Artists In School Residencies
Quest Theatre's Artists in School Residency program provides schools with an interactive week-long theatrical experience where a team of artists facilitates the creation of an original production that includes everyone.
When working with Elementary schools, all grade levels including Kindergarten are incorporated and when working with Jr. and Sr. High Schools we typically work with drama classes or a specific grade level.
The details of a residency are determined in coordination with the school to best suit its unique needs. A Quest residency easily works along side regular classes and can be adapted to accommodate 4-day weeks.
2018/19 Current Weeks Available:
* Weeks with a star are 4 day weeks *
June 10 – 14, 2019
June 17 - 21, 2019
Our teams love this residency option that gives students the opportunity to do abridged versions of Shakespeare’s plays. Schools chose from an assortment of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays: Midsummers Night Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet or Twelfth Night. A fun and accessible introduction to the poetic genius of Shakespeare.
In cultivating young storytellers, we like to recognize the contributions of great Canadian Authors. Team members encourage students to tell their own versions of stories in our growing collection. Our roster of stories include: Robert Munsch’s Paperbag Princess, Melanie Watts’ Scaredy Squirrel, Kyo Maclear’s Mr. Flux as well as some local traditional Blackfoot stories, lead by local Indigenous team members, when available.
Each class starts with a virtue to explore. Schools can choose from our list of words such as courage, kindness or responsibility, or they can suggest other one word themes they wish to explore. Our artists walk students through the creative process of story making using strategies such as imaginative play, improvisation, storyboarding, writing, editing, staging, rehearsal and performance.
Telling Our Stories
Teachers receive a pre-residency assignment to explore, discuss and to gather and share stories about culture with their students. Teams of artists create a class performance with each classroom using material they have generated. This residency shares insights on the connection between culture and story.
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has specific funding for schools in relation to Arts Education. They are accepting applications for the 2019/20 school year until April 1, 2019. If you are in need of any assistance with your application, our Program Coordinator Joanna would be happy to help you.
Did you know Quest Theatre fundraises on behalf of schools and families who can’t afford our programming? Last season, we used generous donations from sponsors and donors totalling $42,000 to help deserving schools and families gain access to our programming. Occasionally we have to search for eligible recipients of this funding. Do you know a school who would love a visit from Quest Theatre, but simply cannot afford it?
Tell us about a school you think should be considered for our Priority Funding List.