Announcements

Former CODE President Selected as Toronto Arts Council Fellow

Christine Jackson, former CODE President and current Toronto DSB Program Coordinator for the Arts, has been chosen as one of an esteemed group of artists and educators to participate in the inaugural Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab. 

Bur Oak Secondary School breaks down barriers with "Shoes"

The Special Needs class of Bur Oak Secondary School in Markham made history on March 3, 2015, when they competed at the Ontario Sears Drama Festival. This unique show titled “Shoes” featured youth who are living with challenges such as autism, developmental delays, and Downs Syndrome. In visually innovative ways, the show explores the hopes and dreams of these young people. 

In Memoriam - David Wasse

CODE is far more than a collection of resources, a website or a conference. At its heart, it is a community of caring professionals who support each other in good times and bad. We celebrate our successes and grieve our losses as one.

Call for Proposals: Greetings from the organizers of the 14th World Festival of Children’s Theatre

 Please read and distribute this invitation to everyone you can think of who has a stake in the creativity and well-being of children: teachers, researchers, social workers, parents, academics, theatre practitioners, health care workers, etc. Think outside the box! The symposium’s organizing committee wants to create a truly unique, interactive, dynamic forum to exchange ideas and learn from each other. Think regionally, nationally, internationally. What networks need to hear this Call for Proposals? Thank you! Posted on behalf of:  Ron DodsonArtistic Director14th World Festival of Children's TheatreStratford, Ontario, CanadaJune, 2016 | "My World, Our Planet"www.worldfestivalofchildrenstheatre.com 

Travelling Stage Event

The Travelling Stage is producing an event on May 3 with performers from Family Channel's "The Next Step" at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga for your students. There is some space left, so here is an exciting offer it for CODE members and their students:  50% off of the price, if you mention "CODE".   For more information read more. 

CODE in the News!

CODE's recent press release on the value of drama teachers has been heard!  Journalists in Ottawa have had an exciting dialogue on Twitter for the past few days on the value of drama teachers as it related to the Trudeau ads. Thank you to all of you who shared the press release on Twitter and Facebook. We know our members care deeply about the integrity and importance of our profession and the value of drama in education.President, Brooke Charlebois has been contacted by a number of journalists regarding our press release and, yesterday the Ottawa Citizen published a piece about how insulted teachers were with the tone of the Conservative Party attack ads.  Brooke spoke about the importance of drama and gender stereotypes.  Click here to read the article:http://www.ottawacitizen.com/travel/Teachers+insulted+Harper+Tories+Trudeau+attack+that+target+their+profession/8294349/story.html 

In Memory of Charles Lundy November 9, 1939-February 13, 2013

Charles Lundy was a brilliant teacher at the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto, published author, and an award-winning videographer, Chuck paved the way for principled, inventive teaching in the Dramatic Arts. Beloved husband of Kathleen Gould Lundy. Proud father of Tracy (Geoff), Andrea (Kathryn), Jeremy and Jessica. Grandfather of Caitlin, Christopher and Ivy. Son–in-law of Ethel Gould. Pre-deceased by his parents Richard and Dorothy Lundy and by his brother Herb. Those who loved Chuck will know that he was happiest at “Islay Woods”—the old farm that he and Kathy bought in 1984. This special place offered him comfort throughout his long illness. The funeral will be held at the Mangan Funeral Home, 332 Osborne Street, Beaverton on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Visitation from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. with service at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Ross Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit would be most appreciated.

Get a Sneak Peek at the 2012 CODE Conference!

The Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (CODE) invites all Drama and Dance Artists and Educators to attend this year’s CODE Conference, Think Global: Drama and Dance being held at Nottawasaga Inn Resort, October 19th – 21st, 2012. This year's conference focuses on the universal nature of drama and dance, and its power to inspire and promote global responsibility and awareness. Read more to get a sneak peek of conference highlights, including workshops, showcases, keynote speaker information and more! Our conference site goes live early May 2012.

IDEA World Congress 2013 - Paris, France

What is at stake? Where do our challenges stand?From July 8-13th 2013, participants from 80 countries will meet in Paris, France to participate in the International Drama and Theatre Education Association's World Congress, IDEA. Four main questions will shape the body of our exchanges, debates, research and actions in this congress:Has drama / theatre and education become a global challenge, currently shared by all as we enter the XXIst century?What does it take for drama / theatre and education to encourage transforming processes?Will scientific discoveries on the anchoring of knowledge within the body generate a revolution in education?How can theatre sensitize learners to the diversity of cultures, languages and so-called “foreign” productions?Continue reading and visit the newly-launched IDEA website to learn more about how you can be a part of this event.

An Important Announcement for all ETFO Members

If you are an ETFO member and want to have your federation support and advocate on behalf of Drama and Dance Education and the Arts, please consider attending the Annual Meeting of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario August 13th to 16th, 2012 in Toronto.