GBTC offers acting, drama, and theatre arts programs and day camps for young people throughout the school year at more than 40 locations in Toronto and the GTA.
GBTC’s enthusiastic, caring staff create a warm, supportive environment where students feel at home and are ready to explore and discover.
After-School Theatre Programs
Through the fall, winter and spring, GBTC provides theatre and performing arts classes for ages 6–8 and 9–13. These programs include plays, mime, improvisation, theatre games, musical theatre, work with simple sets and costumes, and a concluding public performance. In selected programs, kids can explore specializations such as storytelling, mask-making, rap, comedy, stage combat, and video.
The ongoing program of classes provides an excellent, graduated approach to developing skills and confidence in young actors and performers. Young students (ages 6–8) work with voice, movement, simple songs and choreography, traditional stories, legends and folktales, and costume elements, to develop basic drama and self-presentation skills. Intermediate-level students (ages 9–13) continue their development through scripted and unscripted work, playwriting, improv, blocking, the elements of stage presentation, character development, and the basics of musical theatre.
Performing Arts Camps
Full-day camp programs, offered during July and August and also during March break, include outdoor activities, games and sports in addition to theatre and performing activities.
In-School Theatre Workshops
GBTC also offers workshops for schools, daycares, and community groups. These are aimed at developing a joy for and appreciation of drama as well as inspiring, exciting, and empowering students, while also leading them to use the basic skills they acquire in producing and performing their own plays.
Students are introduced to theatre games and exercises, stage direction, tableaux, blocking, building dramatic scenes, role-playing, storytelling, narrative, and more.