Bridging the Gap

On March 26, YPT held an educational forum for parents, educators and artists in connection with Selfie, our upcoming production for teens. This award-winning play offers an honest look at sexual consent and self-promotion in the era of social media. Prior to the forum, young people engaged in YPT’s Education & Participation programs generated a list of questions they had about consent and accountability. Examples included, ‘How can adults bridge the generational gap to talk to teens about consent in a relevant way?’ and How can adults make sure teens are safe while also giving them freedom to make their own choices?’
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Why bother with theatre, anyway? Why I study the ways people make performances

By Julia Gray

This question – why bother with theatre, anyway? – has propelled me as an artist and, more recently, as a researcher.

With my roots in theatre-creating, I’ve started studying the various ways we make different kinds of theatre, performances, and plays, and why these creative processes are so important for personal learning and social change.

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In Part II of The Antigone Project, six participants were selected to return to YPT for a professional play development workshop (May 8-16, 2017) of Antigone.  Playwright Jeff Ho created a new adaptation of the play that focused on the youth in the story and their perspectives. The emerging actors worked alongside two professional actors, the playwright and YPT’s Associate Artistic Directors, Karen Gilodo and Stephen Colella. The goal was for these participants to gain the skills needed when working in a new play development/workshop environment, including text analysis and developing sensitivity towards the creative process.  It was also an opportunity for the playwright to hear the new draft of his work and see some early staging concepts that were created by the actors and movement consultant Viv Moore.

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Education in Role and Online

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.

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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.

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