Saturday May 20th 2:15 – 3:45pm – Near Studio

Talking Circle – Recovering from a Painful Teaching Experience
Supported by Niki Landau & Paul Lampert/strong>

A painful teaching experience can have a ripple effect throughout our lives and teaching practice. It can be hard to figure out strategies and ways to move on without fear. Supported by Niki and Paul, the goal of this talking circle is to provide a safe space for coaches and educators to find support and strength through sharing, listening and knowing they are not alone.

Paul Lampert is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and York University’s MFA program, Paul has worked as a director and actor for over 40 years with theatres in Canada, Europe, USA, Cuba and China. He taught acting and directing for 35 years at many of Canada’s theatre training institutions and retired from York University’s theatre faculty in 2021. Paul is Co-Artistic Director of Theatre PANIK. He trained in Conflict Resolution and graduated from the Upaya Zen Buddhist Chaplaincy program and has taught meditation in educational settings to both faculty and students, as well as to inmates in Canada’s federal correctional institutions.

Niki Landau – Mediator | Facilitator | Trainer | Coach
With over 25 years in the Conflict Management field, Niki has mediated family and community conflicts, has participated in peace-building missions in the Middle East, and has worked with organizations at the highest levels to help resolve disputes. She has offered training and coaching on a wide variety of workshop subjects, including conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation skills, screening for domestic violence, de-escalation, handling difficult comments, and building psychologically-safe spaces.
Niki, a professional actor, acting teacher, coach and playwright, has combined her love of theatre and dispute resolution through collaborations and training with several arts organizations in Toronto.