Wine & Reading 2014

Niagara voices telling Niagara stories. Here’s your chance to see works in development by talented local playwrights before they hit the main-stage. Previous works featured at the Wine & Reading event include She’s Mine by Stephanie Jones, Hard Ways Read more

ECT Announces New Artistic Director

ECT Announces new Artistic Director for 2014/15 Essential Collective Theatre is pleased to announce Monica Dufault will be the next Artistic Director of the company! Monica is no stranger to ECT, directing two of the company’s most successful productions over the Read more

An Evening with Lucky Jim Lacroix

  Written & Directed by Sky Gilbert Featuring Stephanie Jones & Jason Cadieux Lighting Design - Jacqueline Costa Stage Manager - Stephen Newman Dates: November 20 to 24 2013 Times: Wednesday to Sunday curtain is 8 pm - Sunday matinee at 2 pm Location: Sullivan Mahoney Read more

Scenic View

By Jason Cadieux & Stephanie Jones Dates: April 2 to 6, 2014 Times: Wednesday to Sunday curtain is 8 pm - Sunday matinee at 2 pm Location: Sullivan Mahoney Courthouse Theatre 101 King Street @ James Tickets: Adult $21 / Students & Snrs Read more

Wine & Reading 2014

henry of pelham 1Niagara voices telling Niagara stories. Here’s your chance to see works in development by talented local playwrights before they hit the main-stage. Previous works featured at the Wine & Reading event include She’s Mine by Stephanie Jones, Hard Ways by Jason Cadieux and White Crow by Dawn E. Crysler.

Date:  May 15, 2014 @ 6:30pm

Location: Henry of Pelham Winery

Tickets: General Admission $10

Event includes winery tour & tasting, Silent Auction and more!

Submissions for Wine & Reading 2014 have now closed! ECT will choose two scripts for development workshops with professional actors and dramaturge.

Educational Opportunities!

Introduction to Acting and Meisner Technique with Stephanie Jones

The Meisner Technique was developed by Sanford Meisner at The Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York.  The focus of this work is to free an actor from self-consciousness that inhibits them creatively, and to be able to connect more authentically and fully to their scene partners. It is all-encompassing and remains one of North America’s most practical acting techniques.  Stephanie Jones is one of Canada’s most recently Neighbourhood Playhouse trained instructors and will introduce the popular repetition exercise in relation to its application to text. For adult actors of all experience levels.
Dates:  May 25 – June 24, 2014 (No class on Sunday, May 18)

Writing for Solo Performance with Jason Cadieux

Playwriting for Performers! During this class, Jason Cadieux will lead actors through the process of developing a character’s voice and writing a dynamic monologue that you can perform yourself. Students will have the opportunity to read a part of their monologue on Friday, June 6 as part of ECT’s SOLO Readings event in the Courthouse Theatre. For novice writers with some acting experience, ages 18 and up.

Dates:  May 7 to June 6, 2014  (No class on Sunday, May 18 or Wednesday May 21)

Improv with Jack Mosshammer

Jack Mosshammer returns to ECT this spring to teach his hilarious Improv Class. Jack  has worked with the Second City Canadian National Touring Company, Second City Los Angeles, and has created 5 shows on the Second City Toronto Mainstage. In this workshop, participants will have a blast learning improv techniques and skills. For actors age 18 and up.

Dates:  May 3 to June 21, 2014 (No classes on May 17 or June 7)

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