DRAMA

The Drama Department at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts is a welcoming and inclusive environment that encourages students to develop to their full potential.  

 

As artists, they learn to be creative collaborators while developing their skills in communication, critical thinking and problem-solving as they share their diverse stories. Although there is a strong focus on Canadian Theatre, students also explore source material, plays and theatre history from a variety of cultures and genres. 

 

While at Carter, students explore physical theatre, improvisation, movement/dance, stage combat, singing, scene study, short film production, directing, theatre design, lighting and stagecraft. In order to broaden their experience, students regularly work with guest artists from the professional community in such areas as text analysis, playwriting, film, digital theatre, devised theatre, music theatre and mask. 

 

Professionally led workshops by groups such as Rapier Wit (Sword), Shakesperience (Shakespearean text) and Studio 180 (Exploring Identity and Community) occur throughout their time at CCAA. All of these opportunities expose our students to a range of approaches as they develop their own voice, ensuring their growth as artists and creators.

DRAMA CLASSES DURING COVID

In the Drama Department, we have embraced online learning, while still maintaining an element of liveness in the senior drama performances. 

 

It's been a year of change but also a year that we embraced the opportunities for growth and innovation.

  • Our grade 11 and 12 students created Digital Theatre performances that we presented to a virtual audience using scripts that were made for Zoom

  • Grade 11 students explored playwriting with a focus on the pandemic, using Zoom as their performance tool. 

  • Grade 11 students adapted to creating films in isolation.  

  • Grade 10 and 12 Drama students created original performance compositions that were planned in breakout rooms and then filmed.  

  • Grade 9 & 10 students created monologues to share online based on their experiences of the pandemic and community. 

  • Grade 9 and 10 students adapted children’s stories to an online format. 

  • Grade 7 & 8 students streamed their Christmas show to classes at Prince of Peace. 

GALLERY

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DRAMA GRADUATE TRIBUTE

This is a lighthearted compilation of images and video footage of the graduating Drama class. It showcases their joy, imagination and silliness (all necessary for a creative process) while working in class and in rehearsals. It’s this energy and fun that they will remember most!

GRADE 12 STUDENTS

 

Teacher: Donna Marie Baratta

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DEPARTMENT STAFF

Sheila O’Brien (Department Head)

sheila.obrien@tcdsb.org

Donna Marie Baratta

donnamarie.baratta@tcdsb.org

Michael Walsh

michael.walsh@tcdsb.org