Alan Shain

Alan Shain's artistic work is founded on a deep commitment to taking personal responsibility for creating change. A multidisciplinary artist whose career spans theatre, dance, storytelling, and stand-up comedy, Alan blends comedy with a strong flavour of honesty and truth while drawing from the lived experience of disability. He has been touring his first original play, Still Waiting for That Special Bus, across Canada, England, the United States and Australia since 1999. Alan has performed this solo work for over 350 audiences, receiving both national and international critical acclaim. Alan has done two tours in Australia and holds the honor of being the only Canadian Artist invited to the 2000 Paralympic Arts Festival in Sydney. Along with theatre, Alan's work has also gained recognition within storytelling, dance and stand-up comedy. He has toured with Yuk Yuk's Komedy and recently appeared at the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts. Alan is an active member of the Ottawa Storytellers, and has appeared regularly at the National Art Centre's 4th Stage since 2001. Alan Shain's work in dance has focused on Improvisation and Contact Improv. His main interest in dance is the development of movement vocabulary which embraces physical disability to express beauty, power and autonomy. Alan holds an Undergraduate degree in Political Science and Sociology, and a Masters degree in Social Work where he graduated with distinction. His thesis was written on disability and theatre

Curriculum Links

Developing empathy towards others; identifying ways to include others based on their ability; understanding risk in role playing; experiencing the role of humour in storytelling and drama; exploring the use of personal experience to tell a story.


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Still waiting for that special bus

Residency Performance English

This performance explores dating, romance and disability, all while waiting for the Para Transpo bus! Students are invited to identify with a young disabled man facing issues of self-esteem, personal integrity and risk-taking.

Participants:
Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, General Public
Maximum:
200
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 1 hour $380 + HST
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First day in the schoolyard

Residency Performance English

Through a blending of stand-up comedy and storytelling, Alan poignantly tells about going to a new school. How do you blend in with a 500-pound wheelchair? These stories stretch across themes of acceptance, self-acceptance and standing up for others.

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, General Public
Maximum:
100
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
Half day: two 1 hour performances $480 + HST Full day: three 1 hour performances $680 + HST
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