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Artist in Residence #1 October 7-11, 2019

Introduction to Theatre Skill Building with Kymme Patrick

Kymme Patrick is an award-winning actor, a playwright, director and teacher. She graduated from the American Academy of Performing Arts in Pasadena, California and has toured with professional theatre companies. While in Toronto, Kymme worked and performed in theatre, film and commercials. She also founded her own casting agency and a children’s theatre company. She created the TheatreWorks Centre For Performing Arts to provide quality theatre programs for youth and she has been instrumental in using theatre as an educational tool with schools and organizations in the Comox Valley. These have become valued for the positive skill development and personal growth that students experience in the original and creative productions mounted each summer. In 2015, Kymme was presented with Theatre BC’s Donna Lamb Award for her outstanding work with youth and contributions to the development of community theatre on Vancouver Island.

Workshop Description
This high-energy program is safe team play using games and activities that focus on voice, body and emotions. Created for both the bold and shy student and with the use of story theatre, improvisation and movement, students will use their imagination, practice their developing communication skills, and build their confidence. Instructor Kymme Patrick establishes a fun environment with the use of humour and acceptance. Laughter creates connection and takes the pressure off of the need to be correct. Students learn to have fun with spontaneity and without judgement, opening the door to learning new skills.

Artist in Residence #2 November 21 -29, 2019

Lantern-making with Catherine Dumaine

Catherine Dumaine is a fibre artist living in Port Coquitlam, BC. She has been teaching in art centres and institutions around the Lower Mainland and in local schools since 2007. Catherine’s work has been exhibited in shows locally including at Place des Arts, at the Port Moody Festival of the Arts and at Leigh Square Community Arts Village. She also served as the curator for the Craft Year 2007 exhibit Au Naturel.
Catherine has led numerous community engagement workshops and in 2013, she helped Place des Arts celebrate its 40th Anniversary with her community engagement Social Fabric Project. As an artist in residence at Place des Arts in 2016, 2017 and 2018, she engaged thousands of school students to create lantern installations that were unveiled during their annual winter season event. Catherine continues to advance her skills through the multitude of fibre arts workshops she takes each year.

Workshop Description

Join us this holiday season to help create the feeling of joy and laughter at Place des Arts by decorating a tiny “Ryan” house lantern that will be added to Place des Arts playful and seasonal Holiday trees. Then create your own beautiful lantern by using the whimsical technique of salad spinner splatter painting.


Artist in Residence #3 January 20-24, 2020

Dance and Movement with Axé Capoeira

As one of the most popular and widely reputable martial arts academies in Vancouver, Axé Capoeira has introduced this interdisciplinary art form to thousands of children, youth, and adults since taking root in the city in 1990. Having seen firsthand the effects of learning capoeira on the students, they believe capoeira is an asset in everyday life. Axé continues to travel around the world, participate in competitions and promote the history, music, art, and culture of Brazil in interactive and educational demonstrations.

Workshop Description
Capoeira is an interdisciplinary martial art that combines aspects self-defense, dance, acrobatics and music. As an Afro-Brazilian art form, capoeira will teach students an appreciation for multiculturalism through music played on traditional Afro-Brazilian instruments, songs sung in Portuguese and aspects of Brazilian dance. Students will participate in intensive physical activity through training capoeira self-defense movements and supplementary physical conditioning. With its emphasis on active health, the arts, social inclusion, and cultural appreciation we believe that capoeira fills a much-needed niche in the education of today’s students.


The following Artist in Residence classes have been cancelled due to COVID-19:

  • Freedom to Paint with Marlene Lowden (March 30 – April 3, 2020)
  • Traditional Drum Design with Christine Mackenzie (April 20-24, 2020)
  • Beginner Guitar with Stanton Jack (May 11-15, 2020)


Thanks to the City of Coquitlam, Canadian Heritage and the Coquitlam Maillardville Heritage Trust for helping us provide accessible opportunities for local children to experience the arts by supporting our Artist in Residence Program. 







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