AiDa is mission-driven to inspire creative expression, self-discovery, confidence, literacy, leadership & life skills through Dramatic Arts for ages 6-100. Offering innovative year round award-winning classes, drama workshops, public speaking workshops for kids, teens and adults, seasonal camps and Youth Initiative- Mentor | Leaders in Training for secondary students to earn community service credit. Summer CO-OP placement also available. AiDa is a community engaged builder and partner with Mohawk College Continuing Education, HWDSB Community Engagement, 3 Tier HWDSB Audition Based Arts Program, The Hamilton Boys and Girls Clubs, Hamilton Arts Council, Hamilton/Ontario Culture Days, Hamilton Pubic Library, Hamilton Small Business Centre, a division of The City of Hamilton Economic Development.
The vision of AiDa is to encourage imagination, creativity, self-esteem, confidence, communication skills, compassion, acts of kindness, inclusion, team building, mindfulness and respect for oneself, others, nature and the world around us through dramatic arts. AiDa ignites arts appreciation and passion for the arts while lifting the human spirit through social change.
AiDa Founder | Artistic Director, Kaime Sherman is an award- winning theatre instructor, drama coach, YWCA Woman of Distinction | Arts & Culture, 2017/18/19 Nominee The City of Hamilton Arts Awards | Arts Innovation and recipient of numerous community leadership awards fostering growth in the arts and business sector for over three decades. As a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts | Los Angeles, Kaime was mentored by Master Instructors and legends in theatre, television and film. The AADA teaches the process of acting as a craft which has the power to impact and inspire culture for greatness. The AiDa philosophy is that greatness is within and Dramatic Arts spark one's inner magic to become successful in life.
Kaime has remained connected with her AADA roots and alumni. Upon her arrival to Canada in 1980, Executive Director of AADA West, Bryn Morgan requested her to act as a regional representative in Hamilton and the surrounding area, conducting regional auditions for both the New York and Los Angeles campuses. She did so for over 20+ years. She is a member of The Actor's Society | Gold member. As an artist, she believes Drama Coaching is the act of sharing the knowledge gained by Master instructors with a hope she can pass it along to others.
AiDa became reality sparked by a DREAM and propelled by a huge amount of COURAGE and FAITH. With a strong desire to give back to community, the AiDa mission was created to inspire students to IMAGINE with all their mind, to BELIEVE with all their heart, to DISCOVER the sparkle within, while developing confidence, life skills, esteem and a positive attitude by practicing acts of kindness, respect, fair play, mindfulness, inclusion and perseverance through Dramatic Arts. AiDa awakens the power of voice, awesomeness and achievement to DREAM BIG, WORK HARD. With IMAGINATION anything is possible!
"Kaime Sherman is one of Canada's most exceptional artists and her outstanding commitment to the arts has spanned over 30 years as an artistic director, performer, drama coach and representative to the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Canada, making a profound impact on the arts in our community. As a passionate artist she encourages excellence in the arts in our community."
YWCA Women of Distinction Magazine 2014 & 2015
Drama workshops, classes, seasonal camps and school field trip workshops (excluding Artist in the Classroom and School Workshops) are held at Churchill Park Community Clubhouse, 167 Cline Avenue North, Hamilton, Ontario in the heart of Westdale. Situated adjacent to Cootes Paradise Sanctuary-Royal Botanical Gardens RBG Ravine Trails, The Aviary and Churchill Park minutes from McMaster University campus.
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Drama Workshops Tuesdays! Registering NOW for Spring Session! Ages 6-12! 4:15-5:pm
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Ages 14-25 Apply to join our TEAM of MLT's! Make a difference & earn community service credit!
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Mentor Leaders in Training now offered for ages 13! Students in training as an MLT register at half price!
COMING OCTOBER ALL NEW Communication and Public Speaking All Day Saturday Lunch & Learn Workshop to over come fear, anxiety and gain skills for business & professional success!
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