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 at the top as they are announced. Check back often to see what is coming up, check your dates and sign up by emailing Val Russell.

Reading and Rhythms and Intervals: Oh My!!!

with Shannon Linton

An intermediate workshop on sight-reading
Monday, September 9, 6:00 -9:00 p.m.
Firehall Theatre, 3rd floor Halligan Room

In this 3-hour workshop, singers will learn about and practice four essential sight-readings skills: rhythm reading, solfege (knowing and using the scale), interval recognition, and understanding the key signatures.

This workshop will help intermediate sight-readers improve their confidence and efficiency when looking at a new piece of music for the first time.

Cost $20.00 per person.

Interested parties please contact Val Russell at

Download the workshop flyer at Reading and Rhythms and Rhymes


Past Workshops

Jazz, a Six-Week Beginner Class

with Stephanie Booth

Wednesday, June 5 – July 10, 8:15-9:15
Firehall, 3rd floor Halligan Room.

It’s that time again! Back by popular demand, Northumberland Players present

Sessions in Dance: Jazz, a Six-Week Beginner Class.

This will be a great start for those who are thinking of auditioning for Chicago!

Cost is $50.00 ($10.00 discount for paid members of Northumberland Players)

To register, contact Val Russell at and send e-transfer to accounts@northumberlandplayers   (password: jazzclass)

Space is limited so class will fill fast.

Download the workshop flyer at Sessions in Dance: Jazz!

Note: Second session of Stretch Class with Alina Adjemian will start Wednesday, june 5 , 7:00 -8:00 pm.


Playing the Lead: The Director’s Role

with Tim Fort

May 25 and 26, 2019
Firehall Theatre, Cobourg


1-1:30 pm – Introductions

1:30-4:30 pm – Directing a Show

  • Pre-audition work by Director
  • Auditions
  • First read and pre-rehearsal work
  • Rehearsals
  • Hell Week

4:30-5pm Assigning a piece to grups

5:30-6:30 pm – Dinner together at the Firehall

6:30 -8pm – Working on scene in groups


10-11:30 am – Critical analysis and discussion

11:30- Noon – Final thoughts

Cost: $25.00.

Click to read about Tim at Tim Fort’s Bio.  Download the workshop flyer at Playing the Lead Workshop.

Capacity up to 12 participants.

If you are interested, contact Val Russell at

Stretch Classes – Come and get limber!

Taught by Alina Adjemian

Classes will be for the month of May and run Tuesday nights from 7-8

(4 classes)

Cost is $30.00 and interested parties should contact Val Russell at

Space is limited and classes fill up fast, so don’t wait to register.

What a great way to prepare for our up coming classes in Jazz. Information on Jazz class

coming soon. Download Stretch Class Flyer.

Cost is $30.00 and interested parties should contact Val Russell at

Space is limited and classes fill up fats, so don’t wait to register.

Download Alina Adjemian’s Bio.

Making Funny

Presented by Melody A. Johnson

Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 1:00-5:00 pm and Sunday April 28, 2019, at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and performance 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

Firehall Theatre, Cobourg

In two, four hour workshops students will study classic comedic sketches from Monty Python and Nichols & May to contemporary Second City and Saturday Night Live scenes. Students will identify jokes within the sketch, action the script,  discuss comedic points of view, and make the strongest physical and vocal choices possible to lift the funny off the page. Our last hour of day two we will host a mini sketch presentation where family and friends are invited to laugh along at the fruits of our comedic excavation.

For more information and Melody’s bio, download Making Funny

 *Scripts will be made available for student use.

 Cost is $40.00 paid two weeks in advance of workshop. For a space in this workshop please contact


Basics and more…Makeup for Stage

Presented by Erin Daly – Makeup Artist.

Monday, January 28, and Monday, February 4, 2019, at 7:00 pm.

Firehall Theatre, 2nd floor Blair Room

Erin’  career in makeup started 16 years ago with a great education at Complections International Academy in downtown Toronto, learning about everything there is to know in the industry. She has worked in many areas of makeup including TV, weddings, workshops, lessons, spfx, fashion, and of course theatre. She has been working at Mystic Roots in Cobourg as an esthetician and makeup artist for over 10 years.

Erin has been lucky enough to work with the players for several years, and always looks forward to future workshops!

Download the flyer at Makeup for Stage

Makeup workshop with Erin Daley:

Cost is $25.00 for 2 nights, payable in advance. Contact for a space.

Hair Styles and Techniques

Wednesday September 12 and 19, 2018. Completed

Learn the specialized skills for achieving period hairstyles for the stage.

Over two evenings, Betty Atkins will demonstrate the techniques for achieving up-sweeps, finger waves, and other period “dos” and then and allow for hands on training on real models.

Betty has been a hair stylist for 48 years. She was the owner of BJ’s Hair Salon until her recent retirement. Betty is very knowledgeable about many types of period hair styles and how to achieve those “looks.”

Betty is very active in fund raising for the Ontario Cancer Society and her fee for these workshops she is presenting goes towards her 40K Walk for the Cure.

Firehall Theatre, Second Floor Blair Room, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
$25.00 for 2 sessions.

Download the Hair Styles and Techniques Flyer to share with others.

If interested please email for a space.

Costumes Workshop

Presented by Delphine White
Saturday, November 4, 2017  This workshop is now full.

Firehall, Cobourg, in the second floor Blair Room

Fee $25.00 includes light lunch break

Check back for further details about Delphine and her plan for this workshop.
In general she will be addressing how a costume designer can “create the look of each character according to the Director’s production concept and within the budget by selecting clothes and accessories the actor will wear in performance” (NP Production Handbook).

If you would like to participate in this workshop, contact Val Russell at or at 905-342-2893.

The Ins and Outs of Stage Management

Saturday, September 23, 2017 – Finished

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.


Saturday September 9, 2017

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

The workshop covered:

  • 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


Preparing for Auditions

Thursday August 31, 2017, 7:00pm

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

In this workshop intended to help actors develop their audition skills, Northumberland Players directors discussed what they look for in an audition, how to select audition material, and helped participants improve their potential audition selections.

This was a chance to ask questions and practice skill building. For those who have never auditioned, or have felt nervous about giving the stage a try, or wondered how to improve their chance for getting a role…this workshop provided opportunities to develop more confidence about how to audition.

Download Notes from Audition Workshop.