SOLDIERS IN THE ARTS (SITA)

ACTING OUT WAR'S INNER WOUNDS

Physical injury soldiers will heal., but post-traumatic stress is more difficult because people don’t see it. We believe that acting and the arts have the ability in healing of inner wounds.

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Our coaches and mentors have years of experience in the entertainment & theatre industry. Michael J. Gellman is a founding member and currently Senior Faculty Member at The Second City Training Center and has been directing, teaching and acting for over 40 years. With Michael heading up our program and running workshops and classes, we are confident our veterans will get the best training and advancement into the entertainment industry. With Michael's contacts in the USA and Canada, he will be bringing in some of the most experienced and talented workshop coaches in to train in our program, giving our veterans and families the chance to work one on one with them. Our programs are unique to the wellness aspect for our veterans and families, making healing and group dynamics at the forefront of Soldiers In The Arts.

ACTING

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

  • Improvisational Acting and Traditional Acting

  • Classes held between April 4 - Sept 30, 2022

  • 3 Sessions of 8 Weeks Each

  • First two months focuses on Improvisation with some acting exercise

  • The second two months combines more Advanced Improvisation with Traditional Acting Workshops

  • The third 2 months focuses almost exclusively on Acting with text.

  • 3 performance opportunities for each two month session with the third being a final graduation presentation.

  • This will all lead to the final production in front of a live audience. Participants will be at the helm of all aspects of the production, solidifying themselves as Canada’s Veteran run theatre company.

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ACTING CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

Our Program, Soldiers In The Arts, uses Theatre to address traumatic stress and related problems encountered by veterans and their loved ones. Working closely with actors, directors, producers, dancers, writers, poets and artists the SITA creates opportunities for participants to fulfil their artistic potential. The program aims to give Veterans and their families new skills and experiences they may have never considered before. It will help participants improve their own confidence, self-awareness, and motivation to support their individual recovery and the transition into civilian life.

The objective of SITA is to provide arts based training in order to further the healing journey for veterans and their families. Through arts based workshops we look to bridge the gap between the veteran family and the arts world. This will foster creativity and help bring to light suppressed emotions, in an inclusive and supportive environment. Art therapy is an evidenced based approach to the healing process of PTSD and has shown to be beneficial to veterans and those who support them at home.

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