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Casting Opportunity from Pixcom Productions



Hi Everyone


We received this email and thought we’d share it with all of you.

From: Harriet Luke <hluke@pixcom.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 12:01 PM
Subject: Pixcom Productions – Development/Casting
Cc: Taeo Soleil Levine <taeolevine1@gmail.com>

I just wanted to follow up on our conversation re: the show we have in development right now with CBC, that you might be able to help us with!

Just to recap the series will feature a group of individuals with disabilities who are super eager to get a job in the restaurant industry, but have struggled to do so. They will be put through a training course with a top head chef in order to learn the skills needed to work in a restaurant and set them up to enter the workforce!

We are looking to cast people with a wide rage of disabilities, ideally people who are starting out in their careers (18 –  25  years old). We are looking for people who have a positive attitude, an outgoing personality, and who would be capable of working long days and can communicate effectively. They can be located anywhere across the county.

Any leads would be greatly appreciated! At this stage we are just looking to speak with people on the phone and do Skype interviews. Taeo, cc’ed here is heading up the trainee casting, and will be in touch as well.

Look forward to hearing from you and don’t hesitate to give me a call if you have any questions!

Chat soon,


Harriet Luke

Development Supervisor
Pixcom Productions
C: 647 830 9095



Jessi Cruickshank and the Hosts of CBC The Goods show has invited some of our DramaWay performers to take part in their show! The show will air on Feb 24th and we look forward to sharing these details with all of you.


Anyone who wants to be part of the live taping on Thursday, January 26th is welcome to contact our office as we have up to 40 free seats available. Those who will be in the audience will need to arrive for 2:30 pm and the taping is from 3-6 pm at 25 John Street.


Email us for details dramawayoffice@gmail.com before January 20th/2017.



Programming Dates for DramaWay – 2017 Winter & Spring Terms

happy-holidays-from-dramaway-2016PROGRAMMING DATES 2017

 Please reserve all rehearsal and showcase dates and look for more details to come in the New Year.

  • We also request that all participants wear deodorant and bring indoor shoes and water.
  • Please be advised that we have staff and participants with severe allergies, therefore we ask that you help us strive to maintain a scent free environment and avoid wearing cologne or perfume and scented creams.
  • Those attending programs 2-hours or more are encouraged to bring a nut-free snack as well.



Fall Break: No class October 10th, 2017

Winter/Spring Term: Mondays, January 9th – April 24th, 2017

Winter & Spring Break: No class February 20th, March 13th or April 17th, 2017

  • Annual Open Class Showcase is scheduled to take place onsite April 3rd & 10th, 2017
  • Final In-Class Celebration & Certificate Distribution to take place onsite on April 24th, 2017


DRAMAWORKS GROUP A 5-6:30 pm & DRAMAWORKS GROUP B: 6:45 – 8:15 pm

Winter Term: Tuesdays, January 17th – March 7th, 2017

March Break: No Classes March 14th & 21st, 2017 (2-week break)

Spring Term: Tuesdays, March 28th – June 6th, 2017

  • Dress Rehearsal is scheduled to take place offsite at Papermill Theatre on June 13th, 2017
  • Annual Theatre Open Class Showcase is scheduled to take place offsite on June 17th, 2017



Winter Term: Wednesdays, January 18thMarch 8th, 2017

March Break: No Class March 15th & 22nd, 2017 (2-week break)

Spring Term: Wednesdays, March 29th – June 7th, 2017

Spring Break: No class April 26th, 2017

  • Dress Rehearsal is scheduled to take place offsite at Papermill Theatre on June 14th, 2017
  • Annual Open Class Showcase is scheduled to take place offsite at Papermill on June 17th



