Since 1994 Two Planks and a Passion Theatre has employed the art of theatre as a catalyst for learning, empowerment, and the building of better communities. Drawing on the innate creativity in all of us, the company designs programs that help us communicate, collaborate, and collectively visualize a better tomorrow.
Among the programs the company has carried out are workshops on youth homelessness, youth violence, and bullying in schools.
“The success of bringing a message of awareness as to the risks of becoming homeless is credit to Ken Schwartz and the sensitive nature of the question and answer sessions interwoven with the performance.
The largely interactive performance touched on the parental, societal lack of communication that can occur with youth. Homelessness issues of poverty, dangers of living on the street, hunger, cold, and the drug culture were portrayed. Solidarity amongst peers was shown, but the pathos of the lack of support, perceived or real, made the performance heart-breaking to witness”.
Anna Roch, Project Coordinator-Homelessness Initiative: Building Capacity in the Annapolis Valley
“I can honestly say after watching this presentation that it was, without a doubt, one of the most valuable days that I could ever have offered my students. The workshop was not only incredibly well done, but was presented by two individuals who gave totally of themselves to see that every student came away from the half day session with a sense of accomplishment. The presenters were quite energetic and presented their material with energy, enthusiasm and passion. They work incredibly well with High School Students delivering their material and skills in a way that is meaningful and understandable by all who attended.
In reflecting back on the session, and listening to the feedback from the students, I can assure you that if the opportunity is offered again in future, I will jump at the chance to have these individuals back to do follow up workshop sessions. Such opportunities are wonderful for Theatre students and should be encouraged and promoted. To you, the presenters, and the sponsors of this opportunity I again offer my thanks as well as the thanks of the students.”
Brian Mosher, Teacher, Gander Collegiate, Gander Newfoundland
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The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts is a multi disciplinary arts education and development centre based on 186 acres of farm and forest in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Our facilities and programs are designed to serve the artistic and cultural communities of Nova Scotia, of Canada, and of the world, with a focus on professional artist development, youth education and Aboriginal arts programming. For more information, click here