Last season, students from Sprucecourt Junior Public School were invited to attend a workshop of Unapologetically Me – a brand new cabaret for kids aged 9-11. Created and performed by Sharron Matthews, an award-winning stage, film and television performer, this interactive show combines contemporary pop, rock and punk songs with Sharron’s true stories of growing up, facing fears and learning self-acceptance.

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Lincoln Center Education – Leadership & Advocacy Lab

By Amber Ebert, YPT School & Community Programs Manager

I had the pleasure of participating in the Leadership & Advocacy Lab at Lincoln Center Education in New York from July 10th to 22nd. This two-week training intensive was offered as part of the Lincoln Center Summer Forum, which takes place over the month of July and offers multi-level training for artist educators and teachers from around the world.  This was the inaugural year of the Leadership & Advocacy Lab, a program targeted for individuals with eight or more years of experience and an interest in growing their capacities as leaders in the field.

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Meet Jerico!

We are excited to be working with Jerico De Vera, a Grade 11 student from Brebeuf College School who is  completing his co-op placement at YPT this summer. He will be assisting with the program delivery and administration of the Summer Drama Camp sessions, which focus on engaging participants through the active and collaborative process of creating theatre. YPT Community Volunteer Manager, Norah O’Donnell, sat down with Jerico and asked him a few questions.

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Sprucecourt Playwriting Festival: Part One

Throughout the past school year, grade 4/5 and 5/6 classes at Sprucecourt Public School – a YPT Member School – worked with professional playwright Paula Wing to create their own short plays. The sessions focused on various aspects of playwriting, and each workshop culminated in a related writing assignment given to the students to continue developing their writing skills before the next visit. In May, the students came to YPT and saw their plays come to life through staged readings directed by YPT Artistic Director Allen MacInnis and featuring professional actors.

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Sprucecourt Playwriting Festival: Part Two

As part of YPT’s Member Schools program, the grade 4/5 and 5/6 classes at Sprucecourt Public School worked with professional playwright Paula Wing to create their own short plays. The sessions focused on various aspects of playwriting, and each session culminated in a related writing assignment given to the students to continue developing their writing skills before the next visit. In May, the students came to YPT and saw their plays come to life through staged readings of their plays directed by YPT Artistic Director Allen MacInnis and featuring professional actors.

Classroom teacher Carolyn Ball, and playwright and project facilitator Paula Wing discuss the process of supporting the students as they developed their short plays in Part One of this blog series.

In Part Two, below, actor and YPT Resident Artist Educator Natalia Gracious shares her experience as an actor in the staged readings of the students’ work at the Playwriting Festival.

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