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Second Act: ESL Theatre Program

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Casa Maiz

1280 Finch Ave W #204, North York

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Looking for a creative way to practice your English?

Second Act is a series of FREE theatre-focused workshops for youth ages 14 to 25, to feel more comfortable and confident in their speaking abilities. Second Act is led in English and is ideal for those with basic to intermediate English communication skills. TTC fare and snacks provided. Financial assistance for childcare available (2 weeks notice is required)

Participation certificate awarded if you attend a minimum of 7 workshops!





October 1: Getting Started with Cecilia Garcia
Learning a new language is hard, and sometimes the hardest parts are the skills we spent the least amount of time practicing. Speaking and interacting with others in a new language demands a lot of practice, courage, and confidence. Let’s get started with play and games to get to know each other and start working on our English and confidence.


October 5: Storytelling and Presence with Patrick Walters
More info coming soon!


October 12: Improv in a second language with Alana Shields Barker
This workshop will guide participants through the basics of Improvisation focusing on our social communications skills. We all use basic improv skills every day, solving problems, discovering information, communicating our needs and desires. In this workshop we’ll be exploring how we do this in Canadian English using real time improv games and taking time to share our discoveries with each other as we play. You do not need drama or improvisation experience to join us – just a willingness to learn and explore your new social language with an open heart and mind. Wear comfortable clothing as we will be moving a bit.


October 15: Improv and Comedy with Isaac Luy
This workshop is for youth that have english as their second language and are trying to improve their interpersonal and public speaking skills. We'll focus on some physical comedy games that get your body moving and your creative juices flowing. We will do exercises that aim to get you feeling confident and into a state of play.


October 19: Body Language, Gestures and Non-verbal Communication with Beatriz Pizano
More info coming soon!


October 22: Storytelling with Images with Jackie Omstead
More info coming soon!


October 29: Public Speaking with Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao
The purpose of this workshop is to overcome the fear of public speaking through Improvisation and Stand Up Comedy. We will use humor as the primary tool in order to become persuasive speakers, improve stage presence, and develop self-confidence. The workshop will also show attendees how to embrace their accent and roots through the 'mistakes are opportunities' mentality.


November 2: Building your Character with Melissa Foster
Explore your inner ego at this workshop designed to celebrate that lesser known side of you. Brave, insecure, funny, loud, quite, shy - all types are welcome here! You’ll use basic acting techniques, character development and improvisation to create an alter ego that’s all you.




For more information http://www.northyorkarts.org/programs/ or contact Cecilia by email cecilia@northyorkarts.org or phone 4167339388 ext 7067

In partnership with Casa Mais, and Teach 2 Learn

Funded by Ontario Government

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