10 am to 2pm — 4 hrs including 30-min lunch break.
Maximum 30 students.
Auditioning for a show can be one of the hardest parts of musical theatre…if you don’t know how to do it. Having talent isn’t enough. Being right for the part isn’t enough. You’ve got to find a way to make the people casting the show – whether it’s for your school, your community theatre, the Stratford Festival, or even Broadway – think that YOU are the person they’ve been looking for all along.
Richard Ouzounian has over 300 shows to his credit, having directed around the world with people like Colm Wilkinson, Chilina Kennedy, Eric McCormack, Dan Chameroy, Cynthia Dale and many others. He’ll give you advice on everything from what to wear and what to sing down to the elusive art of making your stomach-churning nerves work in your favour. His frequent choreographic collaborator, Amanda Nuttall will give you advice on how to present yourself at a dance call even if you think you’ve got two left feet. This hands-on workshop will give EVERYONE a chance to audition, receive personal advice and then get that all-important second chance to knock it out of the park.
Richard Ouzounian has worked in the arts professionally for 48 years. During that time, he has directed, written, or performed in nearly 300 shows.
He has served as Artistic Director of 5 major Canadian theatres, been an Associate Director of the Stratford Festival of Canada for 4 seasons and was Harold Prince’s assistant on the original Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera.
He was Theatre Critic of the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper, for 15 years, spent 14 years as the host of CBC Radio’s highly popular Broadway program, Say It With Music and was the Creative Head of Arts Programming for TVOntario for 5 years.
He received his B.A. in English from Fordham University in New York in 1970 and a joint M.A. in Directing and Creative Writing from U.B.C. in Vancouver in 1972. He was made a Doctor of Sacred Letters by Thorneloe University in 2003.
Ouzounian has taught and/or directed at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Winnipeg, Dalhousie University, the University of Toronto (Hart House) and Sheridan College.
Amanda is a diverse choreographer, instructor, adjudicator and performer. She is a graduate of the Randolph College, and a certified acrobatics instructor with the Acro Dance Teacher’s Association of Canada.
As a choreographer, Amanda has worked with theatre companies across the country including the Stephenville Theatre Festival in Newfoundland, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg and Talk is Free Theatre in Barrie, ON. She has also choreographed musical productions for both Sheridan College and Randolph College, and has conducted workshops in choreography, theatre and dance at high schools across the GTA.
Dates & Times
FRI FEB 21, 2020 – 10am
Community Studio Theatre
Student: $20 (All in)
Please contact Erica Charles, Community Engagement Coordinator.
905.681.2551 ext. 6302