Northumberland Players offers workshops in theatre performance and theatre production. They are co-ordinated by Valerie Russell.

Workshops provide opportunities to learn from recognized, experienced and knowledgeable teachers. They are conducted in a group at the Firehall with others who share the passion for community theatre.
In addition, there are workshops offered by other organizations in the community that might be of interest.
Workshops will be added as they are announced. Check back often to see what is coming up, check your dates and sign up by emailing Val Russell.

Preparing for Auditions

Thursday August 31, 7:00pm
Firehall Theatre 3rd floor Halligan Room
$15.00 fee

Facilitators: Val Russell, Marie Anderson, Alina Adjemian, Jack Boyagian, Matt Kowalyk

This workshop is intended to help actors develop their audition skills.
It does not guarantee a part in any Northumberland Players production.
Northumberland Players directors will discuss what they look for in an audition, how to select audition material, and help participants improve their potential audition selections.

Please come prepared with a song or short monologue. (If a solo, a copy of your music needs to be dropped of at the Fire hall by August 20th, or you may use an MP3 recording)

This is a chance to ask questions, practice skill building, feel more confident in an audition situation. If you have never auditioned, or have felt nervous about giving the stage a try, or wondered how to improve your chance for getting a role…this workshop is also for you.

Please email Val Russell  if interested in participating.

This workshop will be of particular interest to those auditioning for Sister Act in September.

The Ins and Outs of Stage Management

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Firehall Theatre, second floor Blair Room

Facilitator: sandra Henderson. See sHenderson_BIO 2017

sandra Henderson is a performance practitioner based in Toronto, Ontario. Her practice in the arts is rooted strongly in the belief that performance projects are best understood holistically, bridging technical and artistic conversations and fostering dialogue across disciplines. She brings this belief to all of her work as production manager, tour coordinator, lighting designer, stage manager, rehearsal director, performer or technician.

$25.00 per participant (lunch included)

If you would like to participate in this workshop please email Val Russell.


Saturday September 9, 10:00 – 3:00pm

Firehall Theatre, second floor Blair Room
Cost $20.00/ light lunch included

Facilitator: Hilary Sadler, Manager, Marketing & Development, The Burlington Performing Arts Centre

The workshop will cover:

  • Defining integrated marketing communications
  • Delivering the same method through a variety of channels (print vs digital)
  • Defining branding
  • Identifying the Target Audience
  • Digital communication technologies

If you plan to participate, here’s the homework. Respond to the following questions. No more than 1 page  – point form is good. Send it to Val by August 25, please.

  • Describe Northumberland Players (100 words or less)
  • What is your mandate?
  • Who is your target audience(s)?
  • Who is your competition?
  • What do you want to take-away from the workshop?

If you would like to register for this workshop please email Val Russell

Past Workshops

Being YourSelf™ • Body, Mind and Music: A workshop for Singer-Actors!

Saturday, January 28, 2016

Facilitators Jennifer Moir and Babette Lightner  invited participants to come and experience how beautifully your system is designed to support you to sing, to move and to BE. Be supported in the knowledge that the foundation of artistic freedom and expression is in YOU; how you are in the world; how you can harness all that you already know to work for you.

Read about the clinicians, Jennifer Moir Bio and Babette Lightner Bio 2016


Comedy 101 with Melody Johnson:
How to be Hilarious / Sketches and Scenes / Foundations for Funny

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Facilitator Melody Johnson, (actor/ writer of Miss Caledonia and teacher at the Humber School of Comedy and The Second City) led a four-hour intensive workshop focusing on the fundamentals of improvisation, (saying “yes!”, being present, listening, embracing failure by risk taking, ensemble play), while also inviting participants to bring in a memorized comedic monologue (no more than two minutes) for exploration and direction.
You can access information about Melody Johnson and promotional materials for her show, see Melody A. Johnson.


A Little Illumination!
(or “what those mysterious folks in black are really up to…”)

October 12, 2016

Facilitators David Hoare and Tim Russell guided particpants through basic and advanced lighting theory and techniques in a fun and intensive 3-hour practical seminar at the Firehall Theatre in Cobourg,After completing the seminar, participants were invited to join the lighting team for one or more shows during our season as a co-designer, technician or assistant.

For information about the seminar leaders, see david-hoare-bio and tim-russell-bio


“Can They Hear Me? Do They Get It?”
A workshop focusing on Projection, Diction and Resonance.

September 10, 2016

This workshop was designed specifically for performers at the Best Western and Firehall Theatres where amplification is minimal and where acoustics are not optimal.

It was open to all performers in Northumberland Players.
Facilitator was Heather Stubbs. Read more about Heather at HEATHER STUBBS BIO, 2016.


Sound Production: Canadian Women Working in Music & Shelter Valley Folk Festival

May 22, 2016

Shelter Valley Folk Festival invited women to the first in their learning series – Sound production.
This course is in cooperation with Canadian Women Working In Music, and is an opportunity for women to learn the basics of sound production for a live show. Participants would be introduced to the process of set up for a show, how to manage a sound board, what to listen for in mixing sound, basic trouble shooting, and stage management