Vancouver 1-Week Intensive

An immersive journey into breath, voice, body, image and language with David Smukler, Brad Gibson, Dawn McCaugherty and Gayle Murphy and guest instructor Tom Stroud. During the five days, you will discover new pathways to re-awaken and enhance your vocal and physical presence. At the center of the practices is the invitation to restore. You will revitalize and expand your responsiveness, resonance and range. The supportive and dynamic environment will inspire inquiry and imagination.


Dates and Location

Dates and Location

Friday May 3, 2019 - Tuesday May 7, 2019*
Five full days plus Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings
*Dates may have changed from other promotional materials

Department of Theatre and Film, University of British Columbia
B.C. Binnings Studios

Tuition and Application

Tuition and Application

1 Week: $760 CAD/$650 CAD with early bird registration by Feb 28, 2019

Start application here

What to Expect

During the five days, you will have opportunities to:

- discover new dimensions of your unique breath, body and voice
- consciously re-align unnecessary effort into easeful responsiveness
- tap into the potential of your vocal and physical imagination
- explore integrated approaches to physical, vocal, and text practices
- enrich your moment-to-moment relationship to self, to your rehearsal partners and to your audience

Actors and advanced acting students are invited to renew and revitalize their craft. Directors and playwrights will experience the actor’s process through innovative sensory practices. Dancers and movers will increase their performance range as they discover the resonance of their voices. Voice teachers will acquire approaches to enrich their teaching.


Days consist of vocal and physical practice, breath, image work, and language.

Friday May 3 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
Saturday May 4 8:30 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday May 5 8:30 am to 9:00 pm
Monday May 6 8:30 am to 9:00 pm
Tuesday May 7 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

A typical day plus evening usually looks like this:
8:30am – 9:00 am Individual arrival
9:00am – 11:45am Breath and Voice
11:45am - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm - 4:00pm Physical practice
4:00pm - 4:15pm Break
4:15pm - 6:00pm Text
6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner
7:00 pm to 9:00pm Text

Accommodation & Transportation

How to Prepare

The nature of the work demands a high level of commitment. To make the most of the five-day Intensive, clear your schedule of extra activities and auditions.

Prepare to arrive early each day. You will be provided with a short piece of Shakespeare text to memorize in advance.

In addition, please select a short piece of text from dramatic literature, either classical or contemporary, to work with. This should be no longer than 1 ½ to 2 minutes in length and should be memorized.