Enriching the lives of children through the arts
Victoria Goring has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to enriching the lives of young people through the arts.
Victoria created Creating Urban Spine in 1999, a non-profit CAEA theater with a strong focus on developing theater for young people. Victoria has created fantastically successful theater with children and for children.
Swordtales, her extremely successful original play, has positive messages and themes of empowerment. This play toured across Canada, and played for four years in an economically depressed area of Toronto, providing many children with their first experience of theater. Victoria went on to create Nurture and Story Theater, and has toured across the USA and Canada in libraries, museums, faires, and resorts. Victoria’s theater is unique in that the children have input and interaction with the content, so they are empowered by creating their own stories.
As an educator, Victoria has a diverse background of designing and implementing successful programming for children of all ages and abilities. For the Muki Baum School of Arts dually disadvantaged population, she created an original theatrical production: Students too infirm to participate assisted with props and costumes, so that every single member of the school had part of themselves onstage. The staff were amazed to find the change in their students when presented with the long term achievement of creating a production.
From the elite girls private school Branksome Hall to the crime infested neighbourhood of East New York, Victoria has taught children of all ages and abilities in all circumstances; from housing shelters to exclusive religious schools, from the most privileged to the most economically depressed; to College and professional CAEA actors.
Victoria brought her extensive experience as a consultant in NYC, where she instructed educators how to implement the arts into the curriculum. Each program was specifically designed to fit each school’s challenges. Many of her programs counted as advanced learning for the educators, and hundreds of students have been enriched by the chance to approach curriculum in alternative manners.
Victoria’s passion for enriching the lives of children through the arts, combined with her teaching abilities have made her a valuable resource for any school.
Children are all creative, and can all achieve excellence. Learning derives from engaging the intellect, body, and emotional life of the student, so that each child can approach a problem or topic from the methodology they are most comfortable with.
Through encouragement, excitement, and support of individuality, each child can learn to express their own voice; to develop their own unique interests; and to perceive the world from varying perspectives, resulting in well rounded human beings with empathy and problem solving skills that will last a lifetime.
Victoria excels in providing children with the skills needed to give shape to their own ideas and voice.