Digital Literacy Workshops

Theatre New Brunswick is excited to announce Digital Now!, an upcoming series of digital literacy workshops designed specifically to train, educate and inspire new projects from New Brunswick-based artists. With support from the Canada Council for the Arts’ digital creation funding stream, this series will take the form of three-day workshops offered at no charge in Fredericton, Miramichi, Moncton and Saint John. Participants who attend and complete one of the four three-day seminars will be eligible to submit a project proposal for a digital art showcase planned for summer 2022. Successful applicants will receive a one-time commission in the amount of $5000 to support the creation of a new work.

Overview/General Welcome

We’ll start our time together with some introductions and by going through a general overview of the workshop. We’ll also take this time to get everyone set up at their workstations and pass out some course materials.

Conceptualization, Real-Time Collaborative Tools, Storyboarding, Adobe Creative Cloud

As the pandemic has highlighted, we don’t always have the luxury of being able to work in the same spaces as our co-creators. In this two hour session we’ll take a look at tools for conceptualization as well as methods to work collaboratively in real time from remote studio spaces. We’ll also discuss storyboarding and do a bit of an exploration into the tools included in the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

Cinema4D, 3D Modelling, Previsualization

Stepping into the world of 3D animation and design can seem like a daunting prospect, but the world of the third dimension isn't as scary as it seems. Focused around the use of 3D environments and animation in theatre, participants will learn how to set up a scene with basic texturing and lighting techniques. In addition to looking at content creation, we’ll also explore how to use Cinema4D for previsualization and how it can enhance your design workflow.

Augment3D

Wouldn’t it be great to pre-build your lighting design before getting into the stress of tech week? In this class we’ll be learning how to import set models & lighting plots into the EOS software and will program with its new, intuitive visualization option. We’ll look at how Augment3D can be used both in a traditional theatrical timeline as well as its uses in remote or hybrid work.

Networking, Integration of Software, Communication Protocols

So you’ve gotten all of your programs to work separately but how do you get them to talk together? Does the thought of networking fill you with dread? Worry no more! We’ll be diving into software integration and how to get your various programs, lighting consoles, ipads, microcontrollers and anything else you can think of to communicate together.

Show Control Systems Overview

When it comes to video design there are countless program options so how do you choose which one to use? In this overview of Show Control Systems we’ll be looking at the strengths and weaknesses of some of the more popular options as well as discussing what you should be looking for when choosing a program.

Intro to QLab

Since it was first launched in 2007, Qlab has become almost ubiquitous in the theatre world. This course takes participants through programming a show on Qlab as well as touching on some more advanced techniques and workflows. Building off of the mornings courses we’ll also take a look at connecting Qlab to other programs to expand its functionality even further.

Intro to TouchDesigner

If you can imagine it, it can be programmed in TouchDesigner! This session, which is aimed at novice or new users of Derivative’s TouchDesigner, is a crash course in how to use TouchDesigner in a theatrical setting, as well as how to connect various software and interactive tools for live performance playback

Streaming, Platform Selection, Audio Integration, Long Distance Creation

Streaming is a hot ticket item these days, but how exactly do you create a successful stream? Together we’ll go through some streaming best practices as well as techniques for live compositing & chroma keying. Not every event is created the same so we’ll also be looking at digital platform selection and the pros and cons of different systems. Rounding out the session we’ll take a brief look at integrating audio and methods of creating a stream when your teammates might not all be in the same location.

Virtual Production, XR/AR/VR

AR, MR, XR, VR, what does this alphabet soup mean? In this session we’ll be looking at some of the new modes of creation that fall under the umbrella of Extended Reality. Together we’ll examine some case studies and live examples around what is possible and talk about how to get started creating in this new artistic sphere. We’ll also touch on how to integrate XR into more traditional theatrical setups through tracking and real time rendering.

Q + A

You have questions, we hopefully have answers! Ask us more about anything we touched on over the past three days or whatever else you’d like to talk about. You can also use this time to continue working on your projects or just to try out some of the examples that we’ve brought in.

Theatre New Brunswick is excited to announce Digital Now!, an upcoming series of digital literacy workshops designed specifically to train, educate and inspire new projects from New Brunswick-based artists. With support from the Canada Council for the Arts’ digital creation funding stream, this series will take the form of three-day workshops offered at no charge in Fredericton, Miramichi, Moncton and Saint John. Participants who attend and complete one of the four three-day seminars will be eligible to submit a project proposal for a digital art showcase planned for summer 2022. Successful applicants will receive a one-time commission in the amount of $5000 to support the creation of a new work.

“Digital Now! is a new way for Theatre New Brunswick to invest in artists from our province,” said TNB Artistic Executive Director Natasha MacLellan. “Over the last couple of years we have made some great strides in the development of new plays by New Brunswick playwrights. And we plan to continue this work into the future. But we’ve only tip-toed into incorporating digital technologies into our shows, through our design teams. Digital work is new to us, and we see this new initiative as a way to increase our literacy in the artform. We want to bring others along with us, as we explore the digital landscape and find new ways to expand our impact on the province’s arts community.”

TNB’s Digital Now! series will be led by Emily Soussana and Andrew Scriver from the award-winning, Montreal-based multimedia design and technical integration company potatoCakes_digital. They have a wealth of experience designing video, lighting, sound, set, and costumes, and have worked in production managing and technical direction for numerous live performance productions across Canada ranging from theatre to opera, dance, live music, visual and interactive installation art, and digital art.

“Theatre is a multi-faceted artform,” said MacLellan. “There are a lot of moving parts involved in bringing a show to life, and design is a significant aspect that can be neglected when placed alongside plays, playwrights and actors. With Digital Now!, our aim is to introduce artists to the digital creation process as it relates, not just to theatre, but to live performance and installation work as well.”

Digital Now! is open to artists of all disciplines. Registration is required to enroll in the workshop portion of this program and space will be limited to 15 participating artists in each city. A complete breakdown of each workshop day is available on the TNB website.

“The flow of these workshops will follow the process of designing a show from early conceptualization to final production,” said MacLellan. “Emily and Andrew will cover everything from storyboarding and online collaboration to the many software programs commonly used to build environments, enhance onstage stories, and lift the audience experience to new levels. The workshops aren’t just for the inexperienced, however. I highly encourage artists who dabbled with digital art in the last year or two to have a look at what we are offering.I’m confident there will be something in this series for all.”

“We hope artists from all disciplines will choose to join us for these workshops as we forge a path together into the unknown.”

Registration is now open for all workshops. Venues will be announced in January with detailed information on how to submit project proposals for the Digital Art Showcase to follow.

Workshop Dates:

March 23-25 | Fredericton
March 28-30 | Miramichi
April 1-3 | Moncton
April 6-8 | Saint John

Three-day workshops will be offered at no charge in the following four New Brunswick cities. A laptop computer is required. If you do not have a laptop, one may be available for you.

Workshop days will run 9-5:30 p.m. with breaks.

Fredericton Workshop Series:

March 23-25 | Theatre New Brunswick
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Miramichi Workshop Series:

March 28-30 | The Rodd
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Moncton Workshop Series:

April 1-3 | Aberdeen Cultural Centre
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Saint John Workshop Series:

April 6-8 | BMO Theatre
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Digital Art Commissions and Showcase

Details coming soon.