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CANADA’s FIrst verbatim theatre march break camp

Project: Humanity and Crow’s Theatre are seeking 12 high school participants to join us for an unprecedented March Break drama camp focusing on Verbatim Theatre:
March 11-15, 2019 at Crow’s Theatre in Toronto.

Over the past 30 years, Verbatim Theatre (or Documentary Theatre) has become a growing theatrical art form. Since 2008, Project: Humanity has been leading the development of this kind of work in Toronto by creating ‘live documentaries’ from real-life interviews with community members. 

Harnessing the powers of drama, journalism and the social sciences, Verbatim is a way of making theatre that stimulates both the imagination and the conscience. It can tackle questions of justice in a compelling way and can embody the very best of ‘artivism’. It also raises important and exciting ethical concerns about appropriation of voice, representation and the nature of “truth” or “realness”. 

Over a 5-day program, 12 participants will be initiated in Project: Humanity’s signature Verbatim Theatre-making techniques (including interviewing, script development and exploring ‘other people’s words’) and equipped to create their own ‘live documentary’ performances about issues that matter to the them. This is not just a camp for actors or playwrights; we also invite students who are interested in the arts and social change, in writing, in journalism, or in documentary films.

The March Break Verbatim Theatre Camp runs 9am-4pm Monday March 11 through Friday March 15, 2019 and is designed for students in Grade 9-12.

DAY 1: Monday, March 11

Realness and Art – exploring different kinds of verbatim theatre, the power of storytelling and the art of the interview.

Day 2: Tuesday, March 12

The Hot Topic – exploring argument and debate around a social issue and taking that energy into the street.

Day 3: Wednesday, March 13

Towards Youth On Stage – the group views a matinee performance of Towards Youth by Andrew Kushnir – a new verbatim play that features the voices of youth from around the globe.

Day 4: Thursday, March 14

The Rough Draft – exploring the craft of Verbatim Theatre scriptwriting using PH’s techniques.

Day 5: Friday, March 15

Ethical Performance – with a company of professional actors, the group gets their Verbatim play onto the stage, with a showing for friends, family and other guests.


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Location: Streetcar crowsnest, 354 Carlaw Ave, Toronto

Camp fee: 
Includes admission to Towards Youth on Wednesday March 13.

*please connect with Project: Humanity if cost is a barrier – we may have some capacity to provide a subsidy. 

For more information and to register, please email Lauren at info@projecthumanity.ca