2017 Call for Workshop Presenters

CLOSED – Thank you for your submissions!

Attention all artists, educators and academics! The Council of Drama and Dance Educators is looking for presenters for our 47th annual conference Claiming our Voices. The vision of the conference is to celebrate, inspire and learn about the diverse voices that make up our drama and dance community. We hope to have representation from artists, educators and academics from diverse backgrounds share their work around equity issues, arts advocacy, teacher and student wellness and the lenses which shape understanding.

One of the many strengths of dance and drama is the potential to allow students to explore a variety of perspectives and embody new ideas and concepts. As drama and dance educators we need to provide students with opportunities to experiment with various roles, use drama and dance as a vehicle to explore a variety of perspectives, and claim their voice through the roles they embody and the movements they create. We, as educators, must also examine our own voices. Where do we fit in in the landscape of Arts advocacy? How can we include a variety of perspectives, cultures, identities and experiences in our classrooms? What part do we play in fostering student creativity? Join us at the CODE conference as we work together to Claim our Voices!

Please consider applying to lead one of the following:

  • Workshop: participatory sessions that have direct applications for the classroom (e.g. sharing of lesson plans, how to work with a source, assessment strategies etc). Single (1.5 hours) or double (3 hours) session
  • Panel presentation: sharing original research, teaching applications or analysis of conference themes (3 panelists of 30 minutes each)
  • Roundtable discussion: facilitating a discussion related to the conference theme (1.5 hours)
  • Blended presentation: sharing original research, followed by a participatory session that explores the application of the presented research in the classroom. (1.5 hours)


All workshops and presentations MUST connect to one or more of the conference themes:

  • Race, Power, Privilege and Systemic oppression
  • Cultural Identities: What does it mean to “be Canadian?” e.g. French, refugee experiences, immigration
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit – Reconciliation, Treaties, MMIW, Indigenous youth suicides
  • Gender identity and/or sexual orientation
  • Class/ socio-economics
  • Ageism
  • Ableism
  • Language
  • Student voice, child voice, elderly voice
  • Mental health
  • Student and teacher wellness
  • Our role as teachers (nurturing the artist, the researcher and the educator)
  • Arts advocacy
  • Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy

***Workshops need to be genuine reflections of culture and/or ethnicity. Workshop leaders need to be mindful of this so not to simply include these elements of diversity to fit our theme and falling into the danger of cultural appropriation.***



Applications are now closed.


If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Chairs:

Cameron Ferguson (cameron.ferguson@code.on.ca)

Liz Burnip (liz.burnip@code.on.ca)


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Conference Co-Chairs
Cameron Ferguson
Liz Burnip

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