A Note From our Director of Acting, Kate Lynch:
"This program introduces high school students to the kind of training they might expect to find in a University Theatre Program. They will be given instruction in Improvisation Into Text, Voice, Movement, Clown, and Fight Techniques. All the instructors are trained professionals. The work will be fun, but challenging, at a level appropriate to their age."
During weekdays, students will engage in three-hour theatre workshops and two-hour creative English language classes. The end result of the coursework will be a culminating performance project, which will be video recorded. Each student will receive a DVD copy of this final performance. Key features of the program are the regularly organized group excursions to high-quality local theatre, music, and film events. Students will receive a certificate from our office for completing the program.
In order to provide a special and individualized experience, we can only admit twenty students to this program.
English LANGUAGE Classes
The language component of our program uses a unique methodology developed by Toronto Laboratory Theatre and called Embodied English. Embodied English involves no desks, no writing and no boring memorization. Through close observation, an analysis of numerous samples of native speakers’ verbal and non-verbal behaviour, and class improvisation, students learn the differences between the language choices and strategies that native speakers of English tend to make and their own way of using English. This new awareness allows the students to greatly improve their ability to communicate and be understood. The course also helps the learners of English to improve their pronunciation: specifically intonation and speech rhythm, both of which are aspects of pronunciation commonly ignored by other ESL programmes.
A TYPICAL DAY SCHEDULE*
- 7:30am ~ 9:00am – Breakfast
- 9:00am ~ 12:00pm – Theatre Workshops
- 12:00pm ~ 1:00pm – Lunch
- 1:00pm ~ 3:00pm – English Language Class
- 5:30pm ~ 6:30pm – Dinner
- 6:30pm ~ 9:30pm – Evening Activity or Outing
- 11:00pm – Quiet Hours
*Exact times for the International Summer Theatre Program 2017 may differ slightly from the schedule above