Drama Works is your one-stop sourcebook for texts, theory, and activities. This colourful and visually engaging student resource offers current, accessible, and performance-ready approaches to the study of high school dramatic arts and encourages students to connect theoretical knowledge, play, and text excerpts with the tools needed to devise, adapt, and stage their own original works. Each chapter follows a three-part structure—Minds On, Action, and Consolidation—that mirrors the natural continuum of student skill development and allows for use in multiple grade levels.
Submitted by Daniel Lalonde on June 4, 2013 - 3:42pm
For students who are brand new to improv, this is an excellent introduction to the idea of receiving what your fellow performer provides you on stage as opposed to simply pre-planning what your actions and dialogue will be.
ACTIVITY: Send and Accept
TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Improv; Warm-up; Concentration; Reacting
Since 2006, the Pulse Ontario Youth Dance Conference has supported teacher and student learningthrough dynamic workshops with professional artists. In keeping with Pulse's mandate to provide rich professional development opportunities to dance educators, Pulse will be running a 2 week dance institute focusing on the art and history of Hip-Hop dance. Its aim is to dispel some of the common misconceptions about Hip-Hop, and provide educators with an enriching experience based in sound and informed practice. Our main goal is to support the growth and development of Urban dance, and with a tremendously knowledgeable group of hip-hop artists at the helm (including Pulse 2012 keynote speaker Mariano Abarca), this experience will provide dance educators with the background information necessary to better inform their teaching practice.
Submitted by Daniel Lalonde on May 19, 2013 - 5:46pm
The artistic talents of youth and adults with special needs will be showcased in DramaWay's annual open class showcase on May 30 and June 15, 2013. This year, DramaWay's actors present, Snow White’s Ever After, an original full-length dramatic production, which will also include a variety of vocal and dance performances. The play is not only a fun sequel to the much-loved fairy-tale, but, in a contemporary spin, addresses current environmental and labor concerns.
As a celebration of the exceptional artistic achievements of Toronto's special needs community, DramaWay's annual performances also raise much needed funds necessary to ensure its ability to continue to offer creative arts programs.
Many of you have inquired about CODE's response to the Conservative Party's remarks about Justin Trudeau's ability to be a leader based on his work history, which included two years as a drama teacher. Below is CODE's official statement to the media about these remarks.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (CODE)
The True Value of the Drama Teacher
Toronto, Ontario, April 2013
Suggesting that those who teach Drama are unworthy of leadership, or somehow lesser than those who lead is ignorant of the true value of drama in developing young people. The Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators is not affiliated with any political party and generally does not comment on federal politics. Education is a provincial matter. However, we do, as an organization, resent the negative connotations of the remark about Justin Trudeau’s experience as a drama teacher. Drama is a vital part of the curriculum at both the elementary and secondary school level. Participation in drama engages students and provides a powerful way for them to express their knowledge, ideas and to explore their understanding of the world around them. As Sir Ken Robinson says, “Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” “The educators teaching this subject are highly skilled and trained. They are leaders in their schools and communities, developing our leaders of tomorrow, they are not ‘in over their heads.’ Our organization supports this profession with pride and passion,” states Brooke Charlebois, President of the Ontario Council of Dance and Drama Educators (CODE)
Drama is one of four mandatory arts subjects in Ontario.
The province of Ontario Arts Curriculum outlines that: "[Students] can identify common values, both aesthetic and human, in various works of art, and in doing so, increase their understanding of others. The arts can also encourage students to be responsible and critically literate members of society and citizens of the world. Students can learn to approach issues and present ideas and points of view in new ways and to challenge perceptions, while engaging their audience."
“Drama in fact, is a critical subject area that provides multiple tools and skills to help students to succeed in our very complex and ever changing modern world. They develop imagination, creativity, emotional literacy, communication skills, problem solving, and other critical thinking skills. All of these are essential skills for the 21st century citizen. Current education research demonstrates over and over that we need our future thinkers to be creative, critical, effective problem solvers who are process driven, flexible, open to change and able to create change themselves. This issue is not just about education but in fact our social, political and economic future,” says Charlebois.
The skills students learn in drama class are easily transferable to their experiences in the real world. Those who teach these skills are themselves leaders in education and our communities and should be respected as such. They are contributing to our children’s welfare and the welfare of our future economy.
Who we are: CODE is the Ontario provincial subject association for dance and drama. Our goal, as stated in our bylaws is to "encourage and support the development of drama and dance in education in Ontario".
To do this, we
Promote strong arts education in schools and communities across Ontario
Provide a forum a forum for the exchange of ideas among those involved in drama and dance in education
Provide leadership and advocacy in drama and dance in education
Provide professional development in those involved in drama and dance in education
Cooperate with existing arts agencies and education organizations.