March 5, 2021


News

Meet our 2021 Teen Shakespeare Program lead instructor Leslie Dos Remedios. She is tasked with the job of directing our Teen Shakespeare Ensemble this summer in the bard’s stormiest comedy – The Tempest.

The Tempest will be performed live in Ron Basford Park on Granville Island from July 31 to August 7, 2021. The deadline for video audition submissions has been extended to March 15. Details can be found here.

We are fully committed to treating everyone, including people of all races, backgrounds, abilities, those who identify as LGBTQIA2S+, gender-neutral, gender-fluid, or non-binary, with respect and understanding while fostering a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment free of any harassment or discrimination where we can all learn and grow together.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I acknowledge that I work and live on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. I’m a graduate of York University (2008) and Studio 58’s acting conservatory (2012) and over the years, I’ve had the honour of working many amazing artists and companies in Toronto, Vancouver, and spaces in between.

I am delighted to be back as an instructor and now leading the Teen Shakespeare Program. One of my first professional acting contracts I did was with CTYP and I hope to pass on some of my love and passion for theatre and storytelling to the next generation of creators.

As an artist, I’m committed, now more than ever, to be a leader and learner in healing our community as a whole and as a company dedicated to fostering passion and curiosity in young people. I eagerly anticipate moving forward with ferocious empathy and understanding with open hearts and minds.

What are you most excited about TSP this year?

It’s an interesting year to plan a show taking into consideration all the COVID-19 protocols. If everything goes to plan, I’m absolutely thrilled at the thought of having live theatre performance again—real live people performing in front of other real live people! Seems so simple, but I think a lot of us didn’t realize how much we cherished those shared experiences until we couldn’t any longer.

In creative collaboration with the students, I’m very excited to create an immersive theatre performance, transforming Granville Island and shipwrecking our audience into the middle of magic and mayhem!

How do you approach directing young people?

As an instructor, I try to make the process in the room as organic and empathic as possible, incorporating as many ideas from the students as possible—no idea goes unheard!

With all artists, but especially with our young people, I want to listen and learn with them; to make a holistic space where everyone’s physical, mental, and spiritual needs are met and are part of the creation process.

With my students, I try to instill in them that the more they put into the work, the more they’ll get out of it. To do that, we need a safe and fun space where they can feel free to be brave, explore, fail, and try again.

Recently, our education manager, Angie, said something that has been resonating with me, “We’re here to make progress, not perfection.” I hope you’ll come on the journey with us.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

My very first acting role was in the 2nd grade playing one of two donkeys in the nativity play at my school. I got glowing reviews from my mom.