Fringe Bootcamp!

This spring, Ottawa Fringe is hosting Fringe Bootcamp! – a weekly series of workshops designed to inspire creativity, and get you ready to rehearse. Take all three, or just what interests you.

Don’t have a show in the Fringe Festival this year? No problem! These workshops are open to all, and are designed to be applied to any production you may be working on.

Bootcamp! 2018 will focus on dramaturgy for new plays, director’s preparation, and lighting design. Details about each session and workshop leaders can be found below.

All workshops will run 10:00am – 4:00pm in Arts Court Library. Each session is $25; or take all three for $60.

You can register here. Questions? Send them to

Dramaturgy for Dummies

with Emily Pearlman
April 14, 2018

Someone you know has written a play – but it is not quite done. They want your help – but don’t quite know what sort of help. In this workshop participants will explore new play development through dramaturgy: techniques for seeing and pointing at a playwright’s patterns and preoccupations, developing a process specific to the project, and building a playwright/dramaturg relationship where mutual trust fosters creative risk.

Emily Pearlman develops new work as a writer/performer and director/dramaturg. In the past 15 years she has been involved in the creation of 26 new plays in Ottawa, receiving five Prix Rideau Awards and nominated for 13 as a writer, performer and director. Passionate about teaching and mentorship, Emily is also an Artistic Associate with Theatre 4.669, professor at the University of Ottawa, and board member for Youth Infringement.

Director’s Preparation
with Patrick Gauthier
April 21, 2018

Festival Director Patrick Gauthier will help you get ready to direct your Fringe (or any) show, discussing the importance of preparation and collaboration in this directing intensive. Learn how you can be best prepared for rehearsals, and discover tips, tricks, and techniques for working with actors and designers in the rehearsal hall and the theatre!

Patrick Gauthier is a multiple award-winning playwright and director. He is Festival Director of the Ottawa Fringe, where he curates the undercurrents festival and produces the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Department of Theatre and holds an MFA in Directing for the Theatre from the University of British Columbia.

Finding your Light(s)
with Seth Gerry
April 28, 2018

Designer and GCTC Production Manager Seth Gerry will host a comprehensive workshop to help theatre creators of all levels of expertise form a common language in lighting design. Participants will be given a basic introduction to all elements of lighting design for theatre, participate in a discussion on different approaches to lighting in traditional and non-traditional performance spaces, and be provided accessible, hands-on experience in lighting a staged scene from beginning to end.

Seth Gerry is an independent, Ottawa based theatre designer and works as the Production Manager for GCTC. His most recent credits include lighting and set design for GCTC’s Ordinary Days (2017), as well as lighting for F&F’s production of Forstner and Fillister (undercurrents 2018). In 2015, he won a Prix Rideaux Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for May Can Theatre’s HappinessTM. Seth holds a Bachelor Degree in Art History and a Masters in Art and Visual Culture from the University of Guelph.

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