Cast members of the musical Kinky Boots onstage with their arms raised in joy
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VSB schools are invited to take part in the 2023–2024 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.

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 Creative Essays Exhibition for a chance to earn $500 prizes!

For more information or to book your complimentary tickets, contact Mikenzie Page, Education Coordinator, at

We are now accepting submissions for the 2024 Grant Burnyeat Creative Exhibition! Submit your work by May 30.

The Grant Burnyeat Creative Exhibition is a celebration of student perspectives on the impact of theatre, expressed through multiple creative mediums. Student work that is selected for the exhibition will be displayed in the BMO Theatre Centre lobby. Two students will also receive a $500 scholarship and be featured on the Arts Club’s social media as ambassadors of the program.


Reflect on what has been the role of theatre in your life. What has it changed in you? Create one of the following artifacts:

  • Theatrical scene (1–4 pages, or 3–10 minutes)
  • Song (2–4 minutes long)
  • Poem
  • Monologue
  • Essay (2–5 pages)
  • Short story (2–5 pages)
  • Graphic novel/comic (2–5 pages)
  • Short film (3–5 minutes)

Provide the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Grade and school
  • Short bio (250 words max.)


Thu, May 30, 2024
Email your submission and any inquiries to Mikenzie Page, Education Coordinator,

Congratulations to our 2022–2023 scholarship recipients!

We are delighted to share creative essays that stood out to the Arts Club adjudication team. Click here to find pieces, including an audio recording, from three students: Karen Chong, Alex Macaulay, and Maya Schoof. The exhibition is part of the Grant Burnyeat Student Series, supported by longtime theatre supporter and former Arts Club board member Justice Grant Burnyeat.

“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, Lord 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