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EDANS Spring Conference – May 3, 4 and 5, 2018 – Register Now!

23 Jan

Registration for the EDANS Spring Conference is now open!

  • Click HERE to go directly to the EDANS Spring Conference Teacher Registration site.

The EDANS Spring Conference is a professional development opportunity for teachers that is somewhat different from regular conferences. The most striking difference is that it takes place in conjunction with the Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival (DramaFest), a three day festival for high school students which has been running for over 40 years! DramaFest and the EDANS Spring Conference has become a key component in EDANS’ commitment to support drama in schools and teachers of drama.

To register, please go to and follow the “EDANS CONFERENCE” link. (…or to go directly to the Teacher Registration site, click HERE)

Also, while you are at it, sign your school up for DramaFest and bring a group of students. It is an experience they will never forget!


EDANS October Conference Registration NOW OPEN!

14 Sep

Improv Everywhere


J. L. Ilsley High School – October 27, 2017

Life is improvised!

This year’s conference, “Improv Everywhere” will provide educators with an arsenal of drama foundation games to take back to your multidisciplinary classroom.  As well, we are very excited to combine our keynote and meal together in a performance experience hosted by the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre.

As part of our conference package, all educators will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of improv activities: fun and simple games that challenge student and adult alike to think on their feet and to be in the moment!

We follow this up with our keynote performance at the Grafton St Dinner Theatre. Conference participants will get to see improvisational skills in action in this very entertaining performance.

Conference Venue:

J. L. Ilsley High School (38 Sylvia Ave, Halifax, NS B3R 1J9) & Grafton Street Dinner Theatre, Halifax

Conference participants will meet at J. L. Ilsley High School. A chartered bus will transport participants from J. L. Ilsley High to Grafton St Dinner Theatre. The bus will return participants back to J. L. Ilsley High at the end of the performance.

Registration Limit:

Due to the seating capacity of the Grafton St Dinner Theatre, we can accommodate a maximum of 115 participants

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m. Registration Opens
9:00 a.m Opening and AGM
9:35 a.m. Break and Snack
9:50 a.m. Workshop Rotation (Improvisational Activities)
11:00 a.m. Board Bus to Grafton Street Dinner Theatre
11:30 Keynote Performance and Lunch
3:30 Board Bus back to school


Conference Fee $95.00
Students / Retirees / Substitutes $65.00
Non-NSTU $95.00

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Contact Information:

John Hendsbee


To register for the EDANS conference CLICK HERE.

Eastern Front Theatre Ten-Minute Play Contest

22 Apr

Ten-Minute Play Contest returns with Hal-Con Partnership

Eastern Front Theatre is pleased to announce that the 2016 edition of the Ten-Minute Play Contest will be presented in part thanks to the out of this world sponsorship of Hal-Con, Atlantic Canada’s Largest Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comic Book and Gaming Convention.

This year’s 13th annual playwriting competition, open to all Nova Scotia high school students in grades 10 through 12, will be presented by Hal-Con and includes a couple of exciting new elements. Eastern Front is also pleased to work with Theatre Nova Scotia and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre once again on this annual event.

High school students are being asked to submit scripts using the following guidelines:

  • Scripts should be no longer than 10 pages
  • Plays should take no longer than ten minutes to read
  • Scripts must have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 characters
  • Scripts should have minimal set and technical requirements
  • Submissions by mail must be postmarked no later than May 16, 2016 or may be dropped off at Eastern Front’s offices by 5pm on the same day


  • All scripts must include somewhere the line of dialogue “Don’t blink”


Hal-Con’s suggestion of “Don’t blink,” a famous catchphrase from the Doctor Who TV series, inspires students to be imaginative while working within creative constraints.

A panel of professional theatre artists will choose four scripts from submitted student proposals. The four selected students will then be invited to watch as a director and team of professional theatre artists workshop each script. This will be followed by a staged reading of each show on Sunday, June 26, 2016, the closing event of Eastern Front Theatre’s Stages Theatre Festival.

The winning playwright will receive a cash award of $300.00, courtesy of Theatre Nova Scotia, and the three runners-up will each receive cash awards of $150.00 courtesy of Eastern Front Theatre.

An exciting new element of this year’s contest will be a second performance of all the finalist scripts at Hal-Con in November 2016, in front of an enthusiastic audience of geeks and nerds.

For more information, contest rules, or the entry form, please go to or e-mail

TenMinutePlayContestApplicationPackage (1)


2015 Eastern Front Theatre Ten-Minute Play Contest

18 Apr

eft-logo-c-rhindress-posFor those of you looking for information on the Eastern Front Theatre Ten-Minute Play Writing Contest, you can download the contest rules here:

Ten-Minute Play Contest Package

The contest is open to Nova Scotia High School students in grades 10-12.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2015

Theatre Nova Scotia PERFORM! Program

28 Oct

Here is a message from Theatre Nova Scotia’s PERFORM! program:

Perform! logo (2)To drama educators in Nova Scotia,
Welcome to the 15th year of PERFORM!, a program that brings professional actors, dancers and singers into your classroom. Whether you have been a regular user of PERFORM! or are discovering us for the first time, here are some things you should know: 

  • We have a new website at Check it out for all the current information.
  • Pamela Halstead, a professional theatre practitioner and former public school teacher, is the new Coordinator for PERFORM!
  • Deadlines to apply for workshops and residencies are now consistent to make it easier to remember. Mark your calendars for the first day of every month! The next deadline is November 1st, 2014.
  • You can still apply for performances or the Stop Bullying! Workshop at any time.    
  • We provide a 50% subsidy for the participation of your school in the PERFORM! Program for workshops. We offer fabulous workshops and performances to schools across the province throughout the year.

Please go to for more details.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Pamela Halstead at coordinator[at] or call the office at 902 425 3876.
Pamela Halstead
PERFORM! Coordinator

2014 Eastern Front Theatre Ten-Minute Play Writing Contest for Students

2 Apr

Here is the PDF package for the Eastern Front Theatre Ten-Minute Play Writing Contest



The Ten Minute Play Contest is a highlight of the SuperNova Theatre Festival. To inspire and encourage young people to write original works for the stage, the Ten Minute Play Contest is open to high school students in the province of Nova Scotia (grades 10-12).

Four playwrights will have their plays rehearsed and given a staged reading by professional actors at the festival. The contest provides high school playwrights the opportunity to work with professional theatre artists and explore the many aspects of live theatre.

Deadline for student submissions is May 15, 2014

A Full Glass of Porter

10 Mar

A Full Glass of Porter

Join us on Friday March 18th for a night where together we celebrate the life of Gary Porter through memory, poetry, song, story and the rest of the fine arts in a way that Gary would both appreciate and enjoy.

The evening will unfold in two acts.

Act One: The Concert

Dartmouth High School 95 Victoria Road, Dartmouth, NS

7:00-8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

A collage of performances by friends, students, and family to honor and celebrate Gary in a concert setting. If you are interested in performing at this event please contact: David Zinck at

Act Two: Something Inappropriate

The Garden View Chinese Restaurant 174 Main Street, Dartmouth, NS

9:00-11:00 p.m.

An informal gathering at a licensed venue with an open mic for shared stories, performances, and other more adult fare that Gary would appreciate in its glory. No minors should be present lest they be scarred irrevocably.