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War child Canada call for submissions

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Call for Submissions – Modern Times Stage Company Youth Theatre Unit

War Child Canada and Modern Times Stage Company
are pleased to have had a number of opportunities to support each
other’s projects and initiatives. This summer, War Child Canada is
pleased to be working with both Modern Times and CultureLink to bring Summer Youth Theatre Unit 2006 to life.

Modern Times Stage Company is seeking submissions for its Summer Youth Theatre Unit 2006.
Six applicants (2 directing, 4 acting) will be chosen to participate in
a two-week long program facilitated by company members and other
theatre professionals. The program will use theatre to encourage a
diverse group of young people to become more socially engaged in their

Participants will
take part in professionally-led workshops including scene study with
Artistic Director, Soheil Parsa. Running in tandem with Modern Times’
SummerWorks show Interrogation (see description below), the students of
the Youth Theatre Unit 2006 will be given the opportunity to watch
rehearsals and be part of the uniquely organic creative and
administrative process developed at Modern Times over the last 20
years. In addition, facilitated by War Child Canada and CultureLink,
students will engage in dialogue about youth in conflict situations,
and young Canadians from their communities who lived through it. This
program is a wonderful opportunity for young people who are interested
in theatre and important issues facing society.

Participants must:

  • Be 18-25 years of age
  • Display a demonstrated interest in the theatre (writing, directing, acting or design)
  • Have a desire to become (or become more) socially engaged.

The makeup of the Youth Theatre Unit will be representative of the cultural diversity of the GTA.

July 17 – August 5, 2006


takes the form two interviews, set in post-revolution Algeria, 1962.
Despite its historical context, this intimate script provides a
sobering look at the reality of contemporary conflict. Naeem and Safiya
are revolutionaries that have given their youth and passion to the
cause of war. Now that independence is won and the glory is faded, they
are unable to stop their acts of violence. For this they face

June 14, 2006


  1. Completed application form (available at http://www.moderntimestage.com)
  2. A letter of intent, outlining prior theatre experience and interest in participating in the Youth Theatre Unit.

Alexandra Seay, Youth Outreach Coordinator
Modern Times Stage Company
55 Mill Street, Case Goods Building, Suite 400
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
or email to alexandra@moderntimesstage.com

For more information contact Alexandra Seay, 416-214-1428.

Girls record their lives through visual imagery

Cayman Net News:
Girls record their lives through visual imagery

Girls record their lives through visual imagery

Monday, June 5, 2006

From the Visual Diary of Melissa Dilbert,
National Gallery Art Outreach Programme, Frances
Bodden Girls Home

Students at the Frances Bodden Girls Home have been working on Visual Diaries for the past three weeks. The initiative is part of the Caledonian Art Outreach programme which is run at the home by the National Gallery under the instruction of Kushana Gentles, Education and Outreach Officer from the Gallery.

“This exercise is a great way to express oneself without words,” Ms. Gentles explained.

“The girls were a bit reluctant at first with many saying ‘I am not sure what to draw’ but soon got into the exercise and were able to come up with some interesting images.”

A journal without words, the images depict things from the past, like the death of a loved one, or the way that they felt at a particular moment, and upcoming events in their lives like graduation, and future hopes and fears.

David Walker, Managing Director of Caledonian Bank and Trust Limited which sponsors the programme said the bank was pleased to be involved.

‘Caledonian is delighted to sponsor the arts in the Cayman Islands and is especially pleased to continue to support the National Gallery’s outreach initiative which tackles pressing social issues through art therapy.

Art Outreach Frances Bodden takes place at the home each Tuesday evening, throughout the school year.

Source: http://www.caymannetnews.com/cgi-script/csArticles/articles/000025/002540.htm

Art therapy in Casablanca

French Institute hosts conference on art therapy

By Oumnia Guedda | Morocco TIMES 5/31/2006 | 5:03 pm

The Moroccan Jewish painter, André Elbaz, will preside on June 7 a conference hosted by the Casablanca French Institute on “Therapy by Art”.

One of André Elbaz’s works of art.
Ph: Archives.

Art therapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses art-making and creativity to increase well being.

This approach helps people use art to overcome their illnesses, trauma or life challenges. It also helps some to reach personal development.

Through artistic creation and reflection on products and processes, people can increase awareness of themselves and others; cope with stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.

The hypothesis of this definition is that the unconscious is not only a solicitation of blocking out but also a place of creative and generating potential.

The eminent painter, Elbaz, will give examples of this subject through his works of art.
André Elbaz, famous painter and filmmaker, was born in El Jadida in 1932. He studied art and theatre in Rabat and Paris from 1950 to 1961.

The artist is one of the pioneers of modern painting in Morocco.

He started painting at the age of 21. Few years later, he managed to combine his two passions into a new approach in art-therapy, invented together with his wife, a psychiatrist, the Pictodrame, a therapeutic approach by painting and theatre which brought him international recognition.

Source: http://www.moroccotimes.com/Paper/article.asp?idr=49&id=15127