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.

16-17 Study Guides

The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble

The Last Wife

Trudeau Stories



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

For periodic updates about our program, sign up for our Education & Learning newsletter by clicking here.




Heard about The Hive, but missed the first date? Don’t worry! Based on your feedback, we’re adjusting the format a little bit. Still a unique program designed to introduce students to the inner workings of GCTC and the theatre community, The Hive has now opened up to suit the needs of each individual participant and the community at large.
Now you can pick and choose which events you would like to attend. When you apply to The Hive, you will be added to a mailing list along with other interested and engaged students. The group leaders, GCTC’s Metcalf Foundation Intern in artistic direction, Bronwyn Steinberg, and GCTC Artist Liaison, Catherine Ballachey, will send out invitations to monthly events specially designed for group members, as well as information about workshops, shows, and opportunities in the community. 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.

Of course, we’re still going ahead with the workshops, dinners, and shows we had originally planned (See below for a reminder of dates). For each of these sessions, Bronwyn and Catherine 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. Other events may include attending dress rehearsals, backstage tours, acting workshops, playwriting sessions, and group collaborations. 

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. Carpentry and Set Building with Jonah Lerner, GCTC Assistant Technical Director and all around great dude.
    Jonah will be taking Hive participants through the world of Carpentry and Set Building on Wednesday, March 15th at 6pm with a special focus on the set of our April show, Michael Healey's 1979.
    Please RSVP for the workshop by writing to Catherine at You can also let us know when you'd like to see 1979 (Running April 11-30), and we'll make sure a student discount ticket is waiting for you.
  2. Apr 19th (1979 by Michael Healey)

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."