On Saturday, I had the chance to attend the Artist Educators in Communities and Schools Exchange Conference at the Canadian Stage Company. I was able to meet artists from around the city who want to teach children through the arts.
It was a perfect fit, because I want to help these people do just that! I’d love to get involved with a theatre, bringing students in for workshops or to see plays. I’d also love to bring more theatre into schools. I think I could offer teachers lesson plans, in French and in English, that would help them teach their students.
I was able to attend three sessions in the morning. I chose one on how to give a thirty second “elevator speech”, should I ever be in a small, enclosed space with a potential employer, haha.
The second session was about working with children with mental illnesses. This session was basically info for artists who are concerned about the needs of kids, and how to deal with that. It was facilitated by a fellow Londoner, and she did a great job.
My third session was about teaching theatre in a language that is not your own.
In the afternoon, the keynote speaker, Jennifer Kolari, discussed working with children in a really lighthearted, insightful way.
The best part of the day was that the conference culminated in AERO (artist educator reference online…or something like that) which is a social network for artists and educators! It’s run through castingworkbook.com, which is basically facebook for actors. So, while it’s not up and running yet, I’m looking forward to being a part of it!