U of T Spotlight – Workshops

Below are the workshops happening in the coming months. Please read the information carefully and follow the available links to register.

Please note: U of T Spotlight Workshops are only open to currently enrolled U of T students.


Stage intimacy WorkshopStage Intimacy Workshop

Come join combat and intimacy director Siobhan Richardson to learn about the work, choreography, and discussion that goes into bringing intimacy on stage to life. Incredibly relevant in the current climate, ideal for actors, directors, choreographers and anyone who wants to know more about how to create memorable moments in safe, responsible ways.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Siobhan is an actor/fighter/singer/dancer, currently based in Toronto, but originally from Kitchener-Waterloo, and trained at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria. Tours and traveling are one of the perks of the job! She’s currently working on several personal projects both for screen and for stage. The one closest to her heart is the development of play with music inspired by Baroque France’s “La Maupin”: opera singer, dancer, actress … and renowned duelist.

When: Tuesday, February 27 | 7-9 pm
Where: Music Room, Hart House
Cost: Free | Registration required here>>


Patrick de BelenSpoken Word

Hey, slam poets! UofT Spotlight is back with yet another workshop — this time on how to elevate your spoken word pieces to new heights. Join national slam champion Patrick de Belen and learn how to engage your written word pieces not only with audiences, but with communities. Bring your pen, your notebook, and your energy to this exciting event! No prior experience is required, poets of all levels are welcome.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Patrick de Belen is a rare breed of artist. This Toronto-based Filipino spoken word poet, performer, speaker, host and educator is one whose formidable acclaim as a performance artist and writer is equaled by his commitment to his community, and his status as an enduring source of insight, energy and mentorship for young poets across North America. As a performer, Patrick has garnered praise and admiration for his ability to blend sharp social commentary with an exhaustless wit, charm and creative candour. This combination of talents has made him a national slam champion, as he was at the 2012 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and a performer of note on such platforms as CBC, TED Talk, NEXE and others. He is also the first ever recipient of the Spoken Word Poet of Honour award at YouthCanSlam–Canada’s national youth poetry festival, an award he won on the basis of his dual talents as a poet of remarkable ability and an educator of enduring devotion, passion and intelligence. 

When: Wednesday, March 14 | 7-9 pm
Where: South Sitting Room, Hart House
Cost: Free | Registration required here >>


Stage CombatStage Combat II

Come join Toronto’s own Nate Bitton, an experienced Fight/Movement Director, Actor and Theatre Creator in an overview of stage combat, safety and more. Learn hand to hand combat, professional practice,and what it’s like to be a Fight and Movement director. A continuation of our first term Stage Combat workshop, Combat II will teach you in even more about the world of staged fight choreography. Participants of all levels are welcome, and are encouraged to bring water and wear comfortable clothes they are able to move in.

When: Sunday, March 25 | 1-4 pm
Where: Hart House Activities Room
Cost: Free | Registration required here >>