Skeleton Key Theatre

Skeleton Key Theatre creates and produces immersive theatrical experiences. Our plays often take place outside of a traditional theatre space, and are created through collaborative creation (also known as devising). Our shows have been performed in places such as an old bread factory, a church sanctuary, and the Ottawa River.  
 
Founded in 2010, Skeleton Key is an independent project-based company based in Ottawa headed by Co-Artistic Directors Kate Smith and Madeleine Boyes-Manseau. Our work is designed to spark cross-generational discussion in an attempt to make the company’s theatrical events a place for shared experience and exchange.

Past Productions include: Swan River (currently in development and premiering at the 2018 Ottawa International Children’s Festival); Burger King Lear (Fresh Meat Festival, Ottawa, 2016); Runaway (subDevision, Ottawa, 2015); The Curator (Magnetic North Theatre Festival/subDevision, Ottawa, 2013 and In The Soil Festival, St. Catharines, 2014); Ladies of the Lake (undercurrents Festival, Ottawa, 2013); and She Hath Done What She Could (subDevision, Ottawa, 2012).

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Engaging in dramatic role play; identifying elements of drama and analyzing dramatic structure; developing creative risk-taking and problem-solving skills; planning and shaping dramatic work through scene building and storytelling; exploring theatrical style and form; exploring multiple perspectives through character and form; devising and creation skills.


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Residency
Residency
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Performance
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Workshop
Senior
Seniors
Language
English
French
French Immersion

Exploring Theatre

Residency Workshop English

Primary students will be introduced to drama through fun games and exercises designed to encourage confidence and creative risk-taking. This workshop includes dramatic role-playing, introduction to character, tableaux (dynamic staging) and sound and movement exploration.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
Half day: one 90 minute session $335 + HST
Full day: two 90 minute sessions $495 + HST

*sessions for kindergarten will be 1 hour each
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Creating Theatre

Residency Workshop English

Junior students build on their knowledge of drama in this workshop, which leads them through the process of creating their own short original piece of theatre. Students will discover what makes an engaging story, learn how parameters help guide the creation process and explore different ways to express narrative through image and staging.

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
Half day: one 90 minute session $335 + HST
Full day: two 90 minute sessions $495 + HST

*sessions for kindergarten will be 1 hour each
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Devising Theatre

Residency Workshop English

Older students learn from working with artists who are pushing the boundaries of the form and contributing to the canon of new Canadian work. They will explore and learn techniques for theatrical storytelling: determining the elements of a compelling story; generating material; how to collaborate and work as an artistic team; assessing parameters; and discovering surprising and unconventional ways to tell a story using theatrical expression, drawing on the company’s extensive devising background.

Participants:
Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
Half day: one 90 minute session $335 + HST
Full day: two 90 minute sessions $495 + HST

*sessions for kindergarten will be 1 hour each
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Residency

New Program Residency Workshop English

The artists will work with students over the course of 5 days, to create an original piece of site-specific theatre inspired by the stories, sounds, history, and architecture of their school. Using devising techniques the company uses in their own original work, students will create and perform a series of short pieces in and around the school, including classrooms, hallways and other available spaces.

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
4 classes
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
Five full days: three one hour sessions per day
$2475 + HST
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