Solo Show Creation Lab

If you are an actor or comedian who:

• has an idea for solo show but can’t seem to get started
•  is struggling with blank-page paralyses, overwhelm or self-doubt  
• is craving camaraderie, inspiration, guidance and deadlines to take your solo show out of your head and into the world

… then this Solo Show Creation Lab is for you.


This 6-session course gives a carefully selected group of actors and comedians the tools, skills, deadlines and confidence to create the solo show they’ve been dreaming of, in a fun, dynamic and supportive environment.

Over the course of the Lab, I guide the group through my own solo creation process which I’ve honed over the last decade creating and touring solos internationally.  Step-by-step, we cover generating material, editing on your feet, finding the right narrative arch, incorporating design considerations, how to pitch your show to venues and apply for funding.

In the true spirit of a Laboratory, the sessions are all about about testing, experimentation and practice.  Each week I give a brief lecture based on my methodology (with loads tips and shortcuts to save you from making my mistakes!), there’s conversation about solo performance and tons of practical writing and performing exercises and tasks that put you in touch with your instincts, develop your idea and your voice, help you make big strides with your creative process and get comfortable performing solo.  Participants regularly perform their work for each other and are expected to complete some homework in between sessions.

The Lab culminates with an informal Scratch Performance for an invited audience. This performance is filmed, so each participant leaves, not only feeling super confident in their solo skills and with concrete next steps for their project, but also with video documentation of their work which they can use when applying for funding and/or when pitching their show to venues.

When & Where
I’ll be running Labs in Toronto and London in the autumn.

>> Toronto Lab
21 Sept - 6 Oct. 12-3:30pm on Saturdays & Sundays.
Where: Soulpepper, bcurrent studio & Outside the March.
Fee: $467.
Space is limited to 9 participants.
Application: APPLY HERE.

>> London Lab - Autumn Session
13 Oct - 17 Nov. 2-5pm on Sundays.
Where: Calder Bookshop & Theatre
51 The Cut, London, SE1 8LF
Fee: £297.
Application: APPLY HERE.

How to take part
If you’re interested in being part of one of the Labs listed about, click APPLY HERE and submit your application. If you’d like to be part of a Solo Show Creation Lab in 2020, join my mailing list to be the first to know when applications open.

About Haley

Haley McGee has been creating, performing and touring solo shows since 2009, alongside a busy career as an actor, writer and voiceover artist. Her solo shows have won awards and accolades, including “Best Production” at United Solo NYC, the world’s largest solo show festival. Here solos have played in over 36 venues in 11 countries around the world and been translated into 4 languages.

Her solos have been described as “defiantly distinctive” (★★★★ The Scotsman), “brilliantly entertaining, witty and poignant” (Lyn Gardner, StageDoor), and “deeply felt, consistently hilarious and hypnotically honest” (Exeunt).

Haley has 6 years of teaching experience, leading workshops and classes for students in high school and university. She believes confidence in anything is built through practice and loves helping artists dare to create the shows they want to make.

Haley was an amazing Lab leader. She facilitated, suggested solutions, cheered, and informed from the point of view of both a sympathetic solo-artist and more directorially. I came away with a toolkit, a blueprint, and confidence for approaching my solo work. I heartily endorse her Lab for any solo artist who is starting, mid-way through, or re-shaping a solo work.
— William McElwee, former Solo Show Creation Lab participant
Haley in her solo ‘The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale’ ★★★★★ "one of the best shows of the year" -  Now Magazine

Haley in her solo ‘The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale’
★★★★★ "one of the best shows of the year" - Now Magazine

Haley McGee’s solo performance lab has breathed life into my show - her intimate knowledge of the form is immediately obvious, and I would recommend her lab as a must for anyone looking for guidance with their solo work. She is a brilliant, supportive mentor, and my confidence in my creative choices has benefitted massively! TLDR: this lab is RAD.
— Maddie Haynes, recent Solo Show Creation Lab participant
Haley in her solo ‘I’m Doing This for You’ ★★★★ "gift of a show... sad, funny, excruciating & affecting" -  The Telegraph

Haley in her solo ‘I’m Doing This for You’
★★★★ "gift of a show... sad, funny, excruciating & affecting" - The Telegraph