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Mount Allison students present theatre workshop at international conference
2013-02-07 14:02:38

Three members of Tintamarre, Mount Allison University’s bilingual theatre troupe, recently travelled to Guelph, ON to present at the second international conference on second-language pedagogy: new technologies and learning outcomes.

Jointly sponsored by the Universities of Guelph and Sao Paulo, the conference featured presenters from ten countries (Canada, U.S., Cuba, Brazil, Great Britain, France, Algeria, Jordan, South Africa, and Taiwan).

Alex Fancy, founder-director of Tintamarre, professor emeritus in modern languages and literatures, and 3M National Teaching Fellow delivered the opening keynote address, entitled Lessons from the Edge of the Stage: Language, Theatre, and the Tintamarre Project.

Mount Allison students David White, Rosalind Crump, and Bernard Soubry also played a central role in the conference program. The trio, who will be featured in ALBUM, the Tintamarre production showing Feb. 6-9 on campus, made a presentation describing their parts, played a scene, and also read “post-cards” from the other actors who remained in Sackville. They finished the session by singing an original song from ALBUM, with music by fellow Mount Allison student Luke Trainor. Following the presentation, the students gave a workshop and hosted a discussion with Fancy for conference attendees on the logistics of creating a bilingual campus theatre community like Tintamarre.

White, a fourth-year, English and French student from Oakville, ON is assistant director of ALBUM, and hosts Tintamatin, a weekly CHMA program that updates listeners on the progress of ALBUM, as well as Tintamarre rehearsal strategies. Crump, a fourth-year geography and aboriginal perspectives student from Ottawa, is co-host of Tintamatin. Her special research interest is community building. Soubry, a fourth-year anthropology and English literatures student from Montreal has created the Tintamarre website, as well as a school-tour blog, and has made the Tintamatin episodes available to a very wide audience. All three have toured schools in the past and are members of this year’s Tintamarre touring cast.

Fancy says, “These three students exemplify the engagement, talent, and generosity that make Tintamarre possible, and they were excellent ambassadors for bilingual theatre and Mount Allison as they interacted with specialists from around the world.”

Photo caption: Mount Allison student and Tintamarre actor Rosalind Crump, left, Tintamarre founder-director Alex Fancy, centre, chat with conference participants at the second international conference on second-language pedagogy: new technologies and learning outcomes, held in Guelph. Fancy and three Mount Allison students presented to educators from around the world about creating a bilingual theatre community on a university campus.

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