Snowglobe Workshop Series: Performance Style

Pay-what-you-can group workshop to be offered at MainLine Theatre on August 30th

On Friday, August 30th, Snowglobe Theatre presents the second instalment of its workshop series: “Performance Style.”

This group workshop, led by Snowglobe Artistic Director Peter Giser, will focus on how performance style impacts our approach to scene work and performance.

“We will have a quick talk at the start discussing briefly what ‘style’ is in the theatre, and we’ll go through some basic examples of different performance styles. These may include naturalistic, broad comedy, Shakespeare/heightened, formal presentation, sit-com, and others. A few minutes in we’ll jump right into doing scene work with partners, but with a special focus on choosing a style for the piece and how to perform the piece in that style. We will then take the same piece of text and change the style a few times, to show how differently the entire thing plays when the style shifts. The purpose of the workshop will be to help artists clarify how to establish what the style of a piece is, and how to match movements and attitude on the stage with different stylings to create a complete performance. I feel that style is a little-mentioned but critical element to deciding how to interpret a piece, and I hope to increase awareness of this element of performance art.” –– Peter Giser

“Those signing up will be assigned a scene partner and will be emailed a short script to look at leading up to the workshop. That’s the script you’ll use during the workshop and which we’ll explore in different styles. Different groups will perform different scenes, so it won’t be the same one over and over again! It would be best to be familiar with the text if possible by the time of the workshop. It doesn’t have to be off-book, but we want as much freedom as possible for use of the body and interactions with our scene partners.”

This workshop will be a one-night only workshop lasting three hours, and is pay-what-you-can (suggested donation of $10-15). There’s a cap of 14 participants, but any others who would like to sign up and watch rather than work are welcome to. Reservations will take priority but walk-ins willing to cold read the scenes will be accepted if there’s room.

This is the second of hopefully many acting workshops offered by Snowglobe theatre, with the intention to build up the strength of Montreal’s local talent and to provide an avenue for continued training.

Reserve your place by emailing director Peter Giser at

When: Friday, August 30th, 2019 from 7 PM – 10 PM
Where: MainLine Theatre, 3997 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, H2W 1Y4


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