WE ARE OFF THE WALL
Learn from some of Canada’s finest theatre production artists and technicians. Experience intensive hands-on learning and one-on-one mentoring in classes of under 10 students. We are a not-for-profit organization established in 2005, promoting personal artistic growth and professional skill development in theatre production arts. We are a registered charity.
We call ourselves Off the Wall because we are bursting with creative ideas and we love turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. We are a centre for excellence in theatre production arts education, with access to some of Canada’s most inspired and recognized production artists.
During July and August, we offer week-long courses focusing on specific skills as well as two multi-week programs. Setting the Scene is a two-week program that gives learners a flavour of the world of theatre production arts. Our five-week program, Theatre Production Arts, provides intensive instruction in five core theatre production arts disciplines. In the fall, we offer one, two and four day weekend workshops for professional and personal development.
SAMPLE Courses and Workshops
Stage Carpentry - build stage sets using a variety of techniques and materials.
Artistic Welding - apply basic welding technique to creating works of art, including props and set pieces.
Costume Design - explore costume design through studying the text and history of a play and drawing designs.
Millinery - learn to make hats for stage or personal use.
Scenic Painting - create wood grain, marble and brick facades; learn aging and breakdown techniques.
Mask Making - discover a range of techniques for creating full face masks.
Prop Making and Faux Food - use a variety of materials and methods to create props and set pieces.
Setting the Scene - create props, masks, puppets and set pieces. Assemble and decorate sets for production.
Theatre Production Arts - five week course includes welding, carpentry, painting, mask making, prop making and faux food.
Special FX Makeup - create realistic cuts, scrapes, lacerations and burns and learn how to apply pre-fabricated prosthetics.
Wig Making - Create facial hair pieces; ventilate, fit and customize a wig for stage and film; learn how to create a natural hair line and how to dress wigs into finished looks.