Youth & Education |

GCTC operates its Education & Learning Programs for grades 7 to 12 and post secondary schools to engage young people in the arts in order to promote creative thinking. The Education & Learning Programs are committed to developing artistic learning opportunities for young people in Ottawa, to foster life long connections to the arts and their own community.  Our program includes:

Student Matinees – A live theatre experience

For students from grades 7 to 12 and post-secondary we offer two weekday matinee performances for each show throughout the season, according to the age appropriateness of the work. This program is important as it provides Ottawa area student’s affordable access to professional theatre that complements the Ontario curriculum.

Play Study Guides

Each show has an in-depth guide written by a professional study guide writer and former drama teacher. Guides include a synopsis of the play and pre- and post- show lesson plans and discussion topics for teachers to incorporate into their curriculum. Resource material is included and links to additional resources provided. The guides are made accessible to teachers and students prior to the matinee and posted on our website.
The guide helps Teachers bridge the gap between classroom learning and the live theatre experience and connect the play and its themes directly to the Ontario curriculum.


Talkbacks provide an opportunity for students to investigate the play more thoroughly. Following each student matinee is a talk back session with the actors. Students have the opportunity to ask questions of the cast and discuss their own experiences in relation to the play

The Hive at GCTC – program for youth in grades 10-12

The Hive at GCTC is a unique program designed to introduce high school students to the inner workings of GCTC and the theatre community. Participants will attend five of our productions, in addition to being treated to dinner, a pre-show workshop, and a post-show discussion. Considered both a development program and a youth subscription, the goal of the program is to encourage the next generation of theatre goers and creators in our community. The group will be led by GCTC’s Metcalf Foundation Intern in artistic direction, Bronwyn Steinberg and GCTC Artist Liaison, Catherine Ballachey. For each session, they will invite a different designer, artist, or crew member to join the group and share a deeper insight into the productions and how GCTC works.

Interested participants can submit a Q&A form to The form can be downloaded here. The group will meet on the following Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the Domicile Hall (main entrance of GCTC):

  1. Sept 28th (The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble by Beth Graham)
  2. Nov 2nd (The Last Wife by Kate Hennig)
  3. Jan 18th (Trudeau Stories by Brooke Johnson)
  4. Feb 22nd (Les Passants by Luc Moquin)
  5. Apr 19th (1979 by Michael Healey)

There is a cost of $75 to participate in the program to cover tickets, food, and workshops. However, we do not want to discourage any interested individuals from attending. For information about bursaries for participants, please contact 

To download our 2016-17 Education & Learning brochure, please click here.

Contact Information:
Catherine Ballachey, Front of House and Education Services Manager
Phone: 613-236-5192 x239

16-17 Study Guides

The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble

What the students are saying...
"This was my first one (theatre experience). It was great!"
"Amazing performance! Thanks!"
"I really enjoyed the play and found it very interesting. I had a really good time and I found that GCTC did a lot to ensure that we were comfortable."
"I would definitely come back."

What the teachers are saying...
"This is vital to training students."
"The students enjoyed the performance and especially like how close they were to the stage. The Talkback was also a great experience for them."