StudioWorks Academy Celebrates 20th Anniversary

StudioWorks Academy Celebrates 20th Anniversary

What began as Brenda Gorlick’s YoungStars 20 years ago evolved quickly into StudioWorks Academy- the training wing of Winnipeg StudioTheatre. As the originator and director of the program, I am proud of the legacy that the program has achieved. It has been a driving force in the development of young (and older) talent, both onstage and behind the scenes, a strong community participant in local and international events and a rich template for other successful programs. Through the commitment of so many artistic associates, students, parents, volunteers, board members and creative team members, I have always marvelled at the quality and calibre of our productions, performances and special events. Thank-you to our alumni and to YOU, our many supporters who have shared the past twenty years with us. Onward and upward!

Photo credits: Matt Duboff & Kayla Gordon






Summer StudioWorks -20th Anniversary

Summer StudioWorks -20th Anniversary

July 8th-12th, 2024

Winnipeg Studio Theatre’s Summer StudioWorks is a musical theatre program offering training in the “triple threat” technique of acting, singing, and dancing to students ages 10 & up.
Guest instructors include: Andrea Macasaet – SIX on Broadway/Ma-Buhay @ Rainbow Stage, Connor Coughlin – Christmas Spectacular with the  Radio City Rockettes, and Chase Winnicky – RMTC’s Into the Woods and Beautiful. 
Program offerings include vocal masterclasses, dance technique, mock auditions, original & show choreography, singing, scene work,  improvisation, music interpretation, and more! The weeklong program runs from 9:30 – 4:30 pm daily culminating with a final showcase presentation.
We accept up to 24 students into the summer program through a brief placement process and may be arranged by contacting Brenda Gorlick directly. 
NEW THIS YEAR: Special outing to Rainbow Stage’s world premiere of Ma-buhay (Optional)
Regular Weekly Fee: $400.00
Earlybird Weekly Fee: $350.00 by May 31st, 2024
Daily rate: $100.00
*Bursaries available based on merit and/or financial need.
We welcome students from across Canada to attend!
James & the Giant peach Jr.

James & the Giant peach Jr.

I am pleased to announce our 20th Anniversary Production of James and the Giant Peach Jr. from May 22-25th. Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, the musical production is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by songwriting duo Pasek & Paul, and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. Fun for the whole family (ages 4-104)!!
Tickets available online at: $15.75-$21.00
Venue: U of W’s Asper Theatre – Wheelchair accessible
CARMEN- Manitoba Opera

CARMEN- Manitoba Opera

After a four year hiatus, the MOA brought the brilliant opera, Bizet’s Carmen to the stage. Helmed by the incomparable director Brian Deedrick and Maestro Ty Paterson, the opera was an absolute sellout success! So proud to have been the Choreographer for this show. The Artistic team also included Fight Director – Jacquie Loewen, Asst. Conductor -Eve Legault and Repetiteur – Tad Biernacki. A HUGE Thank-you to Larry Desrochers, General Director & CEO of MOA and Sheldon Johnson – Director of Production

Photo Credits: R. Tinker

Kudos to the entire cast including:

  • Carmen – Ginger Costa-Jackson – Outstanding Lead who totally embodied the role
  • Don José – David Pomeroy
  • Escamillo – Daniel Okulitch.
  • Micaëla – Lara Ciekiewicz.
  • Morales/Dancairo – Johnathon Kirby.
  • Zuniga – Giles Tomkins.
  • Frasquita – Lara Secord-Haid.
  • Mercédès – Barbara King.
  • Our AMAZING Ensemble
  • Kid’s Chorus led by Carolyn Boyes
The Music Man – Virden style

The Music Man – Virden style

Once again I’m pleased as punch to be the dance partner for the prolifically talented and absolutely pleasant participants of Virden’s production of The Music Man (don’t you just love alliteration?). As guest choreographer I have the privilege of working with an artistic and production team which is beyond compare. Thanks especially to Music Director, Michelle Chyzyk, and Director, Dean Munchinsky for inviting me into your musical theatre family once again. And as Marian the Librarian & Harold Hill once said…”There was love all around, but I never heard it singing…Til there was you.” I send my sincere love to the entire cast, crew and everyone involved with Virden’s stellar production. I look forward to “76 more”.