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PETER McWHIR – CURRICULUM VITAE (Revised: 20/09/08)

Address: P.O. Box 6085, Station A, Calgary, Alberta. T2H 2L3.


Telephone: (403) 931-3445.
Email: mcwhir@telus.net
Fax: (403) 931-3887
Website: www.hamletpro.net

Education:

1976 M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction, University of Calgary, Alberta


1971 B.F.A. 1st Class, University of Victoria, British Columbia
1972 F.R.S.A. Elected Fellow of The Royal Society of Artists. U.K. 1972
1966 Teaching Certificate, De La Salle College, Manchester, U.K. (3 yrs.)
Theatre Arts & Industrial Arts
1966 Religion Teachers Certificate, De La Salle College, Manchester, U.K.

Professional Organizations

2004 – 2008 President, Fine Arts Council, Alberta Teachers Association.


2004 – 2005 Past President, Fine Arts Council, Alberta Teachers’ Association
2002 – 2004 President, Fine Arts Council, Alberta Teachers Association.
1994 - 1997 President, Fine Arts Council, Alberta Teachers' Association.
1993 - 1994 President-Elect, Fine Arts Council, Alberta Teachers' Association.
1992 - 1994 Drama Representative, Fine Arts Council, Alberta Teachers' Assoc.
1976 - 1979 Board Member: Assoc. of British Columbia Drama Educators, BCTF.
Board Member: Alberta Canadian Child & Youth Drama
Board Member: Saskatchewan Drama Association, STF.
1972 - 1976 National President, Canadian Child & Youth Drama Association.
1970 - 1972 Secretary-General, Canadian Child & Youth Drama Association
1968 - 1969 Chairman, Victoria Branch: Canadian Child & Youth Drama Assoc.
1967 - 1968 Board Member, Saskatchewan Child & Youth Drama Association

Founding Director: Teachers’ Institute: Inspire Through Drama. 2000-2007

Weekend Teachers Retreat offering ten sessions in drama in education

School Teaching Experience

1994 - 1999 Dean of Fine Arts, Bishop McNally High School, Calgary
1984 - 1994 Coordinator of Fine Arts, Bishop Carroll High School, Calgary
1976 - 1985 Coordinator of Fine Arts & Student Affairs, St. Mary's, Calgary
1975 - 1976 Vice-Principal, St. Augustine Elementary/Junior High, Calgary
1972 - 1975 Drama Consultant, Calgary Catholic Board of Education, Calgary
1971 - 1972 Drama/Art Teacher, St. Stephen Elementary/Junior High School, Calgary
1970 - 1971 English Coordinator, Mt. Newton Junior Secondary School, Saanich, B.C.
1969 - 1970 Vice-Principal, St. Andrew Elementary School, Victoria, B.C.
1968 - 1969 Teacher, Seven Oaks Children Centre, Saanich School District, B.C.
1966 - 1969 Theatre Arts/Ind. Arts Teacher, Carpenter High. Meadow Lake, Sask.
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Awards

1999 Honorary Life Membership: Fine Arts Council, Alberta Teachers' Assoc.
1998 Nominated for Pan Canadian Teacher Award
1988 Recipient: Teacher Plus Award - Calgary Catholic Board of Education
1988 Phi Delta Kappa Educators Award (Winter Olympics)
1988 Alberta Achievement Award

University Teaching Experience

2004 - 2006 Sessional Instructor, Teacher Practicum, Univ. of Lethbridge, Alberta.


1978 - 1979 Sessional Instructor, Drama 360, Ed. C & I 416,

University of Calgary Yellowknife, N.W.T.


