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Community Event – some DramaWay Performers to be spotlighted! Come out and Support Motionball.

Please read the attached document for details.

Hope to see you at this wonderful event!


MotionalBall Event


Artists with Disabilities – Invitation!

Hello Friends,

We are sharing this on behalf of our volunteer  & Support Staff Zoe Stark.

She recently become acquainted with a wonderful organization that is holding an event in Toronto in May. They have asked her to help them find artists to round out their collection in order to represent different demographics and communities. She is reaching out to DramaWay in hopes that some of our Artists or someone that you are in contact with, knows of any artists with a disability who would like to get their art out and seen, and also make a little cash!

If you are interested, please, please e-mail Zoe as soon as possible (they are in a bit of a time-crunch), even more preferable email her and attach a picture of an art piece/pieces the Artist has created and is willing to sell.

A bit about Time Raiser:

“Timeraiser150 is a Canada 150 Signature Project supporting emerging Canadian artists and nonprofit organizations.  10 Timeraiser150 parties in 10 provinces allow Canadians to bid on original art by investing volunteer time, not dollars, to causes they care about.  Each Timeraiser150 pulls out all the stops to throw a great party – from live performances to delicious local food and drink. Timeraiser is truly a celebration of creativity and community! Artists are paid for their work, nonprofits find skilled volunteers, Canadians find meaningful volunteer opportunities.

Learn a bit more:



This is a pretty fabulous opportunity that we are happy to share. Please feel free to pass this e-mail along to anyone who may be able to help!

(416)-319-8478 Zoe Stark


SocialWorks back in Action January 4th/2017

Hello SocialWorks Families,

We look forward to having everyone back at SocialWorks tomorrow between 6:15-8:15pm at the Sheridan Centre!
In the fall term overall we covered many topics dealing with personal and interpersonal communication, we looked at things such as:
  • Recognizing good and bad friendships
  • Understanding who we are, and self-affirmation
  • Self-advocacy, being able to speak up and tell people what we want and how we fell
  • Understanding qualities of healthy relationships and people who make us feel safe and or unsafe
  • Conversations, how to continue conversations, how to insert ourselves into conversations
  • Having disagreement and discussions, understanding and processing the word “no” as not always a negative or an attack, but a response that can be explored through a discussion
We would love to hear more feedback from the parents. What are the goals and areas you are looking to approach or start approaching in the upcoming future for your child? What are some of their personal or educational goals that we can maybe explore in class. As many of our clients have been coming back year after year we want to keep it as fresh and as personal as possible, really gearing it and tailoring it to everyone’s needs as much as possible. If you would like it to be a more quality-respite social group, with more games and opportunities to interact and hang out we can definitely work some of that in either allotting time on a weekly basis during program or dedicating once a month to a more social-teen group.
Things we have covered in the past include:
  • Personal hygiene
  • Understanding authority and respect
  • Etiquette
  • Job Interviews and Resumes
  • Community, School and Home Safety
  • Money Smarts (Shopping, Every day use of money)
  • Healthy eating and smart lifestyle choices
  • Cyber & cell-phone safety
We plan on moving forward with these in the winter and spring, but if there is something you’d like us to target specifically for your child – it’s likely if it’s a target for someone it’s just as important for the other, so feel free to share that with me and we will try our best to make it happen!
If you have any other ideas as to how you would like the class to continue or develop feel free to share them with us at any time, we always encourage feedback.We will move forward with 6:15-8:15 for the rest of the year.
Thank you so much for your support, and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
Adina & The SocialWorks Team

SingingWorks Group invited to perform at St. Olave’s Anglican Church on Sunday November 29th! Save the date.

DramaWay SingingWorks Vocalists
perform at
St. Olave’s Anglican Church

We are excited to announce that we have had a request by St. Olaves Church to have our SingingWorks Vocalists perform at their “Christmas Lights” event.
Here are the details:

Sunday, November 29th, at 5:00 pm – “Christmas Lights” – Featuring music, songs and entertainment.

At: St. Olave’s Anglican Church
360 Windermere Avenue, Toronto (1/2 block south of Bloor West)
Parish Hall

The event starts with a Evensong service in the church at 4:00 pm, followed by tea and treats and then the entertainment, at 5:00 pm. The entertainment features festive music, poetry and readings from members of the parish and community groups and is non-spiritual in nature.

The atmosphere is informal and families and friends of those performing are most welcome to attend. There is no admission fee (just a goodwill basket).

Here is the link to the poster and St. Olave’s website http://www.stolaves.ca/201516Slide1.jpg

As of now, we are still assessing if we have enough numbers to run our SingingWorks and other DramaWay classes but it is still early. However, we’d like to plan accordingly and hope that you will too. For those planning to attend SingingWorks, we ask you save this date and plan to attend on this date. Our Fall term will include rehearsing two Holiday songs for this exciting Public Performance. We are delighted to get yet another request from the Community to hear our wonderful vocalists shine and share their talents!

Hope you can make it!

