MEGAN MCARTON

Megan is an active member of the Manitoba theatre scene. She has acted for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (Mainstage and Warehouse), Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and Shakespeare in the Ruins. She directed school touring productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare in the Ruins, and several plays for the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

Megan loves to share her enthusiasm for drama with students of all ages, and has done so for over twenty years. She was the drama consultant for Frontier School Division. She has been a drama instructor for Prairie Theatre Exchange and has facilitated workshops for students and teachers in many different settings, including at the International School in Thailand. As a boarding mom at the school, she was responsible for a house of Grades One to Five students who loved to put on plays for their parents and friends.

THE PROGRAM:

Megan will work with classroom groups to explore stories, historical events, or themes of the school’s choosing. If the school prefers, Megan can offer choices from her own repertoire of entertaining stories that relate to the curriculum. The groups will work towards a short presentation to share at week’s end. Megan is practiced at adapting stories to provide a role for everyone by adding new characters or having a small group share the function of one character. Children will develop skills and make choices through participation in improvisations, games and exercises related to character and plot. Through reflection and discussion, and using their knowledge of character and plot, they will create and present a group production without a script. When desirable, Megan may take on a minor role and perform with the students.

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