StudioWorks Academy – Fall/Winter Programs 2020-21


StudioWorks Jr. Academy:


WINTERLUDE 2021 – as released via ZOOM in March 

Featuring: Micah Buenafe, Sophie Caron, Chizzy Chira, Janna Cuevas, Katie Graveline, Amalia Hickerson, Alba Manuel, Janna Soronow, Chloe Waldie

Director: Brenda Gorlick

Asst. Director: Charlotte Thompson

Accompanist: Trish Franklin


Broadway without Borders

A collaboration between Winnipeg Studio Theatre’s Junior StudioWorks Academy and TCA Riverside, California ( Youth Company produced the virtual musical “Super Happy Awesome News”.
Under the direction of Brenda Gorlick and Stacee Tweedlie, this family-friendly musical brings together 26 emerging artists from California and Winnipeg who bring their energy, creativity, and technology to the virtual stage. The Live-Streamed production premiered on Wednesday, December 2nd on YouTube.
Super Happy Awesome News synopsis: Two siblings launch rival good news networks and find themselves competing for the title of happiest news show. Soon, their correspondents are in a whirlwind of ecstatic musical reporting – from joyful weather forecasts to cheerful cooking segments and blissful political updates!


StudioWorks Sr. Academy:


Highlights from Be More Chill – exclusive online premiere coming up June 24th!

Tickets: $10.00; payment by PayPal…click HERE – YouTube premiere link to be forwarded upon payment

Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill is the story of Jeremy Heere, your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High in nothing-special New Jersey. Enter the SQUIP (Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor); a Japanese nanocomputer in the form of an easy-to-swallow pill. The SQUIP will implant itself in your brain and tell you what to wear, what to say, and how to act to achieve ultimate coolness. Seems like an easy choice, until things with the SQUIP take an unexpected, darker turn.

is Jeremy willing to lose his best friend, his crush, his classmates, and the whole world, all in an effort to be more chill? Set to a hot pop-rock score by Joe Iconis, Be More Chill is a hilarious sci-fi tale of high school and one boy’s quest to fit in.


The training this season consisted of vocal work, movement/dance components, and script work leading up to both the Jr. and Sr. productions.

For more info on both programs: Brenda Gorlick;, 204-795-9741


The History of Winnipeg Studio Theatre’s StudioWorks Academy


Winnipeg Studio Theatre’s StudioWorks Academy was launched in 2004 to provide emerging musical theatre artists an outlet for intensive training. It is a two-tiered program combining in-class instruction and production work.

The StudioWorks Academy offers year-round classes in triple threat technique for students aged 11 and up (summer and fall/winter sessions). In 2020, the inaugural Made in Manitoba Masterclass series began, offering specialized musical theatre workshops to students of all ages.

The StudioWorks troupe made their theatrical debut at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival in 2004. Since then they have performed at DisneyWorld as part of the Magic Music Days program, made several tours to New York City for Broadway training opportunities and were featured at the 2017 Canada Games Opening Ceremonies.

Selected past productions include: Frozen Jr. (virtual), Seussical the MusicalLegally Blonde, UrinetownForbidden Broadway, Edges, Love Notes, First Date – Last Kiss, and the sold-out production of School of Rock, which combined the youth/adult ensembles.



A Look Back!


Frozen Fun Fair – March 2020




Frozen Jr. – March, 2020




Seussical The Musical – May 23 – 25, 2019


  • Photos by Kayla Gordon