Performance creation workshop for performers and playwrights with a minimum training in acting
From 15/07/2019 to 20/07/2019
Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm (Saturday, morning only)
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Total hours: 34h


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Course description

The author and director of Cançó per tornar a casa, the new show by T de Teatre that can be seen during the Grec Festival at the Sala Beckett, proposes a workshop of stage creation that will explore work procedures geared towards the creation and development of theatrical scenes.

This workshop is particularly aimed at actors although it will enable and celebrate the presence of playwrights as it will be structured as a series of meetings in which work procedures aimed at the creation and development of theatre scenes will be explored.

The objective will be to show that the actor, understood as an artist who is a creator of ideas and narratives rather than just a mere performer, can be key to the production of the performance event. Playwrights will have the opportunity to see how fiction can be generated based on the actors themselves and will train in a theatricality in which text, staging and performance emerge and develop simultaneously and in a perpetual and fertile exchange. “Dramatizing”, here, will not mean exaggerating or endowing with affectation, as everyday speech connotes, but rather the contrary.


  • The role of chance in the creative event.
  • Loyalty to the procedure (playful and indifferent to contents) in the creation of fictions.
  • The actor’s emotion unlinked from the psychological element and the plot: arbitrary and mutant.
  • Theatre as a system of construction of appearance rather than as representation of the real.
  • Chaos and complexity as a condition of performance life.
  • The flight from solemnity and the search for nuances.


The workshop has an eminently practical nature although there will be moments for theorisation and analysis. Throughout the sessions, acting training exercises will be proposed and be used to reflect on issues related to acting, the construction of narratives and the specificity of theatre art. The materials that will be generated during the course will be arranged considering the actual play possibilities they provide, which will be developed in the sessions.

Denise Despeyroux

Playwright, stage director, actress, teacher and scriptwriter. She has premiered fifteen plays in theatres in Madrid, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Montevideo, notably the Teatro Fernán Gómez, Sala Beckett, Teatro Solís, Teatro María Guerrero (Centro Dramático Nacional) and Teatro Español.

Since 2014 she has been nominated as Best Playwright in the Max awards on four consecutive years: with La Realidad, Carne viva (Best Off 2014 according to the jury of “El Cultural”, it ran for 3 years), Los dramáticos orígenes de la galaxias espirales (produced by the Centro Dramático Nacional) and last year on the short list with Un tercer lugar, produced by the Teatro Español and considered by critics as one of the best shows of the year (Marcos Ordóñez, “Babelia”, El País; “El Cultural”, El Mundo; critics jury in “Volodia”, etc.). She was shortlisted for playwriting and stage direction of this piece for the Premio Valle-Inclán, the greatest award in Spanish theatre.

Last season she was on tour with Un tercer lugar and premiered Tiempos mezquinos, freely-based on Hedda Gabler, by Ibsen, the result of a commission by the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, which produced it, and directed by Raúl Cancelo.

She has also received a grant from the Teatro Pavón-Kamikaze to write a new play and a Leonardo Grant in support of her next project.

In 2019, Despeyroux will write and direct the new production of the company T de Teatre, which will open at the Sala Beckett in Barcelona.

Important information

Admission to the course will be based on order of arrival and CV assessment, which should be sent (with photograph included), filling in the form on the right.

Places on courses are limited. Places will be reserved once the course amount has been paid. Payment must be made within one week of receiving the corresponding acceptance email.

The dates indicated for each course or seminar may be subject to variations in exceptional circumstances. These will be notified when applicable.

For the course to take place, a minimum number of students must be registered. If this number is not reached, the course will be cancelled and the student will have the option of registering for a different course (providing that there are places available) or alternatively will receive a refund of the amount paid (100%). If a student withdraws, a refund of 75% of the registration fee will be applicable, providing that written notice is given at least 10 days before the start of the course.

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