Winter Term: Mondays, January 9th to March 27th, 2017

Winter Break: No class February 20th or March 13th, 2017

  • Final Open Class to be held onsite the final class of the Winter Term




Winter Term: Wednesdays, January 4th – March 29th, 2017

March Break: No class March 15th or 22rd, 2017

  • Spring Term: Wednesdays, April 19th to June 14th, 2017

Spring Break: No class May 18, 2017

  • Final Open Class showcase to be held onsite on June 21st, 2017



SINGINGWORKS: 3:45-4:45 pm

Winter Term: Thursdays, January 12thMarch 9th, 2017

March Break: No Class on March 16th, 2017 (1-week break)

Spring Term: Thursdays, March 23rdMay 11th, 2017

  • West End SingingWorks Open Class Showcase is scheduled to take place onsite on May 11th, 2017



Winter Term: Thursdays, January 19thMarch 2nd, 2017

March Break: No Class on March 16th or March 23rd, 2017 (2-week break)

Spring Term: Thursdays, March 30th – June 8th, 2017

Spring Break: No class on April 27th, 2017 (1 week break)

  • Dress Rehearsal will be held offsite at Papermill Theatre on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
  • Annual Theatre Open Class Showcase is scheduled to take place offsite at Papermill Theatre on June 17th, 2017



Winter Term: Thursdays, January 19thMarch 9th, 2017

March Break: No Classes March 16th & 23rd, 2017 (2-week break)

Spring Term: Thursdays, March 30th June 1st, 2017

  • Annual Dance Showcase to be held at Swansea Town Hall Community Centre on Saturday, June 10th, 2017.


RHYTHMWORKS WEST; 2:45 – 3:45 pm

Break: No class October 8th, 2016 (Thanksgiving)

Winter Term: Saturdays, January 7th – March 4th, 2017

Break: No Classes on March 11th or March 18th, 2017

Spring Term Saturdays, April 1stJune 3rd, 2017

Break: No Class on March 25th or May 20th, 2017 (Holidays)

  • Annual Dance Showcase to be held at Swansea Town Hall Community Centre on Saturday, June 10th, 2017.


EXPRESSIONWORKS (Includes Leadership & Self-Advocacy + Creative-Hour Program): Thursdays, 6:30-8:45 pm

ExpressionWorks Thursday Nights Creative-Hour after Leadership Hour – Schedule Winter/Spring Overview:

Express your creative self in these ExpressionWorks Art-Hour Sessions after Leadership-Hour Term 2 & 3

  1. Groove Dance (January 12, 19)
  2. Musical Theatre (January 26,February 2)
  3. Storytelling (February 9, 16)
  4. Clown & Comedy (February 23,March 2nd)
  5. Crafty Arts & Puppetry [Break] (March 16 & 23)
  6. Musical Theatre (March 30, April 6)
  7. Storytelling (April 13, 20)
  8. Independent Living Skills (April 27, *May 4)
  9. *Special 2-hour out-in-the-community session (6:30-8:30pm)
  10. Photography & Art (May 11, 18, 25)
  11. Final Open Class (June 1, 2017)

ExpressionWorks members, families and friends are invited to attend our Open Class on Thursday, June 1st 7:15-8:15 pm. Participants arrive regular class time 6:30 pm




Winter Term: Saturdays, January 7 – March 4, 2017

Break: No class February 8, 2017
Spring Term: Saturdays, March 25 – June 24, 2017 

Break: No class on April 15 or May 20, 2017

  • Open Class Showcase for family and friends will be held onsite on June 24, 2017


It’s that time of year again folks.

The Holiday Season is a time when most like to give back to the community. Please consider putting some of that good cheer and generosity to a project close to home!

My company @DramaWay has launched our yearly @Indiegogo campaign. Funds raised will go towards our many costs for our upcoming Showcase/production which will feature over 100 performers of #AllAbilities. Any little bit you can donate will help us tremendously. It only takes a minute to watch our campaign video and hear from our #performers themselves.

As our performers say “when you donate – we create”.

Special mention to the talented @AdinaIsaacs for the coordinating, filming of this footage and helping with the technical aspects of this campaign.

