Eliza has been working with children and youth in a variety of roles for over a decade. Her work has spanned early childhood education, outdoor education, arts education, enhanced support education, community arts, and child and youth mental health.
As an artist educator and arts facilitator, Eliza has worked with Purple Carrots Drama Studio, Shakespeare in Action, Children's Arts Theatre School, City of Toronto, Girl Guides of Canada, Lakeshore Arts - Youth Climate Collective, the YMCAGTA, and trained through Young Peoples Theatre. Eliza has also been a guest artist in classrooms across the city, and designs and facilitates creative programming for early years through her own initiative, previously developed in 2017 as Queen Bees Arts Education.
Eliza studied Child and Youth Care (M.A.) at Toronto Metropolitan University, in the therapeutic stream. As an interdisciplinary artist and CYC-P, Eliza's work focuses on therapeutic arts-based programming for child and youth populations who experience adversity. Eliza is a full professional member of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC). Read below to learn more about her current roles and programs.
Purple Carrots Drama Studio
Eliza works as the Program & Services Coordinator and a Lead Facilitator at Purple Carrots Drama Studio. Purple Carrots is a space for growth in connection and communication with self and other through drama. Combining elements of drama art, play therapy, speech therapy, improvisation, singing, dancing and music into theme-based workshops, Purple Carrots helps students with all abilities explore their full potential in a safe, supportive, and fun environment! Visit their website to learn more about programs offered here.
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Eliza works as an Artist in the music and arts department of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Holland Bloorview offers exciting year round arts programming to children and youth with disabilities and their siblings, in addition to the Spiral Garden outdoor art, garden, and play program. Learn more about music and arts at Holland Bloorview here.
Guest Artists Workshops
Eliza works as a guest artist across the city - offering author talks as well as independent drama workshops, in addition to her early years and school age programs listed below.
Little Bee Creative Arts
Eliza offers children's creative social emotional learning programs for schools and early years settings through her program Little Bee Creative Arts. Inspired by her graduate CYC research exploring the use of creative interventions in early elementary settings to foster the development of self-regulation skills, Eliza has designed several SEL programs to bring into classrooms through Little Bee.
Queen Bees Drama
A program stream offered through Little Bee Creative Arts, Queen Bees Drama is a performing arts program with the goal of fostering personal growth, creativity and self confidence through dramatic art and storytelling. Queen Bees welcomes all, yet focuses particularly on girls and gender diverse children. Originally created as Queen Bees Arts Education by Eliza Martin, and co-founded by Cornelia Audrey and Olivia Orton, Queen Bees Drama has been operating since 2017.
For further information about guest artist workshops, or any co-curricular and extra-curricular program bookings, please contact Eliza directly.