Winter Warm-Up Workshops!

Do you live in Manitoba’s Interlake and have a creative itch to scratch? Well then, Theatre Projects Manitoba has got you covered! Introducing our Winter Warm-Up Workshopsfree weekly creative workshops (delivered digitally) for Interlake participants led by some of our amazing Chautauqua artists!    

Every Thursday from November 5th until December 10, TPM will be hosting digital Winter Warm-Up Workshops – creative workshops to help warm up your soul as temperatures cool. These digital workshops are being held specifically for our friends in the Interlake, which is on Treaty 1 and Treaty 2 Land. From writing, to songwriting, to sign painting, to filming – these workshops, led by professional artists, will be sure to inspire participants of all ages. 

Why Interlake participants? Theatre Projects Manitoba is gearing up for another Chautauqua in 2021. Our artists have been beautifully busy collaborating with Interlake community and we are inspired to strengthen and foster these connections as more art and stories are shared on the Interlake Trail. 

What is The Chautauqua: Interlake Trail? It is the second tour in TPM’s rural outreach initiative that connects urban artists with rural citizens through collaborations, workshops and performances. We are pleased to focus the majority of TPM’s imagination and resources towards this year long celebration of the Interlake region this season! Our roster of artists are creating projects throughout the year inspired by the Interlake- music, theatre, dance, craft! This development work will culminate in a tour and performance of these projects in 2021. The project is generously supported by Manitoba 150. 

These workshops are offered at no cost to participants. They will take place on digital platforms and some workshops require some supplies so check them out below! To register, or if you have any questions or access needs please contact [email protected] We are happy to help make this digital experience as full and fun as possible. Please note, workshop sizes will be kept small so sign-up early! 


Sign Painting and Lettering with Joseph Pilapil

Thursday Nov 5th 2020  2:30-4pm on Zoom 

“This workshop takes you through the methods of how to paint a sign through step by step instructionS on how to paint a sign. We’ll be going through talking about layout, colour, and what style of lettering to use. We’ll go over 2 lettering styles I enjoy. As well we’ll talk about construction and what paint to use. By then end you’ll have the tools to make a sign yourself. Take lots of notes and ask lots of questions and I hope you get to try these techniques on the next sign or art project.” – Joseph Pilapil 

More About Joseph

“I am a sign painter, designer, and artist. Sometimes dancer. I run a sign company called the travelling sign painters (@thetravellingsignpainters). We specialize in hand painted outdoor and indoor signs, murals, lettering, and everything in better. I’ve worked with many local and Canadian companies creating all types of projects for them. I am also part of a artist collective called bearface general (@bearfacegeneralstore) and sometimes I teach and dance swing dance.”



Writing Into Possibility with Claire Thérèse Friesen

Thursday Nov 12th & Nov 19th  6:30-8pm on Zoom

“Whether you are a seasoned artist or someone who likes to dabble, we’ve all had moments of starting at a blank screen or an empty canvas waiting (and waiting) for a spark! This two-part workshop is designed to get us out of our heads and into the creative process! Inspired by tools and exercises used in devised theatre, we will work both independently and collaboratively to generate material that will become a springboard for your own artistic practice. This workshop is not just for writers.  It is for all artistic disciplines and levels of experience!” – Claire Thérèse Friesen

More about Claire

Claire Thérèse Friesen is a multi-disciplinary artist from Treaty One Territory who lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She loves performing and collaborating in new works of theatre, including Embargo (One Trunk Theatre/MayWorks), I Dream of Diesel and Mission Potluck (One Trunk Theatre), Broken Wings (take me home productions), and Dionysus is Getting Impatient (Theatre Incarnate). Claire is a singer-songwriter, performing with her band Claire Therese and the Lockdown (@thelockdownproject).  They are about to release their first full-length album. She is also a member of the Fu Fu Chi Chi Choir.  When she is not on stage, Claire is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Mount Carmel Clinic, and facilitates and designs arts programming for a number of organizations, including Shakespeare in Stony Mountain (through Shakespeare in the Ruins), a program that offers high school drama credits to incarcerated men.


