Enriching Lives through Creativity since 1999

Month: January, 2014

It’s heating up at RhythmWorks East!

Our East End dancers continued working on their Indian Dance routine featuring a medley of classical Indian Dance, Bangara and Bollywood moves.  This week there was a particular emphasis on refining the moves for the Chorus and second verse of the song.
Keep up the amazing work!


DramaWorks Process Program continues with their Pantomime curriculum!

Our DramaWorks Process Program continued their work on their Pantomime curriculum with a focus on character work.  They had fun working on task oriented mime projects and building up to transitioning into characterization.  There was a lot of individual focus on the work as opposed to our typical group work. But it appeared as though everyone was embodying the characters and enjoying committing to their mime. A highlight of the class was that Cara brought her guitar and played a couple of songs.  Other participants also tried exploring with music.  We also give a shout out to David for showing all the performers what great projection he has.


Keep up the great work guys.



VisualArtWorks continues with Etching Project!

Our VisualArts program has been continuing with their Etching project.  They had fun viewing and critiquing one anothers work as they revealed their finished etching glass from last week.

They recently started their background work on their new project with a focus on pattern making and sequence appliqué.

Reminder to bring dry indoor shoes.



DramaWay offering it’s popular Multi Arts Enrichment Camp – Summer Nights programming once again this summer of 2014!

Photo of last years Tuesday Evening Camp


Photo collage created and taken by Patricia Parker

DramaWay Multi Arts Enrichment Camp is an innovative summer program offering youth and adults with special needs of ALL abilities an eclectic exposure to varied means of creative expression.  The integration of drama, music, dance and art as well as life skills training enrich campers as they embark on a fun-filled summer adventure!


Campers will enjoy movin’ and shakin’ to a sampler of dance throughout the ages. 


           Dance Workshop Highlights:


      Hip Hop

      Modern Dance

      Creative Movement




Students will have fun exploring a wide range of active drama games and acting techniques.  They will also receive an overview of the basic elements of theatre while also working towards an Open Class Presentation on the last day of camp. 


Drama Workshop Highlights:

            Physical Theatre


            Life Skills through Drama – Social Skills Training

            Character Development

            Working with minimal scripts/Improvisation



Participants will be engaged in an introductory experience to an assortment of hands-on visual art activities.  They will have a blast creating and designing their own masterpieces.


Art Workshop Highlights:

        Drawing and painting


        Crafty Arts



Multi Arts Enrichment Camp


This program geared and modified for youth and adults with special needs of ALL abilities is an extension of our year round evening programming. This year the program will be held at two convenient TTC accessible locations (1) Summerhill & Yonge; Community Living Toronto @ 30 Birch Avenue; Downtown and (2) Ellesmere & McCowan; 1712 Ellesmere Road; Community Living Scarborough.

Tuesday Night ShakespeareWorks Campexposes participants to the world of theatre and dance inspired by the work of Shakespeare. The group will work towards showcasing a small piece on the final camp date for family and friends. This program runs on Tuesday evenings for eight weeks.

MultiArtWorks Evening Campspans the realm of fine arts while engaging participants in the three disciplines of drama, dance and visual arts. A small open class showcase is planned to take place on the final camp date for family and friends. This program will run for eight weeks at two locations:

MULTIARTWORKS OPTION 1: Wednesday Evening Multi Arts Camp; 1712 Ellesmere Road

MULTIARTWORKS OPTION 2: Thursday Evening Multi Arts Camp; 30 Birch Avenue

Often campers are given the chance to meet with guest specialists in the arts when available.

With a camper to staff ratio of 5:1, our programs are tailored to the individual strengths and abilities of each camper.  Every aspect of our programming is designed to be process oriented and campers enjoy our non-competitive atmosphere.  We make every effort to build communication skills and to further the development of social skills while also enhancing self-esteem.  Register for all three evening programs and save $100 or register for two evenings and save $62. Campers also have the option of simply enrolling for just one evening camp if preferred.



Tuesday Night ShakespeareWorks Camp

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and August 5, 12, & 19

Wednesday Evening MultiArtWorks Camp

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and August 6, 13, & 20

Thursday Evening MultiArtWorks Camp

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14, 21


6:30-8:30 P.M


One evening program is only $281 (+HST)

Two evening programs for just $498 (+HST) Savings of over $60!

Biggest discount is for all three evening programs at $743(+HST)!



ActingWorks takes the spotlight again! Our Intensive Training Program for aspiring performers will run during March Break!



                    ActingWorksNew March Break Intensive Training Day long Program for the aspiring performer!

