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Education Programs


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Educator Preview Nights
Study Guides
School Workshops
Summer Programs
Additional Resources
Educator Advisory
Education is a vital part of what we do at Canadian Stage. We are committed to sharing material with our audiences that will challenge, enrich and deepen their perspectives. Sharing art diversifies our conversations, opens new frontiers of understanding, and helps build an appreciation for theatre.

Canadian Stage proudly produces and presents innovative theatre from Canada and around the world.  Our company programs cross-disciplinary work that integrates theatre and other artistic mediums like dance, film and visual art. So what does this mean for Educators?

Canadian Stage offers abundant opportunities to learn and teach myriad subjects through theatre including civics, history, media literacy, politics, family studies, and philosophy. Join us for our EDUCATOR PREVIEW NIGHTS, utilize our STUDY GUIDES, or host or attend a WORKSHOP with Canadian Stage staff or artistic educators to make the most of this powerful educational tool.

NEW! Check out our ADDITIONAL RESOURCES section where you will find standardized field trip forms and maps to our theatres which will make a trip to our shows even simpler. We are also pleased to offer ARCHIVED STUDY GUIDES from our past productions as well.

To join our email list for invitations to upcoming education programs and events, please email Erin Schachter, Education & Enrichment Manager, at eschachter@canadianstage.com.

Secondary and post-secondary educators may learn more about the curriculum links of selected student-friendly productions at a pre-show discussion. Attendees will receive a complimentary ticket to that evening’s performance to preview the production before bringing a class. Pre-show discussions begin at 7 pm, followed by a performance at 8 pm. For details or to register, please email Erin Schachter, Education & Enrichment Manager, at eschachter@canadianstage.com.

Upcoming Educator Preview Nights:

Please note: Educators who book a class to see Needles and Opium may be invited to the production dress rehearsal on Wednesday, November 21. Details TBA.
Our free, curriculum-based study guides include specific subject connections, critical explorations and usable pre- and post-performance classroom activities.

Venus in Fur (Sep 29 – Oct 27, 2013)
An evocative two-hander based on the classic erotic novella Venus in Fur that blurs the line between fantasy and reality and tests the boundaries between domination and submission. Venus in Fur brings up questions of gender roles and power while alluding to mythology, art and history.

Curriculum connections include:  Gender Studies, Mythology, Art History, Drama
Recommended for: Grade 12, College/University

Needles and Opium (Nov 22 – Dec 1, 2013)
A hypnotic series of vignettes conceived by Canadian visionary and international star Robert Lepage that explore the complex relationship between displacement, drug addiction and one’s creative drive. The experience will trigger philosophical debates as well as challenge students’ perceptions of how stories can be linked and told.  

Curriculum connections include: Media Studies, Philosophy, Theatre History, Politics, World History, Music, Health
Recommended for: Grades 11 & 12, College/University

London Road (Jan 19 – Feb 8, 2014) A verbatim musical based on real interviews with residents of Ipswich, UK, a small town recovering after the discovery of the bodies of five women in 2006. This production will inspire an appreciation for the potential of community and power of reputations.

Curriculum connections include: Civics, Drama, Music, Media, Sociology, Politics, Urban Studies, Leadership
Recommended for: Grades 10-12, College/University

Tribes (Feb 2 – Mar 2, 2014) An emotionally jarring and comedic play that will open doors to sensitive discussions around integration, communication and understanding. Select performances will feature ASL interpretation.

Curriculum connections include: Family Studies, Languages, Leadership, Sociology, Psychology
Recommended for: Grades 11-12, College/University (Disclaimer: contains strong language)

archived study guides


Race Social Studies Lesson
Tear the Curtain!
The Arsonists


Another Africa
Cruel and Tender
The Game of Love and Chance


Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter
Studies in Motion
The List
The Middle Place


Intimate Apparel
Wild Dogs


Doubt, a parable
It’s a Wonderful Life
Miss Julie
Shirley Valentine


Little Shop of Horrors
Palace of the End
The Clean House
The December Man
The Elephant Man


What Lies Before Us




Ain't Misbehavin'
Side By Side By Sondheim


Cookin' at the Cookery
Written on Water


Boy Gets Girl
Rice Boy
Sunday Father
The Beard of Avon
The Shape of Things
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We offer a range of workshops both at the theatre and in the classroom, facilitated by Canadian Stage education staff or artists. Please see below for details on all of our options.

