"Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls " at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Tags: Drama, Event
On Saturday November 18th at 2PM, Roseneath Theatre will be holding a reading of their new play Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.The play follows the story of 9-year-old Fiona who comes out as male-identified Fin. Fiona has always had this feeling – knowing something is different but not knowing what it was or how to say it. Fiona cuts her hair short and asks her family to start using the name Fin. Dad is accepting of the change right away, but Mom doesn’t quite get it at first. Always from a place of good intentions, we see Fin’s family struggle with this change and through the course of the play ultimately begin to accept and embrace Fin for who he is.

Learn more about the 47th Annual CODE Conference - Claiming Our Voices

CODE is thrilled to announce that the 2017 Conference page is live and accepting registrations for the 47th Annual Conference, Claiming Our Voices.  From October 13-15, Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario will become the place to be for drama and dance educators and artists! To learn more about the conference, read on!

On “Playing Pretend”: Making Space for “The Real” in Elementary Education

As an artistic community who are heavily invested in the health of drama and dance education in Ontario, it is important to celebrate some of the great work being done with Pre-Service educators at the university level.  The importance of effective pedagogy in drama and dance education in Ontario Faculties of Ed. is vital to the future of these art forms in schools. Under the guidance of Professor Christine Jackson, pre-service student Jessamyn Polson has written a paper that explores the role that drama and dance can play in assisting with the exploration of potentially difficult themes and topics in an elementary setting.  Both Christine and Jessamyn have been kind enough to share their work with CODE. Read on for context and insight from Christine Jackson and to read the paper submitted by Jessamyn.A big thank-you to both for the exciting work you do on behalf of students and the arts.  Bravo!  

The CODE Management Board is Inspired With a Weekend at Akinomaagaye Gaamik: House of Learning

From March 3rd to 5th the CODE Management Board held our annual retreat in order to plan for the activities of the coming year, including the CODE Conference. One important priority this year is decolonizing our practice, updating, reflecting on and redefining our Equity lens. This year’s retreat was instrumental in furthering the new relationship between CODE and the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO). The retreat was held on the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, all hosted by Nancy Rowe at Akinomaagaye Gaamik: House of Learning.  Read on to learn about this incredible experience!

CODE Regional Forums

CODE is excited to share new Forum groups for members to connect with drama and dance educators in your region and your regional rep. Read more to get connected!

An Incredible Opportunity for Students - Youth Artists For Justice

Youth Artists For Justice is a 15-week program that integrates performing arts, community education and collaborative action research with youth participants at YPT in Toronto (with a parallel program happening at Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston).  In this hybrid/online community-based action research project, participants at each site will choose a topic based on the question, "What do you wish you had more influence over in society?" Using research in to their chosen topic, each group will create a theatrical piece, which may consist of any number of artistic forms.

CODE President Explores Sustainability through Drama with York Preservice Students

This past November, teacher candidates at the Regent Park site participated in a drama workshop to explore sustainability issues and global citizenship through a social justice lens. The workshop, which was presented by Sarah Papoff from the Council of Drama and Dance Educators (CODE), provided the students with an opportunity to explore how they could use drama in their future teaching practice(s) as a creative and effective way to explore global issues with their students.

CMEC Launches Online Copyright Resource For Teachers

As Drama and Dance educators, we may occasionally encounter questions surrounding copyright issues with texts used in class.  This excellent resource may be a huge help.  Check it out. 

Prologue To The Performing Arts Celebrates 50 Inspiring Years

For 50 years, Prologue To The Performing Arts has been connecting educators with some of the brightest artists in the province.  The invaluable expertise of the artists in Ontario has been able to reach countless numbers of students and educators through the tireless work of Prologue, and its founder, Patty Jarvis.  In celebration of 50 fabulous years, Patty Jarvis has written a wonderful blog about Prologue's past and future, and the wonderful relationship that CODE and Prologue has had over the years.   Check out the blog here!

An Inspiring Spoken Word Workshop with Inuk Artist Taqralik Partridge

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Taqralik Partridge is an Inuit poet and spoken word artist from Kuujuak, a town in Nunavik, the most northern part of Quebec. CODE rep Jennifer Giancola had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a Spoken word and writing workshop with Taqralik at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre on Nov 4th. This workshop was part of the NWIA's (Native Women in the Arts) first Inuit showcase in the Kwe Performance Series.