Ada Slaight Drama in Education Award


Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is excited to announce the fourth year of the Ada Slaight Drama in Education Award. This $10,000 prize has been made possible through a generous gift by The Slaight Family Foundation, which led to the establishment of The Ada Slaight Education Centre at YPT, celebrating Mrs. Slaight’s inspiring commitment to young artists and audiences.

The Ada Slaight Drama in Education Award was first awarded in YPT’s 2016/17 Season to Rachel Rhoades, a Ph.D. candidate studying at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. In 2017/18, the prize was awarded to Dennis Gupa, a Ph.D. candidate studying Sea Rituals, Climate Change and Applied Theatre at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. The award’s most recent recipient for the 2018/19 Season is Abigail Shabtay, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education in the Faculty of Education at McGill University. Ms. Shabtay’s doctoral research examines the use of participatory play-building in examining connections between social justice issues and young people’s academic experiences.

YPT is now inviting applications for the 2019/20 edition of the award. The successful candidate will be pursuing research and/or practical work with a specific focus on Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) in the following fields: Drama in Education, Applied Theatre, Theatre and Performance Studies or Acting, Directing or Playwriting. This year YPT is encouraging applications from scholars who have a specific component of their research that is connected to creating with, and/or performing for, young people.

Applicants must demonstrate, through a letter of intent, their commitment to TYA/Drama in Education and performance for or by young people. The letter should directly respond to the following questions:

  • What is your research about?
  • How will it address gaps of knowledge in the field?
  • How is your research innovative?
  • How will you mobilize your findings/knowledge into action, advocacy and positive growth or change in the sector? How will this funding support and advance your research?

Applications will be considered by The Ada Slaight Education Centre at YPT, Award Advisory Committee. To apply, please submit:

  • Letter of Intent (750 words max.)
  • CV
  • Three letters in support of your research. (These letters should come from scholars or professionals in the field.)

Please do not include any audio visual materials (CDs, DVDs, links to online videos). Applications will be accepted until May 10, 2019 at 5PM. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted.

Submissions should be sent via regular mail to:     
Karen Gilodo, Associate Artistic Director, Education
Young People’s Theatre
165 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 3Z4