These FREE community based initiatives are excellent opportunities to both view art and also immerse yourself into the artistic process. Sign up for a workshop that will surely get your creative juices flowing, or attend one of the readings nights and just kick back, relax and take in the beautiful words from our talented presenters. Post-show talkbacks give audience members an opportunity to ask that burning question they may have once seeing one of the performances.

Readings & Workshops

  • Reading - The Wrong Bashir by Zahida Rahemtulla (Vancouver)
  • Reading - Chivalry is Dead by Munish Sharma (Surrey)
  • Workshop - Cultivating Organic Performance by Paneet Singh (Vancouver & Surrey)
  • Workshop - Impulse, Improvisation & Play by Carmel Amit (Vancouver)
  • Workshop - Theatre Creation and Storytelling by Anita Majumdar (Vancouver)

*Workshops are limited to 20 participants, unless otherwise stated.

Please see below for detailed schedule and registration information!


workshop - cultivating organic performance with paneet singh

August 11th - 1pm to 4pm
The Cultch (Vancity Culture Lab), Vancouver

August 15th - 4pm to 7pm
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey
Cedar Bldg, Rm 1205 (Conference Centre)

Directors have the ability to elevate an actor's natural talent to a new height to create powerful storytelling. This workshop with Paneet Singh provides practical tools and knowledge which can be implemented into any storyteller's creative practice. In this workshop, attendees will learn about techniques for strong actor-director communication, how to develop a relationship of trust with performers, how to give actable direction, as we as participate in scene study work. 

 Paneet Singh

Paneet Singh

Paneet Singh is a Vancouver-based writer whose work often involves looking into intimate, lesser explored stories in history. His most known works are his original site-specific stage plays "The Undocumented Trial of William C. Hopkinson" (2016) and "A Vancouver Guldasta" (2017). Both plays were directed by Paneet and sold out their premiere runs.

A graduate of Vancouver Film School, some of Paneet's other credits include "Shackled" (2013 - Writer/Director), "Menage" (2016 - Director), and "Burning Point" (2017 - Story Editor). Paneet is also currently developing a script for a feature film.

 

 

reading - the wrong bashir by zahida rahemtulla

August 11th - 5pm to 7pm
The Cultch (Vancity Culture Lab), Vancouver

Bashir Ladha, UBC philosophy major leaning towards Buddhism, is mixed up with Bashir Ladha, religious all-star with an outstanding track-record of good deeds in his community. The wrong Bashir has accidentally been selected to assume an important religious position, and his parents have dutifully accepted on his behalf. A family conflict ensues over the mistaken young man’s reaction to his appointment, taking the family on a comedic journey towards understanding their inter-generational migratory identity in Canada.

The Wrong Bashir is a work-in-progress in its very early stages. Special thanks to Playwrights Theatre Centre, Project SAT, VACT, and the Arts Club LEAP Playwriting Program for their support. The Wrong Bashir is currently receiving development support through Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s (VACT) 2018 MSG Lab in association with Playwrights Theatre Centre.

Written by Zahida Rahemtulla
Directed by Rohit Chokhani

 Zahida Rahemtulla

Zahida Rahemtulla

Zahida Rahemtulla is an emerging writer of fiction and theatre. She studied Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University in New York and Abu Dhabi. She works in the immigrant and refugee non-profit sector and also serves as the Local Coordinator for The Shoe Project Canada, a program for newcomer women taught by Canadian authors and theatre professionals. Her play-in-progress, The Wrong Bashir, was recently selected for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre's annual new play development program in partnership with the Playwrights Theatre Centre. Zahida is a current student at the SFU Writer’s Studio, where she studies fiction. 

 

 

reading - chivalry is dead by Munish sharma

August 15th - 7pm to 8pm
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey
Cedar Bldg, Rm 1205 (Conference Centre)

Chivalry is Dead is the working title for Munish Sharma's first one person show. Using a concert format, Chivalry is Dead delves into the importance of dance, friendship, love, and growth, combining important dance moments in Sharma's life, poetry, and a bit of stand up comedy. 

