August 18-27, 2017
$20-$30 per workshop or $40-$60 for full day workshops (sliding scale)*

Workshops will primarily be offered in English. Please contact us if you require whisper translation to French.
Artists of all generations, cultural backgrounds and practices are encouraged to participate. Priority space is offered to people with marginalized identities
For more information or to register (limited space): info@studio303.ca

**The retreat is relocated to Montreal, the workshops will be happening at Studio 303**

Queer Performance Camp offers a rare place and time to explore, create, perform and network in a queer-dominant environment. Open to ALL artists (regardless of sexual orientation), daytime workshops provide multiple tools and approaches to performance creation, facilitated by Elder, mid-career and emerging queer artist guides. We will host a Long Table skillshare around Queer Touring on Saturday, August 26th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. There will be performances at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), as well as at GENDER B(L)ENDER #37, open mic queer at Studio 303.


This project aims to create new ways to connect, grow and build community, while supporting the development of queer artists. It is an intentional and inclusive space for taking risks, making mistakes, pushing our practices, being critical and self-aware, and having fun, while remaining open and compassionate.

Here is the complete workshop program. Thanks to the Caisse de la Culture Desjardins for supporting this project!
Thanks to these organisations for providing scholarships for artists needing financial aid:
McGill Union for Gender Empowerment
The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies


Fear Drag with Jordan Arseneault

Friday, Aug. 18th, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (break from 12:30-1:30) @ Studio 303

This social practice workshop employs elements of theatre of the oppressed to catalyse dialogue and group performance on themes of relational anxieties and fears. Presented in numerous Concordia University Fine Arts classes as well as in community settings since 2010, Fear Drag is an environment where we’ll listen to and enact participants’ fears and anxieties around inherited ideologies, state violence and queer social justice. While all forms of gender expression are welcome in Fear Drag, this is not a workshop on the performance style of being a drag queen/king. It is on the notion of drag as disrupting the norm, as fertile ground to explore themes and identities that are not experientially our own. This workshop’s specific focus will be to explore both the shortcomings and transformational potential of political art practice. What kind of performance interventions can be made on the stage that have relevance off stage? What are strategies for overcoming audience cynicism (of any age) and our own inertia (in our current age)? How can we affect political change with performance? We will consider ways of engaging audiences/interlocutors who may not already think what we think, who may not already believe that performance and queer social justice can have an impact on the greater political landscape.Rooted in a cathartic approach to group performance, the outcome of the 5-hour workshop (in two parts, with snack breaks) will be short performance pieces produced by participants in smaller groups that will be shown and reflected on from an outlook of appreciative inquiry. Participants of all backgrounds and interests are welcome.

Jordan Arseneault is a gay male bilingual artist of mixed Acadian extraction. Active in Montréal’s independent performance scene since 2008, Jordan employs song, spoken word, cello, drag, humour and movement in his staged work, which is often improvisational. He has been developing the social practice workshop Fear Drag since 2010. Both his performances and participative workshops address issues of criminalization, stigma, mental health, HIV/AIDS, addiction, biculturalism, inherited trauma, queerness and community. He was a Studio 303 artist in residence for 2015-2016.

Ulysse del Drago

Ulysse del Drago

Vogue for virgins with Gerard Reyes

Saturday, Aug. 19th – 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. @ Studio 303

Vogue is a dance style that was created by Black and Latino gay men and trans women in the Harlem ballroom scene many decades ago. This beginner level workshop is geared towards vogue virgins (i.e. people with no vogue experience) and will tap into the sensuality and sexuality of this dance form. You will learn the five elements of vogue fem: catwalk, hands, spins + dips, duckwalk and floor performance. All of this will be in a spirit of fun, creativity and support. Open to all genders and physical abilities.

Gerard Reyes is a dancer, choreographer and teacher living and working between Montreal and Berlin. He studied vogue in New York with a number of internationally-renowned master teachers including Javier Ninja (FKA Twigs; Madonna Superbowl), Danielle Polanco (Beyoncé), Jose Xtravaganza (“Paris Is Burning”; Madonna “Vogue”; “Blonde Ambition”), Amazon Leiomy (Balmain X H&M fashion show), Archie Burnett (”Check Your Body At The Door”) and Alex Mugler (Rihanna “ANTI”). Gerard has taught voguing workshops in North America and Europe, and teaches regularly at Flying Steps in Berlin and at various studios in Montreal (www.gerardxreyes.com/classes).


Giving Birth to Yourself: Revolutionary Queer Storytelling
with Kai Cheng Thom

Saturday, Aug. 19th – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Studio 303

This intense, immersive oral performance workshop draws upon the spoken word and oral storytelling traditions, as well as meditation, ritual, and Theatre of the Oppressed in order to help participants unlock their inner rhythms and artistic impulses. We engage critically with colonial frameworks of narrative and poetics, and delve into our relationships with colonization and ancestry.

Kai Cheng Thom is a fiery writer performer spoken word artist and drag-dance sensation. Lady Sin and her alter-egos have traveled across Canada to bring poetic performances to pages and stages from her hometown of Vancouver to her current haunts in Montreal. Kai Cheng has been widely published as an essayist and poet, and is currently a Feature Writer at Everyday Feminism. She also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work from McGill University and is the co-founder of Monster Academy Montreal a radical mental health initiative for youth.

