THE 2018/2019 GROUNDWORK WORKSHOP SERIES was made possible through The City of Fredericton, The Beaverbrook Art Gallery and St. Thomas University Dept. Of English Drama Concentration.


The COOP CORPS training initiative will continue into its third season in 2018/2019, offering diverse and challenging workshops with guest teachers and performance artists from across Canada through the GROUNDWORK Workshop Series. GROUNDWORK workshops are open to anyone with a curiosity for performance, including actors, dancers, physical performers, movers, and martial artists. 

For our third season we are excited to be partnering with a different organization for each workshop intended to offer our workshop participants access to a variety of engaging creative spaces. We are particularly excited to be partnering with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery to offer or Contact Improv workshop in the world class new gallery space.

Beginning in Contact with Sally Morgan

Wednesday November 14th
7:00PM – 10:00PM - The Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street - Enter Through the Main Doors.
Workshop presented in partnership with The Beaverbrook Art Gallery
$10/Students or $15/Everyone Else

In this workshop participants will uncover the fundamental principles of Contact Improvisation. They will move towards opening and sharpening their senses, deepening awareness of the body and those we dance with. Participants will use developmental movement patterns and contact dance as the foundation and explore yield, tone/support, touch, falling, rolling, giving/taking weight, leading/following, and most importantly...listening. 

ABOUT SALLY MORGAN (BFA, MES, Dip. Sustainable/Environmental Ed, PhD in progress)

Sally Morgan has been a part of the Canadian dance community for over 20 years. She has studied internationally in contemporary and postmodern dance, improvisation/contact improvisation and somatics. Her work has been presented across Canada, in Europe and the USA.  Sally is currently pursuing studies in Somatic Movement Education as well as a PhD. Her research focuses on ecosomatics, improvisation, relational embodied ethics, place, environmental education, performance/ecology, and slow pedagogies. She co-ordinates the Somatic Movement Exploration Lab (SME) in Toronto and is also a Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor. In 2016/17 she taught in the English and Theatre Department at Acadia University and is currently teaching Dance and Movement in the Acting program in The Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University.

The Joy of Pretending with Katie Swift

Wednesday October 3rd
2:30PM – 5:20PM – Black Box Theatre 
51 Dineen Drive – JDH St. Thomas University
Workshop presented in collaboration with St. Thomas University English Department Drama Concentration
Free to STU Students - $10/Students or $15/Everyone Else

Inspired by her work with master clown teacher, Philippe Gaulier, The Joy of Pretending is a theatre workshop led by award-winning theatre artist, Katie Swift that invites all participants to rediscover the thrill of playing hide and seek as a child. The delight of playing games or "Le Jeu" is the foundation for creating an alive and authentic performance. In this 3 hour class, come discover how to have physical complicity with a group, how to share your pleasure of pretending with an audience and how to sensitively and spontaneously create a character through improvisation. Come play!


Originally from Sussex, NB, Katie is now a theatre creator based in Toronto. Recently, she served as Artistic Producer with the national oral history & theatre project called, The Tale of a Town-Canada.  She has worked with companies across the country including the National Arts Centre, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Festival Players, TNB, 2btheatre, Theatre NorthWest and more. She is the recipient of a Rideau Award and a Merritt Award nominee.  In her creation work she is committed to making theatre that is alive, authentic and physically engaging.  Katie has been an adjudicator and instructor at the NBTA Provincial Drama Fest for the past six years and is currently creating a radio documentary about the fest. She is a graduate of Dalhousie University and The National Theatre School of Canada.


More information coming soon…
Monday February 25, 2019 – Playwrighting with Hannah Moscovitch (Time & Location TBA)

Sally morgan at one white rabbit residency in nova scotia

Sally morgan at one white rabbit residency in nova scotia

Workshop Instructor Katie Swift with her mentor, philippe gaulier

Workshop Instructor Katie Swift with her mentor, philippe gaulier