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Speech Arts at the Shadbot Centre

 Speech Arts at the Shadbolt Centre

Our Speech Arts programs are designed to help your child develop the technical andcritical thinking skills necessary for communicating confidently. Incorporating instruction in drama, voice projection and reading comprehension,students work on individual or group projects in the form of speeches, stories,poetry, debates or short dramatic scenes.  Focus is given to physical gesture, posture, vocal articulation, and exploring the performative possibilities of the written word.

These programs usually run long term (25 sessions September-June) however we are offering shorter term class this spring in order to acquaint new students with the program.  Students registered in these classes will be able to pre-registerfor the upcoming 2012-2013 programming year.

Private½ lessons are available upon request. 

To register call 604-291-6864 or go online at

ContactTheatre & Literary Arts Programmer Joel DeStefano for more information:


Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
6450 Deer Lake Ave.
Burnaby BC



Exploring Speech & Drama  ages 4-6

Young children developtheir creativity and voice for better speech and oral communication. There will be an in-class presentation on the final day.

Instructor: Kirstn Hawson.

Wednesdays  April 11-May30  8 sessions $96.88

12:00-1:00pm  BarCode#268201
1:15-2:15pm  BarCode #268202
2:30-3:30pm  BarCode #268203


Speech & Drama ages 7-9

Develop clear articulationand expressive use of voices for performance and presentation.

Final Recital: Sunday June 3rd 1:00pm 
Studio Theatre  Shadbolt Centre
Instructor: Jeremy van denDriesen 
Thursdays  April 12-May31 
8 sessions $104.38


Pros & Cons ages 10-12

Gain valuable skills in logic, public speaking, research and communication in this fun and interactive debating class.
Final Recital: Sunday June3rd  3:00pm 
Studio Theatre  Shadbolt Centre
Instructor: Jeremy van denDriesen 
Thursdays April 12-May 31
8 sessions $193.76
1:00-3:00pm BarCode#268220



About Our Instructors


Kirstn Hawson trained at the prestigious Central School Of Speech & Drama in London England whereher education was sponsored by Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir John Gielgud and Felicity Kendall.  As an actor she has performed in numerous productions fortelevision, film, radio and the stage.  She has worked as a presenter and writer for ESL education videos and TOEIC/TOEFL speaking tests. As an instructor she has taught singing, acting and speech arts to students withdiverse needs from all around the world.  In London, Kirstn spent 5 years teaching singing and acting to underprivileged inner city youth from recently immigrated families.  She has also worked with students with autism and acted as the In house voice artist at The Royal National Institute of the Blind.  In Korea she worked as a freelance acting and singing coach for after school programs.  More recently and closer to home, she has taught students of all ages Arts Umbrella, the Sarah McLachlan Music outreach program and at RileyPark, Britannia and Mount Pleasant Community Centres.

Jeremy van den Driesen has pursued an acting career both inFilm & TV and stage since 1990. Having competed in many speech & drama competitions, he then turned his attention to teaching what he learned through the years, and continues to learn as a working actor. In 1992 he was awarded the Jean Campbell Trophy for the performer with the highest score in the Speech& Drama category of the Coquitlam District Music Festival, having also received a distinction in the Performance Certificate of Trinity/Guildhall's programme of examinations.


Our Mandate

 To foster and enhance a sense of community by providing anenvironment for celebration and interaction through the arts.

To anticipate, motivate and extend opportunities through the arts.

To encourage growth and well-being through participation in thearts.