Miranda Handford

Specialities: Improvisation, Storytelling

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Resides in
English Montreal

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Experience working with

  • Early childhood
  • Cycle 1 Elementary
  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5

Lifelong Learners

  • Adult Learners

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Citizenship and Community Life (Identity & Belonging)

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • No

I have experience working with

  • Sutton Elementary School, Royal Vale High School

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes


  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
Miranda Handford is a professional actor and filmmaker. She's been acting in film, television, voice, and theatre for many years. She enjoys teaching drama in schools and does one-on-one coaching too. She also writes and directs her own films, recently graduated from the Cinema school at Concordia University. When she isn't performing, writing, or making films, she enjoys sharing what she knows with students in a spirit of play and creativity.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

The focus of my workshops with elementary students is to encourage imaginative play, and to introduce the basics of storytelling and performance. We play theatre games that emphasize working together, listening, and reading and responding to body language. If time allows, we put together a small performance. For example, I help them learn a song with body movements. The students help create the "dance" as we go, allowing them to express themselves. Marrying music, words, and movement facilitates memorization by bringing together several types of learning. Voice and movement come together, and before the kids know it, they're performing!

With high school students, I first use theatre games and improvisation to introduce basic acting concepts, then I divide them up into groups to learn short scripts. They rehearse on their own and with my direction. The workshop culminates in a performance event where they present their work, either to each other, or to an invited audience.

One-Day Event Description

Make a Film in A Day

I will direct a class to shoot a short film in one day. Before coming to the school, I'll ask the students to fill out forms to say what role they would like: crew or cast, their special skills or experience, ideas for the film's theme, and headshots of the actors. Then I will write a short film based on the student actors, and send them the script to memorize before the shoot. Because the locations will be in and around the school, I imagine it will look something like "The Breakfast Club", but much simpler and shorter! On the day, I'll come to the school with my camera and mics, and we'll shoot the film together, and then I'll edit it and send it to the school for a screening.

0-30 students in a group. Only available for one group.

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This project will work best with a small class or group of high school students (12-15), and will require pre-planning discussions with the teacher(s) involved. This would be an excellent introduction to filmmaking, and will be of particular value to students interested in acting or filmmaking. It will also be an eye-opening experience for students generally in terms of how images are crafted, how long it takes to make even a short film, and the co-operation and concentration required.
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