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Month: February, 2015

Rehearsal & Performance for 2015 Performers

A reminder the rehearsal and performance schedule for this year’s 2015 production is up on our website. Below you will find the link leading you to this information. Please note, unlike last year’s production and rehearsal’s this year’s will not be on a weekend, but during the week!

Here is the link to important and updated information on DramaWorks and RhythmWorks rehearsal’s and production: http://dramaway.com/dramaway/annual-multi-arts-showcase/performer-2


Poster for our #DramaWay2015 Annual Multi Arts Open Class Showcase

Feel free to share this poster around on Social Media or Facebook and email. Take note, we kindly ask no other comments are mentioned about the type of show we are doing. We’d like to keep this a surprise this year for the audience members, so we’d only like and permit information as listed in our poster to be shared. Feel free of course to talk up and mention that you/your child is performing in the showcase too, but simply offer only the information on the poster and nothing more. We will aim to get our Eventbrite page up and working fairly soon.
Thanks for your patience and let’s work hard to get the seats filled despite the shows being on a week night. Perhaps this will bring in a new crowd and even some school aged children can attend, as it’s definitely PG content.


Credit to Scott Murray of SJM Studios who developed and created this poster in consultation with our Artistic Director & Founder

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Friends & Educators

We have been asked to share this.


Dear Friends & Educators
We would be grateful if you would consider lending your support to a group that is advocating to fix some problems with TDSB Special Education.

Please click on : http://dontmesswithspecialed.com/

There is a petition ‘button’ which asks education leaders to address some critical issues in a constructive manner.

Feel free to spread the word with your GTA friends. Education professionals can also show their support – anonymously.

Thank you,

Our Apologies

We apologize for any delays in our Blog Posts. Our Director & Founder had some water damage to her home recently due to frozen pipes, so our office has been in quite a state. We appreciate your patience during this trying time. We will continue to attend to all matters pertaining to the business as best we can, despite the recent challenges.

Thanking you again for your patience.

Please note everyone went home this week with the Production Dates and Rehearsal Dates, please ensure those are listed in your calendar and stay tuned for all other details.


Wishing you all a Happy Upcoming Valentines Day!

As the Founder & Artistic Director of DramaWay I extend greetings for this upcoming Valentines Day! As everyone thinks about romance and love this fine winter weekend, I want to express how my heart is often warmed by the talent and beauty of each performer myself and our team of talented staff and dedicated volunteers get to work with every week.  Thank you for being part of our DramaWay family. To all those who support us, whether you be a Caregiver, Family Member, Service Provider or Business Owner… I and my DramaWay team are grateful for all that you do and we send our love to each and every one of you.


Happy Valentines!Wilma BirdMay the Spring soon be upon us and our hearts be uplifted by the site of sweet birds such as a Blue Jay.  Photo credit to Kathy Flagler. Photo above of one of our wonderful DramaWorks West Performers Maxine Macrea in our past production.

Call for Workshop Participants – FREE opportunity for interested performers of ALL abilities ages 18 & up

DramaWay was made aware of this opportunity and it’s amazing that a company can offer something like this for free, so we thought we’d share the news. If any of our performers are interested we encourage you to check it out.



Call For Workshop Participants:

This March, Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage will present Disabled Theater, created by French
choreographer Jérôme Bel with Switzerland’s Theater HORA. In partnership with World Stage, Theater
HORA will host a unique 5-day workshop and theatre creation lab open to local performers with
developmental/intellectual disabilities (actors, dancers, singers, musicians) to work collaboratively with
Theater HORA company members.

Under the direction of Theater HORA’s artistic director, Michael Elber, the workshop will use improvisation
and theatre games to create new work with participants. Working primarily without talking, participants
will get a taste of Theater HORA’s creation process through demonstration and active contribution.
Theater HORA is also excited for an exchange of information and techniques between Theater HORA
and the workshop participants, and will encourage participants to share any of their own established
practices or knowledge. Held around the world, the workshops create a network of artists in the field of
inclusive theatre and performance who are interested in an exchange of artistic concepts and ways of
working. Over the five days, in-process works created during the workshop will be shown to the invited
public through informal presentations.

