CODE-Upon-Avon: Growing Your Soul - Registration Now Open

Now in our 49th year, CODE invites you to spend the day engaged in professional development that will leave you full of new ideas for your pedagogical practice while you enjoy a day of fun at one of Canada’s most renowned Theatre Festivals.

Register Now for THE FESTIVAL OF ORIGINAL THEATRE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO - Feb. 2nd-5th, 2012

This year’s FOOT interrogates the complex relationships between Theatre and Learning in both theory and practice. The conference will comprise three broad areas of exploration: learning theatre, learning through theatre and theatre plus learning. Each stream will feature scholarly panels, performances, workshops and a roundtable discussion. With presenters joining us from six different countries, this year’s festival promises a unique international forum for researchers, artists, students, teachers and parents to meet and explore theatre in education, theatre for social change, theatre training and theatre for young audiences (TYA), among many others. We are especially excited to announce our international keynote panel: from the UK, Professor Helen Nicholson (Royal Holloway University, author of the seminal work Applied Drama: The Gift of Theatre); from Canada, Professor Admission to all FOOT events is free!

Call for Workshop Presenters

Attention all Artists and Educators! The Council of Drama and Dance Educators is looking for workshop presenters for our 42nd annual conference Think Global: Drama and Dance! This year's conference focuses on the universal nature of drama and dance and its power to inspire and promote global responsibility and awareness. By making real-world connections through the arts to the issues affecting our increasingly-complex world, students will increase their understanding of themselves and the world around them. Workshop themes will include: Creating and developing a unit of study focused on issues of globalization and citizenship, social justice, environmental issues and/or socio-economic issues, and/or equity and diversity, from pre-planning to implementation to assessment and evaluationExploring dance and drama from diverse communities and cultures (e.g. world dance forms, First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures)Exploring environmental and/or social justice issues through drama/dance in a school or community setting (e.g., working with at-risk populations, using drama and dance to explore issues of poverty, the impact of trade on world nations and the environment, the Occupy Wall Street movement, etc.)School and community-based organizations using the arts as a tool for social activism and awarenessReal-world and cross-curricular connections of drama and dance to other subjects (e.g. integrated arts, social sciences, science, geography, mathematics, health, etc.)Developing students’ financial literacy and critical literacy through the artsTools for elementary generalist teachers to incorporate authentic drama and dance experiences for students into their existing curriculum (integrated arts, cross-curricular lessons and units)Bringing dance and drama in to the Early Childhood Education classroom Applications are due at midnight on Wednesday, February 29th! The application can be found at:  http://www.formstack.com/forms/dramafocus-code_proposalsIf you have any questions, please contact the Conference Chair, Jennifer Goodine, at jennifer.goodine@code.on.ca

A Code of Ethics for Theater Workers

Tags: Drama
A Code of Ethics for Theatre Workers - Developed in 1945 for the Circle Players Theater in Los Angeles.  The code consists of seventeen common sense, stringent and binding rules to follow for actors and others engaged in the work of the theatre.  While now almost 70 years old, literally everything stated remains vital, practiced and relevant.  The following is excerpted from the forward to the code:  “A part of the great tradition of the theatre is the code of ethics which belong to every worker in the theatre. This code is not a superstition, nor a dogma, nor a ritual which is enforced by tribunals; it is an attitude toward your vocation, your fellow workers, your audiences and yourself. It is a kind of self-discipline which does not rob you of your invaluable individualism.  Those of you who have been in show business know the full connotation of these precepts. Those of you who are new to show business will soon learn. The Circle Players, since its founding in 1945, has always striven to stand for the finest in theatre, and it will continue to do so..." The complete code post can be found at:  http://www.lastagetimes.com/2009/08/a-1945-code-of-ethics-for-theatre-workers-surfaces/

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre-Discount for CODE members!

Tags: Dance
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, heralded as America’s Cultural Ambassador to the World, comes to the Sony Centre to showcase the vision of new Artistic Director Robert Battle with programming that embraces the Ailey tradition of such beloved classics as Revelations and extends the legacy in dynamic new directions.  Experience the power of Ailey and see for yourself why this extraordinary company is hailed as America’s cultural ambassador to the world and “possibly the most successful modern dance company on the planet.” (The New York Times)Visit our CODE benefits page to find out how CODE members can access their discount!

Forum Theatre Intensive

Tags: Drama
Join us for an intensive workshop series in Augusto Boal's Forum Theatre. Some previous experience in forum theatre is required.-Build on your forum theatre play development skills -Build on your improvisation skills to prepare for spectactors-Learn some tricks behind being a joker-Continue Rehearsing for your personal Revolution 

An Important Announcement for all ETFO Members

If you are an ETFO member and want to have your federation support and advocate on behalf of Drama and Dance Education and the Arts, please consider attending the Annual Meeting of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario August 13th to 16th, 2012 in Toronto.

Fit2Dance - Groove with Kids School Programs & Up-coming Workshops!Members only

Tags: Dance
GROOVE with Kids SCHOOL PROGRAMSFit2Dance gets hundreds of thousands of K-12 students physically active, moving, building self-esteem and community by GROOVING in our curriculum-based school workshop programs which are implemented in over 250 schools across the province! For more information, please check out the Fit2Dance website at:  www.fit2danceinc.com or read on for dates and locations. Michelle and the Fit2Dance team is leading PD sessions for a number of 2012 Education Conferences as well as Teacher Trainings and Workshops.

Drama & Dance Workshops with The Travelling Stage

Tags: Dance, Drama
Affordable & fun extra-curricular dance, drama and yoga clubs available at your school for lunch time and after school fun!  You supply the space and we'll take care of everything else. 6 week sessions include a final performance and certificate of achievement. New sessions begin this month!  Contact Aria at  info@travellingstage.com for more information.Effective in 2012, all Travelling Stage bookings will include a FREE 30 minute TEACHER WORKSHOP (Dance 101), customized according to your needs in an effort to help you feel more confident about teaching dance curriculum once we're gone! Contact Information: www.travellingstage.com / (416) 317-8950

11th Annual Power of Literacy Through the Arts

On January 27th, 2012, York Region District School Board presents the 11th Annual Power of Literacy Through the Arts: “Critical Thinking.” Conference includes keynote speaker, workshops, and much more!

ENHANCE YOUR THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE WITH WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS & TEACHERS: Young People's Theatre

Enhance your students’ theatregoing experience with an hour-long pre or post-show workshop taught by a professional YPT Artist-Educator! Workshops available for: SeussicalTM, The Great Mountain, and Jack and the Giant Beanstalk. We also offer a variety of other workshops in schools that can be customized to your needs.