Customizable Workshops

Canadian Stage offers workshops in a variety of theatre and dance techniques. Each experience is uniquely tailored to suit the school group and is designed to ensure students’ theatre-going experience is enriching and meaningful. Pre or post show workshops are available at your school or at the theatre, including backstage tours, depending on availability.

Fee: $250.00 (+ HST) per workshop (number of students permitted and length varies based on content).

For more information or to book your school workshop contact Canadian Stage’s Education & Audience Development Manager, Erin Schachter at eschachter@canadianstage.com or (416) 367-8243 x 280.

Theatre and Design (at Design Exchange)

Students will engage in a hands-on workshop at the Design Exchange (www.dx.org) where they will explore aspects of the design process as it relates to theatre and production. In the afternoon, students will make their way to the theatre for a matinee performance. The points of connection explored in the morning session will provide a more thorough understanding of the performance in the afternoon.

This experience is available on the following Wednesdays for the specified performance:

Needles and Opium: November 27
London Road: January 29, February 5 & 12
Tribes: February 12, 19 & 26
Fee: $30/student (including cost of the morning program at the Design Exchange and the matinee performance. Based on student groups of 10 or more and includes 13% HST)
To book your school workshop, contact Emily Gove, DX Education Programs Manager, at emily@dx.org or (416) 216-2138.

Show-Specific Workshops

London Road  in partnership with No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment

Use a trip to London Road to inspire students to become agents of change in their neighbourhood. Architect educators from No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment (www.no9.ca) will visit your school for a half-day version of their highly-regarded Imagining My Sustainable City program, specifically designed for secondary students with a focus on Grade 10 Civics.  Students will learn to understand best practices in sustainable models from around the world, go on a neighbourhood walk to identify underused spaces in their own community, and be guided through the planning and sketching processes in making suggestions for improvements. This package includes tickets to a matinee performance of London Road and an in-school workshop experience.
Matinee performances of London Road: January 29, February 5 & 12
Workshop at school will be scheduled based on availability
Fee: $35/student
(including cost of the matinee performance and half-day workshop. Based on student groups of 15 or more and includes 13% HST)

To book your school group contact Canadian Stage’s Education & Audience Development Manager, Erin Schachter, ateschachter@canadianstage.com or (416) 367-8243 x 280. 

Tribes in partnership with Deaf Culture Centre

Spend the morning at the world’s first Deaf Culture Centre(http://www.deafculturecentre.ca/) located at the historic Distillery District right in the heart of Old Town Toronto. Take a guided tour of the centre’s current exhibit featuring the art of Deaf artists as well as De’VIA (Deaf View Image Art) created by Deaf artists. Through this tour students will begin to be exposed to the experience of Deaf people in Canada before having the chance to see Tribes at the Berkeley Street Theatre.
Available on Wednesdays February 12, 19 & 26 (Deaf Culture Centre workshop 10am-12 noon, matinee 1:30 pm)
Fee: $25/student
(including cost of the morning program at the Deaf Culture Centre and the matinee performance. Based on student groups of 10 or more and includes 13% HST.)
To book your school workshop contact Canadian Stage’s Education & Audience Development Manager, Erin Schachter, at eschachter@canadianstage.com or (416) 367-8243 x 280.
Canadian Stage is proud to partner with Design Exchange to offer two sessions of Drama + Design Summer Camp. Participants in each one-week camp will develop a performance, from staging to costumes, props, sets and makeup. The camp will be visited by guest designers and theatre specialists and be treated to a performance on the Wednesday evening, for campers and their parents, of the Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park, including a backstage tour. Participants will perform their masterpiece for family and friends on the final day of each session.

For more information, contact Education & Enrichment Manager, Erin Schachter at eschachter@canadianstage.com.
Canadian Stage works with a group of volunteer educators who form our Educator Advisory. The Educator Advisory Committee consists of diversely experienced Arts educators and teachers. This committee is essential in developing relevant and usable material to complement our student-appropriate programming.  

Current members:
  • Alicia Roberge, Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute
  • Alison Neale, Freelance Arts Educator
  • Brendon Allen, The Bishop Strachan School
  • Christine Jackson, Arts Convenor, TDSB
  • Janet O’Neill, Arts Coordinator, TDSB
  • Julian Richings, Arts Educator
  • Kristen Beach, York Humber High School
  • Laurence Siegel, Arts Education Consultant
  • Melissa Farmer, Branksome Hall
  • Michael Limerick, Monarch Park Collegiate
  • Sally Spofforth, Marc Garneau Collegiate

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