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Canadian Theatre Educators’ Conference

The Canadian Theatre Educators’ Conference is a meeting place for those who practice the rigorous art of training actors and theatre-makers. It is an opportunity for us to learn from one another, and become better teachers for our students.

Our unique theatre ecology demands a unique theatre education practice. While theatre education conferences exist in the US and internationally, this is the first opportunity for theatre educators in Canada to meet and talk specifically about our craft.

The conference will be taking place on July 28th and 29th at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto. For more information, or to register, please visit www.canadiantheatreeducatorsconference.com

Theatre Direct Drama Camp (Session 2)

Theatre Direct Drama Camp

July 16-20 | 9:00am-12:00pm (Half Day)

Intergalactic Arts Collective, Studio 103

HALF DAY – This half-day camp emphasizes sharing, collaboration and team work as the young artists build their acting and theatre creation skills through improvisation and writing, music and song creation, dance and design. The campers work toward a short production at the end of the week. While this program’s structure is similar to our full day programming in session 1 the creative content will change each week. Campers wishing to register for both sessions are encouraged to do so.

Register at: http://theatredirect.ca/drama-school/2017-2018-classes-and-camps/

Theatre Direct Summer Drama Camp (Session 1)

Theatre Direct Summer Drama Camp

Session 1: July 9-13 | 9:00am-4:00pm (Full Day)

Intergalactic Arts Collective, Studio 103

AGES 4-6

All campers are invited to create, play and discover the world of theatre during the morning camp day. A fun and relaxed sharing at the end of the week will integrate activities tailored for this age group. Each afternoon participants will enjoy stories, visual art, outdoor time, drama games and MORE curated specifically for their stage of development and unique lines of inquiry.

Register at: http://theatredirect.ca/drama-school/2017-2018-classes-and-camps/

Toronto Fringe Festival – Grade 8

With humour and heart, Lara takes us back to 1980. Her thirteenth crazy-beautiful-awkward year that tested her mettle and taught her to face her fears, singing the songs that provided the soundtrack to her Grade 8 experience.
The music for this coming of age “storied concert” is a mix-tape soundtrack from 1980-81 with songs by The Police, Billy Squier, Blondie, the B52s, Diana Ross, Pink Floyd, Donna Summer, Tom Petty, John Lennon and Queen.

“MacMillan has such an expressive face and oozes charisma”- Capital Critics Circle, Ottawa

 

For tickets visit https://fringetoronto.com/festivals/fringe/event/grade-8. This performance runs from July 7th to July 13th.

 

String of Pearls

String of Pearls – A Performance
Written by Michele Lowe
Performed by Rebecca Amzallag, Alison Brooks, Jeanette Cairns, and Hannah Gallant.
Directed by Alison Brooks
Presented by Labour of Love

Directorial debut from Canadian actor Alison Brooks brings us the first Canadian theatrical performance of Michele Lowe’s award winning play, String of Pearls.

A pearl necklace passes from one character to the next, the audience is taken on an intimate journey that spans several decades and generations from the 1960s to the present day. Alongside the pearls, the audience is an essential element within the storytelling as the bearer of treasured revelations and confessions through an affectionate break of the fourth wall. Four exemplary and talented actresses, in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 70’s, play the 27 women that tell the story of the pearl necklace. Each character requests the audience to be their confidants
through rich monologues, simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious. They share their histories of lost love, betrayal, lust, birth, and death; sexuality, racism, dementia, and immigration.

String of Pearls is everything Indie Theatre promises with the caveat that it is told from the female perspective by an all female cast. At times uncomfortable but always truthful, it pushes boundaries by highlighting society’s opinions of women in different roles, from various economic backgrounds and from a variety of cultural identities. Both timeless and timely, this production is an action based response to the #metoo movement, but ultimately offers an insight into individuals and why they make the choices they do.

 

June 7-10 and 14-16 @ 8pm, Studio 106