Classroom Workshops


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“It was great to see our students so engaged, excited and immersed in learning through hands-on activities in all of the centres. Everyone did a great job in involving and interacting with the students. Their excitement spoke volumes about the quality of this workshop. I recommend it to all of my colleagues.”

– JK/SK Teacher, TDSB

Thank you so much for the two workshops you ran for us yesterday. You did a fantastic job engaging all the kids, all the ages. I know everyone had a great time.”

– Chani Greenwald, MPS CCLS, Coordinator, OTF Digital Storytelling Program and Child Youth & Family Program, Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto

“…my students loved it. I would highly recommend this workshop to any teacher… the content was relevant to the Grade 6 curriculum. It was a definite asset to my drama program. Thank so much.”

– Sabrina Passero, Teacher, Nativity of Our Lord

“The workshop was excellent. The students had a really great time and were very engaged. It’s always great to have new and exciting activities planned for the students.”

– Danielle Myers, Ronald McDonald House, Toronto

Suitcase Theatre’s class workshops are developed and delivered by experienced facilitators, ECE experts, drama and dance specialists. Check out our roster of artist-educators here. We visit your school so you needn’t worry about transportation costs or permission forms. We are an approved TDSB vendor and have VSS clearance, and we also work in partnership with the TCDSB and other Boards of Education across the GTA.

We also visit Girl Guide Units and link our workshops to badge work.

Our curriculum-based workshops help develop:

Positive role modelling through play-based activities that build imagination, connections and cognitive skills
Social, emotional and literacy skill development through creativity and independent thought
Co-operation, promote discussion and respect
Exploration of virtues such as gratitude, peace, courage, love, forgiveness and compassion
Confidence building, character development and a love of the dramatic and visual arts

$249/morning or afternoon session. Student maximum is 30 per class.

Note: If a school books more than eight workshops at the same time, they will receive a $25 discount on each regularly priced workshop. Additional discounts do not apply.

Parent volunteers are required to help lead the centre-based workshops.

For more information, please email Victoria Snell, our Workshop and Education Manager, at workshops@suitcasetheatre.com or call 647-654-PLAY. Please indicate your school, preferred workshop, date and time. Thank you!

Download our new workshop flyer here: Suitcase Theatre 2019 2020 Workshop Brochure

Our Workshops photo gallery


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Dance Your Way – JK- Grade 8

Dance Your Way is a movement workshop that promotes positive body image, encourages mental health and well-being and celebrates personal creative expression.  There’s no choreography, no front or back, no left or right – and no judgement.  Super simple steps coach mindful movers to connect with their body and unite with music from around the world. The 2.5 hour workshop links with curriculum concepts of body, space, time, energy and relationships. Children will be able to express their authentic style and celebrate their individuality. This is creative movement for everyBODY – all ages, abilities, and experience levels welcome. The workshop includes conversation about self-expression and students build confidence through improvisation. Participants perform throughout the workshop and are encouraged to share in a closing circle of reflection.

CURRICULUM OUTCOMES:

demonstrate elements of body, space, time, energy, relationship
incorporate the use of props and take inspiration from movements found in their natural environment
use guided improvisation in a variety of ways as a starting point for movement
combine the elements of dance in different ways to communicate a variety of ideas
identify the elements of dance and describe how they are used to communicate meaning
identify and give examples of their strengths and areas for growth
describe how the media influence our awareness, understanding, and appreciation of dance

Emotions in Motion – JK-Grade 2

Focusing on well-being, mental health and helping children interpret the world around them, ”Emotions in Motion” opens the dialogue for feelings, treating friends fairly and learning coping skills that are age appropriate. Through play-based learning centres, hands-on activities, role playing, dramatic expression and puppetry, children learn how to treat themselves and others with respect, identify feelings, foster greater self-awareness and better manage situations that can be difficult. Volunteer or older student assistance is required.

