The Director's Process

Session 1
October 26 - 28, 2020

Instructor:  Audrey Dwyer

Location: Prairie Theatre Exchange

Schedule: Monday - Wednesday, 10:00am - 1:00pm

MaximumParticipants:  3 directors, 8 auditors


We will be examining the director's process and developing tools rooted in text analysis and action.

Preparation:  Participating directors will be asked to secure the participation of two actors, and rehearse one scene (provided by the instructor) prior to the workshop.  PTE will offer 2 hours of free rehearsal space for this rehearsal.



Audrey Dwyer is a multi-disciplinary artist with over twenty years of experience working as an Actor, Director, Playwright, Teacher, Artistic Director, Facilitator and Mentor.

Her television and film credits include Da Kink in My HairThe Ron James ShowThe State WithinMan of the Year with Robin Williams, Atom Egoyan's Where The Truth Lies and multiple episodes of the award-winning comedy series The Baroness Von Sketch Show.

In 2018, Audrey wrote and directed Calpurnia, which was produced by Nightwood Theatre and Sulong Theatre. The box office hit was shown to sold out audiences at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. She is one of the winners of the CBC Creative Relief Fund to create a pilot called The Gordons. She is writing Come Home – The Legend of Daddy Hall with the Tarragon theatre. She wrote her first libretto called Backstage at Carnegie Hall with critically acclaimed composer Tim Brady.

In 2015, she directed a street opera for new and established opera singers in Paint and Song by Nicholas Nanos (An Unexpectedly Opera Production). In 2011, she directed and dramaturged The Apology by Darrah Teitel, which was presented at the Next Stage Festival. That year, she was nominated for Outstanding Direction, her team was nominated for Outstanding Ensemble and the play was nominated for Outstanding New Play (Independent Division – Dora Mavor Moore Awards). In 2018, she directed Calpurnia, which she also wrote. It was produced by Nightwood Theatre and Sulong Theatre. The box office hit was shown to sold out audiences at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. In 2019, she directed Prairie Nurse (Lighthouse Theatre). In 2020, she directed Women of the Fur Trade (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre).

She has been nominated for the Pauline McGibbon Award for Direction twice. She has been working in New Play Development for over fifteen years and has been mentoring artists for over ten years.

In 2008, she was the Associate Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre. In 2015, she won the Cayle Chernin Award for Theatre. From 2016 – 2017, she was the Artistic Director of Cow Over Moon Children’s Theatre. She was the Urjo Kareda Artist in Residence at Tarragon Theatre (2018/19) and was also the Assistant Artistic Director. She graduated from The National Theatre School. She is the Associate Artistic Director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.