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.
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.
By Jon Kaplan, Senior Theatre Writer, NOW Magazine
Theatre is, for me, an art form that tells me something about myself or gets me thinking about the world in which I live.
Whether going to the theatre as a reviewer or simply an audience member, I think that watching a play is an emotional experience and not just an intellectual one. I always let a show wash over me, letting it touch my feelings, and only later, after the show, do I try to analyze those feelings.
By Norah O’Donnell, YPT Community Volunteer Manager
As YPT’s Community Volunteer Manager, I always strive to find ways to engage more deeply with young people through our volunteer program. As a theatre FOR young audiences we are very well suited to cater our volunteer program to high school-aged students. But for all that we do, we always ask ourselves how we can do better. How can we inspire students to go beyond the 40 hours of required community service?
To find out how we might improve our work with youth volunteers, I reached out to Volunteer Toronto’s Youth Audit Program. Their team of students (ages 14-18) advises organizations on this exact question. Here is what the Youth Auditors (Maheen, Seher and Helen) reported, after investigating the following areas of our volunteer program.