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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 .



    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.



    18 + | September to May| Auditions early- September 2019

    First Term: Mondays 7 - 10 pm
    September 16 - December 16, 2019
    Second Term: Mondays 7-10 pm & Wednesdays 7-10 pm
    January 6 - May 9, 2020
    Performances: Colin Jackson Studio Theatre, May 7-9, 2020
    Class Fee:  $675
    Instructor: Brenda McLean

    The Adult Company (ADCO) is a performance ensemble geared towards the presentation of a full-length show. The ADCO is geared towards students who already have some training or performance experience and want to gain more onstage experience. For the 2019-20120 season of the Adult Company, students will work towards a 3 day show presentation of a published script at the Colin Jackson Studio.

    Entrance to the course is by audition and interview.

    Applicants will be asked to audition with a side of material from the upcoming show. The ADCO will be looking for students to play particular parts in this production.

    To book an audition in early September, please email edu.tour@pte.mb.ca or phone 204-925-5253. Sides will be emailed to participants closer to the date.

    Returning students of the Adult Company are asked to enquire about available parts.

    To book an audition in September, please email edu.tour@pte.mb.ca or phone 204-925-5253.

    NOTE: the Adult Company schedule is very demanding and regular attendance is important. Extra rehearsals will be scheduled in the weeks leading up to the performance.

    About the Instructor: Brenda McLean is a theatre artist, director and designer and Co-Artistic Leader of Theatre Incarnate. Brenda has been directing the Adult Company (ADCO) for the last eight years. Recent directing credits include Love and Information, Tete-a-Tetes, The Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger, and Tender Napalm. Recent design credits include Three Penny Opera, New Magic Valley Fun Town, and Happy Place.


    Grades 9-12 | October to April

    Saturdays 1-4 pm & Wednesdays 7-9 pm
    October 9 - December 4, 2019
         (performances December, TBC
    January 15 - April 4, 2020
         (performances May 9 - 11,TBC)
    Class fee: $675
    Instructor: Cairn Moore

    PTE's Youth Acting Conservatory students develop a broad range of performance skills. More than just acting or scene study, the Conservatory offers an entire program in which students will be introduced to the basics of modern acting technique through acting exercises, improvisation, movement, vocal work and script analysis.

    Then you will perform, perform, perform! From September until April, the Conservatory will rehearse and mount a full-length production, which will run in April (the company will perform a sneak peek of their production for family and friends in December). Students will also have the opportunity to work on new plays written by young emerging playwrights, in association with the Manitoba Association of Playwrights. At the end of May, the company will perform in the Manitoba Drama Festival. 2019-20 promises to be a challenging year with exciting opportunities for live performances!

    Admission is by audition and interview.

    Audition dates will be in September (dates TBC). Students are requested to bring an acting resume and headshot, if available, and be prepared to present one contemporary monologue no more than 3 minutes in length.

    To book an audition time, please email edu.tour@pte.mb.ca in September.

    Students returning to the Youth Conservatory are not required to audition.

    About the Instructor: Cairn Moore is a director and playwright. She teaches first year performance at the University of Winnipeg and is Associate Artistic Director of FemFest. Cairn’s award-winning play SHIKSA premiered with Winnipeg Jewish Theatre in 2016 and was short-listed for the Chris Johnson Award.


    18 + | September to November, 2019

    Tuesdays 7 - 9:30 pm
    September 17 – November 12, 2019
    Class Fee:  $265
    Instructor: Cairn Moore

    Perhaps you have never been onstage and always wanted to try it out. Perhaps you were the third spear-carrier from the left in high school and knew you could do more. This is the time to take the first step!  Explore movement, voice work and character development through scene work. No previous experience necessary.

    About the Instructor: Cairn Moore is a director and playwright. She teaches first year performance at the University of Winnipeg and is Associate Artistic Director of FemFest. Cairn’s award-winning play SHIKSA premiered with Winnipeg Jewish Theatre in 2016 and was short-listed for the Chris Johnson Award.


    18+ | 9 weeks | January to March 2020
    Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm

    January 8 – March 4, 2020 | 10 Weeks
    Class Fee: $275
    Instructor: Cara Lytwyn

    Back by popular demand, Cara Lytwyn brings her comedic skills to PTE. You will work with a professional comedian to develop your voice as a stand-up artist. Learn to formulate structured jokes, generate original material using aspects from everyday life, and build hilarious personalized routines. This course will include field trips to participate in open mic nights, and feature a finale night of stand-up for your friends and family. Finally, it’s okay to be the class clown.

    About the instructor: Cara Lytwyn is the 2008 winner of Winnipeg’s Funniest Person with a Day Job and is the first winner of Winnipeg’s Funniest Comic competition. She has been a featured performer in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. At the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Cara produced and performed for several productions, including Tazzy’s Angels and WOKE Comedy Hour. Cara was selected to perform in Winnipeg’s 2010 Just for Laughs Showcase and was featured in an episode of the televised comedy series She Kills Me, which airs on APTN.



    18 + by March 2020 | 10 weeks | January to March

    Thursday, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 8 - March 4, 202020 | 10 weeks
    Class Fee: $225
    Instructors: Vida Lamour & special guests

    10’s, 10’s, 10’s across the Board!

    Drag queen Vida Lamour De Cosmo returns to PTE for the Season Three course in drag that will be more fierce and fabulous than ever before! Learn everything you need to know to transform yourself into ferocious drag royalty. Master all of the most sought-after drag secrets such as makeup and contouring, wig styling, character development, vogueing, and stage presence that will leave you and your audience GAGGING for more, Henny!

    Weekly special guests will bring their own unique elan to this diverse and exciting class. The course builds to featuring you in your very first drag show (which will be FABULOUS!).

    We have also expanded this course to be 10 weeks long, building up to your very first drag show that will be FABULOUS! Start your new year off right and slay!

    All inclusive: Women, men, trans and non-binary folx are all welcome!

    There are no limits to drag: if you can dream it, you can be it!

    About the Instructor:

    Vida Lamour Decosmo has been among Winnipeg's most popular drag queens for almost 20 years. Vida's earliest stages were at local bars, reigning as Miss Happenings 2001-02, and then later as Miss Gio's 2012-13 and Miss Club 200 2013-14. But it is as Empress that Vida has contributed the most, directing the 'Court' of Winnipeg's fundraising over two 'reigns' (years). She first served as Empress of Winnipeg back in 2011-12, and then again in 2017-18. Vida has really started to focus on supporting young performers and giving them a stage that allows everyone a chance to grow. Vida also is very supportive of  communities outside of Winnipeg, passing on her knowledge to those who are new and emerging onto the drag scene.


  • ACTcessible

    18+ | 18 weeks | September to March | For adults with special needs

    Mondays 6 - 8 pm | 18 weeks
    September 30 - December 9 (excluding October 14 & November 11)
    January 6 - March 9 (excluding February 1)
    Class Fee: $475
    Instructor: Eva Lowe

    Challenge yourself in this dynamic acting class and explore a variety of acting techniques including improvisation, storytelling, character development, movement, theatre games and play building. You will develop decision-making and communications skills while growing in self-confidence, teamwork and friendship. The class will culminate in a performance for invited friends, family and other guests.

    Registration is by phone only. Please call 204-925-5253 to register.



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 .