Directing from First Reading to Opening Night - Full Payment

Directing from First Reading to Opening Night with Diana Leblanc

Sunday August 5 to Friday August 10, 2018
Factory163, 163 King St, Stratford, Ontario 

There are so many things to consider when PUTTING ON A PLAY. How to READ it. DESIGN options. CASTING decisions. REHEARSAL tactics. PROBLEM solving. Creating an ENSEMBLE. Incorporating TECH. Finding the RYTHM that leads to the best Opening and Run. This course’s format will be flexible and allow for different participant needs and circumstances as we work through techniques of getting a production on its feet.  

Meet the Instructor...

Ins LeblancdianaDiana Leblanc has received nationwide acclaim as an actress and director for theatre, opera, film and television.  A former artistic director of Théâtre français de Toronto and founding member of Soulpepper Theatre Company, she has worked in both English and French across the country and was awarded the 2015 Governor-General’s Performing Arts Award. As an actress, she has appeared at the Shaw Festival, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, National Arts Centre, Soulpepper, Théâtre francais de Toronto, and Tarragon Theatre, in plays ranging from classics to contemporary works. Her film and television roles include Remedy, Murdoch Mysteries, This Is Wonderland, Snakes & Ladders, Trudeau II, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, North of 60, and La Maison suspendue. She has directed for such leading companies as the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (notably her landmark 1994 production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night), National Arts Centre, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Théâtre français de Toronto, Citadel Theatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Mirvish Productions, and Tarragon Theatre, and for the Canadian Opera Company, Calgary Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, and the International Opera Centrum in Amsterdam.  Most recently, she directed the hit production of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance that opened Soulpepper Theatre’s 2018 season.     

You have the following payment options:

Pay the Full Price: To register for this course and complete full payment now, click the “Purchase” button below. Theatre Ontario Members must log in to get the member discount. 

Pay the Deposit:  A deposit of $200 is required (plus HST and a 4% administration fee) at time of registration. Enrollment is limited. To register for this course and complete full payment now, click here.

Participation in these courses is for those 16 years of age and older (participants under the age of 19 will require a waiver signed by a guardian).

Withdrawal Policy:

Payments are non-refundable after June 22, 2018. Any cancellation must be in writing. Theatre Ontario reserves the right to withdraw any course with full course refund.

Summer Intensive Partners:

Off The Wall, Stratford Artists' Alliance

Off The Wall offers week-long courses focusing on specific skills as well as two multi-week programs. Every learning opportunity we offer is intensive and hands-on, conducted in a working studio where you receive one-on-one mentorship from our artist instructors.


Factory163 is a newly renovated arts facility where individuals can meet, learn, create, promote and showcase creative and innovative ideas, from local artists to Stratford's Spring Works Festival

For More Information:

To register and for more information about the Theatre Ontario Summer Theatre Intensive, visit or contact Rachel Kennedy, our Professional Theatre and Education Manager at or 416.408



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