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.

17-18 Study Guides

You Are Happy

Ordinary Days

How Black Mothers Say I Love You


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.

To download our 2017-18 Education & Learning brochure, please click here.

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For more information or to inquire about bookings, please contact GCTC Front of House and Education Services Manager, Catherine Ballachey, at or 613-236-5192 x 239.

Student tickets are $10+HST. To secure your group booking, please note that a deposit of 25% of the final invoice is due a month prior to the performance. In the case of cancellations or group number adjustments, the deposit is partially refundable unless within 48 hours of the performance date.




The Hive @ GCTC (also known as “Hive”) is a unique program designed to introduce high school and university students to the inner workings of the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) and the Ottawa theatre community. When students apply to The Hive, they are added to a club along with other interested and engaged students. The Program Coordinator and GCTC Education Services Manager, Catherine Ballachey, sends the club regular invitations to monthly events and workshops specially designed for members, as well as information about workshops, shows, and opportunities in the Ottawa theatre community.
For each workshop hosted at the theatre, Catherine invites a different designer, artist, or crew member to join the group and share a deeper insight into how our productions come together, as well as how GCTC works. Workshops are often paired with one of our mainstage productions. As such, participants are offered discount tickets to our shows to see the discussed topic in action. 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.

Interested participants can submit a Q&A form to The form can be downloaded here. To begin, the group will meet on the following dates in the Domicile Hall (main entrance of GCTC):

  1. Wednesday, January 31st: Performing the Works of Hannah Moscovitch with Kate Smith
  2. Wednesday, February 28th: Creation and Composition with Pamela Feghali
  3. Wednesday, March 21st: Set Design with Roger Schultz
  4. Wednesday, April 18th: Indie Theatre Producing with Emily Carvell
  5. Wednesday, May 2nd: Make Your Own Podplay with Adrienne Wong

Additional workshops and events will be announced as details become available, so stay tuned! Also, there is no cost to be added to the mailing list. Workshops and events will each have a small fee to cover expenses, but you will be charged only if you attend. However, we do not want to discourage any interested individuals from taking advantage of our events. For information about bursaries for participants, please contact  

Contact Information:

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

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."