A truly exciting weekend for the Drama in Education /Applied Theatre concentration at the CODE Conference in Collingwood.

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A truly exciting weekend for the Drama in Education /Applied Theatre concentration at the CODE Conference in Collingwood.

Published on October 24 2011


Faculty and students of the Drama in Education /Applied Theatre concentration had a truly exciting weekend at the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators Conference (CODE), which took place October 21-23, 2011 at Blue Mountain, Collingwood. 

Adrienne Smoke, a second year student in the Concentration in Theatre Praxis, attended the conference as an invited artist.  She and dub-poet Greg Frankson opened the Conference with a performance: she drummed them in--thus beginning the conference--followed by a dance, and then provided a drum accompaniment to Greg's poem performance.  She also gave a workshop for teachers, some of whom presented an excerpt of a Shawl Dance as part of the final evenings' performance.

Alex “Kazam” Pawlak, a third year DART student was the conference MC, wandering magician, "gentil animateur" and overall conference figure, "Jack-out-of-the-box" (the theme was on REACH--beyond the classroom, with a visual of getting out of a box...). 

Part-time faculty Suzanne Burchell and Helen Zdriluk participated with projects in the 4-hour poster presentation on community-school outreach projects, which was followed by later, in-depth discussion sessions.  Part-time faculty Carolee Mason and full-time faculty Glenys McQueen Fuentes both delivered workshops to teachers.  Helen Zdriluk convened and organized a group of 10 DIE/AT students as very well-appreciated conference volunteers. 

Congratulations for a successful weekend at CODE!