Training for Excellence, Excellence in Training: Perspectives on Performing Arts Instruction

April 18, 2018

Ryerson University School of Performance, Studio Theatre, 345 Yonge St, Toronto, M5B 2K3

Dr. Ashley Stirling and Dr. Beth McCharles team up to deliver this double bill on the delicate task of training young performers to fulfill their potential. Join us for two presentations and a Q&A.

Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones and Words Can Really Hurt Me: Abusive Coaching in Sport and Performing Arts

In this presentation, Dr. Ashley Stirling explores the concept of athlete maltreatment to open up a conversation about abusive coaching in the arts. Delve into current research on abuse within coach-athlete relations in order to understand why it occurs and how it can be prevented. Learn how you might intervene in cases of maltreatment as a coach, parent, performer or bystander, and how to create positive and healthy experiences for performing artists.

Dr. Ashley Stirling PhD., is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Artists Health Research Community (AhRC) at Artists’ Health Alliance.

Fear-Free Failure: How to Shape a Resilient Performer

As young performers, we are taught to not make mistakes, not take risks and to fear failure. In this talk, performance coach Dr. Beth McCharles proposes that we must encourage risk as part of a deliberate practice and restructure how we think about setbacks. You are invited to reflect on how instructors react to mistakes and how these attitudes are transmitted to students. Discover how we can teach performers to master their craft and become their best selves by embracing a growth mindset which sees failure as key to learning.

Dr. Beth McCharles is a performance coach and professional speaker. Her clients consist of professional artists, coaches, executives and athletes. She is a member of the Artists Health Research Community (AhRC) at Artists’ Health Alliance.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand what abusive coaching is and why it happens
  • Reflect on the connections between sports and arts settings
  • Learn strategies for preventing and intervening in abusive situations
  • Why failure is good for artistic development and how to see it as the acquisition of a skill
  • Growth mindset vs fixed mindset
  • Why believing in yourself is crucial for resilience and, in the end, success

Hosted by Ryerson University School of Performance.

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Facilitators

Dr. Ashley Stirling PhD, Dr. Beth McCharles

Time

5-7PM

Location

Ryerson University School of Performance, Studio Theatre, 345 Yonge St, Toronto, M5B 2K3

Cost

$0

Register

Go to http://artistshealth.com/workshops/R4P-registration/ to register (live link above).

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