Children’s Theatre in Education, offers fun, enriching theatre
courses for young people, ages 6-15, that encourage and promote
self-expression and social growth in supportive, age-appropriate
classes. Courses include, acting techniques, improvisation, musical
theatre, dance, set-building, film-making, and audition preparation.
In addition to teaching theatre skills, ACTE fosters community
building by involving family, friends and members from the arts
community to help with theatrical productions. The students will
have an opportunity to perform their plays for their schools and
have shown how the performing arts nurture skills that are useful
in every aspect of learning and life. An article published in
the Ontario College of Teachers’ magazine “Professionally
Speaking”, (December 2003), described how after using drama
in the classroom, teachers have noticed improvement in their students’
literacy and language comprehension. Teachers also noted that
using drama can expand students’ understanding and tolerance
of their world and keeps them in school.
Weinfeld, (B.Ed. B.F.A), is the founder, teacher, and artistic
director of ACTE. She has a passion for teaching children and
youth and is committed to cultivating an inclusive, respectful
and creative learning environment.
For the last
fifteen years, she has taught drama programs to students in elementary
schools, high schools, camps, youth centres and community centres.
Ms. Weinfeld has witnessed first hand the positive affects drama
has had on her students’ self-esteem, social and academic
teaching, Weinfeld has also directed many theatrical productions,
including “The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe”, "Peter
Pan", "Music Man", "Anne of Green Gables",
"Wizard of Oz", “A Christmas Carol”, and
her own works and adaptations, “Once Upon A Fairytale”,
“The Princess and the Pauper”, and “Alice”.
She has acted professionally for theatre, film and television
and has many connections with directors, producers, casting agents,
and instructors from the theatre and film industry in Toronto.