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Prairie Theatre Exchange was born as a theatre school in 1972. PTE is committed to theatre education as a way to build confidence, to encourage self-expression and to nurture a love for the art form. PTE is also dedicated to being a home for professional artist development through workshops that inspire, provoke and challenge.

Photo: Suzuki/Viewpoints workshop, photo by Leif Norman

In addition to PTE's work with partners like Winnipeg School Division and the University of Manitoba, in 2018-19, PTE is offering skill-specific classes for adults, including Comedy and Movement in the fall, and Spoken Voice and Voice-over Level 2 in January.

For those ready to take their skills to the next level in performances, PTE offers two performing companies - Adult Company and Youth Acting Conservatory.

ACTcessible is a program for adults with special needs that runs from September to March.

And through-out the year, special professional development workshops will be offered with established professionals in a range of subjects, for artists who are looking for an opportunity to enhance their skills.

Questions about classes? Call Sandra McEwing, Education & Tour Coordinator, at 204-925-5253, or .



    Fringe Stage Management with Melissa Novecosky | Monday, June 17, 2019 | 7 - 10 pm

    Class Fee: $30
    Maximum Participants: 25


    So, you just agreed to stage manage your best friend’s Fringe show – NOW WHAT?!?

    This three-hour crash course in stage management for the Fringe Festival is perfect for first time stage managers and those seasoned veterans wanting to brush up their skills. This hands-on session will teach you how to set-up your calling script, place and call cues, and use your tech time effectively. We’ll also discuss some organization and leadership techniques so you can spend more time at Old Market Square and less time trying to find lost props.

    All you need is your script, a binder, and a great sense of humour!


    Melissa Novecosky has had the pleasure of working on over 50 productions at theatres across the country since 2006. Trained at the National Theatre School, she has honed her skills on a variety of productions from some the smallest stages to some of the largest.

    As a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and a member of Equity’s National Council, representing the stage management region, Melissa is committed is advocating for stage managers and mentoring young artists.


    Suzuki/Viewpoints with Will Bond (Bondo) | August 6 - 10 | 10am - 2 pm

    Class Fee: $275 (5 sessions, 4 hours each)
    Maximum participants: 26



    Developed by internationally acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga, the Suzuki Method’s principal concern is with restoring the wholeness of the human body to the theatrical context and uncovering the actor’s innate expressive abilities. A rigorous physical discipline drawn from such diverse influences as ballet, traditional Japanese and Greek theater, and martial arts, the training seeks to heighten the actor’s emotional and physical power and commitment to each moment on the stage. Attention is on the lower body and a vocabulary of footwork, sharpening the actor’s breath control and concentration.


    A technique of improvisation that grew out of the postmodern dance world. It was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie, who broke down the two dominant issues performers deal with—time and space—into six categories. She called her approach the Six Viewpoints. SITI’s Anne Bogart and company members have expanded Overlie’s notions and adapted them for actors. The Viewpoints allows a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively, and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and makes ensemble playing really possible.


    Bondo is a founding member of SITI. Credits include The Medium, Small Lives/Big Dreams, Culture of Desire, Cabin Pressure, War of the Worlds (by Naomi Iizuka for SITI), War of the Worlds: The Radio Play, Bob (Drama Desk Nomination), La Dispute, bobrauschenbergamerica, Radio MacBeth, Who Do You Think You Are, Death and the Ploughman, Antigone, A Rite with Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Persians, and Chess Match #5. Regional Credits include: The Tale of Lear with Tadashi Suzuki, Persephone with Robert Wilson, MacBeth, Hamlet, The Lover, A Slight Ache, The Baltimore Waltz, The Mystery of Irma Vep, and Greater Tuna. Original works for Dance for Camera include: Option Delete, The Perfect Human 2.0, Submerged with Marianne M Kim, I'll Crane For You with Deborah Hay and currently Wicked Bodies with Liz Lerman.



Throughout the season, PTE will offer Professional Development workshops with a variety of established theatre professionals on a variety of subjects.

If you'd like to be notified as workshops are scheduled, call Sandra at 204-925-5253 or .