World Festival of Children's Theatre - Updates!

PLAY! A Symposium, is for Festival theatre practitioners, academics, parents, researchers, teachers, students, community leaders, health-care workers, gamers -anyone eager to explore play, either through the lens of children's theatre or as a significant human activity. A Resource Fair will also be part of the Symposium, which will take place at the beautiful University of Waterloo Stratford campus.

PLAY! A Symposium

during the 14th World Festival of Children's Theatre

Stratford, Ontario, Canada

10 - 12 June 2016

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: IMPORTANT UPDATES
NEW DEADLINE for PROPOSALS! 
NEW DATES! 
A NEW INITIATIVE!
As the initial PLAY! A Symposium, Call for Proposals outlined, the International Amateur Theatre Association (IATA) has selected Stratford, Ontario, Canada, to host the 14th World Festival of Children's Theatre from June 5 to 14, 2016. Being held for the first time in North America, the Festival will welcome up to 500 children from 20 countries whose entries have been chosen for performance. As well, these young Festival participants will receive workshops on drama, art, music, and dance. A Directors' Forum is also an integral part of the PLAY! A Symposium, is for Festival theatre practitioners, academics, parents, researchers, teachers, students, community leaders, health-care workers, gamers -anyone eager to explore play, either through the lens of children's theatre or as a significant human activity. A Resource Fair will also be part of the Symposium, which will take place at the beautiful University of Waterloo Stratford campus.

NEW DATES!
PLAY! A Symposium dates have changed to Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12, 2016, placing it in the very middle of the Festival. This way, participants in both the Festival and the Symposium can enjoy the energy and creativity of both events.

NEW DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS! 
NOVEMBER 1, 2015
PLAY! A Symposium invites proposals for papers, posters, panels, round tables, video-feeds, workshops, demonstrations, etc. on such topics as: 

  • Politics, Power, and Play in Children's Theatre, Drama, and Education
  • Technology and Play
  • The Uses of Play: individual, social, educational, therapeutic
  • Wonders and Mysteries of Play
  • Other topics and other forms of presentation are welcome, and will be considered.

Send your proposal (250 words) and a short biographical note (100 words) by November 1st, 2015 to co-chairs Pat Quigley and Glenys McQueen-Fuentes at playsymposium@gmail.com

A NEW INITIATIVE!
"POSSIBLE WORLDS: A GLOBAL INVITATION"
PLAY! A Symposium wants to give children aged 7 - 15 worldwide a way to be seen, to contribute, to add their voices -- regardless of distance. Here's how we hope to do that! By fall 2015, a group of 15 children from committee member Helen Zdriluk's Centre Stage Theatre School in Burlington, ON, will have prepared and videoed their own short 3-minute pretext/invitation based on the theme "Possible Worlds". Their focus is "If we [children] led the world...this...is how we would like it to be..." Their vision is to offer their piece of a puzzle -- and invite groups of children worldwide add their own 3-minute vision -- using whatever conventions they choose, not necessarily using spoken text. 

More information on how to send us responses will be posted soon on the WFCT website, but this is the chance for our Symposium to have input from and with children -- for us all, so please pass on the word and let us hear from you!