Workshops

I offer educational workshops in arts, leadership and anti-oppression in the community. I am interested in the questions “What is the artist’s responsibility to the community?” and “How can we use art as a tool towards empowerment, social change, community-building and joy?”

I am a professional arts educator with eight years of experience facilitating workshops across Canada and internationally. If you are interested in bringing me in to work with your group, please contact me via email at janjolee@gmail.com for rates and booking. Each workshop can be modified for the needs of your group.

Arts workshop areas include:

  • spoken word, storytelling, poetry slam
  • songwriting, singing, looping pedal
  • devised theatre and ensemble movement
  • grant writing for independent artists

Leadership and anti-oppression workshop areas include:

  • consent and how to build safer spaces
  • feminism, womxn empowerment, male allyship
  • anti-racism
  • cultural diversity in the arts

Some Past Workshops:

  • “Intergenerational Activism” Panel, Mic Drop Youth Leadership Conference, The 519, Toronto, Jan 2019
  • “Responding to Microaggressions” Glad Day Bookshop, Toronto, Sept 2018
  • “Call and Answer” Hillside Festival, Children’s Workshop Tent, Guelph, July 2018
  • “Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam Spoken Word Residency” Workshop and Mentorship Series, Kitchener, April-May 2018
  • “Songwriting, Poetry and Percussion” St Mary’s High School, Kitchener, April 2018
  • “Community-based artist” Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Feb 2018
  • “Poetry and Activism” Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, Hamilton, Jan 2018
  • “Extended Metaphor in Poetry” Sir John A. MacDonald S.S. Waterloo, Nov 2017
  • “Ancestor Song” Open Conversations at KW Art Gallery, Kitchener, Oct-Nov 2017
  • “Actors in Training” MT Space Young Company, Kitchener, Aug 2017
  • “Feminist Caucus Panel” League of Canadian Poets, Toronto, June 2017

Training

  • “Diversity and Inclusion: Training Your Volunteers” Lecture by Jael Richardson, Presented by Ontario Presents, Feb 2019
  • Artist-Educator Training Week, Mikw Chiyam Concentrated Arts Program, InPath in Partnership with Quebec Cree School Board, Aug 2018
  • Anti-Oppression for Artistic Producers, with Rania El Mugammar, bCurrent Theatre, July 2018
  • Bouffon Intensive, with Nathaniel Justiniano, Naked Empire Bouffon Company, July 2018
  • fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, Multidisciplinary Theatre Creators Residency, Sept 2018-May 2019
  • Bouffon Intensive, with Adam Lazarus, Playon Theatre, Dec 2017
  • Making the Future Present, artistic leadership intensive for culturally diverse artists with Simeila Hodge-Dallaway, Artistic Directors of the Future/Volcano Theatre, July 2017
  • Theatre of Upheaval, Theatre Workshop with Rachel Maza and Kiki Kateze, Volcano Theatre/ Native Earth Performing Arts / Canstage Co-Presentation, March 2017
  • Young People’s Theatre Artist-Educator Training, Toronto, Feb 2017
  • Introduction to Korean Drum, with Jin Kim, Principal, Korean Culture Community, Mar 2017
  • Writing Poetry Course, Wilfrid Laurier University, with Dr. Tanis MacDonald, Dec 2016
  • Advanced Devised Theatre Training at the MT Space. Director: Fadhel Jaibi, Tunisian National Theatre, Dec 2016.
  • Banff Spoken Word Program, write-study residency with faculty: Tanya Evanson, d’bi young anitafrika, Jean-Pierre Makosso, Christian Bok, and Alexis O’Hara, April 2013
  • Becoming and Empowering professional artist training program, Neruda Arts Waterloo 2011.
  • Bachelor of Arts, English and Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), 2010


“She inspired me to be more bold in performing in the English/drama class. Also I want to have enough confidence to speak my mind and answer people’s questions without being afraid of what other people may think.”-Jake, Grade 9 Student, Kitchener

“I thought the workshop was very interesting. I loved the messages expressed through her music and lyrics. They were so inspiring and true. It’s something you don’t really hear everyday.”-Alessa, Grade 10 Student, Kitchener

“To create racial justice in communities is not an easy endeavour. However leveraging the power of the arts to do just that is a critical opportunity to engage them in discussions that are frightening, yet necessary. Janice’s play, “Will You Be My Friend” is a perfect way to unpack racism, shed labels of ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘diversity’ and create a space where true work on anti-oppression can begin.” –MPP Laura Mae Lindo