Bring Your Song To Life With Daniel Jordan

Thur Nov 26th 

Book a time for a Zoom session

Have some lyrics but no chords? A song with no bridge? A story with no song?!  Let Daniel Jordan of Winnipeg’s Red Moon Road help you (@Jonny_moonbeam). Writer and producer for many songs, Daniel excels at bringing stories to life in song form. A welcoming instructor and collaborator, this is an opportunity to hone your songwriting craft or get your composing feet wet.  For songwriters of any ability/experience. Bring your lyrics or ideas, in whatever state, and through an hour of fun, discover what else is there! – Daniel Jordan
More About Daniel

Daniel Jordan is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter based in Winnipeg. A veteran of the international touring circuit and local music scene, he loves collecting and sharing stories. He has found the latest Star Wars films quite disappointing but sometimes plays folk music in a trio called Red Moon Road.

My Perspective On Storytelling From an Indigenous Experience with Ian Ross

Thurs Dec 3rd 2:30-3:30 on Zoom

 I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar on storytelling given by Robert McKee several years ago.. I’ll always remember him saying, “Our lives are story.” And indeed they are. My intention with this brief sharing of knowledge and experience will be to give you some of what I have lived and learned in the art of telling story. And just like art, we are able to hone our skills if we practice enough. Will you be a great story teller? I think most people already are in some way, but we can always become better. I will share my perspectives on what I feel are Indigenous ways of telling story and how it functions in our daily lives. I grew up hearing stories and learned to tell them from my father. I hope to pass on some of that experience to you. – Ian Ross 

More about Ian 

Ian Ross was born in McCreary, Manitoba. He calls the First Nation of Pinaymootang, the Métis community of Kinosota and the city of Winnipeg, home. His play, fareWel, won the Governor General’s Award for English Drama in 1997. His commentaries as Joe from Winnipeg CBC Radio and television, as well as NCI, were very popular. Ian has also been a drama instructor and educator for several years. He continues to write and live in Winnipeg.


Filming Tools To Building An Online Presence With Hanwakan Blaikie Whitecloud

Thurs Dec 10th 2:30-3:30 on Zoom

Join an accomplished documentary filmmaker and explore all of the tools used to create video productions and maintain an online internet presence (@wpgskateparks). Witness how a drone is operated, the difference between filming in 1080 & 4K video, how gimbals are changing the filmmaking forever and much more.Once you are taken on a tour of all the major hardware tools Hanwakan uses he will then guide you on the best way to promote yourself on the internet, including social media. Want to get as many friends and followers as you can to potentially promote yourself one day? This is the workshop for you!

More about Hanwakan

Hañwakañ (Hañwakañ = ‘Northern Lights’ in Dakhóta) Blaikie Whitecloud is a mixed media storyteller, professional facilitator, strategic planner, and business owner who has called Winnipeg home since the age of five. Active in the business and skateboarding community as a mentor and leader, Hanwakan even has some skate-sons, as he’s stepped into to be a father figure for youth in need.  As a filmmaker, his work focuses on building identity for urban Indigenous youth. His latest documentary series is about Pow Wows across Canada (Living by the Drum: Canadian Pow Wows), and his current project explores celestial creation stories of Indigenous nations.  As a skateboarder Hanwakan supports Indigenous youth to strive for their best selves by shirking the stereotypes and prejudices attributed to Indigenous and skateboarding identities. His most recent creation is an instagram guide to all the skateboard parks in Winnipeg (@wpgskateparks), a resource for skaters he always wished he had access to and has now created for the next generation. Hañwakañ is also an active volunteer, especially with 1JustCity, at their overnight emergency warming center. Hañwakañ and his wife co-facilitate workshops on reconciliation, systems change, and generally just have tons of fun together trying to make the world a little bit better.

  Want to Register? 

Email [email protected]

In your registration please include: 

-Your name/names of participants ( if you are registering on behalf of a community group) and their email contact

-Which workshop(s) you wish to attend

-Which Interlake region do you reside?