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Act I Scene I

USP: Toronto

Middleview and Braeburn - Two School Sites

Location: Downtown Toronto
Population: 1797 students
Student Demographics:
  • 62% male, 38% female, 56% of students with a primary language other than English
What's Unique:
  • physically the largest technological school in the province of Ontario
  • offers a comprehensive selection of academic and technological study programs

Location: Downtown Toronto
Population: 500 students plus 2000 adult learners

Student Demographics:
  • Students come from across the city
What's Unique:
  • offers spaces for (18-20 years of age) in a special 'at risk' program
  • attracts a population of students who have been unsuccessful at previous high schools and thus far unable to graduate

Project Developments

  • In the 2nd year of the project, the school-based ethnography moved into two professional theatres in downtown Toronto- Theatre Passe Muraille and Canadian Stage
  • 75 post-performance interviews with youth and adult audience members fresh from the experience of seeing Project: Humanity's powerful Verbatim play The Middle Place about shelter youth.
  • We became very interested in cultural representations of youth and in theatre as a form of social commentary
  • We then returned to the schools and documented the students' own processes of creating and performing Verbatim monologues.


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