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What’s Ahead in 2014

Happy New Year, everyone! The SIA team is back into the swing of things after the Winter Break, and we’ve got some great projects lined up in the coming months! Here is a taste of what is happening in 2014.

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club

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The TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is our free readers’ theatre program for children ages 7-12, and is located at Toronto Public Library branches across the city! The Winter Session runs on Saturdays from February 1-March 8. Visit a participating branch to register!

The Shakespeare Challenge

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The Shakespeare Challenge is back for the third year! This year, our fearless champions will be performing an abridged version of Twelfth Night. On top of that, they will be raising money for Shakespeare in Action’s subsidized ticket program, providing access to theatre for students across Toronto. Tickets for the gala performance and silent auction on February 8 will be on sale soon, so make sure to check back for more information!

Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day

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Looking for a creative way to tell someone you love them this Valentine’s Day? Why not let us do the work! Purchase a Sonnet for your sweetie for only $25, and one of our talented Shakespeare Kids will call your loved one to recite a Shakespeare Sonnet just for them! Make sure to purchase yours today!

Romeo and Juliet

L-R: Kaleb Alexander and Shaina Silver-Baird Photo: Joel Charlebois

Romeo and Juliet returns as part of the Double Tragedy this Spring, along with Macbeth. Already enjoyed by thousands of students across Toronto and the GTA, Romeo and Juliet will run from March 27-April 10. For more information on performance dates and times, or to book your seats, visit the Romeo and Juliet show page!

Macbeth

Double Tragedy: - Macbeth -  T-B: David Shelley and Kaleb Alexander Photo: Joel Charlebois

Macbeth is the second show on board as part of the Double Tragedy this Spring. Like Romeo and Juliet, this show has been enjoyed by thousands of students across Toronto and the GTA, and will run from March 28- April 11. For more information on performance dates and times, or to book your seats, visit the Macbeth show page!

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The Shakespeare In Action Blog is Moving!

The time has come, my friends, to move the Shakespeare In Action Blog a bit closer to home.

Sad, I know, but it’s not like we’re leaving the internet for good! You can visit us at our new home:

http://www.shakespeareinaction.org/blog.html

We’ve got loads of new ideas for blog posts coming, including news and information about our upcoming shows, educational programming, and fundraisers! Bookmark our new page and visit us sometime! We are keeping this page up as well, so you will be able to access all of our blog posts of the past!

Away, away! Once more, sweet lords farewell.

Photo Friday – Word On The Street!

- Word On The Street 2013 -  Shakespeare Kids Photo: SIA

– Word On The Street 2013 –
Shakespeare Kids
Photo: SIA

 

- Word On The Street 2013 -  Shakespeare Swordplay Photo: SIA

– Word On The Street 2013 –
Shakespeare Swordplay
Photo: SIA

 

- Word On The Street 2013 -  Shakespeare Michael and his Shakespeare Thumb Photo: SIA

– Word On The Street 2013 –
Shakespeare Michael and his Shakespeare Thumb
Photo: SIA

 

- Word On The Street 2013 -  Shakespeare Miriam with Shakespeare Puppets Photo: SIA

– Word On The Street 2013 –
Shakespeare Miriam with Shakespeare Puppets
Photo: SIA

 

- Word On The Street 2013 -  Shakespeare Hawk? I kid you not. Photo: SIA

– Word On The Street 2013 –
Shakespeare Hawk?
I kid you not.
Photo: SIA

 

 

 

Bookings open September 3rd!

Be the Early-Bard and save!

For main-stage shows, tours, and workshops,
call 416-703-4881 for more information or to book.

