Educational Theatre Expert to conduct workshops in Barbados

Cecily Spencer-Cross with Director of 'The Memory of Water' at FCH, the City... The Barbados Association of Drama Educators promotes the use of Theatre Arts across the curriculum. The Association holds workshops and facilitates theatre based activities for Barbadian students.

Barbadian Drama teachers will have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Educational Theatre when noted Educational Theatre Arts specialist, Gwendolen Hardwick conducts workshops in Drama-in-Education and Theatre-in-Education at Retreat 2011, organized by the Barbados Association of Drama Educators from Friday, October 28th to Sunday, October 30th, 2011 at the Pom Marine Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church.

Ms Hardwick, the Artistic and Education Director of the City University of New York’s Creative Arts Team, will also deliver workshops on “Addressing Social/Curriculum Issues through the use of Drama“. In these sessions, the focus will be on Bullying and HIV/AIDS.

Ms Hardwick’s career in the theatre spans over thirty years as an actor, writer, director, producer and educational theatre specialist. As an actor, she portrayed Betty Shabazz in El Hajj Malik and created the role of Mrs. Breedlove in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.

Internationally, she has developed and implemented educational theatre models with theatre companies in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Jamaica and the Republic of Ireland. She spearheaded CAT’s Bilateral Educational Support Through Theatre project (B.E.S.T.) –a three year collaboration with three South African universities- developing and directing theatre pieces addressing HIV/AIDS education and health issues affecting women and children.

Persons interested in attending the event must contact Mrs. Cecily Spencer-Cross at 429-4224 or email

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