The Dancing Barista Sam Forbes Shares the Spotlight on March 11th, 2016

by dramawayadmin

Toronto viral video star showcases other DramaWay Special Needs Performers during
Developmental Disability Awareness Month with Special Guest Jessi Cruickshank of Canada’s Smartest Person and Nominee for Best TV Host for the upcoming Canadian Screen Awards;Former DramaWay Staff member.

DramaWay is excited to start their celebration of the exceptional artistic achievements of Toronto’s special needs community early.

Friday, March 11th marks the starting of this wonderful upcoming celebration. DramaWays’ Annual Open Class Showcase will take place on May 26 & June 11, 2016. Leading up to these dates DramaWay is hosting a Kick-off event called Sharing The Spotlight features Sam Forbes “The Dancing Barista”. Recently, Forbes was catapulted to stardom with a viral video that had over 66 million views. This led to an appearance on The Ellen Show. We know people are inspired by how this young man with autism has learned to thrive so beautifully, but it’s no surprise to us: we at DramaWay have had the opportunity to work with him for several years through our creative arts programs. Sam is part of a community of special needs actors of all abilities, and we’d like to show you more of this talent. In honour of March being Developmental Disability Awareness Month, we’ve put together an event where the public can meet these unique and expressive performers.

DramaWay will film Sam Co-Hosting an Intimate Round Table Discussion about Performing, Acting and Disability PRIVATELY which will then be released online at a later date. Look out for this video to be released on DramaWay’s YouTube page where you’ll get to watch him introduce  and interview his fellow actors, alongside well-known Jessi Cruickshank, now host of Canada’s Smartest Person on CBC and former DramaWay Instructor. Confirmed performers who will also appear in this video include Nicholas Herd (from Judith Thompson’s RARE), Victor Peirera, Dariush Yan Zarrabi and Jessica Rotolo (from TIFF award winner The Rainbow Kid by Kire Paputts).

The larger DramaWay community will join Sam and Jessi for a short LIVE Meet & Greet from 7:15-8 pm for an Autograph signing and photo shoot in support of the arts and inclusion on Friday, March 11, 2016.

Location: Swansea Town Hall Community Centre; 95 Lavinia Road, Toronto
7:15 – 8 pm., in Rousseau Room; Main Floor (Open to members of the Media & the Public)
This event is only open to DramaWay members and the Public from 7:15 – 8 pm. Pay What You Can!

Then make sure your family and friends stay on board for our other two future presentations starting up again on Thursday, May 26, 2016 where DramaWay’s DramaWorks West group presents their uniquely adapted theatrical production Break Free!
Location: Swansea Town Hall Community Centre; 95 Lavinia Road, Toronto.
The show begins at 5:00 p.m., in Rousseau Room; Tickets are $20 each. Tickets can be purchased online after Apr 1st.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Three DramaWorks groups take the stage to showcase their uniquely adapted theatrical productions Break Free. Inside Me, a diverse set of choreographies, will also be performed by DramaWay’s RhythmWorks dance troupes.
Location: Papermill Theatre; 67 Pottery Road, Toronto.
Shows: Break Free performed by three DramaWorks Groups & Inside Me by RhythmWorks Dance Troupes.
Tickets are $20 for Break Free Shows & $10 for Inside me. Tickets can be purchased online after April 1st.

For More Information: Please call (416) 614-1078 or


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