Art Starts and Artist in the Classroom

ANGELA BROWN (THE TA DAA LADY)

ab@angelabrown.ca  604.649.1979

 

PETER & THE WOLF

Performance at LANGLEY COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC 2017

Touring’ Peter & the Wolf’ in Greater Vancouver Elementary Schools

through Art Starts & Artist in the Classroom

 

 

Workshop Leader and Teacher of the Arts

Workshops, classes for children, young adults and adults

Angela is known for her Ta Daa Lady Show (clown, puppets, song and dance) and is Canadian storyteller for Nylon Zoo (originally created by Evelyn Roth (evelynrothoz.com) with which she tours all over B.C. to various festivals. She is co-creator of children musical storytelling performances with..

West Coast Chamber Music

Angela has taughtBaroque Dance at Capilano University, the Yukon Winter Music Camp,  North Vancouver and Vancouver Music Societies, taught acting, musical theatre at Gateway Theatre and the Okanagan School of the Arts and numerous workshops in elementary and secondary schools and for teachers through Learning through the Arts.

 

(Art Starts) Artists in the Classroom

Art Starts in the Classroom (artstarts.ca) pays 70% of the artit’s fee.

 

 

 Artist in Residence  (AIR) sponsored by the VSB

“My grade 1/2 class had the pleasure of working with The Ta Daa Lady! I was very impressed with how attentive she was with my class. Angela was able to adjust the stimulation and energy as needed to keep all 23 of my students engaged and having fun, while building their self-confidence, imagination, and problem solving skills. They can’t wait to see her again!! The students had tones of fun working with her and keep asking when she will return to our school. She has a wonderful way of communicating with children through puppetry. Angela clearly loves what she does and I would have her back in my classroom anytime!” Georgia Goundouvas, Grade 1/2 Teacher, Tecumseh Annex, Vancouver B.C. 2017

 

Historical dance and Commedia dell’Arte

For many years Angela has been performing, writing scenes and songs, choreographing and directing “Living History” programs for BC historical parks,  programs such as Voices of the Fraser and the Fraser River Revue sponsored by Metro Vancouver where she created scenes and a musical revue  based on the early days of the settlers when they made their homes along side of the Fraser, farming and the fishing of salmon, First Nations and the Chinese in the Canneries.  She also ddirected and wrote for IOCO Day in Port Moody and for B.C. historical Parks; Barkerville and Fort Steele.


ioco paradesm10 IOCO Day in Port Moody

 Angela was contracted to host workshops where the children acted out a school scene from the early 1900′s. The actors prepare a series of short scenes that may or may not include song and music.  Angela wrote, and directed various scenes that depicted the days when IOCO was a boom town  in the early 1990′s. Designed  for children of all ages. Angela provided costumes and props (including a dunce hat which a Councilor of Port Moody got to wear).  A final presentation is prepared for viewing. Angela supplied the costumes.

   Fraser River Revue

Simonds Elementary in Langley collaborated to create an elementary school version of  ’Fraser River Revue’ songs and short scenes about settling along the Fraser bask in the early 1900. Written by Ms. Brown, who has taught  classes and workshops for Vancouver Youth Theatre and Learning for the Arts for children of all ages. The material she offered was the inspiration for our show based in the history of B.C.

Commedia dell’Arte (all ages)

In 2015, Angela traveled to Florence Italy to take part in a two-week intensive workshop in Commedia dell’Arte with Roberto Andrioli.

“Angela Brown attended our Commedia workshop that took place in Florence last february 2015. She brought to the work her previous acting skills and experience with Commedia dell’Arte theatre, Baroque and Renaissance dance. Her goal attending the workshop was to develop her already rich experience as an actor – dancer–teacher. Ms Angela Brown has a very good attitude towards learning and improvising. She was very positive in her relations with other students and to the work”. Roberto Andrioli


Whistler Children’s Art Festival

 The Ta Daa Lady dresses the children in costumes to ‘Make a Play’.  The children act out the story with Ta Daa narrating. The audience (mostly parents) are hungry animals since the salmon run is scarce. So the children in Nylon Zoo costumes feed them berries.

 

Theatre and Dance Workshop

 

Baroque History, Dance and Mask

Above are”thank you” drawings are from a grade six class at Martha Currie elementary in Cloverdale B.C.

Mask, Movement and Playmaking

Puppets for learning

Puppets
Angela regularly uses puppets in performance as well as in teaching. Above is a photo taken at Whistler Children’s Art Festival. Ta Daa had a Make a Puppet’ workshop followed by Make a Puppet Play workshop. Over the years, she has worked as a puppeteer with Whole Loaf Theatre in Toronto and Canadian Folk Puppets in Richmond B.C. She has studied puppeteering in Montreal with puppeteer Zack Fraser. Angela has teaches workshops to pre-school teachers  using puppets as an important component. In a workshop Angela offered to pre-school teachers in New Westminster ’Pre-school Promenade’ ( pre-school teachers in New Westminster)  in storytelling techniques and she incorporated mime and puppetry. A few years back., she was invited to Nanaimo B.C. to offer a workshop  to teachers who would like to incorporate puppetry into their teaching.

“I am mailing you the Feedback sheets, so you can smother yourself with pride. Well done and thank you. As your workshop participants made it obvious, you were a great success.” Colin Gorrie Nanaimo Teacher Pro-D Day “ Puppets as Educational Tool, Wellington School, Nanaimo B.C.

