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 is one story from Global News showcasing the event:
Globe Theatre School visits the Kawacatoose First Nation
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."
“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
Check out this music video made by the Kawacatoose Kids in 2018.
For more information on the Scotiabank Educational Outreach Program, contact:
Aimee Garchinski, Theatre School and Community Engagment Coordinator email@example.com
Thank you to our funding partners: