The Training Group


Session 4: “August in August”
with Tanisha Taitt

We’re celebrating the final month of summer with another session of The Howland Company’s newest initiative – The Training Group. 

  • The Training Group is an opportunity for actors, both emerging and established, to explore seminal plays and the actor’s craft in an intimate training group setting guided by one of Toronto’s leading theatre artists.

Tanisha Taitt – Director, Actor, Playwright, Teacher, Activist

Join us this August for the fourth session in this exciting new training series, as we explore how we perform the works of the great August Wilson, while illuminating the text through historical/sociopolitical discourse. The Training Group aims to integrate advanced text work while engaging participants in active dialogue focusing on exploring the actor’s process. We are honoured to continue the series under the guidance of one of Toronto’s leading director/actor/playwright/teacher/activists Tanisha Taitt.

This intensive 12 hour Training Group will be set up over three workshop sessions at the end of August.

About the Session:

August In August is an ode to the most venerable African-American playwright of all time and one of the theatre’s greatest commentative poets, the late August Wilson. This contemporary Scene Study course will dive headlong into three breathtaking Wilson literary and theatrical works – Pulitzer Prize winners The Piano Lesson and Fences, as well as his swan song Radio Golf – and will illuminate them through historical/sociopolitical discourse and boundary-breaking, exploratory performance. During the final session, each participant will perform in a two-hander scene excerpt.

One need not be familiar with Wilson’s catalogue to enrol… curiosity and a love of theatre is enough! August In August is a perfect introduction to those new to his work, as well as to the well-versed who wish to rediscover these timeless plays anew.

Dates: August 20, 23 & 26

  • Monday, August 20, 2018: 6-10pm
  • Thursday, August 23, 2018: 6-10pm
  • Sunday, August 26, 2018: 6-10pm


The Commons Theatre
587a College Street, Toronto

Price: $375

Morning Glory Discount Deadline Friday August 3rd: $300

Early Bird Discount Deadline Friday August 10th: $325

Final Deadline to apply is Friday August 17th.

Applications are now closed. Thank you for your submissions and keep posted for our next session announcement soon!


For any questions, please email us at:

This is the fourth session in an exciting new training series held twice a year.

About Tanisha Taitt


TANISHA TAITT is a director, actor, playwright, ​teacher, activist and accidental essayist who has worked with ​theatre organizations including Obsidian, Nightwood​​​​, N​AC, ​Toronto Youth Theatre, Workman Arts, Buddies In Bad Times, Toronto Fringe, SummerWorks and Soulpepper, and spent two seasons as a Resident Artist-Educator with Young People’s Theatre. She ​has been Artistic Mentor for the Paprika Festival Creators’ Unit and Program Director for The Musical Stage Company’s youth training initiative One Song Glory, in addition to being a theatre director for the program. Also a singer/songwriter, Tanisha is a recipient of the Canadian Music Publishers Association Songwriters Award & Scholarship for excellence in achievement in songwriting, and is currently writing ​her first musical theatrical work. She is a Drama​ ​mentor for tdsbCreates, a T​DSB/Toronto Arts Council initiative that brings professional artists into classrooms to facilitate artistic expression in students and creative development of teachers. A longtime anti-VAW activist, Tanisha spent seven years as the Toronto and then the Canadian producer for V-Day/One Billion Rising — the global movement to end violence against women and girls, during which time she also served as Director of​ 11​​ of its ​stage productions.

Known by her peers for her fierce commitment to inclusion and racial/cultural representation in theatre, Tanisha works as a director and Anti-Oppression educator for the award-winning Children’s Peace Theatre, an organization which engages the arts to teach young people about ​conflict transformation and ​creating a culture of peace. Tanisha has served on arts council and playwriting juries, and recently sat on the Program Advisory Committee for the creation of the new Arts Education and Community Engagement post-graduate program at Centennial College.​ She was “Harolded” in 2013 and ​​in 2015, critic Lynn Slotkin bestowed upon her an inaugural “Tootsie” Award in the “They Can Do Anything” category, and her play Keeper was published by Scirocco Drama ​the following year. She was nominated as a director for the Pauline McGibbon Award for Unique Talents. Tanisha currently teaches 1st Year Contemporary Scene Study at George Brown Theatre School, and was recently chosen to be the keynote speaker for the inaugural Canadian Theatre Educators’ Conference. She is a two-time YWCA Woman of Distinction nominee for her commitment to artistic excellence and social justice.



Past Training Group Sessions & Instructors:

Session 1: Strengthening the Actor’s Process with Nancy Palk, exploring Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

Session 2: Contemporary Canadian Monologues, a scene study approach with Ken Gass

Session 3: Performing Shakespeare, an exploration of text with Ben Carlson

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