SHADOW THEATRE WORKSHOPS for Adults (17+) Level 1 & 2


NOVEMBER 6, 2016
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This workshop is created for Adults (17+). Professionals, students, teachers, as well as beginners who have passion for magical theatre are invited to participate!

- BASICS OF SHADOW TECHNIQUE. Technical skills: what kind of lamps, screens, materials you need to set up effective shadow theatre. How to operate shadow puppetry.
- WARM UP. Practical exercises for your hands and arms that will train your body to be firm since shadow operation requires precision in your hands and the whole body.
- CREATION OF SHADOW PUPPETRY. Students will learn how make their own shadow silhouettes and how to select props that will look beautiful on the screen.
- SCENE WORK. Students will work with their shadow puppets and learn to operate them while telling an original story on stage.

DECEMBER 4, 2016
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

- WARM UP. Practical exercises for your hands and arms that will train your body to be firm since shadow operation requires precision in your hands and the whole body.
- COLOUR SHADOWS. Shadows don’t have to be black and white! How to colour your shadow image. Students will be making shadow puppets and work with light.
- MOVING SCREENS. How to use screens of all sizes and shapes that are not only built into your set, but rather are coming from your costumes and props.
- BODY AS A TOOL. Learning to include your body into the shadow picture or use it as a screen.
- Learning to apply shadow theatre to your own shows or teaching practices.

What to bring:
- Comfortable clothes, preferably black;
- Indoor shoes;
- Bottle of water;
- Adventurous mood!

Instructors: Ekaterina Vetrov and Alexander Vetrov
Location: Studio 311, Department of Theatre, 135 Seraphin-Marion Pvt., University of Ottawa.
Duration: 3 hours.

Price: Adults $40, Students $30.
(Price includes the materials you will be using, so you are welcome to take home your shadow puppets).

For more info, please,  contact:
Ekaterina Vetrov
Payment options: Online at our Website, Email Transfer, In Person.

Stage Combat Workshop – Summer 2014

Don’t miss our Stage Combat Workshop at 100 Watt Earth Stage, Ottawa International Children’s Festival!


Presentation of Stage Combat routine on Earth Stage.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Movement & Stage Combat Workshop: taught by Alexander and Ekaterina Vetrov.
Suitable for children 7 and up.
Children will start with physical warm up and then learn basic stage combat skills and perform their routine in front of the audiences at 100 watt Earth Stage!

Set Design Workshop – Spring 2014


Building the maquette with Elena.

Date: March 16th, 2014
Guest Instructor: Elena Miroshnichenko (Professional Set Designer from Montreal)
Students will explore basics of Set Design going through the whole process: selecting a scene from the play, analyzing the text, sketching set design, and finally building a maquette of their dream production.

Chemistry Meets Theatre Workshop – Spring 2014


Volcano experiment performed by Anna Vlassova and Junior students.

Date: March 9th, 2014.
Guest Instructor: Anna Vlassova (Biochemist)
In this exceptional workshop students will learn how chemistry is used in theatre. Students will experiment with chemical reactions to create special theatre effects on stage.

Summer 2011 Workshops and Readings!

OUK Theatre hosts FREE acting workshops and readings for children based on The Little Prince in July-August 2011 at Ottawa Public Libraries.
Please, make sure to register in advance at your library!

Jennifer Capogreco as the Little Prince.

Workshops: “Make a Splash in Theatre”

Explore scenes from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince through movement and voice exercises.
Instructors: Ekaterina Shestakova and Jennifer Capogreco
Ages 8-12
Max participants: 15
90 minutes

Tuesday, July 19 2pm
Rosemount Public Library
18 Rosemount
Ottawa, K1Y 1P4
Contact: Jennifer Johnson

Wednesday, July 20 2pm
 Public Library
50 Castlefrank
Ottawa, K2L 2N5
Contact: Annie Miller

Thursday July 21 2pm
North Gower
 Public Library
6579 Fourth Line
Ottawa, K0A 2T0
Contact: Catherine Flegg

Monday August 8, 2pm
Emerald Plaza
 Public Library
1547 Merivale
Ottawa, K2G 4V3
613-224-7874 x.222
Contact: Jessica Desilets/Tracy Facchin

Wednesday, August 10 2pm
Blackburn Hamlet
 Public Library
199 Glen Park
Ottawa, K1B 5B8
613-824-6926 ex:224
Contacts: Mary Lavergne

Thursday, August 11 2pm
 Public Library
281 Woodroffe
Ottawa, K2A 3W4
Contact: Margaret Kirkwood

Readings: “The Little Prince”
Ottawa’s Once Upon A Kingdom Theatre presents a staged reading of excerpts from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.
Ages 8-12
Max participants: 30
60 minutes

Saturday July 23 10:30 am
Actors: Jennifer Capogreco and Martin Glassford
 Public Library
1049 Bank
Ottawa, K1S 3W9
Contact : Helene Merritt or Sue Townley

Saturday July 23 2pm
Actors: Jennifer Capogreco and Martin Glassford
St. Laurent Piblic Library

515 Côté
Ottawa, K1K 0Z8
Contact : Kristina Roudiy/Beth Goslett

Saturday August 6 10:30am
Actors: Jennifer Capogreco and Martin Glassford
Nepean Centrepointe Piblic Library

101 Centrepointe
Ottawa, K2G 5K7
Contact: Susan Zuber, Kathleen Moore

Saturday August 6 2pm
Actors: Jennifer Capogreco and Martin Glassford
Greenboro Public Library

363 Lorry Greenberg Drive
Ottawa, K1T 3P8
Contact: Lise Dumas or Andrea Madore

Acting Workshop: Impulse, Intuition, Transformation.

Sunday, November 7th, 2010
at University of Ottawa.

After many requests, Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre is glad to offer the Acting Workshop for adults (18 and up)!

Fast reaction and response to various everyday situation, good intuition and positive attitude when interacting with people (family, friends, co-workers), rich imagination and confident behaviour are key to success in life! This workshop will develop your skills to react and respond quickly to unexpected situations that happen in life, interact with people easily and intuitively, use your imagination and learn to relax when performing on public.

For experienced actors this workshop will push beyond the actor’s existing parameters, strengthen actor’s improvisation skills, stage presence, range of movements, transformation, immediacy and connection with a partner on stage and with the audience.

This workshop is created for people with any level of acting experience (from beginners to professionals). Acting skills that you will gain during the workshop will be useful on the theatre stage as well as in everyday life.

Instructor: Ekaterina Shestakova
Date: Sunday, November 7th, 2010.
Time: 3:00pm to 7:00 pm, including a break
Price: $25
Location: 85 University St, University of Ottawa, room UCU 125 (call the instructor, if you get lost!).

The workshop schedule:

3:00pm – 5:00pm: Warm up; exercises for breath control and relaxation; exercises on impulse, imagination and transformation; exercise on connection establishment: non-verbal interaction with partner with elements of pantomime.

5:00pm – 5:15pm: Break. We advise you to bring water and light snacks for the break.

5:15pm – 7:00pm: Contact improvisation using methods learnt from exercises (work in pairs) and performance for the group.

Please make sure to wear clothing which is comfortable to move in. The work will be physically demanding. Footwear should ideally be soft (Outside shoes are not allowed in the studio).

Info and registration:
For more information and to REGISTER, contact Ekaterina at or call 613-868-8343.

Only 20 spots are available, so register now!