        DramaWay is excited to be offering yet another round of our new extension of our popular DramaWorks program,

      ActingWorks. ActingWorks ran this past summer for 2-weeks and we had 8 participants enrolled. ActingWorks is an intensive

      training program focused on adapted and modified theatre training for those interested in entering the professional acting world.

     It gives youth and adults with special needs of ALL abilities the opportunity to access quality, in-depth training which will help

      provide specific and tailored training for those interested in pursuing a serious path or career in the theatre community.

       Highlights of the training offered in this Program:

·       Audition preparation curriculum (both songs and monologues)

·       Physical Theatre (Clown, mime, and techniques like those of Bausch and Grotowski)

·       Traditional text-based acting

·       Instruction and visits from local industry professionals such as Actors & Directors

·       Intimate class size

·       Scene-work

·       Visit and advice from a local Casting Agency 

·       Tips on resume preparation

·       1 digital image of an acting headshot

      This program will operate on our DramaWay philosophy placing emphasis on the process of the journey while continuing to

      build on social and life skills.  Each participant enrolled will automatically be guaranteed an audition slot for the Peanut Butter

       People theatre troupe which will be operated by an outside company named Peanut Butter People – a partner of DramaWay.

      Founded in 2008 by Brooke Banning and Polly Phokeev, Peanut Butter People is a Toronto-based theatre company committed to

       producing new Canadian work that engages and enchants while providing exciting professional opportunities to Canada’s diverse

       pool of talented actors, directors, stage managers, designers and dramaturgs.


March 10th – 14th, 2014      9 a.m. – 3 p.m.   Monday to Friday only


$375 (+ 13%HST)


Swansea Town Hall  – 95 Lavinia Ave, Toronto, ON M6S 3H9

  • A minimum of 6 participants must enroll in order for this program to run.


Register online today by visiting www.dramaway.com to reserve your spot! Space is limited.

Actors connected with DramaWay continue to wow and showcase their own personal talent and creativity out in the community!

We strongly urge you all to take a few moments to check out this clip from Durability featuring an actor we work with in DramaWorks. Meet Prince Dariush. Dariush Yan Zarrabi have recently published their own book titled Rise of the Prince.  The book really brings out positive messages which resonate with us all, and we are honoured to have DramaWay mentioned.

Dariush as always was extremely eloquent and articulate in the interview and one of the most relaxed individuals I’ve seen on TV.  Way to go buddy, we are all so proud.

We urge you all to purchase your own copy of the book.


DramaWorks Rehearsals continue

This week our DramaWorks groups were working on the Grease Lightening Choreography while also doing line reads for all other characters.

We spoke about the importance of bringing water to class along with dry indoor shoes.

It’s also important to remember to not arrive early at our rental locations. We are not permitted to go inside more than 15 minutes before a class, so please avoid arriving before the scheduled time or you may be waiting out in the cold. In this cold snap, that would be dangerous.

Thanks for your consideration.




SocialWorks keeps busy during this cold snap!

Hello SocialWorks Families,

This past week was another great week in exploring the theme of home safety. In doing so, we looked at rules when staying home alone, what we should know when we are home alone, what to do in an in house emergency whether we are alone or not – and what we should pack in a home emergency kit. To do do so, we played “Emergency Kit Bingo” which you may find in your teens homework binder. This was a not only a fun exercise, but repetition helped to reinforce the importance of these items in an emergency kit. We also touched upon warning labels and symbols through a memory game. We ended the class by watching a great YouTube video that included many tips that we spoke about in class. You can find the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDSooHLY69k. Once again the homework packages sent home 2 weeks ago include the information and worksheets that pertain to this week and the upcoming 2 weeks on safety we will be discussing in class. This upcoming Friday we will focus on safety in the community.
Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you on Friday.
Keep in mind you can tell your friends that they have the option of signing up for both Winter and Spring sessions still or they can attend just the remaining winter term or just the spring session.  We do offer 1 FREE trial class. But spots are still limited so they must contact our office first.
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DramaWay talent extends far beyond the class room! Congrats Nicole Flynn

Hi everyone!

I’m delighted to share some news about one of our many DramaWay participants. Recently, I attended the World Premiere of a documentary about Nicole Flynn.

Recently, I was informed that her documentary I AM NOT INVISIBLE has been accepted into a second festival, and will be playing at the Belleville Downtown DocFest, which runs Feb. 28th-Mar. 2nd!

Notice on Facebook: on.fb.me/1f4HlIX

All details, including date and time of the screening, will be listed above or on the link below shortly!
Festival info can be found here: http://downtowndocfest.ca
Way to go Nicole and Erin!
You make our DramaWay family proud!

Latest Update/News from our Founder/Artistic Director Danielle Strnad via Video Message