 

 Testimonials

“Angela taught “French Made Fun’ through drama and movement for grades 8 to 12 at John Oliver High in Vancouver. Angela is very professional and dedicated to her art. She is wonderfully skilled and enthusiastic when it comes to inspiring and communicating with young people.” Ellen Stewart, teacher of French studies, John Oliver High School, Vancouver B.C. 2014

 

“In all of my interactions with Angela Brown, I have found her to be one of the most highly creative and talented people I have ever encountered. She is very easy to work with, very reliable, professional and good humoured” Holly Duff, Music Director, West Coast Chamber Music, Vancouver B.C.  2016

 

“I enjoyed Angela’s energy and charismatic presence during her presentation and leading of the drama activities.  Campfire skits are part of the Scouting/Guiding program.  Drama is not my talent, but I know it is hers!  Darlene Rainbow, Ladner Home Schooler Association, Ladner B.C. 2015

 

“I am writing to commend Angela’ s work with our company as well as her creative output. She has contributed as a dancer, actor, singer and teacher and has extensive knowledge in Commedia. She is tremendously talented in all areas of her endeavors as both as creator (songs, dances, comedic scenes, historical plays, etc) and as interpreter of song, dance and comic character. She is a dynamic teacher she is full of wonderful creative ideas for any project in which she involves herself. ” Catherine Lee, Artistic Director, Historical Performance Ensemble & True North Performance, Teacher of Dance and Movement at “Studio 58”, Langara College, Vancouver B.C. 2016

“I know Angela to be a dynamic and engaging teacher who shows great passion for the material she presents. Her warmth, humour and clear communication put those she is working with at ease and make for a positive and freely creative work environment.”Angela’s depth of knowledge and creative integrity are impressive and definitely medium motivate students to pursue higher goals. Angela is an excellent leader with a high level of responsibility and commitment to her craft.” Shelley S. Hunt hunt@capilanou.ca, Faculty, Capilano University Theatre Department 2014

“In three days she managed to introduce 2 dozen youngsters and older students to the intricacies of Baroque Dance. To see 5-11 year olds enthusiastically demonstrating the steps they had learned in “baroque dress” and style to the sound of live musicians playing familiar tunes was uplifting for all present. Teen and adult students also enjoyed learning to parade around in proper Baroque style and design their own dances using “pas de bourees” and “pas coupees”. In her free time, Angela worked with keen youngsters who choreographed their own baroque dance. Angela also filmed the camp and contributed a DVD of the camp to the Suzuki Strings Association.” Karen McKenna, Coordinator SSAY Yukon Winter Music Camp 2012

 

“The organizers and the students were delighted by her workshops.  She was tireless in her presentation of the material – she did nine workshops in three days!!  She was really well organized and as well as teaching the dances she also provided a wealth of historical information about the work the students were doing.  Her enthusiasm was infectious.  I think it is a testament to her teaching that at the wind up banquet the students got up and enthusiastically performed some of the dances that they had learned. She is one of the reasons that our festival was so successful. “ Linda Beaven, organizer of Goodwill Shakespeare Festival, Summerland B.C. 2011

 

 

” Angela Has been performing in our storytelling tent at Surrey’s International children’s Festival for years now. Her style is engaging, hilarious and highly participatory. She is a wonderful teller who really understands children, she is also a pleasure to work with on the business side of things.” Sara Grant Manager of Youth Services, Surrey Public Library, Surrey B.C.

Education: Classes & Workshops

Angela has a BFA in Visual Art/Theatre from Concordia,  BFA in Dance from York University in Toronto, a certificate from the British Theatre Association in Directing from London England, Masters in Directing (one year) from UBC. Angela has been a writer and director for B.C. historical parks, has taught Master Classes at Capilano University, musical theatre and acting at Gateway Theatre, acting at Okanagan School of the Arts worked as an arts teacher for four years with Learning Through The Arts.

Body work Jane Ellison, Western Front Vancouver B.C. (on-going)

Historical dance & singing with Catherine Lee, Historical Performance Ensemble (on – going)

Voxy workshops Kate Hammett Vaughan & Carol Sawyer, Various movement and Voice workshops, VVC Vancouver B.C. 2010- ____

Arnie Aslove (US) Various workshops Commedia Characters, Neutral masks and scenes Vancouver B.C.2011-2012

Anna Yepes (Fr) Baroque Dance 2012

Angene Feves (US )San Francisco Early Music, Baroque Dance workshop 2006

Margie Gillis Master Class in improvised dance, Dance Centre Vancouver B.C.2006

Edgar Tumak (Can) Baroque Dance workshops 2005

Orestes Mask workshop Intensive Dance Center Vancouver B.C. 2004

Commedia dell’ Arte workshop BellaLuna Productions,Vancouver B.C .April 2004

Paige Whitely Baugess and Thomas Baird (US) Baroque Dance workshops 2003

Marco Piravano( Italy) Commedia dell’Arte workshop, Scotia Bank Dance CentrVancouver B.C.

Acting Workshop William Esper, Vancouver Theatre Alliance B.C.2002

British Theatre Association Intensive Course in Directing. London England1989

Voice Intensive Simon Fraser University Burnaby B.C. 1991

Dance Intensive Simon Fraser University,Burnaby,B.C.1987

Michael Fields (US) Commedia dell’Arte workshop UBC 1985

Voice Intensive Simon Fraser University Burnaby B.C.1986