Highlights of YPT’s Artist Educators Training in 2016. Video by Ali Sultani.

The deadline to register for YPT’s Artist Educators Training is right around the corner (Friday, Jan. 20 at 4:30pm)! The training sessions on Feb. 2 & 3, 2017 are open to all artists interested in arts education who have a desire to further develop their skills through practical training.

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Youth Artists for Justice: Initial Boston Workshops a Success!

By Rachel Rhoades

[Youth Artists for Justice is a 15-week program that combines performing arts and community activism with youth participants at both Young People’s Theatre and the Teen Leadership Council in Boston. In this hybrid/online community-based action research project, youth at each site will have the chance to collaborate in creating original artistic work and critiquing barriers to social justice.]

The Youth Artists for Justice research project has officially begun. I am on the plane from Boston to Toronto after conducting two workshops at the Boch Center with the Teen Leadership Council, which is made up of 18 high schoolers from all throughout Boston.

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Learning to Unlearn

By Jeff Ho

Learning how to learn is a life-long pursuit – we all grow up experiencing various teaching methods, tactics and learning strategies as both students and teachers. We all share the experience of working with incredibly brilliant educators in our lives who have left indelible marks. On the other hand, we also remember particular teachers that made learning a disciplinary, rigorous and sometimes terrible routine. Educational methods are as varied as the spectrum of cultures in our city.

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YPT’s Interim Artistic Associate, Education, Lois Adamson chats with  playwright Christine Quintana about her new play, Selfie, which is currently in development at YPT.  Selfie takes a powerful and incisive look at sexual consent, failed communication and self-image. Originally commissioned by Théâtre la Seizième, Christine’s work received the Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Script by an Emerging Playwright.

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How Does Participation in Drama Shape the Lives of Youth?

Working with their supervisors, Katherine McDonald and Christian Blake, two occupational therapy students from the University of Toronto, undertook a study with YPT’s Drama School in an effort to understand how drama participation shapes the extracurricular lives of young people.

Their research question was: “What characterizes the occupational repertoires and trajectories of children and youth who have participated in extracurricular theatre programs?” See their findings below.

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