ART PLACE 2015-2016 Karen Balcome – Theatre


Karen is an Ottawa-based theatre creator, community artist and educator. She is co-creator of THUNK!theatre with Geoff McBride, and has worked with Gruppo Rubato, New Theatre of Ottawa, Salamander Theatre, Skeleton Key Theatre, STO Union and, most recently, dancer Kara Nolte. Karen has lead theatre workshops, courses and community projects for the Ottawa Children’s Theatre, the City of Ottawa’s Community Arts and Special Needs programs, and the Ottawa School of Speech & Drama’s Our Stories outreach program. Karen has trained with Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit and London’s Oily Cart Theatre and holds a BA in Collective Creation and Playwriting from York University.

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Participants: Working with youth
Language: English
Category: Theatre
Project description: Karen will be leading a storytelling and theatre creation project with 13-18 year olds from the Somerset West Community Health Centre Youth Drop-In program.


MAY 11.16 Expect the unexpected: concluding thoughts with Karen Balcome

APR 20.16 Lessons Learned at the Somerset West Community Health Centre Youth Drop-in

APR 12.16 Writing Out Loud

MAR 31.16 Embracing ‘the awkward’

MAR 29.16 What is Theatre?

MAR 23.16 Project check-in with Karen Balcome

MAR 16.16 Youth Writing Explorations at Somerset West Community Health Centre

FEB 2.16 Youth Storytelling and Theatre Creation at Somerset West Community Health Centre: Week One

JAN 26.16 Entretien avec Karen Balcome

JAN 21.16 Interview with Karen Balcome

NOV 18.15 Community Embraces Year Two of Art Place Artist-in-residence Program for its Positive Impact


Somerset West Community Health Centre exists to help the residents of West-Central Ottawa achieve optimal health and social well-being. Special attention is given to those who have additional needs because of income, language, culture, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, family composition, disability or other factors and as a result have difficulties accessing primary health care or social services.

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