A group of nine teens perform onstage wearing business suits and standing in a row next to a water cooler
Donor Funded

Creative Teens Theatre

Aimed at students in grades 7–12, the Creative Teens Theatre program invites students to collaboratively create an original show based on ideas and stories that they are passionate about.

Students will learn a variety of drama techniques and styles, such as acting, character creation, comedy, physical theatre, scriptwriting, movement, and more. This year's program is using a hybrid model of both in-person and online classes: Sunday classes will take place at an Arts Club studio, while Wednesday night classes will take place over Zoom. The class will work as an ensemble to create and shape the program's final showcase—an original show written and performed by the cohort on an Arts Club stage!

This is the place for young people who are passionate about performance and storytelling, who want to express themselves freely and take ownership of their creative work

For more information, contact Hila Graf, Education & Community Engagement Manager, at hgraf@artsclub.com.


Creative Teen Theatre Sponsors: Marin Investments Ltd., Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group

Roberta Beiser
Phil & Donna Bernard
River Foundation
Rix Family Foundation

Tuition: $450 + GST (limited subsidy spots available on a case-by-case basis)
Class size: 14 students maximum

  1. Complete the program registration form
  2. Complete the tuition payment


Nitasha Rajoo/Program Lead and Instructor
NITASHA RAJOO, PROGRAM LEAD AND INSTRUCTOR Nitasha is delighted to be back at the Arts Club as the program leader for the Creative Teens Theatre program. She has developed the program since 2016 and has numerous interdisciplinary approaches for the 2021 digital rendition of Creative Teens. She has worked at the Stratford Festival as the Interim Director of Education. During the early months of COVID, she was able to pivot in-person educational programming at the Stratford Festival to successful digital and online platforms. She currently sits on the Anti-Racism Advisory Committee of the Stratford Festival and in August 2020 facilitated a conversation at the PACT Conference entitled: Confronting Racism: Getting It Wrong While Trying to Get It Right. Nitasha has over 20 years of experience in the performing arts as an actor, director, and educator. Her love for the creative arts, education, travel, and adventure has allowed her to work all over the globe—leading workshops, adjudicating, teaching, directing, and programming—including countries such as South Africa, India, USA, Jamaica, the UK (where she lived for over 10 years!), and now back home in Canada. In B.C., she has taught a series of drama workshops on Beauty and the Beast to new immigrants and refugees, and has been invited to consult on drama reform in schools in the Northwest Territories and has been an adjudicator for Speech Arts Festivals across Canada. Nitasha holds a Master of Arts in the Advanced Teachings of Shakespeare (Warwick, UK) and most recently delivered workshops for the Teaching Shakespeare Program at the Stratford Festival, ABCDE Conference (B.C.), CODE (ON), and at the Community Theatre Association of Michigan. She has produced and shaped pedagogy to enhance the experience of Teaching Artists in the classroom as visiting theatre practitioners.

Aidan Parker/Instructor
AIDAN PARKER, INSTRUCTOR Aidan is a Vancouver-based educator, writer, improvisor, and actor. He holds a BFA from the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. He performs regularly as a cast member with both Tightrope Impro Theatre and the Asian Canadian improv troupe Fistful of Kicks, and has performed in comedy festivals across North America. He loves teaching improv, clowning, and devised theatre to students aged 5–70 for many institutions including Tightrope Impro Theatre, the East End Boys Club Network, Improvcamp, UBC Improv, the Canadian Improv Games, and Instant Theatre. He was the co-founder and director of Instant Theatre’s Colour Commentary, which aims to bring more BIPOC representation into improv classrooms and stages. He is an instructor for the Arts Club's Student Experience Workshops, Creative Teens Theatre, and community outreach programs, where he teaches and builds shows with students from equity-deserving communities across Canada.

Mikenzie Page/Assistant Instructor
MIKENZIE PAGE, ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR Mikenzie (she/her) is a theatre artist, writer, and creator currently based on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Mikenzie is a recent graduate of Studio 58’s acting program and is passionate about art that is honest, exciting, and based in play. She is so excited to be back working at the Arts Club and so incredibly stoked to create some super cool art in Creative Teens this spring.

Winter 2023

Week #1
Sun, Jan 8: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio A
Wed, Jan 11: 5:30–7 PM, Zoom

Week #2
Sun, Jan 15: 10 AM–1 PM, Newmont Stage
Wed, Jan 18: 5:30–7 PM, Zoom

Week #3
Sun, Jan 22: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio B
Wed, Jan 25: 5:30–7 PM, Zoom

Week #4
Sun, Jan 29: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio B
Wed, Feb 1: 5:30–7 PM, Zoom

Week #5
Sun, Feb 5: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio B
Wed, Feb 8: 5:30–7 PM, Zoom

Week #6
Sun, Feb 12: 10AM–1PM, Studio B
Wed, Feb 15: 5:30–7PM, Zoom

Week #7
Sun, Feb 19: NO CLASS (Family Day weekend)
Wed, Feb 22: 5:30–7 PM, Zoom

Week #8
Sun, Feb 26: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio A
Wed, Mar 1: 5:30–7 PM, Zoom

Week #9
Sun, Mar 5: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio A
Wed, Mar 8: 5:30–7 PM, Zoom

Week #10
Sat, Mar 11: 10 AM–5 PM, Newmont Stage/Granville Island Stage, DRESS REHEARSAL
Sun, Mar 12: 10 AM–5 PM, 7–8 PM, Newmont Stage/Granville Island Stage, FINAL SHOWCASE