Performing Arts Education Conference

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 8:30am to Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - 9:00pm
Online Event: 
The Rose
1 Theatre Lane

Let’s gather together in the beautiful Rose theatre, all of us who love English, Drama, Theatre, and arts education.


It’s a time to learn and have fun, enjoy the company of like-minded people, good food, and come away invigorated and re-energized for the classroom and community!


We will be an intimate group of only 40 for the in-person day, so reserve your ticket now as this will sell out!



Brampton On Stage's first annual Performing Arts Education Conference focuses on tools and strategies to bring texts alive in the classroom. Taking inspiration from the concurrently running production of Hamlet, participants have the option of including a ticket to that evening's opening night performance with their registration. The conference will be held at the iconic Rose theatre in downtown Brampton with two options for participation: in-person on October 12 and virtually on October 18. The conference is appropriate for teachers at all levels, including those focused on English or Drama, partnering arts organization staff, and artist-educators.


Supported by the Council of Drama and Dance Educators (CODE)

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM



Pricing & Promo Codes

October 12 (in-person):

• $75.00 – Conference (includes lunch)

• $15.00 – Ticket(s) to the opening night performance of Hamlet, using the promo code THEATREFAN. (This promo code is good for all Hamlet dates.)


October 18 (virtual):

• $40.00 – Conference


Arts Workers & Artist-Educators: access a conference fee discount using the promo code ARTS at point of registration (Oct. 12 discounted to $40.00 fee and Oct 18 to $20.00 fee).

PDSB Teachers: apply early for STPDL Funding.

DPCDSB Teachers: apply early for an external credit request through Professional Learning.

Bring your class to a school show of Hamlet: All details on how to book a school show found here. $10/student, supervisors generally free. Subsidy may be available to lower student ticket prices. Teacher resource package is attached as a PDF, and available digitally here.



Paula Wing
Head and Heart

All through the action of Shakespeare’s play, the central character is torn between his head and his heart, between what he knows and what he feels. Using creative writing and theatre techniques including physical exploration and improvisation, this workshop explores these two dynamic drivers of character and how they affect decision-making and empower characters to take action.

Kat Karpenchuk
Outrageous Fortune! Revisiting Shakespeare through the lens of process drama
Using improvisation and a variety of dramatic conventions, process drama allows students to explore the emotions, motivations and relationships in a story. This workshop will demonstrate how to use process drama with the text of Hamlet to allow students to form deeper meaning and personal connections and provide resources for further instruction.

Nicole Brooks
The CC Method (Challenge Conventions) 

This workshop explores the conventions of writing musical and operas (can be applied to any creative mediums) along with a case study of what is considered an unconventional way of storytelling and looks at ways artists can challenge the status quo.


Sharada Eswar

The Revenger’s Tragedy:
Both Shakespeare’s Hamlet and The Mahabharata are a searing examination of the need for justice and the desire for vengeance. In both, the protagonists set off a chain reaction of havoc, deception and trickery, that ends in a massacre of epic proportions.
Structurally and tonally, both echo each other. Saturated with duplicitous characters and plots of revenge, they are teeming with obsession, with vengeance, with death, with both moral and physical decay, and are riddled with intrigues -- where sycophancy hides jealous and vengeful ambitions. Revenge is the only arsenal here, the only means of redress and it is often assumed that it is the duty of the relatives of the injured to seek that redress, by whatever means are available.

Reneltta Arluk
Pawâkan MacBeth is a work that de-centres the Shakespeare narrative of Macbeth and places it in Treaty 6 territory. Reneltta will share a presentation on the breakdown of the play and the process of building a play that includes land and place.