Grand Valley Institution for Women

Theatre Workshops

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It all started when…

In 2016-17, Theatre of the Beat's Education and Outreach Manger, Kimberlee Walker, created a pilot theatre program inside Grand Valley Institute for Women (GVI). The program offered high-school equivalency Drama credits for participants, and a collaborative, creative space for growth.

In March of 2017, an original play entitled, The Identity Project emerged from this process; a devised show created by incarcerated women about labels, cultural  identity, and finding a voice. This performance marked the first collaboration between federally sentenced women and theatre professionals in Canada. 

This year, we are working with GVI on annual contract to bring theatre workshops inside on a weekly basis. 

Facilitators

Along with Kimberlee Walker and Johnny Wideman, the four year contract with The Grand Valley Institution for Woman would not be possible without our facilitators.


 

Emma Zabloski

Emma Zabloski   Emma is a theatre creator, arts educator, and youth worker. With her company Zopyra Theatre, she specializes in playful, site-specific, and interactive performance. She has presented her work at the Belfry Theatre’s Spark Festival, Intrepid Theatre’s UnoFest, the SKAMpede Festival, and on the Fringe Festival circuit. Her productions have garnered Rideau Awards for Outstanding New Creation and Outstanding Fringe Production, as well as the Ottawa Fringe Outstanding Concept Award. Emma has participated as a facilitator and performer in the William Head on Stage prison theatre project at William Head Institution for men. She has also co-facilitated drama workshops with Theatre of the Beat at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener. Emma loves spending her time sewing garments, dancing flamenco, and soaking up as much nature as she can get. Emma is currently completing her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

Emma Zabloski

Emma is a theatre creator, arts educator, and youth worker. With her company Zopyra Theatre, she specializes in playful, site-specific, and interactive performance. She has presented her work at the Belfry Theatre’s Spark Festival, Intrepid Theatre’s UnoFest, the SKAMpede Festival, and on the Fringe Festival circuit. Her productions have garnered Rideau Awards for Outstanding New Creation and Outstanding Fringe Production, as well as the Ottawa Fringe Outstanding Concept Award. Emma has participated as a facilitator and performer in the William Head on Stage prison theatre project at William Head Institution for men. She has also co-facilitated drama workshops with Theatre of the Beat at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener. Emma loves spending her time sewing garments, dancing flamenco, and soaking up as much nature as she can get. Emma is currently completing her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

 

Nathaniel Voll

Nathaniel Voll   Studied Theatre and Drama Studies at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. Nathaniel is an actor, playwright and arts educator. He has developed theatre programs for children and youth as the Education Coordinator of Green Light Arts, and the Artistic Director of Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Theatre. He loves facts, poetry and his son's imagination. He lives in Kitchener, ON.

Nathaniel Voll

Studied Theatre and Drama Studies at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. Nathaniel is an actor, playwright and arts educator. He has developed theatre programs for children and youth as the Education Coordinator of Green Light Arts, and the Artistic Director of Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Theatre. He loves facts, poetry and his son's imagination. He lives in Kitchener, ON.

 

Ingrid Hansen

Raised by gregarious Danish immigrants, Ingrid is Co-Artistic Director of SNAFU ( @snafudance ). Her shows  Little Orange Man, Kitt & Jane, Interstellar Elder  and  The Merkin Sisters  have toured to the National Arts Centre and festivals across North America.  Ingrid studied puppetry with Sesame Street in NYC, where she got to hang out with Cookie Monster. For the past 16 years she has been performing and teaching adults, children, actors, dancers, and prison inmates. She puppeteers on TV for  Tiga Talk  and  Princess Sparkly Butt,  and for the Dora-Award-Winning  Old Man and the River.   www.snafudance.com   www.ingi.ca

Raised by gregarious Danish immigrants, Ingrid is Co-Artistic Director of SNAFU (@snafudance). Her shows Little Orange Man, Kitt & Jane, Interstellar Elder and The Merkin Sisters have toured to the National Arts Centre and festivals across North America.

Ingrid studied puppetry with Sesame Street in NYC, where she got to hang out with Cookie Monster. For the past 16 years she has been performing and teaching adults, children, actors, dancers, and prison inmates. She puppeteers on TV for Tiga Talk and Princess Sparkly Butt, and for the Dora-Award-Winning Old Man and the River. www.snafudance.com www.ingi.ca