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Onsite is an intensive course in individual creation of site-specific performance. The intention is to give writer-performers the framework, tools, and experience to make high-quality site-specific work.  2014 will be our fourth year of partnering with the Vancouver International Fringe Festival on the Fringe Onsite program.

This year Fringe Onsite is all about ADAPTATION! Join us for a chance to crack a new form of site-specific theatre-making. Vancouver’s theatre history is full of examples of site specific adaptations from Haunted-House Hamlet to the The Only Animal’s upcoming Waterpark Lord of the Flies. Think of recent hits like Craigslist Cantata, and Sleep No More…then think beyond that into other unexplored theatrical territory. The Only Animal is super-curious about the meeting place of Site + Adaptation, and we want to share the journey with you!

Over the last three years, the Fringe has premiered over 30 site-specific works on Granville Island, in places like the Duck Pond, the PlayGround, Ocean Concrete, the Waterpark, various boats and under the docks (with a scuba puppeteer). Each piece grew out of the site itself—hence the term site-specific. And all of these wildly diverse pieces were created out of the Fringe Onsite program. Sound like something you would like to do?

Get more information and apply now for Fringe Onsite


The Suzuki Method of Actor Training addresses universal performance issues. What is the source of presence onstage? How do we find ease in the midst of dramatic crises? By refining an awareness and control of our centre (hara), we are able to increase the clarity, range, and power of our voices to fulfill the demands of any situation. It all begins where the foot meets the ground and the breath births the word.


Viewpoints names the basic elements of space and time, addressing them individually and in combination. The practice of working with these exercises as an ensemble develops practical skills we can use to make vivid, surprising theatre. Creativity requires both freedom and structure: Viewpoints can provide a means for actors, directors, choreographers, performance artists, and dancers to quickly develop onstage events that are precise, potent and original.


Composition applies the Viewpoints to the rehearsal, exploration, and creation of performance. Small groups compose short scenes by combining the intuitive, ensemble improvisations of Viewpoints with a given structural framework. The goal is to work on our feet to discover surprises about the scene, theme, or play world. These may serve as explorations, the basis of a new work, or staging for a play. Composition encourages collaboration and an open approach to the new or the known work. It is an efficient yet radical practice that empowers theatre artists as co-creators.

Contact us for more info about training opportunities and upcoming workshops.

The Only Animal creates cultivates and inspires theatre work that arises from a deep engagement with place.