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Lloyd_ArnettcolourGallery 7 Theatre & Performing Arts Society of Abbotsford is pleased to be holding its final workshop of the 2010/2011 theatre season, Directing for the Stage, on March 12, 2011, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

With this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore both basic and advanced skills in directing Topics to be discussed will include research processes, text analysis, collaborating with actors and designers, developing a rehearsal schedule, implementing effective rehearsal techniques and generally transforming ideas in to reality.

 "This is a great workshop for those working in church, school and community theatre settings," explains Ken Hildebrandt, the company's Artistic Director. "Even actors will benefit by exploring the playmaking process from a completely different perspective." 

Leading the all-day workshop is theatre director, producer, actor and professor, Dr. Lloyd Arnett. A Christian-humanist scholar and theatre artist, Arnett is a native of West Virginia, USA.  He has been on the faculty of Trinity Western University Theatre in Langley, British Columbia, Canada since 1991. In 20 years at TWU he has produced over 130 shows, directed 40, designed sets for 22 and written 13. Most recently, from  2008-2010, he has directed Jeffrey Hatcher's Scotland Road , his own work, Angels, the musical Cotton Patch Gospel, Molière's Tartuffe, David Auburn's Proof, Halo by Canadian dramatist Josh Macdonald and Larry Shue's The Foreigner. As a director his work has been seen in Seattle and on Canadian stages such as Pacific Theatre, Chemainus Theatre on Vancouver Island, and Gallery 7 Theatre. 

Cost for Directing for the Stage is $65.00/person and includes the workshop, a snack, bottled water and a light lunch. It will be held at the MEI Theatre, 4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. Space is limited so people are encouraged to register early.

For more information, or to register for the course, please call 604-504-5940 or register online at the theatre's website at www.gallery7theatre.com.