The cast of the 2017 production of Disney’s Beauty and Beast - photo by Emily Cooper
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VSB schools are invited to take part in the 2021–2022 Grant Burnyeat Student Series!

The Grant Burnyeat Student Series is an initiative developed by the Arts Club’s Education Department in collaboration with longtime theatre supporter and former Arts Club board member Justice Grant Burnyeat. The intention of this program is twofold: to provide meaningful opportunities for youth to participate in the arts on a more frequent basis and to strengthen relationships between the Arts Club and public Vancouver secondary schools and youth organizations.

Program details:

  • The Grant Burnyeat Student Series is open to all VSB secondary schools.
  • Each school is eligible for 30 complimentary tickets to an Arts Club show.
  • Schools can book a free theatre workshop and a behind-the-scenes tour.
  • Free transportation is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • VSB secondary school students can participate in the Grant Burnyeat Writing Competition and earn prizes up to $750!

For more information or to book your complimentary tickets, contact Hila Graf, Education & Community Engagement Manager, at

This competition asks students to consider three questions in an essay of 2–4 pages:

  1. Why is it important that students have access to live theatre?
  2. What contribution does live theatre make to our society?
  3. What was it about a production that you saw that meant the most to you?

All essay submissions were adjudicated, and the two that best demonstrated considerable thought and insight regarding the impact of live theatre on youth today were selected to receive cash prizes.

2021 Finalists

The awards ceremony was held digitally in July. Congratulations to our winners!

1st place, $750: Daphne Jung from Killarney Secondary, "Theatre in Our Hearts"

2nd place, $250: Russell B from Eric Hamber Secondary, "Reflection Through the Stage"

Watch the winners read their essays!

“What an amazing day, the tour, workshop, and show were amazing. My students loved the show, me too, so funny and amazing writing. Lots to talk about in class. Susan Bertoia was dynamite and the kids want her to come to our school to do more workshops. Great! And Ace’s tour was an eye opener, it so opened their eyes to ‘behind the curtain’, and that whole world.”
–Matthew Thiessen, Long Byng Secondary

“I wanted to offer a heartfelt thank you, on behalf of myself and our students, for organizing an amazing day. The tour and workshops were informative and inspiring and they really gave the students an insight into all of the hard work that goes into creating theatre. Please extend a thank you to the Hon. Grant Burnyeat. It truly was an a generous gift and we sincerely thank him for facilitating a love a theatre in future generations.”
—Maria Dimas, Winston Churchill Secondary

“Thank you SO MUCH for the tickets. I was so proud of my students yesterday. They were in awe of the sets and staging, they were on the edge of their seats during the whole show, and a couple of times they gasped and yelled at what was happening. During the intermission they were a buzz talking about every detail. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
—Brendan Sangster, Brittania Secondary

“In name of the Gladstone students and myself I wanted to thank Arts Club Theatre Company for providing us with a wonderful day! The pick-up by bus, the tour, the workshop, and the performance were great! I sincerely hope we can do this again.”
—Ineke Lievens, Gladstone Secondary