By Melissa Murray-Mutch
The following posts are highlights of Melissa Murray-Mutch’s time spent assisting YPT’s Resident Artist Educators (RAEs) as they provided workshops connected to the play We Are All Treaty People at different schools, and facilitated YPT’s PA Day – Play in a Day program. To learn more about YPT’s RAE program, click here.
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.
On March 26, YPT held an educational forum for parents, educators and artists in connection with Selfie, our upcoming production for teens. This award-winning play offers an honest look at sexual consent and self-promotion in the era of social media. Prior to the forum, young people engaged in YPT’s Education & Participation programs generated a list of questions they had about consent and accountability. Examples included, ‘How can adults bridge the generational gap to talk to teens about consent in a relevant way?’ and ‘How can adults make sure teens are safe while also giving them freedom to make their own choices?’.
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.