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

A message to all DramaWay Families from DramaWay Parent; Patricia Parker

November 2014

We are posting this on behalf of Patricia Parker who wrote this on her own. Much thanks Patricia.
Hello everyone –
By way of introduction, I am a DramaWay parent. My daughter Victoria has
been an enthusiastic participant in DramaWay programs since 2000. Both
Victoria and I are among DramaWay’s and Danielle Strnad’s biggest fans.
Many of you will know that Danielle’s vision for a community based creative
arts program for individuals with special needs began as a single program
with five participants in 1999. Currently, in 2014 DramaWay hosts 14
programs across the GTA with over 300 participants in fine arts
programming – including theatre, film, dance, visual arts, singing and
drama-based life skills development.
Danielle’s philosophy has always been to put program participants first, and
she is sensitive and gifted in creating opportunities for each participant to
shine in their own special way. As DramaWay has evolved in size and
scope, the administrative and funding challenges of operating this multi-site
creatively diverse program have also increased significantly.
Recently, I contacted Danielle to ask her how I (as a parent) or we (as a
group of families) could best support her vision. We talked about the
possibility of starting a parent/family “advisory committee”. As families, we
are a diverse group of people with a shared experience – each of us loves,
supports and advocates for a family member with special needs.
It occurs to me that as a group of stakeholders, we have the potential to
participate in the ongoing success of DramaWay in significant measure.
For example: who among us has –
– media contacts that could help showcase this unique program to a wider
– connections to the arts community which might provide access to stage
facilities for performances?
– personal experience or professional expertise in fundraising?
– corporate connections that might open the door to corporate sponsorship?
– personal connections with individuals who might be willing to contribute
financially, or through gifts-in-kind – (for example materials for costuming
or staging, or food backstage for volunteers and staff on rehearsal and
performance days)?
– expertise in strategic planning, business development, public relations,
financial management or legal issues?
– willingness to sit on a parent/family advisory committee in support of
Danielle’s work?
– the time to volunteer in a one-to-one capacity to assist DramaWay
members who need individual attention in order to participate fully in the
First – I encourage each of you to think about how you or someone you
know could support DramaWay.
Then – I invite you to contact Danielle or me directly. Are you interested in
being part of an advisory group? Could you contribute directly in any of the
areas listed above, or do you know others who could do so? What other
ideas do you have about how we as families could participate as active
stakeholders in the ongoing success of DramaWay’s community based
multi arts program?
Danielle can be reached via dramawayoffice@gmail.com, and you can
connect with me at patricia.parker@sympatico.ca.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Patricia Parker

ExpressionWorks update week of October 9th, 2014

This week was our final week of clown and comedy in our Multi Arts Series. Our Leadership work is ongoing on a weekly basis.

A few people were away but we forged ahead with the fun and learning.

We had a surprise visit from CBC who filmed part of a class for their 11pm segment last night. Did any of you catch it? We would have given you a heads up, but they were there following Devon and his family and his individual journey, so this was an added benefit. We are excited that the community will get to see the great work that is being done in our community. Regardless, the extra bodies added to the drama and excitement of the evening, but it was all worth it!

Next week, we’ll be starting our crafty arts section in the Multi Arts segment so there will be lots of hands on work next week.

If you need further updates, don’t hesitate to contact our office or speak with Alanna and our staff in class if you prefer. We are delighted to have Mira S and Jon U on staff as well as our senior Volunteer/Consultant Susan A.

It’s definitely going to be a fun packed year of learning and exploring.

ActingWorks takes the spotlight again! Our Intensive Training Program for aspiring performers will run during March Break!



                    ActingWorksNew March Break Intensive Training Day long Program for the aspiring performer!

        DramaWay is excited to be offering yet another round of our new extension of our popular DramaWorks program,

      ActingWorks. ActingWorks ran this past summer for 2-weeks and we had 8 participants enrolled. ActingWorks is an intensive

      training program focused on adapted and modified theatre training for those interested in entering the professional acting world.

     It gives youth and adults with special needs of ALL abilities the opportunity to access quality, in-depth training which will help

      provide specific and tailored training for those interested in pursuing a serious path or career in the theatre community.

       Highlights of the training offered in this Program:

·       Audition preparation curriculum (both songs and monologues)

·       Physical Theatre (Clown, mime, and techniques like those of Bausch and Grotowski)

·       Traditional text-based acting

·       Instruction and visits from local industry professionals such as Actors & Directors

·       Intimate class size

·       Scene-work

·       Visit and advice from a local Casting Agency 

·       Tips on resume preparation

·       1 digital image of an acting headshot

      This program will operate on our DramaWay philosophy placing emphasis on the process of the journey while continuing to

      build on social and life skills.  Each participant enrolled will automatically be guaranteed an audition slot for the Peanut Butter

       People theatre troupe which will be operated by an outside company named Peanut Butter People – a partner of DramaWay.

      Founded in 2008 by Brooke Banning and Polly Phokeev, Peanut Butter People is a Toronto-based theatre company committed to

       producing new Canadian work that engages and enchants while providing exciting professional opportunities to Canada’s diverse

       pool of talented actors, directors, stage managers, designers and dramaturgs.


March 10th – 14th, 2014      9 a.m. – 3 p.m.   Monday to Friday only


$375 (+ 13%HST)


Swansea Town Hall  – 95 Lavinia Ave, Toronto, ON M6S 3H9

  • A minimum of 6 participants must enroll in order for this program to run.


Register online today by visiting www.dramaway.com to reserve your spot! Space is limited.