A Series of Workshops
Monday, October 7 – Monday, November 25, 2013
School of the Arts Performance Lab – T13 101


Register on OSCARPlus.
Workshops open for Registration on Thursday September 25th at 4:00 p.m.

Storytelling Workshop

Bring an object that reminds you of a person or event that has influenced your idea of what success looks like.  Not sure what to bring?  No worries –  you can always use of one of ours!

Participants will share a story about their object through a structured storytelling process in a small group.  After each participant has told their story, the group will be asked to react to each story by answering some simple questions.  The afternoon will finish with discussion of what the stories tell us about the many ways students create the conditions for their own success.

October 7 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
October 9 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
October 16 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
October 21 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
October 28 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
October 30 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.


Live Storyboard Workshop

In this workshop participants will take positions in space to create visual images of situations in which students do things that help and hurt their ability to succeed.  Through a structured series of exercises, we will “activate” these images, creating a live storyboard for a short skit about what students need to do in order to be successful. We will follow this with short “documentary interviews,” where fictional friends and family members of the characters we have created tell us how these characters act in other circumstances.  The afternoon will finish with discussion of what the storyboards tell us about the ways students create the conditions for their own success.

November 4 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
November 6 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
November 11 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
November 18 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
November 20 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
November 25 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.


No previous drama experience required  — just bring your experiences of student success!  Please wear comfortable clothing in which you can move easily and be prepared to remove your shoes.   Better yet, bring a pair of close-toed indoor shoes with low or no heels to wear during the workshop.


Launch Workshop.  
Monday, September 30, 2013 – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  
School of the Arts Performance Lab – T-13 101.  

To launch the Student Success Performance Cycle, in preparation for IRIS 2014, McMaster leaders share stories about what success means to them:


  • Patrick Deane, President & Vice-Chancellor
  • David Wilkinson, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
  • Sean Van Koughnett, Associate Vice-President (Students & Learning) and Dean of Students
  • Bonny Ibhawoh, Assoc. Dean Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Humanities
  • Siobhan Stewart, Grad Student and former President, MSU
  • Carys Massarella, Assistant Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine
  • Allison Sekuler, Associate Vice-President and Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Maroussia Ahmed, University/Community Researcher and Advocate

The storytelling will be followed by a brief demonstration of the “Live Storyboarding” process that allows us to create the scenes for IRIS.  Using objects and stories drawn from the everyday lives of McMaster students, we will start to imagine a new collective story on the basis of our individual experiences.

Space is limited and refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to longbj@mcmaster.ca by Friday September 27, 2013.


Poster displaying a small globe as the start of Bonny Ibhawoh's success storyWhat Does Success Mean to You?

In preparation for next year’s version of the Welcome Week Play, IRIS, the Student Success Centre will be working with Theatre and Film Studies students to collect stories and images about what success means to McMaster students and what conditions they need in order to achieve it.

If you are in 3rd, 4th or 5th year at McMaster, please join us for a fun workshop where you will either share a story (Storytelling Workshop) or participate in creating a visual representation (Live Storyboard Workshop) of what success looks like for McMaster students.  Registration for October and November workshops will open on OscarPlus on Wednesday September 25th.

If you are in your 1st or 2nd year at Mac, look out for our Winter workshops, which will be announced at the end of the fall term.


IRIS in the News

Read about Taryn Crankshaw, who received an Undergraduate Student Research Award to work on this year’s IRIS script, here!