Scotiabank Educational Outreach Program
The Scotiabank Educational Outreach Program brings multi-disciplinary theatre workshops taught by professional artists into underserved Regina schools, organizations and communities with the goal of reaching children and teens who experience financial, cultural, language and social barriers.
Our Outreach program provides numerous benefits to participants:
"I personally witnessed shy, conservative, quiet students crack through their shell and express who they are on the inside. This initiative not only developed students as individuals but also provided the students with an opportunity they otherwise would not get to experience." - Brett Benson, Grade 5 teacher Gladys McDonald Elementary
“Many thanks for a FANTASTIC experience with the Globe Theatre Outreach program! What a treat to see our students confidently take the stage and express their creativity! I was moved to see some of our most quiet students deliver the strongest performances. Congratulations to all involved. We can’t wait for next year!” - Jay Fladager, principal of Seven Stones Community School
"Participating in the Globe Theatre School Outreach Program with my Grade 5 and 6 students has been a fabulous experience! Students were introduced to new skills and have developed greater self-confidence – they eagerly anticipated each class and were enthusiastic about coming to school on these days. Not only has it been an excellent learning opportunity for my students, but it has also acted as a means of professional development for myself. My class' involvement in this program has been most worthwhile!" - Tammy Appel, Grade 5/6 teacher St. Theresa Elementary School
Since the program began in 2011, the Scotiabank Educational Outreach Program has provided theatre creation workshops to classrooms at Gladys McDonald School, Rosemont Community School, Thomson Community School, Wascana Community School, Kitchener Community School, Mother Teresa Middle School, Imperial Community School, St. Augustine Community School, Albert Community School and St. Theresa Elementary, Seven Stones Community School, St. Jerome Elementary School, and Judge Bryant Elementary School. The program has already reached over a thousand students.
Each school receives ten multi-disciplinary workshops lead by theatre artist educators. The themes for the workshops are drawn from the school’s current curriculum and focus on supporting communication and collaboration skills while setting students up for success! Throughout the workshops, elementary school teachers are provided with professional development so that they can continue to actively use the workshop skills with future classes.
In April 2013, St. Theresa Elementary performed their final project for media and invited guest as part of Pink Shirt Day, the international anti-bullying day. Here are two stories from Global News showcasing the event:
Globe Theatre School continues to connect with the community. In 2013, Globe Theatre School formed a partnership with Regina Open Door Society (RODS) to offer a summer theatre camp for newcomer youth. Globe Theatre saw a need to provide immigrant and refugee youth with an interactive program that would strengthen their confidence, language skills and social integration. For the past three years, Globe Theatre has spent two weeks with RODS clients – celebrating their cultural backgrounds and sharing their personal stories through dance, art, and theatre. Since the program’s inception, more than 200 immigrant and refugee youth have participated.
“I arrived in Canada 3 months ago. All of these things are new for me. It made me scared at first but I think I did a good job. I learnt English in these two weeks. Can you believe it? The story I wrote is the first thing I wrote in English. Thank you for your hard work, thank you for your patience, thank you for your time.” - Xiachi Liu, participant in the RODS Summer Theatre Camp
In 2017, the Scotiabank Educational Outreach Program returned to Asiniw-kisik Education Campus to develop a multi-disciplinary project with Kawacatoose First Nation’s youth through expressive movement, visual arts, and theatre practices. The aim was to build a theatre project inspired by the students’ ideas and use modes of traditional and contemporary dance and regalia to help tell their story. The catalyst for their project was the theme of “Identity." We look forward to returning in 2018!
“As a teacher observing the program, I was really impressed with the instructor’s ability to encourage and have our students participate in their acting classes. Many of our students have struggles of their own which really impacts their self-confidence. This program encourages them to step out of their safe zone and to become enthusiastic. I have witnessed students who struggle with speaking up in class, act out and have fun with classmates. Not only does this program encourage the student body to be brave and optimistic but it brought students together that normally wouldn’t associate with each other.” – Lydia Sunchild , AKEC Teacher
For more information on the Scotiabank Educational Outreach Program, contact:
Aimee Garchinski, Theatre School and Community Engagment Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our funding partners: