A vital part of SIR’s mandate is to foster a life-long love of theatre (especially Shakespeare), particularly among youth. To that end we have developed a youth and community program which focuses on students that are at risk of not attaining a high school level education: Shakespeare in the City (SITC). Originally founded in association with Winnipeg Harvest as a program primarily for adults, we have recently modified SITC in order to more directly target young people who have reached a critical stage of development, and who may be at risk of falling through the cracks of society.
Commencing February 2014, Shakespeare in the City will consist of 12 weeks of Saturday afternoon workshops which will focus on the exploration of Shakespeare in a fun and accessible way. SITC instructor Claire Friesen is working with students selected through the Pathways to Education program where Claire serves as the Program Coordinator of Mentoring.
Our goal is to encourage young people who are unfamiliar with theatre and acting to embrace the spirit of personal discovery through an active study of Shakespeare. These workshops are aimed at overcoming the students’ existing prejudices surrounding the text, while building their self-confidence and ability to work as a team.
Live theatre has the power to inspire people to dream bigger, and to be more open to expressing who they are as individuals. It has the power to broaden their empathy while expanding their horizons. Distilled to its essence, we see the program as a model for breaking free of limitations that can seemingly be imposed by peers or life circumstances.
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