PIERRE BRAULT - Instructor
Pierre Brault is perhaps best known for writing, performing and touring his multi-award winning solo shows with Sleeping Dog Theatre, 5 O’Clock Bells (GCTC co-production; national tour; Rideau Awards for Outstanding Male Actor and Outstanding New Creation), Portrait of an Unidentified Man (NAC co-production; Canadian and New Zealand tours), and Blood on the Moon (Capital Critics Circle & Montreal English Critics’ Circle Awards: Best Actor). Other recent credits include The Shadow Cutter(GCTC), The Fan (Odyssey Theatre), Twelfth Night (Ottawa Theatre School), Macbeth (St. Lawrence Shakespeare), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (NAC/Western Canada Theatre),Macbeth (NAC/Citadel),The Man from the Capital (GCTC), A Night in November (Seven Thirty Productions, Capital Critics Circle Award: Best Actor). Other acting credits include Stones in his Pockets, No Great Mischief, An Acre of Time (Capital Critics’ Circle Award: Best Actor) and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (all GCTC); The Odyssey, Angel Square,Twelfth Night and The Secret Garden (all NAC). Pierre is the recipient of the inaugural Audrey Ashley Award for his body of work contribution to the Ottawa theatre scene.

Playwriting with Pierre Brault

​Telling stories, writing dialogue, putting your passion down on the page, it’s all part of what makes theatre an exciting and constantly engaging art form. Do you want to entertain with a personal story? Do you want to bring an intriguing historical character or past incident to light? Or, do you want to write a play, creating an invented world and characters entirely from your imagination.  It’s all about laying down the bones of plot, finding that conflict that ignites, and driving the action with dialogue that expresses your characters’ motives and desires. 

Participants will complete in-class writing exercises, read scenes, stories and monologues, and receive personal feedback as they practice and discuss the art of writing for the stage.  Come ready to write – and have fun!

This workshop will explore:

  • How do you go from an idea to a story, and from a story to a plot?
  • How do you create dialogue that moves the action of a play forward?
  • How do you create characters that are watchable and keep the audience listening

This class will be offered at a later date. 

Playwriting Showcase

See your short play come to life! Each participant will be immersed in the world of writing for live performance! Learn how to make your characters come alive, write believable dialogue and structure your scenes for maximum impact, all to develop a short play that will be performed as a staged reading in the Avalon Studio. Whether you’ve never written anything before or you’re experienced in another kind of writing, this course offers guidance in character development, play structure, setting, dialogue and formatting.  You’ll work on directing techniques, how to boost creativity and confidence, and above all have fun in this exciting group class! 

This course will be offered at a later date.

LAURIE FYFFE - Instructor

Laurie Fyffe is a playwright, actor, dramaturge, and Artistic Director of Evolution Theatre. Acting credits include, Ava Wolfe in the Counterpoint Players production of Corpus, and France Brooke in The Secret Life of Emily/Frances, 2015 Fringe, which she also wrote.  Laurie’s plays have been produced at the Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Blyth Festival, and Theatre Kingston. Her ten-minute play In Kabul premiered at New Theatre of Ottawa’s 2012 Short Play Festival and was subsequently produced at InspiraTo in Toronto, and the Short & Sweet Festival in Sydney, Australia. From 2014 to 2017, Laurie was Managing Artistic Director of Ottawa StoryTellers (OST), where she adapted James Bartleman’s Raisin Wine (2014), and co-wrote A Winter Tale: The Journey of the Blind Harper (2015).Laurie received her MA in Theatre from the University of Ottawa (2010), where she subsequently taught the Principles of Play Analysis. Recently, Laurie assistant directed Jacqui Du Toit’s Hottentot Venus for TACTICS 2017, and directed Evolution Theatre’s The Home Show produced at the 2017 Ottawa Fringe. In March 2018, Laurie’s play Mirage: The Arabian Adventure of Gertrude Bell will be a part of Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival in Toronto. Laurie teaches Scriptwriting for Actors at Algonquin College, School of Media Design.