Just for Teachers

The Shaw Festival connects young minds with professional theatre in exciting and inspiring ways. Teachers and students with a passion for theatre will be wowed with access to world-class facilities, artists, and technicians. Our theatre programs have something for everyone – from teachers looking for professional development opportunities to school groups looking for enrichment activities, and for every young person that has ever dreamed of participating in the world of live theatre.

We have a program for YOU!

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Shaw Enriched

Spring Teachers Day – Friday April 17

Join us for an exciting and engaging day of inspiring workshops, delicious food, and (of course), wine.
PLUS – option for you and a guest to attend 8pm Peter and the Starcatcher for only $30/ticket.

Please select TWO of the following FOUR workshop options:

1. I WON’T DANCE, DON’T ASK ME – Engaging the reluctant dancer

Dance is one of the oldest artforms and something we do quite early in life but then somehow lose. We tend to teach ourselves out of dancing at some point in our lives. This embodied workshop will teach strategies for developing musical theatre choreography with your dance-reluctant students. Through a series of exercises based on Viewpoints training, participants will learn how to engage large groups of students in the collaborative practice of dancing/movement for the stage. This workshop is designed to help even the most reluctant dancer rekindle their love for moving.

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Dr Marc Richard, Sheridan College

Dr Marc Richard is a director, choreographer, writer and teacher. He has directed more than seventy-five professional productions across Canada. Most recently he directed and choreographed The Last Resort for Drayton Entertainment. Marc has taught at all levels of education, worked as a private arts educational consultant and artist in Education. Marc has taught in the Faculty of Education and Dance Department at York University, and is currently the Head of Acting at Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program where he has directed and/or choreographed many musicals (Company, West Side Story, Pippin). He has served as the Canadian Representative for Dance and the Child International (daCi), the Dance Liason for the Council of Ontario Dance and Drama Educators (CODE) and the dance consultant on the Ministry’s arts webcast project. Marc is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and holds an MA in Dance and a PhD in Education from York University.




2. SHAW SHAKE-UP – Teaching Shaw – for English and Drama teachers

This participatory workshop will demonstrate techniques and activities to help teachers tap into Shaw’s relevance to today’s high school students. We will work specifically with concepts and themes from Pygmalion and You Never Can Tell, plays included in the Shaw Festival 2015 season.

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Dr Debra McLauchlan, Brock University

Debra McLauchlan is a professor in the Faculty of Education, Brock University. Before moving to the university setting, she taught high school drama in four different Ontario school boards. For the Shaw Festival, Debra wrote activities for the company’s study guides for several years, and has conducted various teacher workshops. Debra is absolutely delighted to lead teachers in an exploration of Shaw’s contemporary relevance.




3. THE REHEARSAL ROOM – Finding engagement, discipline, and joy

Putting a play up on its feet is hard work. It requires discipline and commitment. But it is also an act of creation, and its wellspring is joy and an open imagination. How can you create an atmosphere in the rehearsal room that allows for both these forces to be in play? Tips, strategies and exercises designed to inspire and engage the student in the rehearsal process.

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Kate Lynch, Shaw Director, Actor, Teacher

Kate is a director (credits include French Without Tears, the Shaw Festival; Star Chamber, the Shaw Festival; for Theatre Passe Muraille, an all-female A Midsummer Night’s Dream, three plays by Tom Walmsley – Blood, Descent and Three Squares a Day, and My Treasure Island by Karen Woolridge; for the Blyth Theatre The Nuttalls by Michael Healey, Courting Joanna by Marcia Johnson, and Winterkill by Paul Ciufo,) a playwright (Early August for the Blyth Festival, The Road to Hell cowritten with Michael Healey for the Tarragon Theatre, and Go Forth and Multiply for Summerworks and CBC radio), and an award-winning actor who has worked in theatre, television and radio. Kate has also taught at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, the National Theatre School and The University of Toronto Drama Program.




4. PLAYING WITH TECHNOLOGY – Playwriting, technology, and social media

How do we engage students and teach “liveness” in a technologically mediated world? How do we monitor student collaboration so one student isn’t left writing the entire script? In this interactive workshop, participants will explore how to incorporate collaboration, creative thinking, problem solving, and communication using technology and social media to empower student voices. BYOD – Bring Your Own Device.

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Joyce Moriana, Head of Dramatic Arts, Bishop Allen Academy

Joyce Moriana has taught at the intermediate/senior level for the Toronto Catholic District School Board for the past 26 years. She started teaching English early in her career but moved into teaching full time dramatic arts shortly after being offered a full time position in the east end of Toronto. It wasn’t long after, that her passion for theatre and teaching landed her a position at Bishop Allen Academy where she currently heads the dramatic arts department. Every summer, she teaches grade 11 Academic English where she uses technology and social media to engage students in 21st Century learning.

Joyce has experimented with the use of technology and social media in the drama classroom and has successfully developed various units for her drama classes that can be adapted to other courses in the humanities. She continues her role as lifelong learner/educator.






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