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Paige Fisher Invites You to GIVE VOICE through Studio 180

When you see our shows, volunteer or donate, your contributions support our productions, audience engagement activities through our Beyond the Stage program, and our growing Studio 180 IN CLASS education program. You enable us to keep building community through theatre.

Below you’ll find a letter from Paige Fisher, Studio 180 IN CLASS alumna, sharing her story and her experience in our education program.

Paige Fisher, Carleton University student and Studio 180 IN CLASS alumna

Paige Fisher, Carleton University student and Studio 180 IN CLASS alumna

Hello! My name is Paige Fisher…

I’m 18 years old and last year I was lucky enough to have participated in Studio 180 IN CLASS, during my final year at Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School in Brampton. I’m writing you today to share my experience of the Studio 180 IN CLASS workshop program.

Knowing of my combined passion for the arts and social justice, my drama teacher told me about Studio 180 after she saw a performance of The Normal Heart.

So I did some research and learned more about the company and their IN CLASS program. With my teacher’s support, I was able to organize workshops not only for my own class, but for the Grade 11 drama students too!

Studio 180 Artist Educators Jessica and Ryan came into our drama class and facilitated two workshops around the idea of race-based privilege and heterosexual privilege, and I was impressed by how open and respectful the discussion was.

What I enjoyed most was the emphasis on art’s ability to allow us to think about the world in ways we would not have otherwise thought.

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Students at Streetsville Secondary School (Peel District School Board) participate in a Spring 2014 IN CLASS workshop

Students at Streetsville Secondary School (Peel District School Board) participate in a Spring 2014 IN CLASS workshop

Broadening perspectives by exploring different points of view

People tend to look at the “real world” and the world of the arts as separate entities, but I love the way Studio 180 combines the two. The activities we did challenged the ways we perceived a variety of issues and enabled us to gain a broader perspective. I had the opportunity to hear some insightful opinions from even the quietest of my classmates. Watching them step outside of their comfort zones and open up so earnestly was absolutely amazing.

One thing that resonated with me was the notion that the main goal of our conversations and debates about “Big Questions” was not to achieve consensus: rather it was simply to try to see the world from someone else’s point of view. We don’t all have to agree, but when we take the time to really listen to those around us we not only get a better understanding of their world but of the world in general.

Studio 180 IN CLASS opened my mind to things I’d never considered before. I think that all students should have access to this program, but the reality is that some schools can’t afford it.

So, I’m asking you to please donate to Studio 180 Theatre.

Your contribution will enable more students to benefit from this incredible program. Studio 180 IN CLASS has made a profound difference in my life. With your help, it can impact many other students like me.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

Donate nowSincerely,

Paige Fisher
Spring 2013 Studio 180 IN CLASS participant