Qualified as a Specialist in Drama and French to teach K-OAC, Carol has taught Drama to ages seven to twenty since 1972. She remains excited and stimulated by the natural creative genius of children and youth. Formerly the Head of Arts at Listowel District Secondary School, Carol is the author of many One-Act plays written for youth and the facilitator of countless social-issue-based collectives written with students. These plays have been produced in high schools across Canada. A full-length musical, Superwomen, which Carol co-authored with Arlene Ostien, was professionally produced by Huron Country Playhouse.
Carol has presented Drama workshops on a variety of topics for children, youth and teachers in schools, arts camps, drama festivals, and the Council of Drama and Dance in Education conference and is a drama festival adjudicator. She has been vice-president of the Board of Directors for the Blyth Festival Theatre and is proud of her role in the continuing process of nurturing the creation of new Canadian plays.
Carol believes in the self-empowerment that all people achieve when encouraged to tap into their own creative intelligence.
Since 1988, Karen and Allen have taught dance classes and workshops to more than 15,000 students of all ages in schools across Canada, Europe, the Far East and North and South America. As a duo they have participated in more than forty Artists in Education projects sponsored by the Ontario Arts Council.
Allen received his Bachelor of Independent Studies from the University of Waterloo in 1997 and received Honours in the Dance Part I, II and III offered by the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto. He is the recipient of national and international choreographic awards and his works have been presented in fifteen countries.He is currently pursuing an M.A. at York University. He is co-artistic director/founder of Kaeja d'Dance.
Karen graduated in 1984 from York University with Honours. She has been performing and teaching dance since 1986. As a trained dance therapist she has worked with children, teenagers and adults with disabilities, which has enriched her approach to teaching dance. Since 1991 her teaching in schools has focussed on aspects of improvisation and composition. She has performed and choreographed internationally, and has completed several commissioned works as well as being featured in many dance films. She is a co-founder of Toronto's Festival of Interactive Physics.
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