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No Strings Theatre goes ONLINE with Summer 2020 Workshops via ZOOM!








This summer NST Is pleased to be providing online weekly workshop intensives.  We will present. our ‘Acting Through Song’ series for these targeted groups.  (only the emerging artist category requires prior music performance experience)


Tweens – ages 11-13

Teens – ages 14-18 (pre-college)

Emerging Artists ages 19-35

(college/university students with performing arts experience and recent graduates)

Adults – ages 19+

(community participants with a desire to improve their performance skills)




ACTING THROUGH SONG - a weekly workshop for singers (maximum 8 participants)

Every song in a well written musical is actually a "scene" that builds on the dialogue that precedes it. In this online workshop, with three industry professionals, singers will receive instruction to take their song choices to the next level of clear and motivated story-telling. We encourage all participants to explore song choices that reflect their own unique age and life experience.  It is our goal that the skills taught will be useful for auditions, performances, competitions & exams, and will help build confidence in non-music endeavours, too. Singers will be allowed to record their personal weekly progress and a recording of the final showcase will be made available for personal use.  


This program can aid you with the following:

  • refine vocal and acting techniques

  • choose appropriate repertoire for your voice

  • further understand the musical style of your song

  • challenge you to try new artistic choices

  • develop performance-ready repertoire

  • connect more intently to the words

  • be better prepared and confident for auditions, competitions, exams 

  • share your progress with other participants over the course of the workshop

  • maximize strengths and what unique qualities you have that set you apart


Teen​s additionally can 

  • discover or re-imagine your party pieces

  • learn to manage the selection of bar cuts


Emerging Artists additionally can

  • try out new repertoire

  • hone your craft and discover or re-imagine your party pieces

  • be better prepared and confident for school, auditions, presentations


Adults additionally can

  • hone your craft and manage stage fright

  • improve performance skills in a safe and encouraging environment with a built in supportive audience of other singers


All groups will be able to take advantage of obtaining instrumental accompaniments from our pianist.



Monday  - Friday, 10 am - 12 pm

Session 1 – August 10-14,  Tweens - this session has been combined with Session 3 

Session 2 – August 17-21, Emerging Artists

Session 3 - August 24-28 - Tweens and Teens

Adults (Wednesday, 5 pm – 7 pm and Saturday, 10 am – 12 pm)

Session 4 - August 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 Adults

  • All sessions are subject to registration numbers

  • If you are interested but may have scheduling conflicts, let us know.  We may be able to make slight adjustments.



Subject to slight modifications


Day 1 Repertoire Choices

 Meet and Greet (sign in 15 minutes ahead)

Acting and Voice warm up

Present your song repertoire and gain feedback on choices etc


Day 2 Vocal Technique

Acting warm up

Voice warm up



Day 3 Acting Through Song Technique

Voice warm up

Acting warm up



Day 4 Honing your authenticity

Acting warm up

Voice warm up



Day 5 Performance Showcase/Q & A

Voice warm up and sound check


Q/A and closing




Please prepare 2 contrasting songs, in any of these genres (music theatre, operetta, opera).  Songs must be learned confidently ahead of time and off book for the final showcase.  For accompaniment you may use your own pre-recorded tracks or request accompaniment from our pianist that would be tailored to you.



Based on 1 week or 10 hours of instruction



This program has been supported by our foundations for youths and we will be able to provide fee reduction to this program to the TWEEN, TEEN, and EA groups.  The adults will receive a special rate to welcome in our new adult programing for this season.


Reduced Fee: $75 for all tween, teen and EA participants   Regular Fee: $250

Adults $150 - new program special rate

Please add a $10 processing fee to all the above. 

Early bird until July 27 (no processing fee).



$25 (auditing is allowed for EA and Adult programs only)

To register as an auditor, please e-mail



Click Below to Register









Qualifying youths who participated in the summer workshop with full attendance will be offered a total of 3 hours of private instruction with any of the ‘Acting Through Song’ instructors.  You will be able to apply for this along with your registration.  We will be able to offer 4 such opportunities for each of these groups:


Emerging Artist



Denise Williams, Voice Instructor

Denise Williams is a professional singer, music educator and facilitator with her Masters in Community Music from Wilfrid Laurier University.  Her 30+ year international solo performance career has put her at home on the concert, opera, and theatre stages, working with, to name a few national companies,  The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, The TSO, TMC, Mirvish Productions, Eastern Front Theatre, Theatre Northwest as well as international appearances.   Denise concentrates her time on performance education, and has founded No Strings Theatre with a desire to aid youth in developing their skills in music theatre as well as grow in their team skills for life.  She has been a private voice teacher for over 25 years, as well as RCM examiner and national adjudicator for over 15 years.   She is teaches Vocal Tutorial at Sheridan College’s Music Theatre department, is a a certified advanced voice teacher for the RCM and voice professor for the Canada Christian College.  Professional memberships include President of The Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA), executive of the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS), and the Canadian Actors Equity.


Scott Hurst, Acting Instructor

Scott is an actor, singer, director and acting coach with nearly 40 years of experience in the industry.  A veteran of five seasons at the Stratford Festival, he's also performed at the Charlottetown Festival, National Arts Centre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, St. Lawrence Centre, Elgin Theatre, Blyth Festival, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Huron Country Playhouse, Globe Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre and the MDM in Moscow, Russia. As a director Scott has staged nearly forty musicals, revues and non-musicals, but none more dear to his heart than his continued work on Andrew Prashad's One Step At A Time. Scott lives in Barrie with his partner Rob and their two fur babies, Dora and Ripley. 


Kate Carver, Pianist/Vocal Coach

Kate Carver is based in Toronto, and is in great demand as a private vocal coach and accompanist.  She has worked as repetiteur and coach with the Canadian Opera Company, the University of Toronto’s Opera Division, and Opera York. She has been on staff in the voice program at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, New York, as well as the University of Montreal, and has played for many masterclasses with world class visiting artists.  After receiving her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music from McGill university, Kate spent several years in London, England, where she studied with master voice coaches Martin Isepp and Graham Johnson at the Britten-Pears School, received a Vocal Coaching/Repetiteur Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music, and was sponsored by the Friends of Covent Garden Bursary to attend the prestigious National Opera Studio, where she continued her studies with Martin Isepp among others. Kate was attracted back to Canada by a position as Apprentice Coach with the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble program.

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