Additional Shout out to @AlyshaMae and @YankoYankov & @MilaShu for additional footage and support.
@OrinIsaacs for music support

We credit all of our wonderful performers for supporting and helping to make this their campaign with their own words!

Thanks to all who help us spread the word. For those who live out of town or can’t attend our showcase this is perfect way to show your support. I encourage everyone to share even if you can’t donate …maybe someone you know can!

Thanks and Happy Holidays from our DramaWay family to yours.


Our Actors make a difference in the Community!

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Lindsey Chalmers has been a member of DramaWay for years.  As we enter our campaign season, we’d like to highlight her as one of our outstanding Performers. For those of you who don’t know Lindsey check out all she has accomplished to date.  She’s a stellar lady!

Lindsey has always been an avid athlete beginning with the Caledon Cougars Basketball Team when she was a youngster. In 2007 Lindsey moved with her family to Etobicoke and immediately joined the Etobicoke Stingers Special Olympics Basketball Team and the Etobicoke Eagles Baseball Team. She has participated in countless tournaments throughout these years and has always enjoyed and been proud of the camaraderie and team spirit that these two teams have exuded.


Lindsey graduated from Heydon Park S.S. in June 2013 and was presented with the Edith L. Groves Award for the student demonstrating Determination, Self-Advocacy and Compassion throughout her high school career. She then attended Humber College for two years in the Community Integration Through Co-Operative Education Program followed by one year in The Culinary Skills Program sponsored by Christian Horizons and Humber College.


Lindsey has also had a passion for the arts all her life, beginning with music lessons through the Humber College Community Music Program. She has been part of the Theatre Orangeville Youth Program, DramaWay’s DramaWorks and RhythmWorks Programs at Swansea Town Hall and Centauri Summer Music Theatre Dance Camp where she trained in Hip Hop, musical theatre, ballroom and breakdancing. Besides attending countless musicals over the years, in May 2012, Lindsey acted in a Clearwater Theatre Company production of Seussical the Musical at the Meadowvale Theatre. In 2014, Lindsey was part of a cast of 5 actors with disabilities in a play called Wolf Sounds that ran for two weeks at The Box Theatre in Toronto.


In 2013, Lindsey participated in the Mentorship in Motion project where she created an original painting that has been displayed in art exhibits in Toronto, including at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg.


In 2015 Lindsey participated in the Disability/Visability Photography Project held at the Jewish Community Centre in Toronto and her photograph was displayed in their gallery this past February.


Lindsey just got hired this fall by McDonald’s Restaurant and is so excited to start her first paying job using the skills she has acquired through her culinary program.

The Rainbow Kid is now available on iTunes!

Hey Everybody,

The Rainbow Kid is now on iTunes Canada. As you may know, some of our DramaWay actors appear in this film. This is a wonderful chance to share this unique film with everybody. Please feel free to spread the word and share it with anybody and everybody. It will be available on US iTunes next month.



Last Tango Productions – Opportunity for Performers

For any performers interested in being represented… our friend Doris Powers shared this info about a company called Last Tango Productions.
We ourselves are not familiar with this company, however, she tells us that her son Mickey Power wants to recommend us to Yvonne Valnea, President of Last Tango Productions. This is a publicity &  company offering marketing support in all areas of the music industry with a particular focus on national publicity & radio tracking. Last Tango Productions has been nominated best publicity and/or radio promotions company for five consecutive years at the Canadian Music Week industry awards. Yvonne Valnea has contributed her many years of experience in the music industry as a respected juror for the Juno Awards, Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, FACTOR, and the Havelock Country Music Showdown. In 2008, she was the first radio promotions person to contribute a column to the music industry magazine FYI, and was the featured radio tracker panelist for events such as Canadian Music Week, Country Music Week, the Ontario Country Music Association, FACTOR, and the Canadian Urban Music Conference.
Yvonne Valnea, Suite 6273, 2100 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario,
Last Tango offers full service promotions across the country including national media coverage, commercial and non-commercial radio tracking, tour support and more. Highly respected in the music industry with numerous nominations and invitations as juror and industry panelist, Last Tango offers affordable yet outstanding exposure for artists and projects at all levels in all genres.

