The 2017 CODE Conference is Almost Here!

From October 13-15, 2017, The Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario will become home to drama and dance educators, artists and supporters.  This year's conference theme is 'Claiming Our Voices', and will provide delegates with a number of inspirational, informative and engaging workshops that will leave educators with a number of tools to bring back to their classrooms.  Whether you're new to Arts Education or a vet, read on to see how to register for 'Claiming Our Voices'.

The Students' CornerMembers only

Without a doubt, our greatest source for Professional Development is hearing what teachers around the province are doing with their students to encourage their artistic growth in dance and drama.  Our newest blog, The Students’ Corner aims to share effective activities and lessons, but this time, from the point of view of our students.  CODE members are doing incredible things all over the province, and here is your chance to find out your students’ favourite activities and units.  Ask your students to write a short piece on what their favourite activity/unit was and how it worked.  Let them know that teachers all over Ontario could read their submission so they should be specific in their description of the exercise.  Also, once they have explained how the activity works, have them write how it benefited them as performers and people.  Did it help them really break down their wall?  Did it allow them to see the world from a brand new perspective?  Maybe it helped them understand a concept they were having trouble grasping. We are looking for submissions from teachers and their students  all over Ontario.  For the younger students involved in drama and dance, perhaps they could write why they enjoyed the exercise and their teachers could break down how the exercise works. Feel free to submit your responses to daniel.lalonde@code.on.ca. Check out the CODE site often for new drama and dance exercises – brought to you by the students. Our first submission comes from a Grade 11 Drama student at Meadowvale Secondary School, in Mississauga.

Activity of the Week - February 18-22Members only

This week's activity is an excellent warm up that all grades will love.  It can be used in conjunction with a mime unit, characterization unit or as a way to challenge students to freely use physical expression.  Check out the CODE site every week for a brand new warm-up/activity.Activity of the Week: Exaggerating CircleType of Activity: Physical warm-up; observation; mime; characterRequired Props: None

Special Teacher Offer from The Shaw Festival

Tags: Productions
The Shaw Festival is offering a special teacher rate for upcoming shows."The Shaw Fesitval is reaching out to teachers with a special theatre ticket offer.  We would like to invite teachers (and a guest) to attend a production of Guys and Dolls, Lady Windermere's Fan or Major Barbara between April 3 and July 7 for only $30!  Check out details here: http://www.shawfest.com/education/just-for-teachers/special-ticket-offer/

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.

Date with Dance - FREE for CODE MembersMembers only

Tags: Dance, Event
Before March Break, come on a Date with Dance Wednesday March 6th, 7:00pm Go on a “date” with the charming Nova Bhattacharya, Artistic Director of Nova Dance. Your date is clearly trying to impress you by taking you to the Gladstone Hotel’s Gallery. While you enjoy a drink and appetizers, Nova will tell you about herself. 

Codie Abroad: Drama Education News from Across the Pond

As some of you may know, my term as CODE President concluded with the beginning of my four-over-five sabbatical and a move to England to begin postgraduate studies. Over the past five months, I’ve become immersed in the world of drama education, both in theory (through my reading and university studies) and in practice (through school visits and volunteer teaching). This entry is the first in what will be a series of posts highlighting issues, trends and helpful information from ‘across the pond’. As the unofficial ‘CODE Ambassador’ to the UK, I hope to promote the fine work we are doing in Ontario and bring professional knowledge to my friends and colleagues in the CODE network. I’m also happy to answer your queries about topics of interest to you, so feel free to add your comments to this post and I’ll be sure to follow up in the future!

National Roundtable for Teacher Education in the Arts DRAFT REPORT

The NRTEA is a Canadian think tank  or laboratory of idea makers, made up of experienced,  passionate, innovative, creative and ever-learning individuals who wish to meet, discuss, share and identify possible avenues, challenges, solutions and new frontiers for teacher education, as inspiration and support to all those engaged in arts education.

Activity of the Week - February 4-8Members only

This activity may be best suited to a secondary drama class and it is a fun way to teach students that their observational skills may not be as keen as they think.Activity of the Week: The TourType of Activity: Warm-up; observation; activating the senses (great in conjunction with an Adler or Hagen unit)Required Props: Paper and pen

ASK A TECHIE - "What were the set pieces in the Penelopiad made of?"

Ask a Techie is a new feature on the blog.  Through this blog, CODE's resident techie will answer questions pertaining to technical theatre.  Today's question comes from Wendie, who asked:"I just saw the Penelopiad performed by Nightwood Theatre at Buddies in Bad Times in Toronto.  In the play, they used a variety of stairs and boxes that the actresses moved easily and looked incredibly light, and yet they were sturdy enough for them to stand on and walk across.  What were they made of?"I was wondering myself, so I went to see the performance (which closed today).  In the play, large blocks and four sets of stairs are used to transform the architecture of the stage.  As I watched, the performers easily lifted, slid and pivoted the set pieces to change the architecture of the stage and to build various set properties from beds, to tables, to ships, to palaces.  In the side of each set piece were oval holes used as handholds.  The pieces seemed so sturdy and so solid that it was curious how they could be so light.I talked with the designer Denys Karn about what kind of material she used for building it and she told me that they used a material called "Plycorr."  They started with a standard wooden frame and then instead of using 3/4" plywood (which one normally would use), they used 1" thick Plycorr on the tops where actors stood and 1/2" Plycorr for the sides.  They taped the edges and then glued fabric to it.  She did warn that the material is about $75/sheet, when plywood is usually only $50/sheet, and that it does not last as long.  She also warned that if the area is large enough, cross-braces might be needed to add support.  If using for your school play, careful planning and use of the material only on certain set pieces could make still be a worthwhile expense.As a thank you for her answer, I promised to post a link to Nightwood Theatre's current fundraising campaign, 10,000 Women.  Click the link to find out more about how Nightwood Theatre supports women artists in a male-dominated industry. If you have a tech question, send it to askatechie@code.on.ca

Call for Workshop Presenters for 2013 CODE Conference

We are now receiving applications for the 2013 CODE Conference at Deerhurst Resort.  Any interested parties should visit and fill out our application page.  The theme of this year's conference is "Back to Basics."Applications are due by Thursday, February 28th at midnight.