Teaching

READINGS

Mr. Craig is available to read from his dramatic work.  A trained and experienced actor, he animates the text and speaks to the inspirations that go into creating popular and useful theatre art.  A portion of Mr. Craig’s reading fee may be covered by the Canada Council Reading Program managed by the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

SAMPLE WORKSHOP TITLES

THE THREE ACT STRUCTURE
In this workshop, participants will be led through a dynamic process which deconstructs three famous dramatic narratives  – “Hansel and Gretel”, Romeo and Juliet” and “Star Wars”  – to see how they conform with the elements of the classic three act structure.  Learners will come away with an understanding of  how balancing scenes, plot points, obstacles, the crisis and climax are used and how they can be applied to new narratives being created by students.

MAPPING OUR INTERNAL DIALOGUES
The great dramatist Henrik Ibsen said writing was like “sitting in judgment on our soul”.  In this workshop we will examine the internal voices that often fill our minds and souls.  Participants will actively engage with those voices in a dialogue which will be lively and illuminating.

WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS

WRITING FUN AND EASY
This workshop introduces reluctant writers of all ages and abilities (or teachers of same) to the joy of story making and gives confident writers some cool new moves.

THE GREAT POSTCARD CONTEST
Learners will write a postcard (no more than 80 words) and choose an image for same that reveals the person who is writing and the person receiving.

 

RECENT SPEAKING AND TEACHING ENGAGEMENTS

“Brilliant performance and key note. You were the highlight. I have already had many positive email responses on your address. And, of course, the key note was so crucial for setting the whole tone for the day.”
– Catherine McKernan, Conference Organizer
Fine Arts Conference sponsored by the York University Faculty of Education

Guest Project Co-ordinator and Judge
Postcard Writing Contest York School (grades 6-8), March 2011

Playreading
Playwrights Guild of Canada, March 2011

Workshop Leader: Dialoguing with your Inner Voices
Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, March 2011

Guest Speaker: Writing for Youth Audiences
Playwrights Guild of Canada, January 2011

Guest Speaker: Different styles of Theatre for Young Audiences
hosted by the Playwrights Guild of Canada, March 2010

Featured Speaker – Ontario Contact
The Ontario Arts Council, October 2009

“An Evening With David S. Craig”
hosted by the Sensational Elora Festival, October 2009

Workshop Leader: Professional Playwrights & The Three Act Structure
hosted by the Playwrights Guild of Canada,  November 2008

Workshop Leader: Designed for teachers and artists about the production
Doubt – CANSTAGE Theatre, November 2008

Speaker: Final address
Playwrights Guild of Canada AGM, May 2007

Workshop Leader: The Power of Literacy Through the Arts
York Region School Board, January 2007

Workshop Leader
Conference on Drama in Education, November 2006

Lecturer: On Playwrighting
Trent University, October 2006

Workshop Leader: Playwrighting Workshop
Elora Centre for the Arts, October 200

Key Note Speaker
Ontario Community Theatre Festival, May 2005

Panel speaker: TYA Playwrights Forum
Frankfurt, Germany, December 2004

Workshop Leader: Workshop specially created for drama students
Charlottetown Festival, July 2004

Adjudicate
Sears Drama Festival, February – March 2004

Canada Council Play Reading
Prince Arthur Collegiate Institute, November 2003

Canada Council Play Reading
York University, November 2003

Panel Speaker: Devised Theatre
Magnetic North Theatre Festival
Ottawa, ON, June 2003

Adjudicate
Bramalea One Act Play Festival
Brantford, ON, May 2003

After Lunch Speaker: Child Poverty and Danny, King of the Basement
Ontario Council of Judges Annual Conference
Windsor, ON, May 2003

Panel Member: Children’s Theatre
Milk International Children’s Festival
Toronto, ON, May 2003

Panel Member: Children’s Theatre
Playwright’s Guild of Canada
Vancouver, BC, May 2003

Guest Speaker: Ninety minute speech given to grade nine students
Etobicoke School of the Arts
Toronto, ON, April 2003

Lecture/Reading
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Barbara Sauren, Prof.
Toronto, ON, February 2003

Workshop Leader: Three hour playwrighting workshop for youth
Way To Go Program
Toronto, ON,  October 28 2002

Guest Lecturer: Theatre in Education
Two hour lecture for Post Graduate students
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Toronto, ON, July 3 2002

Workshop Director: An hour workshop for teachers
Arts Alive Conference sponsored by the Peel Board of Education
Mississauga, ON, April 16 2002

Workshop Director: Playmaking
Specialized workshop for students and teachers
Sears Drama Festival
Toronto, ON, April 6 2002

Keynote Speaker: “Art Smart: Rediscovering Expression in a New World”
Fine Arts Conference sponsored by the York University Faculty of Education.
Toronto, ON, February 15 2002

Guest Lecturer: Two hour lecture to students in Arts and Education
York University
Toronto, ON, November 8 2001

Guest Lecturer: A lecture on the Boufon style of Theatre
90-minute lecture/reading
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON, October 2001