1977 - 1978 Sessional Instructor, Drama 360, Ed. C & I 416,
University of Calgary, Drumheller, Alberta
1971 - 1978 Sessional Instructor, Drama 360. Ed. C & I 416,
University of Calgary, Calgary
1974 - 1975 Lecturer in Drama, Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
1972 - 1975 Director of CCYDA Summer School of Drama, University of Calgary

Extra-Curricular Teaching Experience 1970 – 2004

Workshop Leader/Keynote Speaker at School District P.D./Area Conventions

Alberta

2008
Alberta Teachers’ Association Teacher Conventions
CATCA Teacher Convention, Red Deer (1)
CCTCA Teacher Convention, Calgary (4)
PDTCA Teacher Convention, Calgary (1)
SEATCA Teacher Convention, Medicine Hat (2)
GETCA Teacher Convention, Edmonton (5)
MPTCA Teacher Convention, Grande Prairie (3)
CEATCA Teacher Convention, Edmonton (2)
* F. E. Osborne Junior High Drama Residency: 3 weeks
* Brentwood Elementary School: Fine Arts Residency: 1 week

2007
Alberta Teachers’ Association Teacher Conventions
SWATCA Teacher Convention, Lethbridge
Mighty Peace Teacher Convention, Grande Prairie
ETC Teacher Conference, Grant McKeon College, Edmonton
ELAC Teacher Conference, Kananaskis.
Beginning Teacher Conference, Edmonton
Beginning Teacher Conference, Calgary

* F. E. Osborne Junior High Drama Residency: 5 weeks


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Masters Academy Mask Workshops, Calgary


John Bracco Junior High P.D. Day, Edmonton
Golden Hills Opening P.D. – Keynote Speaker

2006
Alberta Teachers’ Association Teacher Conventions
Calgary City Teacher Convention
Beginning Teacher Conference, Edmonton
Substitute Teacher Conference, Calgary

* F. E. Osborne Junior High Drama Residency: 3 weeks


Oilfields “Indians” production Workshops
Sir John A Macdonald Mask Workshop
Masters Academy Mask Workshops
Our Lady of Peace Junior High Workshops
Riverview Art ‘X’ 2 day Junior High Workshops
McCall Junior High P.D. Day, Airdrie.
McCoy Senior High School Evaluation, Medicine Hat.
St. Joseph’s Collegiate Drama Workshops, Brooks.
O.S. Geiger Elementary School P.D. Day
* Westbrook Elementary School Fine Arts Residency: 1 week
* Colonel Saunders” Narnia” Residency: 2 weeks

2005
Alberta Teachers’ Association Teacher Conventions
Calgary City Teacher Convention
Grande Prairie, Teacher Convention,
Beginning Teacher Conference, Edmonton
Substitute Teacher Conference, Calgary: Keynote Speaker

UNESCO Meeting, FAC Representative, Vancouver.


Coordinator: Ralph McCall "Fine Arts Blast" Residency (1 week)
Alberta Legislative Assembly, Edmonton: Fine Arts Presentation Coordinator
Drama Residency: St. Patrick’s School of the Arts, Lethbridge. 6 days.
Spruce Grove Composite High School: Mask Workshop
Traditional Learning Centre, Calgary: P.D. Session Leader
Red Deer Lake School, Calgary: Mask Workshop
St. Joseph's Collegiate, Brooks. Full Day Student Workshop
John Bracco, Edmonton. P.D. Day & Student Workshops
Camp Caroline, Alberta, Full Day High School Student Workshop
High River Curling Bonspiel, Alberta: Speaker
Sacred Heart Elementary School, Wetaskiwin: Staff P.D. Day Leader
* F. E. Osborne Junior High School, Calgary, 3 weeks drama residency
* McCall Elementary School Residency, Airdrie - one week.

2004
Alberta Teachers’ Association Teacher Conventions
CATCA Teacher Convention, Red Deer
NTCA Teacher Convention, Edmonton.
Calgary City Teacher Convention
SWATCA Teacher Convention, Lethbridge
Palliser District Teacher Convention, Calgary
Weaving Words Conference, Lethbridge
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McCoy High School Drama P.D. Medicine Hat


* St, Patrick’s Elementary School Residency. Lethbridge - one week

2003
Alberta Teachers’ Association Teacher Conventions
Calgary City Teacher, Calgary
NCTA Teacher Convention, Edmonton.
SWATCA Teacher Convention, Lethbridge
Palliser District Teacher Convention, Calgary.

