Nicolle Nattrass is an actor (CAEA/UBCP) and playwright (Playwrights Guild of Canada) who has over 15 years of experience teaching with various individuals, theatres and organizations some of which include Camosun College, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Kaleidoscope Theatre, UnoFEST, Evolving Arts Collective, Stage 43, Theatre BC, North Island BC Festival, Vancouver Coastal Health as well as individual coaching. She worked as Education Co-ordinator for the Chemainus Theatre Festival from Sept. 2010-2013 launching the Island Savings Discover Theatre workshops, teaching over 140 Grade 4 and Grade 10 Theatre workshops.
For a current Instructor/Workshop Facilitator Resume, please contact Nicolle directly.
Solo Show Intensive Level I
(One day and/or Weekend available)
This intensive workshop will provide the essentials of what it takes to create, perform and produce a one person show. The workshop will explore the fundamental elements of a solo show as well as providing practical writing exercises to generate material, build stakes in your writing and create dynamic characters. We will explore writing exercises, improvisation, the business of solo shows and tips for marketing and production. My goal is to share all that I know to ignite and inspire your process!
Wear comfortable clothes, bring paper and pens. It is not necessary to have a play – just bring your ideas! This workshop will provide a working space to discover and generate your material for your show.
Solo Show Intensive Level II
(One day and/or Weekend available. Pre-requisite Solo Show Level I)
Writing solo can be challenging which is why Level II workshop will give you a re-charge, help solidify your solo show and bring you closer to your goal of a production.
The Level II workshop will provide a safe, supportive working environment which will involve sharing your material in a group and/or working in partners, receiving feedback and direction in order to help shape, expand and clarify your material. This is an opportunity to share your developing material in a creative, open and supportive environment.
Comments from Past Solo Workshop Participants:
Most recent wkshps: June 2013 Unofest Victoria BC
“I found Nicolle’s workshop most empowering; it unleashed a torrent of creative energy for me. Lot’s of good practical advice as well. Would highly recommend the experience!”
“I wanted to thank you for your incredible generosity in your workshops. Not everyone is willing to share so much. It’s a sign of a good heart, and a true professional.”
“Your course was an absolute breath of fresh air! Thank you truly!”
“I enjoyed your workshop very much! It really supported me in moving forward with my play. I am most thankful. I am more motivated than ever to share my message and story!”
The Business of Being A Performer
This workshop will introduce you to the business aspects of being a performer. We will review the importance of a resume, headshot, how to write an effective cover letter so you can get a theatre audition, record keeping. We will explore how to combine your artistic talent with an understanding of how to take care of yourself in the business of being an actor, in and out of the audition/callback/rehearsal process. If you want to build a career as a professional actor, this workshop is for you.
Mama Memoirs~ Mamas Write~!
Mama’s get together to write down their experiences using different writing techniques.Why? Because being a mama is one of the most unique and creative experiences ever! From pregnancy to birth to mamahood…the ever changing journey has begun. Taking the time to capture these moments in our busy lives for memories that we can treasure later on. Come join this intimate group in a 6 week evening workshop facilitated in a loving, non judgemental environment led by Nicolle Nattrass, Mama, professional playwright and actress. We will write, connect with each other and honor our individual journey. Presentation optional.
Workshop will be kept small, maximum 8 participants. Guided writing exercises as well as free form rants & raves!
Put life in your work!
Ages 14 to Adults!
Develop your acting skills in this class where you will explore characters, write your own sketch material and perform it! You will learn the art and the fun of putting your original ideas into monologues, scenes and sketch comedy! Experience the thrill of performing your own work. Class will finish with a group theatre/onstage performance.
Monologue, Audition and Techniques for Theatre
Every actor should have three pieces they can do at the drop of a hat on the day you are called for the same day audition. Pieces/monologues you love and are confident doing, no matter what or when. We will discuss your choices, your strengths, choose new ones, or improve ones you have already. We will discuss the nature of ‘contrast’. You can build auditions that contain complimentary pieces. If your pieces feel tired we can breathe new life into them. If you need new pieces we will find them. Other areas to be investigated: finding the physical, emotional, and verbal freedom to make choices in the presentation of the monologue; courage, boldness, directness; the importance of total preparation; the audition itself and SIMPLICITY. Both pieces will be presented in a mock audition during the last class.
Other Workshops Available:
Auditioning for Commercials
Getting Into Character
Introduction to Playwrighting
Creative Journaling: The Promises of Recovery
Nicolle also offers one on one feedback & dramaturgy and coaching for new writers. She is pleased to be part of team of presenters for a new retreat, Tina Overbury’s LIVE YOUR BEST STORY that takes place on Bowen Island.
Reasonable rates for feedback, guidance and support for new writers working on their solo shows. See Professional Writing Support Page. Custom Built Workshops can be developed to suit your groups or individual needs. Deposit is required and non-refundable. Group discount rates available as well as discounts for ACTRA & CAEA Members in good standing.