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 * 

January 28 – February 1, 2019

March 11 - 15 2019

April 22 - 26 2019

*May 21 – 24, 2019*

June 3 – 7, 2019

June 10 – 14, 2019

June 17 - 21, 2019



Shakespeare Plays:
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.

Canadian Authors:
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.

Cultural Stories:
A collection of folk stories from around the world act as a springboard for collaborative classroom creation.  Quest Artists encourage innovative exploration of the stories by the students to facilitate original creations.  We love new material! Please let us know if your school has favourite cultural stories or a certain cultural demographic that wants to be represented in performance!

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.  Introduced by a local Indigenous storyteller, this residency shares insights on the connection between culture and story.

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Please Note:
The final price depends on the number Artists required based on the number of students/classes at the school. The final amount will be calculated when finalizing the school details.
Which Artists-In-School Residency Theme would you like to book?
Transportation Surcharge
A transportation surcharge is levied to schools that are more than 100kms from Calgary. Final cost of the surcharge will be calculated based on the total distance the school is from Calgary.
Fees for a Residency:
The fees for a residency are based on the # of students/classes, geographic location of school and booking date; and range from $7,500- $13,000 (+GST) The final price for this booking will be confirmed by our Tour and Residency Coordinator who will the contact you to finalize the dates, times and cost for your school's Artists in School Residency week.
Funding Assistance:
Schools are eligible to apply for a grant to cover 50% or 75% of the residency fee (excluding GST) through the Alberta Foundation For The Arts (AFA). If you are a school outside the municipal boundary of Calgary or Edmonton proper and your artist has to travel more than 100kms from home, you are eligible for up to 75% of the residency fee. All other schools are eligible for up to 50% of the residency fee. The application deadline for the 2015-16 season is April 1st, 2016.