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Michael Chekhov Canada

Christina Bryson - 15 July 2012

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Title: Michael Chekhov Canada
Convener: Lionel Walsh
Participants: Lionel Walsh, Cathy Albers, Christina Bryson, Llyandra Jones, Sydney Haslam, Miranda MacDougall, Margaret Evraire, Aein Moradi, Lauren Dobbie, Rena Polley, Deborah Robertson, Suzanne Bennett, Jared Bishop, Deborah Keller, Karine Scialom

Notes
• How to create a studio in Canada that not only continues the training of the technique, offer workshops, but also produces their own plays
• Umbrella organization?
→ Example of Newfoundland Co-op (CodCo) – artists can apply for grants under the title of the established umbrella organization
→ CodCo: a name used by anyone who was a member, in order to apply for grants and do a show. Establishes the name, but new members can benefit from the status of the umbrella organization
• Do you start smaller?
• A co-op doesn’t necessarily work the same way as a business
• Rena: Would like to do something like this in Toronto, but keeping it open, bringing in the teachers, maybe not start with a permanent space, but start with an agreement. Where do we start? Build a website: here are the teachers, here’s where we are, what we’re doing, do workshops under our umbrella.
→ Yearly conference?
→ There is already a community in Toronto, we just need to put a voice to it, find ourselves a name and potential spaces
• When everyone gets back (Toronto) – put together a website/contact information
→ Meet at beginning of October, come up with content/structure, members log-in, make a short movie/trailer?,
• Collective is not to make money, minimal honorariums for teachers, but about spreading the word and creating a forum for artists to come together and learn and put into practical use the Chekhov technique
• Suzanne: Interested in on-going practice, beginning a foundation of practice (not necessarily flash workshops)
• Spencer Robson been trying to establish a weekly drop-in in Toronto, we already have a community, let’s merge together
→ The Creations Lab, in Toronto ($20 for two hours)
→ Get together, jam (“The Actor’s Gym/Lab”), drop in $5 – a way to start spreading word
• Rena willing to take ownership of website and workshops, Christina/Margaret/Llyandra willing to take ownership of the space (in collaboration with Spencer), Miranda and Sydney can do whatever they can from Windsor
• Teachers already existing in Canada: Lionel Walsh, Rena Polley, Peggy Coffey (have official certificates) …also, Cynthia Ashburger, Sara Jane, Julie Legalle,
• Labs: Review, experiment, take turns teaching and exploring, how do we practically apply this technique to our work as actors → How is this useful? Keep conversations sparked and alive, spark ideas, spark the creation of events
→ Keep a blog on the website on what we are working on and discovering
• Potential Name: “Chekhov Open Space” (Open Space Studio?)
• Establish a chatroom? Post what will be happening each week, people share offerings,
• Maybe offer session deals, pay for 4 classes, get a “card” (punch every time you go), buy different session packages
→ Pay each time you show up: ex. Come to 4 classes, get the next class free
• Monday Night (?) Tuesday Night?
• Potential Spaces:
→ Suzanne has a friend that runs Fever Graph
→ Creations Lab
→ Red Theatre
→ The Winchester
→ Dance Makers
• Lionel will be in touch with Spencer
• Rena/Llyandra will undertake the website
• Christina/Margaret, point people in Toronto, search for spaces
• Reaching out to students through department heads, asking for student contacts
• Website:
→ Who we are / mandate, etc.
→ Classes and Workshops
→ Bios and Contact
→ Open Space
→ Promotion Forum (“bulletin board” / chatroom)
→ Productions
→ Calendar
• NAME: Michael Chekhov Canada (MCC)
• MISSION: To practice and further the work of Michael Chekhov technique in Canada by sharing, teaching, and producing
→ “Michael Chekhov Canada: Sharing. Teaching. Producing.”
• Get Joanna Merlin to quote/vouch for us, not officially associate with them but give them credit, know that we are trained by MICHA
• 4 or 5 website administrators
→ Workshops/productions need to pass through Lionel, Rena, Llyandra
→ E-mails through the website : soandso@michaelchekhovcanada.ca
• Free legal advice, taxes, etc. from her aunt
→ Bank account?
→ Do we incorporate? (Then we are bound to paying taxes)
→ Best way to go about creating an artist co-op?
• Float / cashbox – bookkeeping, keep track, self-generating
• Memberships?
→ Mailing list for productions
→ Mailing list for classes/workshops
• Facebook page

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