Written by Munish Sharma

 Munish Sharma

Munish Sharma

Munish Sharma is a Jessie Award nominated actor with numerous theatre, TV, stage, and burlesque productions to his credit. He has worked steadily as a performing artist for a decade, splitting his time between Vancouver, Calgary, and Regina. His leading role in the award-winning play, Iceland (Nicolas Billon – Governor-General Award Winner), garnered numerous strong reviews. Vancouver’s long-standing entertainment weekly, The Georgia Straight, singled out his performance saying, “Munish Sharma has a terrific ability to be present, working the room like a stand-up comic as he gives a mini-seminar on his capitalist philosophy.” In 2015, Munish was also recognized by the Vancouver Fringe Festival, winning the Pick of the Fringe Award for his production and one-act play, Mrs. Singh and Me, his first play credit. Munish later transformed Mrs. Singh and Me into a full length play that was selected in 2017 by The Arts Club to be showcased during their annual ReAct festival. It was one of five plays chosen for the larger stage. Additional career highlights include his leads in the stage productions This Is War (Rumble Theatre, Tremors 2014), The Invisible Hand (Jessie Nomination, Pi Theatre), and Bombay Black (2017 Vancouver Pick of the Fringe, Raghupriya Productions). In 2017, he co-hosted The Jessie Awards and earlier in his career, in 2010, he co-founded Canada’s first South Asian sketch-comedy production, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Chicken. The Butter Chicken troupe and it’s savoury skits have drawn much press coverage and sold-out venues across British Columbia and Alberta.

 

 

workshop - Impulse, Improvisation & Play WITH Carmel Amit

August 18th - 11am to 4pm
School Creative Institute of The Arts, Vancouver

Finding freedom and trust in the moment and in self. In this workshop, you will explore finding a connection to your bodies and voice through exercises that aim to access your right, thinking free brain. Led by Carmel Amit, you will work with improvisational games that challenge you to play outside of your physical and vocal comfort zone, to create a larger vocabulary and deeper trust in impulse and in self. 

NOTE: Please wear clothing that allows for unrestricted physical movement. A small towel and water are also strongly recommended.

 Carmel Amit

Carmel Amit

Carmel is a native of Israel. She spent her formative acting years in NY, studying at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and later working in Film & TV as well as with several established downtown NY theatre companies.

She is currently based in Vancouver and working on the television show, Ghost Wars (SyFy), set to premier in the fall of 2017. Other recent Film & TV credits include recurring roles on Somewhere Between (ABC), Mistresses (ABC) and ICE (AT&T).  Earlier this summer Carmel performed in a production of 50 Words by Michael Weller and directed by Raina von Waldenburg, director and teacher of the Grotwoski method. In 2016 Carmel performed in a leading role in NY playwright Sarah Einspeiners’s debut of I Love Sean and served as Movement Director for local playwright Agam Darshi’s Burning Hands, directed by Orsy Szabo.

Carmel is an acting teacher at School Creative and sits on the board of South Asian Arts Society. 

 

 

workshop - Theatre CREATION & storytelling WITH ANITA MAJUMDAR

August 19th - 12pm to 5pm
The Cultch (Historic Theatre), Vancouver

Leap into the chaos of theatre creation and storytelling with award winning actress, choreographer and playwright, Anita Majumdar, who will share her own process and lead you through exercises that will explore your creation process. In this workshop you will discover the simplicity of creation with Anita and the rest of the participants by creating something together.

This workshop is limited to 15 participants!

 Anita Majumdar

Anita Majumdar

Anita is an award-winning actress, playwright and choreographer who is an acting graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and holds a degree in English, Theatre and South Asian Languages from the University of British Columbia. Dancing for the last nine years, Anita's training originates in Kathak, but she has also studied Bharatnatyam and Odissi. She is also currently the in-house playwright-in-residence with Nightswimming, a company in Toronto dedicated to serving new play development and their creators. Her acting and playwriting credits are many, but most recently her self-written Bollywood musical on the issue of shadism, Same Same But Different, premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille and Alberta Theatre Projects and was nominated for two Betty Mitchell Awards including a nomination for Outstanding New Play. As well, after over a decade of touring her play, Fish Eyes, the completed series of solo shows, The Fish Eyes Trilogy, had its premiere tour across Canada last season and was published (with illustrations) by Playwrights Canada Press in January of this year. Anita is the 2013 recipient of the Governor General Protege Prize in Playwriting under the mentorship of John Murrell.

 

 

post-show talkbacks with actors and directors

  • August 10th - Undocumented Trial at Vancouver Art Gallery 
  • August 11th - Undocumented Trial at Vancouver Art Gallery
  • August 12th - Undocumented Trial at Vancouver Art Gallery (8pm show only)

*Talkbacks will take place in a mix of English and Punjabi (as needed).