- Hamlet's 100 Worries - November 25-29, 2013 Kaleb Alexander Photo: SIA

Main Stage:
– Hamlet’s 100 Worries –
Shakespeare meets shadow puppetry
November 25 – 29, 2013
Kaleb Alexander
Photo: SIA

 

Double Tragedy: - Romeo & Juliet -  March 31 - April 11, 2014 L-R: Kaleb Alexander and Shaina Silver-Baird Photo: Joel Charlebois

Main Stage:
– Double Tragedy: Romeo & Juliet –
March 31 – April 11, 2014
L-R: Kaleb Alexander and Shaina Silver-Baird
Photo: Joel Charlebois

 

Double Tragedy: - Macbeth -  March 31 - April 11, 2014 T-B: David Shelley and Kaleb Alexander Photo: Joel Charlebois

Main Stage:
– Double Tragedy: Macbeth –
March 31 – April 11, 2014
T-B: David Shelley and Kaleb Alexander
Photo: Joel Charlebois

 

On Tour: - Shakespeare Alive -  November 4 - 15. 2013 and April 28 - May 9, 2014 L-R: Kaleb Alexander, Shaina Silver-Baird, and Marcel Stewart Photo: SIA

On Tour:
– Shakespeare Alive –
November 4 – 15, 2013 & April 28 – May 9, 2014
Click here to read reviews!
L-R: Kaleb Alexander, Shaina Silver-Baird, and Marcel Stewart
Photo: SIA

 

In the Classroom: - Workshops & Residencies -  September - July Photo: SIA

In the Classroom:
– Workshops & Residencies –
September – July
Click here to see us on the TDSB site!
Photo: SIA

2013/14 Season Announcement!

For main-stage shows and workshops, call for more information or to book: 416-703-4881

- Hamlet's 100 Worries - November 25-29, 2013 Kaleb Alexander Photo: SIA

Main Stage:
Hamlet
Shakespeare meets shadow puppetry
December 2-6, 2013
Kaleb Alexander
Photo: SIA

Double Tragedy: - Romeo & Juliet -  March 31 - April 11, 2014 L-R: Kaleb Alexander and Shaina Silver-Baird Photo: Joel Charlebois

Main Stage:
Double Tragedy: Romeo & Juliet
March 31 – April 11, 2014
L-R: Kaleb Alexander and Shaina Silver-Baird
Photo: Joel Charlebois

Double Tragedy: - Macbeth -  March 31 - April 11, 2014 T-B: David Shelley and Kaleb Alexander Photo: Joel Charlebois

Main Stage:
Double Tragedy: Macbeth
March 31 – April 11, 2014
T-B: David Shelley and Kaleb Alexander
Photo: Joel Charlebois

On Tour: - Shakespeare Alive -  November 4 - 15. 2013 and April 28 - May 9, 2014 L-R: Kaleb Alexander, Shaina Silver-Baird, and Marcel Stewart Photo: SIA

On Tour:
Shakespeare Alive
November 4 – 15, 2013 & April 28 – May 9, 2014
Click here to read reviews!
L-R: Kaleb Alexander, Shaina Silver-Baird, and Marcel Stewart
Photo: SIA

In the Classroom: - Workshops & Residencies -  September - July Photo: SIA

In the Classroom:
Workshops & Residencies
September – July
Click here to see us on the TDSB site!
Photo: SIA

In the Community: - Shakespeare Without Fear in the Classroom - Artistic Director Michael Kelly @ York U. July 8 - 10, 2013

In the Community:
– Shakespeare Without Fear in the Classroom –
Artistic Director Michael Kelly @ York U.
Click here to learn more or register.
July 8 – 10, 2013

In the Community: - Word on the Street Toronto -  September 22, 2013

In the Community:
Word on the Street Toronto
September 22, 2013

In the Community: - Council of Ontario Drama & Dance Educators Conference - October 18 - 20, 2013

In the Community:
– Council of Ontario Drama & Dance Educators Conference –
Click here to learn more!
October 18 – 20, 2013

In the Community: - TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club -  Fall, Winter, Spring Photo: SIA

In the Community:
TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club
Fall, Winter, Spring
Click here to see a photo essay!
Photo: SIA

CODE – Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators

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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!