Educational Drama Association of Nova Scotia

Away with Words


Note:  Registration for this conference closes at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018

Dartmouth High School - October 26, 2018

Conference Schedule

8:15 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. AGM
9:00 a.m Poetry Slam Keynote
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Session 1
12:00 Lunch provided by Villa Madina
1:00 p.m. Session 2
2:30 p.m. Finish/Feedback From Drop off


Conference Fee $90.00
Students / Retirees / Substitutes $65.00
Non-NSTU $0.00

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Contact Information:

David Zinck


Our theme this year is Wordplay, with a focus on voice and speech and dramatic text. What is a better way to honor and explore that theme than a Poetry Slam featuring 5 local spoken word artists?  The poetry slam will bring the audience into the world of spoken word and performance poetry.  The keynote will run in an official poetry slam format so that teachers can become familiar with a fun and dynamic format for exploring poetry and dramatic performance.   Audience members can expect to be introduced to a wide range of poetry and performance styles as well as themes and topics. 




Activities for Drama 11/12

Ken Schwartz


Spoken Word





Jonathan Grady


Drama 10 Bootcamp

John Hendsbee



Yoga for Wellness

Peggy Ray



Film and Video Full Day

with Phil Goora



with Liliona Quarmyne



Activities for Drama 11/12

Ken Schwartz


Spoken Word



Elementary Drama

Cheryl Corbin


Drama 10





Yoga for Wellness


Film and Video Full Day



Session Descriptions

A1/A2 Shakespeare Activities for Reading and Performing Text with Ken Schwartz
Ken Schwartz is the artistic director for the critically acclaimed theatre company Two Planks and a Passion. Ken will take the workshop participants through voice and speech activities designed to bring Shakespeare to life in the classroom.

B1/B2 Spoken Word workshop with Poetry Slam poets
What are some good writing prompts for spoken word poetry? How do I prepare a piece for performance? How do you create a safe space for young poets to share their work? These questions and more will be explored through writing, speaking and discussing Spoken Word poetry with our Keynote Poets.

C1       Elementary Drama with Jonathan Grady
Jonathan has spent the year doing foundation drama workshops in over 30 elementary classrooms from p-6.  He’ll share with you the games that worked to engage the students and the structures to help them succeed. Jonathan is a drama educator with over 20 years of classroom drama experience.

C2       Elementary Drama with Cheryl Corbin
Cheryl Claveau-Corbin (Grade 4 French Immersion Teacher: CCRCE)

During this creative and engaging session, teachers will explore Sock Puppet Plays! Teachers will take a look at bringing puppet shows to their classroom from the beginning stages of planning the production up to performance day! This session is developed to help elementary teachers create an environment in their classroom where students will have fun collaborating as they perform plays, memorize lines, broaden their imaginations and create a sock puppet character of their own for their performance.
Each teacher will receive a take home package of English and French plays to get them started as well as a “detailed plan” from beginning to end on using Sock Puppet Plays. Teachers are encouraged to also bring along French and English short scripts/plays as well that can be shared during this session or we can share them at a later date on a account. Please bring along the following materials for this session: a new sock, some yarn, and googly eyes, as you may have time to make your own sample sock puppet for your class to see!

D1       Drama 10 Activities with John Hendsbee
So, you’ve become the new drama 10 teacher, and you need a big picture and some key basic activities to help you shape and plan your course.  This workshop is guaranteed to get you started, and have some milestone steps along the way; whether you are a first timer, or if you simply want some more activities, warm-ups, and performance pieces to enhance your program.  The workshop will run like a drama 10 classroom, so be sure to wear comfortable clothing and footwear, because we’ll be very active as we learn.

D2       Drama 10 Bootcamp Part two:  Planning with Melanie Kennedy
Drama 10 Bootcamp, Part 2: Are you a new teacher or new at teaching Drama? Are you looking for assignment ideas?  Are you struggling to stay organized with your planning?  Are you panicking a bit even knowing where to start? Are you answering YES to all these questions? This workshop is designed for teachers who need lots of information and ideas packed into a short period of time. Materials will include rubrics and descriptions of activities and assignments, as well as tips for keeping you organized.
Melanie Kennedy has been teaching grade 10 & 11 Drama and Theatre Arts 12 for over a decade.  Well known for her organization and planning, Melanie has designed and implemented professional development for teachers in a variety of areas at the regional, provincial, national, and international levels. Formally educated in Theatre, Music, Special Education, and Counselling, Melanie combines a unique skill set with creativity to infuse her teaching with joy and passion. Also, she's pretty funny.

E1/E2  Yoga for Wellness
Yoga for Wellness with Peggy Ray

Peggy Ray is an experienced Yoga instructor at Auburn High.  This full session yoga practice will relax and refocus teacher for their classroom practices. Bring your Mat if you have on

F1        Film and Video Full Day with Phil Goora   

Phil is one of the most experienced Film and Video teachers in the HRSB. This is an advanced in-depth workshop on teaching film and video and guiding students to create film projects.

G1       Dance workshop with Liliona Quarmyne        

This active dance workshop is designed to focus on the needs of the experienced Dance 11 teacher. Liliona Quarmayne has a master’s in Fine Arts with a dance focus and is eager to share her knowledge and work with teachers. Please come prepared for dance practice.

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