Keynotes - The Art of Ensemble

Explore ways to foster buy-in with your whole cast. Certainly this happens with sharing backstage and production duties, but Jeany will demonstrate how to empower all your performers to enhance the power and clarity of story while upping their participation and enjoyment. We will: • Look for ways to incorporate more cast members into scenes as a living, breathing chorus • Help your ensemble invest as active storytellers, throwing focus and living in the moment • Explore creative staging, simple choreography and soundscapes to enliven the performance • Build a strong team of players who take ownership in the process and support one another


  • Rosebud School of the Arts
    Jeany Snider

    Jeany is an experienced instructor, director, actor, writer and performer with Rosebud School of the Arts, the Badlands Passion Play, Fire Exit Theatre, Rosebud Theatre, and Chemainus Theatre Festival. She loves devising new works and discovering imaginative ways to tell story. Some of her past credits include: Babette’s Feast, Doubt, Hello Dolly!, A Wrinkle in Time, King Lear, Macbeth, Lettice and Loveage, Unity 1918, and The Skin of Our Teeth. Jeany has an MFA from the University of Illinois and a BA from Trinity Western University.

Keynotes - My Grandfather's Ways: Indigenous Teachings in the Drama Classroom

Indigenous ways of knowing happen naturally as teachers and students gather in Drama classes: they sit in circle together as equals, they tell stories, they watch, they listen, they do, and they learn by sharing.  Allison Green presents her Algonquin Grandfather's ways of knowing and illustrates what Drama teachers can do in their classrooms today for change in Canada's future.


  • EdTA Canada / Ontario Thespians
    Allison Green

    Allison is a storyteller, artist and teacher. She is the granddaughter of Andy Green, an Algonquin elder of Talon Lake near Mattawa Ontario. It was with great pride that she was gifted the Anishnabwe name Shinawe Pewanak by elders who felt she earned -- “The One who Rattles the Flint”. Elders saw the passion to pass on her fire through the teaching of young people, new teachers and members of her Indigenous community who have not found their voice. Allison’s formal theatrical training began at York University, Toronto, in Theatre Production, Stage Management and Design – where she also returned for her Bachelor of Education. Allison’s artistry can be seen in her Indigenous artwork, beading, stage design and painting. She is a published playwright as her script “Anonymous” is available through Theatrefolk and she continues to write, direct and stage productions with high school students. She is currently the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Educational Theatre Association of Canada and a secondary school teacher in rural Northern Ontario where she teaches drama, social sciences and Indigenous studies.


Keynotes - Moving in the Direction of Theater 2.0

As we emerge from the long pandemic cesura, we find ourselves in a moment that requires us to change our postures, our attitudes, and our means and methods.  There are highly justified calls for equity, for “decolonizing the rehearsal room,” for dismantling institutional racism, for less hierarchical practices, for kinder work conditions.  Many professionals suggest that a return to theater-making and theatergoing requires the creation of a “Theater 2.0”.

Those of us who teach as well as make theater are called upon to help our students find their way and to equip them with the tools to make theater that addresses the problems of the current world that we inhabit. And the world has changed. There is a great deal to unpack and to reconsider. Can we shift focus and rethink the models that we inherited? What are the pressing subjects to address on the stage?  Amidst the current uncertainty, how can we be of help to the next generation?


  • Anne Bogart

    Anne Bogart is one of the three Co-Artistic Directors of the SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program. Works with SITI include Falling & LovingThe BacchaeChess Match No. 5; Lost in the StarsThe Theater is a Blank PagePersiansSteel HammerA RiteCafé VariationsTrojan Women (After Euripides)American DocumentAntigoneUnder ConstructionFreshwaterWho Do You Think You AreRadio MacbethHotel CassiopeiaDeath and the PloughmanLa DisputeScorebobrauschenbergamericaRoomWar of the Worlds–the Radio PlayCabin PressureAlice’s AdventuresCulture of DesireBob; Going, Going, GoneSmall Lives/Big DreamsThe MediumNoel Coward’s Hay Fever and Private Lives; August Strindberg’s Miss Julie; and Charles Mee’s Orestes. Recent operas include: Wagner’s Tristan and IsoldeThe Handmaid’s Tale, Handel’s Alcina, Dvorak’s Dimitrij Verdi’s Macbeth, Bellini’s Norma and Bizet’s Carmen. She is the author of six books: A Director Prepares; The Viewpoints Book; And Then, You Act; Conversations with Anne, What’s the Story and The Art of Resonance.


Keynotes - A Meet & Greet with Rick Mercer

We are excited to announce that Rick Mercer will be joining us for a live interactive meet and greet session at our Canadian National Drama Teachers Conference. A drama teacher changed his life and now he is coming to our conference to help us Renew. Rebuild. and Reimagine.


  • Rick Mercer

    Rick Mercer is a Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist and author. He is best known for his work on the CBC Television comedy shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made In Canada and Rick Mercer Report. He is the author of four books all of which have been national best sellers. Mercer has received nearly 30 Gemini Awards and Canadian Screen awards for his work on television. His CBC Television special Talking To Americans remains the highest rated Canadian comedy special ever with 2.7 million viewers.

    Rick holds Honorary Doctorates from Memorial University, Laurentian University, University of British Columbia, McMaster University, Bishop's University, Brock University and the University of Guelph. In 2014, he received Honorary Doctorates from the Royal Military Academy and from University of Western Ontario and York University.

    He is on the board of directors of Historica Canada, an organization dedicated to promoting Canadian history, identity and citizenship. They are the "Heritage Minute" people.

    He is a recipient of the Governor Generals Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement and in 2014 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

    He is a native of St. John's, Newfoundland.