Tags: Acting, children, Comedy of Errors, drama, fun, Julius Caesar, kids, Performance, shakespeare in action, Summer camp, teens, theatre, Toronto, youth
Summer is just around the corner, and with it our summer camps! Over the next few weeks, we will be uploading short video segments from our camps demonstrating the value of this summertime experience. Each video showcases a different aspect of our camp.
This week will be our 2011 Kids’ Camp performances of Julius Caesar and A Comedy of Errors!
This year the Kids’ Camp will focus on The Tempest, while our Young Company for Teens will focus on Macbeth. It’s a great opportunity to learn from a professional actor, work behind the scenes on sets and costumes, build confidence and new friendships. For more information or to register, click here.
But the performance itself is just the tip of the iceberg. What they were up to behind the scenes? Tune in next week, or watch our summer videos on the Shakespeare In Action YouTube channel to find out! Click here.
Tags: Acting, drama, gta, Hamlet, language, macbeth, Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare Alive!, shakespeare in action, TDSB, theatre, Toronto, Tour
Shakespeare in Action has just wrapped up its Shakespeare Alive 2013 tour! This 75-minute interactive presentation travelled to elementary and secondary classrooms, auditoriums, cafeterias, and gyms across the GTA! Their goal was to show students why Shakespeare is still relevant and why his language – his poetry – is so important. Here’s what the teachers had to say about Shakespeare Alive!:
I was so impressed with the actors who came in and ran the workshop. They were exceptional and the kids loved it. I’m extremely happy with the way things went. It was an excellent experience for us.
-Jarrett Flindall, Middle School Teacher
I want to thank your organization for bringing an exciting, hilarious and gripping presentation to John Fraser Secondary School. Our students were energized and engaged throughout, and some even got to improv onstage in front of their drama teacher. We had a range from just-arrived ESL to near graduates take in the performance, and all the feedback I’ve heard from kids and teachers so far has been positive. Each kid came away with different favourite moments. They say they were impressed and enjoyed learning why we still care about Shakespeare.
Thanks for accommodating our needs, and thanks for a great show.
-Stephen Morra, High School Teacher
Yesterday’s performance was outstanding! The three performers were energetic, talented, funny, informative and it was a great pleasure for me to look out at the audience’s faces in the lecture theatre — the really academic students, the not-so-academic students — all were grinning and under the spell cast by your actors. The audience participation elements were very well received.I told your performers after the show that they made my job easier (the kids found a new respect for and interest in Shakespeare), but also harder, because how can we teachers match the fun of what they did?We would be pleased to have them come again in the future.
-Paula Nevins, High School Teacher
Tags: CODE, conference, Dance, drama, educators, Ontario, performing arts, professional development, teachers, theatre
What is CODE and its mission?
CODE (Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators) was born in 1970 under the leadership of a small group of educators who believed that Ontario drama teachers needed an autonomous organization to address their needs. From an initial conference at Queen’s University to today’s province-wide services, CODE has evolved into a registered Drama and Dance, not-for-profit charitable agency affiliated with many drama organizations, notably Theatre Ontario, Theatre Canada, IDEA (International Drama in Education Association), AECO (Arts Education Council of Ontario) and others. Its members are mainly teachers, but the organization also welcomes freelance artists, Faculty of Education students, corporate sponsors, suppliers and all others who share its interests.
CODE‘s goal is to “encourage and support the development of drama and dance in education in Ontario.”
To do this, CODE:
- Promotes strong arts education in schools and communities across Ontario
- Provides a forum a forum for the exchange of ideas
- Provides leadership and advocacy in drama and dance in education
- Provides professional development in drama and dance in education
- Cooperates with existing arts agencies and education organizations.
To accomplish these goals and objectives, CODE has:
- AN INTERACTIVE WEBSITE with articles, resources, a discussion forum, lesson plans, links to arts organizations and more. Click here!
- A CODE CONFERENCE, an annual event for drama and dance educators. An exciting opportunity to participate in professional development and network with other educators in Ontario.
Brooke Charlebois, President of CODE, was kind enough to answer a few questions and give us a little more insight:
What does CODE offer drama and dance educators?
We offer all teachers Professional Development opportunity (annual conference and smaller PD opportunities throughout the year around the province), print and video resources for teaching drama and dance (available on our website). Right now all of our content is English but we are in the process of having some of it translated into French. Networking opportunities, a way to stay in the loop about things related to drama and dance in the province such as writing opportunities, theatre and dance festivals, professional workshops etc. (This is available on our blog and our mailings to members). CODE board members are also available to come to schools or boards to provide specific workshops based on the needs of the participants.
For CODE members we offer a discount to all of our PD and we also have an on going discounts and benefits program where companies offer their products or service to code members at a discount in exchange for being listed on our site.
Tell us more about the upcoming CODE conference!
Our upcoming conference will be Oct 18-20th at the beautiful Deerhurst resort. The theme of this year’s conference is “Back to Basics” so we are focusing on the basics of drama and dance for the new teach, but also, for the more experienced teacher we are looking at how to bring those basic skills into the 21st century to keep our students engaged.
What does this organization mean to you?
CODE is very important to me because as a teacher and as a parent I feel very strongly that arts education is critical in our education system. If we are hoping to produce children who will be able to be successful in this ever changing world we need innovative and creative thinkers, which the arts helps to develop. The challenge is that many teachers may recognize the importance of the arts, but not know how to teach them or where to start. CODE can help provide that support to teachers who are just starting out on their journey of teaching drama and dance. For teachers who have a strong drama and/or dance background, CODE provides a support network of like-minded teachers who they can look to for ideas and inspiration. CODE also works tirelessly to advocate for the importance of drama and dance in the curriculum to the Ministry of Education, school board, parents, in Ontario, in Canada and internationally.
