By Charlie Temmpleton-Smith, YPT Co-op Student
The only place I feel as comfortable as I am on stage is sitting behind a desk in Young People’s Theatre’s office. Being out as a transgender person can often feel like I’m putting myself on display and open to judgement, which is only exacerbated by being a person in the arts. This can cause a great deal of stress, but these are incredibly important aspects of who I am. What makes having a co-op placement here so refreshing is that these are just accepted parts of life.
By Mercedes Villanueva MacDonald, YPT Co-op Student
Never in my life have I wanted to be cast as the lead in an unofficial prequel/prelude to Hamlet. These are my thoughts as I stand in the Nathan Cohen Studio at YPT, auditioning for the Drama School’s Senior Ensemble. I’m about to do the monologue I had prepared for them. They gave us around six to seven different monologues to choose from; half male characters and half female. So, after reading through them all I chose a selection from I, Claudia, which turned out to be a great choice because the play we ending up doing became a prelude to Hamlet. Angsty teen meets angsty teen.
By Playwright, Performer and Choreographer Anita Majumdar
– with support from YPT’s former Interim Artistic Associate, Education Lois Adamson
For most of early 2016, I was feeling a little lost.
Boys With Cars was scheduled for a spring 2017 production at Young People’s Theatre (YPT), and Nightswimming – where I am the on-going playwright-in-residence – was working with me to figure out what I wanted to write about next. But at the time, I didn’t feel “done” with Boys With Cars. And I don’t mean that I wanted to keep working on its stage life (though we did that too in 2015 when Allen MacInnis and Stephen Colella asked for an abridged version of the show to suit a school audience). A large part of me wondered what would happen if we extended the life of the piece into the world.
Last season, students from Sprucecourt Junior Public School were invited to attend a workshop of Unapologetically Me – a brand new cabaret for kids aged 9-11. Created and performed by Sharron Matthews, an award-winning stage, film and television performer, this interactive show combines contemporary pop, rock and punk songs with Sharron’s true stories of growing up, facing fears and learning self-acceptance.
By Aimee Bouchard, YPT Interim Member Schools Manager
In April and May, I was incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to facilitate some workshops for young people around creating site-specific, immersive theatre. Through these workshops, I too have gained further insight into the form, and particularly why it is that young people are so truly fascinated by it.