Nikol Mikus

Nikol Mikus

Durational Performance: When Will It End? With Dayna McLeod

Sunday, Aug. 20th – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (break from 12:30-1:30) @ Studio 303

This 2-part workshop guides participants through durational performance art creation informed by queer feminist practices. Durational performance art features time as the focus of a work and is fundamental to the experience for both performer and audience. This workshop will encourage the development of a solo and/or collaborative durational piece that uses the body and a task this body can perform. We will explore varying conditions of durational work including but not limited to: interactive audience participation, having an audience approach you, generating a safe-space to perform in, communicating intent without speaking or instruction, knowing when the work is over, asking for help and support, and practicing self-care before, during and after.

Dayna McLeod is a performance and video artist. Her work uses humour, and capitalizes on exploiting the body’s social and material conditions using cabaret, duration, single channel video, and installation practices. Dayna’s latest project, Uterine Concert Hall is a sound-based, vaginal media project that features her uterus as the scene of the performance and the instrument of its production. www.daynarama.com

Michael De Angelis

Michael De Angelis

The Depth of Surfaces: Generative Writing/Directing with Tina Satter

Monday, Aug. 21st – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (break from 12:30-1:30) @ Studio 303

Tina Satter is in Montréal thanks to her residency at the CEAD. La Chapelle will present her work Ghost Rings on August 26th.
New York City-based playwright, director, and Half Straddle Artistic Director Tina Satter leads writing, performance, and directorial exercises and techniques for those interested in live performance including actors, writers, directors, and those just starting to make performance. The workshop allows participants to generate new performance writing, and to learn writing and directorial methods to infuse projects already in process. A collaborative and open environment allows participants to delve into unexpected, non-psychological, and gestural ways to generate writing and directing—and be in conversation with Tina on her work with Half Straddle.

Tina Satter is a writer, director, and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn-based, Obie-winning theater company Half Straddle which is dedicated to making work about and featuring female-identified and/or queer performers. She is a recipient of a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award and a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Artist Award. She’s written and directed 9 full-length shows with Half Straddle that have premiered in New York City and presented at festivals and theaters in Europe, Japan, and Australia. Her recent project, Here I Go, pt. 2 of You was the curation of lectures by a range of queer artists including Sarah Schulman, Branden Jacob-Jenkins, Jess Barbagallo, Ariel Goldberg, and more. Tina has been a visiting artist at a number of colleges—and visiting playwriting professor at the University of Michigan in 2015/16. Tina attended Mac Wellman’s graduate playwriting program at Brooklyn College. Her first collection of plays, Seagull (Thinking of you), was published by 53rd State Press in 2014.

Creative retreat now in Montréal

Josh Haggarty

Josh Haggarty

Mountain Voice with Gein Wong

Aug. 22-24 (Tues-Thurs) – 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What does it feel like to vocalise and sing with our ancestors? On Turtle Island, Two-Spirited people held important roles in community. We were leaders, healers and spiritual people until waves of colonization changed things. Around the world there are similar stories for Queer/Trans/Gender Non Conforming people. After so many generations of being silenced, what do our voices sound like when connect with our various histories. These vocal and movement workshops will help us explore what our voices sound like and how our bodies move when we look for connection to our ancestors.

Gein Wong is an interdisciplinary director, curator, poet, composer and video artist of First Nations and Asian descent who is Two-Spirited and Queer. Her works focus on obvious things like gender, class and race, as well as things a little less obvious like gender, class and race. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council and received the 2014 Ken McDougall Director’s Award and the 2015 CCGSD Canadian Queer/Two Spirited Youth Role Model Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a member of the Indigenous eco-restoration group, Naadmaagit Ki, and a member of the Indigenous Two-Spirit drum group, Balance Bringers. Gein Wong is Artistic Director of Eventual Ashes, co-founder of the community arts organisation, Asian Arts Freedom School, and a co-owner of Glad Day Bookshop.

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Temporary Spectacle Community with Andrew Tay

August 22-24 (Tues-Thurs) – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

During this workshop we will create a structure which will allow us to perform and be together – An imagined playground for different and divergent practices to exist side by side. We will question false truths about making collaborative work which include: the fairness of democracy, the necessity to compromise, and established hierarchies of skill and labor. Our “work” will be a party, a deep conversation, a meditation, a magic show and a revolt!

“Through meticulous distortion and transformation of the body Andrew’s work seeks to mutate sacred actions into the banal, while paradoxically elevating the every day into something of extreme importance. Playful, colorful and charming while also being turbulent and iconoclastic, Andrew’s work explores alternative working methods for frictions within spirituality, healing and worship.”

Andrew Tay is a hybrid form of performer, choreographer and performance curator based in Montreal. In 2005 he co-founded (with collaborator Sasha Kleinplatz) the company Wants&Needs danse. Since then, the company has produced the wildly popular performance events Piss in the Pool and Short&Sweet which take place in non-traditional venues throughout the city.In August 2016, Tay received the Risk and Innovation Award from the Summerworks Performance Festival for his work Fame Praver / Eating. In 2017, he joined the team of the O Vertigo Centre for Creation as Artistic Curator. Tay actively thinks about community, irreverence and resistance in both his performance and curatorial practices.

Pamela Hart

Sing out with Pamela Hart

Sunday, Aug. 27th / 10:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. @ Studio 303

Learn to find the power in your voice and sing in harmony working with songs written by queer artists with queer themed content.

Pamela Hart is a vocalist, sound technician, and multi-instrumentalist who is currently directing and arranging music for The Forever Chorus. She has played in noise, pop, psych, heavy/doom, classical and jazz projects and has toured extensively as a musician and sound technician. The Forever Chorus is an all voices chorus that sings songs written by women and gender non binary/trans artists with a focus on creating a safer space for people to learn to sing in harmony, develop their vocal skills and perform.


Sunday, August 27th @ Studio 303
A potluck for participants and anyone who want to come to process, check-in and say goodbye!

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.