Twelve Days of Theatre

by Phil Duchene,

Instructor at College of the Rockies

and in the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria.

Once again, two courses of COTR/UVic students from the Teacher Education Program enjoyed twelve days of Stage Door day-time theatre between January to April 2022. The course culminated in two performances with four plays around social justice issues and a friendship themed story drama. The undergrads hosted three Intermediate classes from Steeples Elementary for happy and worthwhile introductory theatre experiences.

Instructor, Phil Duchene

As a Drama Educator, it is imperative that Teacher Candidates’ Drama course work is both relevant and is seen to work with younger students. The Stage Door, of course, gives us the perfect learning setting for our Year Two and Year Three T/Cs. Everyone involved gets to work in a real theatre supported by a welcoming management and Board and even technical expertise. I feel confident in saying there is not a comparable performing Arts experience for Teacher Education courses either in the Province, or likely in Canada. We really should celebrate this connection as widely as we can - I am already known for way-laying unwary colleagues at home and abroad and sharing our good fortune.