The workshop is FREE. To apply, send a brief description of your performance background and
experience, and an explanation of why you’d like to take the workshop, to Ara Glenn-
Johanson at aglennjohanson@gmail.com. A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted.
The workshop will run March 19-23 from 9:30am-4pm, location TBD but in the downtown core of
Toronto. Participants are expected to attend all of the workshop days. Participants should be
accompanied by a support person, and will need to arrange their own transportation and lunches.
To apply or for more information please contact Ara Glenn-Johanson
at aglennjohanson@gmail.com. Emailed applications must be received by Feb 20.
*Please note that artists with physical disabilities are not the target participants for this workshop.*
*This workshop is for adults only. Ages 18 and up.*

About Theater HORA

Founded in 1993 in Zürich, the intention of Theater HORA is to support and promote the creative and
artistic development of people with intellectual disabilities. It is essential that they can express
themselves as individuals. HORA believes that people with intellectual disabilities possess unique talents
and creativity enabling them to make an important cultural and social contribution to our society. It is the
aim of all the activities of Theater HORA to establish this view in the public opinion.
About Ara Glenn-Johanson

Ara has spent many years working with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in both
artistic and non-artistic settings. She wrote her master’s thesis on disability, impulse, and
interdependence in performance. Ara is a performer/choreographer and creator of contemporary
performance works. She has performed for the American Repertory Theater, the Magic Theater, Erika
Chong Shuch Performance Project, and Epiphany Sonic Dance Theatre, among many others. Her works
have been presented in NYC, San Francisco, Boston, San Diego, and Toronto at venues including ODC
Theater, Mobius, CounterPULSE, and SOMArts.

About World Stage
Since 1986, World Stage has evolved into Canada’s most diverse season-length international
contemporary performance series. Every year, Harbourfront Centre brings innovative and
groundbreaking performance leaders from both the international and local arts community to World
Stage. Committed to bold curation and audience accessibility, World Stage programming continues to
foster opportunities for cultural development and the artistic exchange of ideas. Following last year’s Dora
Mavor Moore Award-winning season, World Stage 2015 features nine groundbreaking international
contemporary performance works, welcoming artists and productions from England, France, Switzerland,
Australia, Belgium, United States and Canada. One of those productions is Disabled Theater, by Jérôme
Bel & Theater HORA, which has four performances from March 25-28 at Harbourfront Centre.

Class Still on today Feb 11, 2015 drive safe.

May Chook – Jazz & Improvising Vocalist joins SingingWorks February 12th as Special Guest Artist

May Chook is a jazz and improvising vocalist, community artist, and arts event organizer based in Toronto. Born in Malaysia, she came to Canada to study with a full scholarship and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University. She has also received training in safe space facilitation. Having been making music for over 10 years, she currently focuses on leading community music workshops and projects with underserved communities. Her works encourage creative expressions and she advocates accessibility to the arts. Some of the arts organization that she has worked with are Arts for Children and Youth, Artscape Youngplace, North York Arts, Association of Improvising Musicians in Toronto (AIMT), and Big Bam Boom Youth-Led Arts Festival.

May chook

Photo credit to Andrew Obtinalla

SocialWorks Update Feb 10, 2015

Hello Everyone,

Adina would like to thank you for all your warm wishes and support on her upcoming trip to Germany! Although this past Friday was her official last day as a Facilitator of SocialWorks, our staff would like to invite families and friends to join us at St. Marks for the last 30mins (7:30 – 8 pm) of class on February 20th for our official ABILITY Bracelet product reveal!

This past Friday, the group enjoyed an excellent outing at South Common Mall, practicing our social and money management skills – as well as community safety and hygiene skills. We were even given free cookies from Sweet Rosie’s Cookies as a treat! Pictures to follow!

Once again, to ease the transition and stay up to day with our classes on a weekly basis please follow DramaWay on Facebook as well as our Blog on the DramaWay website

As you already know, Emily Marino will now be our Head Facilitator assisted by Madison Burrell and our wonderful team of commmitted volunteers. We have 3 new volunteers to our team who have recently joined. Gajun a recent grad from the University of Ottawa, Victoria a program assistant from Erinoakkids, and Carrie another volunteer from Erinoakkids!

We look forward to this weeks class, but we also invite you to join us in class on the 20th!

Please don’t hesitate to contact our office or our Head Facilitator if you have any questions.


Dollarama visit

fatima with purchases


Gagan and group



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jenna and money

Jenna eating

Jenna with money



Matt and friends

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Volunteers with group ordering

Parents & Caregivers information we wanted to share with you – FREE

Hello parents & caregivers, We have exciting news.
Starting Monday, February 9, 2015 the MukiBaum Accessibility Foundation will be offering a parent & caregiver support connection program. This is an opportunity to sit down once a week for complimentary coffee or tea and meet with with other parents/caregivers who have children with special needs and are going through similar situations. It is a great opportunity for networking, meeting new friends, and connecting with old ones. This program is free of charge. It will be held Mondays from 10:00am to 12:00pm at 401 Magnetic Drive, Unit 25.
If you’d like more information please contact Talia at 416-661-8222 ext. 223 or talia@mukibaumfoundation.com