Educational Outreach Program
The Globe Theatre School's Educational Outreach Program brings multi-disciplinary theatre creation 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
Jay Fladager, principal of Seven Stones Community School wrote: “Many thanks for a FANTASTIC experience with the Globe Theatre Outreach program! We just finished watching a number of short scenes from the PLC 3 students that were hilarious, creative and beautifully acted. I am so impressed! 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!”
Jason Howse, the Seven Stones Community School teacher who spent the most amount of time with our classes, stated that he "appreciated how the instructors handled the student behaviors, interacted and took the time to get to know the students. Always up beat and happy to be here. It was appreciated because the students pick up on it and become more excited to participate.”
"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
“[What did I most value about the program?] Seeing my students in different situations, responding dramatically to the games and activities led by instructors. It renewed my love of drama and drama in the classroom. I saw my students interact in ways I had never seen before. The program was successful with both grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 and 4, and would be awesome for older grades as well.” - Melanie Waldron, teacher Albert Community School
Since the program began in 2011, the 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 developing creation projects that are shared with family and students. 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:
The demand for Globe Theatre programming continues to grow. In 2014, 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 140 immigrant and refugee youth have participated.
“How time flies. The camp will end tomorrow. I believe I’ll miss you. These two weeks have been wonderful. And actually this is the first time for me to be a performer. 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. I hope I can be a good performer tomorrow.” - Xiachi Liu, participant in the RODS Summer Theatre Camp
In 2017, Globe Theatre School Educational Outreach Program will return to Asiniw-kisik Education Campus to develop a multi-disciplinary project with Kwacatoose First Nation’s youth through expressive movement, visual arts, and theatre practices. The aim is to build a theatre project that is inspired by the students’ ideas and uses modes of traditional and contemporary dance and regalia to help tell their story. The catalyst for their project will be the theme of “Identity."
For more information on the Educational Outreach Program, contact:
Shaunna Dunn, Globe Theatre School Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Chancz Perry, Sandbox Series Coordinator and Outreach Facilitator email@example.com
Thank you to our funding partners: