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Young Adult Acting Intensive

with Edward Foy, Kate Wilson, Roark Critchlow and Cain Critchlow

The class will begin with the actor submitting a self-tape. Audition sides will be sent, once registration is approved. This will give you a chance to submit your work for analysis (technical and artistic) and have the instructors look at it for review and comprehensive critique. All before you even step in the door!

This dynamic, rigorous and diverse class will include text analysis and character development, improvisation, voice, scene study and film and television technique. Tempest’s small class sizes allow for more individualised feedback in a supportive setting. This is an ideal immersive week for any young adult interested in pursuing professional training.

Four instructors will guide you through techniques, answer questions and explore multiple practices for exploring your craft. Class will wrap up with a performance night at Tempest in front of a live audience.

  • Where: Tempest Theatre 125 Eckhardt Ave E, Penticton
  • When: August 15 -19
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Presentation of Scenes: Friday August 19, 7pm.
  • Instructors: Edward Foy, Kate Wilson, Roark Critchlow and Cain Critchlow
  • Cost: $350 + gst (Patreon Members: 300 + gst)

Deposit:  Once you are accepted into class, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required.

Summer Shakespeare

with Edward Foy and Kate Wilson

Ready to throw your sword in the ring? Find your voice? Chew on delicious words?

Shakespeare wrote some of the best monologues in the world. His characters are complex, bawdy, feisty, mystical, diabolical and full of love and romance. Learning a Shakespearean monologue can be a transformative experience, and to guide you through this escapade is renowned Voice Coach and director Kate Wilson and the unconquerable Edward Foy.

Actors will receive monologues before class along with tips and instruction for preparation. Learn how fun it is to do this work and say these words in today’s world full of acronyms and abbreviations.

"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt"

  • Where: Tempest Theatre 125 Eckhardt Ave E, Penticton
  • When: Saturdays, August 13 & 20
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Instructors: Edward Foy, Kate Wilson
  • Cost: $150 Patreon Member $125

Deposit:  Once you are accepted into class, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required.

About Kate Wilson


Recent credits include roles in television series Joe vs. Carole (NBC/Peacock), digital theatre performances in Do Us Part (The Red Room, Brisbane Festival), Daylight Saving (QT Playclub), on stage in Brutal Utopias (Playlab Theatre), That’s What She Said (The Good Room) and The Revisionist for Refraction Theatre (2020 Matilda Awards Nominee Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role). Kate is also a voice actor and audio-book narrator.

Kate holds a PhD in Theatre an MLitt (Distinction) in dramatic literature, and BA (UNE).

Kate has decades of experience teaching, and has taught generations of professional actors their craft, in Voice and Acting, at several of Australia's most prestigious Universities. She is a passionate advocate of the importance of the Arts to society, and the necessity in providing opportunities for arts practice and education to everyone. A believer in the lifelong pursuit of the study and practice of the art, she continues to travel the world, learning, teaching, and seeking new ways to improve on classic techniques and practices. (She's also a huge tech nerd - and enjoys working to find ways to incorporate new technology into Theatre performance and training).

Youth Acting Workshop

In response to several inquiries regarding acting for youths (9 to 12), Tempest is conducting a 3-day Youth Acting Program.

This inaugural class is ideal for actors interested in learning what it takes to become a professional in today’s industry.

Proper technique in approaching both stage and screen work, is essential for maintaining a healthy work ethic, professional relationships, and endurance.

A strong foundation also includes a willing and playful approach to the work. Actors will be taught games through improvisation, rehearse short scenes and begin adding to a toolbox of skills for developing craft and career and craft. Students will take home a taped audition for their portfolio.

  • Instructors: TBA
  • Where: Tempest Theatre - 125 Eckhardt Ave East Penticton, BC
  • When: August 8, 9 & 10
  • Time: 10am to 3pm
  • Cost: $175

Deposit:  Once you are accepted into class, a $75 non-refundable deposit is required.

Speaking in Public: Presentation Skills for Non-Actors

We often take for granted that the words we speak are received as intended. Learning to be a compelling and exciting speaker takes work.
For anyone who wants to improve their ability to speak with passion and purpose, internationally renowned Voice Teacher and Coach Kate Wilson, and Tempest regular Edward Foy will lead a challenging and information packed workshop at Tempest.

This short workshop will explore the fundamentals of voice use, including the mechanics of speech, practical exercises to develop and strengthen the participants voices, and ways to be more expressive and effective speaker.
Words have power. The stories we tell matter. Learn to speak with Clarity and Power - to inspire, inform and entertain.

  • Where: Tempest Theatre - 125 Eckhardt Ave East Penticton, BC
  • When: August 14 & 21 (2 days)
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: $150 (Patreon Members $125)

Deposit: Once you are accepted into class, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required.

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Recently Completed Classes

Casting Director Workshop

with Judy K Lee

This workshop is intended to provide the basics for anyone entering and developing a career onscreen to ensure that one is prepared to walk on set and succeed. Understand what a casting director is expecting to see in a self-tape or an in-person audition.

Receive your sides a few days in advance and prepare for a simulated audition with award-winning casting director, Judy JK Lee. Start the day with an overview of the process of auditioning and the expectations of an actor, practice audition techniques and get feedback from Judy Lee to help hone your delivery and feel confident in moving forward in your career.

  • What: Casting Director Workshop
  • When:June 11 - 12 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Cost: $225
  • Deposit: $100 (required to secure your spot).

Fundamentals Stream: Scene Study: Preparation

with Edward Foy

How do you begin to understand a script? How do you efficiently and effectively break it down in a way that aids you in bringing the story to life? How do you begin to build a character? Do you know how to prepare to work on a role ? Do you know how to rehearse and explore with others? What are the fundamental and practical steps to achieving the work you dream of?

This two evening class is for the novice. - wondering what acting is like - or those actors wanting additional techniques to improve their skills in understanding the text, creating a character and in identifying the specific challenges and needs in a particular piece of work.

Participants will be given scenes to prepare before the session - and will learn basic text analysis and character development through innovative exercises and practical work with other actors in the scene.

* No experience required

  • What: Scene Study: Preparation to Performance
  • Instructor: Edward Foy
  • When: May 25 & 27, 2022 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $175

Spring Fling Acting Intensive

with Kate Twa, Edward Foy and Denise Kenney

Let’s do all the good stuff we love (and miss). Read gobs of plays, do comprehensive text analysis and character development, explore opportunities to grow as actors (and humans), think about each other, listen to each other, follow impulses and determine what is best for the story and why. This is an ensemble intensive for professional actors to live and play on Tempest’s stage.

  • What: Spring Fling Acting Intensive
  • When: May 25 to June 4, 2022 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Total Cost: $1099 ($899 for Patreon Members)
  • Deposit: $200 (required to secure your spot)

Fundamentals Stream - Starting Out: Actor Roles

with Roark Critchlow

The film industry is growing rapidly in the Okanagan and this course is designed for new actors and actors new to the camera.

As with most opportunities, preparation is key. This course is devoted to preparing and practicing reading for the types of roles that are going to come most often to people just starting out. There are techniques involved in reading for smaller roles that will both impress the casting people and present the best of you in a limited amount of lines. By taping and watching smaller scenes you will develop your ability to bring a sense of individuality to a role while NOT over acting. There is a fine line between being professional and trying too hard and this is the place to learn and practice it.

* No experience required

  • What: Starting Out: Actor Roles
  • Instructor: Roark Critchlow
  • When: June 6, 2022 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $65

Fundamentals Stream - On Set Prep

with Roark Critchlow

From the casting call to the call back, the call sheet to the crew call, the cast call, calling sound, calling last shot and calling it a day: this is an in depth and detailed discussion and explanation of the intricacies of being on a film set.

The first day of a movie can be confusing at best and down and scary at worst. The well oiled machine of a film crew assumes that you will know what to do and where to go without them having to even think about it. Show up in the wrong place or at the wrong time and you can create an unwanted first impression. The first day on set is challenging enough!

We will go over the joys and potential pitfalls of a Day 1 on set from reading the breakdown for your audition to deciphering the call sheet. From not offending your fellow cast while shooting to signing out at the end of a 12 hour day so you can get paid.

And we'll even get some acting in while we're at it.

* No experience required

  • What: On-Set Prep
  • Instructor: Roark Critchlow
  • When: June 8, 2022 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $65

Fundamentals Stream: Mask Adventures

with Denise Kenney

This class introduces students to the use of masks for actor training. Students learn to be open and receptive to their impulses through Neutral Mask, and then progress to the world of Character Masks and their liberating potential for developing strong embodied characters. Techniques learned in this class are great for those starting out as well as more experienced actors looking to enrich their practice.

  • What: Mask Adventures
  • Instructor: Denise Kenney
  • When: May 14 - 15, 2022 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Cost: $175
  • Deposit: $100 (required to secure your spot)