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Presented by Chimera Theatre

in partnership with Actors Workshop Theatre

May 23rd to June 1st 2019

Actors Workshop Theatre | 835 University Drive, Kamloops

The Hydra Performing Arts Festival is an all-new festival for theatre, dance, and music in Kamloops, BC presented by Chimera Theatre in partnership with Actors Workshop Theatre. For our second year, we have an exciting collection of eleven new works by Kamloops artists with a focus on interdisciplinary art and challenging theatrical form. There's everything from theatre to shadow puppetry and improv to burlesque. With comedies, dramas, and shows ranging from all ages to adults only, there's sure to be something for everyone at the Hydra Festival!

These 90-minute, hands-on workshops are all suitable for beginners and no previous experience is necessary. The workshops are open to those aged 14 and up and costs $15* per participant. All participants must also have a Hydra Festival button to take part in the workshop. They cost $2 and are sold 30 minutes before any festival event (including these workshops).

We have a special deal this season for members of the Chimera Theatre Society! Purchasing a membership with a donation totally $25 or more will earn you a Snake Membership which will entitle you to a 10% discount off ALL the Chimera Theatre workshops and classes for the season! Check out our Membership Page for more information.

To register and find out about our payment options, email Space is limited, we recommend registering as soon as possible to secure your spot in the workshop.

*EXCEPT the Contact Improv Workshop, which is by donation!


May 26th, 2019 | 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Actors Workshop Theatre

Taught by Melissa Purcha, certified member of Fight Directors Canada, and Wyatt Purcha, the Co-Artistic Director of Honeybear Productions, this hour and a half workshop will teach you the basics of unarmed stage combat. Participants will gain a solid foundation of stage slaps, punches, kicks, strangles, falls, face smashes and more! The course will also cover safety for actors, creating the illusion of violence and selling violence on the stage. Come learn how to empower yourself to feel comfortable performing violent choreography and how to properly and effectively tell your story. Movement clothes and proper footwear are required. 


May 30th, 2019 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Actors Workshop Theatre


While preparing for her thesis production Trojan Women, Melissa Purcha had the pleasure of training with PUSH Physical Theatre Company in Rochester, New York. Using material/process from this company and her experience with crafting a physical and poetic production, Melissa will lead participants through a movement-based workshop that explores communication in an entirely unique way. Part dance, part non-verbal communication, this process is hard to describe but incredible to explore. No experience is required, just a willingness to move, connect, and try something new. Movement clothes and bare feet are required. 


June 1st, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Actors Workshop Theatre

Improvisation skills are not just for the comedic actor on stage, they in fact are the basic rules of effective communication and empathy. When you master these, your ability to express your own thoughts and feelings is dramatically bolstered. You will gain a better insight into the emotions of others. In this 90 minute session you will learn to collaborate, to embrace instant forgiveness, and to develop communication skills.


Paul has been with the Freudian Slips since May 2017, and performed in the role of Director from 2018-2019. He has many years of Improv and acting experience, as a founding member of ‘No Safe Word’, a long form troupe formed in Okotoks Alberta in 2009. In 2015 he founded Improv Your Life, an improvisation based personal development workshop. Paul’s is also an award winning actor, writer and director, winning the Foothills Regional one act play competition with his play ‘Michael and Karen’ in 2010. It was later presented at the Saskatoon International Fringe.


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