VG PlayRoom is an incubator of creativity. Our projects and events are designed to bring art alive, with special focus on the VERBAL ARTS. We are based in SW British Columbia, Canada and connected globally with kindred creators. Follow us on FB @VGPlayRoom and our devising Project Wow – arts building without walls @wowartsbuildingwithoutwalls and learn more about events and training in our WORD-ARTS PROJECT
Autumn is here! The Word-Arts Project is hosting WORKSHOPS Sundays in the MEDIA ROOM arts hub, upstairs the Lodge Dining Hall, Camp Alexandra, McBride Street, Crescent Beach. $10 donation. October 15th, 3:00 pm : SONGWRITER CIRCLE with Tony Rees and Kat Wahamaa. Songwriters and performing duo Kat Wahamaa & Tony Rees host this participatory session. Bring your voice, guitar, ukulele, and favourite composition for a relaxed afternoon sharing songs and discussing strategies for facilitating song-writers circles. http://www.katandtony.ca/about.html November 19TH, 3:00 pm : PLAY WITH PLAYS. Lively, facilitated workshop: part play-making and devising/part riffing off script scenes. Find latest events: FB @VGPlayRoom REGISTERVirginia Gillespie Artistic Director SOUTHERN EXPOSURE : Thursday, October 26th, 7:00 pm: Word-Artists Live! Salon featuring innovative, cultural trailblazers and word-artists (literary, theatre, music, poetry & multidisciplinary) with time for socializing, stimulating conversation and frivolity at Semiahmoo Arts Turnbull Gallery. South Surrey. Refreshments and no host bar.
Award winning Author, Poet MARION QUEDNAU
Poet, Author, Media Artist HEATHER HALEY
Playwright, Entertainer JACQUES LALONDE
A Multi-discipline Artist, Musician – KEMPTON DEXTER
Writer and Pandora’s Collective – TASLIM JAFFER Tickets are free but you must register as there is limited seating. Eventbrite Registration
I am Virginia Gillespie. Artistic Director VG PlayRoom and the Word Studio located above Alexandra Hall. We received Surrey Cultural Grant for a Word-Arts project through partnering with Alex House. This includes a collaboration with Fauzia and Surrey Muse to host a reading series Word-Arts Live! Flyers are on the table. But also I’ve been involved in meetings about the Artist for A Change grant project.
I’m going to get personal and talk about my experience in the arts, give examples of what inspires me and a context for why I think these kinds of projects are important right here, right now.
I’m one of the lucky ones. I was raised in a home full of artful living. It was a place where all kinds of people were welcome. We celebrated holidays by decorating and feasting. We had a player piano and it was a hang out for me, my brother and our friends. My father loved to cook and dance. My mother trained in opera and was involved in music, theatre and planning artistic social events.
My father bought me my first guitar in Mexico when I was 13 and I used to lie in bed at night strumming myself to sleep, often waking with my guitar next to me.
We were a white middle class family. Privileged yes, by the ethnic and social status that was my reality as a child. In hindsight, I think the real privilege from my upbringing is that Frank and I were encouraged to create, think critically, have opinions and question the world around us. And it all started in the home.
Word-Artists : Would you like to step out and share your creative work in a more powerful way?
SOUNDBODYSunday, APRIL 23, 2017 10 am – 4 pm $35 – register to hold a place
Join Virginia Gillespie and Heidi McCurdy to learn warm ups and strategies to enhance your performance ability and style. Topics include: daily practice prompts, microphone technique , presentation skills, managing stage fright. You will have the opportunity to perform a short piece of your choice with feedback from the coaches.
Heidi McCurdy Global Jazz Soul singer, songwriter and recording artist through her business harmonyexpressivearts.com offers a variety of creative programs; conducts the Soul of the World Choir and holds vocal improv classes for adults.
Virginia Gillespiewriter, arts advocate and artistic director of the VG PlayRoom word studio for projects and training in the Verbal Arts. She is a facilitator and coach in acting, body language and communication training, writing and devised theatre techniques.
MEMORIZATION & PRESENTATION Saturday MAY 13, 2017 3 – 5 pm$15 register to hold a place
Candice James poet laureate emeritus New Westminster will lead you through practice and tips of memorization techniques to make you a more effective and engaging presenter.
VG PlayRoom is the recipient of a 2017 Surrey Cultural Grant.
The WORD-ARTS PROJECT seeks to address the gap we see in identity & representation of Word-Artists in the broader arts context as well as the need for better exposure, shared resources and advocacy.
Partnering with Alexandra Neighbourhood House and advisors Fauzia Rafique, Surrey Muse and author-educator Heidi Greco, we are planning a series of events over the course of a year to:
EXPLORE: Vital artistic and pragmatic topics and issues.
EDUCATE: Word-artists in verbal arts and presentation skills.
ENTERTAIN: Word Arts LIVE author/poet/performer Series
…leading to a larger event to share, celebrate and plan next steps.
We are drawing together an organizing team to devise innovative, topical events with fresh voices leading towards a Word-Arts Collective with a voice to help shape Surrey’s cultural landscape. We aspire to be inclusive and multi : cultural-generational-disciplinary. Please join us.
VG playroom began an incubator of creativity where word, image, sound and movement artists and public could experiment with ideas and issues just for the fun of it. In 2015 we opened a Word Studio to develop projects, events and training in the verbal arts and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Located upstairs in Alexandra Hall, Crescent Beach, BC we play in the Metro-Vancouver area, but value global inspiration and relationship. .