Playwriting in Movement Workshop at Tarragon Theatre



A six-week, playwriting workshop for writers, playwrights, directors and seasoned actors.

This workshop proposes a discovery into the act of writing text for the stage through the lens of movement. MacPherson will lead the group through Ecole Jacques Lecoq’s theatrical principles of movement, space and play and apply this to the craft of playwriting. We will begin our journey with the neutral mask and explore movement and space, nourishing our understanding of situation, character, observation and spatial relationships. We will search for our voice and inspiration through an exploration of music, painting and poetry through practical exercises that ignite text. The class will culminate with each student creating a short self-contained piece to be read and/or performed on the final day.

The workshop will involve movement exploration, improvisation, in-class writing exercises, discussion and group work. Please wear clothes you are comfortable moving in.


Please contact: with a CV and a half page paragraph of interest. Registration is limited.


$550 Regular
and $440 Equity/Artist discount

Note: Once a participant has been approved to join the course, their spot will not be reserved until the theatre has received a 20% deposit.

SPRING 2018 DATES & TIMES: 9 CLASSES FROM 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.

Tuesday March 6 6:30-9:30 pm
Thursday March 8th 6:30-9:30 pm
Tuesday March 13th 6:30-9:30 pm
Thursday March 15th 6:30-9:30 pm
Monday March 19th 6:30-9:30 pm
Thursday March 22nd 6:30-9:30 pm
Tuesday March 27th 6:30-9:30 pm
Thursday March 29th 6:30-9:30 pm
Monday April 2, 2017 6:30-9:30 pm


After studying at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and taking part in UK’s Off-West End Arcola Theatre’s Writers’ Program and attending workshops led by playwrights James Graham (National Theatre) and Michel Azama (Bled, The Life and Death of Pier Paolo Pasolini), MacPherson has developed her own approach to writing for the stage to provoke the imagination and develop each artist’s unique voice. Her plays have appeared at Camden People’s Theatre, Mimetic Festival (London, UK), Falaki Theater (Cairo, Egypt), Plateau 31 (Paris, France) and The Theatre Centre (Toronto). She has also toured work to Shangai, Montreal, NYC, Chicago and Barcelona.

Most recently she held a staged reading of her play, Meat at the Arcola Theatre performed by Richard Hansell (Ivo Van Hove’s A View From the Bridge), Angela Bull (Epsilon Productions), Kate Handford (Boudica at The Globe Theatre) and Denise Stephenson (About a Boy). Her play, This Is Why We Live will be heading to Krakow, Poland in 2018 and is part of New York City’s La MaMa’s 57th season.

MacPherson’s joy in teaching is also a joy gained from a desire to collaborate and develop relationships with working artists in Toronto and to stimulate new methodologies of creation with her company Open Heart Surgery Theatre. She has recently taught at StudioZAT in Cairo, Egypt and The University of Toronto.
Companies in Canada she has worked with: Theatre Smith-Gilmour, The Children’s Peace Theatre, Why Not Theatre, Bad New Days, Necessary Angel, Theatre Direct and Onelight Theatre. Recently she was part of a workshop with Onelight Theatre in Halifax called Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover.
Upcoming for Open Heart Surgery Theatre: Surrealist Women, a devised play inspired by the painting and writings of Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo.

Coleen is off to Belfast to work with Tinderbox Theatre!

Coleen has joined the team of amazing artists at Tinderbox Theatre to develop Patrick O'Reilly's The Man Who Falls to Pieces.

Coleen and Patrick have worked collaboratively at the Lecoq school and was invited to be part of the artistic development with Mikel Murfi in the brilliant Reveal Programme with Prime Cut Productions in 2015. 

Part of EdgeFest: A 3-week festival of explosive new theatre by leading theatre companies in The Mac, followed by a regional tour.

A powerful story that celebrates what it means to be human.

John is falling to pieces. Literally. Using tape, cling film and other DIY products, he attempts to hold himself together with hilarious consequences. 

Beautifully poignant and a theatrically explosive feast for the mind and body; The Man Who Fell to Pieces is the signature performance for Tinderbox Theatre Company’s new adventure of exploring the potential of the imagination through physical storytelling and play.


6th-10th February at 8pm
Matinee performances 10th-11th February at 2:30pm
Or Contact Box Office on 028 9023 5053


16th February at 8pm
Or Contact Box Office: 028 7138 4444

20th February at 8pm
Or Contact Box Office on 028 7012 3123


21st February at 8pm
Tickets: Contact on 028 2177 1318


22nd February at 8pm
Or Contact Box Office on 028 8774 1100


23rd February at 8pm
Tickets: Contact Box Office on 028 4461 0747

Workshop: Writing in Movement – Focusing on Dramatic Writing

This creative writing workshop focuses on dramatic text from a movement-based perspective where we will play, improvise and explore writing text ‘on our feet’. Inspired by the pedagogy of Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Coleen MacPherson, writer and theatre maker, will lead the workshop with the goal of inspiring writers, theatre makers and creative types to capture the world in writing. 

This workshop is open to professionals who are interested in a physical theatre approach to playwriting.

The Drama Centre

University of Toronto

For more information or to make a booking please contact Coleen MacPherson at or call 647.704.6896

To sign up:

For more information:

This is Why We Live @ The Theatre Centre

We are excited to announce This is Why We Live will be at The Theatre Centre's Incubator Space in Toronto October 6-9th 2016!  Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Polish Consulate in Toronto, The Polish Institute in London, UK and Paris, France.

Welcome to our talented designers!  Rebecca Picherak will be designing our lights and Helen Yeung will be creating costumes and the set.  Welcome our new producer Rose Hopkins!

More news to come ...

Writing in Movement at the University of Toronto!

November 22nd, 2015 from 10am-3:00 pm  

A creative writing workshop focusing on dramatic text, journeying participants through exercises that bring writing into movement. We will observe, play and write. Looking at the concrete, dramaturgy, physical action, language and writing from the body. Inspired by Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Coleen MacPherson, writer and theatre maker, will lead the workshop with the goal of inspiring writers, theatre makers and creative types to capture the world in writing. 

Please contact Coleen if you are interested in attending:

Also, stay tuned for future Writing in Movement workshops to come!