Cultural Gym

Cultural Gym LogoYPT’s Cultural Gym is a series of drop-in programs with each session having a clear and specific focus on an aspect of theatre performance and/or creation. Like a gym, participants will have the opportunity to take a number of classes to learn or develop a drama based skill, challenge themselves in new creative ways and be a part of a community that shares an interest in learning and creative expression.

Each session will focus on a specific aspect of theatre performance and/or creation. The structure of this program is inspired by the idea of a physical gym where individuals (children and adults) can come to exercise their creative muscles.

Upcoming Events:
Secrets of Scenic Painting
During Cultural Gym: Secrets of Scenic Painting, YPT Resident Scenic Painter Mattea Kennedy will lead a series of classes on traditional techniques frequently used in scenic painting. Participants will learn the step-by-step process of how to beautifully transform any object into wood, marble or stone, using only paint and the secrets of scenic art!
Wed. April 26: 6PM-7:30PM
Wed. May 3: 6PM-7:30PM
Wed. May 17: 6PM-7:30PM
Wed. May 24: 6PM-7:30PM

Participants

This intergenerational program is open to children, youth and adults. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult. We also welcome groups from community organizations.

Facilitators

When possible we will engage a YPT Resident Artist Educator to facilitate the sessions. The focus of each session will be dependent on the facilitator’s professional expertise and interest.

Registration

Cultural Gym sessions are PWYC (Pay What You Can) with a recommended donation of $2 per session.  Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Groups must register in advance. To register please contact Amber Ebert, School & Community Programs Manager at aebert@youngpeoplestheatre.ca by 12:00 Noon on the date you would like to attend.

Cultural Gym Mask Collage
Youth from the Yonge Street Mission participate in YPT’s Intro to Mask Workshop during Cultural Gym.

“I want to thank you …for the phenomenal work you are doing with kids. Last week the [Cultural Gym] facilitator was able to connect with the kids on such a deep level that he brought their insides to the forefront. They wrote heartfelt and profound reflections on peace and forgiveness. It is hard to inspire youth. Drama is a wonderful way for them to be able to process their lives and relieve stress… They are wonderful youth with enormous potential and these workshops build talent and confidence.” – Julie McLean, Youth Program Coordinator, Yonge Street Mission

Past Sessions – 2016:

Session #1: Building Story Through Improv with Herbie Barnes
These fun, fast-paced sessions will use ensemble-based exercises focusing on the creation and development of new characters and original stories. Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26

Session #2: Intro to Collective Creation with Rob Kempson
Learn the basic techniques of collective creation–theatre created by a group around a given theme–including writing, staging, and performance. Each week, the theme will change and so will the creation! Nov. 9, 16, 23

Past Sessions – 2015:

Session #1: Intro to Mask with Amy Lee
Facilitated by one of YPT’s Resident Artist Educators, Amy Lee, you will learn the basic techniques of using mask in performance including how to develop new characters and work as a group to create scenes. Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 25, 2015


Session #2: Intro to Collective Creation with Rob Kempson
Facilitated by one of YPT’s Resident Artist Educators, Rob Kempson, you will learn the basic techniques of collective creation (theatre created by a group around a given theme), including writing, staging, and performance. Each week, the theme will change and so will the creation. Dec. 9 & 16, 2015


Session #3: Building Story Through Improv with Herbie Barnes
Learn the basic techniques of improvisation with YPT Resident Artist Educator, Herbie Barnes. Sessions include ensemble-based exercises focusing on the creation and development of new characters and original stories. Feb. 10, 17, 24, Mar. 2, 2016


Session #4: Creating Character Through Movement

An actor’s instrument is their body. In this fun and lively workshop YPT Resident Artist Educator Melinda Little will introduce physical theatre techniques to explore how your body can be a fantastic resource for creating a character. Mar. 23, 30, Apr. 6, 13, 2016


Session #5: Secrets of Scenic Painting

Intro to Scenic Painting - Cultural Gym
Intro to Scenic Painting – Cultural Gym

YPT Resident Scenic Painter Mattea Kennedy will lead a series of classes on traditional techniques frequently used in scenic painting. Participants will learn the step-by-step process of how to beautifully transform any object into wood, marble or stone, using only paint and the secrets of scenic art! Apr. 20, 27, May 4, 11, 2016


This is a program of The Ada Slaight Education Centre at YPT, established through a generous donation from The Slaight Family Foundation.