Professional Development Programs

Supporting artists by providing mentorship and training led by skilled instructors and experienced working professionals.

Professional Development Programs

About The GYM

Theatre Aquarius’ GYM is a program developed for professional performing artists, emerging artists, theatre students, and anyone interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts. Our mission is to support artists by providing regular mentorship and training led by skilled instructors and experienced working professionals. Our focus is to provide a creative space that is accessible and affordable to all artists in the community. Past sessions have included: play creation, audition technique, grant writing, self-producing, stage combat, musical theatre, text analysis, acting for the camera and playwriting. For more information please contact Luke Brown –

How to Pitch Your Idea with Matthew MacFadzean

Cost: $15

To register:

Dates: November 14 & 29, 2017 at 7pm

Location: 55 Wentworth St South


So you’ve got a film script, a tv show script, a play. Or an idea for one. Good for you. That was hard. But now comes the harder part. Selling it. How do you sell it? Where do you sell it? What are things people want to know about your story to make them want to buy it? How do you pitch YOUR story? And what the hell is a pitch anyhow?

In this two-part workshop, participants will learn the basics of pitching their idea. In part one, just show up with your idea or script. It doesn’t have to be a fully-formed idea, it can be the beginnings of one. If there’s one thing that pitching does fast, it’s determine if your idea is strong or one that can be left behind. We will talk about how to break down your idea, what producers want to know, how to find the hook, how to create pitch documents, essentially how to talk about your idea in order to get people interested in it.

In part two, participants will pitch their idea/show/play. There’s no better way to learn how to pitch than to pitch. In this friendly, no-pressure situation, pitch your idea and we’ll discuss it’s strengths and weaknesses with the group.


Matthew MacFadzean is an award-winning writer and actor with a degree in Literature from McGill University and certificates in acting from the National Theatre School of Canada and in TV writing from the Canadian Film Centre.  As an actor he’s played most stages in Canada, and spent two seasons at both the Stratford and Shaw festivals. On television he’s appeared on shows such as Designated Survivor, Suits, Copper, Covert Affairs, The Listener, and was a lead on the CBC comedy InSecurity. He’s written nine plays including the multi-Dora-nominated richardthesecond, and the multi-Dora-winning The Mill, both available from Playwright’s Canada Press. He’s won commissions, residencies and awards including New York’s prestigious William and Eva Fox Foundation Award. As a screenwriter, he’s had shows in development with Take 5 (Vikings, The Tudors), Sphere Media (19-2, This Life), Seven24 Productions (Heartland, Being Erica), Edyson Entertainment (Guidance), Aircraft Pictures (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil), and CBC, and has written on Family Channel’s hit shows The Next Step and Lost and Found Music Studios. His first film, Dorothy’s Secret, recently played festivals in Canada and the U.S. and can currently be seen on CBC’s Canadian Reflections.

Professional Development Programs

Playwright’s Unit

The Aquarius Playwright’s Unit was created to foster the development of Hamilton area writers. Meeting several times a month, each writer is required to choose one project that they wish to develop over the course of the year. Members of the Unit are invited to participate in a series of public readings called Script Happens.

The current members of the unit are:

  • Francesca Brugnano

  • Peter Gruner

  • Andrew Lee

  • Stephen Near

  • Annie Rosenberg

  • Ryan Sero

  • Kevin Somers


  • Jessica Anderson
  • Bryan Boodhoo
  • Julie Florio
  • Steve Hartwell
  • Michael Kras
  • Michael Rinaldi

While admission to the Playwrights Unit is by invitation only, we welcome contact from interested playwrights and creators –

Professional Development Programs

The Junction

The Junction is a program designed for creator/performers from various forms of performance. Meeting monthly, the goal of the Junction is to provide a creative environment for artists to showcase their work and receive constructive feedback to help move them closer to production.

For more information please email with Junction in the subject line.

Junction Members:

  • Vicktoria Adam

  • Chelsea Haraburda

  • Rose Hopkins

  • Rex Emerson Jackson

  • Colette Kendall

  • Carlyn Rhamey

  • Ryan Sero

  • Nicholas Wallace

Program, Artists, Dates and Prices Subject to Change.  All Sales Final.  No Refunds.

Theatre Aquarius is a not-for-profit registered charity dedicated to creating outstanding, accessible, live theatre that entertains, challenges, & educates.  Charitable Registration Number 11921 3957 RR0001