Sick + Twisted Theatre: Winter Workshop Series: Songwriting, Rap Class, Playwriting, Stand-Up Comedy - All classes are free of charge

Sick + Twisted Theatre is proud to present our Winter Workshop Series. We've teamed up with some of Winnipeg's finest artists to offer four training programs that will help you learn new skills or take your work up a notch. Especially developed for Winnipeggers who identify as Deaf, disabled, Mad or sick, these classes will help you find new ways to speak your truth.

Classes will take place online. All classes are free of charge.

ASL interpretation and live audio description will be made available.

The workshops are:

  • Songwriting with John K Samson, Wednesday afternoons, Jan. 20 to Mar. 10.
  • Rap Class with Elliott Walsh (a.k.a. Nestor Wynrush), Wednesday evenings, Feb. 3 to Mar. 3.
  • Playwriting with Trish Cooper, Thursday evenings, Jan. 21 to Mar. 11.
  • Stand-Up Comedy with Lara Rae, Friday evenings, Jan. 22 to Mar. 5.

To apply:

Just email!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you're interested in the class. If you're interested in more than one class, please let us know which one you are most interested in. Class size is limited but we want to make sure we can accommodate as many people as possible!

The deadline for applications is Dec 28, 2020.

Need more info? Email Debbie at

Winter Workshop Series:

Song Writing with John K. Samson

Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:30, January 20 to March 10

John K. Samson is a talk-singing sober socialist vegetarian Quaker from Winnipeg, Treaty 1 Territory, where he lives and works with his partner and fellow songwriter, Christine Fellows. John enjoys knitting, curling, and book clubs.

Rap Class with Elliott Walsh

Wednesdays, 7 PM to 9 PM , Feb. 3 to March 3

Learn to write rap lyrics and gain wisdom from hip hop history. Tell your own story in your own rhythm.

Elliott Walsh is Nestor Wynrush. He is his mother's son. His daughter's father. Born in Winnipeg, raised in Mississauga, this first-generation Canadian taps his West Indian roots to cook up an authentic pot-au-feu that can aptly be described as Winnipeg Rap/Red River Soul.

Playwriting with Trish Cooper

Thursdays, 7 PM to 9 PM, January 14 to March 18

This introduction to playwriting will focus on comedy and storytelling.

Trish Cooper began writing sketch comedy with the Royal Liechtenstein Theatre Company and wrote comedic plays for Fringe Festivals across Canada. She was a writer/performer for Theatre Projects Manitoba's In the Chamber series and was a regular contributor to CBC's Definitely Not the Opera. Her full length play Social Studies (Scirocco Drama), has been produced across the country and won Best Manitoba Play at the 2016 Manitoba Book Awards.

Stand-Up Comedy with Lara Rae

Fridays from 7 PM to 9 PM January 22 to March 5

Stand and Deliver. (Or sit, or lie we are an inclusive class). Some call comedy the hardest job in the word, but it's really just about using your natural gifts to express things in a humorous way. Whether you aspire to brighten up your emails or be the next Steve Martin this low impact, high octane class will flex your funny bone and stretch your humerus.

Lara Rae is a 35 year comedy veteran. She was one of the developers of Little Mosque on the Prairie and has appeared at numerous comedy festivals as far flung as Glasgow, Scotland and New Glasgow, Nova Scotia (New Scotland). She was the Just For Laughs Homegrown Comedy Competition National Champion in the year 2000.