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Peer to Peer – Artistic Practice – In Conversation with Beth Kates

April 25, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT


Peer to Peer – In Conversation with Beth Kates

Wednesday, April 25, from 1pm to 2:30pm ET (please adjust for your time zone!)

Hosted by PACT’s Artistic Practice Committee and moderated by Heather Davies.

Digital Projection / Video Design for the theatre can be epic and engulf the entire stage, or it can be as delicate as a tiny growing flower projected onto sand. It is about beauty, transformation and story. It is about orientation and disorientation. It is about development and integration. The integration of video into a performance allows time, history, memory, the inner world, the real and surreal to come to life, and to form a relationship with the performer and the audience. Video provides access to a visceral language that allows us to express the inexpressible, and the ephemeral. This design element is commanding on stage, and contains it’s own story, and so must be carefully considered and crafted, in ways that we are not (necessarily) accustomed to.

Working with video requires creativity, patience, fluidity, and a deep understanding of the story being told. It requires the designer to know their craft intimately, to know the capabilities of the technology, and the voice of the medium. And then there is the vocabulary. This medium is still “new” to many. And it is not film, or television. Onstage, the projected image, and the possibilities it presents, creates the need for a new vocabulary amongst the creative team. One of the most important relationships in this delicate alchemy is the one with the director.

In this Peer to Peer session, leading Set, Lighting, and Projection Designer Beth Kates will delve into the act of creation, best practices, ways to explore story using digital media, and how to build the necessary vocabularies. Much of Beth’s work over the last 27 years has featured projection design. She is also particularly excited about where we sit now, at the outer edges of mixed / augmented / extended reality, and where that new world may be able to take us in our story telling. Joining the conversation will be one of her closest collaborators director, playwright, actor, and Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival, Gil Garratt. Together they will speak about the different ways they have built their practice, and how they have integrated projection design into their work together, which includes “The Last Donnelly Standing” and “Mr. New Years Eve” for which Beth was the country’s first Digital Dramaturg on a play.

Video is able to move us far beyond a simple backdrop, and into realms that deepen the storytelling and provide us with access to a visual realm that no other form can embody. It is not just the “icing on the cake” – it has the possibility to become the beating heart of a performance. Please join us on April 25th as we explore this “new” form of story telling with you.

Group sizes are kept small to ensure maximum participation and engagement. No cost to participate – open to PACT Members and Colleagues.

This call is part of PACT’s Peer to Peer [P2P] series

Connect with your colleagues through facilitated teleconference calls on focused topics.

Peer to Peer conference calls are an opportunity to talk with your colleagues in the same positions as you, from across the nation. Topics to be explored will be relevant to specific roles or responsibilities, with special guests invited in to share best practices or innovative ideas.

Topics will be chosen from ideas e-mailed in by YOU as well as current trends or hot topics that will be interesting to individuals with specific jobs, positions or areas of responsibility. Contact Boomer at or call at 416-595-6455 x16 to share your ideas.


April 25, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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PACT Conference Line
Any City, Any Province Canada


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