CURRICULUM OUTCOMES:

apply the creative process to the development of dramatic works
demonstrate elements of role/character, relationship, time and place, tension, focus and emphasis
demonstrate an understanding of the element of character by adopting thoughts, feelings, and gestures
plan and shape dramatic play by building on the ideas of others
communicate feelings and ideas using visual aids to support and enhance their drama work
describe the impact that people can have on each other in some different situations
identify some elements of respectful behaviour that they can practice in their everyday life
demonstrate an understanding that it is important to treat other people with respect
create works of art that express feelings and ideas inspired by personal experiences

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Confidence Creates Character Grade 2-8

“Confidence Creates Character” offers students a safe space to express themselves. Students will explore strategies to approach difficult social settings by developing skills to alleviate anxiety, deal with peer pressure and handle bullying. The workshops helps to build character and self-confidence through a series of guided interactive role playing scenarios. Learning coping skills and bring prepared to manage potential situations is empowering and each workshop is geared to age appropriate scenarios.

CURRICULUM OUTCOMES:

apply the creative process to the development of dramatic works
apply the critical analysis process in response to dramatic works
demonstrate elements of role/character, time and place, focus and emphasis
engage in role play with a focus on theme and characters
demonstrate an understanding of the element of character by adopting thoughts, feelings, and gestures
plan and shape dramatic play by building on the ideas of others
express personal responses and connections to themes presented in their own and others’ works
identify and give examples of their strengths, interests, and areas for improvement as drama participants

SUPERKIDS! – GRADES 1-3

Be a SUPER KID in this workshop designed to foster friendships, peace and safety. The five activity centres encourage self-worth and problem-solving through role-playing, dress-up, drama, music, art and discussion. We talk about when you should call 911 and who you can turn to if you need help when you are hurt or feeling sad. The activities also encourage taking turns, respect and independent thought. Every student makes a heart necklace and receives a special message from a friend at the end of the workshop because a friend in need, is a friend indeed. Volunteer or older student assistance is required.

CURRICULUM OUTCOMES:

apply the creative process to dramatic play and process drama, using the elements and conventions of drama to communicate feelings, ideas, and stories
demonstrate an understanding of the element of role by communicating thoughts, feelings, and perspectives appropriate to the role being played
plan and shape the direction of a dramatic play or role play, building on their own and others’ ideas both in and out of role, with support
communicate feelings and ideas to a familiar audience (e.g., classmates), using several simple visual or technological aids to support and enhance their drama work
demonstrate an understanding of essential knowledge and practices for ensuring their personal safety
demonstrate the ability to recognize caring behaviours and exploitive behaviours, and describe the feelings associated with each
describe the impact that people can have on each other in some different situations
identify some elements of respectful behaviour that they can practise in their everyday life
demonstrate an understanding that it is important to treat other people with resp

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WE’VE GOT TALENT – Grades 2-8

“We’ve Got Talent” is an interactive workshop focusing on the basics of singing, connection and collaboration. Students are encouraged to tap their inner performer, building confidence in their ability to learn and perform, both with and in-front of others. Participants also practice active listening and taking turns as they learn about the voice as an instrument and the body as a means of expression.

CURRICULUM OUTCOMES:

apply the creative process to create and perform music for a variety of purposes, using the elements and techniques of music
demonstrate an understanding of the elements of music: duration, pitch, dynamics, timbre, texture/harmony, and form
apply the elements of music when singing and/or playing, composing, and arranging music to create a specific effect
use the tools and techniques of musicianship in musical performances
express detailed personal responses to musical performances in a variety of ways
use the tools and techniques of musicianship in musical performances
use movement in the choreographic form call and response in a variety of ways when creating dance pieces
demonstrate elements of body, space, time, energy, relationship
apply the creative process to the composition of movement sequences and short dance pieces, using the elements of dance to communicate feelings and ideas

WHAT A FEELING! – Grades 3-6

Playing with concepts of action, space, time and energy will help workshop participants to move themselves… and each other! “What a Feeling!” encourages healthy expression of feelings, providing students with movement-centred tools that help process and interpret deep emotions.  By understanding the connection between self-awareness and the physical body, students will work collaboratively to articulate feelings through music and dance.

