Bring a School Group

The Shaw Festival connects young minds with professional theatre in exciting and inspiring ways. Teachers and students with a passion for theatre will be wowed with access to world-class facilities, artists, and technicians. Our theatre programs have something for everyone – from teachers looking for professional development opportunities to school groups looking for enrichment activities, and for every young person that has ever dreamed of participating in the world of live theatre.

We have a program for YOU!


Education Partner

Bring a school group.


The enthusiasm for your Shaw visit will start well before the students board the bus. Book a 2014 Shaw performance and a Shaw artist will visit your class to provide an engaging workshop about the play. No charge. Some conditions apply.

To arrange your Artist-in-the-Classroom visit, contact Suzanne Merriam, Senior Manager, Education 905.468.2153 ext 2265 or

Choose 1 more FREE activity for your students on the day of your visit to the Shaw Festival: either a backstage tour, a chat, a talk or a workshop. Each additional activity is $3 per person.

Backstage Tour

Here’s your chance to peek behind the curtain. An hour-long tour of the Festival theatre reveals the secrets that bring our work to the stage. Explore our costume workshop, dressing rooms, rehearsal halls and trap room. Tours of the Props and Scene/Paint Shops available upon request.

Pre-Show Talks and Post-Show Chats

Want to know more about the production you are attending? Book a pre-show talk.

Want to meet the artists you just saw on stage? Book a post-show chat.


An hour-long session with Shaw professionals. We will gladly customize a session for your group.
Here are some of the exciting workshops offered:

  • - Stage combat
  • - Stage prafalls
  • - Explore your voice
  • - Improv
  • - Manners of the Mandate
  • - Costume Design
  • - Exploring mask work
  • - Laban (character through movement)
  • - Accents
  • - Theatre makeup
  • - The rehearsal process
  • - Acting 101
  • - Creating a character
  • - Set design
  • - Choreography


To book, call 1.800.511.7429