Directing, a Round Table Discussion
Date: Sunday May 7
Location: McLaughlin Room in the John Deutsch University Centre on Queen's Campus
Workshop Leader(s): Chiamaka G. Ugwu & Sarah Phillips
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An open discussion about directing led by Chiamaka G.Ugwu and Sarah Phillips- 2 dynamic directors and theatre artists with extensive, diverse backgrounds that range from Artistic Direction to making your mark in the big city.
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Chiamaka G. Ugwu
A Halifax-born, Toronto-raised theatre artist of Igbo-Nigerian heritage, who is invested in the capacity of theatre to strengthen community. She lives and works in Toronto as a performer, director, producer and youth educator. As a performer, Chiamaka has worked extensively in new play development and creation including workshops of The Tartan Lady (Sundown Theatre), Motherland (IFT Theatre), Theory (Tiger Bamboo Festival), Dark Love (New Harlem Productions), and The Drum Major Instinct (Obsidian Theatre). Her other acting credits include Blood Wedding (Modern Times: Dora Nomination), Osia (Kukua Productions), and Here After (Upstart Theatre).
As a theatre director, Chiamaka has engaged with emerging playwrights and new plays in workshops including The Disappearance of Laura May (FuGen Theatre), Don't Talk to Me Like I'm Your Wife (Factory Theatre), Broken Windows (rock paper sistahz, Theatre InspiraTO), and Aftermath (Soulpepper Youth Alumni Intensive). Some of her other directing credits include The Twelve-Forty (Theatre InspiraTO: People's Choice Award), and Neck-Breaking Car-Hop (Theatre Erindale Beck Festival), as well as assistant directing mentorships at Factory Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, and The AMY Project.
As youth educator and a producer, Chiamaka recently launched Cardinal Direction - a self-initiated experimentation-based lab for emerging directors, focusing especially on young, female, directors of the diaspora. Chiamaka has also worked for Soulpepper Theatre as a Youth Link Artist Facilitator and Great Big Theatre Company as an Instructor. Her training includes being a graduate of Sheridan College and University of Toronto's joint Theatre and Drama Studies Program, as well as Factory Theatre's Foreman Director Training Program, and is currently completing Generator's Artist Producer Training program.
Sarah Phillips is the former Artistic Director of Festival Players of Prince Edward County and a director with over 20 years of experience. Her formative years were spent at the the University of Guelph, The National Theatre School, and under the wing of a handful of outstanding artists, apprenticing and assisting, building a toolbox of skills and a network of contacts in all aspects of the industry. Her work has ranged from classics to commissions, from comedy to drama, musical to thriller, and has encompassed teaching, directing, dramaturgy, producing, and writing, from outdoor venues to stages across the province, and beyond. Recent favourites include John Gray's musical Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly, and the 2016 commission of the stage adaptation of Al Purdy's novel A Splinter in the Heart.