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Word-Arts Master Classes Spring 2017

Word-Artists : Would you like to step out and share your creative work in a more powerful way?

SOUNDBODY  Sunday, 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 offers a variety of creative programs; conducts the Soul of the World Choir and holds vocal improv classes for adults.

Virginia Gillespie writer, 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.




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Word-Arts Project 2017

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.

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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.  .

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Virtual March Arts Project Village Surrey

Our Word Studio (Crescent Beach BC) will be one of the photo staging sites Sunday January 8, 2017 from 1-3 for the “Virtual March” for peace and unity from Surrey City Hall south to the Peach Arch Park on the US Border – an arts project initiative by Village Surrey. Messages and images will flood social media on January 20th using the hashtag #ThisIsSurrrey  Join us to create 1×1 inch signs for the lego figure procession.  Details: Virginia Gillespie vgplayroom at