Richmond Elementary Staff P.D. Calgary


St. Joseph's College, Brooks: Lighting install & in-service.
Lethbridge Collegiate Dance Workshop
MADD DASH Fine Arts Council Workshop, Edmonton,
Teachers Professional Day Workshop, Wabasca, Alberta
Ponoka Elementary Staff P. D. Day Workshop
Our Lady of Peace Staff PD Day Workshop, Calgary
Poplar Ridge School – Student workshop/staff P.D.
Father Whelihan P.D. Demonstration Workshop, Calgary.
Drama Workshop – University of Calgary
James Short Elementary Staff PD Day Workshop

Golden Hills School Division – Keynote Speaker – Opening School Year

2002
Alberta Teachers’ Association Teacher Conventions
Calgary Teacher's Retiree Keynote Address, Calgary.
Calgary City Teacher Convention, Calgary.
SEATCA Teacher Convention, Medicine Hat.

Good Shepherd Elementary School Lighting Installation, Okotoks.


Maple Ridge Elementary Teacher Workshop, Calgary.
Calgary Catholic School District P.D. Workshop. Calgary
Maple Ridge Elementary Student Demo Workshops (6), Calgary.
Maple Ridge Parent Council Workshop, Calgary
Holy Spirit Catholic School District 3 Day Student/PD Workshops, Medicine Hat.
Rideau Park Elementary Staff Professional Development, Calgary
Oilfields High School Student Demo Workshops, Black Diamond
Notre Dame High School Student Demo/PD Workshops Red Deer
Chinook Edge Professional Development Day, Innisfail
Richmond Elementary School PD Workshop, Calgary.
Camp Caroline Drama Retreat, Bragg Creek
* Rosedale Elementary School Residency, Calgary – one week.

2001
Alberta Teachers’ Association Teacher Conventions
SWATCA Teacher Convention, Lethbridge
Sherwood Park Grassroots Teacher Convention Workshop

Fine Arts Council MADD DASH Workshop, Edmonton.


St. Monica Elementary School, Staff P.D. Day Workshop
Maple Ridge Elementary, Staff PD Day Workshop
Clive School Professional Development Day, Clive
Fine Arts Council Provincial Conference, Calgary.
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Three Hills Professional Development Day Workshop, Strathmore.


Bishop O'Byrne High School Mask Workshop, Calgary.
ABC Charter School Workshop, Calgary.
Claresholm High School, Mask and Teacher Workshop
Wolf Creek District Professional Development Day Workshop
St. Helena Junior High Staff Professional Development Day, Calgary

1970 – 1999

Alberta Teachers’ Association Teacher Conventions


Calgary City Teacher Convention
Edmonton City Teacher Convention
North Central Teacher Convention Edmonton (2)
Central East Convention, Red Deer
SWATCA Teacher Convention, Lethbridge (5)

Inuvik High School Drama Workshops, Inuviuk


Brooks - ECS Teacher Conference Workshops
Chestermere - Adult Communication Conference
High River Teacher Convention Workshops
Jasper - Fine Arts Council Conference (2)
Lake Louise Fine Arts Council Conference (3)
Okotoks, Olds, Oyen, Ponoka & Red Deer Professional Development Days
Red Deer - Alberta Culture Drama Conference (8)
Spruce Grove, Stoney Plain Drama Teacher Workshops
Taber Drama Teacher Workshop

British Columbia

Professional Development Days Workshop Leader in the following centres:

