StudioWorks Academy Auditions Now open!

StudioWorks Academy Auditions Now open!


Auditions for the StudioWorks Academy 2022-23 are now open! This year’s production is SpongeBob the Musical which is being presented in MAY ’23. Contact: to book an appt.

The StudioWorks Academy program is specifically geared to students who wish to improve their skill level in musical theatre and performance technique There are TWO Divisions: Intermediate and Senior Academy.

Senior Academy Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Chai Ensemble Studio on Notre Dame Enrolment maximum of 22 students Entry by audition only!
– The teaching team consists of: Brenda Gorlick – Director, Charlotte Thompson – Asst. Director and Rachel Cameron – Music Director.
– The 32 week, 90 hr. + program annual fee is $1500.00 (paid in two instalments) or an early bird rate – $1400.00 (if paid on or before August 31st)

NEW THIS SEASON!! Intermediate Academy
Tuesday evenings from 6-8 pm for students ages 10 and up who have a limited background in “triple threat” technique but have experience in acting, singing and/or dance.
Enrolment maximum of 16 students Entry by audition only!
– The program is led by seasoned instructor, Laura Kolisnyk.
– The 32 week, 65 hr. + program annual fee is $1200.00 (paid in two instalments) or an early bird rate – $1100.00 (if paid on or before August 31st)

Training in both programs consists of vocal work, movement and dance components and script work leading up to a fully produced book musical in late May. Special guest directors and instructors are introduced throughout the season including Winnipeg Studio Theatre’s Artistic Director – Erin McGrath and former alumni who have entered the professional performance world.

Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder

Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder

“It’s a wrap” on Dry Cold Productions GG2L&M – the 1st live musical since 2019. Such a thrill to have shared the stage with such an illustrious company led by Director, Erin McGrath in her debut with Dry Cold and Music Director- Rachel Cameron. Thx to producers Donna Fletcher & Reid Harrison for bringing together such a great group of players and theatre professionals. As the play says…..”This is not the end!” It’s just a new beginning!!

Summer StudioWorks Bursaries

Summer StudioWorks Bursaries

Winnipeg Studio Theatre’s StudioWorks Academy is offering FREE tuition ($400.00 value) to Summer StudioWorks 2022 to FOUR recipients – 2 x Junior (age 10-13) and 2 x Senior (age 14 and up).  This triple threat program offers intensive training in acting, singing, dance and theatre arts and is taught by Manitoba’s finest musical theatre specialists.

The program runs July 11th-15th, 2022 from 9:30 – 4:30 pm daily at Drop-in Dance Studio (1381 Portage Ave.) and culminates with an open house showcase presentation. There is also an optional field trip to Rainbow Stage’s production of The Hockey Sweater. Please feel free to share this information with any friends, family members and or students who may demonstrate a passion and desire to excel in musical theatre as entrance is by audition only.

Students: Please indicate your interest to submit a brief Musical theatre audition tape by Monday, June 20th

Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 24th to

Award recipients will be notified by Tuesday, June 28th


  • One musical theatre song of your own choice (a verse & chorus is sufficient, recorded with accompaniment or a bed track.)
  • Perform the following passage from Cats (see enclosed) in an animated style- no need to memorize it; you may hold your script as long as you don’t conceal your face when recording.

Please submit a recent photo and resume with your audition tape. A scanned school photo is fine and the resume should reflect your performing arts background.                                                                                                       

excerpt from Mungojerrie & Rumpleteazer by T.S. Elliot

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer have a wonderful way of working together                                                                And some of the time you would say it was luck                                                                                                          And some of the time you would say it was weather                                                                                                    We go through the house like a hurricane                                                                                                                    And no sober person could take his oath                                                                                                                      Was it Mungojerrie or Rumpelteazer?                                                                                                                            Or could you have sworn that it mightn’t be both?

Then family will say: “Now which was which cat?                                                                                                          It was Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer!”                                                                                                                    And there’s nothing at all to be done about that!

For all students who audition and are accepted into the Summer StudioWorks program, but do NOT receive a bursary, a discounted rate will be offered ($250.00) which will cover the entire program. WST’s StudioWorks program also runs year-round (September thru May) in addition to the summer session. For more information on these programs, please visit

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. Thanks so much for your assistance.

Brenda Gorlick – Director
StudioWorks academy
Cell 795-9741


JNF Negev Gala 2022

JNF Negev Gala 2022

I am so proud to be part of the Jewish National Fund’s, Negev Gala honouring Gail Asper and Michael Paterson. If you are going to follow someone, follow those that are helping to repair the world. Gail and Michael lead by their words and their deeds and JNF are thrilled to pay tribute to them.
The Livestream broadcast premieres on June 2nd, highlights exclusively Manitoba artists and features iconic Winnipeg locations.
To sponsor, buy a ticket or for more info, click here:
Special thank you to my partner on the project, Kayla Gordon , and our brilliant producers Jennifer Howe and Kristen McIntyre of Executed Events Inc.
See you on June 2.
Photo credits: Kayla Gordon
Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder

Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder

I am thrilled to announce that I will be performing in Dry Cold’s production of Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder from June 21-June 26th at MTYP. Rehearsals are currently underway and it is an absolute dream to be back in the studio working alongside a stellar cast and Artistic Team including: Erin McGrath (Director) and Rachel Cameron “the singing pianist” as Music Director.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways. When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind….

Tickets may be purchased at the link below and I hope to see everyone at the show!,1,2,3)%20and%20PB_SHOW_CODE%20like%20%27%25-R%25%27

Broadway Bootcamp

Broadway Bootcamp



Winnipeg Studio Theatre’s StudioWorks Academy has joined forces with Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment to BEAT the FEBRUARY BLAHS!!

Join our 4 week BROADWAY BOOTCAMP and train with a roster of MUSICAL THEATRE guest professionals.

Led by Academy Director Brenda Gorlick, this intensive will offer skill building in acting, singing, dance and performance technique.

Each of the 2-hour sessions will cover a variety of songs, scenes and dances taught in a fun, fast-paced way and will be sure bring out the “triple threat” performer in you.

Limited space available – all sessions via Zoom

SPECIAL GUEST: Manitoba born Broadway star SAMANTHA HILL (Cosette in the original revival of Les Miserables and Christine in the 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera.)

To Register visit:

Dates: Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25th                                                                 

Time: Youth (ages 10-15) 5:15-7:15 pm                                           

Senior/Adult (age 16+) 7:30-9:30 pm                                             

Investment: $120.00 (8 hrs. of training)                                           

Sessions will be via Zoom