progress to share, and to participate in reading each other’s work aloud. Feedback/suggestions will only be offered by group members at the playwright’s request.
Workshop Leader: Sarah Glubish, Creative Team member of Urban Stories Theatre. Sarah’s written work has been produced through Urban Stories Theatre, Clowns With Issues, New Vintage Theatre, Prairie Sky Productions, and Grid View Theatre, a digital theatre she founded to keep artists connected and performing when theatres shut down during the pandemic. She is currently a member of the RBC Emerging Playwright Mentorship Program with Alberta Playwrights Network.
Cost: Free! Your regular attendance is appreciated.
Where: Knox United Church, 506 Fourth Street SW
When: Mondays 6:30-8:30 pm monthly
Dates: September 19, 2022
October 17, 2022
November 21, 2022
December 19, 2023
January 16, 2023
February 27, 2023
March 20, 2023
April 17, 2023
May 15, 2023
The Solo Storyteller Workshop
Are you working on a solo performance piece? Come join our monthly group to share, create and encourage each other.
This ongoing project for solo performance artists will allow participants to present “a sneak peak” of their work in a showcase in the spring. Styles can include spoken word, Poetry, storytelling, music, movement or whatever else inspires you to create. This is a place to experiment and share. Each artist will have time to present and, if requested, receive feedback.
Workshop leader: Helen Young is the Artistic Director of Urban Stories Theatre and Knox Theatre Collective. Her first play, BONDS, won a writers circle award at the University of Winnipeg and her plays A Touch of Grace and No Way Back were nominated for CAT Awards for best original script. Helen has also developed and continues to organize the Just Acts Play Fest and The Play Off Series both in the Lower Theatre at Knox United Church. These festivals showcase local playwrights just beginning their journeys and local actors, techs, and directors. Aside from developing these important programs Helen also directs and works as an assistant instructor at St. Mary’s University.
Interview required for admission. Max 10 artists.
Where: Knox United Church, 506 Fourth Street SW
When: 6:30-8:30 pm monthly on Monday’s:
High and Splendid Braveries by Caroline Russell-King
The drug addicted of Canada were first championed by Emily Murphy who researched and wrote the first ever book on the subject, became the world’s first female magistrate, and turned women into legal persons in order to get to the senate to change the laws in the battle of drugs over people.
You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes…
Legalization, safe injection sites and the first Canadian drug battles began 100 years ago with this warrior woman.
The Motel Theatre at Arts Commons
October 17-30/2022 (Times to be announced soon)