Courtney, Cranbrook, Dawson Creek, Duncan, Fort St. John,


Golden, Kamloops, Kelowna, Kittimat, Nanaimo (5), Nelson,
Penticton, Naramata Centre, Prince George, Quallicum Beach,
Salmon Arm, Sandspit, Queen Charlottes, Vancouver (6),
Victoria (6), Wells and Williams Lake (4)
Canadian Council of Teachers of English Conference
Secondary Dance Teachers Conference
Elementary Drama in Education Conference
Pre-School Teachers Conference – Secondary
Drama in Education Conference – Island Mountain School of Arts Director

National

2004 Presenter: IDEA 2004. World Congress – Drama in Education, Ottawa, Ontario
1991 Fredericton N.B. - CCYDA National Conference
1990 Halifax, N.S. -CCYDA National Conference
1989 London, Ont. -CCYDA National Conference P.D.
1988 Moncton, N.B. CCYDA National Conference
1987 Montreal, PQ. ASSITEJ/APPIDEQ Conference
1986 Nova Scotia P.D. Tour - 8 schools
1985 Regina, Sask. - CCYDA National Conference
1984 Sydney, N.S. CCYDA National Conference
1983 Trent, Ont. - Council of Drama Educators
1983 Whitehorse, Yukon Teacher Convention
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1983 Yellowknife, NWT - Teachers Convention (2)

International

N. W. Drama Conference, University of Oregon


North West Drama Conference, Humbolt University, California

Director - High School Productions

Mainstage, Children's Theatre Tours and Liturgical Productions

1967 Mouse Trap, Agatha Christie


1968 The Brute, Anton Chekhov
1976 The Birthday of the Infanta, Oscar Wilde
1977 The Way of the Cross, Henri Gheon
Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
1978 The Love Mouse
1979 The Wakefield Crucifixion & Wind in the Willows
1980 The Way of the Cross, Henri Gheon
1981 The Troupe of the Word, Peter McWhir
1982 The Punch & Judy Puppet Show
1983 Henry IV, Luigi Pirandello
1984 The Shining Star, Nativity Play
1985 Ten Little Indians, Agatha Christie
1986 Antigone, Sophocles
1987 The Imaginary Invalid, Moliere
1988 Harvey, Mary Chase
1990 Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare
1991 The Tempest, William Shakespeare
1992 The Orient Express, Agatha Christie
1993 Peter Python, Peter McWhir
1994 Hunchback of Notre Dame & Charlotte's Web, Peter McWhir
1995 Ten Little Indians, Agatha Christie
1996 Midsummer Nights Dream – Peter McWhir
1997 Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
1999 Count Dracula & Frankenstein - Peter McWhir

Directed Special Productions

1994 - 1999 Co-Coordinator - Boo at the Calgary Zoo Student Volunteers

1985 - 1999 XRD - Created, directed & produced Remembrance Day Celebrations

1982 - 1989 Produced/directed Haunted Houses


Halloween (1982) St. Mary’s High School
The House of Horrors (1984) Bishop Carroll High School
The Castle of Doom (1989) Bishop Carroll High School

Scripted & directed The First Canadian Journey


Centenary Celebrations for the Faithful Companions of Jesus

1979 Founded, produced and directed The Troupe of the Word


A company of Senior High students touring schools & churches

Drama Festival Adjudicator


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2003 Alberta Provincial High School Drama Festival Showcase, Red Deer

2003 Zone 5 High School Drama Festival, Drumheller.

Drumheller, Okotoks and Oyen Zone Festivals

2003 Elementary School Applause Festival, Calgary.


Banff - Provincial Senior High Drama Festival
Courtney, British Columbia, Fine Arts Festival
Canadian University Drama League Festival

St. John / Peace River, British Columbia, Drama Festival


Sooke, British Columbia, Drama Festival

Editor and compiler of 15 International Tour Guides:

Italy – London – Greece - The British Isles - New Zealand – Australia – Fiji
Hong Kong – China - South Pacific - The Holy Lands – Egypt – Thailand
Portugal and Spain

