Just for Youth

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 Partners

Teen Workshops

Learn from the pros! All workshops led by Shaw artists and professionals. One workshop: $55; all three workshops: $150.

Mask and Movement

Mask has the power to inspire awe, wonder, and mystery for both performers and audiences. Experience how movement and characterization come alive as you explore the life, energy, and art of mask performance.

Alice in Wonderland April 30


In the rehearsal hall, improvisation is one of the many tools actors use to make discoveries and develop their character. Learn how improv can free you to explore and be inspired.

Our Town – May 7

Designing Theatre Costumes

Ever wonder what it takes to be a costume designer for the stage? Using simple materials and a lot of imagination, learn the process of designing a theatre costume from page to stage!

A Woman of No Importance – June 4

Schedule: Saturdays, 10am-5pm, includes a workshop, pre- and post-show chats, and matinee performance. Free local transportation provided by Niagara Airbus. Call our Box Office to book an unforgettable experience, 1.800.511.SHAW.

Shaw Theatre School

Discover the exciting world of theatre at the Shaw Festival!

Saturdays, October 15 – December 17

Embrace the opportunity for your child to discover their inner actor! A ten week theatre program led by Shaw professionals. Students will explore theatrical and presentation skills through fun and engaging drama activities. No previous experience necessary!

This fun and interactive program is designed to encourage creativity, foster cooperation and develop self-confidence. Classes culminate with a final performance, where students can showcase their talents for family and friends!

Theatre classes available for grades 3-12.
Sewing classes available for grades 9-12.

Classes for beginner or experienced sewers. Led by professionals from our Wardrobe Department.

Parent Testimonials:

“You created a very welcoming and encouraging environment. My children truly enjoyed each week and felt that their special talents were recognized and encouraged.”

“My daughter discovered a joy for sewing and explored her creative side.”

“… loved going each week. Great mix of students. Learned a lot about drama and herself. Set personal learning goals.”
For more information, please contact Suzanne Merriam at 1.800.657.1106 ext 2265.
To register, please call the Box Office at 1.800.511.7429.

The Shaw Theatre School for Young People is part of the Slaight Family Academy.

Shaw Acting Camp

August 2-12, Monday to Friday 9am-4pm

Presented by Shaw Festival and Carousel Players for ages 10 to 13 years
Working with Shaw Festival professionals, participants will sharpen their performance skills through fun workshops and scene study. Classes held at Carousel Players in St Catharines.

To register, call Carousel Players 905.682.8326 ext 22 or email info@carouselplayers.com

Alice in Wonderland Family Package

Package includes two adult and two youth tickets to see Alice in Wonderland. From $200 (Blue seating). Upgrade available.

$25 Student Tickets

Students can book $25 tickets in any seating location at Special Matinee performances, marked SM on the calendar. Student ID required.

$30 Student Tickets

Students can see great theatre for $30 in balcony Blue seating for any Festival Theatre regularly-priced performance. Student ID required.

Family Outings

Save on tickets for children 18 years and under. Purchase a regularly-priced adult ticket, or a senior-priced ticket, and purchase youth tickets for just $29 each. Ask about family-friendly productions.

Contact our Box Office at 1.800.511.7429 to book.

University Courses


Department of Dramatic Arts
DART 4P92: Text and Performance of Bernard Shaw

Explorations of the manners and the mandate of the Shaw Festival, emphasizing the social mores, politics and historic milestones of the period, as well as acting techniques that convey Shavian ideas in the original and contemporary setting. Furthermore the course takes place primarily at the Shaw Festival, and provides an opportunity to experience the creative and business environment of a professional theatre. This course is divided into ‘studio work’ and ‘guest lectures’ provided by members of the Shaw ensemble and artistic team. Pre-requisite: DART 3F50


DRAM 371* Modern Drama at the Shaw Festival
DRAM371* is offered in collaboration with the Shaw Festival and will give you the opportunity to study the Shaw Festival through attending performances of nine different plays, lectures, on site tours and will feature visits from theatre insiders: administrators, designers, directors and actors.

DRAM 373* Early Modern Scene Study
Prerequisite: an introductory acting course Co-req: DRAM371*
In this acting course, a variety of techniques and exercises will be used to explore dramatic texts drawn from the mandate of the Shaw Festival –plays written during the lifetime of Bernard Shaw (1856 to 1950).

DRAM 501* Advanced Studies at the Shaw Festival
Prerequisite: 80% or above in DRAM 371*

Taught concurrently with DRAM 371*. Students will read the plays and attend all the shows and classes on the 371* course. In addition, students will be required to see the other shows the Shaw Festival is producing this season and to attend extra seminars. Written assignments and some extra reading may be assigned. Enrolment is limited.

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The Repertory in Practice: The Shaw Festival
A study of the role of repertory theatre in the historical and current development of dramatic literature and performance practices, held on-site at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Students will attend productions and lectures, interview actors, directors, designers, and administrators, and collaborate on a performed reading with the assistance of company members. Topics may include the performance history of plays by Shaw, Chekhov, Ibsen, Wilde, and other playwrights within the Festival’s mandate, the analysis of production elements from the perspectives of directors, actors, and designers, and the relevance of “classical” drama for the modern world.

For more information, contact Merrylee Greenan – edassist.utm@utoronto.ca or 905.828.5201