This awesome project allows art professionals and youth in York Region to collaborate in designing and delivering high-quality arts education outside of the traditional classroom. This 3-phased project emphasizes engagement by working with youth to co-create meaningful experiences that stretch their minds, bodies, and imaginations. Isolation is common for youth who feel they are tackling everything alone without the resources to connect to others. This project culminates in final performances which will have interactive components where youth in the audience can share their concerns either publicly or anonymously. The end result is to develop skills and confidence in youth through the performing arts while working with experienced mentors. This project will foster a network for enriched creative exchange in thought and feelings whilst empowering youth participants to make difficult decisions.
Phase One -"What's Next?"
Presented by Shadowpath trainers Peyton Le Barr & Chantel Forde! Youth will learn to face challenges and conquer their fears through theatrical activities.
March 25th, 2017 - Richmond Hill Art School
April 29th, 2017 - Newmarket Public Library
May 27th Markham Varley Art GalleryRegister for our May 27th Markham Varley Art Gallery Workshop here
Phase Two - "Making Waves"
Phase Two consists of open summer rehearsals. 12 to 15 youth who participated in the "What's Next" workshops will be invited to develop their stories over the summer. The space will be ‘open’ for anyone who wants to observe the rehearsal process. Other youth may sit in as assistant directors, stage managers, and dramaturges, offering and sharing their perspectives and feedback.
Dates and locations to be announced.
Phase Three - "Conversations with My Younger Self"
Phase Three consists of three fall public performances in public spaces. Performances will be free for youth and a small ticket fee will be charged for adults ($5/$8). All youth will have opportunities to share their talents and learn new skills, and be involved in some creative capacity. Youth may perform a song in between story-performances. Youth may host/introduce the new works. Youth may learn front of house or box office duties. Youth will participate in feedback and evaluation, collecting testimonials and blogging reviews.
Dates and locations to be announced.
Chantal is an artist and educator with a diploma in musical theatre from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. She has been behind the Oakville Holiday Pantomime for the past four years as co-writer, director, and choreographer.
Her work has been seen in several festivals including the Toronto and Vancouver Fringe Festivals as well as The Short Short Play Festival. Selected acting credits include tv’s “About A Girl”, “Blood Ties”, and “Psych” as well as performing on stage in cabarets, musicals, and plays across the country. Chantal works with drama students aged 12-95 through Sheridan College, Centre Stage Theatre School, and Shadowpath Theatre productions, who honoured her with their Artist of the Year Award in 2015.
Peyton’s career has taken her around the world performing on such stages as Shakespeare's Globe and GITIS in Moscow, Russia. In Toronto, Peyton works as a freelance actor, teacher, and producer.
Selected credits: Elizabeth Bennet Elizabeth/Dacry: An Adaptaton of Pride and Prejudice (Campbell House Museum) Young Woman, There is No Word for Wilderness (4Elements Arts Festival), Viola Twelfth Night (AlehouseTheatre) Hamlet Hamlet: An Adaptation (Shakespeare’s Globe), B Le Shaga (Dir. Joanne Williams), Yerma Yerma (Dir. Monique Wilson), Isabella/Joyce/Shona Top Girls (Dir. Rosamunde Hutt), Mary Swanson Middletown (UK Premiere, Dir. Chris Meades), Man with Stick Pockets full of Bread (UK Premiere, Arcola Theatre)—Peyton has an MFA in Acting with merit from East 15 Acting School and a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor.