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Master Performing with Lisa Chisholm — SOLD OUT

October 23, 2015 - October 25, 2015

$100 – $125

(Part of the 2015 MANITOBA FILM EXPO Series)


Friday, October 23rd, 2015  |  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, October 24th, 2015  |  10 am – 5 pm

Sunday, October 25th, 2015  |  10 am – 5 pm


Actor’s Training Centre of Manitoba  |  502 – 62 Albert Street


$125 ($100 for ACTRA Members & Apprentices)

(Film Training Manitoba is pleased to offer training at a significantly reduced cost to the Manitoba Film industry. This course is valued at $395.00 per person.)


Workshop Description

This three-day workshop (two full days plus an evening) is designed for those who have to deliver their best on stage – whether you are a singer, dancer, actor or speaker – or whether you are an amateur or a professional.

The Master Performing curriculum addresses the root causes of performance anxiety, effective artistic preparation and learning techniques, and techniques to manage onstage and on-camera anxiety.

Often, performers and practitioners think of performance anxiety in terms of what happens on stage; how to manage the shaking lips and the racing heart on Audition Day. The Master Performing approach digs further, solidifying confidence from the ground up, so that there are fewer stressful performing situations to begin with.

The  curriculum includes:

  • Understanding the psychological roots of performance anxiety. Self-esteem, confidence, motivation, dealing with success and failure, self-sabotage.
  • Artistic preparation. Quality and intensity of preparation, concentration, time management skills, understanding learning and memory as pertinent to learning your material. Goal-setting.
  • Focus, concentration, and consistency. Imagery techniques. Body language, conveying calmness and confidence to your audience.
  • Understanding and managing the physical manifestations of performance anxiety. Shaking, sweating, racing heart-rate, tight and shallow breathing, lack of focus, muscle tension and fatigue.


About the Instructor

LISA CHISHOLM combines a professional orchestral performing career with formal training in psychology, bringing a performer’s perspective to coaching performing artists on optimal artistic preparation, and prevention and management of stage fright.

With years of professional audition and performing experience plus a Certificate in Psychology from Ryerson University and studies in Counseling Skills from George Brown College in Toronto, Lisa brings a performing artist’s perspective to the practitioner’s side of the fence. Lisa teaches optimal preparation and mental skills to performing artists so that they can bring their best selves to the stage.

With orchestral performance training from McGill University (Licentiate Music Diploma, High Distinction in Bassoon) and The Juilliard School (Advanced Certificate and Professional Studies), Lisa has enjoyed a career with orchestras across Canada, the USA, and the UK. She performs regularly with the orchestra of the Canadian Ochisholm picpera Company and in upstate New York’s Glimmerglass Opera Company, and has played as guest principal bassoonist with London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

She has distinguished herself repeatedly in orchestral auditions with notable orchestras including the orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

Lisa Chisholm’s website:




Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
  • Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
  • Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
  • All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours. We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.

Course Registration

Registration can be done in one of two ways:

In Person – cash, cheque, VISA and MasterCard, and debit are accepted. (Please make cheques payable to Film Training Manitoba.) Our offices are located at 100 – 62 Albert Street, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

By Phone – VISA and MasterCard only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669. *We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.

Cancellation Policy

  • Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.
  • No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.
  • Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.

Breaks and Refreshments

All course participants are responsible for their own lunch.


October 23, 2015
October 25, 2015
$100 – $125


Film Training Manitoba


Actor’s Training Centre of Manitoba
502 - 62 Albert Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1E9 Canada
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