Award-winning performance poet Charlie Petch aims to teach you to ‘be brave on stage’

Performance poet Charlie Petch has won the 2022 ReLit Award for Poetry for his debut collection “Why I Was Late.” (Photo: Janice Jo Lee)

Award-winning performance poet Charlie Petch aims to teach you how to ‘be brave on stage’ during a week-long residency at Theater On King in downtown Peterborough/Nogojiwanong, with a series of workshops starting September 5 and ending with a performance of their new work combined with an open mic on September 9 and 10.

A self-described disabled/queer/transmasculine multidisciplinary artist, Petch is a former student of Trent University and a resident of Peterborough now based in Toronto. A touring performer, mentor and workshop leader, Petch was the 2017 Poet of Honor at the speakNORTH National Festival, won the Gold Beret for Lifetime Achievement with the League of Canadian Poets (2020 ) and is the founder. from Hot Damn it’s a Queer Slam.

Most recently, Petch won the 2022 ReLit Prize for Poetry for his debut collection why i was latewhich Montreal journalist and author Justin Ling described as his favorite book of 2021 in The Walrus.

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Petch’s “Be Brave Onstage” workshop series runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday (September 5-7):

  • The “How to Shine on Stage” workshop will provide tips for page readers, students, performers and slam poets, and includes a microphone workshop.
  • The “Solo Show” workshop will explore how to build a show, including the script, lighting, sound, technology, and how to walk around the show.
  • The “Hosting” workshop will cover how to use jokes and inclusive language, how to work with a microphone and how to work with sound and light.
by Charlie Petch
Charlie Petch’s “Be Brave Onstage” Workshop Series and Poetic Monologues and Open Mic performance September 5-10, 2022 at Theater On King. (Graphic courtesy of Charlie Petch)

For workshop participants, Petch will also arrange individual follow-up sessions, by appointment only.

On Friday and Saturday (September 8 and 9) from 7-9 p.m., Petch will present new works from his upcoming manuscript “Poetic Monologues,” and each evening will include an open mic for artists of all art forms, whether they whether or not they attended a workshop.

Each workshop is $15 up front or pay what you can at the door, as is the “Poetic Monologues” performance and open mic.

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To purchase tickets or reserve your spot, visit or email [email protected]

Mask mandates are in place at the Theater On King, and proof of double vaccination is required.

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