Grand Valley Institution for Women

Theatre Workshops

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It all started when…

Theatre of the Beat is rooted in Restorative Justice principles that creates applied theatre pieces for and with individuals who might not typically be exposed to theatre, in an effort to positively affect both personal and social change.

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). This pilot consisted of a variety of theatre workshops and rehearsals that culminated in The Identity Project, a half-hour play created and performed by women at Grand Valley Institute for Women. While the program was not explicitly offending-focused or clinical in nature, the program’s intent was to support reintegration through meaningful experiences of personal growth and reflection, contributing to the forging of a pro-social identity for participants.

As continue our partnership with Grand Valley Institute for Women we are constantly striving to meet the following goals and objectives:

  • To offer a higher number of participants the opportunity to experience the benefits of theatre programming stated in the goals of the project, by providing a variety of programming to meet the interests and schedules of participants.

  • To offer individuals the benefits of long-term engagement in an arts programming, since long-term stability and continuity of programs and relationships will provide greater opportunities for personal and artistic growth.

  • To provide education and experience in a rich variety of theatre techniques, potentially including but not limited to physical theatre, mask, improv, puppetry, dance, and theatrical forms specifically geared towards advocacy and social justice awareness.

  • To integrate theatre & performance into the cultural life of the institution, if this is desired by inmates and staff. TOTB can provide opportunities to explore theatre and performance as part of special events and assemblies such as during the holidays, Black History Month, Pride Day, Volunteer Appreciation events, etc.

  • To continually evaluate and evolve our work, responding with flexibility where necessary, based on input from University partners, participants, GVI staff, and TOTB facilitators.

  • To offer participants…

    • an opportunity to explore their own creativity & artistic self-expression

    • an opportunity to develop confidence & public-speaking skills

    • the benefit of being part of a collaborative group

    • the opportunity to contribute to a positive atmosphere in the institution.

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Facilitators

Along with Kimberlee Walker, 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