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CLASSES AT PTE

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, 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 .

  • ADULT COMPANY

    18 + | September to February | Auditions Sept. 6

    Mondays & Wednesdays 7-10 pm
    September 17 - December 12, 2018
    January 7 - 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.

  • YOUTH ACTING CONSERVATORY

    Grades 9-12 | September to April

    Saturdays 1-4 pm & Wednesdays 7-9 pm
    September 26 - December 8, 2018
         (performances December 9-15, TBC
    January 9 - May 4, 2019
         (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. 2018/19 promises to be a challenging year with exciting opportunities for live performances!

    Admission is by audition and interview.


    Auditions to join the Youth Conservatory, with instructor Cairn Moore, will take place at PTE in the Imperial Studio on Thursday, September 6, between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm and Wednesday, September 12 from 7:00 pm to 9:00. 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 Sandra McEwing at edu.tour@pte.mb.ca, or call 204-925-5253

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

    Students will be notified of their admission status by end of day Monday, September 17. 


    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.

  • COMEDY

    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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  • MOVEMENT

    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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  • SPOKEN VOICE

    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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  • VOICE-OVER LEVEL 2

    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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  • ACTcessible

    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 7 - March 18 (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.

    About the Instructor: Eva Lowe has taught classes for PTE for the past nine years and has enjoyed her time with the Monday night class. She has many years of experience teaching students with a vast range of strengths and needs. Eva has a particular interest in supporting students in their growth as individuals, and team members, through the development of social/emotional skills.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

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 .