You are invited to take part in Interviews about your DramaWay experiences!


You’re Invited!


Seeking past and present DramaWay performers, staff, and volunteers to participate in interviews about their time and experiences with DramaWay.


Dear past and present DramaWay performers, staff, and volunteers,


My name is Becky Gold and I am a former DramaWay staff member/volunteer. I am currently a second year Master’s student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. My research focuses on theatre and disability. For my thesis, I’ve decided to write about DramaWay and plan to explore DramaWay’s history, artistic practices and acknowledge the company’s contribution to Canadian disability theatre.


From October 25-27th, I will be visiting DramaWorks classes at Birch, Scarborough and Swansea, to speak to your class about my project and invite to you participate in interviews in mid-November. There will be no pressure to participate from either Danielle or myself. Participating in these interviews will be entirely voluntary.


I will be handing out consent forms for interested participants to sign and return the following week either in class, or they can be sent to me directly in the pre-addressed, stamped envelope that will be provided.


For any former DramaWay performers or facilitators that would be interested in scheduling an interview but are no longer attending classes, please feel free to send me an email at beckylgold@alumni.ubc.ca, and I will send you a consent form to complete and email back to me.


I look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks!


-Becky Gold



Film about Inclusive Hiring

Hi Everyone

My friend Bandy Yanchyk is a well known Film Maker and Producer and I am excited to share an excited opportunity she told us about. We are  really hoping that you can attend or at least encourage others to go to the screening of her new documentary “Employment Matters” about inclusive hiring which is screening at 10am on Friday, October 14th at the Commffest Global Community Film Festival in Toronto’s St. Lawrence market at the Imagine Cinemas (formerly Rainbow) at 80 Front East Toronto.

“Employment Matters” is a documentary that explores the untapped market and huge potential of the intellectually disabled in the workplace. The documentary was originally made for CBC in 2015.

There will be a discussion after the documentary about inclusive hiring. There will be a Q&A with

Brandy the filmmaker and Ann Marie Mac Dougall, President at LeaderBoom Inc. will also be part of a discussion moderated by  Dini Petty, Professional Broadcaster.

If you know someone else who should be on the panel please let  Brandy know.

We  have attached posters for the screening of my documentary “Employment Matters”. Please

them advertise the event to anyone who you think would want to see a film and discussion about inclusive hiring for people with intellectual disabilities.

Here is a link to see the promo for Employment Matters: https://vimeo.com/132354432

Here is the page with the characters: http://employmentmatterstoo.com/characters

You can purchase tickets at the door or online here: http://www.commffest.com/content/conference-talk-series

We are posting on social media so if you use Twitter, please retweet our posts about the screening.

Her social media accounts are:

Twitter: @brandyyanchyk https://twitter.com/brandyyanchyk

Facebook: /brandy.yanchyk

Instagram: brandy_y_productions

LinkedIn: /brandyyanchyk

GooglePlus: https://plus.google.com/115453134927009942367

Best Wishes


Brandy Y Productions Inc.
Cell: 780 935 9185
Office: 780 454 3889
Email: brandy@brandyyproductions.com
Website: www.BrandyYproductions.com

“The Working Originals” is now online with TELUS Optik Local.

Here is the promo: https://vimeo.com/132055871

Here is the website: http://www.theworkingoriginals.com

Here is the link to watch the series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuj3rWl-eKLE7NPw2ThZRf6Z-OhXlnwnu

“The Working Originals” tells the stories of individuals with intellectualdisabilities and how getting a job is changing their lives.

The Working Originals is made possible with a grant from TELUS Optik Local Community Programming and is available for free on demand on TELUS Optik TV.