Places please...KTG hosting stage management workshop

Award-winning presenter coming to Kincardine

The past two years have been tough for arts groups and companies, especially theatres. The Kincardine Theatre Guild is excited to be bringing entertainment to the stage this spring, and returning to hosting workshops to enhance the skill set of our volunteers, and maybe attract some new members out. 

On Saturday, April 9 from 9:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., the Kincardine Theatre Guild is proud to host award winning stage manager Bev Dietrich who will be conducting a stage management workshop that day. 

“When people hear ‘stage manager,’ they might think of a certain role in a production, but there is no doubt this workshop will be beneficial to everyone involved in community theatre from the actors, to directors, producers, lighting crew, absolutely everyone,” said Andy Wasylycia, KTG Workshop Director. 

“I’ve worked with Bev in the past and am so excited to bring her to Kincardine where she can share her knowledge and skills to help not just the KTG, but other local theatre groups in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties who may want to participate in the workshop.”

Doors open at 8:45 a.m., with the morning session running from 9:15 a.m. until noon. There will be an hour break for lunch, then from 1-4 p.m. the session continues. Topics covered throughout the day will include:

  • Stage Manager’s job description
  • Pre-Production tasks
  • The Prompt Book
  • Rehearsals and how to run them
  • Tech week
  • It’s Showtime
  • It’s a Wrap – Post Production
  • Problem Solving

“The workshop is suitable for first time stage managers and will be a refresher for those with experience,” explained Wasylycia.

Dietrich retired as curator of Guelph Museums in 2017 after 35 years in the museum business. She also taught curatorial museum skills with in-person and online classes. 

Her theatre experience is second-to-none. She began stage managing in 1989 with Elmira Theatre Company, where she is the current president. She also serves on the board of the Western Ontario Drama League (WODL), where she is the long-time area vice-president Waterloo-Wellington, as well as the organization’s archivist.  

She has been accoladed for her volunteer work in the theatre with awards for her stage management talents from WODL at its annual theatre festival. In 2014, she was honoured at Theatre Ontario when she received the Michael Spence award for outstanding contribution to community theatre.

The workshop is open to all and is free to Kincardine Theatre Guild members who have paid their membership dues for the 2021-22 season. KTG membership is $20 for an individual, or $50 for a family of three or more. If you want to participate in the workshop, but don’t want to join the KTG, the cost of the workshop on its own is $10. Space is limited so email Sarah Foster at to reserve your spot.