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

Playwriting in Movement @ Tarragon Theatre this March 2018

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 six-week, 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.


Please contact: with a CV and a half page paragraph of interest. Registration is limited.


$550 Regular
and $440 Equity/Artist discount

Note: Once a participant has been approved to join the course, their spot will not be reserved until the theatre has received a 20% deposit.

SPRING 2018 DATES & TIMES: 9 CLASSES FROM 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.

Tuesday March 6 6:30-9:30 pm
Thursday March 8th 6:30-9:30 pm
Tuesday March 13th 6:30-9:30 pm
Thursday March 15th 6:30-9:30 pm
Monday March 19th 6:30-9:30 pm
Thursday March 22nd 6:30-9:30 pm
Tuesday March 27th 6:30-9:30 pm
Thursday March 29th 6:30-9:30 pm
Monday April 2, 2017 6:30-9:30 pm

Click here for more information and to register. 

August 26th to 27th, 2017:  Creative Writing - How Do You See? (Toronto) 

Creative Writing: How Do You See? focuses on how to connect to our own unique self-expression and writing process through observation and movement. It looks at the writing process as a visceral exercise and through the use of a variety of source material we will develop dialogue, character, plot and form.

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 Devised Theatre, Cairo, Egypt, November 2016

Devised Theatre, Cairo, Egypt, November 2016