Shakespeare in Action will be at the October CODE conference, leading an interactive workshop to kick off the Friday-night social. We hope to see you there! Hear what CODE members have to say about this event and wonderful organization!
Tags: Central Commerce Collegiate, education, gta, interactive, macbeth, Shakespeare, Shakespeare Alive!, shakespeare in action, Students, teens, theatre, Toronto, Tour
One of the students at Central Commerce Collegiate has some fun with our Shakespeare Alive instructors reenacting a scene from Macbeth!
Tags: Monday Mystery, play, publishing, puzzle, Shakespeare, Shakespeare puzzle, Shakespeare word game, theatre, word game
Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to this week’s round of Monday Mystery. Fill in the missing letters from the following Shakespeare quotes:
- _a_ _ is _oul…
- _ _he_l_ (a play)
- A d_ _h fit for the gods.
Once you’ve figured out the letters, unscramble them to reveal a famous Shakespeare text!
(Hint: it’s two words long)
Tags: birthday, England, happy birthday Shakespeare, poem, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's birthday, sonnet, Stratford-upon-Avon, the bard, theatre
It’s William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday today! Since records state that he was baptised on April 26th, the widely-accepted date of his birth is April 23rd, 1564. To join in the festivities, I’ve -attempted- to compose a sonnet for him:
A toast to Will, the Bard of Avon, true
He turns four hundred forty-nine today.
Of speech and song his words still ring in cue,
Resounding deep in script and stage to stay.
His language is a twisting, turning ink
Medicine for human heart and mind.
It shapes and gives a necessary link
For fervent souls who seek and wish to find:
A love both sick and beautiful to face,
A humour, bawdy and yet full of wit.
A sadness of a heavy, drawn out case
All spun into a Globe so brightly lit.
Plays are things, an entertaining sell,
But Shakespeare gives us more than what is well.
Happy Birthday, Will!
(Sonnet and image edit by Vineeta)
Tags: Acting, camp, Comedy of Errors, drama, kids, photo, Shakespeare, shakespeare in action, summer, teens, theatre, Toronto, youth
Tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Acting, actors, arts, drama, education, Hamlet, macbeth, Ontario, Romeo and Juliet, schools, Shakespeare, Shakespeare Alive!, theatre, Toronto
Got a case of the school-day blues? Work-day blues? Well, ‘as good luck would have it’ (The Merry Wives of Windsor, III. v), we’ve got just the thing for you. An instant pick-me-up called SHAKESPEARE ALIVE…coming soon to a school theatre, gymnasium and classroom near you!
- Tour dates: April 29th – May 10th, 2013
- Location: elementary and secondary schools across Ontario
- Grades 4-12
- 2 daily performances at 10am and 2pm
Have a sneak preview:
Shakespeare In Action proudly presents SHAKESPEARE ALIVE – an affordable, interactive touring performance for Ontario school students, grades 4-12. Brought to you by three professional actors, this 75-minute presentation features sketches of Shakespeare’s life and times, as well as acted scenes from the plays. Choose from 4 of the Bard’s most famous works – Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hamlet.
SHAKESPEARE ALIVE is both a theatrical experience and an educational opportunity. It brings professional theatre into schools, allowing students to develop an understanding and appreciation for Shakespeare’s works. It rekindles in them, the spark and excitement of storytelling that is at the very root of the plays. By giving them a chance to speak up and engage with the actors, students are able to break through the Elizabethan language barrier!
The tour is on LIMITED ENGAGEMENT. Register NOW to reserve your spot by visiting the website here, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, OR by calling 416-703-4881
[WARNING: Watching a performance of Shakespeare Alive may include side effects of having fun, student participation, and sudden outbursts of Elizabethan speech]
- by Vineeta
Tags: Acting, Brentwood, children, drama, kids, literacy, photo, program, reading, shakespeare in action, SIA, TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club, theatre, Toronto, World Theatre Day, youth
Today is World Theatre Day!
And we’re celebrating with some wonderful Shakespeare Kids:
This program is FREE thanks to the generosity of TD!
- Ages 7-12
- 6 Saturdays
- SPRING SESSION: April 6 – May 11, 2013
- 10am-12pm OR 2pm-4pm
- 10 Toronto Public Library branches across Toronto
Click here for more information.
Spread the word and register at participating branches!
Tags: Interns, shakespeare in action, SIA, SIA Team, theatre
Hello fellow Shakespeare Fans!
My name is Hannah and I was born and raised in our nations capital, Ottawa! (We will leave all hockey debates for another time.) I will be one of the production and admin interns for Shakespeare In Action
One of my first introductions to Shakespeare would be when my mom took both my older sister and I to see the 2000 production of Hamlet at Stratford staring Paul Gross (Growing up I enjoyed watching Paul Gross as a kick butt Mountie on the TV series “Due South”.) Saying that I fell in love with theatre would be an understatement. The amazing sets and costumes with incredible actors transporting you into this new world, this gal was hooked. I started taking acting classes at the local theatre school and went from there. I attended Canterbury Arts High School for drama then followed my passion by attending the Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto for theatre production. I recently graduated Ryerson with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production and a minor in Marketing.
Three fun facts about me: I am the middle child of three girls, I love to draw and I am a smidge of a comic book nerd. I am thrilled to join SIA for this fun season and look forward to learning more about the Bard!