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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.

In addition to PTE's work with partners like Winnipeg School Division and the University of Manitoba, PTE will be offering additional classes for adults, including Comedy and Movement in the fall, and Spoken Voice and Voice-over Level 2 in January (check back in mid-August for more information).


    18 + | September to February | Auditions Sept. 6

    Mondays & Wednesdays 7-10 pm
    September 17, 2018 - February 6, 2019
    Performances February 11 - 17, 2019 (IbsenFest)
    Class Fee:  $675
    Instructor: Brenda McLean

    The Adult Company is for students interested in getting more performance experience and is geared towards students who already have some training in theatre. For the 2018-2019 season of the Adult Company, students will work towards a presentation for RMTC's Master Playwright's Festival of IbsenFest, to be performed from February 11th to the 17th, 2019 at PTE.

    Entrance to the course is by audition and interview
    Thursday, September 6 between 6 - 10 pm.
    Applicants will present one contemporary monologue, no more than 3 minutes in length, and supply a resume and headshot.

    To book an audition, please contact Sandra McEwing via email at edu.tour@pte.mb.ca or by phone at 204-925-5253.

    Returning students of the Adult Company are not required to audition.

    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 Co-Artistic Leader of Theatre Incarnate, a theatre designer, and a director. Brenda has also directed the Adult Company (ADCO) for the last six years. Brenda recently directed Tender Napalm with Theatre by the River and Theatre Incarnate; set and costume designed on Deserter for MovingTarget; and costume designed Gracie and The Good, the Bad & the Munsch for PTE.


    Grades 9-12 | September to April

    Saturdays 1-4 pm & Wednesdays 7-9 pm
    September 26, 2018 - May 4, 2019
    Performances May 9 - 11, 2019
    Class fee: $675
    Instructor: Cairn Moore

    PTE's Youth Acting Conservatory students develop a broad range of performance skills in classes taught by Winnipeg's leading theatre professionals and distinguished guest artists. More than just acting or scene study, the Conservatory offers an entire program comprised of a series of sections, each focused on a fundamental element of acting. Students will be introduced to the basics of modern acting technique through acting exercises, improvisation, movement, vocal work and script analysis.

    From January to April, the company will create and mount a full-length production with three performances.

    Admission is by audition and interview.
    Check back in mid-August for instructions to book your 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 + | 10 weeks | October to December

    Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 pm
    October 2 – December 4, 2018 | 10 Weeks
    Class Fee: $275
    Instructor: Cara Lytwyn

    Work with a professional comedian to develop your voice as a sketch and stand-up artist. Learn to formulate structured jokes, generate original material using aspects from everyday life, and build hilarious personalized routines.

    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 first performed in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival in 2010’s Shock of the New Show, and 2015 marked her fourth WCF performance. At the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Cara produced her own stand-up comedy showcase and was a featured performer in 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 premiered in 2014 on APTN.

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    18 + | 10 weeks | October to December

    Thursdays 7:30-9:45 pm
    October 4 – December 6, 2018 | 10 Weeks       
    Class Fee: $275
    Instructor: Tanja Woloshen                                 

    “The physical is the known and through it we may find our way to the unknown, the intuitive, and perhaps beyond to the human spirit itself.” –Viola Spolin

    Build a solid foundation of physical performance through exploration of movement, impulses, and gesture as a tool for theatrical expression. This class focuses on the actor's body -- learn to use your body more fully in both stylized and realistic theatre. A valuable class for serious performers.

    About the instructor: Tanja Faylene Woloshen is a contemporary dance artist and educator. Her dance works and collaborations with others have given her the opportunity to perform across Canada, USA, and Europe. Last season, she was the choreographer for Theatre Projects Manitoba’s World Premiere of A Short History of Crazy Bone (2018), and also debuted her newest work Holy Wild (2017). She is also on faculty with the University of Winnipeg, RWB, MTYP, and WHEAT (Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy Institute). www.tanjafaylenewoloshen.com

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    18 + | 9 weeks | January to March

    Tuesdays 7:00-9:15 pm                  
    January 15 – March 12, 2019 | 9 Weeks
    Class Fee:  $265
    Instructor: Tom Soares                                          

    Learn to use your voice to epitomize expression and communication skills. Lead by veteran Voice and Speech Instructor Tom Soares, you will discover innovative ways to open the body and free the voice from tension. The course will focus on the relationship between the voice and the body, and the voice and the text. This course is a must for actors and public speakers.

    About the instructor: Tom Soares is an actor, a theatre educator and a voice, text and public speaking coach; he received his MFA in Acting with a further speciation in voice from York University and has worked as an actor and as a coach in film and for many of Winnipeg's regional theatres. Tom has also taught theatre at The University of Manitoba and has taught performance and voice at The University of Winnipeg for the past seven years. 

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    18 + | 9 weeks | January to March

    Wednesdays 7:00-9:15 pm                    
    January 16 – March 13, 2019 | 9 Weeks
    Class Fee: $265
    Instructor: Brian Richardson                                

    This challenging class will take your vocal performance to the next level. Experienced voice actor and director, Brian Richardson, will lead you into a deeper examination of voice and performance techniques, character development, and the skills needed for long form narration.

    About the instructor: Brian Richardson's association with Prairie Theatre goes all the way back to its founding days, as an actor and as a teacher. A respected voice artist with credits including CBC Radio, National Film Board of Canada, and Parks Canada, Brian delights sharing his craft with interested students.

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    18+ | 20 weeks | September to March | For adults with special needs

    Mondays 6 - 8 pm | 20 weeks
    October 1 - December 10 (excluding October 8)
    January 14 - March 24 (excluding February 18)
    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.


with Thomas Morgan Jones

Join us this summer for a performance and creation intensive led by incoming Artistic Director Thomas Morgan Jones.


Developed by internationally acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga, the Suzuki Method’s seeks to heighten the actors emotional and physical power and their commitment to everyone moment on stage by returning the wholeness of the human body to the theatrical context.  It is a rigorous physical discipline that acts as fundamental training for actors in the use of their bodies, their energy, and their voice.


Originally created by choreographer Mary Overlie as the Six Viewpoints, SITI Company expanded the training and adapted it for actors.  It’s primary focus is on elements of time and space in training that is intuitive, spontaneous, and improvisational.  It helps a company of actors to generate material, gives them tools to repeat and interrogate their work and instincts, and creates ensemble.


Monday, August 27th to Saturday, September 1st

Monday–Friday, 10AM to 2PM, Saturday 10AM to 5PM

FEES: $200

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