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 hgraf@artsclub.com.


THIS PROGRAM IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY

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

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

Registration is now closed.

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

INSTRUCTORS

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 actor, improvisor, writer, and educator with a BFA in screenwriting from UBC’s Creative Writing Program. Aidan has been an active, award-winning member of the Vancouver improv community since 2012, and regularly performs in comedy and improv festivals across North America. He is also the lead instructor for the Arts Club Drama Club programs, where he directs and builds devised theatre with students from equity-seeking communities in the greater Vancouver area.

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.

2022 Spring

Week #1
Sun, Apr 3: 10 AM–1 PM, Newmont Stage
Wed, Apr 6: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #2
Sun, Apr 10: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio B (TBC)
Wed, Apr 13: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #3
Sun, Apr 17: NO CLASS
Wed, Apr 20: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #4
Sun, Apr 24: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio B
Wed, Apr 27: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #5
Sun, May 1: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio B
Wed, May 4 : 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #6
Sun, May 8: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio B
Wed, May 11: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #7
Sun, May 15: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio B
Wed, May 18: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #8
Sun, May 22 (Victoria Day weekend): 10 AM–1 PM, Studio B
Wed, May 25: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #9
Sun, May 29: 10 AM–1 PM, Studio B
Wed, Jun 1: 7–8:30 PM, Zoom

Week #10
Sat, Jun 4: 10 AM–5 PM, Newmont Stage, DRESS REHEARSAL
Sun, Jun 5: 10 AM–5 PM/7–8 PM, Newmont Stage/Studio A, FINAL SHOWCASE