CURRICULUM OUTCOMES:

demonstrate elements of body, space, time, energy, relationship
apply the creative process to the composition of movement sequences and short dance pieces, using the elements of dance to communicate feelings and ideas
apply the critical analysis process to communicate their feelings, ideas, and understandings in response to a variety of dance pieces and experiences
use the elements of energy and time in a dance piece to communicate an idea
combine the elements of dance in different ways to communicate a variety of ideas
demonstrate an understanding of how the language of dance can clarify and highlight ideas, images, and characters
identify the elements of dance used in their own and others’ dance pieces and explain how each helps communicate ideas and feelings
generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience


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SPEAK YOUR MIND – Grades 5-8

“Speak Your Mind” is a collaborative, hands-on workshop introducing students to Spoken Word Performance. Equal parts writing and performance, students will learn to express themselves in a creative and healthy way, addressing themes such as self-confidence and staying true to oneself. Students will walk away feeling empowered to create and perform their own spoken word piece.

CURRICULUM OUTCOMES:

demonstrate elements of role/character: analysing the background, motivation, speech, and actions of characters to build roles; using voice, stance, gesture, and facial expression to portray character
engage actively in drama exploration and role play, with a focus on examining multiple perspectives related to current issues, themes, and relationships
listen in order to understand and respond appropriately in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes
use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes
identify a variety of presentation strategies used in oral texts and analyse their effect on the audience
identify a range of vocal effects, including tone, pace, pitch, volume, and a variety of sound effects, and use them appropriately and with sensitivity towards cultural differences to help communicate their meaning
recognize a variety of text forms, text features, and stylistic elements and demonstrate understanding of how they help communicate meaning
analyse increasingly complex texts and explain how the different elements in them contribute to meaning
identify various elements of style – including voice, word choice, and the use of hyperbole, strong verbs, dialogue, and complex sentences – and explain how they help communicate meaning
generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience
establish a distinctive voice in their writing appropriate to the subject and audience
use some vivid and/or figurative language and innovative expressions to enhance interest

#LOL – Grades 5-8

Students are bombarded daily with serious and sometimes frightening issues. Technology sits still for no one, creating short attention spans and false senses of urgency.  Discovering a sense of humour goes a long way in discovering our sense of self and coping with anxiety and stress.  This workshop helps participants unplug, lighten up, stretch imaginations, and learn to find the humour in everything.

CURRICULUM OUTCOMES:

demonstrate elements of role/character
apply the creative process to the development of dramatic works
apply the critical analysis process in response to dramatic works
demonstrate an awareness of different kinds of drama and theatre from different times and places and of how they reflect their contexts
communicate thoughts, feelings, and ideas to a specific audience, using audio, visual, and/or technological aids to enhance their drama work
express personal responses and make connections to characters, themes, and issues presented in their own and others’ drama works

Older-Boys

Improv your Acting – Grades 4 – 8

“Improv your Acting” is a lively and humour-filled workshop that invites students to think on their feet as they are introduced to the world of improvisation. This exhilarating workshop encourages teamwork and peer support as they work together to create scenarios that invite fast creative thinking and a quick all mixed with a good dose of humour. This workshop strengthens self-esteem, helps builds confidence and nurtures peer connections and respect.

Confidence Creates Character – Grades 2 – 8

“Confidence Creates Character” offers students a safe space to express themselves. Students will explore strategies to approach difficult social settings by developing skills to alleviate anxiety, deal with peer pressure and handle bullying. The workshops helps to build character and self-confidence through a series of guided interactive role playing scenarios. Learning coping skills and bring prepared to manage potential situations is empowering and each workshop is geared to age appropriate scenarios.

Please contact us for more information at workshops@suitcasetheatre.com.

WORKSHOP POLICIES

Payment for Completed Workshop – Schools are responsible for the full payment of workshop fees upon receipt of an invoice from Suitcase Theatre. For workshops offered to the TDSB, for example, a competed PO (Purchase Order) may be required to ensure electronic payment.
Rescheduling a Workshop – We will make every effort to reschedule the workshop with as much lead time as possible.
Cancellation of a Booked Workshop – When you book your workshop with Suitcase Theatre’s Arts Educators, we reserve that time just for you. We require a minimum of two business days notice (48 hours) to cancel a workshop or your school will incur the full cost of the workshop.

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