Facilitating the delivery of high quality theatre-based educational programs has been a core goal of Solo Chicken Productions since its inception. Solo Chicken believes that access to high quality arts based programming is a key component to a healthy community and strives to provide accessible programming to underserved communities. The company aims to facilitate a creative process based on the ideas and creative inspirations that spring from the participants themselves.
The Eastdale Theatre Project began in 2007 and ran for two years, offering a lunch-hour theatre workshop for 15-19 year olds at Eastdale Collegiate, in Toronto, Ontario. The school served students who struggled with a myriad of socio-economic issues, as well as those with learning exceptionalities. Lisa and the other artists worked in collaboration with Eastdale teachers to create a safe and educational space for the creation of theatre.
The Animating Our Legends Program took place at Ridgeview Middle School in Oromocto in 2010 and was a program for Oromocto First Nations middle school youth. The youth worked collectively with Lisa Anne Ross to create a new theatrical work based on a series of Maliseet Legends using puppets and shadows to help tell their story.
In 2016, Solo Chicken collaborated with The Charlotte Street Arts Centre and the Multicultural Association of Fredericton to offer Syrian youth of all ages theatre based drop in classes. The classes were movement based with the aim of offering the youth a safe space to have fun!
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB WORKSHOPS
In the summer of 2019 coop members Naomi McGowan and Dustyn Forbes worked with the Boys and Girls Club. The duo held two workshops every Wednesday for ages 5-9 and 9-12. These workshops served as an introduction to movement for stage and creation. For seven weeks, the children worked on the power of storytelling with simple physicality and expression. As well, they were introduced to human connection and stage fundamentals through engaging games and exercises.
FHS PHYSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP
In June 2019, Solo Chicken Productions teamed up with FHS for a three week physical theatre workshop. Every Thursday, coop members Dustyn Forbes and Naomi McGowan worked closely with the Theatre Production class at FHS. In this time frame, students learned the fundamentals of physical theatre and creation. After learning techniques for movement creation the class worked collaboratively to write text to pair with their physical creations.