by Olivia Neary-Hatton, YPT Co-op Student
As one of the only 16-year-olds around the office here at YPT, I tend to see things from a different perspective. I am not always aware of this age gap, but it became more apparent when I attended the Boys With Cars Forum where I was the only teenager present among a group of adults. The event was intended for parents, educators, college and university students, administrators, artists and arts workers interested in discussing three key themes brought to light in the play: cultural appropriation, female empowerment and male privilege.
By Aimee Bouchard, YPT Interim Member Schools Manager
In April and May, I was incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to facilitate some workshops for young people around creating site-specific, immersive theatre. Through these workshops, I too have gained further insight into the form, and particularly why it is that young people are so truly fascinated by it.
By Carrie Hage, YPT Resident Artist Educator
I was delighted when I got the news that I was accepted to work as a Resident Artist Educator at YPT, and couldn’t wait to start off the new year working in schools and communities. With the popular production of James and the Giant Peach on YPT’s mainstage this past February and March, a big part of my role was to deliver pre and post-show workshops in schools across Toronto. Over the years, I have done a lot of workshops in schools as an artist-educator, but have always worked with classes over a period of time, and had yet to experience a “one-off” workshop with students. I was looking forward to it!
By Mark Kreder, YPT Resident Artist Educator
If you’re like me, there has been at least one instance in your teaching career where you say to yourself, for whatever reason, “what exercise am I going to do next?” A teaching plan can change in the blink of an eye and it’s always nice to have a go-to exercise to keep things moving along. So here, for your reading pleasure, are a few I keep in my back pocket!
Relaxed Performances have been established to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but are suited to all young theatregoers. There are two upcoming Relaxed Performances of YPT’s Munschtime! (for ages 4 to 8) on May 11 and 14. Our Interim Artistic Associate, Education, Lois Adamson, explains this initiative and why relaxed performances have become a staple of YPT’s programming, here.