Photo of a group of teens posed around old-fashioned prop luggage and doing jazz hands.
Donor Funded

Creative Teens Theatre

Aimed at students in grades 7–12, the Creative Teens Theatre program invites students to learn and develop their acting and storytelling skills as they create new work based on themes 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 the BMO Theatre Centre, 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 the Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre!

Theatre experience is not required, but students are expected to commit to sharing ideas and working as a team to achieve their vision. This is the place for students who are excited about performance and storytelling!

For more information, contact Hila Graf, Education & Community Engagement Manager, at


Creative Teen Theatre Sponsors: Beech Foundation, Cadillac Fairview, Grosvenor, Marin Investments Ltd., Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group

Art Vertlieb & Bev Briscoe
Rix Family Foundation
Roberta Beiser
Phil Bernard

Applications for the spring program will open in late February. Check back here for details.

To register:

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

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.

2022 Winter Schedule

Week #1
Sun, Jan 9: 10 AM–1 PM, Zoom
Wed, Jan 12: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #2
Sun, Jan 16: 10 AM–1 PM, Zoom
Wed, Jan 19: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #3
Sun, Jan 23: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio B
Wed, Jan 26: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #4
Sun, Jan 30: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio B
Wed, Feb 2: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #5
Sun, Feb 6: 10 AM–1 PM, Newmont Stage
Wed, Feb 9: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #6
Sun, Feb 13: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio A
Wed, Feb 16: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #7
Sun, Feb 20: No class (Family Day)
Wed, Feb 23: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #8
Sun, Feb 27: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio A
Wed, Mar 2: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #9
Sun, Mar 6: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio A
Wed, Mar 9: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #10
Sat, Mar 12: Dress Rehearsal, 10 AM–5 PM, Newmont Stage
Sun, Mar 13: Showcase, 10 AM–5 PM, Newmont Stage; 7– 8 PM, Studio A