Welcome to the Online G7 Theatre Academy

2020/2021 Theatre Course Series

While the current pandemic has forced us to suspend in-person performances and events for the time being, it hasn't stopped us from looking for ways to provide valuable theatre-related educational experiences in the virtual environment! 

In that spirit, we're thrilled to be offering a number of theatre courses as part of our G7 Lite: Service Pack 29.5 theatre season. Starting this autumn, you'll be able to enjoy a number of training opportunities, all from the comfort of your home. Initially, you'll be able to explore what goes in to writing a play, the ins and outs of stage managing a live production, and the artistry and technicalities of creating an effective and appealing sound design for a live production. 

But that's just the start. If all goes well, we're looking at expanding our offerings to include courses in things like production design (set & costumes), lighting design, directing, maybe even some theatre history or perhaps performing Shakespeare! 

Regardless of your experience level, these courses will offer both a refresher and something maybe you didn't know about the topic. We're recruiting top-notch professional, even award-winning, instructors who are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and experience with you.

So, if you're looking for a good artistic fix for VIRUS 2020, or your looking for ways to build on your skills so you can hit the ground running when the pandemic ends, be sure to enroll today.

Stay well. Stay healthy!

Ken Hildebrandt
Executive/Artistic Director

Fall Courses - 2020

Sounds Terrific: Sound Design & Production

Three Tuesday Nights: Sept. 29, Oct. 6 & 13, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Rick Colhoun

Join us for an immersive course on sound design and production for live events, led by an award-winning professional sound designer. While focusing on live theatre environments, skills learned in this three-day course can easily be transferred and applied to other performance contexts. Topics to be explored include where to start when designing a show, what questions should a designer ask when developing the design concept and what approach, as there are many, should the designer take in creating the design. Discussion will also revolve around things like proper terminologies, what technology is available to the designer, tools of the trade, general design paperwork and finally, putting the design 'in the room'. A great course for anyone just starting out or for those wanting to brush up their skills.

COST: $90/person + order fees


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Performing Shakespeare

Four Thursday Nights: November 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Kate Muchmore Woo

Explore the fun of performing Shakespeare, while expanding upon your vocal and acting skills along the way! Learn how to interpret Shakespeare’s language in general, and explore how the text, whether it be in verse or prose, informs character choices. The course will also explore vocal techniques such as diction, cadence, and meter, and will include practical opportunities for participants to try their hand at performing a short scene or monologue from one of Shakespeare’s many plays. 

COST: $120/person + order fees. 


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The Stage Manager: Master Facilitator

Two Tuesday Nights: Nov. 17 & 24, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Instructor: Charlene Crawford

Have you ever wondered what exactly a stage manager does? Why do we even need them? Could I be a stage manager?

In this two session workshop, we will take a good look at what a stage manager does as well as the many tools a stage manager has at their disposal. From there, we'll work through several exercises that take us from “page to stage” from a stage manager’s perspective. Whether you walk away wanting to become a stage manager for real or just want to know more about the role, this workshop will cover both basic and more intermediate level topics. 

Although you'll feel like you're dealing with a lot of paperwork (because there is), there will also be some fun and deeply satisfying  “arts and craft” components. You'll even get a chance to practice “calling a show” without the pressure of having cast members, technicians and an audience listening and waiting.

COST: $60/person + order fees


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Winter, 2021

Playwriting: Shaping the Experience

Six Tuesday Nights: February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2 & 9, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Instructor: Dr. Lloyd Arnett

This course is a six-week introduction to the art of playwriting, in two parts. In Part One, participants will study the theory of the art from ancient to contemporary. The sessions will guide participants in crafting “an action” from which a play can be created and take them on through the process of extending that into a “scenario” and the dialogue of a finished product. Part Two will be a workshop in which participants read and discuss scenes they have written on their journey to making a working play. Along the way participants will learn about script-formatting, copyright, submission, and about the process of working on a live performance of their work.

COST: $180.00/person + order fees


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2020/2021 Theatre Course Instructors


Dr. Lloyd Arnett

Lloyd A. Arnett is an artist and Christian Humanist scholar, playwright, director, and dramaturg.With a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh, he is a professional performer, a new plays reader and dramaturg, has a been board member of various theatres, and taught at the University of Pittsburgh, at Penn State University (New Kensington), and for 30 years at Trinity Western University. Loving every area of theatre, Arnett has produced, directed, designed, and written or adapted numerous productions.He directs at every opportunity and has taught playwriting courses and seminars in Canada’s Lower Mainland, the American east coast, and Taipei, Taiwan.

Rick Colhoun

Rick’s music and sound career began in the late 80’s at the legendary ‘Little Mountain Sound’ recording studios. From there he moved on to another iconic studio, ‘Le Studio’ in Morin Heights, Quebec. In the early 90’s, Rick helped form a music group called ‘Hokus Pick’ and for the next 13 years, they toured all over Canada, the USA, and parts of Central and South America. This is where Rick was able to work on his songwriting and producing. At some point in the late 90’s, Rick was asked to play drums for a show at Pacific Theatre and as they say, the rest is history. Rick fell in love instantly with the theatre and got involved any chance he could. With a background in engineering, songwriting, producing, and performing….sound design for theatre seemed a fitting next step. 2019/2020 was a successful theatre season for Rick. With 3 Jessie Award Nominations and one win for sound design for Frankenstein, Lost In Darkness at Pacific Theatre, Rick is excited to be partnering with Gallery 7 for this next project.

Charlene Crawford

A graduate from TWU (BA Theatre), Charlene has been creating theatre for most of her adult life, and even before then. Working primarily in the Fraser Valley, she sometimes performs and has been seen on stage as Belinda Blair/Flavia Brent (Noise Off, TIC), King Louis/Ensemble (Hunchback of Notre Dame, TIC), Lottie Wilton (Enchanted April, Gallery 7 Theatre), and Marilla Cuthbert (Anne, Gallery 7 Theatrethis past decade. 

However, Charlene’s main passion is working behind the scenes helping theatre go from a concept on a piece of paper or computer screen to the production an audience gets to sit and enjoy.Starting her career as a Stage Manager Charlene has had the pleasure working with various independent artists at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Pacific Theatre, and several dance companies in her career.She has also designed for, produced, and directed several shows: highlights include The Fantastiks (Director, Gallery 7 Theatre), Treasure Island (Sound Designer, Theatre Junkies Anonymous) and Two Rooms (Co-Producer/Co-Director, Working Title Factions). 

For the past seven years she has worked at Gallery 7 Theatre as their Production Manager where she jokes: “I do nothing.” Really, she is responsible for watching budgets, managing schedules, encouraging people, and learning something new everyday.When she is not creating theatre, or thinking about creating theatre, she can be found being a crazy mom and wife, reading, doing new textile things, or trying a new recipe. When she grows up, she hopes to become an astronaut.

Kate Muchmore Woo

Kate is a director with credits from around the United States and BC. Directing credits include  The Women of Lockerbie (Lock and Key Theatre),  The IllusionAs Little Children, and Twelfth Night for TWU SAMC Theatre,  Crime & Punishment (Pacific Theatre/Stone’s Throw Productions), and  HairsprayA Midsummer Night’s DreamAlmost, MaineThe Female Odd CoupleRomeo & JulietThe Importance of Being Earnest Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pericles, and Auto-da-Fé for theatres around the US. Kate has a MFA in Directing from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Trinity Western University SAMC Theatre.