Open Heart Surgery has taught workshops in Canada, France, UK, USA and Cairo.  Please contact us for further information on booking a workshop in Physical Theatre, Writing in Movement or Creative Writing at your institution.

Upcoming Workshops

Writing in Movement- Playwriting

@ U of T coming August 2019!

Writing in Movement focuses on how to develop dramatic texts; journeying participants through exercises that bring writing into movement.   We will cover the following:

*  The Concrete and Neutral Mask

*  Painting and Music

*  Narration and Monologue / Forms of Writing


A three-day playwriting workshop for writers, playwrights, directors and seasoned actors.

This workshop proposes a discovery into the act of writing text for the stage through the lens of movement. MacPherson will lead the group through Ecole Jacques Lecoq’s theatrical principles of movement, space and play and apply this to the craft of playwriting. We will begin our journey with the neutral mask and explore movement and space, nourishing our understanding of situation, character, observation and spatial relationships. We will search for our voice and inspiration through an exploration of music, painting and poetry through practical exercises that ignite text. The class will culminate with each student creating a short self-contained piece to be read and/or performed on the final day.

The workshop will involve movement exploration, improvisation, in-class writing exercises, discussion and group work. Please wear clothes you are comfortable moving in.


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Registration is limited so please sign up soon! Limited Subsidies are available.





Friday August 16th 6:00-9:00 pm

Saturday August 17th 1:00-5:00 pm

Sunday August 18th 1:00-5:00 pm

University of Toronto, Helen Gardiner Playhouse, 79 St George Street

Devised Theatre, Cairo, Egypt, November 2016

Devised Theatre, Cairo, Egypt, November 2016

Writing in Movement at University of Toronto, August 2017

Writing in Movement at University of Toronto, August 2017