DramaWay

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Month: April, 2016

Congrats to Becky Gold!

Our past Staff & Volunteer Becky Gold has received a SSHRC grant.

 

http://theatrefilm.ubc.ca/becky-gold-receives-sshrc-grant-for-research-on-theatre-practice-for-artists-with-down-syndrome/

SocialWorks Update April 26

Hello SocialWorks Families and Participants,

Last week the group, created visual and video resumes – which you hopefully saw upon take home!. I have created and cut of various words (and pictures) that would be included on a typical written resume to help our group thing through their hobbies, interests, work experience, school experience and the like for potential future interviews. Video resumes are also becoming increasingly popular in our digital age and will help us think through similar things in a different style. This activity was to get to know ourselves, our interests and express them on paper.
Once again the call for parent requests is being put out! If you would like us to cover a topic in class please e-mail us and let us know as soon as possible so we can formulate a lesson plan and gather materials to do so. We love parent feedback, and would like to ensure that we are doing things that would be valuable to your teen in class.  I will be sending out a private YouTube link soon will all our videos thus far!
We are looking now at Community Awareness and Stranger Danger.
Adina & The SocialWorks Team

Late Post- April 20th update for SocialWorks

Hello SocialWorks Families and Participants,

Last week the group, facilitators and volunteers were extremely thrilled with the work we had done in class. It seems like everyone has gotten over the winter-blues and came to class focuses, refreshed and ready to learn. We worked through the ways we must combine our verbal and non-verbal communication skills in successful question answering interview-style. After getting to know each other with personal interviews in a speed-friendship dating style activity, it was up to the group and the Body Language Police (everyone got the chance to play the serious and silly roles) to determine how ones interview could be improved via their body language, through s charade style activity – exemplifying what TO DO and what NOT TO DO when someone is interviewing you or asking your questions. In the end we facilitated and recorded a successful interview PSA, which will be up on our you tube channel soon. I will send out the link, please bare with me, as I am accessing it!
Our main take home points were to:
-speak clearly
-make good eye contact
-have good posture and an open body so people know you are interested in what you are saying and what they are saying
-be prepared
-be confident, there are (almost) no wrong answers when you are talking about yourself!
We were once again so proud of the dedication and focus we had last week, and hope to see the same great work tomorrowTomorrow, building off of the same line of work, we will create visual and video resumes. I have created and cut of various words (and pictures) that would be included on a typical written resume to help our group thing through their hobbies, interests, work experience, school experience and the like for potential future interviews. Video resumes are also becoming increasingly popular in our digital age and will help us think through similar things in a different style.
Once again the call for parent requests is being put out! If you would like us to cover a topic in class please e-mail us and let us know as soon as possible so we can formulate a lesson plan and gather materials to do so. We love parent feedback, and would like to ensure that we are doing things that would be valuable to your teen in class.
Adina & The SocialWorks Team

 

SocialWorks Update April 28, 2016

Hello SocialWorks Friends and Families,

Once again we’d like to apologize for the late updates, Adina is still in exam mode as she is finishing her Degree!
However, last week the group worked on non-verbal communication.
Last night they looked at how to combine verbal and non-verbal language when performing in an interview. Essentially the group is working on combining, verbal and non-verbal communication styles (that we have been looking at in the past week) with how to perform in a job interview or any form of interview with a person you may or may not know. They will work on communicating confidently both verbally and non-verbally, focusing particularly on eye contact. There will be some fun exercises sent home as well. 
 
Looking forward to seeing you all next week.
 
The SocialWorks Team 
 

Jenna appears in new book!

Hello DramaWay Families and Friends,
We just wanted to share some exciting news! Our beloved Jenna is published! She is featured on page 24 of a book called “Reasons to Smile – Celebrating People Living with Down Syndrome” which is now available to purchase on Amazon Canada! Here is the link https://www.amazon.ca/Reasons-Smile-Celebrating-People-Syndrome/dp/0764350404
We are all so proud of you Jenna! Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment!

DramaWorks Group A, Group B & Scarborough Performers take note

Hello All Group A, B & Scarbs Performers:

We need to take some photographs for the play at this week’s coming classes! If you can all please wear black tops and bottoms to next weeks rehearsals that would be very helpful! Any form of all Black is ideal!
Thanks and we will see you at class next week!

Click here to purchase your tickets today to our 2016 Showcase!

Our West End Showcase at Swansea Town Hall for DramaWorks West Performance is here. Click now to buy your ticket today:
 
To attend DramaWorks Group A, Group B or Scarborough Group shows and/or RhythmWorks Dance Performance, click here:

Attend our SingingWorks Vocalist Year End Showcase!

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ExpressionWorks Update

Dear Expressionworks Families and Friends,

We hope you are enjoying the Spring so far.  It’s only going to get warmer!

Tonight, ExpressionWorks prepares for the TTC through fun songs and
role-play.  We will also formalize our plan to board the TTC next Thursday,
May 5th.

The current plan for next Thursday is to ride north on the Yonge line, pick
up Petra and Anne at St. Clair Station, then continue onto Eglinton
Station.  There, we will explore the station, read signs, ask questions,
and even have the chance to purchase something small to practice our money
skills, before heading back to Birch for 8:30pm.

Please let me know if your son or daughter isn’t planning to attend this
excursion, so we can plan accordingly and ensure enough support.

If you would like to arrange a small amount (less than $10) for the trip,
please do.  A water-bottle or small snack is also a great idea!

Please note that TTC tokens will be supplied by DramaWay to everyone riding.

Please also pack your TTC Support Card, if you have one. Ideally, this is
worn on a lanyard so it doesn’t get misplaced.

On an unrelated to travel note, we are delighted to pass along news on behalf
of Roxie, new member of our ExpressionWorks Family. Her artwork is on
exhibit at the JCC in May!  Please see the poster attached, in case you can
attend and support her.  We wish her an incredible show!
Roxanne Art poster

SingingWorks Vocalists invite you to attend their upcoming Showcase at Swansea Town Hall!

Kindly click on the link below to see the poster with information for our upcoming SingingWorks Final Showcase of 2016! This will take place on May 12th at Swansea Town Hall in Council Chambers. Hope to see you all there!

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