DramaWay updates and the lastest news!

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The Q & A from I Am Not Invisible‘s screening at the Belleville Downtown DocFest is now available to view!  http://vimeo.com/88608714 Also, in support of Nicole Flynn and her wonderful documentary, please continue to SPREAD THE WORD about our next showing of the film as part of DSAT’s World Down Syndrome Day celebrations at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto.  Tickets are only $15 for adults and all children as well those with Down Syndrome of any age are free.  This is a fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto. Sadly, DramaWay will be at another event supporting World Down Syndrome Day as we were invited to showcase our work with Circle 21.  Sadly the events are happening on the same day, so we had to choose which event to support. If you want to attend the above event, here is the link:  http://www.dsat.ca/easyblog/entry/join-us-for-world-down-syndrome-day-march-21st-2014


If you’d like to attend the Circle 21 event we’d be honoured to have your support.  We are delighted and honoured to take part in the event where we will showcase 2 videos that capture the human spirit and the power of inner strength. These videos were created and produced this year by our talented performers of DramaWays’ MovieWorks program in collaboration with local Songwriter and Musician Lara Martin, Filmmaker Lizz Hodgson of LA Hodgson Photography, Poet & Actress Nicole Flynn and supported by our DramaWay Facilitators Alanna Balicki and Brooke Banning. Click here http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/celebrate-world-down-syndrome-day-2014-in-toronto-tickets-10791610999?aff=eivtefrnd to read more about the event, or just read below:

Circle 21 Coordinates our 3rd Annual Celebration of World Down Syndrome Day with an Inspiring and ‘from the heart’ Evening Event in Toronto.
Join us on Friday March 21st, 2014 between 6:30pm and 10:00pm at Artscape Wychwood Barn’s Covered Barn #2 in Toronto (601 Christie Street, near Bathurst and St. Clair).
Circle 21 is delighted to again host this annual event which will attract individuals with Down syndrome, their extended family and friends, the medical community, educators and supporters. Creating a more connected community is one of Circle 21’s core areas of focus and we are pleased to have representatives from organizations that support Down syndrome including Special Olympics, DramaWay, Sol Express along with other leading organizations. This event is geared for people over the age of 14 and will showcase the abilities and accomplishments of persons with Down syndrome.
Back by popular demand, Derek Macleod will be the Master of Ceremonies and will lead us through an evening that will include:

  • A cocktail reception, with refreshments by Lemon & Allspice, a caterer employing individuals with Down syndrome
  • a silent auction (artwork, our community’s time and talents and more)
  • launch of a book by Circle 21 and Trina Hoadley Photography titled “Down Syndrome:  A Whole New World of Perfect” featuring Circle 21 families
  • special announcements that speak to the Medical Community’s leadership in providing enhanced services to people with Down syndrome
  • screenings of inspirational film shorts
  • guest speakers from the community.

Don’t miss this incredible event.  Last year we sold out!  Tickets are limited.


DramaWay Summer Camp in Mississauga?

As some of you may have heard, we were very eager to start up a summer camp for 1 week this coming summer of 2014. However, there has not been enough interest to make it worthwhile sadly. Instead, we’d like you to keep your eyes open, as our plan is to hopefully offer something next year during the Holidays and or March Break if the interest is there. Thanks for your patience and we look forward to hearing your interest in this regard.




DramaWay Volunteer Kire Paputts is making history! Let’s help make his dream come true!

As you’ve heard our friend and long time volunteer Kire Paputts, is a Toronto Filmmaker who is working on a wonderful project called The Rainbow Kid.  We are hoping you’ll consider supporting his campaign, which will ultimately help make a name in the Canadian film industry for individuals with special needs. You likely recall, Kire involved some of our DramaWay actors in the initial film which was a highlight for us all. Here’s a synopsis of his film:

A gritty coming-of-age story about a teenager with Down syndrome, The Rainbow Kid follows Eugene whose obsession with rainbows acts as an escape from his real life, which is a mess: he’s bullied at school, the girl he likes doesn’t notice him, and his mother is terminally ill. Worse, he discovers that he and his mom are on the verge of being evicted. When Eugene decides to take matters into his own hands and decides to set out on his own to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, The Rainbow Kid takes audiences on an unconventional journey rarely seen in Canadian filmmaking.

More info can be found at www.therainbowkid.com


They are really trying to do something different. When more mainstream films showcase actors with special needs they tend to present the content through a sympathetic lens or handle it with kid gloves, but they are not interested in that. This isn’t going to be an episode of Life Goes On, it’s going to be for a mature audience, filled with adult subject matter. Their goal is to break down barriers and go against stereotypes. They want to help shift some of the perceptions that are out there now.  


Kire made a short version of it in 2012 called Rainbow Connection and now it’s time to do the feature. It’s been in development since 2011, but now they’re finally ready to make it a reality. They have been fortunate enough to receive two grants from the Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, but they are still short on funds. 


Through Kickstarter they are aiming to raise $200,000. That’s a lot of money, but movies cost money and they want to make the best film possible. However, they only have 30 days to raise the needed funds. It’s all or nothing, so they really need all the help we can get.


So, how can you help?


Financial Donation: Through Kickstarter you will be able to donate funds to this exciting and unique film. They also have some great perks that we’ll be giving away with each donation. If you’re able to donate great! Just click on the link below.





Services Donation: They are also seeking donated services. Whether you can help with film equipment, postproduction, locations, craft service, accommodations, or legal, it all goes a long way for us. If you think you can help out in one of these areas give Kire a shout.


If we’re successful in reaching our goal, this project will be the second largest fully funded Canadian film on Kickstarter. However, it’s going to take a lot of work to get there. This is Kire’s full time job for the next month, but he can’t do it alone. We need this project to go viral. He’s going to be blogging, maximizing social media, and updating the Kickstarter campaign page regularly. When he does, it would be great if you all could share and like these updates on Facebook, retweet them on Twitter, and just spread it by word of mouth. It will be greatly appreciated.  

All the best Kire, and DramaWay supports this worthy project.

ActingWorks March Break Program was a big success!  Guest Artists make a visit to our performers!

We were delighted to have a visit from Christopher Mio, Stevie Jay and Ross Slaughter. We spoke with them first-hand about acting, directing and the industry as a whole. We got career tips, audition tips… you name it. We had a blast. Here’s some more info on the artists who visited.



Christopher is a two-time grad from the University of Windsor, and holds Baccalaureates in both Theatre and Education. Christopher is an active member of the community and volunteers with students with special needs and in a local kindergarten classroom. His passions include theatre, film, visual arts, creative writing, cooking, eating, not cleaning, exploring, and naps.  Christopher also works in children’s theatre, and has toured all over the country with mega-stars like Barney the Dinosaur, Thomas and Friends, and Bob the Builder.  Christopher is proud to be associated with DramaWay!


DramaWay members invited to attend two free workshops at an upcoming festival. 


Tangled Art Festival is offering two free workshops that DramaWay members may be interested in attending. The first is an artist talk/workshop on the history of the Krip-Hop movement (hip-hop artists with disabilities) and the second is Green Screening with NYC’s Split Britches (http://tangledarts.org/2014-tangled-arts-festival/green-screening/). Check out the link if you’d like to attend. Space is limited.