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The EDANS Spring Conference
at the Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival  
DramaFest 2016  

Celebrating Theatre Since 1973


May 5, 6 and 7, 2016

The EDANS Spring Conference is a Professional Development opportunity for Nova Scotia teachers presented by the Educational Drama Association of Nova Scotia (EDANS), a Special Association of the NSTU

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What is it?    Where is it?    How to Register    Register NOW!

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What is the EDANS Spring Conference?

Three Days of Theatre!

The EDANS Spring Conference is a professional development opportunity for teachers that is somewhat different from regular conferences. The most striking difference is that it takes place in conjunction with the Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival (DramaFest), a three day festival for high school students which has been running for over 40 years! DramaFest and the EDANS Spring Conference has become a key component in EDANS’ commitment to support drama in schools and teachers of drama.

To learn more about DramaFest, click HERE.

This connection to Dramafest is what makes the EDANS Spring Conference such a unique learning experience for teachers. A portion of each day will be spent learning alongside students!

A teacher’s day at the EDANS Spring Conference is divided into two key professional development opportunities. The morning Master Class provides an opportunity for teachers to learn alongside the student DramaFest participants. These classes are taught by skilled professionals in the field of the dramatic arts and represent a professional development opportunity unlike any other offered in the province.

The Teacher Workshops in the afternoon sessions offer a more in-depth learning opportunity. Teachers once again work with professionals in the dramatic arts and with experienced drama educators in a smaller studio class setting on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday afternoon, conference participants will have the opportunity to share teaching strategies, resources and assessment ideas. Please bring along any items and ideas you wish to share. This is a great opportunity to network with other teachers of Drama.

As an added bonus, teachers can take advantage of the Theatre Festival that runs every evening at DramaFest. The Drama Festival provides an opportunity for students from across the province to share their drama work with other students as more than half of the productions at the festival are original plays written and performed by the students. This is an excellent opportunity for teachers to experience a wide range of performances created by students as part of their drama coursework in classrooms around the province.

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Where is the EDANS Spring Conference held?

The EDANS Spring Conference and DramaFest is hosted by the Dalhousie Theatre Department in the Dalhousie Arts Centre.  Events take place in the department’s two theatres: the Sir James Dunn and David MacMurray (Studio One), as well as the studios and classrooms of the theatre and music departments. Since all classes cannot be contained within the Arts Centre some classes are held across the Dalhousie University campus.

Teachers are responsible for arranging their own meals and accommodations for the conference.

Click HERE for the location of the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

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How To Register

Click HERE to go to the Teacher Registration Page now!

Payment is to be made by cash or cheque and will be handled on-site. Please make all cheques payable to “EDANS”.

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Company in Residence

To be announced...

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Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 4th

6:00 - 10:00 pm  Early Registration

Thursday, May 5th

8:00 - 11:00 am Registration
9:30 - 11:30 am  Masterclass #1 (Dress for physical activity)
1:30 - 3:30 pm  Afternoon Teacher Workshop
6:00 pm  DramaFest Opening Ceremonies
7:00 - 11:00 pm DramaFest Student Productions

Friday, May 6th

9:30 - 11:30 am  Masterclass #2 (Dress for physical activity)
1:30 - 3:30 pm  Afternoon Teacher Workshop
6:00 - 9:30 pm DramaFest Student Productions
10:00 - 11:45 pm Student Talent Show

Saturday, May 7th

9:30 - 11:30 am  Masterclass #3 (Dress for physical activity)
1:00 - 1:45 pm Spring Conference / DramaFest Debriefing
1:45 - 3:30 pm  Resource Sharing Session - take an opportunity to share your best ideas and practices with other drama teachers!
6:00 pm Closing Ceremonies
7:00 - 9:30 pm DramaFest Student Productions
10:00 - 11:45 pm Student Dance

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Contact Us

Jonathan Grady 464-5220 jkgrady@nstu.ca 
(EDANS Spring Conference Chair) (ext 7601315)  
Jeff Schwager (902) 981-4026 coordinator@dramafest.ca
(DramaFest Coordinator)    
Click HERE to access the contact form    

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