National & International Student Travel Coordinator

Organized, guided and supervised tours as follows:

2007 – Art & Dance Tour: London - Paris


2006 – Drama Tour: London – York - Stratford
2005 – Dance Tour: London – York - Edinburgh
2004 – Calgary Youth Orchestra –New Zealand Tour.
2001 – Versailles, Venice & Vienna
2000 - Ireland
1999 - England - France - Greece
1998 - South Pacific1978 - Vancouver Island
1997 - England - Scotland
1996 - Italy
1993 - Ireland
1991 - New Zealand - Fiji
1990 - Italy - Greece
1989 - Hong Kong - China
1987 - London - Portugal - Spain
1986 - New Zealand - Australia - Fiji
1985 - Hong Kong - Thailand
1984 - England - Scotland -Ireland
1983 - Egypt - London
1982 - London - Greece - Italy
1981 - Israel - London
1980 - Oberammergau - Italy - London
1979 - Quebec Exchange

Special Events Coordinator

2000 – 2007 Founding Director: The Teachers' Institute: Inspire Through Drama
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2007 Conference Chair, Fine Arts Council Conference, Red Deer.


2006 Conference Chair, Fine Arts Council Conference, Kananaskis Lodge.
2005 Conference Co-Chair Fine Arts Council/CSEA Edmonton.
2004 Conference Co-Chair, Fine Arts Council Conference, Red Deer.
2002 Coordinator: Rosedale School 5 day "Literacy and the Arts" Programme
1997 Conference Co-Chair, Fine Arts Council Conference, Red Deer.
1995 Conference Chair, Fine Arts Council Conference, Banff.

1990 - 1995
Chairman MADD DASH Annual ATA/FAC Provincial Drama Workshop
1985 Coordinator: Calgary Catholic District #1. Centennial Celebration.
1982 Coordinator: Festibration
A Celebration of the Arts, St. Mary's High School, Calgary
1981 Coordinator: Festival Francais
A Celebration of French Culture, St. Mary's High School
1980 Coordinator: Festival North
A Celebration of the Inuit Culture, St. Mary's High School

Community Mascot Programme Coordinator:

1990 - 1992 Harmony the Mental Health Bear, Calgary


1990 - 1991 Paddington Bear, U.N.I.C.E.F. Calgary.
1989 - 1999 Keystone Kops - International Children’s Theatre Festival, Calgary
1989 - 1992 Simon the Safety Bear, Calgary Police Service
1985- 1988 "Hidy & Howdy" Winter Olympics Mascots - Student Volunteers

Curriculum Writing Experience

1987 - 1988 Sr. High Drama Curriculum Writers Committee, Alberta Education.
1980 - 1983 Elementary Drama Curriculum Committee, Alberta Education.

Publications

Between the Lines - The search for Meaning, ATA Magazine, March, 1993.
Drama as a subject in its own right, Alberta Curriculum Board position paper
Drama in the Junior High Language Arts Programme, 1976
Drama K - 9 - A Practical Ideas Handbook, Elementary/Junior High
Discussion in Developmental Drama II, A Selected Bibliography
Slideal Kit SK1 to SK6 - 36 slides/40 page booklet for application in the classroom
Introduction to drama, storytelling and creative writing

Currently on file: Approx. 150 electronic handouts/resource materials for teachers.

Business Experience

2000 – Current President: Hamlet Productions Corp. Drama in Education.

2000 - 2004 Deli Manjoo Concessions: Klondike Days, Edmonton


1978 – 2004 Owner/Operator Puffer Pete's Concessions, Calgary Stampede
1983 - 1999 President: McWhir Holdings Corp.
1970 - 1980 President: Playaway Educational Consultants
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CONTACT INFORMATION

Box 6085, Station A,


Calgary, Alberta, T2H 2L3.

mcwhir@telus.net

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