Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

CDS Drama Productions Raise Awareness
Faculty Advisors: Gisa Bevacqua-Tirone, Scott Garbe

Diversity, inclusion and empathy are at the core of drama at CDS. Theatre itself is an act of inclusion, which demands that actors and audience members place themselves within the experiences of others. In CDS productions, the entire community has come to know Chanie Wenjack as he flees his residential school; the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming as they grapple with a brutal hate crime; and a young girl named Anne Frank whose very identity was branded a crime.

Theatre makes it possible to move through the hearts and minds of strangers so they can be known, heard and felt. When the lights go down, our empathy is engaged and we step into a new experience. Theatre is vital to the life of the CDS community, creating the space for all to be freely and fully themselves.

“Hate persists, but it is love that endures. That is both the hope and the reality the theatre provides.” Scott Garbe, Head of Drama

"When we begin to listen, learn about and connect to the people around us, we take one step closer towards erasing hate and bridging the distance between one another.” Anne-Marie Bassi ’21, member of The Laramie Project 2019 production.

Land Acknowledgment

The Country Day School wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. Our nearest Indigenous Nations are now the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Chippewas of Georgina Island. The Dish with One Spoon Wampum covenant is often cited as an example of the shared responsibility for caring for these lands among the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples who would call these their traditional territories. CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection to this land can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for the land and waters for future generations.

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5 
(905) 833-1220 


Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.