The 2018 Mortgage Wellness Youth Drama Education Program
Fusion Fun Labs:
Theatre Collingwood and Quarter Century Theatre have teamed up to bring fun, energetic drama classes to the community! Join us every Sunday from February 4th-March 25th 2018 (8 classes) for creation and exploration through games, exercises and workshops designed to bring out the performer in all of us!
- character development
- scene study basics
- creative collaboration
Suitable for youth ages 6-17 years (in age appropriate classes).
Price for 8 weeks: $150 plus HST.
Please note that we have a tuition subsidy program which can be applied for if a student is unable to pay the full fee.
1 hour- Creative Chorus (ages 6-9)
1.5 hours- Active Assembly (ages 10-12)
1.5 hours- Innovative Ensemble (ages 13-17)
In addition to our Fun Labs, we have also created the Fusion Academy for children and youth who are passionate about developing their craft and learning new techniques. Running April 8th-May 25th, this 8-week intensive program will educate and inspire young performers who want to step up their training. Perfect for anyone considering pursuing theatre in post-secondary education!
The Academy offers:
- audition prep and coaching
- in-depth scene and monologue study
- theory and technique from various theatre practitioners/creators
- tips and tricks on how to succeed in the industry
- end of course showcase/scene study presentation
Suitable for children ages 10-12 and youth ages 13-17. Interested participants will be asked to audition and only those selected for the program will be invited to join.
Price for 8 week intensive program: $400 plus HST
Rochelle has been an actor, director, writer and theatre creator for over twenty years. A Collingwood native, Rochelle has returned to the area after studying and working in theatre in Toronto, Newfoundland and the UK. She holds her BFA in Acting and her MA in Theatre- Writing, Directing and Performance and has since become Founder and Artistic Director of Quarter Century Theatre; Collingwood’s premiere contemporary theatre company. Rochelle is eager to make an impact on the theatre education scene in the area and is grateful to be doing so with the support and encouragement of Theatre Collingwood.
After first being invited to teach the Theatre Collingwood March Break Camp in 2017, Rochelle has been thrilled to partner with Erica and her team ever since. Their shared philosophies of theatre as a place of freedom, self-expression and joy for children of all ages has developed into a formidable vision for the future of Collingwood’s youngest theatre artists. Modeled after the Upper Canada Repertory Company (the exemplary junior training program to which Rochelle was invited at age 11), the students of Theatre Collingwood’s Fusion series will learn how to approach acting and theatre creation from the ground up, giving them firm foundations in theatre history, theory and practice.
Rochelle is thrilled to be teaching these programs alongside her friend and colleague, drew Murdoch. She and drew have collaborated on projects through Quarter Century Theatre and they have a great dynamic that will help students feel welcomed and included. These drama programs are designed to encourage friendship and community through cooperation, inclusion and support, and that is only truly possible when the program leaders are able to demonstrate that themselves. drew’s love of creating theatre for young audiences coupled with Rochelle’s passion for education through theatre creation make them an enthusiastic team eager to empower and educate through practice and action.
They can’t wait to meet you in the New Year!
drew Murdoch received his BA in theatre studies from York University in 2016. During that time he found a passion for theatre education while taking courses such as Theatre for Young Audiences, Drama in Education and Museum theatre. Through York University’s theatre program drew has had the opportunity to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival twice, first in 2015 and then again in 2016. In 2016 drew got to bring the Canadian Theatre for Young Audiences Play “Head À Tête” to the Edinburgh Fringe. drew acted in the play as well as created a workshop for ages 5-12 based off of the themes of the play that was done after each show.
Currently drew is working towards getting his Library and Information Technician diploma as well as working at the Wasaga Beach Public Library. In his free time he has begun collaborating with Collingwood’s own Quarter Century Theatre. He was the stage manager for QCT’s Palace of the End and the technician for their final show of the season Wild Abandon. drew is now the Director of Youth Programs at Quarter Century Theatre. He is so excited to be working with Theatre Collingwood!
Please also watch for our March Break and Summer Drama Camps.