By Playwright, Performer and Choreographer Anita Majumdar
– with support from YPT’s former Interim Artistic Associate, Education Lois Adamson
For most of early 2016, I was feeling a little lost.
Boys With Cars was scheduled for a spring 2017 production at Young People’s Theatre (YPT), and Nightswimming – where I am the on-going playwright-in-residence – was working with me to figure out what I wanted to write about next. But at the time, I didn’t feel “done” with Boys With Cars. And I don’t mean that I wanted to keep working on its stage life (though we did that too in 2015 when Allen MacInnis and Stephen Colella asked for an abridged version of the show to suit a school audience). A large part of me wondered what would happen if we extended the life of the piece into the world.
Check out “Campers Interviewing Campers” by YPT Graduate Student Intern Ryan Evershed. In an effort to incorporate digital storytelling at YPT, students involved in the Summer Camp After School Fun program were encouraged to interview their fellow campers in order to gain a little experience in front of a camera. Enjoy these Grade 2-3 and 4-5 students. We certainly did.
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.
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.
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.