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NEW STAGE Workshop 4: Freeing the Body and Imagination Through Mask

  • The Annex 523 South Street London, ON, N6B 1C4 Canada (map)

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The tradition of actor training with masks in the modern western world began in France at the turn of the century. Training techniques were pioneered by Jacques Copeau and Jaques Lecoq. The innovative training used masks to awaken the actor’s imagination as well as ‘create a state of being that directed attention toward the telling of a story rather than a total focus on the presentation of the self in performance’. The use of masks became central to the training. In this workshop, theatre artist Peggy Coffey will take you through an introduction to mask work through practical exploration.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing, neutral in colour is best. No logos on shirts. Please wear safe footwear – running shoes /indoor shoes. Please have a water bottle.

Maximum of 10 participants.

Peggy Coffey began her professional career as an actor in 1977 at The Canadian Mime Theatre. Theatre credits include leading roles at Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, CanStage, The Grand Theatre, Blyth Festival, Lighthouse Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Blue Water Festival, Factory Lab, Essential Theatre Collective, Summerworks, and National Arts Centre. She has toured and performed in regional theatres across Canada. Teaching credits include The Birmingham Conservatory Stratford Festival, The Shakespeare Summer School for the Stratford Festival, St. Clair College, Sheridan College, and The Foundation for Enriching Education. Peggy received her Certificate of Completion in Chekhov Technique in 2011 in Boston. Peggy is also a faculty member of Chekhov Canada sharing her knowledge of Chekhov Technique with professional actors and teachers.

Not in New Stage, but interested in the workshop?

LCP Members can register for $25, and non-members for $50. Registration for the workshop will remain open until either it is filled or until June 24, 2018.

Please Note: All New Stage Workshops take place at the London Community Players' Annex Space at 523 South St, NOT at the Palace Theatre. Spots in the workshops are limited and need to be purchased in advance as some preparation may be required, as well as items brought from home. We ask that you arrive prior to the workshop start time.

Workshops spaces are only available for purchase online on a first come-first served basis. If you do not have an existing customer profile, you will need to fill one out before making your workshop purchase, including an active email address. You will receive information and correspondence regarding the workshops via email.

If the workshop you wish to attend happens to sell out before you can register, don’t despair! In the event this happens we will create a waitlist. If you wish to be placed on a waitlist for sold out New Stage workshops, you will need to email program coordinator Kaitlyn Rietdyk here. We will not be accepting waitlist requests via phone or facebook messenger.

The New Stage Program and Workshop Series is made possible by a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.