School Workshops


Now booking for the 2015-2016 school year!

Humber River Shakespeare is pleased to offer a new in-class workshop for students in Grades 3-8. Created to assist teachers in implementing the new Social Studies curriculum, this workshop uses process drama to engage students in an active investigation of early Canadian history.

Using the dramatic techniques of tableaux and role play, we explore the concepts of power, perspective, and conflict through familiar family and community relationships. Students then connect this work to the dissection of a historical image and begin to explore, in role, the inner life, motivations, and perspective of some of the figures depicted. An engaging way to develop critical thinking and inquiry skills.


Workshops for Teachers – Using Process Drama in Social Studies

Designed to develop student-driven inquiry, this workshop provides teachers with accessible strategies for delivering the social studies/history curriculum through an arts-specific lens.
Focusing on tableaux and role play, participants will learn new approaches to developing critical thinking skills with connections to the Citizenship Education Framework.

What Teachers Are Saying

“It was excellent. Really informative and useful and gave me great ideas and confidence.”

“Very helpful! I never imagined I could assess SES knowledge through tableau!”

“You clearly laid out the steps of how to scaffold dramatic skills to maximize knowledge and learning.”

“I am eager to have Hugh and Paula visit and facilitate learning with groups of teachers I will be working with in the future and would highly recommend their presentations to any school or organization interested in focusing on social studies, history, geography, and the arts.”  –  Anna Taradella, Academic Consultant, Program Department,
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Guest Artists

Hugh Barnett (BA, MA) is a founding member of Humber River Shakespeare and has worked as an artist educator with Expect/Spark Productions, Mixed Company, and Shakespearience. Hugh holds an M.A. in history from U of T, with an emphasis on Haudenosaunee-Crown relations, and received the 2013 Michael Bliss essay prize for his examination of the Nanfan Treaty of 1701.

Paula Schultz (BA, BEd) is a graduate of the Artist in Community Education program at Queen’s University. A regular performer with Humber River Shakespeare, she is also the company’s Education Coordinator. She has taught drama in various school and community settings for over 15 years.

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